Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym Review

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Looking at the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym reminds me of the weight machines that I would use during weight training for high school sports.

The only difference is that this gym combines all of the movements that I would move from machine to machine to do and makes them available on a single unit.

How Does the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym Work?

The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym uses cast iron resistance and is able to accommodate many exercises; including lat pull, chest press, leg curl and extension, row, tricep extension, ab crunch and more.

This gym is set up like a typical weight machine that can be found in any gym. Most weight machines only focus on a single exercise however, while the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym provides much more versatility.

Design - Quality - Footprint

The design is excellent and the quality of the parts is very good. It is probably the best gym you can find for under $1,000. Very solid construction. Very attractive look. Quiet and smooth. The footprint is relatively small (6' 7'' square feet)

What Others Are Saying - Does the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym Really Deliver?

Customers have found that the most useful feature of this gym is its many different exercises. George Murphy, an Amazon reviewer compares the gym to those found in health clubs while taking up less space and adds, “It provides a wide variety of exercises in a fairly compact footprint.”

B. Dampier, another happy customer, states that the gym is well built and does extremely well targeting the muscles that each exercise is meant to target. He also agrees that the gym is versatile, saying in his review that “you can do nearly every exercise you could want.”

Will it Help Me Lose Weight?

Every review that I have seen for this gym so far leads me to believe that the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym will help you get into whatever shape you want to as long as you are dedicated to putting in the time and effort.

Fit and Over Fifty, another Amazon reviewer explains that this gym provides a health club caliber workout, saying, “I am thrilled! It almost completely replaces the upper and lower body workout that I have been doing at the town gym.” Here is a picture of the 2500S taken from a user.

Pros and Cons


  • The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym is versatile and lets you do most of the exercises you would be able to do at a health club
  • This gym is durable and solid, making it less likely that you will run into problems down the road from wear and tear
  • Body-Solid gives you a lifetime warranty that covers every piece of equipment


  • This gym takes up some space in your home and does not fold up like other home gyms
  • Assembly can be a pain, and is the number one complaint that customers have about this gym

Problems and Complaints

I’ve seen almost no complaints about the functionality of this gym, but in almost every review on Amazon, customers explain that this gym takes four to six hours to assemble and that putting it together can be a frustrating process. If you can get past the assembly, chances are high that you will enjoy this gym.

Fit and Over Fifty points out how difficult it can be to assemble this unit but says, “if you can make it through the assembly, this is a fantastic choice of home gym.”

Are there any exercises that the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym is Unable to Perform?

Reviewers have pointed out that this home gym does not include the leg press and Body-Solid no longer sells the attachment for it. Others have said that the leg extension and curls are not that great on this machine either. This gym seems to be better at working your upper body and abs than your lower body, but it does include several lower body exercises.

How Does the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym Rate Overall?

This gym is currently rated 5 out of 5 stars and comes highly recommended. It effectively allows you to do all of the weight lifting exercises you would do at a health club right in your home and it is well built and durable. If you have the space for this gym in your home and can get past the assembly, this gym should make you happy and help you get in shape.

Where Can I Buy and Where Can I Read More Reviews for the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM 2500S Home Gym?

The best place to see more reviews is on Amazon. Amazon’s prices are about as competitive as they can be and they provide free shipping.

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