Very little comes close to the strength-training variety, quality and safety of this machine, the world's biggest selling leverage gym. (What's good about leverage gyms?  Read this)



The early idea of a home gym was to take a number of functions from commercial gym pieces and put them all one a single system for the home. It's often resulted in a useless mess.

Most "home gyms" try to pack as much theoretical exercise capability as they can into a small space, using cable as a movement mechanism. (Cable's cheap to build with) They often don't do a single major, useful, exercise properly. What they do manage is mostly feeble isolation (one-muscle) exercises. Yet real gains are come with big pushing and pulling movements like presses, dead lifts, squats, rows, most of which are best done with big bits of iron rigidly connected to weight, no matter what your gender or goals - leanness, mass, or strength. Cable is good for add-on variety, warm-ups, therapy, rehab.  (More to read on home gym design here)

Nothing better reflects this principle than the Powertec Multi System. Powertec's original designer was part of the team that developed the early leverage machines of the type you see in commercial gyms today. He was successful combining the major strength-training elements into single machines for home. And he made them fit a wide range of body types and sizes, with grip variations and other variety that often eclipses what you get in a commercial gym.  And it has been achieved at a fraction of the cost and space, with superb feel and strength in materials, which makes for pleasure in use. (Very important)

Compound exercises like squats, bench press, lat pull downs and rows use multiple muscle groups. They're best in building and maintaining both strength and muscle mass.   A problem with performing compound exercises in the past was that you couldn't go to complete failure using free weights when training alone. To get the most from your weight training you need to increase your intensity whether it be through more weight, more sets/reps, less rest etc. There is always an element of risk when working at your limits without safety mechanisms.

The Multi System offers these compound exercises in leverage form. The leverage movement feels like a free weight exercise, in that you're performing the exercise in a similar motion. You also have more control over the weight (than in a free-weight environment) which allows you to better isolate the target muscle group.  And the control of the Multi System guides your movement for better results.

The biggest advantage however is that the Multi System has inbuilt safety mechanisms that prevent you from being trapped under the lifting arms.  You can work to complete failure with confidence that you will not injure yourself. And it's suitable for users of all training levels. Many people might think this machine is just for hardcore bodybuilders, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Because of its safety and control mechanisms, it lets you perform compound exercises with safety.

Having three stations means more than one person can use it at a time.  You avoid all the availability fuss of a commercial gym - and the travel, and gabfests around the press station -  and you have the extra productivity for two or more users.

A nice aspect also is that while it provides guidance, control and safety, the Multi System lets you perform subtle variations on your compound exercises that will continue to stimulate strength and muscle gains in advanced trainers. For example, on the chest press you can do a variety of flat bench, decline bench and incline bench press. And, by providing you with plenty of grip variation, you can target the inner or outer pec or use a narrow grip to push your triceps harder.  There's a ton of variability in body and grip position - the one-size-fits-all idea doesn't apply here. There are many particular benefits afforded by lever-driven design.  For instance, like other Powertec items, the squat design perfectly isolates the quads, and delivers excellent split squats or backward lunges, with the lever arm offering more stability over the dumbbell or barbell form of the exercises.

Here's Powertec's own video of the Multi System.

Finally, many multi gyms - typically those that are built around a weight stack, offer few and feeble-action compound exercises, and a number of isolation movements– exercises that work one particular muscle in isolation. Your muscles may feel worked after performing these exercises but they will not respond in the same fashion as they will with compound exercises done properly.    So even if you train hard and consistently on an inferior home gym you will not get the same results from the same effort applied on the Powertec Multi System.

And, you get big capacity.  It's very frustrating to build strength and have to throw the device out when you've taken it to a limit.  This'll last.

Available in Industrial Yellow, or Black  Note...the last and third to last pictures show an Arm Curl Attachment, which is an extra-cost option. (Options are bottom of page)

Dimensions:  L=306 cm, W=185 cm, H=200 cm.  Empty weight, 200 kg.  This a big device.  We don't leave it on the front door step. Someone should be home!  We'll be in touch to make sure there is. Assembly takes about three hours, well instructed. There should be someone else around to help hold things.  In Auckland we offer a professional service to do it if necessary.

Plates:  This offer doesn't include them.  Take a look at packages here:  75 kg set, or 115 kg set

We'll price a bigger set for you if you like...ask using the Contact Form

Lifetime warranty on structural frame (excludes paint). Five year warranty on moving frames (press arms and other unspecified moving components). Two year warranty on components (bearings, locking pins, pulleys, cables, slide rods etc). One year warranty on pads, grips and other unspecified parts. The warranty is for the original purchaser and domestic use. 

Primarily constructed with 3" & 2" steel tubing with a 12 gauge (2.5 mm) wall thickness. Lever arms are 3 mm thick steel with a pair of heavy duty bearings on each arm. Padding is industrial grade high density foam with double stitched upholstery. A durable baked on powder coat finish is applied to the frame. Bearings and spring pins are industrial grade; nuts and bolts are high tensile strength.

Capacity: Press Station 500 lbs or 225 kg, Squat Station 500 lbs or 225 kg, Lat Station 400 lbs or 180 kg

Inclusions: Close Grip Bench Press Bar, Small Flat Bar with Revolving Handles, Close Grip Lat Pulldown Bar, Ab Crunch Attachment

Need advice about building a home gym?  See Creating a Home Gym.


Lifetime warranty on structural frame (excludes paint). Five year warranty on moving frames (press arms and other unspecified moving components). Two year warranty on components (bearings, locking pins, pulleys, cables, slide rods etc). One year warranty on pads, grips and other unspecified parts. The warranty is for the original purchaser and domestic use. 

Primarily constructed with 3" & 2" steel tubing with a 12 gauge (2.5 mm) wall thickness. Lever arms are 3 mm thick steel with a pair of heavy duty bearings on each arm. Padding is industrial grade high density foam with double stitched upholstery. A durable baked on powder coat finish is applied to the frame. Bearings and spring pins are industrial grade; nuts and bolts are high tensile strength.

This Powertec product has obtained the European Commission's EN-957 certificate for both commercial and home use.

L=306 cm W=185 cm H=200 cm.  Empty weight: 200 kg


Capacity: Press Station 500 lbs or 225 kg Squat Station 500 lbs or 225 kg Lat Station 400 lbs or 180 kg Ab Crunch 100 lbs or 45 kg

Inclusions: Close Grip Bench Press Bar, Small Flat Bar with Revolving Handles, Close Grip Lat Pulldown Bar, Ab Crunch Attachment

Biceps training on a Multi System with Iain Lauer

Powertec Multi System

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  • $3,630


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