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Best Home Gyms

Nothing beats the convenience of an all in one home gym. It is the ultimate “no-excuses” piece of workout equipment. Skip the drudge of driving to the gym and waiting in line for the equipment, wiping off other people’s sweat, or trying to make sure you get to the gym before it closes. With your own home gym, you can finally get the workout you want and have those six pack abs and toned arms you’ve dreamed of.

The best home gyms allow you to perform a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home. Most home gyms can perform 20 to 100 exercises for both the upper and lower body. With so many choices available, it can be difficult to decide which home gym is best for you. Her are the top picks for 2018 along with in-depth reviews to give you all the information you need.

Some questions to ask when deciding what type of system is best:

What are my goals? Muscle toning, Bulking up?
How much weight lifting experience do I have?
How easy is the system to use?
How much available room do I have?
What is my budget?
Our top pick is the Bowflex PR 1000. Based on its relatively low price and excellent customer reviews, it is the best home gym of 2018. Good for both beginners and experienced weight lifters, it provides a full body workout along with a rower for cardio work. With a 300-pound maximum user weight, it requires a 100 inch by 78-inch workout area.

Here Are Our Top 3 Home Gyms

Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym

If you are looking for a compact alternative to the higher priced multi-stack systems, the Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym 20 is a great choice. This single stack home gym has a lower frame height than other weight towers making a good choice if you have lower ceilings. It is higher priced than our other picks, at under $500. It is suited to both beginners and more advanced users. It requires a workout area of 64L x 47W x 78H inches.

Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym

Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym

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The Sportsman home gym is well constructed. It uses nylon-coated, aircraft grade cable and a fiberglass pulley structure with ball bearing movement on a solid axle rotation mechanism for smooth and quiet operation. The cable system is rated for 2200 pounds. The weight stack is 150 pounds.

This home gym uses a dual pulley system: one for upper body workouts and one for lower body workouts. There is no need to change cables when using different accessories. This saves time in your workout.

The bench and backrest are well padded for comfort. The main chest press arm has a pivoting handle instead of fixed handles. This automatically adjusts to your natural plane of motion to reduce stress on your wrists and more effectively target your chest muscles.

It also comes with a wide grip lat bar, which allows you to do a variety of pulldown movements to develop the muscles in your back and biceps. The smaller straight bar allows you to do tricep pushdowns and pulldowns.

PROS

  • Compact design
  • Dual pulley cables
  • Works upper and lower body

CONS

  • Only 150 pounds of weights
  • The bench is not adjustable

Weider Total Body Works 5000

Over 100 different workouts
Makes use of your body weight as resistance rather than weights
Lower price – Under $200
4 power bands add up to 50 lbs. of resistance
Fold easily for storage
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Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym

150 lb. weight stack
Compact design accommodates low ceilings
Affordable at around $500
Natural arc simulates free weights
Comes with high pulley and wide grip bar


Bowflex PR1000

The Bowflex PR 1000 home gym’s universal exercise station is capable of over 30 strength exercises for both upper and lower body. Rather than using weight plates, it uses a power rod resistance system. Bowflex exercise machines use flexible polymer rods that create greater resistance compared to free weights and pulleys. When combined with hand grips, ankle cuffs and rollers, these “Power Rods” complement upper-body and lower-body strength training exercises. Get a great cardio workout too with this home gym. It doubles as a rowing machine with the built-in sliding seat.

Built with a high-tech composite material and able to fit in a minimum workout area 100″ x 78” the bow flex PR 1000 offers a total workout. Its good for users up to 300 pounds. With current pricing under $500, this home gym is a great deal.

Bowflex PR1000

Bowflex PR1000

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Since the Bowflex PR 1000 uses power resistance rods rather than weight plates and cables, the maximum amount of resistance is 210 pounds. Two ten is more than enough for most users; serious weightlifters would be happier with a different home gym such as the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System.

An added benefit of the power rod system is that it provides resistance without inertia. This means you can exercise without straining your joints and you it requires constant effort. You can’t cheat your way through the exercises.

Here are some of the exercises you can do with this home gym:

Standing Face Pulls
Shrugs
Horizontal, Incline and Decline Bench Press
Shoulder Press and Raise
Lat and Rear Delt Rows
Narrow, Stiff-arm and Reverse Grip Pulldowns
Low Back Extension
Bicep and Wrist Curls
Abdominal Crunch and Trunk Rotation
Leg Extension, Kickback, and Press
Calf Raise
Hip Abduction
As a bonus, the PR1000 comes with a Workout Placard, which describes everything about proper workout positions. This helps ensure that you maintain proper form when performing each exercise.

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Bench folds for storage
  • Wide range of possible exercises
  • Very sturdy and durable
  • Reasonable priced
  • Also has cardio option with rowing machine

CONS

  • Unable to upgrade resistance
  • No many exercises for hamstrings


Weider Total Body Works 5000

The Weider Total Body Works is very affordable at under $200 yet is very versatile. This is more suited to a beginner or someone looking to tone up or lose weight than to a serious body builder. With a 250-pound weight limit, it requires a workout area of 71 x 26.5 x 49.5 inches.

Weider Total Body Works 5000

Weider Total Body Works 5000

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This home gym works with cables and power bands instead of weight plates. The power bands on the Weider Total Body Works provides up to 50 pounds of natural resistance, in addition to using your own body weight as resistance. This added natural resistance increases the difficulty of workouts based on the incline of the bench. The bench adjusts to seven positions. The lower the incline, the easier the resistance. Alternatively, the steeper the incline, the more resistance and degree of difficulty.

Despite being a budget home gym, you can perform over 100 different exercises. You can define and shape your arms, shoulders, back, abs, hip, thighs, and calves all with this one piece of equipment. What’s more, these exercises are ones that beginners and casual exercisers can easily perform and build upon. Although it does work the whole body, the focus of the Total Body Works leans more toward upper body exercises.

This all in one piece of equipment is ideal for people that don’t have a lot of space to dedicate to a home gym. It takes up less space than most other home gyms and has “slide away” technology. What this means is it folds up and can slide under any bed, couch or table. To store it, simply remove the handlebars from the footrest.

PROS

  • Budget price
  • Can perform over 100 exercises
  • Easily stored when not in use
  • Best choice for small spaces
  • Includes a workout guide

CONS

  • Replacement parts are expensive
  • No ankle straps
  • Not as solidly built as more expensive home gyms

FEATURES

  • Over 100 different workouts
  • Uses your own weight as resistance rather than weights
  • Lower price – Under $200
  • Four power bands add up to 50 lbs. of resistance
  • Fold easily for storage
  • Body-Solid Best Fitness Sportsmans Gym
  • 150 lb. weight stack
  • Compact design accommodates low ceilings
  • Affordable at around $500
  • Natural arc simulates free weights
  • Comes with high pulley and wide grip bar