Looking for an all-in-one functional trainer to invest your hard-earned money in?
It can be a challenge knowing what functional trainer you should buy, as there are so many on the market. Well, look no further.
The Force USA G6 is the perfect functional trainer for your garage or home gym.
By the end of this Force USA G6 review, you’ll know everything you need to know about this excellent piece of strength training equipment and why it is (or isn’t) the best option for you.
Table of Contents
- Our Review Of The Force USA G6 Home Gym
- Pros and Cons Of The Force USA G6 All-In-One Trainer
- Who Is the Force USA G6 Best for?
- Unique Features Of The G6 All-In-One Trainer
- Comparing The New G6 Vs Old G6 Model
- Comparing The G6 With Other Force USA Home Gym
- Comparing TheForce USA G6 With Home Gym Alternatives
- G6 Workout Programs & Exercises
- Common Questions About the Force USA G6
Our Review Of The Force USA G6 Home Gym
Force USA G6 - Our Ratings
Value For Money
Ease Of Use
Ease Of Assembly
Materials & Durability
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Our Experience Using This Home Gym
At first glance, the Force USA G6 looks fantastic. It’s an impressive functional trainer that I was excited to try out.
As with the other models in the G-Series, this all-in-one trainer has a robust design and is relatively compact with a small footprint of 72 in (W) x 64 in (D) x 91 in (H).
So it's easy to see why it's a popular Force USA model.
When using the power rack, it felt extremely secure and didn’t rattle about too much while I racked and un-racked the barbell.
The safety spotter arms completely eliminated the need for a spotter on certain lifts, and I felt safe knowing they’ve got me covered.
Its robustness will give even beginners the confidence to lift on their own.
I was impressed by the multi-grip chin-up bar; it had a wide variety of grip positions and felt comfortable during use.
During my pull-ups, the machine made the odd noise, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from an all-in-one trainer.
I suspect the G6’s stability is enhanced by the dual-weight stacks located on the rear of the machine.
My only hang-up with the Force USA G6 is that I had to provide my own Olympic barbell and an adjustable bench. Although, you can purchase the Force USA adjustable bench and Gunner All-Rounder barbell when you buy the G6.
However, they will cost you around $600-800 extra for them.
Considering the G6 is one of Force USA’s mid-range offerings, I was pleasantly surprised. You’ll find it difficult to get another functional trainer with a power rack for better value.
Size & Dimensions In The Home
While the Force USA G6 is a compact, functional trainer with a space-saving design, it is slightly deeper (64” deep) than other models in the G-Series, such as the G9.
And it’s rather tall, standing at 91”; please ensure you’ve got the ceiling height before you order this all-in-one trainer.
As a rule of thumb, I always recommend ensuring you have around 1-2 feet of space above the machine’s height (around 8’4” should be enough clearance).
This allows you to perform pull-ups etc., without the risk of banging your head on the ceiling.
I was impressed with the compact nature of the G6 all-in-one trainer. It saves you a ton of space compared to buying separate pieces of equipment capable of doing the same exercises.
While the Force USA G6 should fit into most home or garage gym spaces, it’s best to check the measurements before you buy. See the measurements below.
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Internal Width (inside uprights)
Design & Build Quality
The Force USA's G6 is a fantastic piece of equipment with a compact yet robust design while offering an impressive amount of exercise options; I'll talk about them in a moment.
Like with other models in the G-Series, I was impressed by the quality of the counterbalanced Smith machine.
As it’s counterbalanced, it’s perfect for all ability ranges, even if you’re new to weight lifting.
I also loved how smooth the Smith machine’s release mechanisms were, allowing you to rack and un-rack the Smith bar with ease.
While using the G6 during the incline bench press, I found its greater internal depth useful as it allowed the exercise to be performed without any issues.
This was an improvement compared to the G9, which due to the shallow depth, was impossible to perform this movement. I found myself searching for incline bench press alternatives during my workout.
Even though the G6 is a stable machine, it’s not as robust as some of the more expensive Force USA models, but this is to be expected.
I’d challenge you to find another all-in-one trainer as sturdy as this one for the price.
Workout Stations & Versatility (Key Features)
The Force USA G6 power rack with functional trainer component is a versatile piece of equipment that offers you 9 workstations and over 150+ exercise possibilities (although I’d argue you can do way more than that).
And it comes with a free exercise chart, giving you a head start on exercise ideas.
The monster G6 offers a wide range of attachments, such as:
And all of this is what comes as standard with the G6 all-in-one system. There is enough equipment to work your entire body, so you can achieve your fitness goals.
Like the other elite gym training equipment Force USA offers, the G6 has an excellent weight rating capacity.
The cable pulley uses commercial-grade aircraft cable tested up to 2000 lbs. It’s no wonder the cable system is so smooth. And with a 2:1 pulley ratio makes 100 lbs feel like 50 lbs.
While that might not be the best ratio for everyone, it’s great for beginners as it ensures you can lift even the lightest weight on the weight stack.
The G6 home gym functional trainer comes with two 220lbs weight stacks and 6 weight plate holders, which should be more than enough for all your Olympic plates.
Unless you're an advanced powerlifter or performance athlete looking to set new records, it's highly unlikely you'll need to lift more than the G6 can handle.
It's one of the best all-in-one trainers for a strong and safe workout on the market.
Assembling This Product
Before I talk about the assembly, I must state that when the machine arrives, it comes in two boxes on a pallet. The combined weight is around 940 lbs, and it’s tough to move alone.
Also, the delivery is curbside only, so it’s up to you to move the Force USA G6 functional trainer into your home gyms.
I highly recommend you have a friend or family member with you for the day, as the assembly of the machinery can be tricky, even if you’re experienced.
While assembling the machine, I found it was a challenge, but I got into the swing of things after an hour or so.
The Force USA Monster G6 instruction manual was ok but not great. I’d like to see clearer instructions, especially for the more technical parts, such as installing the cable pulley system.
It comes with all the necessary tools, but you might want to have an adjustable wrench nearby as the tools provided are suitable for the job but basic.
The overall building of the G6 took around 5-6 hours, but I’d recommend setting aside an entire day and having at least one person helping you.
Garage Gym Pro Tip: Assemble the machine in the area you intend on placing it. Once it’s built, it’s incredibly heavy and tall, making it almost impossible to move around. Also, ensure you have plenty of ceiling clearance, as it’s 91” in height.
However, if you don’t want to build the machine yourself, Force USA offers an assembly service for around $700.
If you have the budget and don’t want the hassle of assembling the functional trainer with a Smith machine, check out the third-party installers available.
The G6 functional trainer with Smith machine will cost around $4000 plus shipping (varies depending on your location).
Don’t forget to account for shipping costs when you decide on your budget; it can make a huge difference. However, you can save 5% with our code GGP5.
I know what you’re thinking… “$4000 is a lot to spend on a piece of home gym equipment”. And you’re not wrong.
But, as the Force USA G6 is a 9-in-one functional trainer, you get a ridiculous amount of exercise options for the price.
If you compare the $4000 to the amount you’d spend if you bought each machine separately, there is a huge difference; the G6 saves you thousands of dollars and a ton of space.
Another model in the G series you might like is the G12, be sure to check it out. It costs around the same as the G6.
Shipping & Warranty
When it comes to shipping, the price and details will vary depending on where you are in the world.
If you’re in the USA, shipping will cost around $350-400.
Shipping is available to 48 states and is curbside delivery only, so please ensure you’ve got someone to help you bring the Force USA G6 into your home gym… it’s pretty heavy.
For anyone in the UK, you’ll be happy to know shipping is free to the mainland UK. Who doesn’t love free shipping, right?
Canadians, this one is for you. You can order your machine from ForceUSA.ca; your shipping costs will depend on your location.
However, you can expect to pay between $99-599 (ensure you factor this into your budget before you order).
Do you live in Australia? It's all good; Force USA delivers there too. Your all-in-one trainer can be delivered to your door for approximately $130-480 (depending on your location).
You can buy your G6 rack from GymandFitness.com.au for the fastest shipping time.
When it comes to warranty, Force USA is excellent.
You get a lifetime frame warranty, 2 years warranty for cables, pulleys, and parts, along with a 90-day wear and tear policy for upholstery, etc.
Force USA has one of the best warranties on the market, and you'd be hard-pressed to find another functional trainer with better.
Pros and Cons Of The Force USA G6 All-In-One Trainer
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Who Is the Force USA G6 Best for?
The Force USA G6 is suitable for many different types of users. Still, there are several types of gym-goers who'll get the most from it.
Bodybuilders or Gym Goers With a Bodybuilder Style of Training
If you love performing a bodybuilder-type workout style, you’ll love using the weight stack.
Weight stacks make increasing and decreasing resistance much quicker, which is ideal for performing drop sets and supersets.
I loved using the weight stacks while performing single-arm bicep curls. The easy-to-use weight stacks allowed me to perform a drop set efficiently as I worked my biceps to failure.
When it comes to the power rack component, the easy-to-access weight plate holders are ideal, as I can easily add and remove Olympic weight plates to and from the barbell.
I know it might only be seconds you save, but it means you can spend those extra few seconds resting between your sets.
Another reason the G6 is best suited for bodybuilders is the resistance band pegs.
The pegs allow you to use resistance bands to work your muscles in different ways, and they can also be used in conjunction with other parts of the G6 functional trainer, such as the dip station.
Taller gym goers will love the Force USA G6 as it has an internal working height of around 85”, which should be more than enough headroom for anyone under 7ft.
When it comes to the power rack, the commercial grade J hooks can be placed on the highest hole, which is 69” from the floor.
This is higher than the G9 and G12, which have the top holes restricted due to the machine’s cable system.
With the large internal height and the ability to set your barbell to the highest setting, it’s perfect for taller users.
Unless you’re an NBA star over 7”, the G6 is the functional trainer for you.
If you’re a personal trainer looking to give your clients a quality full-body workout outside of the commercial gym environment, the Force USA G6 is perfect for the job.
The G6 provides you with multiple pieces of equipment in one machine; your clients can train everything from bench presses to pull-ups, giving them a full body workout without taking up a ton of space in your gym studio.
The Smith machine component has a counterbalanced Smith machine bar, so it's ideal for beginners who have a limited amount of strength.
And the safety spotter arms will give your clients additional assurance while they use the power rack.
As the G6 has 9 stations, you can use the functional trainer to train small groups of clients. I plan on using my G6 to train several of my clients at once.
While the G6 is best suited for the above, unless you’re an advanced athlete looking to break records or lift a huge amount of weight, the G6 could be the machine for you.
It's not for everyone, though; if you only want to perform barbell-focused workouts such as CrossFit, you would be better off choosing a power rack without the weight stacks and cable system.
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Unique Features Of The G6 All-In-One Trainer
The Force USA G6 all-in-one strength training system is one of the market’s most compact, functional trainers.
While it’s not as small as the G9, it’s still only 64” deep which won’t take up a lot of space.
Besides, if you bought all of the available stations as separate machines, you’d end up with a cramped gym space full of expensive equipment.
The G6 gives you all of the benefits of having standalone machines but without the downsides.
As a personal trainer, I love this machine. I have it installed in my garage gym and love training my clients on the equipment. And it leaves a ton of space for other equipment (not that I need it).
To help with space-saving, the G6 strength training system comes with 6 weight plate holders and a storage system for a barbell. It’s highly convenient and helps me keep my home gym looking tidy.
I was also a fan of the attachment storage that comes with the machine, helping you keep the workout area safe.
No matter what muscle groups you want to work, the G6 provides full-body workout options.
The G6 takes 9 machines and squashes them into one slick-looking all-in-one strength training machine. The entire machine has a smooth operation and is a pleasure to use.
If you wanted to buy what the G6 offers as separate machines, it would set you back a few thousand dollars on top of the G6’s price.
Investing in the Force USA G6 saves money and floor space. You’ll never need another piece of equipment once the G6 is in your home gym.
It's worth every dollar, in my opinion. If you can stretch your budget even further, you should check out other models, such as the G20; it's impressive.
Olympic and Standard Compatibility
Like the other models in the Force USA G-Series, the G6 is compatible with Olympic and standard weight plates.
This is fantastic news, as you don’t need to spend a fortune on additional weighted plates if you have one or the other.
Standard plates traditionally have 1” diameter holes, while Olympic barbells have a 2” diameter hole.
Both types are supported on the Smith machine and the weight storage racks on the G6, keeping your gym space tidy.
When I used the G6, I used Olympic weights on the Smith machine as they’re my favored plates, purely because I use them for deadlifts and other compound movements.
However, I have some standard plates from when I was a teenager and placed them on the Smith machine to test them out.
I was impressed with both, and neither affected how the Smith machine performed.
Even the landmine attachment comes with two sleeves; one holds an Olympic barbell, while the other holds a standard bar.
9-In-1 Strength Training System
When you purchase an all-in-one strength training system, you want to have access to a number of workout stations; luckily, the G6 delivers.
While using the G6 strength training system, I was pleased to see the machine had 9 stations that could be used for hundreds of exercises.
So whether you want to use the power rack station, core trainer for rotational torso training, Smith machine, leg press, chin-up station, functional trainer, low row, Lat pull-down, or dip station, the G6 does it all.
One of my favorite features is the wide range of attachments (which I’ll cover in a moment).
Adding a bench into the mix gives you even more exercise variations you can perform to reach your strength training goals.
2:1 Cable Pulley Ratio
The G6’s functional trainer uses a 2:1 cable pulley ratio which is extremely smooth during usage and doesn’t make much noise (like some all-in-one systems).
The 2:1 ratio means if you put 100 lbs on the weight stack, you're actually lifting 50 lbs.
While this isn't my favorite pulley ratio, I think it's a brilliant option for beginners as they're less likely to struggle with the lower weights.
With two 220lbs weight stacks, the full weight you can lift is 110lb per stack. While this is heavy enough for most gym goers, it might be too light for more advanced users.
However, I found a solution to this issue; you can use resistance bands to add some resistance to the stack. It’s not an ideal solution, but it works.
17 Attachments Included
The Force USA isn’t like other all-in-one exercise machines; it comes with 17 included attachments. This isn’t always the case with other systems, and I was impressed with what Force USA includes.
Some of my favorite features are the safety spotter arms and adjustable height J hooks. It might sound strange, but I found them incredibly easy to use, and they worked perfectly.
The spotter arms allowed me to squat and perform various types of bench presses without needing a spotter. This is a huge bonus, especially since I enjoy training alone in my home gym.
I found the J hooks sturdy and could adjust them to whatever height I needed without any trouble.
Other impressive attachments included the leg press plate (which impresses me on all G-Series models, and the exercise chart (included on the G6’s frame).
Comparing The New G6 Vs Old G6 Model
In 2019, Force USA upgraded the G6 all-in-one trainer and Smith machine by including several upgrades:
As you can see, there have been some major upgrades to the G6 system, which I like to see.
The upgrades show that Force USA cares about providing quality; it’s always a good sign when a company is looking for ways to improve an old design.
Comparing The G6 With Other Force USA Home Gym
Force USA G6 Vs G20
At first glance, you can see the G20 is clearly designed to be a heavier-duty commercial standard all-in-one Smith machine.
It’s the G6 on steroids; everything is bigger, stronger, and more robust.
However, not everyone will need this level of machine, especially since it costs around $6000; it’s best suited for small gym studios or gym goers looking for the best Force USA has to offer.
If you’re looking for general fitness, you don’t need to spend $6000; the G6 can get you the results you want.
See Also - Force USA G20 Tested & Reviewed
Force USA G6 Vs G12
While the G6 is a brilliant mid-range all-in-one machine, the G12 is something you’d be likely to see in a commercial gym environment.
The G12 is more robust than the G6 and is designed to be used a hell of a lot.
The G12 comes with westside spacing, which the new G6 doesn’t, and while this isn’t something everyone needs, it’s a nice feature to have.
The G6 is best suited for home gym-goers who want to have access to a little of everything, such as a power rack, Smith machine, core trainer, etc.
On the other hand, the G12 is a premium-grade machine for somebody who doesn’t mind spending around $5000 (which is $1000 more than the G6).
Related Article - Force USA G12 Full Review
Force USA G6 Vs G9
When comparing the G6 to the G9, you first notice the lack of weight stacks on the G9. This makes the G6 better suited for bodybuilders and anyone with “general” fitness goals.
The G9 has a slightly smaller footprint as it's not as deep (it's only 58" deep).
However, even though the footprint is smaller, it's almost impossible to perform an incline bench press inside, which isn't great. Luckily, the G6 doesn't share this issue.
If you can stretch your budget to $4000, the G6 is the better choice.
Still not sure? Check out our full review of the Force USA G9 to help you decide.
Force USA G6 Vs G3
If you like the idea of the G6, but it’s a little out of your budget, the Force USA G3 could be the one for you.
While it doesn't have some of the features the G6 has, such as weight stacks, vertical leg press, dip bars, and 17 attachments, it does come with a robust power rack, Smith machine, an excellent multi-grip pull-up bar, and various handles.
It’ll cost you half the price at only $2000. It’s an excellent home gym all in one if you’re on a budget. But if you can stretch your budget and buy the G6, you’ll never look back.
Also Check Out - Force USA G3 Complete Review
Comparing TheForce USA G6 With Home Gym Alternatives
Force USA G6 Vs NordicTrack Fusion CST
When comparing the Force USA G6 to the NordicTrack Fusion CST, it’s easy to tell the two apart.
The G6 is much larger and includes a power rack, weight stacks, a Smith machine, and other resistance-based equipment you’d see in a gym environment.
However, the NordicTrack Fusion CST is a compact futuristic-looking functional trainer.
The Fusion CST is best suited for anyone looking for more HIIT-based resistance training rather than traditional barbell-based workouts.
It’s also worth noting the CST uses a magnetic flywheel for resistance rather than a weight stack.
Comparing the two is like apples and oranges; they’re both extremely different, all-in-one trainers.
One thing I love about the Fusion CST is the trainer-led workouts that come with the tablet (yeah, you get a tablet).
If you’re looking to lift weights, the G6 is the best choice, but if you want to use only a pulley system, give the Fusion CST a try.
If you are looking for just a cable machine, head over to our guide on the best functional trainers for home gyms to find one that suits your needs.
Also Check Out - NordicTrack Fusion CST Review
Force USA G6 Vs Body Solid EXM2500S
The Bodysolid EXM2500S is a home gym “multi-gym” that relies on a weight stack for resistance.
While the machine has multiple workout stations, it shares the weight stack, so one person can only use it at a time.
However, the G6 can be used by at least three people at once and comes with two weight stacks.
As with the NordicTrack Fusion CST (mentioned above), the two machines are extremely different and are for different gym-goers.
I’d recommend the EXM2500S to older gym-goers who want to feel confident and safe while they work out. It allows you to work your muscles efficiently without placing you in any real danger.
The G6 is excellent but does include equipment older gym-goers might not use, such as the power rack and Smith machine.
The G6 is best suited for younger gym goers of all abilities looking to lift barbells while using the cable machines to complement their workouts.
Related Article - Body Solid EXM2500S Tested & Reviewed
G6 Workout Programs & Exercises
The Force USA G6 comes with an exercise chart on the back of the attachment storage area.
While it’s a nice touch and gives beginners some ideas, here’s an example of how you can put them together to form a full-body workout.
Squats (Squat rack)
Close Grip Bench Press (Barbell)
Lat Pulldown (Wide grip)
Bicep Cable Curls
Cable Ab Crunch
Garage Gym Pro Tip: Always ensure the safety features are used, such as spotter arms and that the safety catch is set correctly on the Smith machine.
Common Questions About the Force USA G6
Is Force USA G6 worth the cost?
Yes, the Force USA G6 is worth its $4,000 price tag. If you tried to buy each machine separately, you’d not only fill your home gym with too much equipment, but the cost would be extremely high. The Force USA G6 is relatively cheap if you think of it that way.
Can I do lat pull-downs on the G6?
You sure can. The Force USA G6 functional trainer comes with a lat pull-down bar attachment and has roller pads to support your legs while you perform the exercise.
Are there any discount codes for the Force USA G6?
Yes, you can get 5% off your purchase by using the code GGP5. This will save you a considerable amount from your G6, which could pay for your shipping or an additional extra such as an adjustable weight bench or Olympic barbell (sold separately).
Where are Force USA products made?
Force USA is located South of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. This is where all of their elite gym training equipment is carefully manufactured and tested. As the products are made in the USA, you can rest assured that each machine is made to the highest standard and is built to last.
Planning On Buying the FORCE USA G6?
If you’ve been looking for gym equipment for lower and upper body training, the Force USA G6 could be what you need.
Read the Force USA G6 review above and see how to G6 power rack all-in-one system would make a brilliant addition to your home gym.
You can perform over 150+ exercises on it (but I’d say it’s more like 300+).
It’s not the cheapest around, but for what you get, it’s worth every dollar. You won’t need anything else in your home gym.
Remember to save 5% by using our code GGP5 when you reach the checkout.
Force USA G6 - Our Ratings
Value For Money
Ease Of Use
Ease Of Assembly
Materials & Durability
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Last Updated on January 20, 2023