Home gyms have many advantages over a commercial gym.
You can lift how you want, dress how you want, workout whenever you want to, no waiting for equipment and you can crank your own tunes and no one will complain, except maybe your significant other.
The only thing you need for a good home gym is available space in your home or garage and you are golden.
Below we have listed three excellent choices that can give you the luxury of working out at home without skimping much on the quality you deserve.
Types of Home Gyms
There are lots of different types of home gyms out there from power racks to body weight to single stack to multi-station. For us, we prefer the power rack style gym as they give you more of a true weightlifting experience than a machine does.
However, there are some pretty badass machines out there as well and one of the main advantages of these is that they take up significantly less space for those who don’t have a lot of room.
Here are the best home gyms for weightlifters:
1. Rogue W-4 Garage Gym
This bad boy is the cream of the home gym crop. Whether you love CrossFit, Olympic lifting or basically any kind of free weight lifting the Garage Gym from Rogue is what you are looking for.
The Garage Gym has you covered on everything from Olympic lifts to bench press to squat to chins to just about anything else you can do with a barbell and a rack. The rack is nice and heavy duty so you don’t have to worry about it shifting or collapsing while squatting heavy loads or doing pulls ups. It also features gymnastic rings for dips, jerk boxes, plate storage and more.
The nice part is you can buy it all at once or piece by piece. You can also just buy whichever items you feel you need and skip the rest. Rogue has just about every type of free weight equipment you would ever want and you can mix and match however you see fit.
Overall if you are looking for a high-quality home gym that is strong and durable and gives you the ability to hit the weights like the beast that you are then this is the Garage Gym is for you.
- Heavy duty build to withstand punishment and not even blink.
- Can be bought piece by piece to help the budget.
- American made. Let’s face it, sometimes things made overseas are lower quality
- Same day shipping gets it to you fast.
- Buy a rig and shipping is free.
- Takes up space. Not everyone has the space available in their garage or even the basement to accommodate this beast.
2. Pro Smith Cage Home Gym Training System by Marcy
Up next we have another really nice home gym from Marcy with the Pro Smith Cage Home Gym Training System. This beast gives you are free-weight rack, Smith machine, dip bar and chin up bar in one machine.
This machine gives you the opportunity to use the free weight rack like a beast or the smith machine for better safety and control when you at home and may not have anyone there to spot you. On top of that, you can use their duel pulley system for lat pulldowns, bicep curls or tricep pushdowns. This machine can do just about anything you can do in a regular gym.
The price on this one is $1199.99, there is free shipping depending on where you live. (It was free to Ohio)
This one does require a bit of time to assemble it but it is totally worth it.
- Smith Machine included
- Can do most gym exercises with this one machine
- Free weight rack for bench press, squats, etc
- Free shipping available
- Takes up a decent amount of space like the Rogue unit, not as much but it isn’t small by any means
- Assembly can take some time
3. Bowflex Revolution
This one is perfect for those who do not have the space for the garage gyms, which is probably a lot of us. The Revolution folds up to 55 x 38 inches making it tiny enough even for those in a one bedroom apartment. Not to worry though, while it might fold up small this bad boy does over 1oo different exercises and can work every muscle to sculpted perfection.
Of course, you can do bench press, leg press, rows and more weightlifting exercises than I could even think to list, the Revolution also has a built-in rowing machine so you can get your cardio in too.
This little powerhouse has up to 300lb weight resistance and moving from exercise to exercise is super easy and fast. The variety of exercises and the ease of use make this machine something you will really enjoy.
While the Bowflex Revolution is small it isn’t cheap. This machine will set you back about $3,000.00. You also have to put it together yourself or you could get them to come out and do it for you but it costs an extra $300. Standard shipping is also an extra $200. Financing is available and may be needed as the costs stack up.
- Folds up small for storage (38 x 55 inches)
- 300lb weight resistance for upper body and 600lb for lower body available
- Has a built-in rowing machine for cardio
- Huge variety of exercises
- Not a true free weight experience
- Very expensive
Visit www.bowflex.com for more information
So there you have our best home gyms for weightlifters. The Rogue Garage Gym is the top choice for those who prefer free weights and have the room for it while the Bowflex Revolution is an excellent choice for those who are short on space but still want a kick-butt workout machine.
Now you have to promise me that when you buy one of these bad boys you won’t let it sit around without getting used. These home gyms are way too good to sit around collecting dust and being an expensive clothes hanger Please show them the love they deserve and become a total beast in the process.