This is called a Nautilus NT-CC1 Smith Machine, and yesterday I became the humble owner of one.
For those of you who have been with me for a while, you will recall that I took up cycling last year, and through cycling to work (15K one way) and changing my eating habits I lost about 35 pounds or so. When the snow began to fall, my cycling came to an end for this season, at least until April or May.
Don't get me wrong, desk jobs are great, but... they tend to produce an undesirable body format. So my plan was that come winter (that is, September or October here in Canada) I would start a weight training program. Nothing special mind you - really, I would love a six pack and buff-ness, but who am I kidding? All I really want is a few more pounds of muscle to stave off the loose joints and flubbery of middle age. Sitting in one place all day lends itself well to atrophy, and unless I combat it with
radical moderate weight training, it is probably just going to get worse.
So for the price of a temporal membership at a gym, I purchased the behemoth above. I will be assembling it tonight (possibly) or tomorrow. It looks just like the picture, and the reviews I have read on it were all pretty good.
More news as it comes.