The Powerline P2X Home Gym from Body-Solid is an excellent basic strength machine that is durable and well-built. Novice lifters will gain the most from this machine. Intermediate lifters may benefit from choosing a home gym with a squat rack with a free barbell if your goal is to increase strength.
Something I like about the Powerline P2X Home Gym is that it comes with dozens of different exercise choices, possible thanks to six different stations. The Powerline P2X Home Gym comes with multi-function press arms, and lat pulldown bar, a high pulley station, a mid pulley station, an ab crunch feature, functional pulleys, a low pulley station with seated row capabilities, a leg developer with multiple functions, and more.
Another thing that I like about the Powerline P2X Home Gym is that all adjustments are easily (made). Changing the function of the press arms and leg developer is straightforward. Also, the weight stack is controlled by a simple pin that needs to be (inserted) where you want it to go.
I also like that the Powerline P2X Home Gym has a very comfortable seat that is well-padded and features a vinyl coating. Moreover, the seat is very convenient because it’s adjustable for height and position, which is also true for the backrest. All in all, the Powerline P2X Home Gym is very comfortable, thanks to the fact that it has lots of padding and grip wherever they are needed.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Powerline P2X Home Gym from Body-Solid
Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 71L x 49W x 83H inches (180L x 124W x 211H cm)
- Assembled weight: 385 lbs (175 kg)
- Resistance system: Weight stack
- Standard weight resistance: 160 lbs (72.5 kg)
- Possible exercises: 40+
- Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
P2X Frame construction
Like most cable fitness machines, the Powerline P2X is ovalized steel tubing. Thus, it has a more aesthetic design. All the steel parts feature a silver finish coating, resistant to corrosion.
The P2X home gym machine is relatively large. It takes 71″L x 49″W (180 x 124 cm) of floor space. And of course, to be able to operate it safely and without any hindrance, it is essential to leave at least two feet of clearance all around it.
Thus, the P2X would require a 95″ x 73″ (241 x 185 cm) workout area. The machine’s height is 83″ (211 cm). Therefore, it should fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling. But it would be a very tight fit.
When fully assembled, and with the optional leg press attached, this fitness machine is considerably heavy. It weighs over 390 lbs. This means it offers excellent stability during all exercises. However, due to its weight, it may damage your floors. Therefore, it’s recommended to assemble it and use it on a rubberized mat.
Seat and Backrest
The P2X and optional PLPX leg press attachment come with fixed seats. Both seats integrate 2″ (5 cm) of padding to provide optimal comfort for all the seated exercises. Their upholstery is a durable vinyl material, designed to last for many years of use.
The seat and the backrest on the P2X machine are both adjustable. The seat offers a few inches of height adjustment, while the backrest can move forward or backward for a few inches. Conversely, the optional leg press attachment only has an adjustable backrest, which can be locked in a place closer or farther to the press plates.
P2X Cables and Pulleys
This Body-Solid Powerline home gym machine features a “no cable change” design. Therefore, it includes cables for all of the pulleys. So once you have assembled it, you won’t need to swap cables from a set of pulleys to another, to perform specific exercises.
However, the grips, handles, and strap accessories do require relocation, depending on the activities you want to achieve.
The home gym’s cables spun steel ropes, tested for over 2,000 lbs of tension. A thin sheet of heavy-duty PVC also covers them for a smoother glide over the pulleys. The pulleys are all made of heavy-duty nylon material, integrating stainless steel, sealed ball bearings for a long lifespan, and quiet operation.
They have a standard design; thus, in case one of them breaks or becomes severely worn out, compatible replacements are widely available.
The machine’s leg attachment comes with 4″ foam rollers to deliver the required amount of comfort for all the leg exercises. Also, the machine has a knee-stopper bar, which can be useful when you perform lat pulldowns with a hefty load. This bar also has similar foam rollers as the leg developer attachment.
In terms of accessories, this machine comes with the lat pulldown bar, the short row bar, and two pivoting cable handles. The ankle strap and ab harness are optional accessories, not included with the machine.
P2X Workout stations
This Powerline home gym is quite a versatile model. It integrates six main workout stations, 7 in total with the optional leg press station. Here’s a short description of each one.
Lat pulldown station. This is an indispensable element in the construction of the home gym system of this type, required for the development of shoulder, triceps, and back muscles.
It integrates a standard, curved, detachable lat bar, with rubberized grips. Also, the pulley of this station is high enough to allow users up to 6’5″ (195 cm) to perform a complete range of motion during lat pulldowns, if the seat is (adjusted) to the lowest position.
Chest press station. This workout station features a multi-grip design, offering the possibility to perform presses with three types of grips. It works the development of the pectoral and shoulder muscles.
Cable fly station. This workout station is the addition of the P1X model. It consists of an element with two metallic arms which extend one on each side of the P2X machine. They come with pulleys and cables, and by attaching the handles to them, you can perform several fly exercises.
Mid pulley station. Although this station consists of a pulley integrated into the central vertical bar of the frame, it is quite a plus, as it allows the execution of several extra exercises. For example, it gives you the possibility to perform ab crunches by using an ab harness (not included), or triceps extensions.
Low pulley station. The Powerline P2X doesn’t offer a mobile seat with rollers for complete rowing exercises. However, since it has a low pulley station, you can perform seated rows, as well as other activities that involve the low pulley, such as biceps curls.
Leg developer station. This workout station allows the execution of exercises such as leg extensions, leg cable curls, or standing biceps curls. The attachment features consistently padded rollers, to offer the required comfort for leg extensions.
Leg press station. This is the PLPX attachment, and it mounts on either side of the machine. It features a steel frame similar to the rest of the machine, and a seat with an adjustable backrest.
Its ratio is 2:1, which means that with the included 160 lbs (72.5 kg) weight stack, it will generate a weight resistance of 320 lbs (145 kg). With the optional leg press attached, this home gym machine is reasonably large. It takes 71″L x 66″W (180 x 168 cm) of floor space.
An important aspect regarding the Powerline P2X home gym system is that it comes with a metallic alloy weight stack. These weight plates are considerably more durable than vinyl plates, and that’s one of the reasons this machine costs a bit more than one with vinyl plates.
The machine’s included plate stack weighs 160 lbs (72.5 kg), featuring weight plates of 10 pounds (4.5 kg) each. This means the adjustment is in 10 lb increments.
The weight stack is upgradable, though. It allows the addition of 5 extra plates (SP50), offering a total weight resistance of 210 lbs (95.2 kg). Therefore, this fitness machine is perfect for beginners and intermediate users. However, powerlifters may require a model with a much more massive stack.
A set of weight stickers is (supplied) with the machine, and you’re supposed to place them on the plates in ascending order, top-to-bottom. The weight adjustment system is simple. You insert a pin into the plate with the desired weight.
P2X Possible Exercises
The Body-Solid Powerline P2X with the PLPX leg press attachment (sold separately) offers the possibility to perform more than 40 gym-quality exercises. Among them, I can count:
- Vertical grip chest presses
- Horizontal grip chest presses
- Incline chest presses
- Cable pec fly presses
- High cable cross-overs
- Lat pulldowns
- Seated rows
- Seated triceps extensions
- Triceps press downs
- Triceps extensions
- Kneeling triceps extensions
- Standing biceps curls
- Concentration curls
- Deltoid raises
- Upright rows
- Ab crunches
- Oblique crunches
- Standing leg curls
- Leg extensions
- Leg abductions/adductions
- Glute kickbacks
- … and more.
Before I move on to the next section of this review, there still are two essential aspects to mention here.
First of all, it doesn’t have a long bench-like some other machines; thus, you cannot perform standard leg curls. However, you can do standing up one leg curls using an ankle strap and the low pulley station.
And secondly, the machine’s backrest doesn’t recline, so you won’t be able to perform incline/decline presses.
P2X Assembly and Maintenance
The machine comes in 5 boxes, 3 for the P2X, 1 for the weight stack, and 1 for the leg press attachment. Since the boxes are rather heavy and some of the parts are large, the assembly should be (done) by two people.
The included manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions. However, due to the many parts that require assembly, the process will take several hours. The tools needed for construction are not (included). You will need a Phillips screwdriver, a set of Allen keys, two adjustable wrenches (6″, 8″), and a rubber mallet.
For maintenance, a periodic check for loose bolts and parts is advisable. Also, the guide rods, linear rods, and pulleys may require lubrication. It’s recommended to apply a bit of multi-purpose lubricant on them during this assembly. Also, if any parts sustain damage, they should be replaced before re-using the machine, to avoid accidents.
- Sturdy and heavy frame, offering excellent stability;
- Adjustable seat and backrest;
- The durable upholstery and thick padding for optimal comfort;
- Six workout stations (7 in total with the optional leg press), including multi-press station, cable fly station, lat pulldown station, mid pulley station, low pulley station, leg developer attachment, and (optional leg press station);
- Heavy-duty pulleys and cables;
- Accessories included: two handles, lat bar, and short row bar;
- Metallic alloy, highly-durable weight plates;
- Upgradable weight stack;
- Over 40+ exercises available;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Ankle strap and ab harness not included;
- Assembly may take more than 5 hours;
- The tools required for assembly are not (included).
Powerline P2X Summary
The Powerline P2X is a sturdy home gym system equipped with a 160 lbs metallic weight plate stack, which is upgradable to 210 lbs with the optional SP50 weight stack (sold separately). The P2X itself integrates six workout stations, which is upgradeable with the optional PLPX leg press attachment (sold separately).
It’s a machine for beginners and intermediate users, offering the possibility to perform more than 40+ exercises. It’s an affordable home gym set, with a metallic weight plate stack and is upgradeable. I can safely say it has a decent price/value ratio.
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