Selecting the proper gym equipment is critical as it is a big expenditure. If you make the right selection you will get years of satisfying training with great results, all in the convenience and comfort of your own home. If you get it wrong you will waste valuable training time and money.New York Gym offers excellent info on this.
Before buying a home gym you will need to consider the following points:
1) Functionality – will your home gym have the right exercises that get the best results?
2) Quality – will it go the distance with years of solid training?
3) Space – work out your footprint for your gym
Functionality for Home Gym Equipment.
In my opinion the most important aspect of buying a gym is that if you train hard on it, plus eat well and look after yourself, you will get results. If your gym does not allow you to do the major compound exercises like squats, bench press, lat pull downs, rows etc then you are not only wasting your money you are also wasting the time you have spent training. Isolation exercises are great for shaping existing muscle. But if you don’t have muscle there to begin with you need to concentrate on doing compound exercises to build your base strength and muscle mass.
You now have to work out whether you want to go the free weight or machine home gym path. When I refer to free weights I mean training the old fashioned way with a power rack, barbells and dumbbells. In regards to home gyms, you will have to choose between a traditional cable style gym or a leverage multi gym.
Before you decide on whether to go free weight or a machine, you will need to think about what you are trying to get out of your weight training. If you just want to be fit and healthy and are not too fussed with dramatically improving your muscle mass and strength a home gym will be the best option. If on the other hand you want build strength or bulk up then a power rack will be ideal. If you want to build strength and add muscle mass but can’t stand free weight movements then a leverage home gym is the best bet.
In recent years there has been a tidal wave of cheap cable home gyms hitting the market out of China. While certain exercises like lat pulldowns or seated rows are great in cable format most of the exercises, and in some cases all the exercises on these budget gym are just rubbish. Many times these gyms are just replicated from photographs by factories where the people building them don’t have any interest in weight training. It may look like a home gym, but the exercises feel weird and can sometimes been down right dangerous. Forget about cheap gyms, they are not worth the risk!
There are very good quality cable home gyms on the market but they are nearly always restricted to the weight stack that is on the gym. Some gyms only have 200lb or 90kg stacks. Many gyms have a mechanical advantage – the arrangement of the pulleys mean that you can lift 90kgs of weight with only 60kg of effort. That might impress your buddies when you show them how strong you are but sooner or later you will get on some proper gym equipment and look like a prize goose!