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One of the great things about living in Taiwan is all the great deals you can get on locally made items, like this Johnson Home Gym.
I have been looking for something like this for quite some time, and then stumbled across it at an exercise equipment store in Hsinchu. The price included delivery and setup.
The factory sent out 3 men in a truck, and they spent about an hour and a half on setup. I don’t know how they can do it for that price.
Here are some of the components on the floor prior to setup.
They gave us a few gifts and one of them was this cool floor mat for the gym to sit on.
The guys didn’t mess around and got right to work putting it all together. That’s my Total Gym 9000 in the background.
Adding the weights to the stack.
The pad in the very front is for supporting your arms when doing “preacher curls.” Very useful for focusing on that exercise, most of the the time this pad will be removed from the machine.
The weight stack is shrouded with these nice black curtains.
And there you have it. The complete machine, with the preacher curl pad removed so you can see more details. The machine does bench press, flies, pulldowns from the top bar, pullups from the bottom bar in the front. The front bar is used for the curls. With those options the machine can do a full exercise routine up to 120 pounds on the weight stack. This machine is just what I was looking for. Now, get ready for the price.
Delivered, assembled and setup for use, including the floor mat and one other gift (an isometric dumbell) the final price was NT 14,000, or USD 488! What a bargain!
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