Home Gym - What Brand is best?

Discussion in 'Home Exercise Equipment' started by Renky, May 9, 2014.

  1. Renky

    Renky Member

    I mostly have a limited set of free weights containing two dumbbells and a barbell. This is what I have solely used to build my physique. My set up has worked really well.

    Saying that, I am considering shelling out for one of those home-multi gyms. My wife reckons she will exercise more if we get one and I always like going heavy on the machines with there being much less chance of injury. I would not give up the free weights though.

    Anyway, what are some brands I should look at? Some I have looked at so far are pathetic with regards to the weight stacks. We would need something with a fairly substantial weight stack.

    Any opinions would be welcomed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jester

    Jester Well-Known Member

    I'm not sold that there's a multi-station machine heavy enough for anyone who is in an 'intermediate' category/status.

    I think you'd be better off buying a power rack with good safety bars. Probably cheaper to boot.
     
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  3. Renky

    Renky Member

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    I would probably consider myself more of an advanced lifter. I am still hoping there is something out there that is reasonably decent?
     
  4. Bulldog

    Bulldog Active Member

    What about a plate loaded system?

     
    Last edited: May 10, 2014
  5. AderynGlas

    AderynGlas Member

    I'll second the power rack, but rather than buy one build a home DIY job. Then you can customise it to suit your needs.
     
  6. Renky

    Renky Member

    Making something would be fun, but I need to have something that my wife will use...

    I like the Powertec equipment, but if you look at the plates, they are Olympic plates. I would have to purchase all new plates.
     
  7. AderynGlas

    AderynGlas Member

    Why wouldn't your wife use something home built?

    Curious as I've just cleared my garage and am about to build my own rack with a cable system for me and the Mrs to use.
     
  8. Renky

    Renky Member

    You know women... The modern multi gyms are easy to get on and use...
     
  9. Renky

    Renky Member

    In the end I went with a Force USA smith machine (with cable set up and pec deck).

    So far, I am very impressed. Just makes working out faster and safer...
     
  10. Bulldog

    Bulldog Active Member

    You need to be careful with smith machines especially when squatting. Your body doesn't naturally move anything in a direct line as they move.
     
  11. Renky

    Renky Member

    Thanks... I did hear about knees on smith machines. Is this the main thing? I really enjoy bench pressing and shoulder pressing on the smith machine. I am not going super heavy weights anymore.

    There is a rack at the front of the smith machine that I can always place a barbell, or I can always go back to hack squats.
     

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