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Force USA brings into the 2022 lineup a new top model in its series of plate-loaded all-in-one trainers, the G10. Sitting atop the G3 and G9, the new G10 introduces what is marketed as the first interchangeable cable pulley ratio of 2:1 to 4:1, along with 18 attachments an rigged up to be an 8-in-1 workout unit. For those familiar with Force USA’s all-one-trainers, the biggest difference between the two categories is plate-loaded versus the plate-plus-weights. The G10 is plate-loaded, meaning it lacks the heavy stack of weights tucked inside the Functional Trainer’s cable system and instead allows users to load Olympic plates onto horns for resistance. This translates into a significant difference in pricing as the G10 comes in at $3,999.99 versus the G20 at $5,999.99.
Measuring 80″ x 73″ x 87″ with an interior space of 41″ x 48″ x 80″, the G10 also comes with an optional $799 upgrade kit complete with Jammer Arms, an adjustable vertical leg press, a core trainer, a TV mount, barbell row handle, single metal handles, an ankle cuff, and four storage shelves. If you’re considering creating a home or garage gym, the G10 is easily one of the most affordable routes to complete independence from commercial facilities. The 8-in-1 design means one can combine eight workout machines into one, and perform more than 375 different exercises all in the space of a garage corner for about $4,000 plus barbells and weights. But are all these features worth it as opposed to a simple flat bench and squat rack? Check out our detailed spec analysis and comparison below.
|Model||Force USA G10|
|Max. Weight||992 lbs|
|Workout Area||80' x 70' (approx.)|
|Accessories||18 attachments included|
As a top-end model in the plate-loaded category of all-in-one trainers, the Force USA G10 hits the mark both in price and performance. You might say the only thing missing is the stack of weight plates in the Functional Trainer, but the fact is the plate-loaded version works just as well. The worst-kept secret about weight-stacks in towers is that the resistance offered varies from machine to machine based on the engineering and cable ratios. So the number of plates, numbers, or pounds you use at the commercial gym will be different on another machine. Meanwhile, with the plate-loaded version, the weight horns are designed to hold 45-pound Olympic plates and four of those is 180 pounds. Another reality is that with these Functional Trainers is that cable exercises are almost always isolation movements, like triceps press-down or chest clyes. Really, who uses 200 pounds on cable bicep curls? With that in mind, do you really want to pay another couple thousand dollars for the stack of weight plates inside the functional trainer as opposed to the plate-loaded version?
That’s why we’re bumping this rating up and adjusting the other Force USA all-in-one trainers this 2022 season. The brand is doing some really great things in terms of its lineup and from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, this G10 really hits a sweet spot at $3,999.99 for homeowners. If that price is still too salty, check out our reviews of the G3 and G9 which lead up to it.
- High weight capacity (Unit 992 pounds, Smith Machine 772 pounds, Chin-Up Station 772 pounds)
- 8 workout stations in one machine
- 375 different exercises
- Plate-loaded resistance
- Unique interchangeable 2:1 and 4:1 cable ratios
- Supports all Olympic barbell lifts and their variants – Squats, Deadlifts, Presses
- Lifetime structural warranty
- 18 attachments included, with upgrades available
- High-tensile cables rated at 2,000 pounds
- Walkthrough design
- Complex assembly
- Barbells and weight plates not included
- Requires tall ceilings if optional pull-up station installed
- Requires sufficient flooring and space
Force USA G10 versus the competition
With lots of all-in-one trainer machines on the market, it is a bit tough to comparison shop at times, particularly when the devil is in the details. The first step is to avoid confusing these units with home gyms like the Total Gym Fit or the NordicTrack Fusion CST. Those type of systems take a cables-only approach and whether operating off body-weight or Silent Magnetic Resistance, there are limited if any options for barbell work. The Force USA G-series on the other hand are effectively modified power racks with a Functional Trainer and Smith Machine built into the mix. To that degree a comparison shopper might look to the PRx Performance family of equipment for comparisons.
Whereas the Force USA G-series strikes one as more powerlifting-friendly, the PRx Performance products were designed by CrossFit participants. The Men’s Elite Home Gym Package is centered around a wall-mounted squat rack and chin-up station, as opposed to the actual caged structure of the G10. And whereas the G10 comes with a Functional Trainer can cable system and the PRx Performance package does not, the latter does include 230 pounds worth of plates, barbells, kettlebells, bench, and other goodies to make a more complete purchase of $4,378.70, which isn’t far off what the G10 would be if one to buys barbells and weight plates. The upside to the PRx Performance systems is they’re based on wall-mounted racks, meaning it’s half a squat cage one attaches to a wall. This makes the unit much more space-friendly and yet has been demonstrated to provide weight maximums sufficient for powerlifters. The downside is there are no cable attachments or Functional Trainer system. If you’re leaning toward the Big Four lifts and want to throw in cable-based isolation movements, the G10 is probably still a stronger buy.
The closest peer rival to the G10 would be French Fitness FSR90 which we directly compared alongside the Force USA G9 prior to the G10’s arrival in the review. Ultimately we rated the FSR90 over the G9 because it does come with a stack of weight plates inside the Functional Trainer as opposed to plate-loaded. That said, the new G10 offers a unique interchangeable 2:1 and 4:1 cable ratio on the trainer, whereas the FSR90 is only 2:1, and that could be a big plus for Force USA. Priced at $3,199, the FSR90 is smaller and has a lower maximum weight capacity of 706 pounds, cable rating of 882 pounds, chin-up rating of 463 pounds, and Smith Machine at 794 pounds. A smaller version of the Force USA G-machines, the FSR90 features a power rack, Smith Machine, functional trainer, landmine station, dip bars, pull-up station, and lat pull-down. The FSR90 offers a 10-year warranty, whereas the G10 offers a lifetime guarantee on the structure. Given the greater weight capacity, added cable ratios, and better warranty, the G10 is definitely a step above the FSR90.
Working Out on The Force USA G10
As an 8-in-1 machine, the Force USA G10 can be broken out into eight different machines which take up a single footprint. The machine does not come with weights or barbells, but the Force USA does offer all of those in their store for bulk purchases. Keep in mind the discount code FITRATED can knock 5% off orders of $1,500 or greater. The G10 contains a: Power Rack, Functional Trainer, Smith Machine, Low Row, Chin/Pull-Up Station, Lat Pulldown Machine, Dip Station, Suspension Trainer.
The base structure of the machine is the power rack, a modified squat cage constructed of 11-gauge steel. With two front uprights spotted with 60 different holes for the J-Hook attachments with 1-inch spacing is utilized here. Th J-Hooks are designed to hold the barbell in place at any level of the uprights, whether for upper body presses or squats. The power rack also comes with safety spotter arms, which are also moveable, and can augment the squats or perhaps rack pulls, or various pressing motions.
The key here is the 992-pound weight max on the machine, which also features eight weight plate holders for storage. The chances of outgrowing this machine are pretty slim, even for the most competitive of lifters. Meanwhile, one doesn’t have to purchase much additional plate storage with that kind of capacity.
For those used to other machines, a functional trainer here is the adjustable height cable rig which in this unit is attached to weight horns for plates on either side. With the G10, the cable system is rated up to 2,000 pounds capacity. Engineered with a unique pulley ratio system, the G10 offers both a 2:1 and 4:1 system. In a 2:1 ratio, when 100 pounds is placed on the machine the resistance is 50 pounds, whereas with a 4:1 system it’s 25 pounds. The pulleys raise and lower into 21 different positions vertically.
The cables themselves are constructed of 6.2mm nylon-coated military-spec aircraft quality material tested up to 2,000 pounds. Purchase of the machine includes 18 attachments, which include a V-bar, close-grip handle, and rope. Whether for triceps, pulldowns, or rows, the Functional Trainer afford many of the 375 exercises available on the machine.
Most people think the Smith Machine is all about squatting, but there are additional uses to consider, especially for heavy lifters. The Smith Machine can be used as a stabilized bench press, for Bulgarian split squats, and even for single arm press when used with a flat bench. With the ability to flip the bar into motion using the wrist, lifters can also perform negatives, or lifts where one slowly lowers a supra-maximal load downward to condition themselves to the heavier weight. Negatives are great for strength training, and are virtually impossible to perform without spotters or a solid Smith Machine. The safety spotter arms also assist in users ability to lift with heavy weights in negative fashion. And with a weight max of 794 pounds, it’s unlikely that even advanced lifters would outgrow this machine.
The Vertical Leg Press attachment converts readily into a low row station foot pad. When used, users seat themselves on the ground, place their feet against the plate, and then pull horizontally an attachment hooked to the functional trainer. The low row hits the back’s midsection, while the lat pulldown works the upper back.
The built-in overhead chin-up bar on the G10 is designed for a range of grip types. The functional trainer associated with the machine means users can attach weights by way of chain or belt for extra resistance. To use this station one does need ceilings of at least 7’8″ in height. The value of the multiple grips afforded here is the diversity of angles from which one can work their back and arm muscles. If combined in a super- or giant-set with low rows or presses, there’s no question the unit can be used to fully develop the upper body’s posterior and anterior sides.
The cable-based system brings three different attachments: A straight bar, multi-grip, and saw-tooth. The lat pulldown option works in conjunct with the functional trainer. This would be considered a fairly significant piece, that said, one could probably replicate it on a lower-priced model by simply buying the attachments separately.
Purchase includes a front-mounted, multi-grip dip handle. This attachment hooks into the front uprights of the machine can be adjusted vertically for height. Built to accommodate weight belts, the dip station affords users one of the best overall upper body exercises around. Dips have been proven time and again to provide a tremendous benefit to both the triceps and chest, particularly when weighted belts or chains attached to the Functional Trainer are incorporated.
Designed to work with a resistance system like TRX, the component comes with a stirrup and can be used for more than 50 different exercises. For those unfamiliar, these suspension trainers allow users to perform bodyweight exercises like push-ups or pull-ups utilizing a cable and strap. Whether as a warm-up for stretching, or as a workout in their own right, these bodyweight drills are a favorite among many. Again, if cost is a consideration, this might be where customers consider another model where it’s not offered and the unit is respectively lower priced.
Included G10 Attachments:
- 2 J-Hooks
- Adjustable Low Row Footplate
- Dip Handle
- Suspension Trainer
- Front Safety Support Bars
- Smith Safeties and Adjustable Hooks
- Lat Pulldown Bar
- Knee Anchor for Lat Pulldowns
- 2 x Single Nylon Cable D Handle
- 2 x Adjustable Nylon Cable Handle
- Triceps Rope
- Triceps V Bar
- Short Bar
- Revolving Dual Cable Straight Bar
- Close Grip Row Handle
- 4 x Extension Chains
- 10 x Olympic Lock Collars
- 4 x Band Pegs
- 6 x Carabiners
- 8 x Plate Holders
- 2 x Barbell Storage
- 2 x Exercise Charts (56 exercises)
- Storage Hooks
Similarly to how some of the treadmills and exercise bikes we’ve covered also come with additional costs beyond getting inside the door of your workout space, there are other costs to consider alongside the sticker price of the Force USA G10 All-in-One Trainer. Here’s what one needs to know.
- Weight Plates: These are not included with the machine, and depending on how heavy you lift, one is looking at between $450 and $1,300 to load this thing up with Olympic or bumper plates.
- Barbell: While the fixed bar for the Smith Machine is obviously included, one will need a separate bar for the power rack and landmine station. Through Force USA, a good barbell starts at $179.99.
- Upgrade Package: The Force USA G10 model comes with an $799 .99 upgrade offer which includes Jammer Arms, Adjustable Vertical Leg Press Plate, Core Trainer, Barbell Row Handle, Single Pair Metal Handles, TV mount which can accommodate up to 32-inch screens, Ankle Cuff, and four 18″ x 16″ storage shelves.
- Set-Up: The G10 is delivered to homes on pallet weighing 685 pounds. Assembly is complicated and the company does offer a third-party installer who can set up the machine for an additional cost.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Force USA G10 All-in-One Trainer includes a lifetime structural warranty.
Questions & Answers
- What kind of hole-spacing is utilized in the uprights ?
The front-facing uprights have 60 adjustment points set at 1″ intervals and laser-etched numerals. The adjustable J-Hooks can be moved vertically along the uprights and secured in place.
- Does the G10 come with weight plates?
No, individual barbells and plates must be purchased separately.
- Is the G10 difficult to assemble?
Actually, assembly could be complicated. Force USA does offer a third-party installer. Or, if opting do it oneself, we would definitely recommend getting assistance as there are a lot of parts.
- Would the G10 fit in a second-story bedroom?
Keep in mind the weight of the unit when shipped is over 685 pounds, and that’s before barbells and weight plates are considered. We’d strongly recommend a concrete floor, such as found in a garage, or at least a solid ground floor within the home. Otherwise there might be issues with the first-floor ceiling below.
Training Tips for Force USA G10
Since this model comes with a Dip Station as well as Chin-Up Station, one might as well use them to the max. If you’ve ever been to a bodybuilding contest, you’ll see backstage a dip and pull-up station for sure. When I compete at NPC Bodybuilding events, we all line up behind stage before going out and “pump up” for the judging by maxing out the reps. Dips for triceps, narrow-grip chin-ups for biceps and lats, and then push-ups for chest, are some of the best hypertrophy agents around. That said, with the G10, one has a 772-pound weight max associated with this station, meaning one can strap up for weighted dips and pull-ups. In my own garage gym I use a 45-pound vest for these movements, but with the G10 one can hook a chain to a weightlifting belt and attach it to the Functional Trainer’s bottom pulley. This is particularly useful with the dips as there aren’t many barbell movements which can replicate it, while the weighted pull-up looks a lot like a lat pull-down. Whether you use a vest or a belt, give it a try some time. And if you do buy a Force USA G10, you’ll be sure to add weighted pull-ups and dips into the workout for sure.
Is It Worth It?
There’s not much doubt the Force USA G10 is a solid buy. The fact that the unit comes with a plate-loaded Functional Trainer as opposed to weight-stack really makes it a personal decision based on preference. I suppose there are some that really like the feel of a weight stack but given the price difference and the ability to put Olympic plates on this machine it’s hard to justify. As an 8-in-1 machine, the reality is a smart lifter can easily perform more than 375 exercises on this and effectively replace a commercial gym membership. At $3,999.99, one still has to purchase Olympic plates or bumpers, and for those interested in buying company direct, keep in mind our discount code FITRATED can knock 5% off orders of $1,500 or greater.