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Top Rated and Best Home Gym Equipment Review

Updated on February 21, 2014

Home gym equipment ownership has several advantages to going to a gym to workout. The average gym membership runs between 350 to 500 dollars per year. Over a lifetime that will add up to tens of thousands of dollars. You may be looking for ways to save time on a busy schedule. The average gym goer spends between 30 to 45 minutes in travel time to and from the gym.

Maybe you have noticed the pounds slowly adding on, your energy is low or you just don't feel as good as you used to and you have decided it's time to do something about it. Or there may be other reasons but most people agree that a home gym is the most cost effective way to get an excellent workout in the convenience of your own home.

The following are the top five home gyms for you to consider in your search for the home gym equipment which will best meet your needs:

1.) Weider Max Ultra - a flexed resistance bar and pulley type home gym ideal for entry level weight training. It offers a lifetime warranty on the bars and limited 5-year on all other parts. The Weider Max Ultra has been known in the past as the Advantage, the Crossbow and the crossbar.

The main features are the option to upgrade to a resistance of 440 pounds; optional lat bar; 65 possible exercises; fold-up bench for storage; dimensions: 82"H x 66"W x 80"D.

2.) Body Solid EXM1500S Home Gym System - The Body-Solid EXM 1500S is a plate stack and pin weight adjustment machine. Although it is an entry level model it provides lots of diversity with 30 different exercises.

This unit features a lifetime warranty on all parts, optional pro lat bar and weight increments, dimensions: 83"H x 49"L x 36"W.

3.) BodyCraft XPress Pro Home Gym System - Up to 400 pound resistance with 'doubling' feature,' new cable station technology for exercise variety; lifetime warranty on all parts for original owner; curl bar, ankle strap, lat bar and two single handles included; dimensions: 82.9"D x 56.5"W x 83"H (85.45"W x 90.5"D with optional leg press).

4.) The BodyCraft Galena - is built to fit into any corner of a room, requiring much less space than traditional designs.

This unit features dual station with one weight stack, an optional leg press, heavy duty construction with a lifetime warranty for the original owner and a 200 pound weight stack.

58" Wide (Pec Dec) X 72" Deep (Press Station) 92" Wide with Optional Leg Press X 81" High

5.) Powertec Workbench Leverage Home Gym System -

The Powertec Workbench gyms are made for heavy duty weight training. The Leverage model is a single station which will allow you to do about 20 exercises with big loads including squats with no spotter required.

This unit features three colors: yellow, grey, red, weight capacity up to 500 pounds for press, no spotter required, dimensions: L=80" W=56" HT=82".

As you have probably noticed, these top five home gyms all have quite different features to suit different needs as far as workout goals and space requirements. Take a closer look at the home gym equipment that best suits your needs.


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      Weider 5000 

      8 years ago

      A home gym is a big investment but it's well worth it. I love being able to work out whenever I want.

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      Best Home Gym Under 1000 Dollar 

      9 years ago

      Nice article.

      I'd the to recommend the EXM1500S. I think its a great value for someone who wants a smaller in home machine to cover a lot of exercises, and wants to add strength training to their workout. If your looking to get 'Pumped Up', you'd be better with Free weights or a Gym membership. I looked for a used one, but they didn't last very long and had a pretty high resale value.

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      Marcy Home Gym Equipment 

      9 years ago

      Interesting hub you have here. I also love working out but having hard time to go to the gym that's why Invested in home gym equipments and luckily, I've found such great quality equipment and didn't cost me a fortune.. I love these machines and actually recommended them to my friends and colleagues..

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      Paul | Home Gym Machines World 

      9 years ago

      Nice Hub.

      I always advise people to really think about what their goals are before purchasing any home gym machines or equipment on a 'get fit' whim. If in doubt, don't buy. It's easy to think you are making the commitment by throwing money at a problem, but, there's got to be more than guilt of spending money to make you want to really go for it.

      Equipment isn't that cheap, so it has to be useful and interesting to you for your mid-term goals at least. It's amazing how quickly you can get bored of the same exercises, so even if you do have machines, there's no reason you have to use them each time you work out; mix it up by using dumbbells and a barbell, too, for best results.

      There's more than one way to train, and reading books and learning to coach yourself is really worth the effort.

      Good look all!

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      9 years ago

      Nice and informative. What would you suggest for those of us that have very little room? While they don't give the variety of exercises the machines you list here, I find that a good set of adjustable dumbbells will give you a pretty good workout and take up very minimal space.

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      Weights Fitness 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. Its good to have all this info aggregated in one spot beause with all the home gyms on the market today it is difficult to make a decision.on what brand to buy.

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      Home Gym Equipment 

      10 years ago

      It looks like you have an outstanding Hub. It also looks like you understand the value of getting fresh original content on your HUB, including the comments. You are doing a great job. I wish you the best of success with this Hub.

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      Kevin from Best Home Gyms 

      10 years ago

      The key here is to build a home gym you are going to use. If you don’t like dumbbells at the health center, you won’t like them any better in your own basement. Your gym workouts need to reflect your fitness goals. Guys who want to bulk up will want to buy plate-loaded equipment while women who have a goal to be long and learn should look at a functional trainer with rowing capabilities. The advantages of multi-function gyms are that they provide a variety of exercises for both types of individuals.

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      10 years ago

      Steve thanks for the info. My son is in high school and plays football, gold and soccer. He wants some equipment and this was vvery helpful.

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      10 years ago

      Body solid has an excellent selection of home gyms, the exm1500 is great but if you are looking to get more aggressiove then the exm3000lps may be for you it coets about 2.5 times more but it gives you about 10 times more in payback. It also facilitates 2 people at the same time, has 7 workout stations and over 400 lbs of weight stack resistance. Check it out

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Lynn.

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      Lynn Byrne 

      11 years ago from Daytona Beach Florida

      We bought our treadmill about 5 years ago and it gets used all the time. We've had home gyms, but they take up a lot of room. We use free weights that slide them into the closet when done. My son goes to the local gym three times a week. They have more equipment, so he gets a better workout.

      If we had the room, we would probably set up another home gym though.

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Constant Walker and gjcody.

      gjcody, I know what a challenge being consistent at working out can be. What works best for me is to get up early in the morning and just do it. At first I found this challenging but like anything if you stick with it consistently for long enough, it becomes a habit. Once you form a habit the rest is easy.

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      11 years ago

      This is a definite good hub. I am one of the people that was spending a lot of time going to and from. I now have a gym of my own ....but I do have to say does get dusty. So now I am back on the road again. I guess I am a social animal. I enjoy the fact that I am going somewhere.

      Do you have any ideas how to stay disciplined? Would welcome your take on this.

      Thanks for sharing ...My best to you!

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      Constant Walker 

      11 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Hey Steve, good hub.  I've owned three home gyms during the past ten years - including a Weider (with a weight stack) and a BowFlex.  The system I have now is my absolute favorite and has given be better results than any of the past machines:  Bodylastics.


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