The 5 Best Home Gyms [Ranked]
Home gym machines are designed to provide an all-in-one workout solution.
They can all provide the following common exercises: ab crunches, rows, leg extensions, lat pull downs, chest presses, pec flys and leg presses (Source).
While somewhat complex to assemble, these exercise machines are capable of replacing or supplementing expensive gym memberships (Source).
The Mary, Bowflex PR1000 and the Weider are all 'value buy' workout stations, while the Bowflex Revolution and Body Solid weight and strength machines have higher-end price points.
The Body Solid actually accommodates up to 3 users simultaneously, while all the other options handle one exerciser at a time.
Our Top Pick: The Bowflex Extreme 2 Home Gym
The Bowflex Extreme 2 can do over 70 exercises: 24 arm exercises, 6 chest exercises, 3 abdominal exercises, 18 back exercises, 16 shoulder exercises, 12 leg exercises, but does not do a cardio row. For a full list of the specific exercises, check out its owner's manual online.
It requires a workout area of at least 96" x 78" x 83". It has a 60 day parts warranty, the frame is covered for a year and the power rods have a lifetime warranty, according to Bowflex.
Video Overview: The Bowflex PR1000
Best Home Gyms For 2023
What Are Buyers Saying?
The first home gym we examined is manufactured by Marcy. This home strengthening and bodybuilding machine is designed to save space while still providing a powerfully functional exercise workout routine in your residence. It features a weight stack lock, removable arm curl, dual functioning press arms, a leg developer and provides rowing exercises.
- One reviewer says that he was in the market for a moderately priced piece of home exercise equipment that would provide diverse body building and strengthening routines he could perform in his garage.
- Since this body builder stands at over 6 foot 3, he was initially concerned that it wouldn't accommodate his size, but he tells us that overall he is satisfied with this purchase, saying it was a value buy that provides dynamic and diverse exercises in the home.
- Other reviewers say that it is well-made, though you'll have to be patient assembling it because there are many different parts to piece together.
The Bowflex PR1000
The second home gym we examined was the Bowflex PR1000. They say it can provide over 30 different types of strength exercises, includes a rowing station and it's equipped to generate 210 pounds of resistance. Indeed, it's marketed towards men and women looking to tone and firm up their shoulders, arms, abdominals, back, and lower body muscles.
- One reviewer says that if you're interested in and toning your gluteus, the way it works is you just need to employee a strap behind your heels and then perform leg pullbacks.
- Another reviewer tells us that his neighbor helped him put it together and it took them in total about an hour of work in the afternoon.
- In addition, he informs us that there is a tremendous variety of workouts you can perform- it's best to consult Bowflex's body plan book and YouTube videos to understand the full breadth of this machine's capabilities.
- Addressing a common concern, he tells us that in his experience he hasn't yet maxed out the weights-though he also says that if you are a professional bodybuilder you wouldn't be purchasing a home model like this anyway. You'd probably be getting an Olympic bench press machine.
- Overall, this home gym workout equipment will add some bulk and get you in shape if you use it consistently.
The Bowflex Revolution
The third option we examined was the Bowflex Revolution home gym- this was a more expensive option than some of the alternatives we examined. It's marketed as an especially compact option that provides smoothly consistent resistance throughout a diverse set of motion exercises.
There are over 100 exercises you can perform with resistance going up to 220 pounds with a maximum configuration of 300 pounds. It lets you develop your legs, use a preacher curl and includes a folding bench design.
- One reviewer says that while it is not a standalone replacement for going to Equinox, it does provide strong and dynamic workouts- convenient if you want to get some exercise in and without driving over to your exercise facility.
The fourth option we examined was the Weider home gym. One reviewer says that he primarily employees it to perform bench presses, pectoral flys, seated rows, lat pull downs and leg curls. Buyers are overall pleased but do complain of that it is incredibly complex to assemble.
The Body Solid
The last option we examined was the Body Solid commercial gym. You can actually accommodate three people at a time on it and it includes an incline press, a bench press, shoulder press, as well as a pectoral workout station.
This would be a solid purchase if you own a gym and want a dynamic, all in one workout station that can accommodate multiple people at the same time.
As with the other options, we examined, the assembly is complicated and reviewers say the directions are not as helpful as they could be. Because it has a lifetime warranty, many buyers were convinced to purchase, even though it is at the higher end of the price points we've seen.
Some opted to pay for assembly- not a bad decision considering how difficult this unit is to get up and running.