The directions were easy to read and follow. I built it myself and it took 4 hours. The tricky part is doing the cable and pulleys. This is where most of the time is spent. The machine has a weight stack that is 120 pounds but using it with this pulley system increases the tension weight. For example if you have it set on six weights the pounds are 60 but the tension would be 168lbs. So you don't need a ton of weights the pulley system works fantastic. Great engineering. A must buy for the price.
I've had this "Gym" for 1.5 years. I weigh in at 160 lbs male and consider myself moderate at workouts. The metal frame that holds the seat to the frame bent and snapped off at the welds (could of been serious hurt). Contacted weider they told me they couldn't do anything for me but could sell me the part for $150. I paid less than $400 for the whole gym. Called sears they said it past the 90 day warranty, noting they could do. Sooo If you intend on actually using this gym, and it really is only good for a few exercises (mainly the bench). Be prepared for shotty workmanship that nobody will back after 90 days. Next time I will get a bowflex they actually stand behind there products. Good luck..
Instructions are great however it will take a few hours to set up.
I like this wider pro 6900 perfect for a old man and doesn't take up a lot of room
Have only used a few times however seems ok at this point
this was a gift to myself, for a better lifestyle.