Having your own exercise equipment on hand in your own home comes with a ton of benefits. If you have space and can devote thirty to sixty minutes a day to working out, having a gym so close by is pretty convenient and can knock a hole in those previous excuses of “I don’t have time to go to the gym”. Creating a home gym will allow you to achieve your fitness goals without the high cost of a gym membership and all the headaches that go with it.
Having a gym in the home can give you a lot of advantages that a gym membership can’t. You won’t have to get dressed to go to the gym, find a babysitter and fight traffic. You’ll no longer have to wait in line once you get there and towel off the machine to remove another gym goer’s sweat.
If you’re the type of person that would rather get in their workout without an audience and in peace, than having a home gym can be more motivating than going to a crowded gym. The gym is home to too many distractions, be it people or the noise of all the machines in use. The atmosphere is somewhat chaotic and smells, well, like a large, crowded public gym.
Designing Your Home Gym
At home, you can choose to add the equipment you enjoy working out with. Whether it’s a treadmill or a recumbent bike. You can arrange your space and include a small area for pilates and yoga, pile in your other fitness equipment and gear and neatly store your exercise clothing in that empty closet in your ex-guestroom. These days, being super thin is out. Now, being strong is sexy. Men aren’t the only ones that can benefit from six-pack abs, arms of steel and shoulders to die for. Squats are all the rage in terms of getting that butt you’ve always wanted and a strength that is almost liberating. So what type of exercise equipment should you choose for the best strength training workout?
You’ll want equipment that’s versatile, solid and reliable. You’ll also want to focus on the basics and not purchase the newest fad fitness machine. Only buy a model that has a good history and reputation for providing results.
Benefits of a Multi-Station Gym
Most women turn to home gym multi-station machines as their go to for strength training, but not all of these machines are what they appear to be and many models are considered pretty outdated. The old school ways of working out have made a comeback. Not because it’s cool to lift, but because using a weight bench and a set of free weights actually works. The type of results you’ll get from using a bench and weights all depends on you and not the equipment, unlike what you might experience using a multi-functional home gym machine.
These types of multi-station gyms feature a variety of weight exercises combined into a bulky machine. While they’re designed to save you on space because they combine a number of machines into one, they actually tend to be quite large and very difficult to move. They can also cost you thousands of dollars. The average price for a basic model is around $2,000 to $3,000, with an average $6,000 for higher-end machines.
These gym machines usually allow more than one person to use the machine at the same time, utilizing dual weight stacks, one stack per station. The number of stations can range from two to six. The more stations the higher the cost of the machine. As an example, a four station model can include one station for seated chest press and an adjustable seat with high pulley, station 2 is the pec deck with adjustable seat, leg extensions and stand leg curls. The third station will feature the preacher curl, mid row, and low pulley while the last station is the leg press which can feature a weight resistance that usually ranges anywhere from two to four hundred pounds. Some of the stations are adjustable, such as the pec deck and chest press, in order to accommodate user size. The seats are also adjustable for this reason. Resistance for each station will vary by model and manufacturer, but many of them can offer the same type of weight resistance you enjoy at the gym.
Why the Basic Free Weights and Weight Bench Set-up is better for your Progress
Many companies, such as Bowflex and Nautilus, produce a number of fad multi-station models each year that don’t feature an impressive amount of weight resistance or truly challenge your body as you work out. The problem with many of these machines is that while they’re designed to whip you into shape, they aren’t able to help you continue to progress. Basically, you can easily outgrow many models of these machines and unfortunately, each one will cost at least a couple thousand dollars.
With a weight bench, you can purchase a set of free weights and the bench separately or together. Standard sets will cost you around $200 to $400 and feature two hundred pounds worth of weight plates. So you can definitely see the benefits of using this type of equipment over a fancy machine. Also, as you progress and are able to lift more than two hundred pounds, you can just run out and buy more weight plates and continue to do so for a more challenging workout.
If you live in an apartment or small house, both a weight bench and multi-station machine are going to take up a lot of room in your home. However, the weight bench will probably take only about half the space the machine does and it’ll be significantly easier to assemble, disassemble and transport. The machines will be kind of a nightmare if you live upstairs or plan on moving soon. Taking this type of machine apart is complex and time-consuming and each station weighs quite a bit, making it even more difficult to transport.