We all want to stay fit or lose a few pounds every now and then, but our lives are just too busy and exhausting to stick to a strict exercise schedule. Going to the gym involves a lot on our part: we have to take time to find the right place, we have to pay a monthly membership, wake up earlier to actually go to the gym and find the power of will to actually keep going.
A lot of people are ambitious enough to start a training program, but few of us can remain disciplined for longer periods of time, until we achieve our goals or even after that. And one of the main reasons for that is that we have to go through all that tedious and exhausting commute process every time we want to exercise, which is time consuming and a mood killer. By the time we make it to the gym, we already want to go home.
The benefits of owning a home gym
The biggest advantage of owning a home gym is the fact that, well, it’s in your home! You no longer have to commute and waste time and energy to get to the location. You wake up, change into your workout outfit and you’re good to go. Your workout will take as long as you’re actually working out and you won’t have to also take into account the time needed to get to the gym and back.
Another benefit of having the gym in your home is that you don’t have to comply with anyone’s schedule anymore. Your gym is there for your on a 24/7 basis and you’re the only one choosing when you want to use it.
A home gym can be customized to your taste and needs and you can buy the equipment that you want to use.
Another great thing about owning a home gym is that you are your own boss and you get to make your own rules, instead of having to follow others’.
And even from a financial point of view, in the long run, a home gym is a good investment. While you might think that buying the necessary equipment yourself is costly, you end up saving a lot of money because you won’t have to pay a monthly membership anymore, or for the gas/bus to get there.
Types of home gym machines
The main criterion used to classify machines is the resistance type. Based on this, there are free weight machines (which use plates and are mainly used for weight lifting and power lifting), weight stacks (they use cables), body weight machines (your body is the resistance; they are not recommended for those into strength building), power rod machines (the resistance is provided by the rod).
Best home gyms to consider in 2019
Total Gym XLS. This system is endorsed by Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley and it can be purchased for $850 on Amazon, which is not exactly cheap.
The Total Gym can be used for more than 80 types of exercises and has a 400 pounds weight capacity. The XLS version is an upgrade of the Total Gym and uses your body weight for resistance. One of its biggest selling points is the fact that it is gentle on your joints, which makes it a great option for people suffering from arthritis.
In the box you also get a nutritional guide, a complete line of workouts you can do, for men and women, a wall chart with 35 exercises. The product comes with a 6-month warranty on parts, while the frame has a lifetime warranty.
Weider Ultimate Body Works. The Weider home gym is a real bargain with a price tag of only $124, without expert assembly. If you do want the expert assembly, you have to pay an additional $74, but even so, that’s a really good price for a home gym.
The Weider system is not as premium or complex looking as the Total Gym, but it does come with its advantages. It also uses the body weight for resistance, but you can also use 4 adjustable power bands for an increased resistance.
The Weider Ultimate Body Works can be used for more than 50 exercises and it allows you to work all the body parts: core, back, shoulders and legs. The system has a space saver design and is foldable, so it doesn’t take up too much space.
Bowflex Blaze Home Gym. The Bowflex Blaze system is a power rod machine with 210 lbs. of power rod resistance. You can also upgrade the system to 310 or 410 pounds. The Bowflex Blaze lets you do more than 60 exercises and provides 7 free trainer-built workout regimens.
It has a horizontal bench press and has a very useful sliding seat. You can work your entire body, from chest to back, legs, arms, abs and shoulders. You can easily customize your workouts thanks to the multiple cable positions and in the box you also get an instructional placard and triple function hand-grip/ankle cuffs.
The Bowflex Blaze weighs 98 pounds and measures 130 X 42 X 35 inches. It is easy to assembly and you get instructions with zoomed illustrations so you can see clearly where everything has to go.
The product comes with a lifetime warranty for the power rods and a 5-year warranty for the frame.
On Amazon you can get the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym for $800.