Force USA G3, G6, G9, G12 & G20 Review: All-In-One Gym & Functional Trainer Buying Guide

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Force USA Monster G3 G6 G9 and G12 All-In-One Home Gym Reviews

This page is an in-depth guide to some of the best all-in-one gyms and functional trainers on the market — The Force USA G-Series All-in-One Gyms, which include 5 different models. I’ve done in-depth reviews on them all:

NOTE: The Force USA All-in-One Gyms were formerly known as the Force USA Monster All-in-One Gyms. They have since taken out the “Monster” name to simplify the branding.

In this Force USA G3/G6/G9/G12/G20 review, I’ll tell you:

  • What exactly the Force USA G-Series machines are
  • What makes them unique
  • Who they’re best suited for, and who they’re not for
  • The differences between the four G-Series models — and much more!

Originally, I was going to have the G3 shipped to my place so I could test and review it. However, that turned out to be impractical since I’m already low on space in my home gym.

Instead, I coordinated with Force USA to visit their Utah headquarters so I could thoroughly test out ALL of their all-in-one gym machines in person.

I can’t wait to share my insights and tons of photo & video footage in this review! But first, I’ll give a quick summary in case you’re looking for a fast answer:

ModelBest forRating

Force USA G3
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Best all-in-one gym for powerlifters on a budget. Also, the best all-in-one for anyone on a budget, regardless of their training style.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 in All-In-Ones
4.7 Stars

Force USA G6
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Best all-in-one gym for most people. It has a great mix of high-value features with a high, but not over-the-top price. It works well for bodybuilding, powerlifting and general resistance training styles.

Rated 4.9 out of 5 in All-In-Ones
4.9 Stars

Force USA G9
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Best all-in-one gym for serious strength trainees (not necessarily powerlifters) seeking premium quality within a somewhat limited budget. Also, the best option for police/fire/military gyms and small fitness/rec centers.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 in All-In-Ones
4.8 Stars

Force USA G12
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Best premium all-in-one gym for bodybuilders or serious fitness enthusiasts. Also, one of the best options for commercial use in personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, hotels and corporate gyms.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 in All-In-Ones
4.8 Stars

Force USA G20
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Best all-in-one gym overall. Ideal for powerlifters and strength-focused bodybuilders seeking a premium option with super heavy weight stacks and a beefy frame. Also, the best option for commercial use in personal training studios where the clients will be athletes. The perfect choice for those seeking an all-in-one that can handle multiple trainees at once.

Rated 5 out of 5 in All-In-Ones
5 Stars

It’s a Functional Trainer… It’s a Rack… It’s the Force USA G-Series!

In terms of more traditional gym equipment, the Force USA G-Series would probably fall under the “functional trainer” category. The G-Series machines are all built around a functional trainer system.

However, the Force USA G-Series units offer so much more than the average functional trainer. They have more features and exercise stations.

You could more accurately describe the G-Series as all-in-one gyms.

Force USA G-Series - All-in-One Gym

NOTE: Throughout this article, I’ll refer to the G-Series interchangeably as functional trainers and all in-one gyms. I’ll also sometimes call them machines or racks. Because really, they’re all of these things.

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What Is a Functional Trainer?

In case you don’t know what a functional trainer is, I’ll fill you in:

  • In its most basic form, a functional trainer is a single piece of equipment with two adjustable-height cable pulley columns.
  • The columns are typically between 3-5 feet apart (if they’re much further apart, it’s probably a “cable crossover” machine).
  • Resistance is added with a plate-loaded system or a selectorized weight stack system.
  • There is usually a chin up bar at the top of the machine.

Functional trainers get their name from the type of training they make possible: functional training.

Functional training, in the context of physical therapy or strength coaching, refers to resistance exercises that simulate everyday or sports-specific movements. Strength gains in these exercises transfer directly to better performance in the movements/activities being simulated.

Everyday and sports-specific movements can occur in any of the three planes of motion: sagittal, frontal, transverse. Some movements occur in two or all three planes.

Functional trainers are designed for multiplanar movement. Not only do they allow you perform movements to train each of the three planes separately, but you can do movements that combine two or more planes of motion.

Functional trainers offer more variety and efficacy when it comes to functional training, compared to fixed-path resistance machines as well as free weights.

That said, functional training is NOT the be-all and end-all of resistance training. Far from it.

Next, I’ll discuss the G-Series features that address the other aspects of resistance training.

Force USA G-Series vs Other Functional Trainers

Force USAAll-in-One Gyms vs Dedicated Functional Trainers
Basic functional trainer (REP FT-3000) vs all-in-one gym machine (Force USA G6)

The vast majority of functional trainers on the market include just the cable tower portion and maybe a chin up bar at the top. They’re “basic” functional trainers. That is fine if that’s all you’re looking for.

However, the functional trainer market has evolved. People want more than just cable columns if they’re going to have a large piece of equipment taking up valuable space in their gym.

The Force USA G-Series uses the basic functional trainer as the foundation of its design. However, the G-Series goes far beyond a pair of cable columns and a chin up bar. The G-Series combines multiple workout stations to create an all-in-one gym for strength training.

The workout stations vary slightly from model to model. However, all of the models have most if not all of the following:

  • Functional trainer
  • Power rack (technically a “half rack” but I’ll call it a power rack to be consistent with the product pages)
  • Smith machine
  • Multi-grip chin up bar
  • Dip station
  • Landmine / Core training station
  • Leg press machine
  • Low row station
  • Suspension trainer area

You can do all of the main lifts and potentially hundreds of exercise variations with this setup. Hence, why this system is not just a functional trainer, but an all-in-one gym.

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Force USA G-Series Features & Specs: G3 vs G6 vs G9 vs G12

All of the Force USA G-Series models share the same basic design and function. But there are some MAJOR differences between them. The easiest way to show you their similarities is with comparison tables. I’ll include three comparison tables below:

  • One for the features
  • One for the technical specs
  • One for the included cable accessories

Features Comparison

NOTE: You may need to scroll the table to right to see all the data:

FeatureG3G6G9G12G20
Functional TrainerYesYesYesYesYes
Functional Trainer TypePlate-loadedSelectorized Weight StackPlate-loadedSelectorized Weight StackSelectorized Weight Stack
Smith MachineYes (not counterbalanced)Yes (not counterbalanced)Yes (counterbalanced)Yes (counterbalanced)Yes (not counterbalanced)
Dip StationNo*YesYesYesNo*
Multi-Grip Chin Up BarYesYesYesYesYes (3)
Straight Chin Up BarsOptional (Skinny / Fat)NoNoNoNo
Landmine/Core TrainerYesYesYesYesYes
Leg PressOptionalYesYesYesYes
Dedicated Low Row StationNo**No**YesNo**Optional***
Suspension Trainer RingNoYesYesYesYes
Stability Bar/PadOptionalNoNoNoNo
Calf StationNoNoNoNoYes
VersaPadNoNoNoNoYes
Band Peg HolesYesYesNoNoYes
Weight StorageYesYesYesYesYes
Barbell StorageYesYesYesYesOptional
Accessory StorageYesYesYesYesYes
Bolt-down CapabilityYesYesNoNoYes
Use / WarrantyHomeHomeCommercialCommercialCommercial

* Dip handle attachments for the G3 and the G20 are in the works and will be available soon as an optional accessory.
** Does not have a dedicated low row station with a built-in foot plate. However, low rows are possible using the pulley column at a low height setting.

*** The base unit of the G20 does not have a dedicated low row station with a built-in foot plate. However, low rows are possible on the base unit using the pulley column at a low height setting. You can get a dedicated low row station with a built-in footplate if you purchase the optional G20 Lat Row Station Upgrade.

Technical Specs Comparison

NOTE: You may need to scroll the table to right to see all the data:

SpecG3G6G9G12G20
Height (external)87”91”90”90”91”
Width (external)80″72”79”79”75”
Depth (external)55”63”58”49”67”
Height (internal)85”85”89”89”84”
Width (internal, between uprights)44”41”48”48”44.5”
Width (internal, Smith machine area)43”36″43”43”40”
Depth (internal)34”34”34”34”67”
Upright Tube Size2” x 2″2” x 2”2” x 2”2” x 2”2”x2”
Rack Weight Rating992 lbs992 lbs992 lbs992 lbs992 lbs
Smith Machine Weight Rating771 lbs771 lbs771 lbs771 lbs794 lbs
Chin Up Station Weight Rating771 lbs771 lbs771 lbs771 lbs992 lbs
Cable Tensile Strength2000 lbs2000 lbs2000 lbs2000 lbs2000 lbs
Pulley Weight Ratio2:12:11:11:11:1
Weight StacksPlate-loaded2 x 221 lbsPlate-loaded2 x 201 lbs2 x 289 lbs
Hole SpacingWestside (1”, 2”)3.75”3.75”3.75”Westside (1”, 2”)
J-Hook/Safety Spotter Holes *5016161651
Pulley Height Settings2219161619
Unit Weight340 lbs940 lbs540 lbs950 lbs1368 lbs
Price$2,199.99$4,499.99$3,499.99$5,499.99$6,999.99

* On the G3/G9/G12, the cable will get in the way of the j-hook or safety spotter unless the pulley is above it. When the pulley is at the highest setting, it blocks the top hole on the G3, and the top 2 holes on the G9/G12. ALL holes are accessible on the G6 because the pulley can be above or below the j-hook or safety.

Included Accessories Comparison

NOTE: I’ve modified the names of the some of the cable accessories from what’s on their product pages or in their manuals. This is because I felt some of the names were unclear. In case you’re comparing my Force USA G-Series review to Force USA’s literature, I’ve made notations below to point out any significant changes I made.

NOTE #2: If you’re on mobile, you may need to scroll the table to right to see all the data:

AccessoryG3G6G9G12G20
J-HooksYesYesYesYesYes
Safety Spotter ArmsYesYesYesYesYes
Metal Stirrup Handles 1NoYes (2)NoNoYes (2)
Nylon Stirrup Handles 2Yes (2)NoYes (2)Yes (2)Yes (4)
Adjustable Nylon Stirrup HandlesNoNoNoNoYes (2)
Cable Crunch Attachment 3NoYesNoNoNo
Ankle StrapYesNoNoNoNo
Long Straight Bar 4YesYesYesYesYes
Triceps Rope 5YesYesYesYesYes
Triceps V-Bar Handle 6NoYesNoNoYes
Long Cambered Bar 7YesNoNoNoNo
Close Grip Row Handle 8YesYesNoNoYes
Short Straight Bar 9YesYesNoNoYes
Short Angled Bar 10NoNoYesNoNo
Sports Handle 11NoYesNoNoNo
Lat Pulldown Bar 12NoYesYesYesYes
Saw Tooth BarNoNoNoNoYes
Hammer Grip BarNoNoNoNoYes
Lat Pulldown Knee PadNoYesYesYesYes
Lat Pulldown SeatOptionalNoNoNoNo
Landmine/Core TrainerYesYesYesYesYes
T-Bar Row Handle for LandmineYesYesYesYesNo
Band PegsYes (4)Yes (4)NoNoYes (4)
Exercise ChartNoYesYesYesYes
Oly-Lock CollarNoYes (2)Yes (2)Yes (2)Yes (2)
Spring Collar (25mm)Yes (12)NoNoNoNo
Spring Collar (50mm)Yes (12)Yes (6)Yes (6)Yes (6)Yes (6)
15-link ChainYesNoYesNoNo
Extension Chain (Pair)NoYesNoYesYes (2)
Cup HolderNoNoNoNoYes

1 referred to as “Handle” in the G6 manual
2 referred to as “Nylon Strap Iso-Handle” in the G3 manual, and “Hand Belt” in the G9/G12 manuals
3 referred to as “Abdominal Belt” in the G6 manual
4 referred to as “function training bar” in the G6 manual; called “Ship Rod” in the G9/G12 manuals
5 referred to as “Rope” in the G3 manual
6 referred to as “V-Type Handle” in the G6 manual
7 referred to as “Cambered Bar” in the G3 manual
8 referred to as “V-Type Handle” in the G3 manual
9 referred to as “Shiver Bar” in the G6 manual, and “Small Grip Frame” in the G3 manual
10 referred to as “Short Bar” in the G9 manual
11 referred to as “Function Training Bar” in the G6 manual
12 referred to as “Long Bar” in the G9 and G12 manuals

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Who Should/Shouldn’t Buy the Force USA G-Series?

The Force USA G-Series was designed for specific use cases. It’s an excellent choice for some people. But it’s definitely not right for others.

Here’s who should consider the Force USA G-Series:

  • People with limited floor space for gym equipment who don’t want to sacrifice on versatility and exercise selection.
  • People who want access to multiple exercise stations, but don’t want to pay the higher price that several separate pieces of specialized equipment would cost.
  • Anyone buying gym equipment that will be used by family members who have diverse training styles and goals. Let’s take the example of a husband and wife who both do resistance training. It’s very common that the husband will want to do a lot free weight movements. Whereas, the wife will prefer doing a lot of Smith machine work. And they’ll both likely do a lot of functional trainer movements.
  • Personal training studios that take on a range of clients with different goals, ages and training capabilities.
  • Physical therapy practices that need a versatile resistance training solution to help rehabilitate clients recovering from injury or suffering from muscular imbalances.
  • Anyone seeking versatile gym equipment for fire stations, police stations or military bases. The G-Series machines provide more than enough versatility to handle the diverse resistance training needs of a small team or group of individuals. The G-Series (especially the commercial G9 and G12 models) are also capable of standing up to the rigorous use that such a group of physically active users would put it through.
  • Small local fitness center or recreation centers that don’t have a ton of space for resistance training equipment. They may have a lot of cardio equipment, a large pool, or other amenities. But they’re lacking on strength and resistance equipment, and need a space efficient solution.
  • Anyone looking for a complete training solution in a corporate gym, hotel gym or similar setting.

Here’s who the Force USA G-Series machines were not designed for:

  • Serious powerlifters or other strength athletes who need a full-sized power rack as the centerpiece of their gym.
  • Anyone who plans on building out their home gym meticulously, piece by piece, with several different machines.
  • Any high traffic, big box commercial gym. These places have enough space and budget for many different specialized pieces of equipment. They have no need for an all-in-one gym solution.

Force USA G-Series Review: Pros & Cons

In this section, I’ll discuss the pros and cons that apply ALL models. Later in this article, I’ll review each of the G-Series model with pros and cons that are specific to each model.

Since there are several pros and cons that apply all of the units, this broad G-Series review section will allow me to avoid repeating myself in the individual G3, G6, G9, G12 and G20 reviews.

Force USA G-Series Pros

Space Saving

The Force USA G-Series racks are compact all-in-one gyms with between 5 to 9 exercise stations plus weight storage — all in about the same footprint as a full sized power rack!

This is perfect if you have a limited training space but don’t want to compromise on exercise variety.

Save Space with the Force USA G-Series All-in-One Gyms

Money saving

None of the G-Series racks are cheap. But they all deliver A LOT of value for the money.

Part of the reason you’re buying an all-in-one gym is so you don’t have to buy several different pieces of equipment separately. That’s where major savings come. If you got bought all of the different exercise stations in the any of the G-Series racks, you’d spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars more.

Versatile

The functional trainer portion of the G-Series give you access to over 75 exercise variations. When you add in the exercises made possible by the power rack, Smith machine, landmine/core trainer, chin up bar, leg press and other stations, you can do hundreds of exercises.

It’s hard to get more versatile than that from a one machine.

Accessory Storage

All G-Series racks have an accessory storage area. It looks different on every rack, but they all have plenty of hooks to hang the cable accessories that come with the rack.

Force USA G6 Accessory Storage

You can store multiple items per hook. So there’s room for the included accessories PLUS other accessories you may already have, like resistance bands, a lifting belt, lifting straps or anything else you can hang on a hook.

Weight Plate Storage

There’s no need to buy a separate weight plate tree to store all your weights. There are 6 weight storage pegs on all of the G-Series models, which can hold several hundred pounds of plates.

Force USA G12 Weight Storage

This weight storage solution is convenient, since the storage pegs are on either side of the rack and a short distance from the smith machine, barbell or plate-loaded pulley bracket. Plus, you make the entire unit more secure when you load hundreds of pounds of weight to the frame. A nice side benefit!

All weight plate storage holders can hold either Olympic plates or standard plates. For standard plates to fit, you simply have to remove the grub screw and take off the Olympic sheath. This will reveal a skinnier peg that will fit standard plates.

Most people probably don’t need to store standard plates, but some will appreciate it. For example, it’s common for many home gym owners to have spin-lock dumbbells that use standard plates. These people can use one or two of the pegs to store these plates.

Barbell Storage

The barbell storage feature on the G3, G6, G9 and G12 racks comes standard and includes a spot for one Olympic barbell and one standard barbell.

The barbell storage feature on the G20 is optional — you get it if you buy the optional G20 Lat Row Station Upgrade. It includes 2 spots for Olympic Bars and 2 spots for standard bars.

You store the bars vertically by inserting one end into a sleeve near the base of the rack.

Barbell Storage on Force USA G12

Note that you’ll need extra ceiling clearance in order to store an Olympic bar because the bar will be higher than the max unit height when stored. Plus, you need a few extra inches to slide it in and out of the sleeve.

The minimum ceiling height you need to store a full length Olympic barbell varies by model:

  • 8’2″ for the G3
  • 7’8″ for the G6
  • 7’11” for the G9
  • 7’11” for the G12
  • 7’9″ for the G20

It’s not a big deal if you don’t have enough ceiling space to accommodate the bar — I have the same type of vertical bar storage on my MyRack power rack, and I don’t use it even though my ceiling is tall enough. I either keep my main barbell in the rack or store it horizontally on my wall-mounted 8-bar gunrack bar holder.

Laser Engraved Numbering

All racks have laser engraved numbering on the side of the uprights for the pulley height settings.

Laser Engraved Numbering on Force USA G-Series

This makes it easy to remember which height setting you use for different exercises.

Although these numbers are for the pulley settings, they’re also useful markers for remembering which j-hook and safety heights you use for free weight barbell exercises — despite the numbers not matching up perfectly with each j-hook hole.

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Force USA G-Series Cons

An All-In-One Gym Is Not Specialized Equipment

You lose out on the benefits that come from having a dedicated piece of equipment for each exercise station when everything is combined into an all-in-one gym machine. For example:

  1. You’d be able walk out a squat further if you had a full sized power rack vs the half rack on the G-Series machines.
  2. You could get into position easier and have more foot placement options if you bought a dedicated 45 degree leg press machine compared to using the vertical leg press attachment on the G-Series units.

This is a given when you get any type of all-in-one tool. You make some small sacrifices on features for the benefit space savings, budget, versatility and convenience.

Not a Cheap Purchase

Although you save a lot of money buying a G-Series machine instead of several dedicated pieces of equipment, the price is not cheap in absolute terms.

The least expensive unit (G3) starts at $2199 and the most expensive unit (G20) goes for $6999. Of course, if you’re in the market for a quality all-in-one gym and functional trainer, you probably already knew it wasn’t going to be a small purchase.

On the bright side, my Force USA discount code KING5 will take 5% off you order.

No Model Has ALL the Best Features

There is no single unit with ALL of the best features, in my opinion. This is just my personal preferences showing here. But I found myself wishing that I could take one feature from one of the units and add it to another unit to make it “perfect” in my eyes.

For example, my ideal “Frankenstein” G-Series rack would be the G6 combined with dedicated low-row station of G9 combined with the Westside hole spacing of the G3, plus the added width of the G9 and G12.

Of course, I’m sure that would be easier said than done in terms of engineering. And it would make for a more expensive machine. But this is the “cons” section so I’m allowed to nit-pick!

UPDATE: The above was true before the G20 was released. However, the G20 comes pretty close to having all the best features combined into the same unit. It’s pretty much exactly what I described as “my ideal Frankenstein G-Series rack” — I originally wrote that at least a year before the G20 was on the market. That’s not to say the G20 is perfect, but it took all the best features from the other units and integrated them into its design.

Force USA G3 Review

Force USA G3 Review

The Force USA G3 is a 5-in-1 machine, with the ability to upgrade to a 6-in-1 machine.

Force USA G3 Exercise Stations

  1. Power rack
  2. Functional trainer
  3. Smith machine
  4. Chin up station
  5. Core trainer / Landmine station
  6. Vertical leg press (optional / sold separately)

Force USA G3 External Dimensions

  • 80” Width
  • 55” Depth
  • 87” Height

Force USA G3 Internal Dimensions

  • 44” Width Between the Uprights
  • 43” Width in the Smith Machine Area
  • 34” Depth
  • 85” Height

Force USA G3 Functional Trainer Accessories

  • Long Cambered Bar
  • Long Straight Bar
  • Short Straight Bar
  • Close Grip Row Handle
  • Nylon Stirrup Handles (2)
  • Ankle Strap
  • Triceps Rope

Optional Force USA G3 Attachments

The Force USA G3 is the only G-Series machine other than the G20 with optional attachments available for purchase separately. I’ve listed them all below:

Force USA G3 Pros

Westside hole spacing

Westside hole spacing gives you hyper-precise 1″ hole spacing in the bench region and 2″ hole hole spacing in the squat region of the power rack.

Westside Hole Spacing on Force USA G3

Powerlifters usually care about this feature most, since having the perfect j-hook height for bench and squat can make the difference between hitting or missing a new personal record. All other G-Series models have a uniform 3.75″ hole spacing.

Band peg holes

Another reason why the G3 is perfect for powerlifting-focused trainees is its band peg holes.

Force USA G3 Band Peg Holes

They allow you to do all types of band-resisted exercises — with the barbell or Smith machine — such as band squats, band bench, band deadlifts, and even band-resisted pull ups. You can even add band tension to the pulleys — However, you need be careful to balance the tension evenly on the left and right side of the weight bracket for the pulley motion to remain smooth.

Better j-hooks

I personally like the j-hooks on the G3 better than the ones on the G6, G9 and G12.

Force USA G3 J-hook

There is a protective lining on the back surface. It will protect your bar better if you rack it against the rear surface.

Lowest price

The G3 is the least expensive G-Series model by hundreds of dollars. This is even the case if you buy all the major optional accessories.

Buy only the attachments you want

The G3 is the only model where you can pick and choose the which major attachments you want to buy, since they’re sold separately. This will save you money if you don’t want everything, compared to if everything was included by default.

Pulley cables extend far

You can extend both pulley cables a full 12.1 ft, or 145″, in front of the rack. This lets you do some unique exercises such as walking cable lunges, cable sled pulls and many others. You only get 60″ out of the G6, 51.5″ out of the G9 (or 103″ if using a single cable), and 53″ out of both the G12 and the G20.

Stabilizer bar

The G3 is the only G-Series model with a stabilizer bar for the functional trainer.

Force USA G3 Stabilizer Bar for Functional Trainer

This attachment is great for stabilizing your body in the perfect position for different cable exercises. You can focus on the target muscles instead of your stabilizer muscles. It can also hold your legs in place for lat pulldowns if doing them in the center of the rack.

Knurled chin up bar

Force USA G3 Chin Up Bar Knurling

The G3 has the only chin up bar with knurling on it. I like this feature because it makes gripping onto the bar just a little bit easier.

Spotter arm length

The safety spotter arms on the G3 are longer than the ones on all the G-Series machines. They’re 17.5″ vs 15″ for all others. These extra few inches let you step a bit further away from the uprights when walking out your squat.

Bolt-down

The Force USA G3 can be bolted down for additional stability, though it is not necessarily required.

Force USA G3 Bolt-down Option

Most people will find their rack is very secure without bolting it to the floor, especially if they have a lots of plates on the weight storage pegs.

Still, having the option to bolt it down is nice if you want to ensure it never shifts on the floor. If you plan to use the band pegs for heavy band squats or deadlifts, bolting it down will ensure the rack won’t budge.

Force USA G3 Cons

The top j-hook hole is inaccessible

The pulley must be set higher than the j-hooks. When the pulleys are in the highest possible position, the uppermost hole is blocked. Luckily, you can still set the j-hooks very high — the barbell will be 66″ (5’6″) above the floor when the j-hooks are at the highest possible spot. This means almost anyone will be able to squat comfortably, unless they’re over 6’10”-6’11”. Still, it’d be better if the top hole was available.

No dip bar attachment…yet

Currently, there is no dip attachment available. However, one is in the works. Once available, it will be sold separately.

No suspension trainer ring

The G3 is the only G-Series model without a suspension trainer ring. However, you could attach a suspension trainer to the multi-grip chin up bar attachment as a workaround.

No low row attachment

There is no attachment that’s designed specifically for use on low rows. However, you can improvise with band pegs and/or you can use the long bar attachment and put your feet on the rack, as shown below:

Who Is the Force USA G3 Best for?

The Force USA G3 is for anyone in the market for an all-in-one gym who places a strong emphasis on strength or powerlifting style training. The main features that make it ideal for this type of lifter is the Westside hole spacing and the band pegs.

It’s not just powerlifters who will prefer this model. The Force USA G3 is also a great fit for any type of fitness enthusiast seeking a budget friendly all-in-one home gym solution. The G3 is the most affordable G-Series model by over $1000 (before you account for any optional G3 attachments).

The Force USA G3 if also a great model to consider for very tall lifters (as are the Force USA G6 and G20). The G3 has an internal height of 85″, which allows anyone under 7’1″ to work inside. As for doing barbell squats in the G3 rack, you can set the barbell as high as 66″ (5’6″) above the floor when the j-hooks are in the highest accessible setting. That’s high enough for lifters up to 6’10”-6’11” to squat without issue. In comparison, the G9 and G12 racks are only practical for squatting with lifters 6’5″ and under.

To learn more about this model, be sure to read my in-depth Force USA G3 review.

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Force USA G6 Review

Force USA G6 Review

At the highest level, the Force USA G6 is an 8-in-1 machine:

Force USA G6 Exercise Stations

  1. Power rack
  2. Functional trainer
  3. Smith machine
  4. Vertical leg press
  5. Chin up station
  6. Dip station
  7. Core trainer / Landmine station
  8. Suspension trainer

Force USA G6 External Dimensions

  • 72” Width
  • 63” Depth
  • 91” Height

Force USA G6 Internal Dimensions

  • 41” Width Between the Uprights
  • 36” Width in the Smith Machine Area (Usable Space Between the Metal Pegs)
  • 34” Depth (incorrectly listed as 37″ on the product page)
  • 85” Height

Force USA G6 Functional Trainer Accessories

  • Cable Crunch Attachment
  • Lat Pulldown Bar
  • Metal Stirrup Handles (2)
  • Triceps Rope
  • Triceps V-Bar Handle
  • Short Straight Bar
  • Sports Handle
  • Close Grip Row Handle

Force USA G6 Pros

Vertical leg press

The G6 comes standard with a vertical leg press attachment. This is an upgraded version of the attachment that you have to purchase separately for the G3. It is easier to install and feels a little more stable.

Accessory storage

The G6 has the coolest accessory storage feature. It includes a swivel board with storage hooks on one side and an exercise chart on the other side. You can flip it around whichever way you want.

Force USA G6 Storage Area

There are enough storage hooks to hold all the included cable accessories, plus several other accessories you may have in your gym.

Selectorized weight stack

The G6 has selectorized weight stacks. You can change the weight much faster than a plate-loaded system. This is perfect for doing drop sets, supersets, circuit training or training with a partner.

Band peg holes

The band peg holes on the base of the Force USA G6 allow you to do band-resisted movements, such as band squats, band bench and band deadlifts. You can also use it to add tension to bodyweight movements like dips and pull ups.

One of the coolest features is that you can use band pegs to wrap a band over the weight stack:

Adding Band Resistance to the Selectorized Weight Stack on the Force USA G6

This lets you increase the max capacity of the stack by adding band tension. This is particularly handy because each 220 lb weight stack maxes out at 110.5 lbs or resistance (because of the 2-to-1 pulley ratio). Adding bands allows you to continually progress on heavier cable exercises like lat pulldowns and cable rows.

Better than the old G6 model

The new G6 has better smith machine sleeves, a better dip attachment that now comes standard, a better leg press attachment that also comes standard, an improved weight storage solution and a better accessory storage area.

Better pulley position

The pulleys are just to the inside of the uprights. This is unique to the G6 vs all other G-Series models. What’s great about this position is the cable is NEVER in the way of the attachments. Importantly, the pulleys can be set above OR below the j-hooks and safety spotters.

Force USA G6 Has a Better Pulley Position - Pulley Can Go Below J-hooks

This means the uppermost j-hook holes are accessible, unlike on the other models. As such, even super tall lifters can squat without having to bend their knees too much to unrack.

Easy pulley adjustment

The G6’s pulley adjustment mechanism is a step up from the G3. It allows you to easily adjust the pulley height up or down with just one hand.

Bolt-down

The Force USA G6, like the G3, gives you the option to bolt it to the floor for additional security.

Force USA G6 Bolt-down Option

This is unnecessary for most people, since the G6 is very heavy. It always has 440 lbs of selectorized plates in the back; plus the weight of the frame and all components; plus any weight plates you have stored on it.

That being said, bolting down will prevent even the slightest shifting from happening over time. It also guarantees the unit will remain stable even if you’re using the band pegs for band deadlifts or band squats using super high tension bands.

Force USA G6 Cons

Spotter arm length

The G6 spotter arms have 15” of usable length. While this is sufficient for keeping you safe on squats, it would been a bonus if they were 2-3”+ longer. I say this because I’m used when squatting in a full sized power rack (with 20-24″ spotter arms) and I usually take a big step back. That said, you can pretty easily get used to a shorter walkout, so this isn’t a big negative.

Narrowest model

The G6 is the narrowest G-Series model. It has 41″ of width between the uprights in the power rack and 36″ in the Smith machine area. Luckily, this is enough area to do almost all exercises you’d need to. Even with a super wide grip, you shouldn’t have any issues with barbell bench press in the power rack area, which is most important for me. The only issues that may occur would be with an extra wide bench press grip in the Smith area, or if you were to do a very niche exercise like snatch grip rack pulls in the power rack area.

Missing a couple features from the old G6 model

The previous version of the G6 had a couple cool features that I personally wish they would have kept in the new G6: knurling on the chin up bar and Westside hole spacing. That said, the new G6 is overall a big improvement on the old version.

Who Is the Force USA G6 Best for?

The Force USA G6 is the best choice for a few different groups of people.

Most notably, the Force USA G6 is best for lifters with a more bodybuilding-focused training style. Here’s why:

  • Bodybuilders will appreciate the band pegs because their training involves a lot of strength-focused work. Band pegs allow them do any band resisted barbell exercise (band squat/bench/deadlift), which are traditionally seen as powerlifting style training, but can be very effective tools for building muscle. Moreover, they also allow bodybuilders to do do more targeted muscle building exercises with band tension, such as band-resisted dips and pull ups.
  • They will LOVE having a selectorized weight stack instead of a plate-loaded system. This is because it lets you rapidly change the resistance on the cable pulleys. You just change the pin position higher or lower to select a lighter or heavier weight. There are many situations were changing the weight rapidly is essential for effective bodybuilding training. For example, bodybuilders commonly integrate drop sets. This involves performing one set, reducing the weight as fast as possible, then immediately performing another set. It’s a great technique for maximizing muscular fatigue (and getting a sick pump!). Then there’s supersets, which involve performing a set of an exercise for one muscle group (e.g. biceps curls), followed by another exercise that targets the opposing muscle group (e.g. triceps extensions). This helps pack in more training volume in less time. Lastly, rest between sets is usually much shorter with bodybuilding style training compared to powerlifting style training for normal work sets (e.g. 1-2 min vs 3-5 min). Saving time with faster weight changes on cable exercises means you’ll always be ready for your next set on time. Plus, you’ll have more time to actually rest before your next set.

Tall lifters are another group who should strongly consider the Force USA G6. It, the G20 and the G3 are the best choices for tall lifters. First off, its internal height is 85″ (as is the G3’s; the G20’s is 84″). This is more than the G9/G12 by a full 6″. So even 7’0″ tall guys will have enough head space if doing standing work inside the G6.

The G6 also provides the highest max height for the j-hooks because all 16 of the j-hook holes are accessible (unlike the other models where the uppermost holes are blocked by the pulleys).

This matters for any tall guys who want to squat in the power rack area. The max height you can set the bar on the j-hooks is 69″ from floor to bottom of the barbell. This translates to anyone up to 7’2″ tall being able to squat from a comfortable height. So basically anyone but NBA centers will be able squat without having to start from a quarter/half squat position.

In my opinion, the Force USA G6 is my second pick for best overall G-Series model. It was my top pick until the Force USA G20 came out and took the top spot in my mind. Still, the G6 has an excellent mix of high-value features.

To learn more about this model, be sure to read my in-depth Force USA G6 review.

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Force USA G9 Review

Force USA G9 Review

The Force USA G9 is a 9-in-1 all-in-one gym. Here’s the details:

Force USA G9 Exercise Stations

  1. Power rack
  2. Functional trainer
  3. Smith machine
  4. Vertical leg press
  5. Low row station
  6. Chin up station
  7. Dip station
  8. Core trainer / Landmine station
  9. Suspension trainer

Force USA G9 External Dimensions

  • 79” Width
  • 58” Depth
  • 90” Height

Force USA G9 Internal Dimensions

  • 48” Width Between the Uprights
  • 43” Width in the Smith Machine Area (Usable Space Between the Metal Pegs)
  • 34” Depth
  • 79” Height

Force USA G9 Functional Trainer Accessories

  • Short Angled Bar
  • Lat Pulldown Bar
  • Nylon Stirrup Handles
  • Long Straight Bar
  • Triceps Rope

Force USA G9 Pros

Vertical leg press

The Force USA G9 comes standard with a vertical leg press attachment. This is an upgrade compared to the G9’s residential-use counterpart, the G3, which has a leg press attachment sold separately. The G9’s leg press attachment easier to install and a feels a bit more stable.

1-to-1 pulley ratio

You get one pound of resistance for every pound you load on the G9’s pulley weight bracket. Compare this to the 2-to-1 pulley ratio on the G3, which gives a half a pound of resistance for every pound loaded on. This means you can load more total weight on the G9 pulley, faster.

Note that the pulley ratio on the G9 is only 1-to-1 when you’re using the pulley in the dedicated low row station (in the back of the machine), or when you’re using both sides of the functional trainer at the same time.

However, it’s a 2:1 ratio if you’re using just one side of the functional trainer. The reason that the ratio halves when using just one side is because the pulleys are connected to a single weight bracket.

Dedicated low row station

The Force USA G9 is the only G-Series model with a dedicated low row station inside the machine. It has a built-in steel foot pate that will keep you in a strong and stable position while rowing. If you love back training, this feature may make the G9 your best choice.

Commercial warranty

The G9 has a more robust design than the G3 and G6. It is built to withstand wear and tear in commercial settings. It’s perfect for small fitness centers and rec centers, as well as small gyms in fire departments, police departments and military bases. It’s great for your home, too, if you want a beefier machine.

Counterbalanced smith machine

The G9’s counterbalanced Smith machine gives the empty Smith bar a starting weight of 0 lbs. Non-counterbalanced Smith machines, like on the G3, G6 and G20, have a starting weight of 45 lbs. This makes the G9 great for completely novice trainees who may not be strong enough to handle the 45 lb bar on some lifts.

Easy to Use Pulley Adjustment

The pulley adjustment mechanism is upgraded compared to the G3. You can easily move it up or down with one hand instead of two.

Force USA G9 Cons

Spotter arm length

This may be my personal preference, but I would’ve liked the spotter arms to be a couple inches longer. Since I usually train in a full-sized power rack, I’m used to taking a big step back when I walkout my squats. With these shorter spotter arms, I had to stay closer to the rack. That said, this is a pretty easy thing to get used to.

Uppermost 2 j-hook holes are inaccessible

The G9 design requires the pulleys to be above the j-hooks. When the pulleys are at their highest position, they block the top two holes. The highest you can set the barbell above the floor is 60″ (5ft). Tall guys (i.e. over 6’5″) will have bend their knees more than they’ll want to when setting up for squats.

No Westside hole spacing

Powerlifters may be disappointed that the G9 has 3.75″ hole spacing instead of super precise Westside spacing (1″, 2″). Luckily, most other types of lifters won’t mind at all. If Westside spacing is a requirement for you, check out the G3 and G20.

No band peg holes

The lack of band peg holes on the G9 might also disappoint you if you’re seriously into powerlifting style training. But if you’re not into that type of training, you probably don’t care about doing band squats, band bench or other banded training. If you need to have band pegs, check out the G3, G6 and G20.

Who Is the Force USA G9 Best for?

It’s easy to overlook the Force USA G9 because it doesn’t have the instant draw of a selectorized weight stack, yet it’s also not the least expensive model. BUT I consider it the best value model considering its price relative to its build quality and features.

The Force USA G9 is great fit for the following types of people or applications:

  • Home gym lifters who are serious about strength training, but don’t need special features like Westside hole spacing, band pegs or a selectorized weight stack. The G9’s plate-loaded system saves you ~$1000-3500 compared to the G6, G12 and G20 selectorized weight stack systems. And even though it doesn’t have “powerlifting features” like band pegs or Westside hole spacing, it does give you a commercial quality machine with premium features for serious strength training (e.g. extra wide uprights, 1:1 weight ratio, low row station, counterbalanced Smith machine).
  • Gyms in fire stations, police departments and military bases because it’s a robust machine with commercial warranty. It’s the perfect for firefighters, police officers and soldiers, since strength training helps them perform their jobs better. These places often have limited budgets. So it will be a lot easier to justify the $3499 price than the $5499 price for the G12 or $6999 for the G20, which are the only other commercial options.
  • Hotel gyms, corporate gyms, small rec centers or fitness centers with limited space for strength equipment. These places often have most of their space taken up by cardio equipment or other amenities, so the G9 provides an all-in-one strength training solution.
  • Anyone who puts a major emphasis on back training. The dedicated low row station will make it worthwhile for these lifters.

To learn more about this model, be sure to read my in-depth Force USA G9 review.

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Force USA G12 Review

Force USA G12 Review

The Force USA G12 is an 8-in-1 all-in-one gym. Here’s an overview:

Force USA G12 Exercise Stations

  1. Power rack
  2. Functional trainer
  3. Smith machine
  4. Vertical leg press
  5. Chin up station
  6. Dip station
  7. Core trainer / Landmine station
  8. Suspension trainer

Force USA G12 External Dimensions

  • 79” Width
  • 49” Depth
  • 90” Height

Force USA G12 Internal Dimensions

  • 48” Width Between the Uprights
  • 43” Width in the Smith Machine Area (Usable Space Between the Metal Pegs)
  • 34” Depth
  • 79” Height

Force USA G12 Functional Trainer Accessories

  • Lat Pulldown Bar
  • Nylon Stirrup Handles
  • Long Straight Bar
  • Triceps Rope

Force USA G12 Pros

Vertical leg press

Unlike the G3, the Force USA G12 comes standard with the leg press attachment. It uses an upgraded pop-pin design and has a bit more stability to it.

Selectorized weight stacks

Force USA G12 Selectorized Weight Stacks

Changing the weight on the functional trainer is fast and easy with the G12. You just move the selector pin up or down in the weight stack to decrease or increase the weight.

1-to-1 pulley ratio

If you select 100 lbs on the weight stack, the resistance will be 100 lbs. Compare this to the G6’s 2-to-1 pulley ratio where you’ll get just 50 lbs of resistance when you select 100 lbs.

Commercial warranty

The G12 is designed for more rigorous use. This makes it ideal for use in commercial settings, such as personal trainer studios, physical therapy practices, hotels and corporate gyms, among other places.

Counterbalanced Smith machine

This gives the empty Smith bar a starting weight of zero pounds. This is perfect for untrained individuals who might be too weak for the 45 lb starting weight on the non-counterbalanced Smith machines found on the G3, G6 and G20.

One hand pulley adjustment

The pulley design is upgraded compared to the G3. It’s easier to adjust the pulley up or down with one hand instead of both.

Force USA G12 Cons

Spotter arm length

Ideally, I’d like for the spotter arms to be a few inches longer so I could step further back when doing squats. However, this is something you can get used to.

Top 2 j-hook holes are inaccessible

The pulley design requires that the pulley always be above the j-hooks. When the pulley is in the highest position, it blocks the uppermost two holes. This makes it so the highest you can set the bar for squats is 60″ (5ft). Taller guys — especially over 6’5″ — will have bend their knees more to get under the bar for squats.

No Westside hole spacing

If you’re a serious powerlifter, having uniform 3.75″ hole spacing instead of Westside hole spacing (1″, 2″) may be a little disappointing. In which case you should look at the G3 and G20. If you’re any other type of lifter, the G12’s hole spacing will be fine.

No band peg holes

There are no band peg holes, which means you can’t do any band resisted exercises like band squats or band bench. However, this is a niche feature that mostly powerlifter types really care about. If band work is a must, look at the G3, G6 or G20.

Who Is the Force USA G12 Best for?

There are several different applications where the Force USA G12 is a great choice:

  • Physical therapy practices and personal training studios: First off, it’s a commercial-warrantied model with a beefier frame that can handle training many clients every day. It also has selectorized weight stacks, which is almost a requirement for physical therapists and personal trainers because the near-instant weight change feature lets you save valuable time when your sessions have a hard time limit. Finally, the counterbalanced Smith machine weighs zero pounds when empty so you can use very light weight for your beginner, elderly or injured clients.
  • Home gym owners who want a high-end setup for general fitness, bodybuilding-style training or serious strength training (but not necessarily serious “powerlifting”): The main feature that makes this a higher-end model is its heavy selectorized weight stack system. This makes every workout more efficient and convenient for any type of lifter because weight changes take less than 2 seconds! The selectorized weights are particularly helpful for bodybuilders because they make drop sets, supersets and giant sets incredibly easy compared to plate-loaded systems. The 1:1 pulley ratio makes the G12 ideal for serious strength trainees because it ensures they have no shortage of resistance on functional trainer movements. While the G12 is excellent for serious general strength training, it may not be ideal for powerlifters if they care about having band peg holes or Westside hole spacing. The G12 can still be the right choice for powerlifters if those aren’t prerequisites.
  • Hotel gyms and office gyms: Most hotel and office gyms are in smaller rooms with little in the way of serious strength equipment. The G12 is ideal for this niche market because it provides the full spectrum of weight training equipment in a single unit that will fit in just about any space. The gym users will be pleasantly surprised to see this type of equipment because they’ll actually be able to do a serious weight training workout — If you’ve been to many office or hotel gyms, you know how woefully under-equipped they are for people who do weight training even semi-seriously. Compared to the commercial G9, the G12 keeps the gym less cluttered because visitors don’t have to use free weights on the pulley system. A cleaner gym is a big benefit for office and hotel gyms, which are rarely staffed.
  • Firefighter/police/military gyms: The people in these gyms are typically strong to begin with. The G12, with its reinforced frame and commercial warranty, can handle them. The G12 is all about strength training, which is perfect because strength training is a primary focus for most fire/police/military trainees. Some fire stations, police departments and military bases have large gyms with room for lots of equipment. But many more have limited space (and budgets) — In these cases, the G12 is perfect because it delivers A LOT of exercise variety per dollar and per square foot.
  • Small rec centers and fitness centers: Oftentimes, the already limited space in community rec/fitness centers is taken up by cardio equipment and other amenities. In order to retain or grow their member base, these small facilities need to meet the growing demand for serious weight training equipment. The G12 delivers these capabilities while fitting into their existing layout. These gyms don’t get super busy, which is why an all-in-one like the G12 works so well for them. Rarely will you have multiple people waiting to use it. But when it does happen, having the independent weight stacks is convenient because it lets two people do cable work at the same time — something the commercial G9 cannot do.

To learn more about this model, be sure to read my in-depth Force USA G12 review.

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Force USA G20 Review

Force USA G20 Smith Machine

The Force USA G20 is an 11-in-1 machine, with the ability to upgrade to a 14-in-1 machine.

Force USA G20 Exercise Stations

  1. Power rack
  2. Functional trainer
  3. Smith machine
  4. Vertical leg press
  5. Chin up stations (3)
  6. Lat pulldown station
  7. Low row station
  8. Core trainer / Landmine station
  9. Suspension trainer station
  10. Calf station
  11. VersaPad

Force USA G20 External Dimensions

  • 75” Width
  • 67” Depth
  • 91” Height

Force USA G20 Internal Dimensions

  • 44.5” Width Between the Uprights
  • 40” Width in the Smith Machine Area (Usable Space Between the Metal Pegs)
  • 67” Depth
  • 84” Height

Force USA G20 Functional Trainer Accessories

  • Long Straight Bar
  • Lat Pulldown Bar
  • Short Straight Bar
  • Close Grip Row Handle
  • Triceps V-Bar
  • Metal Stirrup Handles (2)
  • Adjustable Nylon Stirrup Handles (2)
  • Nylon Stirrup Handles (2)
  • Hammer Grip Bar
  • Triceps Rope
  • Saw Tooth Bar + 2 Nylon Stirrup Handles

Optional Force USA G20 Attachments

  • G20 Lat Row Station Upgrade: This attaches to the back of the G20 base unit. It includes its own 289 lb weight stack with a high pulley for lat pulldowns (and other high pulley exercises), a low pulley with a built-in footplate for low rows (and other low pulley exercises), and a dip station.

Force USA G20 Pros

1-to-1 pulley ratio

The amount of weight you select on the weight is the amount of resistance you’ll lift (i.e. 100 lbs selected takes 100 lbs of effort to lift). This is ideal for stronger lifters.

Compare this to the 2-to-1 pulley ratio on the G3 and G6 models. If you select or load on 100 lbs on either of these units, it will only take 50 lbs of effort to lift.

Super heavy 289 lb weight stacks

Force USA G20 Functional Trainer Weight Stacks

At 289 lbs each, the weight stacks are incredibly heavy on the G20. You’d have to be an elite lifter to ever max these out on any exercise without doing cheat reps.

The G20 weight stacks are about 90 lbs heavier than the G12 weight stacks (1:1 ratio) and about 70 more than the G6 weight stacks (2:1 ratio).

Vertical leg press

The G20 comes standard with a leg press plate attachment. It attaches easily to the Smith machine bar/hooks bar via a pop-pin mechanism. It’s essentially the same design as the leg press attachments on the G6, G9 and G12.

It installs faster and is a bit more secure than the leg press plate for the G3. The G3 leg press plate is also sold separately.

Westside hole spacing

Force USA G20 Power Rack - Westside Hole Spacing

Like the G3, the G20 features Westside spacing, which gives you precise 1” hole spacing where you need it most: the bench press and clean pull zone. It has 2” hole spacing above and below that region, where it’s okay to have a little less precision.

Westside spacing is great for any lifter, but powerlifters will appreciate it the most since having the j-hooks exactly where you want them can sometimes make the difference between hitting a new bench PR or not.

All other G-Series units besides the G20 and G3 have adequate, but much less precise 3.75” hole spacing throughout the power rack area.

Walkthrough design

The G20 base unit has a super convenient walkthrough design. You can go through it from the back or the front. This is great when you’re moving plates around or switching between exercise stations.

None of the other G-Series units have this design.

Note, however, if you do buy the optional Lat Row Station Upgrade that you will lose the walkthrough design since the Lat Row Station attaches to the back of the frame.

Band peg holes

Force USA G20 - Band Peg on Smith Machine

The G20 features band peg holes on the flat feet of the rack. It comes with 4 band pegs that you can insert into any of these holes.

This allows you to easily add band resistance to your barbell or Smith machine exercises like squats, deadlifts and bench press. You can even add band resistance to some bodyweight movements like hip thrusts and pull ups.

Integrated weight stack band pegs

Force USA G20 Functional Trainer Weight Stacks with Integrated Band Pegs

With the G6 and the G3, you could add band resistance to the weight stack using the band pegs on the feet of the rack. While effective, it’s not a seamless process.

The G20 makes this process super easy by having built-in mini band pegs on the top and bottom of the weight stack itself (on both sides). So you simply loop the band around these mini pegs and you’re ready to lift.

Of course, most people won’t need to add band resistance to go beyond the 289 lb max of each weight stack — though that is possible to do. Rather, the most practical use is to add band resistance to achieve a different training effect; to make the resistance heavier at the top of the range of motion.

Roller j-hooks

Force USA G20 Roller J-hooks on Power Rack

The G20 is the only model with roller j-hooks. Roller j-hooks allow you to effortlessly move a loaded barbell to the left or right, in order to center on the j-hooks before lifting off

Multiple chin up bars

Force USA G20 Multi-grip Chin Up Bar in Use

All other G-Series units have a single chin up station. The G20 has a grand total of 3 chin up stations. Ones a regular multi-grip chin up station (like on the G6, G9 and G12) and the other is a globe-grip style/multi-grip chin up station. You can argue whether or not 3 separate chin up stations is practical for most buyers, but it is nice if you’ll have multiple people training at once.

Easy to Pulley Adjustment

The G20 has the same style of pulley adjustment mechanism as the G6, G9, and G12. It’s easier to adjust than the one on G3. You can do it with just one hand.

Bolt-down

You have the option to bolt the G20 to the floor, unlike on G9 and G12. That said, the vast majority of owners will have no reason to bolt it down. The base unit alone weighs 1368 lbs. It’s not going to budge.

Force USA G20 Cons

High Price Tag

It’s no secret that this is an expensive machine. The base unit is $6999 and the optional upgrade station is another $999. However, a high price tag comes with the territory when you’re talking about such a heavy, feature-rich all-in-one gym. If it’s too expensive for your budget, you should consider saving more before you buy or opting for one of the less expensive units. Also, financing options are available.

Spotter arm length

The spotter arms are 15” long. They’re the same length as the G6, G9 and G12. Only the G3 spotter arms are slightly longer at 17.5”.

Spotter arms on most power racks on the market are 20-24”. So if you’re used to this spotter arm length, you’ll have to get accustomed to the shorter length. It’ll take a few workouts to get used to it. While this isn’t a huge deal, it’s worth noting.

Smith Machine Isn’t Counterbalanced

Unlike the G9 and G12, the G20 does not have a counterbalanced Smith machine. That is, the bar weighs 45 lbs when it’s empty, instead of 0 lbs.

This is not a big deal for most people, since they’ll be able to lift more than bar weight for any Smith machine exercise. However, if anyone using this machine is very weak and/or a complete novice, the empty bar may be too heavy.

Can’t use all weight storage pegs with bumper plates

The weight plate storage design works perfectly for the typical set of weight plates that have larger diameters for the heaviest plates and smaller diameters for the lighter weights. You put the largest diameter plates on the bottom pegs and then increasingly smaller diameter plates on each peg above it. This is because the distance between the storage pegs shrinks as you go up the rack.

Force USA G20 Weight Plate Storage

This design does not work as well for bumper plates, which all have the same large diameter. The pegs are too close together to fit bumper plates on consecutive pegs. They’ll overlap if you try. Instead, you have to load them on every other peg.

So if you plan on using bumper plates with the G20, you’ll really only have access to 3 plate holder pegs per side. That’s still be enough space for most people, but it’s still a bit annoying.

Ideally, they should have had 4 weight pegs per side, spaced further apart.

Who Is the Force USA G20 Best for?

There’s a bunch of different applications where the Force USA is a good choice:

  • Serious bodybuilders and strength trainees: This is the best unit if you’re serious about lifting heavy. Bodybuilders and powerlifters alike. The fact that it has selectorized weight stacks in the first place is a win for bodybuilders, who need that to do drop sets and supersets on cable work. Then you have the fact that the weight stacks are ridiculously heavy at 289 lbs with a 1:1 ratio, which is good for strong bodybuilders and powerlifters alike. And powerlifters in particular will be big fans of the power rack having Westside hole spacing for precise j-hook placement.
  • Home gym owners seeking the highest quality and most feature-rich all-in-one gym: If you’re a home gym owner who simply wants the best all-in-one gym, this is it. It’s got all the bells and whistles. You just have to be willing and able to pay the premium to get it.
  • Personal training studios or physical therapy practices: If you do personal training or have a physical therapy practice, the G20 could make the perfect centerpiece in your studio for resistance training. It’s got a commercial warranty, which you’ll want since you’ll be using it for business. It’s also built stronger so it can handle commercial use. Finally, it has weight stacks, which are a must when training clients, since the transition time when changing weights is near-instant. This will save you precious time during sessions.
  • Office or hotel gyms: If you’ve been in many hotel or office gyms, you know how they aren’t ideal for strength training. Well, if you happen to be outfitting an office or hotel gym for your organization, then you can buck that trend. Putting the G20 in one of these settings will provide all the capabilities even the pickiest of users will appreciate.
  • Fire and police departments: Firefighters and police officers tend to be pretty strong due to the physical nature of their work. As such, they need a gym that can handle their strength and allow them all the room they need for progression. That’s why the G20 makes sense in small fire or police department gyms. The commercial grade build quality will handle all they can throw at it. Plus, it can handle 2-3 people training, which is probably the most you’ve had training at one time.
  • Small rec center or fitness centers: Small rec centers and community fitness centers are usually lacking on 2 key things: space and strength training equipment. There’s limited square footage, and much of it is taken up by cardio equipment and other amenities. However, with resistance training becoming more and more popular, these gyms need a decent strength training setup to attract and keep their members. The G20 goes above and beyond in that department.
  • Smaller boxing/MMA gyms: Small boxing/MMA gyms often have most of their space dedicated to rings and mats, but there’s still a need for a resistance training area. The G20 works in this situation, since it’s commercial grade, provides plenty of resistance for a strong population and can give a lot of exercise in a small footprint.

To learn more about this model, be sure to read my in-depth Force USA G20 review.

32 thoughts on “Force USA G3, G6, G9, G12 & G20 Review: All-In-One Gym & Functional Trainer Buying Guide”

  1. Brian Michael Thompson

    Hi Alex,

    This is a good review of the different units. I have one question and one comment:
    First, I think you might have the price for the G6 mixed up with the price for the G9. ForceUSA lists the G6 as $3999.
    My question is whether you know if the MyRack attachments like the lat seat work with the G3.

    1. D’oh! You’re right, I accidentally swapped the prices in the table. Just updated it — thanks for catching that.

      No, the MyRack attachments don’t work on the G3, since the upright tubes are different sizes (2″x2″ on the G3 vs 2.4″x2.4″ on the MyRack). The only MyRack items that work on the G3 are the band pegs and the landmine attachment (if you wanted to install a second landmine attachment in the back of the G3, instead of using the G3 landmine that comes standard and is fixed on the front of the G3.)

  2. Brian Michael Thompson

    Oh one more question Alex…. Do you know if that stability attachment is long enough to use for lat pull downs if I am seated on a bench?

    1. Great question. Yes, the stability attachment is long enough to use lock your legs down for lat pulldowns if you’re sitting on the bench. This was one of my favorite “hidden” features of the stability attachment. It can basically replace the need to get the lat pulldown seat (assuming you’re okay with doing lat pulldowns in the center of the rack with the long bar or both stirrup handles, instead of on one of the pulley columns).

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Really want to get the G9/G12, but the max bar height of 60 inches in the power rack is tough. I’m only 5’9”, and that’s right where I like my bar set for squats. I workout with guys that are 6’1” and 6’4” – just want to confirm this limitation

    1. Hi Shane. Yes, the max height is 60″ (i.e. 5 ft 0 in) — that’s the distance from the floor to the bottom of the barbell shaft. I’m 5’11” and I tested that height in my power rack just now and it’s even a little too high for me, as the bar scrapes the top (note that I’m a high bar squatter, too). My ideal height for unracking (again, using a high bar position) is actually 57″-58″ (i.e. 4 ft 9 in – 4 ft 10 in), so I’m quite confident both you and the 6’1″ guy would have no issues at all…

      …The 6’4″ guy will likely have to bend his knees more — though a lot of it depends on his bar position on his back, and to a lesser extend his squat stance width. A low bar position and a wider stance will mean he’ll have to bend his knees much less to unrack than if he uses a high bar position with a narrow width stance.

      What I’m going to do is reach out to my contact at Force USA. I’ll see if he can take a photo of someone on their team who’s around 6’4″ unracking the bar when the j-hooks are at in the highest accessible hole. So stay tuned for that.

      -Alex

        1. Hi Shane, I was in contact with Force USA and I asked them about the viability of a workaround for tall lifters on the G9/G12, which I had in mind previously but wanted to confirm before mentioning it. Let me explain the concept, and then tell you the caveats, and pros/cons of doing it…

          …And that is, you can technically install the j-hooks above the pulley in order to install the j-hooks in either of the top 2 j-hook holes that would otherwise be inaccessible. If you do this, you get a rackable bar height of 63.75″ above the floor and 67″ above the floor.

          So, how do you do this workaround? You lower both pulleys down to a lower setting. Then you move the pulley cable to the outside just enough to install the j-hooks in either of the top 2 holes. There is enough slack in the cable to move the cable to the outside — and there’s also enough slack that the cable will push back along with the barbell when you rack the bar after a set.

          Below, I’ve included a video the guys at Force USA filming a 6’4″ lifter using the workaround. He has the j-hooks in the second highest hole (bar 63.75″ above the floor). You’ll notice that even in this higher position, he has some trouble getting it cleanly over j-hooks even with the empty bar. He would’ve actually been better off using the 3rd hole from the top hole (bar 60″ above the floor), which doesn’t require the using the workaround at all! — As such, it’s more accurate to say that this workaround may only be helpful for lifters over 6’5″:

          Here’s a closeup shot of the bar being racked when using this workaround. Note there’s enough slack to allow the bar to go to the back of the j-hooks:
          Workaround for Extra Tall Lifters Squatting in the Monster G9 and G12

          NOTE: Although this workaround will work, it’s officially not recommended because it can wear the cable sheath down over time, particularly if your bar has very sharp knurling. So, it is NOT something to rely on regularly (i.e. if you’re the very tall lifter using it all the time). But you can probably get away with it if done sparingly (e.g. if you have a tall workout friend who uses it only once in a while — even then, you could put some athletic tape around the cable bar for protection when the bar makes contact to minimize/eliminate any friction damage).

  4. Brian Michael Thompson

    Hi Alex,

    Well…I wanted to let you know that I bought the Monster G9 and was super excited when I received it 2 days ago. Unfortunately I have had a pretty bad experience so far.

    The unit I received doesn’t look entirely like the one pictured on their purchasing site. It is branded all over with the name G9, but the exercise chart is totally different and the chin-up bar is the arched ladder type and not the two part version with the pronated grips shown in the website. I actually am pretty upset about that because I specifically wanted the pronated grips and the bar they sent me is way too tall for me. I’m only 5’6″, but when I installed the chin-up bar they had in the box I could barely touch it even while standing on a 2-step stool. That’s practically unusable for me.

    There were also bunch of typographical errors in both the manual they sent me in the box as well as the downloadable version. The manuals both have a picture of the G9 on the front page, but if you look closely, they don’t even look the same as each other. The downloadable version looks like what I expected I was buying. The manual and the unit I received do not, even though the machine and the manual both say G9 on them.

    Finally I have had at least 2 broken parts right out of the box:

    * A spacer insert for the functional trainer pulley was broken in two places
    and is preventing the pulley from smoothly sliding up and down the rail.
    * One of the slider sleeves on the Smith Machine actually had bearings falling
    out of it as soon as I took it out of the bubble wrap it was packed in.

    I basically gave up trying to assemble the unit. Due to the differences in the G9 I received compared to the one they advertise on their website, I am wondering whether I received a discontinued early version of the G9, or perhaps they just have poor quality control at the assembly plant. Due to the broken parts I am seriously concerned about even using the thing to work out with whether or not they send me replacements. This was supposed to be commercial grade, but I feel like the build quality is inconsistent with some parts seeming sturdy and others that appeared to made out of the cheapest material they could get away with. Several bolt holes were occluded with metal. I had to file two of them down just to get the bolt through the hole.

    Anyways, I am sorry to vent on your website, but partly I wanted to see if you could suggest a course of action. I have contacted their sales rep, who seemed very nice the first time I talked to him…however he hasn’t yet seen all the e-mails I just sent as I came upon multiple other issues. You did a really good job reviewing the products, but I wonder now if you actually own any of these and if you encountered any similar problems or have heard of any from other readers.

    I was reluctant to leave a review on their website for fear that it might jeopardize any potential refund or replacement of the product. I’m really concerned that a replacement would be no better to be honest.

    1. Sorry to hear about that Brian! It definitely sounds like some kind of mix up, especially with the totally different chin up bar option.

      As I mentioned in the beginning of the review, I don’t own these myself. But rather, I visited their HQ so I could thoroughly test out each unit (I don’t have enough room in my gym to have one of these with my existing equipment). So, I didn’t have to go through the installation process like you did.

      I’m going to reach out to them to see if I can get any information about these issues to see what’s up. From all my interactions with these guys, I’m confident they’ll make things right. Stay tuned for more.

      -Alex

      1. Brian Michael Thompson

        Hi Alex,

        Just wanted to leave a quick update on my G9 purchase. Cameron (the nice rep that I talked to previously) did contact me and has sent me some replacement parts which should arrive in a few days. He told me that all units are inspected before they leave the warehouse, and so damage may have occurred during shipping. As for the differences in the machine that was on the website vs the one I received he told me that ForceUSA made a few changes about a month ago (including the exercise guide/storage area and the chin-up bar). They apparently haven’t updated the purchasing page yet. They are still supplying the old style bar and he said they would send me one as soon as it is back in stock. Their customer service has been pretty good so far, so I really hope that I don’t run into any more issues during assembly. I’ll let you know how the final product turns out once I receive the replacement parts.

  5. Hi Alex,

    Could you tell me the height of the pull-up bar on the G12?
    I have limited ceiling height and would like to know if I could perform pull-ups correctly with this machine.
    If total height is 228cm, I guess the pull-up bar might be somewhere between 215-218cm.

    Thanks a lot for your review.

    1. Currently and for a limited time, ForceUSA.com is selling the G12 (and G9) with a slightly different chin up bar than the one shown in my images. It is more of a Monkey style chin up bar, and is taller at 90 inches above the floor. That said, in a few weeks, they’ll be reverting back to the original chin up bar shown in my photos, which is 87 inches above the floor…

      …And you can actually request this 87 inch chin up attachment now if you reach out to them.

  6. Hi Alex,

    Many thanks for your reviews
    It is quite helpful.

    Do you recommend G9 as the best functional trainer for home use or are there any other brands which are better and cheaper in comparison?

    Thanks
    Sri

    1. The Monster G-Series (including the G3, G6, G9 and G12) are the best group of all-in-one gyms on the market, in my opinion. However, it’s hard to give a definitive answer to which one of those four models is “best.” This is because they all have different features that will appeal to different types of lifters.

      Personally, I think the G9 is the best value (bang for your buck) model. You can read my full Monster G9 review here.

        1. Hi Alex,

          Could you please suggest the optional extra attachments for G9 (for e.g bench, etc)?

          Also, are there any pec dec attachments?

          Thanks,
          Sri

  7. hola Alex,

    la barra de dominadas del modelo G3 ( no me ha quedado muy claro si al final la del modelo G9 es igual) se podría colocar al revés si tengo problema de altura en la habitacion?

    1. Hi Javi. I believe you asked if you can flip the G3 pull up bar upside down if you have a ceiling height problem? If that’s what you asked, then the answer is no — Unfortunately, you can’t do that because there is a lip on top of the G3 multi-grip bar that makes it only fit one way. However, you can get the optional G3 Straight Chin-up Bars instead. This will give you more clearance for your head when doing pull ups on the G3.

      If you’re asking about the Monster G9, it currently ships with a pull up bar that’s similar to the G3 style pull up bar. It also cannot be installed upside down. The G9 unit is 90″ tall with this pull up bar installed. However, you can request the original pull up bar (i.e. shown in the photos on this page; with the multi-grip peg style handles), which makes the unit height 88″ tall.

  8. Hi Alex,

    Just received my G12.
    But was disappointed to see that they send chin up bar from older model.
    The dealer mentioned he would replace with new chin up bar in next 1-2 months due to COVID 19

    Could you please let me know if chin up bar was the only difference in the new model?
    Should I check anything else?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sri

    1. Hi Sri,

      I shared your comment with my contact at Force USA. He actually said that they do have some of those chin up bars in stock now, and that they should be able to get you one sooner. I gave him your details so they can look up your order and then get you taken care of with the chin up bar.

      As for your main question — No, there aren’t any other changes to the G12. I confirmed this with Force USA.

  9. bonjour,je compte vendre mon monster Barbarian qui est le G6 pour le G12.cependant il y a un probleme avec la longueur des cable du poulie vis a vis.en effet lors des elevations laterals il faut rester proche des montants au rique d entendre les plaques de poids frappées en fin de course.pouvez vous me dire si le probleme va etre résolu?
    merci beaucoup

    1. Hi Guy, the G12 cable extends a max of 53″ out of the pulley. Whereas, the G6 extends 51.5″, so you get a little more length with the G12.

      I’ll note that when I was using both units, I didn’t have any issues with maxing out the length of the cable with any of the movements I tried. Maybe the issue is with setting the pulley at the right height. I’d have to know more about your situation (e.g. which exercise did you have an issue with the pulley length on the G6?).

  10. Salut merci pour la réponse,je n ai justement aucun problème avec la longueur du G6,juste la démultiplication 1.2 qui m oblige a mettre des élastique au dessus de la pile de poids et surtout le Smith machine qui est trop étroit et l on touche parfois les cotés avec les coudes lors de l exécution de développé couché par exemple.Pour le G12 sur youtube on voit des gens touché très rapidement aux élévations latéral le haut de la machine d ou ma question.

  11. Have the G3, wouldn’t recommend for tall people as the pulleys sit to low so can’t get full extension with lat pull downs.

    1. The workaround there might be to do them from the floor, or set the seat extra low (though you may not be able to bend your knee in that case. Otherwise, the G6 will be a bit better for that particular exercise.

  12. Hey Alex
    Loved reading your reviews for the g series so indepth
    Just wondering if you’ve reviewed or had a chance to use the f50 and what the main differences from the g series are apart from stacks and leg press ect
    Thanks

    1. Hi James, thanks! I put a lot of time and effort into the G-Series reviews, so I’m glad you liked them 😀

      I haven’t done an F50 or F100 review. However, I have tested both, although only very briefly. Still, I can tell you the main differences aside from the stacks and leg press:

      • The uprights are much further apart on the F50/F100. They’re so far apart that it requires a special barbell (which comes included). This special bar has a longer shaft so the sleeve collars are 53″ apart, allowing it to actually fit on the . This barbell does the trick for the basics but will leave you underwhelmed if you’re a barbell geek and it will feel a bit different because of the long shaft. You won’t be able to use regular barbells in this power rack. (NOTE: The G9 and G12 are relatively wide, still narrower than the F-Series I believe, but their safeties and j-hooks are indented in making them effectively closer together for barbell exercises.). Note that while extra wide uprights is a drawback for power rack/barbell purpose, it’s a plus for bilateral functional trainer exercises like chest flies and cable crossovers because it gives you a bigger stretch.
      • The steel gauge for the frame is noticeably thinner on the F50/F100. I believe it’s 14 gauge, compared to 12 gauge on most of the G-Series (11 gauge on the G20). That said, it’s still strong enough for most lifters.
      • It has a nicer footplate option for low rows. It’s designed specifically for it. On the G-Series, the best foot plate option is using the leg holder pad, which actually works pretty good, but it’s still a pad and not a plate.
      • There’s no vertical barbell holder.
      • Despite not being as premium of an offering as the G-Series models, the smoothness of the F50/F100 cable systems is very good. It’s on par with the G-Series (probably actually a bit smoother than the G3).

      Lastly, I’d just ask — Are you in the US? Because I don’t believe they’re selling the F-Series in the US anymore, and I’m not sure if/when they’re coming back. But if you’re in Australia, UK or other regions, I do think they’re still being sold there.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply
        Going by that and your reviews think ill save the extra dollars and go for the G6
        Im in Australia so the F50 is alot cheaper
        Hoping force usa release some jammer arms in the future to add but aint no biggie if they dont
        Thanks

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