6 Popular Multi Gyms For the Home

Surprisingly Versatile and Variously Priced Exercise Equipment

For fitness-minded folks who love strength training but hate going to a gym—or who can't get to one as often as they'd like—a home, or multi, gym could be a great solution. As an alternative to free weights (dumbbells and barbells), a home gym is compact enough to fit in a limited area (a basement, garage, even a bedroom or family room with space to spare) and intricate enough to allow for an array of muscle-challenging moves. 

To choose the best home gym for yourself will depend on a variety of factors ranging from how experienced you are with weight training to how much you want to spend. Once you've figured out what you need and can afford the most important thing to do is try out any gym you're interested in before you buy. Here are six solid options to get you started, listed in order from least pricey to most expensive. 

1
Weider Ultimate Body Works

You can get a lot of exercise bang for the buck with the Weider Total Body Works 5000, a full-body gym that lets you use your own body weight as well as adjustable bands to provide up to 50 pounds of resistance and a cable-and-pulley system that allows full range of motion. At around $124, it won't break the bank and it folds down flat enough to store under a bed. 

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2
Bowflex PR1000

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The Bowflex PR1000 is best suited for someone who's focus is on getting and staying fit, rather than super serious about weight training or body building. And it's budget-friendly: For just under $350, the Bowflex PR1000 will allow you to do more than 30 different exercises, includes a rowing machine rail, a horizontal bench, and a lat pull down, and can be adjusted to provide from five to 210 pounds of resistance. 

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3
Body-Solid EXM 1500S

The Body-Solid EXM 1500S has a lot going for it: Besides featuring a lat bar, low row bar, and utility strap, this multi gym is centered on a 160-pound weight stack that's adjustable in 10-pound increments. It even comes with a workout poster and a limited lifetime warranty—all for around $900. 

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4
Powertec Workbench Multi System

At around $1,6000, the Powertec Workbench Multi System is a serious piece of equipment: The press arms and squat lever arms offer a weight capacity of 500 pounds; the lat lever, 400 pounds; and the ab crunch, 100 pounds. 

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BodyCraft Xpress Pro

The BodyCraft Xpress Pro is nearly as elaborate as the workout stations found in commercial gyms and health clubs. It provides up to 400 pounds of resistance; features an innovative cable station to allow for lots exercise variety; and, for just under $2,600 comes with a lifetime warranty on all parts for original owner. For couples or families who like to get fit together, the BodyCraft X2 Dual Stack Gym costs about $1400 more and is designed so two people can work out at the same time. 

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Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

If you have your sights set on serious bodybuilding, the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym may be the home gym that will get you to that goal. According to the company website, the resistance technology featured in this multi gym was designed for NASA and "works independent of gravity to provide resistance without inertia." You can do more than a hundred different exercises on this unit. Price: Around $2,8000. 

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