Gold's Gym XR-45 Review

The Gold's Gym XR-45 in all its glory!
The Gold's Gym XR-45 in all its glory!


The Gold's Gym is part of a huge company called Icon Fitness, and is known to reuse the same product under many other company names. As a result, there are quite a few home gyms that look very similar to the XR-45. However, I assure you that this home gym is a quality buy.

Several months ago I was in a search for a versatile but affordable home gym. I looked at many gyms at an inexpensive, which all were either bow resistance (which are very short-lived gyms, as the rods lose resistance over time), or too simple, without many exercises. Then, I came upon the Gold's Gym XR-45, which looked too good to be true.


The machine can do quite a few different exercises, which I've listed below with their respective resistances:

  • bench press: 216 lbs
  • butterfly arm: 92 lbs
  • high pulley w/ lat bar: 114 lbs
  • leg extensions: 282 lbs
  • low pulley that can do sitting rows, barbell curl, and leg curls, etc.: 241 lbs

Pros VS Cons

A major plus for the machine was for its price. All the other machines I saw that the same price range were much less robust in the the features it offered.

However, most of the machine is very satisfactory, but there were two cons to this machine, and they can really keep you from buying them:

  1. It comes unassembled and takes quite a while and effort to put together (6-7 hours for me)
  2. There are only 8 weights in the stack which weigh 10 pounds each, but with the use of pulleys are increased to the resistances I listed above, which means that you can only change it by ~15-30 lb increments, depending on the exercise.

The two cons aside, this machine hasn't failed to surprise me. And even after the initial 'wow' phase after buying it, I'm still very satisfied with it.

The Verdict

So the bottom line: If you have a tight budget and want a versatile multi-exercise machine, if you can put up with the huge weight increments, assembly time, and if your workout is under the weight range that I've stated above (i.e., you're not a hardcore bodybuilder), this machine is right for you. (I know, quite a lot of criteria to fill)

I give it 8 out of a maximum of 10 points. It's a fairly cheap buy, and you really can't go wrong with a price like this. It pays off its price in gym membership in no more than 3 years, and is much more accessible than one.

The Products

To my disappointment, it seems that the XR-45 is currently not available on Amazon. However, to make it up to you viewers, I'v added here several of the other gyms I mentioned, from a separate branch of Icon Fitness. However, these have an even higher resistance than the XR45 offers, with a slightly higher price tag.

If anyone's interested, I can run a search and give you an in-depth review of these machines.They seem to be fairly impressive deals for those who are interested, especially the last one, if your budget allows it!

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What do you think about the XR-45? 6 comments

Dave Lin 5 years ago

They are on sale right now for $125 ! maybe ill get two lol

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Yeager87 5 years ago from Alabama

I am a 24 year old woman wanting to tone up a little, not become bulky. If the right amount of weight is used with this machine, do you think this is what I need to purchase? Or is there another at home gym that someone would recommend? And where have you found this for $125? Thanks!!

Kkmorgen 3 years ago

This machine is a monster to assemble! I have assembled many things but this gym is very tedious and not easy. Be sure you have professional tools, not tool kit tools to do this job. And two very patient people and about 6-8 hours.

tina 2 years ago

I just bought this machine from Walmart for $250. The assembly took my husband about 3 hours (and he's very handy); but all the hardware was nicely labeled, so that was a big help. I don't want to bulk up or become a hard-core body builder, I just want to slim down and tone up, so I'm happy with my purchase.

John 2 years ago

It's so funny to me when people say " I don't want to bulk up or become a hard core body builder"...............don't worry, you won't, it takes 100% dedication to do so.

Samir 18 months ago

Two thoughts..First, don't thing the 101 is all that bad. The 405? THAT is Hell.Second, I beelvie there is an organization chart of Heaven that is equally grueling in the Heinlein novel Job: A Comedy of Justice. That is to be viewed.And I agree there should be a special place in Hell for sanctimonious Mac/iPhone/iPad users to have it out with equally sanctimonious other platform folks. I even back off on my Android crusade because of a fear of that place and I don't even much beelvie in Hell

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