IM2000 Self Spotting Machine


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IM2000 Self Spotting Machine

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The IM2000 is the greatest squatting and pressing machine ever designed! We have refined this design over decades, resulting in the most complete, space efficient and best operating home gym you can buy. You can work each body part in at least three different ways in complete safety. The quick-lock guided barbell system is our patented design. Although similar in concept to the common Smith machine design, the Ironmaster does the job much better, and the overall machine is much more versatile and space saving. Working out with a bar and bench is not as efficient as a machine and is not safe to use without the aid of spotters. In fact, it is commonly known that working out with traditional free weights is limiting since you must always stop your reps before you reach maximum muscle failure. It is a proven fact that when you push yourself to failure you will make your muscles grow stronger. You can really blast your muscles by training to the point of ultimate failure and never get stuck with lockout points only 1.7” apart!

The lifting bar sliding system is a state of perfection on the Ironmaster. The best Smith machines use linear ball bearings as a means of guiding the bar up and down the guide rods and under ideal conditions work well but the IM2000 is different. There are some important reasons the Ironmaster system is better. Linear bearings require constant lubrication with grease which is quite messy. They also have a limited life along with the steel guide rods and will require replacement. The grease will attract dirt that will cause premature wear to the bearings and rods. Linear bearings are very noisy and have the feeling of rolling friction resistance. The Ironmaster slide bushing and slide rail system is unique. We use a special polymer material bushing that slides over specially coated slide rails of compatible materials. Other designs use bushings that have simple plastic sliding on metal. This causes fast wear and friction and the action feels terrible. We have proven the long life of our design in schools, police departments, fire departments, and commercial gyms all over the world, not to mention countless home gyms. You will not find a machine with better feeling free-flowing action or simplicity of use!

You can also build your own custom package for big savings here: IM2000 Custom Gym Package Builder

This product is the Base Unit only. The base unit is shown in the second image and includes the main frame, upper and lower pulley system with lat bar, standard size plate storage. Bench, weights and other accessories are sold separately. This is a modular design so you can order just what you need.


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IM2000 Self Spotting Machine

The Ironmaster IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine is the culmination of a decades-long process of designing a multi-functional gym machine that is compact, long-lasting, and easy to use.

Patterned after the traditional Smith machine but with notable improvements over its forerunner, the IM2000 allows you to do a wide range of exercises to target all your muscle groups without taking up a lot of space.

This is the latest model of the Ironmaster machine and while it has many improvements over older models, it still has the core design features that makes it so amazing to have in your gym. Our unique and patented quick-lock guided barbell system guarantees its smooth operation, long service life, and most importantly, your safety.

Extremely safe

With the IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine, you can train each body part in at least three different ways safely. It is packed with safety features like lockout holes that are accurately measured and placed at close intervals so you can have the confidence to work out on your own.

  • Perform presses and squats alone without worrying about your safety.
  • The lockout holes are only 1.7 inches apart to ensure that you won’t get stuck while working out alone.
  • Heavy-duty springs provide additional support for the lifting bar.
  • Secondary safety stops offer added protection as well as limit the range of the cable system.
  • This machine allows you to reach your maximum muscle failure without increasing your risk for injury.

Multi-functional and complete

You can target each body part in different ways using this versatile machine and the several attachments that are compatible with it. The IM2000 is the perfect self-spotting weight lifting system for any home gym owner who prefers doing full-body workouts.

  • Train your shoulders, chest, back, arms, legs and core with this all-around training system.
  • Perform a variety of exercises to target different body parts using the several attachments that you can connect to this self-spotting machine. (See the IM2000 poster for some of the exercises you can do with it.)
  • You will find there almost unlimited ways to use this system.

Heavy-duty and long-lasting

The IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine is made of superior quality, commercial-grade materials and has a high weight load capacity for its lifting bar and cable system. Our unique patented design for its slide rails prevents friction and premature wear.

  • The frame is constructed from 11 gauge structural steel.
  • The lifting bar is rated for 1,000 lbs.
  • The cable system is rated for 350 lbs.
  • Our unique slide bushing and slide rail system do not require constant lubrication with grease. This means less mess and dirt sticking to your machine, which leads to premature deterioration.
  • Unlike other multi-functional machines and designs that use plastic bushings, we use a special polymer bushing to ensure a smooth sliding action over our specially coated slide rails made of compatible materials.
  • Our patented design for the IM2000 has proven its ability to perform smoothly and stand the test of time in schools, police and fire departments and commercial and home gyms around the world.

Space-efficient and relatively lightweight

The IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine was developed to give you optimum workout capabilities while occupying a relatively small footprint and weighing relatively less than commercial gym equipment. This is why it’s perfect for home gyms or personal use.

  • Its dimensions are 48 inches wide x 48 inches deep, x 84.5 inches high.
  • The lifting bar is 73 inches wide. It weighs 36 lbs with the Olympic Sleeve Adapters and 32 lbs without them. The grip width area of the bar is 42 inches and 1.25” diameter.
  • We recommend allotting a floor space of 7 feet wide x 5-6 feet deep and a ceiling height of at least 7.25 inches for a comfortable and effective use of this machine.

Ergonomically designed

The ergonomic design of the IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine allows you to perform exercises more effectively and naturally. With a simple modification of its parts, you can do a completely different set of exercises that target other parts of your body.

  • The ergonomic lifting bar locks out to the front instead of to the back for a faster and more natural movement, making it easy to switch to heavier weights when doing press exercises like the bench press.
  • The construction of the high/low pulley system that makes use of the weight carriage offers a smoother, more comfortable and free-flowing movement.
  • The low pulley device has wheels that allow it to easily swing into place.


Using the base frame of the IM2000 Self-Spotting System as your foundation, you can build your own custom exercise machine by adding other attachments and accessories. This offers bigger savings compared to purchasing several different cages and machines or getting a membership at a commercial gym.

Easy to assemble

Apart from that, this machine comes with an assembly guide and hardware kit for easier installation.

  • You only need two adjustable wrenches to put all the parts together.
  • Your purchase includes a hardware kit that contains all the other tools you will need to set up your IM2000.
  • Assembly and operating instructions are included.


  • The IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine is only the base model. The Super Bench, weights and other attachments shown in the photos are not included. They are sold separately and available for purchase in custom packages.
  • Base unit includes the following:
    • main frame
    • lifting bar with Olympic adapters (for use with both standard and Olympic weight plates)
    • standard plate holders
    • lat pull bar
    • upper and lower pulley/cable system
  • Please allocate 2 weeks for shipping. This Ironmaster product is usually delivered via truck for the lower 48 US states. Please contact us if you want it delivered in other destinations.


Take a look at this sample workout routine for the IM2000 Home Gym: IM2000 2 Day Split Workout

14 reviews for IM2000 Self Spotting Machine

  1. 5 out of 5

    crystalmethod21 (verified owner)

    Two main tips for this monster:

    1. If you ordered the “Ultimate Chin Up attachment” please read the installation instructions for it first, this attachment comes with its own set of bolts that you use to connect to the IM2000, this will save you 10 minutes of bolting and unbolting.
    2. The base of the IM2000 has two main arms, both are labeled R and L, mine for whatever reason were switched. The best way to differentiate them apart “big hole is supposed to be on the bottom, small hole is supposed to be on the top” if you mix them up, you’ll have a hard time attaching the uprights. Luckily I didn’t run into that issue and somehow at 10:00PM saw the small fine print which made notes of the difference.

    Otherwise, this is one SOLID piece of machinery, easy to put together and well worth the 3 months wait.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul (verified owner)

    I bought all my home gym stuff from Ironmaster including the cable tower, IM2000 rack, super bench pro with leg, ab and preacher curl attachment. Also the olympic bar, bicep curl bar, collars, land mine attachment, leg press attachment, J hooks, safety rack attachment for squats, dip bars, 415 lbs. plate set 8 45 lb plates. I also bought the 150 lb dumbell set 5 years ago. I love Ironmaster, everything they make is quality and the best value for your money.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I can’t say enough great things about this machine. It can be used in so many ways, it is unbelievable. I have the Ultimate chinup attachment, low row pulley plate, and the last pec dec attachment. I am so impressed by how smooth it operates. You don’t have to buy the first can of Silicone spray as it comes in the box included with your purchase. It took 10 days to come in the mail. Ups let me know exactly where my packages were at all times. The IM2000 comes in 3 boxes and does not take that long to put together. I will be purchasing all the other accessories for it by September and I can’t wait to use it with a free weight barbell and getting more weights. The price that you spend is so worth it as you can take it apart and throw it into a honda accord if you had to travel with it. The machine will last me 30 years or more and this company is only going to invent more attachments in the future that can make our training more intense. I LOVE THIS MACHINE SO MUCH.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul (verified owner)

    I did qiute a bit of shopping around before I decided to pull the trigger on this one, yes that is a lot of money but there is nothing out there that compares to it, for all the things that you can do with it in a small space. Yes, I had to wait for awhile because they were out of stock but it was worth it. I knew the quality was there, because I’ve already bought the super bench pro and attachments, so I knew that everything that has Ironmaster stamped on it is top notch. And this unit didn’t disappoint either. I could have gotten away with the IM1500 half rack, but because my wife will be using it also the self spotting Smith machine had to be considered. I live this machine, the operation of the pulleys and the Smith machine is as smooth as any gym machine in a very small place. Everything works as intended, and customer service is impecabil.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew (verified owner)

    Love it. I was hesitant at first because the attached bar connection wasn’t using ball bearings to track but it is super smooth. Tried 315lb bench to test and it worked great and felt safe. This machine allows me to do everything including leg presses which was the only thing I thought I would miss with my gym membership. Works like a charm and takes up a small amount of space.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I originally dismissed this because I thought it was just a smith machine, but this is the best quality weightlifting unit on the market. You will not find anything more versatile for the price and space. I know because I tried finding it, and saw everything else out there you can buy. If you’re like me, and scoured all over seeing what was available and were antsy about deciding, this is the one to get.

    The IM2000 does a lot despite its sturdy 4×4 footprint. It will hold all of your weights, give you a high and low pulley, work as a free bar half rack, leg press, dip station, pec dec, and of course, a smith machine. It does all of these things well and with few compromises too. Elsewhere, they have some really nice units you can get that do some of the things this does, they cost many orders of magnitude more, they don’t hold your weights, and they tend to be bigger than my entire apartment. They’re also really convoluted in their construction and have a bunch of moving parts that can and do break, needing regularly and costly replacement. The only thing on this that can break is me when I’m using it. I’ve met people with the older units that have the same basic mechanisms to them, and they work just as well now as when they got them some 20-30 years ago. That’s why they give you a lifetime warranty: you won’t use it.

    If you get the free bar attachments and spotting arms, as a half rack, this thing is also solid. Nothing like the cheap stuff you’ll find in a sporting goods store. You can even bolt it down if you want the extra support, but I’ve found no need, even when racking and unracking over 400lbs.

    I like the high and low pulleys better than those I’ve found in any gym I’ve been to, largely because they give 1:1 resistance for the weight you put on there, and they’re rated for 350lbs. Most cables machines in a gym have you lifting a fraction of what’s listed on the weight stacks, which tend to only go up to 200lbs at that. I’m a strong guy, and I will never max out the weight I can put on this cable for any exercise. My only complaint is that the lifting bar weighs 30lbs, making that the lowest weight you can use on a pulley, but I found easy ways around that. If you have a small weight plate with a handle opening on it, you can easily place the hook that normally goes around the lifting bar through that. Additionally, if you have the Quicklock dumbbells, you can place the hook around the handle there, and it works just as well. You have to be careful not to let it go too low and hit the bar, but you’d only be doing this for 2 to 27.5 lbs, so it’s not an issue.

    The smith machine is also great, has no moving parts or bearings to break, and glides like glass if you keep it lubed. It’s also easier to lock and unlock than a commercial smith machine, and has a wider array of heights to do that at.

    I’ve had mine for a while now, and I really love it. It works as well as the day I got it. I mostly wish I’d gotten it sooner. On its own, it’s a solid unit. With some cheap accessories like the free bar holders, leg press plate, or pull-up attachment, it’s suddenly a 4×4 fully featured gym. Be sure to get the dumbbells and bench too. Mine’s fully decked out and I have no regrets, only gains. This is one of the greatest purchases I’ve ever made, next to buying a dog.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Johnny C

    I’ve been using the IM2000 for a little over two years and I’ve gotta say I just Love this machine! It was a gift from my wife for my 55th birthday. She was sick of hearing me complain about dumping my barbell first on my chest, and then to the floor after failing my last rep. Man that used to really tick me off. Well, the IM2000 is the answer. I can now max out my reps SAFELY ! To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of a smith type machine without a bearing rail system. I thought the sliders on the rails would have a tendency to “stick”. I assembled the IM2000 myself in less than two hours without any problems. The instruction manual was very legible. And to my delight, the bar moved up and down with NO sticking whatsoever. Soooo smooth! All the attachments and accessories we’ve purchased are extremely well made and also have a nice smooth action. It takes no more than a minute or two to swap out cables for your next set of exercises.We had minimal space in our exercise room but the IM2000 fit with room to spare. This is a very versatile piece of equipment and for the money, you won’t find a better quality home gym system. I would strongly recommend the wheel kit for the super bench because it’s a beast.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark (verified owner)

    I finally made the purchase after a two year delay, my only regret now was waiting this long to buy this beauty, it does everything I need for a full body workout, IronMaster IM 2000 has exceeded my expectations and anyone thinking about buying one should. I love it’s compact design, I was worried about the size since I planned on setting it up in my bedroom, but after careful planning it fits perfectly with plenty of room to spare, I already had my IronMaster Super Bench from a previous purchase from IronMaster, so I ended up buy the IM 2000 attachments separately
    1) bar hooks
    2) spotting arms
    3) dip handles
    4) ultimate chin-up bar
    I spent more than I wanted but worth every penny. I really enjoy the fact that not only is it a machine but buying the spotting arms and bar hooks it’s a free weight rack too. The IM 2000 feels exactly like free weights so if your bench pressing 270 with free weights it will be exactly that with the IM 2000, it’s a wonderful design that no other machine can match, I’m a very happy customer thank you IronMaster.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yuri S

    IM2000 is Fantastic
    This equipment is a thing of beauty. My wife (who doesn’t lift and never did, although she’s athletic, a skier, yoga, etc.) came back from an overseas trip today (she missed the delivery, the install, and the cleanup) to find all this neatly set up and ready to go, including the alien-looking organizer w/ all the attachments hanging on it, and said, “It looks fantastic”. It does.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Louie (verified owner)

    Incredible Product, Even Better Customer Service!
    I got my IM2000 as a demo from the store and when it shipped, it was missing a few pieces. Ironmaster squared me up right away and mailed me the missing pieces so I could finish building it, talk about customer service!! Now onto the machine, it’s well built & solid like all the other Ironmaster products. It tucks just underneath my garage door (literally 2″) and really is an all in 1 machine. The cables are smooth, the smith machine is smooth, I LOVE IT! I’m an Ironmaster customer for life!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Mendoza (verified owner)

    Best Machine on the Market
    This machine is amazing! It allows me to get all my workouts in right at home without taking up to much space. If you are looking for a machine that does everything you need this is it. My home gym is now complete thanks to my IM2000. The Ironmaster team provides top of the line products along with excellent customer service. The only thing I regret is waiting this long to make my purchase, so don’t hesitate if you are building a home gym this is a must!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Willinghan (verified owner)

    Love it!
    This equipment is fantastic! Extremely tough, yet compact. You can do all your free weight exercises, and add the smith machine wherever you like. The cable system is as smooth as silk. You can even do low rows on this machine! The pec dec is fantastic, and the bench is the toughest I’ve seen. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is serious about a home gym. The people at Ironmaster are fantastic to work with. You wont be disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Navarro (verified owner)

    Best gym equipment for your home.
    The IM2000 is the absolute staple in home gym fitness. With its small 4×4 foot print there is absolutely no rival for what it can do for its size. The design is so simple yet pure genius, and you can tell a lot of thought went into this machine. Cable workouts ranging from lat work to cable bicep curls, free weight bench press, Smith machine shoulder work. You name it can do it and do it extremely well. I just ordered the new olympic bar holders and spotting arms and can’t wait to get them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heath Carlton (verified owner)

    Awesome, full-range machine in a small package.
    I had mine customized to fit my shorter basement ceilings (had a couple inches taken off at the factory) and it has met my needs well. I have been working out for years and wanted to add a leg press and smith machine element to my home gym. My space is limited and the Ironmaster 2000 met my specs, particularly that it is multifunctional and can handle serious weight. It and the bench are solid, quality products that have met my needs at 500+ for leg presses and 400+ for squats…

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