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Top 7 Home Gyms and Multi Gyms


Updated May 29, 2014

Deciding what equipment to buy for weight training at home can be a complex process, especially if you decide to buy a multi gym workstation rather than free weights like dumbbells and barbells.

I have selected seven units for price and features that I am confident are good choices based on a wide-ranging assessment. It's always a good idea to personally test a model before purchase to accommodate personal preference. Please read my overview article How to Choose Your Best Home Gym Equipment for an introduction. Prices are in $US and all products will not be available in all countries.

1. Bowflex PR1000

The Bowflex PR1000 is budget gym, under $600, and more suitable for fitness enthusiasts rather than the more serious weight training or bodybuilder. Even so, a good example in this range.

2. Weider Total Body Works 5000

The Weider Total Body Works 5000 is a budget gym under $200 with good functionality and reliability for the price.

3. Body-Solid EXM 1500S

Body Solid EXM 1500S Home Gym

The Body-Solid EXM 1500S is a great, solid mid-range home gym  under $1000.

4. BodyCraft Xpress Pro

The BodyCraft Xpress Pro at around $2100 including leg press, is at the higher end of the market for single user home gyms, but it's here because it is an excellent example in this range.

Features: Up to 400 pound resistance with 'doubling' feature; innovative cable station for exercise variety; lifetime warranty on all parts for original owner; lat bar, curl bar, ankle strap and two single handles included; dimensions: 82.9"D x 56.5"W x 83"H (85.45"W x 90.5"D with optional leg press).

Comment: The leg press is a $400 option if that's important; creative design; heavy-duty, flexible exercise capacity.

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5. Powertec Workbench Multi System

The Powertec Workbench is a serious piece of equipment for the more dedicated and committed weight trainer. Under $1400, a leader in its class.

6. BodyCraft Family Xpress

The BodyCraft Family Xpress gets a nod because it has two weight stacks and multiple stations, which provide for more than one person to use the gym at the same time. This is the most expensive home gym listed at around $3500.

Features: Great set of exercise stations; 2x200 pound weight stack; lifetime warranty; excellent reviews from Consumer Guide and Home Gym Reviews; Dimensions: 105"D x 62.5"W x 82"H. (84"W with leg press, 104"W with optional knee raise/dip station).

Comment: Large footprint; optional hip and dip stations; dual weight stack and multi-user feature important for some buyers.

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7. Inspire M4 Multi-Gym

The Inspire M4 Multi-Gym is a high-tech, multi-function, precision workstation that comes in at around $4000 but has a lot going for it even at that price.

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