How To Purchase a Home Gym

After you have made the decision to purchase a home gym for your home fitness center you now need to go to a specialty retail store to buy it.

Many people have made the decision to work out in the confines of their homes versus going to a health club.  Once you have created the space for your fitness equipment you need to find a specialty retailer who carries high end residential fitness equipment.  Your best bet is to find a manufacturer that you have seen in a health club and visit their websites to see if they have a retailer in your area that carry’s that product line.  There are a number of high quality home gyms such as Cybex, Precor, Life Fitness, Tuff Stuff, Body Solid, Body Craft and Hoist.  All of the mentioned companies design and manufacture high end commercial quality as well as residential fitness equipment.

It is recommended that when you visit your retailer you should wear comfortable work out clothing so you can get on the machines to try them out.  Once you are there you will need to review the following items to assure that you get a piece of equipment that is right for you.  When choosing a home gym you will want to:

  1. Make sure the unit sits flat on the floor and does not wobble.  Purchasing a stable piece of equipment with some weight to it will automatically create a better user experience.
  2. Observe the construction of the unit.  You want a gym that is made out of at least 11 gauge steel and that is partially welded together.  This again will ensure stability while working out on the unit.
  3. Most home gyms will allow you to do at a minimum 15 and up to 30 exercises on them.  This is a great thing as long as you can switch from one exercise to another with ease.  Try to avoid gyms that force you to switch cables.  There is nothing wrong with that however, it is inconvenient and sometimes will cause people to lose interest.
  4. When sitting on the seat make sure that most of the adjustments can be done in that seated position.  Make sure that you can adjust the weight stack in the chair.  Again convenience is a major concern of this purchase.
  5. Make sure the unit operates smoothly and you don’t feel drag.  Most better manufacturers are using aircraft quality cable with a 2000lb test strength that is coated in nylon.  With this high quality cable and pulleys that have sealed ball bearings the unit will feel very “fluid”.  Less expensive units will feel choppy.
  6. Check to see if the unit can be expanded.  Can you purchase a leg press, Vertical Knee Raise, multi-hip or adjustable cable column.  This would be nice to know in the event that you may add these items in the future to expand your exercise routine.
  7. Check the warranty.  Most better gyms will come with up to a life time warranty!  This will put your mind at ease in the event that something wears out or breaks.
  8. While in the store go through a routine that you may do at home.  Do a Chest Press, Overhead Press and an arm curl.  You want to see how easy it is to change things as well as making sure each of the exercises feels good.  It is important that your body is in alignment while doing these exercises.  If not, avoid purchasing it.

If you follow this simple buying advice for your home gym you will have created a long term positive user experience.  When making this commitment prepare to spend any where from $1200 to $3000 on this purchase.  Typically the quality of the unit will not change much from one price to another at this level only the amount of stations and options that you will have on the unit.

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One Reply to “How To Purchase a Home Gym”

  1. Getting a home gym was one of the best purchases I ever made. You buy it, and your done spending money. No membership fees. Work out whenever you want. Day or night. No waiting.

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