How to Choose the Best Multi-Gym for Your Home

Setting up a home gym is an ideal way to reach your fitness goals. Think about the advantages: You can save time and cut out the gym commute for a start, meaning you get more time for your workout. Your equipment will be ready and waiting whenever you can spare a few minutes. And there’ll be no distractions from other gym users either.

Just imagine having a training session whenever you feel like it, in the privacy and comfort of your own home. 

A home gym can also be considered a good investment since you’ll be saving on a gym membership.  

Why Opt for an All-in-One Machine?

The multiple pieces of gym equipment you need for a complete workout can take up space that most of us don’t have at home — unless, of course, you wisely decide to invest in an all-in-one home multi-gym.

A multi-gym is an incredible piece of equipment that allows you to perform many different exercises and work multiple muscle groups with one machine alone. 

There are several on the market with a variety of features. This means choosing one to invest in might at first appear tricky. So, here’s how to weigh up (pun intended!) the pros and cons of different machines and get the right one for you:

The Right Intensity

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a professional athlete, you need to be sure your multi-gym will allow you to reach your fitness goals.

Some of the more complex machines are versatile enough to offer more than 75 different exercises. With one machine, you can work out the arms, shoulders, chest, legs, core and back. They come with multiple attachments that allow you to switch exercises in moments. 

If you are serious about your training, then something like this will be a good investment. If you’re still a beginner, you might prefer a simpler all-in-one gym for now. 

Also consider, will the machine keep you motivated by allowing you to alternate versions of exercises? For example, a multi-grip chin-up and pull-up platform would mean you could switch between wide grip, underhand, overhand and other options. 

Be sure to check the range of the weight stack. You need to have enough additional weight beyond what you can lift now so that you can progress as you get fitter and stronger. 

The Right Size

You’ve probably already got a space in mind for your multi-gym. This is going to determine a lot when it comes to choosing your equipment.

Home multi-gyms are large, heavy pieces of machinery. After checking the dimensions of any equipment you’re considering purchasing, you need to make sure the piece will fit comfortably in the designated space. You need to be able to move freely around it to make adjustments and to have room to stretch out and take a breather. 

If the multi-gym you choose doesn’t come with built-in storage, you’ll need to have space to store weight, barbells and other equipment close by. 

Another thing to consider is weight, especially if you’re putting your multi-gym above ground level. You need to double-check that the floor will take the weight. 

The Right Safety Features

Safety is a top priority. If you’re going to be working out alone at home, you need to minimize your risk of accidents. Check out the safety features of any all-in-one gym you’re considering purchasing. 

Here are some to look out for

  • The machine’s safety rating
  • Safe lock and release mechanics
  • A safety catch (to overcome the need for a spotter)
  • A guide or chart that demonstrates correct and safe movement patterns for the machine

The Right Price

Multi-gyms are quite a serious investment. However, you’ll probably notice a range in prices between pieces.

Some of the cost will be determined by the complexity of the equipment: the more you spend, the more you get. 

Another factor will be the quality of parts and workmanship. To get a durable machine that will last years of training, you need to opt for the highest-grade steel framework with a high-quality coating. 

Consider also how the quality of parts will affect the motions of the machine: high-caliber cables will offer natural, fluid movements, whereas cheaper versions will more likely be jarring and uncomfortable. 

There are also a few other factors that determine the price of a multi-gym. These might include:

  • Consumer guarantee
  • Quality of safety features
  • Ease of adjustability, including whether the seat is adjustable 
  • Experience and expertise of the manufacturer and supplier
  • Level of customer service 
  • The returns and exchange policy
  • Delivery and shipping

Consider all of the above before you decide how much you want to spend.

The Right Choice

By now, you’ll have a good idea what to look for when it comes to picking out the best all-in-one gyms.

To sum up, getting the perfect machine for you will mean considering your training needs and the space you have available, then balancing these factors with getting the highest build quality and best safety features for your budget. 

Then, once you’ve found the ultimate machine, you can get straight on with hitting those fitness goals.  

AUTHOR BIO

Kelvin Garner is the founder of Garner General Trading, a one-stop solution for all fitness needs in the UAE. The Garner team have put many years into sourcing a high-quality and affordable range of home and commercial gym equipment. From selecting the right equipment for your personal needs and space available, to the professional setup in your home, Garner General Trading is there each step of the way.