Features to consider when choosing a home gym
When choosing a new home gym, there are a few features that you may want to consider before buying one, and these features differ from those you are already used to, when for example buying an elliptical under 500. This will ensure that you`re getting the right machine for the results you want.
What muscles you will be able to train with it
The muscles that the machine will allow you to train, tone, and strengthen is the first thing to look at when checking out new home gyms under $500. Some machines focus on one area with a few workouts for other ones. The Wonder Core II is this type of machine, with a design that targets the core for the most part, though it can also work the arms, shoulders, and glutes with a few of the workouts.
Other machines give you a full-body workout, like the Weider 2980. This machine has different pieces, like a curl pad, 4-roll leg developer, and lat bar, so you can use it to tone and build every muscle on your body. The more you can work with one machine, the fewer other pieces you need to add to your home gym.
The weight capacity is another important feature to consider since this can affect whether or not you can use the machine properly and comfortably. The higher the weight capacity the machine has, the larger the person using it can be. Some machines are built with materials that, though durable, can only handle so much weight. If you exceed this, some parts of the machine may not be able to give you the support you need. This includes the seat, back, and frame.
Of course, some units have higher weight capacities than others, so check out the limit and buy a machine that can hold you at your current weight. You can also choose a model that has no weight capacity, like the BodyBoss 2.0. This model uses a platform and various accessories, so it doesn`t need to support your weight at any time, making it a perfect choice for those of all weights and sizes.
The weight of the unit tells you how heavy it is once it`s fully assembled. Though this may not seem like a big deal, it becomes one if you plan on moving the unit around between workouts. The lighter the home gym is, the easier this will be to do. For instance, the Total Gym 1400 weighs almost 75 pounds, so it won`t be easy to move around. For this type of home gym, it is best to choose a dedicated spot for it and leave it there when you do your daily exercises. The Wonder Core II is a third of this weight, plus it folds down, so it is much easier to pull it out when you want to get in a workout and put it away again when you`re done.
The BodyBoss 2.0 is the lightest home gym in our reviews at only 15 pounds, which means it is the easiest to move. This kit also has the added advantage of being portable as well, so you can take it with you on business trips, vacations, or anywhere else you want to go, which is something you can`t normally do with a home gym. This way, you never have to miss a workout, which is something a heavier model can`t guarantee.
The dimensions of the model show you how much space the home gym will take up when you have it assembled and ready to use. The larger the unit is, the more space you`ll need for it. Those with large homes may have no trouble finding a place for a big home gym, so they can choose whichever one they like. If you live in a small home or apartment, you`ll want to pick a small machine that still gives you the exercise options you want. A foldable unit, like the Total Gym 1400, is also a good option for anyone with limited space since you can compress the unit and put it behind a couch or in a closet.
Ease of assembly
The easier it is to assemble the home gym under $500, the faster you can get it put together and start using it. Some of the units in our reviews require little to no assembly, so all you need to do is pull them out of the box, put them where you want them, and begin your first workout. Other models, like the Gold’s Gym XRS 50, come in multiple pieces that need to be attached and assembled, which can take multiple hands and several hours. Be sure to look into the assembly process before you buy a new home gym, so you know what type of assembly to expect when it arrives.
Getting a new home gym is a great start to reaching your health and fitness goals. Of course, you need to know how to use the machine properly in order to get the results you want. That`s why many of the home gyms on the market include some sort of guide to show you how to use the machine for each of the exercises it offers. Usually this is added in the form of a booklet or sheet showing you the position you need to be in and how to use each part of the unit for different workouts.
Many of the products also include a DVD, which gives you beginner, intermediate, or advanced workouts that you can follow along with for the total body workout you`re looking for. Once you know what you`re doing, you can alter the sequence of your workouts or increase the resistance to suit your needs and reach those goals.
The warranty may be the only feature you never use, though you don`t want to skimp on it if you can help it. If your new home gym has a faulty part or is missing some pieces, your warranty will ensure that any issues are taken care of without costing you any extra money. The longer the coverage lasts, the more time you have to test out your machine to be sure it is working properly.
A couple of the units in our reviews have only a 90-day warranty, so you need to be sure you inspect your machine and look for any defects right away. Some of these issues won`t show up right away, so having more time to try it out may be an added benefit.