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When you buy fitness equipment to work out at home, you really want to get as much bang for your buck as possible. That’s why we recommend investing in a multi-station gym.
Depending on your fitness goals, you can buy a simple model where you can do a few exercises or you can splurge on a more extensive multi-station with a wide range of possibilities.
Well, for starters, you’ll be able to do a wide range of exercises on a single piece of equipment, potentially targeting every major muscle group. Imagine: you’ll be able to work on your abs, arms, legs, chest and shoulders using just one machine and get a full-body workout.
Another advantage is that you’ll be able to save money. A gym membership can set you back several hundred dollars a year, but buying a multi-station is a one time investment and it’s yours for life.
Having a multi-station in your home means you can train before you go to work, before you go to bed, at 3:00 am if you’re having trouble sleeping, or any time during the weekend. Having that flexibility is truly priceless. Even better, when you go to the gym you may have to wait to use certain equipment. When you have your multi-station at your house, you can train as you like and without stress.
A multi-station is also ideal from a space-saving perspective. Instead of buying multiple pieces of equipment that take up lots of space in your home, this lets you use a wide range of equipment all incorporated into just one machine.
And finally, the models below are built-to-last. Sure, there’s an investment up front, but this equipment is extremely durable and you should be able to use it for many, many years to come.
If you don’t know your way around a multi-station quite yet, it’s a good idea to learn about the most important aspects and characteristics to look for before you buy. Keep reading for all the details.
Of course, make sure you have enough space for your multi-gym, and consider whether you’ll be training just your upper body or also your legs to appropriately take into account your space needs. Also, look for warranties of at least 5 years.
Make sure you buy a machine with enough of a weight stack that will allow you to progressively increase your strength. Basic machines generally have a weight stack of 30-35 kilos (66-77 lbs) with higher-end ones around 70-90 kilos (150-200 lbs).
You may have to adjust the seat to ensure that you get a good workout and avoid injury. Consider buying a machine that lets you adjust the seat height instead of one with a fixed seat.
What are your fitness goals? How often do you plan on using your multi-gym? If you’ve got serious training plans, you might consider spending more on the equipment, and if you’re only going to use it occasionally, then a less expensive machine will do.
Now you’re in a much better position to pick the right multi-station for you. Go find the model with the pec deck, leg developer, lat pull down and chest press you’re looking for and start working out!