The Weider 2980 X is a slim home gym, designed to work every major muscle group. It's a compromise between space and convenience; although it doesn't fold up or roll away for storage, its single station, single stack design is relatively petite for the number of exercises it offers.
The Weider 2980X contains most of the expected attachments, including butterfly arms that double as press arms, a curl pad, a leg lever and high and low pulley stations. This much functionality in such a small package means that you should be prepared to spend time adjusting the equipment between exercises. For example, to use the lower pulley you must first lock the leg lever in place. To use the butterfly arms as press arms you must remove the pin holding the butterfly arm against the upright.
You can perform at least one exercise for every major muscle group in the Weider 2980 X. Use the butterfly arms as press arms to work your chest, arms and shoulders together. Clip a lat pull-down bar to the high pulley, then sit on the bench and pull the bar down to the top of your chest to work every major muscle group in your back. And if you slide your shins behind the leg lever's lower foam roll and straighten them, swinging the lever up and away from the machine, you'll work your quads. Stand facing the bench and tuck one calf in front of the leg lever's lower roller to work your hamstrings; bend your knee, curling your heel up toward your hips.
Treat a workout on the 2980 X just as if you were strength-training at the gym. Warm up with five to 10 minutes of light cardio, then stretch the muscle groups you plan to work. Cool down after the workout with another five to 10 minutes of light cardio, followed by stretching to improve flexibility and reduce soreness.
If you're creative, you can wring a few more exercises out of this gym. For example, attach the lat bar to the low pulley for bicep curls, upright rows and squats. Attach it to the high pulley for triceps push-downs and high rows.
The fully assembled 2980 X measures 76 inches high by 37 inches wide by 65 inches deep. It has a maximum user weight limit of 300 lbs.
Price and Warranty
As of September 2010, the 2980 X retails for about $400 from Best Buy. It comes with a 90-day limited warranty backed by ICON Health & Fitness, the Weider parent company.
By bringing the 2980 X into your home, you're bringing in not just the benefits of the gym but its risks, too. Keep small children and pets away from the equipment, especially the weight stack. It's easy for small fingers, noses and paws to get caught in moving parts. If you have small children or pets, consider placing the 2980 X in a room behind a door or gate you can use to keep the little ones out when you're not around.