Inspire Fitness is a well known name in the world of fitness. Their valuable fitness equipment, and especially their home gym, is known for being top-of-the-line in every case. The two main functional trainers are FT1 and FT2. The FT1 and FT2 Home Gym are both complete home functional trainer systems, but the FT2 comes with a high-powered smith machine to take your workout to the next level.
Here, we will look at FT1 vs FT2, so you can choose the best fitness for your family.
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What do you want from a home training machine? The first thing is sustainability: it is an investment in itself, and you expect the investment to be sustainable. The Inspire FT1 (like the FT2) is solidly crafted, with a heavy steel frame matte in black and silver – which means it keeps away those ugly dings and scratches.
The latter is versatility, and here FT1 is really brilliant. Workouts are performed through the built-in cable system. Adjustable and flexible, they connect the entire length of the frame on both sides up and down, allowing you to make wide movements depending on the muscles you want to target.
This makes FT1 Home Gym a great platform for:
- Leg workout: including lunges, squats, hamstring curls, and abductor exercises
- Back workout: With lat cable pullover, lat pulldown and curved rows
- Arm workout: Bicep curls (sitting and standing), with tricep pushdown and overhead extensions
- Ab Workouts: Safe cables provide adequate flexibility and resistance for rotation and crunches
The FT1 comes with two weight stacks in each tower, each weighing 165 pounds. This is enough for some serious lifting, but you also have the option to upgrade the weight as needed, up to a total of 50 pounds extra on each side.
As you can see, there is more than enough for a full-body workout. To add value to FT1, however, Inspire also has a number of optional attachments so you can change it further. Comes with FT1:
- Light and comfortable ankle cuffs
- An exercise belt
- A triceps rope attachment to the cable so you can incorporate more targeted, tricep-intensive exercises into your workout
Fully assembled and with optional benches, the Inspire’s FT1 will weigh more than 700 lbs. Subtracting from the bench, this is a more decent 540. It’s 83 inches long and 54 inches wide, so you’ll need enough space to set it up. Up, but nowhere near as much as the other trainers. The FT1, in fact, is quite high-powered and versatile, considering how compact it is. However, you can ask a second person at hand to help you with the assembly.
Unlike some home trainers, FT1’s towers come in one piece, which takes a lot of legwork out of the installation. The instructions are clearly mapped and diagrammed, and include most of the tools you need to get the job done, though you’ll want to keep your toolbox handy.
All together, and especially with the helping hand (equipment heavy, above all), you are seeing 2 to 3 hours of assembly time.
Inspire FT1 offers a full lifetime warranty on the frame and parts, which is quite incredible due to the premium quality of the trainer. The initial price tag may seem high, but a lifetime warranty means you can use this gym with confidence for years and even decades.
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What good? FT1 or FT2?
Inspire FT1 Home Gym is undoubtedly a best-in-class performance trainer at this price point. But what about its cousin, Inspire Fitness FT2? Is it worth the upgrade?
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Inspire FT2 Effective Trainer
The Inspire FT2 is a premium model of Inspire Fitness, a fully loaded function trainer and strength-training platform. It is exceptionally durable, built to withstand heavy use year after year. Made with heavy-duty steel tubing, the FT2’s weight and dimensions actually surpass that of Inspire’s FT1 model. The FT2 is also heavy enough that it does not vibrate or sway at all during use.
With FT2, you’re looking at potential exercise resources. The FT2 is equipped with two adjustable metal weight stacks on either side, each weighing 160 pounds. With the locking pin on each stack you can easily change the weight you are using. You can also increase the weight of each stack, up to a total of 210 pounds each.
The cabling system is height adjustable, allowing you to practice full range of motion to get the most out of your investment. Here is an example of an exercise you can do with FT2:
- Leg workout: Deadlift, Cuff Raise, Front Lounge, Squat and Hip Extensions
- Back workout: Crossover Row, Lat Pulldown, Back Flies, Aerobic Row and Back Press
- Arm workout: Bicep curls, pull-ups and tricep extensions
- Ab Workouts: Ab crunches, Ab rotations, and twist crunches
Inspire’s FT2 is equipped with a smith machine with an Olympic-level bar, which greatly adds to its versatility and long-term functionality. The bar attaches directly to the FT2’s weight stack with its pin-locking mechanism, so you can easily choose the right setting for you. The included safety catch helps make FT2 one of the safest home effective trainers for weight lifting.
The FT2 comes with a number of optional accessories, including:
- A high-performance exercise belt that you can attach to the pulley system for support during workouts
- A triceps rope
- Rubber D handles that can be integrated into virtually any exercise using FT2’s pulley system
Don’t make any bones about it, the FT2 is a heavy, stone-solid device. The assembly will take a few hours, although the manuals and diagrams included in Inspire provide all the information you need to get the job done. You will also need some basic household tools, especially a screwdriver and ratchet. This is not really a single task, but once the installation is done, it is done for good.
If something happens to break up with your effective trainer, there is something more comfortable than knowing that you are completely safe. The Inspire FT2 comes with a lifetime warranty for residential use and a 10 year warranty for commercial applications. What exactly would you expect from a machine like this.
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Face Off: Inspire’s FT1 vs. FT2
Let’s face it – Inspire’s FT1 is a great machine. It is one of the best home-training systems on the market, especially at its price point. It’s not a budget model, and it’s not a machine that you buy and then let the dust collect: No, the FT1 is a serious exercise platform designed for those who want serious results. Its lifetime warranty will serve you well for many years.
But FT2 is everything and much more. It is heavier, bigger and more versatile. It offers a wide range of exercises, both default settings and upgrades with optional add-ons. FT2 offers many upgrades over FT1, especially since:
- Smith machines included
- Permanent cable crane system
- Pull-up station
- Security features
Simply put, FT2 is an animal. And this beast may be exactly what you want, but if you live in a small space you can find a more compact FT1 that fits you better.
Now, both FT1 and FT2 are upgradable. You can add bench and leg attachments to increase your workout range. But if you have FT1, you will not get FT2’s Smith Machine or Fixed Cable Puli System. Also you can’t upgrade to FT1 to include these later, which is to keep in mind.
In practice, fixed wires of FT2 increase its durability during weight lifting exercises. It helps your muscles during exercise and naturally boosts immunity – pulleys can actually feel heavier than the equivalent level of free weight.
FT2’s Smith machine
The FT2’s Smith machine is not like other Smith machines. As you probably know, the Smiths have a somewhat mixed reputation in the fitness world, with some arguing that they make lifting artificially easier. There may be something to it, but it’s not entirely relevant to FT2’s Smith machines.
Because the FT2 is easy to lift with the Smith machine, safe, far from easy and never artificial. The Inspire FT2’s Smith machine is fitted with a heavy weight multiplier, increasing Smith’s total weight resistance to 460 pounds. This is a very high metric, but since the minimum setting is only 20 pounds, there is plenty of room for improvement if you are new to lifting.
The FT2’s Smith machine is really the star of the show. It’s easy to use when you’re not using and easy to get out of the way. You can adjust the minimum height that Smith reaches during each repetition, so that the bar closes automatically if you can’t control it.
All this means you are not going to surpass FT2. Smith’s maximum weight is so high that you can work on it all your life and never maximize it.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
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Although they are similar from the outside, FT1 and FT2 actually serve different purposes. If you are not interested in the extra power-training capabilities of the Smith machine included in the FT2, then the FT1 is a great choice. That said, you’ll be using these machines for years to come, and the FT2’s Smith machine is second to none in terms of usability and sheer power. Remember this when you decide which machine is best for you!
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