BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer Workouts are nearly Limitless! One of my favorite home gym manufacturers of all-time is Bodycraft! Their focus on delivering nothing but the utmost quality is a signature of the Bodycraft. It’s something that you’ll find in both the Bodycraft Xpress Pro and the more exclusive HFT Functional Trainer.
One of the most prominent standout features of the HFT Functional Trainer is the ability to neatly tuck away your home gym into any corner of your basement, garage gym, or room. It is in other words, one of the most functional, versatile, and space-saving home gyms you’ll find today.
The best aspect of this feature is that it doesn’t compromise the space you have in your home gym. It gives you plenty of space to comfortably fit other pieces of home gym equipment, which is very important when attempting to build any gym within your home.
So if you’re looking for a high-quality gym with a somewhat more significant focus and emphasis on upper body workouts, you may prefer going with the HFT Functional Trainer, which also gives plenty of room for lower body workouts as well.
Learn more in my complete review below…
Product: BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer
Warranty: in-home: Lifetime / Light-commercial: 10 years frame, 2 years parts
My Rating: 10/10
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HFT Frame, parts & accessories
The BodyCraft HFT functional trainer features a heavy-duty frame, made 11-ga 3.25″ x 1.75″ ovalized steel tubing. The base bars, the rear upright bars, and several other parts feature a platinum gray paint finish, while the top pulley covers and the stack covers have a textured black finish.
Both types of paint finish are corrosion-resistant. The guide rods of the weight stacks and the adjustment bars of the mobile pulleys are chrome plated.
Compared to other trainers, this BodyCraft home gym isn’t as large. The widest point of its base is ~56″ (142 cm), while its depth is approx — 40″ (102 cm). At the rear bottom section is 22″ (56 cm).
Along with these dimensions, it’s recommended to leave at least one foot of clearance on each side and at the rear of the unit, and several feet of clearance at the front, especially if you will be using a bench.
The trainer’s height is approximately 82″ (208 cm). This means it can fit in a room with a 7′ (213 cm) ceiling. However, it the remaining two inches of clearance above will not be enough for the correct execution of most pull-up exercises.
Upright and Pull-up Bars
The upright bars of the machine has 31 adjustment positions for the mobile pulleys. The highest setting is at approx. 78″ (198 cm) above floor level, while the lowest is at approx. 14″ (36 cm). The adjustable pulleys have a pivoting design; they can rotate 180° on their axis, allowing you to perform exercises from multiple angles.
The pull-up bar offers multiple grip possibilities. Its main grip sections are knurled to provide better hand adherence. Although it’s weight capacity isn’t specified, users have reported that it’s sturdy enough to hold 300 lbs (136 kg). So, it should be safe to perform pull-up exercises with some extra weight.
The machine has multiple fiberglass reinforced nylon pulleys. Each pulley incorporates a sealed ball bearing to provide smooth operation. The cables are 2,000 lbs tensile strength steel ropes, covered by a sheet of flexible nylon to prolong the lifespan of the pulleys.
The rear mid-section bar of the frame has several supports for hanging the included accessories. It also has support for the included booklet with exercises.
Last but not least, there are quite a few accessories included with this home gym. Among them, we can count a long bar, short bar, chin bar, pull-up strap, two extension chains, two D-handles, tricep rope, and the exercise brochure.
The BodyCraft HFT functional trainer has two 150 lbs (68 kg) weight stacks. Each weight stack contains 15 weight plates of approximately 10 pounds (4.5 kg) each. The weight plates are made of top-quality cast iron and can last a lifetime even with a certain amount of abuse. This is one of the reasons this fitness machine is considerably more expensive than a similar one with vinyl/cement weight plates.
Each weight stack of the BodyCraft HFT trainer is upgradable. There are 5-plate upgrade stacks available. In the attached photo here, you can see a fully upgraded weight stack with all the 20 weight plates.
The weight ratio of the machine is 2:1. This means the maximum weight resistance generated for each stack is 75 lbs (34 kg), or 100 lbs (45 kg) with the stack fully upgraded.
Last but not least, the adjustment is made with ease. You insert the pin in the plate with the desired weight marked on it.
HFT Possible Exercises
This fitness machine offers the possibility to execute more than 40 exercises for the main groups of muscles. Some of the most important ones are:
- Bicep curls
- Lateral single-arm biceps curls
- Lying biceps curls
- Close-grip pulldowns
- Triceps extensions
- Triceps press-downs
- Kneeling triceps extensions
- Lateral single-arm triceps extensions
- Prone triceps extensions
- Pull-ups / Chin-ups
- Assisted Pull-ups / Chin-ups
- Cable crunches
- Cable twist crunches
- Seated trunk rotations
- Standing trunk rotations
- Golf swings
- Prone back flies
- Prone reverse flies
- Lat pulldowns
- Aerobic rowing
- Crossover rowing
- Kneeling rowing
- Back flies
- Back presses
- Chest presses
- Single-arm chest presses
- Wide grip chest presses
- Close grip chest presses
- Chest Flies
- Incline chest flies
- Lateral chest flies
- Single-arm chest flies
- Stand-up leg curls
- Calf raises
- Single-leg squats
- Kneeling single-leg squats
- Wide squats
- Twisting squats
- Jumping squats
- Front Lunges
- Hip extensions
- Hip abductions
- Shoulder Presses
- Upright rows
- Lateral deltoid raises
- Front deltoid raises
- Lying front deltoid raises
- Front deltoid raises with leg curls
- Shoulder extensions
- Lateral arm pulls
- …and more.
The included training booklet covers 70 exercises and variations which can be performed on the machine. However, some of them (and some of the ones in the list above) require accessories (not included), such as an adjustable bench, or a stability ball.
HFT Assembly & Maintenance
This functional trainer comes in several separate boxes and requires complete assembly. Its task may take at least a couple of hours as there are many pieces to put together. However, the included manual provides clear, step-by-step assembly instructions.
For maintenance, it’s recommended to periodically lubricate the guide rods of the weight plates for a smoother operation. The pulleys may also require periodic lubrication, but you apply a bit of oil on each one of them during assembly. And finally, checking the machine’s joints from time to time, or before each workout is not a bad idea.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 40″D x 56″W x 82″H inches (102D x 142W x 208H cm)
- Assembled weight: 530 lbs (~240 kg)
- Weight resistance system: Steel plate stacks
- Max. weight resistance: 2x 150 lbs (68 kg) (2:1 ratio)
- Possible exercises: 40+
- Accessories: Long bar, short bar, chin bar, pull up strap, two extension chains, two D-handles, tricep rope, exercise booklet
– In-home: Lifetime
– Light-commercial: 10 years frame, two years parts
- Light-commercial grade sturdiness;
- Smooth pulley and cable movement;
- 31 adjustment positions for its mobile pulleys;
- The mobile pulleys rotate 180°;
- Ergonomic, multi-grip pull-up bar;
- Top-quality cast iron weight plates;
- Weight stack guards on each base;
- Pulley guards on top;
- 150 lbs weight for each stack;
- Upgradable weight stacks by up to 50 lbs each;
- Over 40 exercises available;
- Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
- Multiple accessories included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Quiet operation;
- Fairly easy to set up;
- Excellent warranty.
- The bench (not included).
BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer Summary
There are so many features and aspects that make the HFT Functional Trainer truly one of the most functional home gyms out there. More importantly, is Bodycrafts exceptional attention to detail (e.g., laser-cut etched weight stacks, fiberglass nylon pulleys, and 31 height positions with 180-degree swivel) that allows this gym to perform so flawlessly.
Equally as important is the fact that the workouts with the HFT Functional Trainer are nearly limitless – hence its name functional trainer, allowing for greater mobility, a range of motion, and some of the most effective strength training workouts that can be performed.
While it’s the small things that do stand out in the HFT Functional Trainer, one can’t forget about its attention to detail when it comes to size, build, and placement. For someone in the market who needs something so compact, but effective, this gym comes highly recommended!
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