Multi Gym Buyers Guide
Buying a Multi Gym is a significant investment and can be a daunting experience. With so many different brands and types to choose from it’s difficult to know which is the right one for you. However, if you follow a few guidelines then you should be able to narrow your choice and select a multi-gym meets your needs.
Why do I want a multi-gym?
It may seem obvious, but make sure you ask yourself this question before you decide to buy a multi-gym. You’re probably going to have to set aside a significant area of your house or garage to accommodate it.However, there’s no doubt that if you invest in a multi-gym you can save yourself a shed load of money rather than joining a gym.
Who is going to use it?
Once you’ve established that you want to buy a multi-gym then consider who is going to use it. If other people are going to use it then you should look for an adjustable multi-gym. In other words, a multi-gym that you can adjust the seating position and lifting bar/plate.You should also consider the weight minimum and maximums of each user to ensure they cover all levels and future requirements. A minimum weight stack of around 5 kg (10lbs) and upper limit of 90 kg (200lbs) should suit most needs.
How will I use it?
Depending on how you want to use the machine will dictate the number of workstations and weight stack required. If you’re looking for a total body workout that can sculpt and tone your muscles then it may be possible to purchase a cheaper machine with fewer stations and lighter weight stack.If you want a total body workout to strengthen your muscles then a more expensive model with heavier weight stack is going to be needed.
What kind of Multi Gyms do we recommend?
What exercises can I do?
You should have a good idea of the muscle groups that you want to exercise before you buy a multi-gym.Most machines should allow you to work your chest, back, legs, and arms. If in doubt, then make a list of the body areas that you want to improve and compare this to the manufacturers list of exercises.The number of exercises that can be performed on a multi-gym will depend on the amount you pay. As a rule of thumb, the cheaper ones offer fewer stations than the more expensive models.
What safety aspects should I consider?
A multi-gym should be of solid construction and stable. If you have any doubts then try and get your hands on a machine and physically shake the model you are thinking of buying.Covered cables last longer and if you intend to lift heavy weights you should make sure they are able to take the strain. You should also look for a weight stack with a cover to prevent fingers etc. becoming crushed on the downward motion.A multi-gym is not a children’s play area. Therefore if you have children around, find a separate room for this machine and keep it locked when you are not using it.
How much do I want to spend?
The amount of money you have available to spend and how you’re going to use the multi-gym will influence the type you should buy. As a rule of thumb, the more you have to spend the better the build quality, the more workstations and heavier stack you will get.
How much space have I got?
Although manufacturers have redesigned many of these models to be more home-user friendly the average multi-gym can still occupy a significant space.Many of the exercises that you perform on a multi-gym will require you to sit, lie or stand outside the physical area of the machine. Remember to take this into consideration when you measure the amount of space you have available and don’t forget to measure the height. You don’t want that light fitting getting in the way!In addition, make sure you can position the multi-gym in a place that allows easy access to each workstation, changing weights or gym configuration and power points.
Most multi-gyms will require some home assembly. In some cases it can be quite complicated with a series of cables, pulleys and handles.
How much warranty can I expect?
Most manufacturers will cover parts and labour for the first two years. If you’re going to be using your machine a lot then look for a warranty cover that has a longer period.