So you are looking to do strength training at home and not sure where to start? Whether you are looking to keep up your workout routine during isolation or you are permanency replacing your gym membership a multi gym is an excellent choice for your home workouts. A multi gym is a great all in one solution and take a lot of the hassle and stress out of setting up your home gym. Not only that but a multi gym can be much more compact than having every piece of gym equipment individually and most good multi gyms will have almost everything you need for your workout! You also might be surprised at just how affordable some of these multi gyms are as there are options at every price point.
Multi gym benefits:
- All in one solution
- Work every body part
- Safe training
- Easy to use
- More affordable
- More compact
A good multi gym will have everything you need to get a full workout in. This should include a lat pull down machine, butterfly arms (for chest flys), chest press, leg extension, hamstring curl, bicep curl machine, tricep extensions, preacher curls to name a few. You are really limited to your imagination with home multi gym. Another benefit of using a multi gym is that everything is ready to go so you do not have to keep changing dumbbells etc. before each exercise. This means you can do supersets or even tri sets during your workout and get the maximum burn! A multi gym is a very safe way to train as it provides a guided workout which makes it excellent for beginners and experienced trainees alike.
What to look for when shopping for a multi gym:
No two multi gyms are the same although many of them are similar. It is important to look through each option in detail as there may be subtle differences in each model. For example one option may have a hamstring curl and one may not but they may look similar. One thing to look out for which many people often miss is the amount of weight on the stack. You want to make sure you have enough weight for your ability. If you are new to strength training then you may not need a super heavy weight stack. Likewise if you are very experienced then you may need a heavier weight stack to give you enough resistance to keep improving with each workout.
The essentials of even the most basic budget multi gym is that it must have a pull down machine, chest press and chest fly machine, leg extension and something to do the biceps and triceps with. This will provide everything you need to get most body parts.
One thing to make sure of is that you have enough space in your home for the multi gym you are looking at. Make sure it will fit OK and also give yourself a bit of extra space to perform the exercises of course! You also need to make sure you have enough height for the gym to fit in your home. Some multi gyms can be quite high so this is definitely something to check before purchasing.
As mentioned above you need the right weight stack for you. If you are a beginner this should not be a problem however if you are looking to be the next Mr. Olympia then you need a heavy weight stack that will challenge you. It is recommended to have at least a 50kg weight stack and most multi gyms should at least have this. One important thing to remember is that a multi gym may have 50kg weight stack but the pull resistance will be more than this due to friction. For example the 50kg pull down could feel like 70kg due to friction.
When shopping for a multi gym you need to really get a breakdown of what can be done on it. Make a list of the exercises it can do as some of the more basic multi gyms can surprise you with how many exercises can be done on them. Ideally you will want something for each body part.
All good multi gyms will have cables but you need to make sure they are good quality. Safety is always paramount so check to see that the cables have sealed bearings and are strong enough to take the weight you want to lift. You want to get a machine that will last you for a long time and these are usually the first thing to go on a multi gym!
Some of the more basic multi gyms come with a fixed seating pad. This means it cannot be raised or lowered so you are hoping that it is an OK height for you. Now in a lot of cases this will be fine but it is always great to have the option to raise or lower your seat so you are in the correct position for the exercise.
Most good multi gyms will come with a few add ons for example a triceps rope or a different type of lat bar. These can be great to mix up your workouts and while these can be gotten separately it would be nice to get everything from the start so check to see if the multi gym has any add ons.
This is important for beginners but even more experienced trainees can benefit from a good exercise chart. A good multi gym will provide an exercise chart to detail everything it can do and as we said before you will be amazed at just how much you can do with these machines!
This is something people often overlook but if you are getting a big multi gym then make sure your floor can take it. Some good floor matts will help spread the load on the flooring and it will also stop your floor getting damaged!
We think a multi gym is a really great option for your home gym. It is more compact, more affordable and it should do everything you need in terms of strength training! Let us know what you think below.