It is solidly constructed. It contracts into itself to take up minimal space when not in use. It provides a good upper-body workout with a lot of variety and I continue to find new ways to exercise using the pulleys and the incline bench. It also works great as a workout bench for lifting weights, doing sit-ups, doing push-ups, etc. I am really happy with this machine as it gives great variety to my workouts. My only caveat is not to let the handle slip from your hand as it will fly backward and the board will slide down - using common sense will prevent this from happening.