Home gym equipment have become increasingly more popular over the years thanks to new home gym machines being produced regularly. Home gym machines are a great way to get your workout on. Whether they are used as your primary source of fitness, or as a secondary source to do extracurricular work outside the gym club you attend, the right home gym machine can allow you to get a good pump in, in the convenience of your own home, saving you time and money in the long run.
What is the best home gym machine?
Without sounding too cliché, the best home gym machine for each individual truly depends on the individual. Each person has unique fitness goals, needs, and desires. Therefore each individual has a unique set of requirements when it comes to finding the best home gym machine. On top of that, many individuals will need more than just one machine to fully outfit their home gym.
Home Gym Equipment Reviews
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
This machine is also meant for bodybuilders who need to do extra work outside of the heavy lifting at the gym, in order to achieve a more ripped physique and to improve muscle endurance through high rep exercises.
The biggest gripe for most users of this machine is that the leg workouts are not intense enough. There are options to upgrade to higher resistance versions of this machine to quell that issue though.
Assembly time for this machine is said to be quite quick and easy, averaging around an hour and a half in time.
Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings
This machine actually replicates a large number of exercises that are available in large public gyms. This machine provides a great workout for all muscle groups, allowing for squat exercises, chest flys, smith machine bench presses, leg extensions, cable crossovers and a ton of others.
The cons expressed by most customers are that the bearings and pulleys that are the basis for this machine’s functionality have a high-maintenance upkeep, and can easily deteriorate in as little as six months if not well kept.
Also, the machine does not move as smooth as the separate commercial pieces you would find in a gym.
Marcy Multifunction Steel Home Gym 150lb Stack
The Marcy Multifunction Steel Home Gym 150lb Stack is a no frills, straight to the point home gym machine.
The machine is meant for those with minimal space yet would like a machine that can do a multitude of exercises. This machine is best for those who only need minimal work on their legs, as it is primarily focused on working the upper body.
It covers all your basics, such as leg extensions, bench press simulator, pectoral flys, and a pulley station for a multitude of exercises.
It doesn’t take up much space, and compared to other total home gym solutions it doesn’t take the bank account as much either.
It even comes with a preacher curl bicep pad, which is great for the price. The machine overall is sturdy and doesn’t take up much space. It is noted though that those taller than 6′ may find this machine a bit small.
Weider Ultimate Body Works
The Weider Ultimate Body Works machine is meant for the minimalist, one who doesn’t need too much when working out at home. Perhaps you do the majority of your fitness at the gym, or your training depends more on cardio and mobility, and you just need something inexpensive yet effective, for doing high-intensity interval training at home. If that is the case, then this machine is just right for you, not to mention how cost effective, and space effective it is! And one can still get a good pump with the over 50 different types of exercises available on this machine. With the right contractions and mind to muscle connection, even muscle building and body sculpting is possible with the Weider Ultimate Body Works machine.
Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Home Gym System
The Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Home Gym System is another no frills, straight to the point home gym system. Just like the Marcy Steel Home Gym listed above, it is meant for those who need to primarily focus on their upper body when working out from home. What is great about this home gym system is that it includes a weight lock, so children messing with the machine won’t accidentally get hurt, if locked properly. The biggest gripe from some customers is a small range of motion on the movements with this machine when compared to others like it. However, it is easy to assemble, takes up very little space, and allows the user a large variety of upper body workouts, along with one or two lower body workouts.
Powerline Home Gym with Leg Press, Grey/Black
The Powerline Home Gym with Leg Press, Grey/Black is the BEST VALUE in our opinion. For its price it has a ton of functionality, allowing you to do a multitude of exercises for both upper and lower body. Now we must say it is NOT easy to assemble, and can be extremely time consuming. However, the payoff is to many, worth it. This machine is meant for those who want the ability to work out EVERY muscle group accordingly, from the comfort of their own home. Best of all it comes with a 10 year warranty!
BodyCraft Galena Pro Home Gym
The BodyCraft Galena Pro Home Gym offers a ton of exercises and up to 300 pounds of resistance. This machine is meant for those who want to build muscle without free weights, or during times when they can’t get to the gym. It is also a great addition to fully outfitted home gyms. This machine is the HIGHEST rated amongst users based on its solid design construction, smooth functionality and its reasonable price compared to similar machines of its magnitute. It will take up a bit more space than some of the smaller ones on this list, but the weight stack is raved about by all users, as being way more than enough for most people.
Home Gym Weider 214 lb Stack
The Home Gym Weider 214 lb Stack is similar to the other two compact home gym systems in this list. All three are pretty much exactly the same, with just a few minor differences. Again, this machine is meant for those who only need a few lower body exercises (leg extensions and leg curls), however primarily need to focus on the upper body when working out from home. A nice addition to this is the cable pulley at the bottom
XMark Fitness Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb. Weight Stacks
The XMark Fitness Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb. Weight Stacks is very unique compared to the other machines on this list. It features dual 200 lb. weight stacks,providing true isolateral-based movements, allowing users a variety of options for muscle targeting and isolation. This machine is meant for those who want to take their bodies to the next level, or are targeting very specific muscles every time they workout from home. What else is cool about the XMARK is that the user can customize the trainer to fit their body and movements with 19 unique column adjustments. Included are a tricep rope, short bar, long bar, leg extension leg curl strap, ankle strap, two hand straps, and two long strap handles. The user can also perform pull-ups and chin-ups on the split grip pull-up bar, allowing for not just muscle building, but performance and endurance training as well. If you have space and money, this machine is all most people would need to cover all their muscle groups from home.
Body-Solid EXM 3000 Home Gym
The Body-Solid EXM 3000 Home Gym is our EDITOR’S CHOICE. You can scroll down to read the full description and why we chose this. This Home Gym machine is meant for the person(s) who wants to be able to workout EVERY muscle group from home, almost just as if you were in a public gym. It takes up quite a bit of space, and is not cheap, but when you scroll down to read more about it, you’ll know why!