Little comes close to the strength-training variety, quality and safety of this machine.


The early idea of a home gym was to take a number of functions from commercial gym items and put them on a single system for the home. It's often resulted in a useless mess of feeble, single-muscle exercises driven by a cable mechanism, because this is the cheapest way a maker can as many tick-in-boxes (but mainly useless) exercises as possible.. Most of what's offered today remains in this category.

They often don't do a single major, useful, exercise properly.  Real gains come with big pushing and pulling movements like presses, dead lifts, squats, rows, pull downs - compound exercises, they're called, most of which are best done with solid bits of iron rigidly connected to weight, no matter what your gender or goals - leanness,  strength or even cardio. Cable is good for add-on variety, warm-ups, therapy, rehab.  (More to read on home gym design)

The Multi System does things properly.  It's original designer was part of the team that developed the early leverage machines you see in commercial gyms today. He combined the major strength-training elements into single machines for home, using clever implementations of leverage.  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's 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 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 - through more weight, more sets/reps, less rest etc - and there was always an element of risk when working at your limits without safety mechanisms. A big advantage of the Multi System is its big, steel-pin, movable safety mechanisms that prevent you from being trapped under the lifting arms.

The wonderful result is that this safety is married to the leverage movement, and yet 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.  The Multi System guides your movement for better results.  And not only can you work to complete failure with confidence that you will not injure yourself, it's suitable for users of all training levels. Many people might think this machine is just for hardcore trainers, but this isn't true. The safety and physical guidance that's built in makes it great for beginners as well as heavy trainers.  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 many grip and angle variations of flat bench, decline bench and incline bench press movements...you can target the inner or outer chest or use a narrow grip to push your triceps harder.  Go more to palms-facing to open up the rotator cuff.  There's a ton of variability in body and grip position - the one-size-fits-all idea doesn't apply here. (Not like a lot of commercial gym stuff)  And there are particular benefits afforded by lever-driven design compared with free-weight training...for instance, like other Powertec leg units, 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.  And with the pads and angles, go get the unheard-of - squatting in comfort!  And great calf raises.

Note: the videos show units with fixed press-arms; the ones we offer have isolateral capability - independent operation - as well as fixed style.  This is better...using it as a barbell, a stronger arm takes more load; the lesser one doesn't get developed. With independent use you can help one catch up to the other.  And independent use includes and exploits more muscle fibres better.

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.

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

What You Can Do With It

We need to be clear which exercises you get with the base unit and with the add-on options seen at bottom of page.  With the Multi System as offered, it supports:

  • All types of bench press - flat, incline, military, shoulder, decline; lots of angles.  Lots of grips, (palms facing, flat, outward, in between, and those that can be done with a removable, sprung, close-grip bar)
  • Prone Rows, Bent-Over Rows
  • Drag Curls, with the close-grip bar for biceps work
  • Dead Lifts
  • Triceps Presses and Extensions with a press down bar (come with rotating handle)
  • Various Lat Pull Down types, with a wide lat pull-down bar, carabiners, chain 
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Calf Raises
There are also extra-cost options which add to the accessory point on the front of the bench, some of which appear in videos, and aren't included in this offer:

  • Pec Flye Accessory
  • Leg Extension, Leg Curl Accessory
  • Arm Curl Accessory
  • Lat Tower Accessory, though this is additional to the Lat Station on the MS, and offers a low-pulley attachment as well for cable rows.
There's 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:  Press Station 500 lbs (225 kg), Squat Station 500 lbs (225 kg), Lat Station 400 lbs (180 kg)

Available in Industrial Yellow, or Black  Note...the last three pictures at top show an Arm Curl Attachment, which is an extra-cost option. (There's plenty of biceps action in other exercises, such as drag curls, rows and pull-downs) (Options are bottom of page)  Otherwise, what you see is what you get.

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.  And we're out of stock at present

Questions?...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.

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

Last word: It doesn't break, and requires very little maintenance.

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



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

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.

Powertec Multi System

  • Product Code: Powertec
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  • $3,230


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