We're guessing that your two most important
factors are the cost and the amount of space that a unit will
occupy. Choosing a price range will considerably narrow down
your search and is the first step in making your decision.
You'll need to think about the types of expercises
that you want your home gym to include. If you are a seasoned
weight lifter, you may have a non-negotiable requirement of
lying on a bench press than a seated front press. You may
feel that a leg extension and/or a leg curl facility is not
necessary. If you don't know, it doesn't really matter. The
majority of mulit-gym systems offer the same classic exercises.
It's just something that is good to consider, especially if
you are looking to do specific exercises.
Your next decision is whether you want a weight
stack or free weight system...
For example, a free weight system involves
adding and removing weight plates to a weight bar. The bar
will be fixed between two vertical sliders so that it can
only move up and down, typically called a Smith machine. A
weight stack uses a pin to select the amount of weight, usually
in 10lb increments. The free weight system is traditionally
designed for serious and experienced weight lifters and the
weight stack is what is found on most, conventional, in home
What's the cost of a home gym?
Like any consumer product, prices vary depending
on the model, make, quality, etc...
Pricing starts at about $250.00. Mid range pricing
goes anywhere from $500.00 to $1500.00. If this sounds too
expensive, we suggest that you think about this more closely
before continuing. More than this and you're getting into
the commercial grade machines, which are aimed at serious
weight trainers, commercial gyms, or beginners with a lot
The biggest obstacle when buying a home gym
is the endless number of different brands and models to choose
from. It's a virtually impossible errand to research and asses
each one to come to some sort of informed decision.
We've included a shortlist of home gymes that
you can use as a starting point. This list is by no means
the entire list of home gyms on the market, but definitely
a good start that include and meet the criteria that we have
listed above. They are all manufactured by well-established
and reputable fitness companies. Most importantly, they all
include excellent warranties and score highly on independent
So let's get started!