So, you’re looking at getting fit and have decided to purchase your first home gym? Great idea! Training from home has many benefits including saving you time, money and avoiding those long term gym membership contracts.
A home gym is generally compact and provides you with the necessary equipment to work out without having to spend thousands on big bulky machines found in commercial gyms.
Looking for the right home gym can prove to be a difficult task at times. This guide will help you choose the right home gym for you and start working towards your fitness goals.
WHAT FEATURES DOES THE HOME GYM PROVIDE?
The first thing you should be asking is what exercises can you perform on the home gym. When working out one should do compound exercises that target a variety of muscle groups at the same time, e.g. chest press, lat pull-down and leg extension. Throw in some isolation exercise that target specific muscle groups and you have a complete workout.
Look for the following in a home gym:
- A Chest Press with a Pec Deck attachment
- A Lat Pull-down attachment
- A Leg extension or Leg Press attachment
- Some form of isolation exercises, such as preacher pads and bicep curl attachments
BUILD QUALITY OF THE HOME GYM
We are not all engineers and many of the components of a home gym confuse us already, but you should look out for these signs that your home gym is built with quality - after all it is an investment and you want to make sure you’re buying a quality machine.
Some points you should be mindful of:
- The maximum user rating: 300Lbs or 168kg is a good rating that most home gyms come with
- Strong firm cushions that won’t bend or rip over time
- Solid base and frame, and a cage to cover any moving weight stacks for added safety is recommended
Wear and tear is inevitable with any equipment. A quality home gym should offer a full warranty on parts and components to give you piece of mind when purchasing your home gym. When purchasing a home gym, ask if the warranty covers the following:
- Cables and pulleys
- Cushions and pads
- Structural components
Home gyms are a great way to exercise at home. This simple guide should help you decide what the best home gym is for you. It is important to ask as many questions as you need to and gather your information before making a decision. The first step is purchasing the home gym - the results you achieve with it will show with the dedication and commitment you put in, so get out there and start working towards your fitness goals.