The epitome of the home gym is a home gym itself. By this, I mean that a home gym station is what you will eventually want to buy once you have started to workout regularly. There are several great benefits about these exercise stations, including:
- You can do a lot of muscle-building workouts in a limited space
- There are a great variety of exercises you can do on it
- It’s more convenient than free weights where you have to add and remove weights
Of course, the downside is that these multi gyms can be quite expensive. Even though they’re compact, you still need some space in your workout room. With cost and space considerations, it’s best to find one that has the most parts for all you need – an “all in one” type.
To help you find a home gym station that’s right for you, here are 5 of the best machines:
5 – Powerline BSG10X Home Gym
The Powerline BSG10X Home Gym is a good way to start since it ships to you almost fully assembled. You can get it up and ready in 30 minutes. The design is compact so you can fit it in your room without taking up much space. The seat is adjustable so you can get proper positioning and smooth movement. The weight stack holds 160 lbs, which is challenging enough for most routines.
What you need to note about this machine is that it is 80 inches tall. If you are going to put it into your basement, make sure you have a high enough ceiling. The weight stack may feel too light for some of you, but you can get an extra 50 lb stack (for an additional price).
4 – Phoenix 99226 Power Pro Olympic Bench
The Phoenix 99226 Power Pro Olympic Bench is equipped with incline, decline and flat bench angles. It also has a built-in squat rack behind the bench. This means with this bench, you can do the most popular (and important) exercises in weight lifting: bench presses and squats. You can do a variety of exercises and work many muscle groups at once, making this bench a great value for the price.
One thing that makes this station jump out from the others is the lat pull bar option. Even so, you must pay attention to the installation instructions, or you might feel the weights are uneven. If you are quite tall, this home gym might not fit you comfortably, so make sure you test it out first if you can.
3 – Total Gym XLS Trainer
The Total Gym XLS Trainer is a single glide board with several attachments. It can hold up to 400 lbs of weight, and you can do over 80 exercises with this machine. It’s great for rehabilitation (recovery from injury) because the gliding motion is easy on your joints. You can fold this trainer so it’s easy to store. It comes with complimentary DVDs for all beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels and a nutrition meal plan, so you get a complete education.
You need to pay attention to your workout room, especially the height. Make sure you have enough space to do the exercises, especially when you are extending your arms and legs. The price on this machine is quite high, but it is a great all in one piece of equipment (you can check the official website to compare prices at totalgymdirect.com).
2 – Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
With the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym, you can get over 30 strength exercises. You can use weights from 5 lbs up to 210 lbs for resistance. It comes with a horizontal bench and lat pull down, making it great for shaping your arms and chest. This is one of the many models available from Bowflex, so if you are looking for a more complete machine, you can check out their other models.
The challenges with this machine is that you may need more space than you think. The weights may feel too light for some people, but if you slow down your reps, you can get more resistance. You can also choose the higher PR3000 model from Bowflex if you want to add more weight.
1 – Weider Ultimate Body Works
The Weider Ultimate Body Works has an adjustable incline bench. You can adjust the angle of incline to increase the amount of weight resistance up to 50 lbs. It has a very compact design, which makes it great for a minimum workout space.
This machine is the most popular on our list because it is an affordable option, but can still provide a great workout. It relies mostly on your body weight, and that is enough for most people (and you have the resistance bands too). This is a great choice if you are looking to workout at home and save gym membership costs.
Get your workouts done faster
What makes these home gyms popular with so many people is that you can change from one exercise to another with a breeze. You can get your workouts done faster, and it’s more fun and addictive to use (plus it gives your room a “professional” look and can certainly impress your guests). You save time when you use these machines, so you can spend more time with your family and still get a great workout without having to break the bank.