The 9300 Pro, sold under the Weider brand and made by Icon Health and Fitness, Inc., is a universal in-home gym. The design of the machine caters more to an upper-body workout than a lower-body workout, as it lacks the necessary equipment to perform many lower-body exercises. You will have to assemble the system in a series of four stages, that include setting up the frame, arms, cables and seats. Once assembled, the 9300 Pro is too large and heavy to move, so be sure to set it up in its permanent spot.
What It Is
Once assembled, the 9300 Pro is 78 inches tall, 64 inches wide and 70 inches long. It has two main exercise areas. One area includes an upright weight bench, high pulley and leg attachment. The other area has a second upright weight bench, press arms, low pulley, curl pad and butterfly arms. Choose a space that has an additional 2 to 3 feet of clearance in front of each exercise station so you can use the low pulley and leg extension. The height of the bench seats is adjustable, but you cannot change the angle of the back pad as it is attached to the frame. The system includes a nylon handle, lat bar and ab strap to use with the high and low pulleys.
What You Can Do With It
You can perform dozens of strength-training exercises on the Weider 9300 Pro. For your upper body, you can do seated chest presses, seated flyes, biceps curls, triceps pressdowns, shoulder presses, shoulder raises and seated cable crunches. The only built-in station that specifically targets your lower body is the leg-extension attachment. You can use the handle on the low pulley as resistance for lunges, squats and straight-leg deadlifts, although it may be a little awkward to do so. The Weider 9300 Pro does not come with an ankle attachment, although you can purchase one separately.
How Much Resistance It Provides
The Weider 9300 Pro has two weight stacks. One attaches to the ab station, the upper pulley and the lower pulley. The other attaches to the press and butterfly arms. Each weight stack offers weight from 6.5 to 106.5 pounds in 12.5 increments. However, the friction caused by the complex cable and pulley system changes the actual weight used at each station. For example, if you place the weight pin under plate number three -- the fourth plate from the top -- this equals about 86 pounds of resistance on the low pulley, but only 53 pounds of resistance on the high pulley. The user manual includes a weight chart to help you determine the approximate resistance you are using at any given station.
Where You Can Find It
The Weider 9300 Pro gym was originally manufactured in 2000. It is an outdated model that is no longer manufactured so you won't find the 9300 Pro as a new unit in retail stores. You may find used models for sale by previous owners or in sporting good stores that sell used equipment.