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Michael George

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Best Home Gym & Best home Gym Equipment

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So you’re in the market for a home gym. You want something highly functional yet not too bulky. You want a home gym to be loaded with all the bells and whistles but not too pricey. Here are five home gyms that I feel give you the most bang for your buck. In a time when the pace is always hustle and bustle, who wants to sit in traffic jams and burn up $4.00 a gallon gas to get to the gym? For many, being able to train in the privacy of your own home using your own equipment is the ideal solution. You can get in and out without jumping into your car. You can improve your heath and stay fit without ever having to leave your home. Many people pay for gym memberships that they rarely use. Their account gets dinged every month whether they show up or not. A new home gym will put an end to this madness.

As with all major decisions in your life, and what could be more major than your own health and well being, careful planning is essential. Before making a purchase there are some things to consider, such as:

What are your fitness goals?
Better health? Feeling and looking younger? Weight management? Preparing for specific sporting events? Whatever your goals may be, a general rule of thumb is to find equipment that will facilitate you in achieving all around fitness. For all around fitness, it is recommended that you purchase equipment that will work your heart and lungs, and at the same time, work your muscles.

What is your budget?
Develop a budget and stick to it as closely as possible! Do your homework and shop around, somebody, somewhere will be selling what you want at the price you want to pay.

How much space do you have - Where will you put the equipment?
Safety should be the key element in making this decision. Avoid low ceilings, or obstacles, which can be hit if lifting weights. The floor should be sturdy and able to handle the weight. There should be good lighting and fresh airflow.

Will you use it?
Of course, MOTIVATION is key here, so when choosing your equipment it should suit the interests and fitness levels of as many members of the family as possible. Your workouts should be enjoyable as well as challenging enough to progress to higher levels. Remember if you get bored with the equipment, you probably won’t use it.

To assist you in this process, I have chosen the "Best of the Best" and the "Best of the Rest" in home gym equipment.

When considering the best home gym, you want to set your fitness goals and budget to find the right home gym systems. Always the best price, our home gym equipment recommendations offer durable equipment that gets results.

Best Home Gyms by Michael George

The Best You Can Get

  • Body Craft Family Xpress Home Gym Equipment

    Michael says: The Body Craft Family Xpress is a dual weight stack design and is great if you have more than one fitness buff in your family, offering you the ability to workout simultaneously with an exercise partner.

    Features:
    - Two 200 pound weight stacks to accommodate multiple users
    - An adjustable position cable system for dumb bell type exercises
    - Abdominal crunch station
    - Cable station with adjustable arms
    - Low pulley station with folding foot plate
    - High pulley station with for lat pull downs and triceps push downs
    - Optional hip station or knee raise/dip station
    - Leg press has a 2:1 weight ratio, allowing up to 400 pounds of resistance

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 6’9" x length: 8’9" x width: 7’
    - Residential warranty – Lifetime on parts and frame


    • Two 200 pound weight stacks to accommodate multiple users
    • An adjustable position cable system for dumb bell type exercises
    • Abdominal crunch station
    • High pulley station with for lat pull downs and triceps push downs
    • Leg press has a 2:1 weight ratio, allowing up to 400 pounds of resistance
  • Bowflex Ultimate 2

    Michael says: The Bowflex Ultimate 2 may easily be called the ‘cream of the crop’ in home gym equipment. The Bowflex Ultimate 2 has just about everything, including:

    - 310 pounds of Power Rod standard - upgradeable to 410 pounds
    - Lat tower with angled lat bar
    - Leg extension/leg curl station
    - Preacher curl attachment
    - Integrated, biomechanically correct squat station
    - Built-in adjustable pulley system
    - Cable Change Pulley System – go from one exercise to another without changing cables making your workout faster
    - Five-way hand-grip/ankle cuffs
    - Up to 95 exercises
    - Ultra smooth built-in rowing machine for cardiovascular warm-up and cool-down

    Specifications
    - Dimensions: Height: 6'10" x length: 7'8" x width: 3'10"
    - Residential warranty:
    - Power Rods: Lifetime
    - Material & workmanship: Twelve years


    • 310 pounds of Power Rod standard - upgradeable to 410 pounds
    • Lat tower with angled lat bar
    • Cable Change Pulley System – go from one exercise to another without changing cables making your workout faster
    • Leg extension/leg curl station
    • Up to 95 exercises
  • Bodycraft Xpress Gym

    Michael says: The Bodycraft Xpress gym has been noted to win more “Best Buy” awards than any other home gym equipment in this category and price range. Its unique design is compact and cutting edge which makes it an excellent fit for most home gyms.

    Features:
    - Cable station with adjustable arms which allow for a wide variety of exercises including sports specific, core training and exercises that imitate dumbbell training
    - 400 pound bench press
    - Self-aligning leg extension and curl station automatically adjusts to fit all leg sizes
    - Adjustments are numbered and color coordinated for easy transition from one exercise to the next
    - Abdominal crunch station

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 6'9" x length: 6'9" x width: 4'7"
    - Warranty: Lifetime


    • Wide variety of exercises including sports specific, core training and exercises that imitate dumbbell training
    • 400 pound bench press
    • Automatically adjusts to fit all leg sizes
    • Adjustments are numbered and color coordinated for easy transition from one exercise to the next
    • Abdominal crunch station
  • Body Solid G4I Home Gym

    Michael says: The Body-Solid G41 is one of the most versatile gyms on the market. The G41 offers one of the most unique and complete workouts of any home gym. The freedom of the independent 3D Motion arms allow you to work your primary (targeted) muscles as well as the secondary (stabilizer) muscles for more natural, more defined muscle development.

    Features:
    - 50+ exercises
    - Patent pending Iso-Flex™ 3D press arms allow you to define all press and pec fly exercises with your own personal path of motion. This allows maximum development of both your primary (targeted) muscles as well as your secondary (stabilizer) muscles
    - Swiveling dual lat pull down station allows unlimited, full range of motion through unilateral, bilateral, converging or diverging movement
    - Leg developer station features the SmoothGlide Bearing System™ with biomechanically accurate pivot point and integrated CAM to prevent resistance drop-off at the end of the exercise movement. This provides consistent resistance throughout full range of motion
    - Self-aligning, contoured leg extension cuffs automatically adjust throughout the exercise movement
    - 160 lb. selectorized weight stack
    - High-density, top grade DuraFirm™ pads with lumbar support provide ultimate comfort and prevent lower back strain
    - Easy to use, space saving, no-cable-change design
    - Telescoping, chrome plated, gas-assist adjustable seat post for quick, smooth adjustment and proper body positioning
    - 2,200 lb. tension strength, military spec, steel aircraft cables with swiveling ends provide durability and low maintenance

    -Dimensions: Height: 6'9" x length: 5'8" x width: 3'4"
    -Warranty: Lifetime

    • 50+ exercises
    • Swiveling dual lat pull down station allows unlimited, full range of motion
    • Leg developer provides consistent resistance throughout full range of motion
    • Easy to use, space saving, no-cable-change design
    • Durability and low maintenance
  • Body Solid EXM 1500 Home Gym

    Michael says: The Body Solid EXM 1500 Home Gym is a versatile home gym with a small footprint. It offers over 30 exercises to hit all the important muscle groups. This piece of equipment is on the Best of the Best list because I highly recommended it for those who want a no-fuss exercise machine that is priced fairly and is self-contained.

    Features:
    - 160 pound weight stack which adjusts in 10 pound increments
    - Industrial grade pulleys, bushes and bearings
    - Lat pull down bar, short bar, ankle/ab crunch strap
    - Bench press for chest or back
    - Lat pull down for back or triceps
    - Leg extension for quadriceps
    - Standing, one legged leg curl for hamstrings
    - Low row for shoulders, back, arms or leg kicks
    - Mid row for back, shoulders, arms or abs/hip flexors

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 6'9" x length: 4'x width: 36"(weight: approx. 300 pounds)
    - Warranty: Lifetime


    • 160 pound weight stack which adjusts in 10 pound increments
    • Lat pull down bar, short bar, ankle/ab crunch strap
    • Leg extension for quadriceps
    • Bench press for chest or back
    • Mid row for back, shoulders, arms or abs/hip flexors

You will be happy with any of these

  • The Hoist V5 Home Gym

    Michael says: The Hoist V5 is a high-end home gym. This single-stack gym offers up to twenty different exercises. You can find it for a price of $2700, but the price rises to $3400 when you include the optional leg press.

    Features:
    - 200-pound weight stack
    - Equipped with three cable stations
    - Split weight cabling system provides 50% resistance to the low and mid cable stations
    - Equipped with a four dimensional articulating press arm. It provides movement forward to back, up and down, side to side, and rotational
    - Adjustable seat to five different positions

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 7’ x length: 6’8" x width: 3’6”
    - Residential warranty: Lifetime on frame and five years on other parts


    • 200-pound weight stack
    • Equipped with three cable stations
    • Split weight cabling system provides 50% resistance to the low and mid cable stations
    • Equipped with a four dimensional articulating press arm
    • Adjustable seat to five different positions
  • Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

    Michael says: The Lat Tower adjusts to two positions, plus the longer squat frame gives you four adjustable positions. In addition, the Xtreme® 2 SE lets you change exercises more quickly and easily with no cable changes needed between exercises.

    Features:
    - 70+ exercises
    - 210 lbs of Power Rod Resistance Standard
    - No-change cable pulley system
    - Lat tower with angled lat bar
    - Four-position lower pulley/squat station
    - Leg extension
    - Abdominal crunch shoulder harness
    - Five-way hand-grip/ankle cuffs

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 6’8” x length: 4’4" x width: 4’
    - Warranty:
    - Power Rods: Lifetime
    - Machine: Seven years

    • 70+ exercises
    • Leg extension
    • No-change cable pulley system
    • 4-position lower pulley/squat station
    • Abdominal crunch shoulder harness
  • BC-3 Valor Fitness Home Gym

    Michael says: The BC-3 Valor Fitness Home Gym is small but packs a powerful punch.

    Features:
    - 150 lb. weight stack
    - Six-position bench press arms
    - Independent action butterfly arms
    - Neoprene ab crunch harness with soft handles
    - Rear lower cable attachment for leg extensions or stand-up curls or pulls
    - Adjustable front foot plate for seated rows, stand up rows or curls
    - Lat pull down with storage hooks
    - Two accessory chains for accessory attachments

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 5'4" x length: 6' x width: 6'8"
    - Warranty:
    - Frames & cables: Lifetime
    - Padding: Three years


    • 150 lb weight stack
    • 6-position bench press arms
    • Independent action butterfly arms
    • Neoprene ab crunch harness with soft handles
    • Adjustable front foot plate for seated rows, stand up rows or curls
  • Yukon Fitness Caribou III

    Michael says: The new Yukon Fitness Caribou System combines the features of a home gym with a premium smith machine. The new Caribou III is noted to be one of the safest self-spotting home gyms on the market.

    The gym enables you to experience the feel of free weights with the safety of a smith machine.

    Features:
    - Dual lat station with foot plate & leg curl/extension
    - Dip, preacher curl, and pec dec attachments
    - Dual bar holders and safety rail spotter arms
    - Professional design enables the lifter to perform smith machine lifting as well as all the free weight exercises
    - Self-oiling bushings
    - Chin-up bar
    - Free low row foot plate and 47" & 18" Bars
    - Integrated dip station mount
    - Optional accessory mounts
    - Olympic adapters for Smith Bar included free

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 7’ x length: 5’7" x width: 4’
    - Residential warranty – Lifetime on manufacturing defects


    • Dual lat station with foot plate & leg curl/extension
    • Dual bar holders and safety rail spotter arms
    • Dip, preacher curl, and pec dec attachments
    • Chin-up bar and integrated dip station mount
    • Professional design enables the lifter to perform smith machine lifting as well as all the free weight exercises
  • The Max by Weider

    Michael says: The Max by Weider packs a lot of muscle-sculpting. The Max boasts an easily removable seat that allows you to move from one exercise to another quickly - providing the perfect environment for circuit-style training.

    Features:
    - 240 lbs. of quick vertical bench design
    - Comfort and floor space with this system's compact, vertical design, offering a padded, adjustable seat that raises or lowers to better fit your needs
    - High pulley (15+ exercises) and low pulley (40+ exercises)
    - 4-roll leg developer
    - Ankle and hand straps

    Specifications:
    - Dimensions: Height: 6’8” x length: 6’7" x width: 3’3”
    - Warranty: This product is under warranty to be free from defects in workmanship and material, under normal use and service conditions, for a period of five years from the date of purchase. ICON warrants the resistance bars for the lifetime of the product. Shipping of the resistance bars is not covered. Labor is covered for one year. This warranty extends only to the original purchaser.

    • 240 lbs. of quick vertical bench design
    • Comfort and floor space with this system's compact, vertical design, offering a padded, adjustable seat that raises or lowers to better fit your needs
    • High pulley (15+ exercises) and low pulley (40+ exercises)
    • 4-roll leg developer
    • Ankle and hand straps

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