Home Gyms

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There's something about working out in the comfort and convenience of your own home - no commute, no membership fees, no one hogging the machines, no excuses not to stick with your fitness goals. Today, there are countless contraptions on the market that offer a total body workout in one space-efficient machine. These "home gyms" primarily focus on strength training, but may offer a flexibility and cardio component as well.

Using weight stacks, cables and pulleys, rubber bands or other resistance materials, most home gyms can facilitate a myriad of exercises for the chest, back, shoulders, hamstrings, thighs, biceps and abs.

There's a wide range of home gyms for every budget. For example, the Fitness Quest Total Gym sells for about $300, the infomercial favorites Bowflex and Weider Cross Bow start at around $1000 and the top-rated Vectra On-line runs around $4300. Here are some factors to keep in mind when
selecting the right home gym for you.

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  • Consider your fitness needs and goals.
    Your home gym should be enjoyable to use, while offering progressive challenges as your fitness level improves. It should work a full range of muscle groups and have a wide array of settings so you can increase resistance, incline or duration of exercises.

  • Make sure it's easy to use.
    You should be able to move comfortably throughout the exercises, and be able to make adjustments to the next exercise or level of resistance without a lot of bother.

  • Figure out how much space you have to display or store the equipment.
    You need as much open space around the machine as the machine itself, so make sure you have the room. Some quality home gyms are extremely heavy and take up a lot of permanent floor space - ideal if you have a dedicated workout room. Others use lightweight resistance materials and fold up for convenient storage.

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  • Determine your budget.
    As with most things, you get what you pay for. Some of the more expensive club-quality machines are made of durable materials, with smooth moving parts, comfortable padding and a solid, stable frame. They tend to have decent warranties and good service plans. Less expensive home gyms may sacrifice some of these features but their price point makes it worthwhile. Opt for the best home gym
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