If you don't want to spend money on gym membership, don't want to lose time traveling to and from commercial gyms, but you like to workout at the privacy of your home, you are on the right place.
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Weight stack based home gyms take up very little floor space, offer a wide range of workout exercises (most often entire body - chest, shoulders, back, arms, abs and legs) and usually last for a long time.
These home gyms utilize usually only one central weight stack that is used for each different exercise.
Weight stack home gyms use a pulley system to hook the weight stack with desired exercise bar.
They are very safe and durable - only problem is that with having central weight stack, only one exercise can be perform at one time.
On the other hand, multistation weight stack home gym exercise machines have multiple weight stacks, enabling several people to train simultaneously or making possible circular workouts without changing the pin settings all the time.
Free weights home gym normally has no pulleys or cables. Instead of having multiple benches and units, there are several stations incorporated into one large frame system around one or two adjustable benches, that requires manually loading weight plates (free weights) at each station.
Although these systems are designed to simulate a free weight workout, there are big differences between lifting free weights using barbells or/and dumbbells (harder and less safe) and lifting weights using free weight home gyms (easier and safer).
Free weight home gyms require more space than single weight stack home gyms, are heavier due to additional plate weight, but they can last a long time and are very safe to use if used properly.
Free weights home gyms enables lifter to isolate muscles more than that would be possible using free weights. This is great advantage if you have certain issues like shoulder problems and you want to bench press. On the other hand, free weights stress more muscles (main muscles and stabilizers) and if you want to bench press, you have to do it with a free, loaded bar.
Also, some home gyms use Smith cages for safer workouts (this is always open to a nice debate) and such machines can use both free weights or weight stacks, or even something else.
If you want to lift weights, go to the gym, otherwise, consider weight stack or resistance rods home gyms. Although free weights home gyms have their advantages, personally I don't like them - but that is just me.
In order to provide the resistance, these gym systems use different strength rods. These systems are very compact, use very little space, provide numerous exercises, but they also have some major problems - rods lose resistance over time and they have to be changed from time to time. This can be great problem if there are several people working out with the same rods.
Rods and pulley system are not maintenance free - rods can be purchased and replaced as required, just like pulleys and cables.
Single workout station machines require little space, but anything more leads to increase in size and weight, but still, they are lighter than multistation weight stack or free weights home gyms.
This is very broad category of possible home gym exercise machines.
'Other home gyms' include home gyms that don't use classic free weights, weight stack or resistant rods. They use other means for creating resistance, for example - gravity.
Some home gyms look like Medieval torturing devices, but keep your mind open and think out of the box - best solutions are usually the most simplest one, but if you do need something specific, why not try something different.
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You would like to have exercise at home, but you don't know where to start? Check Best Home Gym - How to Choose One? article.
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Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike is affordable and very popular home recumbent exercise bike. Thanks to the magnetic resistance system, it is very quiet during exercise. It is not the lightest unit around, but it is very sturdy and durable.
LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill is excellent home folding treadmill, with many options and great features that justify its price. It has very good and strong 2.5 CHP motor, and it comes with lifetime warranty on motor and frame.
Maxi Climber Vertical Climber has become popular soon among those who want to get into shape quickly and easily at home by engaging all major muscle groups of the users using only their body weight. The machine has been proved to be very effective in achieving the said purposes and at a very reasonable price. It has been designed with short sessions and low impact, and hence, can be used by most people.
Body Solid T50 Endurance Cardio Walking Treadmill with adjustable speed is an outstanding treadmill designed especially for walkers, elderly, aged care, rehab facilities, retirement homes, or for those who want their starting speed to be very slow and the machine with strong extended rehab handrails. Therefore it sports an access ramp, a wide stable platform, an oversized computer screen and keys facilitating easy usage, a weight capacity of 310 lb (140 kg) and safety with a magnetic safety lanyard.
Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench and Bowflex SelectTech 3.1 Adjustable Bench are two very similar weight benches, suitable for most home gyms. They differ in several very important design details and of course, in price.
Weider Ultimate Body Works Home Gym uses both bodyweight and power bands to create resistance, supporting some 50 exercises for legs, arms, abs, shoulders, back, and chest - full body workout. It is a versatile exercise system, suitable for home use, and it comes at very affordable price.
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Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym is weight stack home gym exercise machine, enabling a trainee to do the full body workout at the privacy of home in the very safe manner. It is single station home gym machine, but since the weights and exercises are easily changed, 2-3 persons can workout at the same time.
Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine is medium priced, excellent home elliptical cardio exercise machine. It is not suitable for commercial gyms, but for people who like to exercise at home and need exercise machine to increase their daily calorie burn and increase stamina, Schwinn 430 is highly recommended.