Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer – Review
by Paul Maggiotto
The Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer is the perfect mix between a traditional functional trainer and free bar smith machine. The unit flows seamlessly between standard functional training and your more traditional free bar training simply by switching a tab from the front of the carriages to the back smith bar. What I like most about this unit is the versatility behind it. In total, there are eight pulley points on this machine (2 high, 4 low, and 2 adjustable carriage pulleys).
Unlike a traditional free weight smith machine, there are no additional plates are needed to maintain full functionality. Even the optional leg curl/extension can be linked directly to the weight stacks, thus maximizing time and space efficiency.
The Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer also has the capability to increase the height of the top pulleys at the time of installment. Not only does this increase range of motion, but it also accommodates those with lower ceiling heights.
With a slightly higher learning curve than a more traditional free weight system, I do not recommend this to someone completely new to strength training.
There are a lot of very helpful videos exercisers to refresh and learn new movements for the Inspire FT2. And at Johnson Fitness & Wellness we are available as a resource for our customers any time they have questions. I am happy to help my customers improve their efficiency in moving from exercise to exercise and to provide some new activities to switch up their workout and shock the body to get additional gains.
Overall the machine is built extremely well and has a very smooth feel to both the pulleys, as wells as the smith bar. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the Inspire Fitness FT-2 is a unit that will last for many years and offers some of the best versatility on the market today.