Our Top 5 Five Best Home Gyms for 2017
Health and fitness has moved into the forefront of people’s minds and has become the primary concern for many who know that a fit body is one of the keys to lessening the effects of aging and extending longevity. There are over 30,000 membership-based exercise clubs in the United States with over 50 million memberships. Visiting gyms is something people do in the morning before work, during their lunch hours, after work, and during other times of the day.
However, using an exercise facility, such as a gym or a spa, is not the only way to get fit. Home gyms provide a more convenient option for a lot of people, and are a key piece of exercise equipment for those looking to get in shape in the comfort of their own home. These type of gyms allow you to get a full body workout in the convenience of their home or office. They are super useful for keeping the body fit, in the context of a fitness regime, they can replace the need to travel to a gym or a spa for exercise. They can also solve the problem of being unable to workout outdoors due to cold weather.
The most popular places to put home gyms is in a family room, garage or a finished basement. However, the home gyms can work in many other rooms such as the bedroom, the living room, or even an office.
There are other benefits to home gyms besides not having to travel to a health club, gym or spa. Having this kind of equipment in your home eliminates the need to pay for a health club membership. Some health clubs are designed to be affordable, but others represent a significant investment every year, and even though the initial cost of a home gym can be pricey depending on what kind you buy, your use of the equipment will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year.
A couple of other benefits of a home gym is that there’s no need to concern yourself with using equipment that others are using, risking the possibility of germs contributing to colds and other health problems. Also, although some gyms have turned into 24-hour facilities, many haven’t. Having a home gym allows you to use the equipment whenever you want.
Purchasing a home gym should be considered a long-term, major investment. What are the five best home gyms on the market that you should consider?
1. Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE
PRICE: Starting at $1599
The Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym is 53 inches long by 49 inches wide by 83.25 inches high. This compact home gym comes with a bench and has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds.
The Power Rod is one of the trademarks of Bowflex. More revolutionary than free weights, the resistant created by a Power Rod creates a smooth feel not found with free weights. The feeling is similar to pulling a bow and results in less injury to the joints. As you lift a Power Rod, it gets tighter and harder to do it. However, these rods would not be useful if they were not giving the user enough resistance. With the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym, there are 210 pounds of Power Rod and it can be upgraded to 310 pounds.
Unlike many of the home gyms on the market, as many as seventy different exercises can be done with the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE. Working various features of your body is easy and efficient to do with the system. With the Cable Pulley system, you can do a variety of leg workouts including squats, lats, etc. without having to change the cables and disrupting your heart rate. To strengthen your back and shoulder muscles, the home gym features a Lat Tower and an Angled Lat Bar. Squats, glutes, hamstrings and quads can be accomplished with the 4 Position Lower Pulley/Squat Station. A Leg Extension can be used to develop the legs, and an Abdominal Crunch Shoulder Harness helps to build the abs.
With Bowflex, you can set the machine up yourself, or you can hire one of their professional assemblers. The professional assembly can be added for an additional fee, but is well worth it, in my opinion.
2. Bowflex Revolution
PRICE: Starting at $2999
The Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is nine feet by four inches long by three feet long by two inches wide by six feet long by one inch high.
The Bowflex Revolution includes Spiraflex Technology, exclusive to the Bowflex brand. Free weights provide resistance, but if they are not performed correctly, an injury is possible. Once an injury occurs, it could take weeks or months for the joints to be well enough for continued exercise. The Spiraflex Technology works independently of gravity. In this way, resistance is achieved without inertia.
Over 100 exercises can be done with the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym. The machine includes the trademark Freedom Arms which allows for movement of the arms with up to 10 positions and 170-degree adjustments. With the Leg Press Station, you can get up to 600 pounds of resistance if you include the upgrade. The Preacher Curl Attachment and Verticle Bench Press allow for a variety of exercises, and the Leg Extension helps you maintain healthy, muscular legs.
This Bowflex Revolution Home Gym is made for easy storage and easy setup. Unlike many other home gyms, the equipment is easy and quiet to set up. However, for an extra fee, your top Bowflex gym can be set up professionally. This option takes away the worry of having to set up equipment you may be unfamiliar with.
3. Yokun Wolverine Multi-Station Gym
PRICE: Starting at $1599
Yokun is another well-known fitness company available for consumers. They pride themselves on building durable, stable and useful machines while also offering affordable prices.
The Wolverine by Yokun is 82 inches high by 77 inches wide by 86 inches deep. It is a multi-station machine designed to work many areas of the body. The device allows for a variety of exercises with one piece of equipment. The Yokun is painted with an electrostatic powder coat designed to resist scratches and chips.
Yokun Wolverine Multi-station Gym allows for as much as 27 different exercises. These can be accomplished with the vertical bench press, military press, pec flys, shoulder shrugs, standing curl, cable crossover, leg extension, reverse curl, triceps extension, low row, ab crunches, and much more.
A Lat Tower and a Leg Press Attachment are included, which is a feature not always found in home gyms. There are safety handles and a foot plate that is large in size.
4. Bodycraft Galena Pro
PRICE: Starting at $2199
The Galena Pro by Bodycraft is another home gym that is designed to give you a full-body workout and is the longest selling home gym at Bodycraft. The machine is 72 inches long, 58 inches wide and 81 inches high.
The smallest weight with the machine is five pounds, and the largest weight is 200 pounds. The device features an adjustable pec dec that is dual-function, a chest press, leg extension, lat pull, leg curl, abdominal crunch and low pulley station. An optional leg press and weight stacks can be added for an additional charge. Adjustable seats are included, along with two seats for multiple users who which to workout together.
Along with the Bodycraft Galena Pro is a training DVD. This provides users with all of the information needed to perform exercises on the Galena Pro and to do those workouts effectively.
The Galena Pro is known for being small enough to fit in the corner of a room and is good for people who don’t have a large living space. For example, for small apartments, the Galena Pro could be a good choice.
5. Powertec Workbench Multi Station
PRICE: Starting at $1849
The Powertec Workbench Multi Station is a home gym recognized for its yellow color, but the machine can also be found in black. The home gym is 80.5 inches by 73.3 inches by 120.1 inches.
The Powertec WorkBench Multi Station is a unique home gym system that gives you a resistance of up to 500 pounds. You can do up to 20 exercises with the home gym. Exercises that can be performed with the machine include shoulder presses, triceps extensions, lateral pull downs and wood chops. You can also do leg extensions and leg curls with this machine. The weights and the leg press are sold for a separate price.
There are no weight stacks or cables with this machine. Instead, weights are placed on the machine to create the resistance.
The best home gyms are easy to set up and easy to use. These five home gyms offer everything you need for a full body workout anytime of the day or night. With many of these home gyms, you can set them up yourself or take the option of having a professional set the gym up for you. When professional setup is offered, the additional cost will need to be added to the price of the home gym. The best places to put these home gyms are in the garage, basement or family room. Although they are relatively easy to transport, the goal is to keep these gyms in one spot.