Women who decide to purchase a home gym do so primarily for convenience. After all, working out in your home eliminates travel time to the gym and having to make babysitting arrangements.
It also saves money on gym membership fees.
A total gym for your home can cost from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand, depending on its features and size.
We’ve reviewed a variety of home gyms that will fit most anyone’s budget. We believe these are the top home gyms and one of them should be perfect for you!
Best Home Gyms
|xa0||Bowflex Blaze Home Gym||BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0||Marcy Home Gym Station|
|Resistance Method:||Resistance bars||Resistance bands||Steel Plates|
|Max Weight:||210 Pounds||120 Pounds||150 Pounds|
|Rating:||4.3 / 5.0||4.7 / 5.0||4.1 / 5.0|
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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Rated Home Gyms For 2020
- Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
- BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0
- Marcy Multifunctional Home Gym Station
- Body By Jake Tower Full-Body Exercise Gym
- Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym
- Total Gym XLS
- Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
Home Gym Reviews
The Bowflex Blaze Home Gymis our Editors Choice for the best home gym and unlike your standard weight stack home gyms, the Bowflex Blaze relies on resistance rods.
But don’t underestimate it. You can accomplish anything on this machine as you can on a standard home gym system or free weights.
In spite of its resistance rod design, don’t assume it doesn’t provide sufficient “weight” to provide a challenging workout. This resistance on this model provides the equivalent of 210 lbs of weight. If you need additional resistance, there’s the option of purchasing upgrades.
One thing to consider is the Bowflex Blaze foot platforms do not include a strapping mechanism, so you’ll have to jerry rig a way to keep your feet in place. In spite of this design flaw, the rowing portion of the Bowflex Blaze is adequate and gets the job done.
This gym is not apt for the person wanting to bulk up, but it’s more than adequate for strengthening and toning. We believe using a resistance system like this is safer than handling free weights.
To ensure the right level of resistance, you just add or subtract the number of rods which are attached on each side of the machine.
We like the adjustable seat and removable bench. The back rest is also adjustable (you can move it up and down). It’s easier to personalize your workout with these features. Home gyms without an adjustable seat may prove challenging if your height doesn’t fall within the average range.
Taller than most home gyms, the Bowflex Blaze is 84 inches tall. Keep the height of your ceiling in mind when considering purchasing this gym.
If your ceiling is at least 8 ft you should be fine. The Bowflew Blaze’s overall footprint measures 95 x 38 inches. Remember to leave a sufficient clearance on each side to allow for free movement, probably a good 6 x 10 feet in total.
One other nice feature of this home gym is that its foldable, which will make for more room when its not in use. Having pointed that out, this doesn’t mean you can just drag the system into a closet for storing. Also, it’s quite heavy and not easily moved. It’s definitely not made with storage in mind.
Rather than us outlining all the accessories that are included with the Bowflex Blaze, you can check out the photo, as they are all displayed there.
One unique offer from the designers of Bowflex is its software, iTrainer. The iTrainer plans are easy to follow workout routines with videos to show correct form. This doesn’t come with this home gym. It must be purchased direction from Bowflex.
- Power Rod Resistance
- Instructional Placard- 80+ Exercises
- 7 Professional-Designed Workouts
The BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0 is the best budget home gym on our list that is also truly portable gym. This innovative home gym is completely storable and you can take it with you when traveling.
The gym’s square base comes with a carrying case and a separate bag used for the accessories.
It’s easily packed into a car trunk, though would take up a good amount of space in a suitcase. At 20 lbs, the BodyBoss is pretty heavy but if you are a committed fitness enthusiast, it’s completely doable.
Considering its size and the ability to store it, this would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t have a separate room to set up a standard home gym. It can fit easily underneath a bed or in a closet.
This gym is versatile. Most every routine you can do at your local gym, you can do with this one. Truthfully, the range of exercises you can simulate on the BodyBoss is only limited by your own imagination. The company has instructional videos on their website and youtube.
The BodyBoss works by using bands. They seem quite sturdy and resilient. If they don’t provide enough “weight” for you, you can double up the bands to increase resistance. Also, there are rings which you add in order to shorten the bands which creates additional resistance.
Overall, this seems like a quality-made product. The base is sturdy. Its resistance bands seem durable enough to hold up with frequent use over time.
For those with wooden or laminate floors, there should be no concern about damage to them, as the BodyBoss comes with rubber spacers under the base.
As previously mentioned, this gym is relatively small, with a footprint of 19 x 22 inches.xa0 It’s about 5 inches high. xa0
- Portable and Collapsible
- Workout Guide Included
- Resistance Bands
- Various Color Options
- Trainer-led Workouts
The Marcy Multifunctional Home Gym Station is a well-constructed gym made of heavy duty materials, moreso than some of the more expensive home gyms on the market.
This Marcy home gym model includes a 150 lb weight stack, with each plate weighing 10 lbs. You should keep in mind that, in spite of this maximum weight, the design of the gym offers more “weight” than 150 lbs because the system relies on a certain resistance to function.
This may be the best all in one home gym on our list and offers quite a bit of versatility in terms of the routines you can do.
Some of these include: leg press and extension, leg kicks, lat and tricep pulldowns, bicep curls, chest press, glute work, and deadlift to name just a few.
It comes with a chart of how to use the machine and which features work out the different areas of the body. Listing all the parts and accessories here is unnecessary, as everything you see in the picture comes with it.
A downside with this home gym is its stationary seat, meaning it’s not adjustable to accommodate someone’s height. The back part of the seat isn’t adjustable either.
For those who are shorter, you can add an additional pad to prop you up, though this could potentially pose a comfort or safety issue. Also, this model may not work for the woman who is exceptionally tall.
Having noted this gym’s pros and cons, overall we think its of above-average quality and an excellent value for the wide range of exercises that can be done with it. It’s also reasonably compact, so takes up less space than other home gyms.
It has a footprint of approximately 68 x 26 inches. We recommend you leave 3 feet or so on each side so you can move around easily. It’s a little under 80 inches tall, so keep in mind your ceiling height before deciding on this home gym.