The single-station Weider 8525 home gym features a full range of attachments for duplicating almost any exercise you'd perform on a gym machine. You adjust resistance for each exercise by sliding a selector pin into a stack of weight plates. But the disadvantage of having so many features and possible exercises packed into a single workout station is that you might have to make a few mechanical adjustments as you transition between exercises.
The 8525 has a leg lever, attached to the front of the seat, which you can use for doing leg curls and leg extensions. These classic gym exercises isolate your hamstrings and quads respectively. The Weider 8525 doesn't have the leg press platform or squat lever you'll find on some home gyms, but if you remove the seat, preacher pad and leg lever you can use the low pulley for doing squats.
The Weider 8525 has two major attachments for working your chest: A press arm for doing chest presses, and butterfly arms for doing pec flyes. You can also use the high and low pulley stations for doing incline or decline single-arm chest presses.
Back Exercises and Pulleys
The Weider 8525 has a lat tower and high pulley for doing lat pulldowns. You can also use the tower and pulley for high rows. The low pulley is ideal for a variety of back exercises including more row variations, Romanian deadlifts, shrugs and upright rows. In fact, the ability to attach different handles allows you to adapt both pulleys to work almost any major muscle group in your body. However, the Weider 8525 lacks a mid-level pulley that would make this equipment even more versatile.
The Weider 8525 home gym has an angled preacher pad to support your elbows as you do preacher curls -- but you need free weights to provide resistance during the curls. You can use the 8525's resistance if you remove the seat, preacher pad and leg lever -- and use the low pulley for doing biceps curls. Your triceps work during chest presses, but you can also isolate them with a variety of pushdown exercises using the high pulley.