Force USA has unleashed the beast, and its name is G20. The latest evolution in all-in-one trainers offered by Force USA, the G20 answers every question ever posed its predecessors in such a way, fans of the brand have to wonder what could be next? While preceding models were geared for homes, the G20 is marketed as a commercial offering. Designed as an 11-in-1 machine, this one unit replaces 11 different machines. It comes atop the G3, G9, G6, and G12, each of which offers just a few options more than the last.
With this latest more commercial-friendly model, users are not only getting nearly 1,000 pounds of weight capacity, but also two weight stacks of 298 pounds each in this functional trainer. Measuring 75 inches x 67 inches x 91 inches, it’s a little larger overall in terms of footprint, and that does need to be considered by those planning to assemble it. That said, for $6,999.99, one might never have to buy other equipment (aside from plates) after acquiring the G20. But, are all the bells and whistles really worth the money? Check out our detailed spec analysis and comparison below.
|Model||Force USA G20|
|Max. Weight||992 lbs|
|Workout Area||80' x 70' (approx.)|
|Accessories||29 attachments included|
Cables and Pulleys: 2 Years
Wear and Tear Items: 90 days
It really is a dream machine for fans of home fitness, and a solid answer to the needs of small gyms and private trainers. The next wish to the magical gym genie of course is for Olympic plates to fill it, but one would have to purchase those irrespective of the machine selected. Whether a hardcore powerlifter seeking to grow a 1-rep max, or a competitive bodybuilder advancing within the NPC, anyone can use it. The only potential question here is whether the customer really needs all these options. With little imagination, many can replicated with barbells and a standalone power rack. The great thing about the Force USA all-in-ones is that they represent a progression in terms of offerings. If $6,999.99 is a little salty, or assembly is going to present too great a challenge, look up and down their catalogue for a more adequate fit.
Frankly, that’s the only reason we’re not rating it higher yet. Whether or not one really wants all the bells and whistles of an 11-In-1 machine depends upon their plans.
- High weight capacity (Unit 992 pounds, J-Hooks 992 pounds, Front Safety 992 pounds, Smith Machine 794 pounds)
- 11 workout stations in one machine
- 400 different exercises
- Plate-loaded resistance
- Supports all Olympic barbell lifts and their variants – Squats, Deadlifts, Presses
- 578 pounds in stacked weights (two 298-pound stacks)
- Compact size (given range of workout/functions)
- 29 attachments included, with upgrades available
- High-tensile cables rated at 2,000 pounds
- Walkthrough design
- Might be too many options for the average user
- Complex assembly
- Requires tall ceilings if optional pull-up station installed
- Requires sufficient flooring to support
Force USA G20 versus the competition
To be quite frank, there really aren’t that many 11-in-1 machines of this kind on the market. Most of the competitors in the home gym market would look more like the Bowflex Extreme 2 SE we reviewed here, or the Tonal. Commercial equipment trends toward individual machines. What makes the Force USA products unique is they combine the plate-loaded elements of old school lifting with a high-quality power rack. To that end, we’d consider the French Fitness FS90 Functional Trainer and Squat Rack a potential rival.
Priced at $3,999, the FSR90 features a power rack, Smith Machine, functional trainer, landmine station, dip bars, pull-up station, lat pull-down, Jammer Arms, and leg press. Very similar, but the maximum weight on that unit’s J-Hooks is 550 pounds, Smith Machine at 600 pounds, and total weight 992 pounds. The functional trainer offers two 220-pound weight stacks, instead of 298. Measuring nearly 88 inches in height, it’s 88 inches wide, and 65 inches deep, plus the Jammer Arms fully extended reach 101.5 inches. Depending on just how heavy one wants to go, and how much premium they place on vertical row stations, this might be sufficient. The different in cost between the two units can easily be seen in the size and associated weights. The FSR90 offers a 10-year warranty on parts, and one-year for labor. One huge plus for the French Fitness family of products is they do offer in-home installation for an additional charge.
Another potential rival would be the Rogue Fitness Monster Cave, priced at $4,950. Also built around a power rack, the Monster Cave system expands the cable pulley system into a wide frame, and offers either 250- or 300-pound weight stacks on either side. Meanwhile, the same power rack model where the Big Four lifts can be be performed with barbells offers a solid 3×3-inch, 11-gauge steel construction with Westside Barbell spacing. What’s missing is the Smith Machine and assorted add-ons of the G20, like leg press or landmine set-up. It does however offer a weight storage component which resembles a cave. Rogue Fitness offers limited lifetime warranties on welds and structural frames, and with 5-year warranties on parts.
So the question for shoppers is the value of having 11 stations in one, as opposed to making due with less. Check out the details below on what exactly the 11 options entail.
Working Out on The Force USA G20
The Force USA G20, at a basic level, can be broken out into 11 different machines that take up a single footprint. Depending on what sort of routine you’re looking to do, you’ll need to pick up an Olympic barbell and perhaps an adjustable workout bench to use the G20 to its maximum potential. The G20 contains a: Power Rack, Functional Trainer, Smith Machine, Vertical Leg Press, Pull-Up station, Suspension Trainer, Core Trainer/Landmine station, Lat Pulldown Machine, Low Row, Calf Raise, VersaPad.
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 51 different holes for the J-Hook attachments, Westside 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 six 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 connected two weight stacks on either side. With the G20, two separate 298-pound stacks are included, as well as you always see in commercial gyms. The cable pulley system affords a 1:1 ratio, which means 100 pounds of resistance on the stack feels like 100 pounds when pulled. The pulleys raise and lower into 21 different positions vertically.
Purchase of the machine includes 29 attachments, which include a V-bar, close-grip handle, and rope. Whether for triceps, pulldowns, or as part of the Vertical Leg Press, the stacks help afford many of the 400 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 built-in overhead chin-up bar on the G20 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. At 91 inches in height, one has to consider the ceilings of the room in which the unit would be placed as their heads are going to go up over the machine. 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.
Built to function as a landmine station, users attach a barbell into the pivot for an Olympic bar-long lever for a range of core, shoulder, and back exercises. Once again consider space here—the landmine station is positioned at the front corner of the G20 rack, and one will need over 7 feet of space to accommodate the length of the barbell. Among some of the best unilateral movements out there, landmine-style one-arm thrusters offer a full body workout unrivaled.
Vertical Leg Press
The oversized leg plate attachment which hooks into the Smith Machine affords users a chance to vertically drive up and down the bar in a pressing motion. While lying on one’s back, the lifter places their feet against the plate and simply pushes. And given the 794-pound weight max of the Smith Machine, there’s little chance of outgrowing the machine. This option is one though that customers might want to reconsider if price is an option. The reality is, the G20 offers a whole host of lower body opportunity by way of the squat rack and Smith Machine. Other models of the Force USA All-In-One series lack the leg press, and are respectively lower in price.
Designed to work with a resistance system like TRX, the component comes with a stirrup and is also compatible with a heavy bag. 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.
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 and allows the user up to 298 pounds of resistance. 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.
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 challenge here is that without the Vertical Leg Press, the low row plate disappears too, so these two machines go together.
The included calf block attachment allows users to convert a squat bar or the Smith Machine into a calf raise. By placing the bar on one’s shoulders and their toes on the block, they can flex up and down to isolate the calves. A valuable exercise for sure, but again, if one is price-conscious, the of the Force USA models lacking this can also be used to perform this exercise by simply replacing the block with Olympic plates beneath the toes.
A padded bar which attaches horizontally across the Smith Machine, this can be used for weighted hip thrusts, elevated push-ups, or split squats. Made of high-density foam and coated in rip-resistant material, this is a neat item which replaces the utility bench in a lot of respects. That said, if one is planning to have a utility bench in addition to the machine, it’s also a nicety that might be reconsidered in terms of value.
Included G20 Attachments:
- 2 x 289 lb Weight Stacks
- 2 x Globe-grip Chin-up Bars
- 1 x Multi-grip Chin-up Bar
- Suspension Training Ring
- Safety Spotter Arms
- Landmine Rotating Holder
- Functional Training Bar
- Lat Pull-down Bar
- Small Grip Frame Bar
- Close Grip Handle
- 2 x Metal Stirrup Handles
- 2 x Adjustable Nylon Stirrup Handles
- 2 x Nylon Stirrup Handles
- Hammer Grip Bar
- Pull-down Rope
- Saw Tooth Bar + 2 Handles
- Leg Press + Low Row Foot Plate
- Pull-down Knee Holder
- Calf Block Attachment
- Attachment Storage
- 2 x Olympic Lock Collars
- 4 x Band Pegs
- 6 x Weight Plate Holders
- 6 x Olympic Spring Clips
- 4 x Extension Chain
- 15 x Spring Snap Clips
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 G20 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.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Force USA G20 All-in-one Trainer warranty includes:
- Frame: Lifetime
- Cables and pulleys: 2 years
- Wear and tear on rack accessories: 90 days
Is It Worth It?
This is the big question, as the Force USA G3, the brand’s entry-level model, is running $2,099. That said, it’s on the other end of the spectrum in terms of offerings as a 5-In-1 machine, even though the rack and Smith Machine can handle as much weight. For personal trainers handling clients out of their own studio, we’d give the G20 a healthy thumbs up because clients have a wide array of tastes. The smaller the group of users, we’d have to ask if a Calf Raise pad, VersaPad, and Vertical Leg Press plate are really worth the difference in cost. At $6,999, one still has to purchase Olympic plates or bumpers. No question, it’s a top tier unit and we’ll rate it as such in terms of quality, with the only caveat being all the extras.