Review: Weider X-Factor Home Gym – Door Mounted

Weider X-Factor Door Gym System

Weider X-Factor Home Gym

The Weider X-Factor is a new door-mounted home gym.  Weider Fitness has been around for years, and is well known for serious, high quality fitness equipment.  We set one up a few weeks ago and have been using it at least every other day.  This review is a run-down of the equipment, including what you get in the box, set up, and usage.

The Weider X-Factor mounts on virtually any door, which make it attractive to those without much space for a large home gym apparatus.  The X-Factor provides 210 lbs of resistance, which is more than enough for a good home workout.

In the box, you receive the X-Factor (with 2 handles, 2 ankle straps, and 4 connection clips), an exercise chart, 3 DVDs, and a nutrition guide.

It is always nice to get good instruction materials with a piece of workout equipment.  I liked the DVDs – very informative and professionally done.  The wall chart is nice as well.  I put it on the wall next to the door as a reference.

I played with the nutrition guide, which is computer-based (PC only) and found that it has good basic information.  It is helpful, but with my personal background in fitness and nutrition, I probably won’t look at it again.  I am sure that many will find it useful if interested in combining a nutrition plan with their XFactor workout plan.

Mounting the unit is very easy.  It comes already assembled, so you are basically just hanging it on a door.  You can leave it on the door if you like.  If you are short on space and can not fit a larger home gym, the X-Factor is perfect.  The convenience of having it on a door is really the number one reason to get one of these.

The components are all of good quality.  I was a little concerned about the plastic pulleys, but when I took a close look at them, I am sure that they will not be a problem.  The X-Factor comes with a lifetime warranty, which is way better than most exercise equipment in this price range.

I enjoyed the workout from with the X-factor.  It is an extremely versatile piece of equipment on which you can do many different exercises.  I’ve been using it for a while now and have not gotten board with it.  The exercises are easy to do, but work your body hard.  Weider claims that the X-Factor strengthens your core, which I can verify.  Leg and are exercises are effective as well.

Bottom Line:  If you have the space and money, get a full home gym.  If you are looking an alternative that is does not take up a lot of space, but lets you get a great workout, then I recommend the X-Factor.  I do think that the X-Factor is a bargain at around $100.

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Comments

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  3. wezel says:

    now i am really interested in knowing how strong of a resistance you can go up to. In you’re video you pulled down on bands like it wa absolutley no problem at all. i want a good chest work out with good resistance for doing flys. i want to strain a little in other words not just go through the motion. And are the plastic housing were you clamp the grips on are they sturdy or breakable easy.

  4. Steve says:

    Resistance is 210 lbs, and you will be working hard when doing flys. I know that many of the videos may make this look more like a cardio workout, but this is definitely strength training. Here’s a page with video of the X-Factor in use;
    http://www.betterhealthinnovations.com/Weider_X_Factor_Total_Body_Training_System_p/icn-wxf09.htm

    The housing where the unit mounts to the door is steel. The plastic parts are very sturdy and Weider has a lifetime warranty on the X-Factor

  5. Dave says:

    Responding to wezel, I have had a problem with the plastic parts on both 15-lb. resistance bands breaking. I can’t explain why, since the heavier bands seem to be doing fine. Although there is a ifetime warranty, I’ll be damned if I can figure out how to get Weider to send me replacement parts. Their website seems deliberately difficult to navigate. It wants a model number and a serial number to let you go anywhere– and I have searched high and low on the X-Factor for a serial number, and there just isn’t one. It’s very, very frustrating.

  6. Steve says:

    Dave,

    We will take care of a rare quality issue like yours. We are closely partnered with Weider, and unlike other retailers, we are very easy to get a hold of by phone or email. If you can not receive satisfaction from a manufacturer we represent, we have been known to replace an entire unit at our cost.

    Our site is http://www.BetterHealthInnovations.com and we run this blog. If you purchased from us, please send your contact info to us so this can be fixed quickly.

  7. Dave says:

    sadly, i didn’t purchase from you. but the retailer i dealt with was very helpful in taking care of the problem. wish i could say the same about weider. i was very disappointed about that.
    all of that said, the x-factor is a tremendous product. i have used it regularly since i got it, and i am seeing some pretty terrific results in a fairly short time. my apartment is rather small, but the -factor takes up almost no space and gives a great variety of exercises that work all major muscle groups. i would strongly recommend it to anyone with a small space and a tight budget.

  8. Brad says:

    I just purchased this product for my home and my doors are too solid to use this. In other words if your doors fit perfectly flush with the door frame you will not be able to use this gym and it will damage your door, and door frame as it did mine.

  9. Dave 2 says:

    Would this make a decent travel exercise kit? Could you reasonably use it in motel rooms? If so, is there a carrying bag?

  10. Steve says:

    Great idea for working out on the road! The X-Factor would take up a bit of room in a suitcase (but it would fit), so if you like to travel light, it may not be the best solution. However, if you have a bit of extra space, it would be perfect for working out on a trip.

  11. Steve says:

    Brad,

    We had one other customer (out of hundreds) with this problem and I am not sure if there is anyway to tell without trying it if this will be an issue for a specific door. If you purchased the X-Factor from us, please send us an email or call so you can return the unit (no restocking fee).

  12. anthony says:

    i just got it took it home set up and thought this thing is not going to give me a work out but i was wrong followed what they said on the dvd did 15 diffrent exercise’s for the 1min each and wow you can realy feel it

  13. Bobby says:

    Can this system be premanently mounted on a wall?
    I’m thinking of mounting a couple of 2×4 w/ spacers at the same hieghts as a door top and bottom.

  14. Steve says:

    Bobby,

    That’s a great idea. I have never thought of it, but there is no reason that you could not mount the X-Factor on a wall. You would have to go into the studs and use screws large enough to handle the force of your workout.

  15. Kelly says:

    I am considering purchasing an X-factor but am confused about the resistance. I read on one advertisement that the harder you work (faster?) the more resistance it provides. Does it just depend on what bands you are using? What is the lowest resistance that you can use?

  16. Steve says:

    Kelly, The resistance does not vary based on speed. Many of the commercials show the models working out rather fast. I enjoy going fairly fast to get my body in a rhythm. Also, before doing any strength workout I do a cardio routine first (usually on an exercise bike or elliptical machine). This gets my heart pumping and lungs going, bringing more oxygen to my muscles. While working out on the X-Factor, I like to keep the pace up – not for the cardio, but to get the most of the strength workout. This is not to say that you can not workout slower on the X-Factor, it is just my preference.

    To answer your original question, the lowest resistance is 15 lbs.

  17. Zach says:

    I was really thinking about getting one of these until I noticed that there is no way it would fit the top of my door. The door itself rubs against the frame at the top when it shuts so im pretty sure i would not be able to close my door with the x-factor on.

    Maybe if there was a mounting option i’d be down.

  18. Steve says:

    Zach,

    This is definitely a concern, which I commented on before. We have sold several hundred of these and have had only two customers (one just last week) who had an issue mounting it on the door.

    For fit issues such as this, we will accept the return with no restocking fee.

  19. Rob says:

    When doing cardio or exercises with a lot of speed – do the pulleys hold up? I have a Tower 200 and high speed exercises caused the pins in the pulleys to heat up and meld the plastic pulleys. Has anyone experienced that with the X-Factor??

    Thanks,

    Rob

  20. Steve says:

    Rob,

    I’ve never heard of that on the X-Factor. Actually, I’ve never heard of that on the Tower 200 either! Anyone else?

  21. Alec polson says:

    i just brought the X-factor over good reviews, Tower 200 is bull! your pulleys well melt over time from the friction of heat, i searched for alot of reviews over xfactor and tower 90 to combo it with my P90X tower 200 came out the worse to buy….. elite fitness where i just brought it from only import gym stuff that works, and seen results from there customers, as she told me to come back in 90days and give a review on this product, they had this set up as a demo, i have been doing P90X for 30days and i used to go to the gym, before that the gym was to dear, so i wanted something better, i asked her to put the max weight on this, and i tried to do my pull downs, …….. guess what, its not easy, after 10 reps 1 set i was really tried…. the cables are really thick … thicker than your normal bands your buy, i really cant wait to set this up and see what its like after one month

  22. Tony says:

    I am thinking about buying weider x factor. Look like it will work out well for my body and muscles. But, I have questions about x factor…Will it burn off fats? and will the x factor convert fats into muscles?

  23. gary williams says:

    i have been using this with for a month now and i can really see the results ive gained five pounds of muscle love this thing.

  24. peter says:

    I just have a concern regarding the resistance tubes. I have worked with resistance tubes and they seem to snap after a period of time. The tower 200 uses bungee chords, so does the x factor resistance band can last along time and are they part of the warranty also? Thanks in advance!

  25. Steve says:

    The resistance bands are absolutely covered by warranty!

  26. kay says:

    I am interested in purchasing the X-Factor for toning only. I do not want to build muscle. Can any one tell me if the chart example or guidelines included with x-factor in box shows option(s) for toning only & would the least amount of 15 lbs be to much more toning only? this is new for me, so my questions may sound dumb

  27. Mattison says:

    Couple questions:

    1. Im assuming is comes with more then one handle so you can work two pulleys at the same time. Correct?

    2. The highest tension was 60lbs therefore if im using both pulleys doesn’t that mean the highest weight i can pull is only 120lbs and not the 210 listed?

    3. I plan on putting it on a door in my basement and the door is shorter then your average one. Does the system adjust to different heights?

    Thanks in advance.

  28. DRock says:

    I’ll start by saying the concept of the X-Factor is great. It allows users to engage in a gamut of exercises both compound and isolated. Also the standard gym steel clips and attachments (hand grips, ankle straps, straight bar) give users the ability to diversify what kind and number of muscles they would like to work. However…

    After reading several reviews for this home gym product I was confident I would be purchasing a top quality piece of equipment with an unlimited warranty. This was not the case. I set my X-factor up the day I got it. I had anticipated set up and my first work out to go smoothly. Rather, There were four things I immediately found wrong with the product:

    1. The sticker labeling the lb resistance of two of the 30lb bun-gees were already peeling before I even set it up
    2. The metal anchor plates on the top corners of the door scraped paint off of the door casing. Also, the door will not close unless I shift the top non-hinged side so it is flush with the door.
    3. Furthering my original disappointment, two of the four 15lb. pulleys make a winding noise every time they are used.
    4. The Weider website says there is a lifetime warranty… the warranty that comes in the package says there is only a 90 day warranty.

    As there are several things wrong with this product, like I said before, the concept is great. If higher quality pulleys were used (that don’t make noise), the unit didn’t scrape the door jam like it says it should, and it was actually a lifetime warranty as stated on the website (the warranty that comes in the package has a 90 day limit) this would be a top shelf home gym for the price.

  29. Redrenard95628 says:

    Beware,warranty is 90 days,also small slits appeared on the rubber tubing within weeks of use. I’m now searching for replacement tubing. Inspect your tubing regularly!!

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