Buying a home gym machine is not an easy task. There are so many models out there with less or more functions and in various price range.
While these are all critical to know, the most important is to know what your goals are. What do you want to develop? How will you want to use it? Is it going to be the only way to workout or just a secondary equipment for your home training? What is your fitness level? How much money can you spend?
If you can answer these questions, it is going to be much easier to pick the right model for you.
In this guide, I’d like to help you to decide.
“I need a machine to have a total body workout.”
The modern home gyms are packed with tons of functions to provide a full body workout. In the past home gym machines were criticized because they allowed us to train just the upper body.
The latest models come with various functions to train your lower body as well. For example, with leg extension, leg curl and even with a leg press section. Also, you can use its cables to do other exercises for your lower body.
However, keep in mind that these all-in-one machines are more expensive and need more space. But, with the help of them, you can train your entire body without going to the gym.
They are suitable solutions for beginners who have never done any strength training exercises before. And also for those who would like to shape their muscles and get stronger. However, if you crave to build serious muscles and strength, you must use free weights such as dumbbells, barbell, etc.
A multi-gym is also a good option for those who prefers cardio training such as running but want to improve their muscle strength.
“I need a machine to train one particular muscle group.”
In case you just would like to focus on what muscle group, I think there is no need to buy a complete multi gym. Why would you pay for something that you will never use?
Let’s say you already do exercises with our without weights such as push-ups, bench press, squats, etc. and you have good results. But you desire to focus more on your back. So, you want to make lat pull down and other back exercises.
If that is the case, you just need a lat machine that can be used for several other exercises, though. It costs far less than a complete home gym.
My example. I have almost everything in my gym, but I have do not have a treadmill since I prefer running. But, I wanted to train my lower back, so I bought a Roman chair.
To conclude, it is useless to buy something because it seems to be a better buy if you will never use those extra functions. You can spend your money on something better for sure.
“I’ve been lifting free weights.”
To tell the truth, I prefer lifting free weight rather using machines but adding new types of exercises to our workout routine is always good. With machines, you can focus on one particular area more efficiently.
If you already have everything for weight lifting at home such as a power rack, dumbbells, a weight bench a barbell with weights, well, you have everything.
Frankly, if I had enough money and space, I’d buy a cable crossover machine. It is a very versatile piece of fitness equipment to do a lot of types of exercises for each muscle group. Alternatively, you can get a lat pulldown machine that is cheaper but provides less functions.
One thing you should not forget. If you have been lifting weights, you may already have a good strength. So, keep this in mind when you buy a machine. You do not want equipment that will not provide enough resistance.
“I have only a little money, but I want a home gym machine.”
Well, there are cheaper models other there, but as it is said, you get what you pay for. There is nothing worse than when your workout is disturbed with machine problems.
If I were in your shoes, I would wait until I have enough money to buy a reliable equipment. Until that, you can do a wide range of bodyweight exercises such as push-ups or get a cheap dumbbell set for weight training.
More Tips Before Purchasing
- Write down exactly what you want to reach with your home gym. Why do you need it? It is going to to be easier the to pick the most suitable machine for you.
- Look around in several online and offline stores because there can be big differences in prices. From my experience, Amazon is the cheapest place, and you can bump into great sales as well.
- Always check out the customer reviews. Typically, a home gym looks good in the pictures. But, do not always believe your eyes and the description of the product. User reviews are the real proof.
- Think twice before spending hundreds of bucks unless you do not care to throw the money out of the window. Ask yourself “Do I really need it?” I know many of my friends who bought one, and now it is in the corner of the garage because they never use it.
I hope these tips will help you to spend your money on a home gym machine wisely. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask below. We will help you to decide.