9.28
/ 10
9.10
/ 10
8.85
/ 10
8.60
/ 10
8.23
/ 10
8.15
/ 10
7.98
/ 10
7.65
/ 10
7.45
/ 10
6.85
/ 10
Home Gyms Review: Good for Your Health and Your Pocketbook
Don't waste your money on expensive gym memberships. With a home gym, you can enjoy full body workouts without leaving the comforts of your own house.
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Gym Functionality

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Resistance Technology
Power Rods
Weights
Weights
Body Weight
Weights
Weights
Weights
Weights
Weights
Weights
Number of Exercises
70+
27
25
85
40
40
25
20
22
21
Starting Weight (pounds)
5
10
5
N/A
10
10
10
15
10
10
Maximum User Weight (pounds)
300
300
300
450
Not Available
Not Available
300
500
Not Available
Not Available
Maximum Weight (pounds)
410
200
200
N/A
160
160
210
500
210
210
Standard Weight (pounds)
210
200
200
N/A
160
160
160
225
160
210
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Gym Design

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Height (feet)
6.9
6.8
6.75
3.7
6.9
6.6
6.9
6.7
6.9
6.9
Length (feet)
4.8
9.1
6
7.75
4
5.8
5.9
10
5.9
6.9
Width (feet)
4
12
4.8
1.5
3
3.5
4
6
5.5
4.25
Machine Weight (pounds)
185
610
483
66
323
328
379
420
391
440
Number of Seats
1
4
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
Adjustable Seats
Hand Grips
Folds for Storage

Featured Workouts

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Ab Crunches
Rows
Leg Extensions
Optional
Lat Pulldowns
Chest Press
Pec Flys
Leg Press
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Included Items

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Weight Stack
N/A
N/A
N/A
Lat Bar
N/A
Ankle Strap
N/A
N/A
Training DVD

Help & Support

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Warranty on Parts
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
2 Years
Lifetime
1 Year
3 Years
2 Years
1 Year
Lifetime
Warranty on Frame
7 Years
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
10 Years
Lifetime
Lifetime
10 Years
Lifetime
Email
Telephone
Live Chat
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Home Gyms Review

Why Use a Home Gym?

To have the energy, we need to live an active and healthy life, and it is vital that we take care of our bodies through exercise. Many individuals turn to cardio such as running and biking to stay in shape, but that is not enough. Strength training exercises are crucial to building muscle, boosting metabolism and keeping you toned. However, getting access to these machines and equipment can come at a costly price. Gym memberships can be expensive with monthly, enrollment and annual fees.

Home gyms are one solution for many health-conscious individuals. The best home gyms provide the means for you to perform a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home. Many home workout systems provide upper-body exercises using tools such as a lat bar and a row bar. Several of the best home gyms also include leg press, leg curls and other pieces of equipment to ensure you receive a full lower-body workout. Most home gyms can perform 20 to 100 exercises and all without expensive membership fees.

Take a look at our top-rated pieces of home gym equipment: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE, Yukon Wolverine Multi-Station and Bodycraft Galena Pro.

Home Gyms: What to Look For

When looking for the best home fitness workout machine, you want equipment that provides upper-body and lower-body workouts. Look for a machine that can facilitate numerous exercises and that has a design that will fit in the designated area in your home. Additionally, you want to carefully consider the machine’s warranty and what is included with the home gym. You do not want to pay a large sum of money and then pay more for accessories needed to use the home gym.

Here are the criteria we used to evaluate these workout systems.

Gym Functionality
When looking for the best home gym, you want to consider what type of exercises the machine allows you to perform. Many machines let you do upper-body and lower-body exercises. Additionally, consider the type of resistance technology you desire. Many home gyms use weights. Bowflex machines use power rods that bend and increase your resistance. Other home gym machines use your own body weight to increase resistance. With these home gyms, you increase or decrease the resistance based on the positioning of the machine’s bench.

Furthermore, you want to think about your own body and strength. Many machines provide one weight stack and you cannot upgrade for additional weight. Additionally, home gyms generally have weight requirements for the user. However, most machines can handle users up to 300 pounds.

Gym Design
If you are buying a gym for your home, you will want to have a place in mind for storing the machine. The majority of these products are large and heavy, and once placed, they will not be moved. In addition, you want to consider the height and length of the machine. Many of these machines are tall and wide, and you will want a room with enough space to perform all of your desired exercises.

Included Items
If you are considering a specific home gym, look at what is included with the machine. Many machines may only come with the frame and the weight stack, while others come with additional items such as training DVDs, a double-sided row bar, ab harnesses and pulley stations. Make sure before purchasing one of these systems that you know exactly what you are getting to make sure you won’t be spending an additional several hundred dollars on additional equipment to use the machine and perform exercises you want.

Help & Support
The warranty is important with these large and heavy machines. Look for companies that offer lifetime warranties on the systems. Also, if you have any problems or questions, you want to work with a company that makes it easy to reach representatives and are willing to answer your questions or concerns. Email, telephone and live chat support options are the most popular way to contact representatives from these companies.

A home gym can save you a significant amount of money and help you feel and look healthier from the comfort and privacy of your own home. You can get in peak physical shape without paying for an expensive monthly membership or spending time away from home.