Buying a gym unit for your home

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There are a few main things to consider when buying a Home gym/Smith Machine
and you should be aware of them all before making your final purchasing
decision.

• The Exercises You Intend To Do

You need to decide exactly what you want from your equipment. The cheapest
home gyms offer fewer stations than the more expensive models. A small,
cheap multigym often has a short bench which makes an exercise like double
leg curls impossible and forces compromise on many other exercises whilst
something like a pec dec is typically only available on the more expensive
equipment.

• Can You Fit On It?

It might sound like a silly question but can you? Many home-gyms with
non-adjustable seating are designed for people between the height of 5' 8"
to 6' 2" and if you happen to fall outside of that height range you may find
them uncomfortable to use. The same applies to people of larger girth, some
multigym equipment have really narrow benches which will again cause
discomfort and others leave very narrow gaps between the bars which may make
the machine unusable for some. Remember also, a comfortable multi-gym for
one person may be extremely uncomfortable for another and the only way you
will know is to test it out before buying one.

• Who Else Will Use It?

If you are the sole person who will use your home gym then fine, buy what
suits you best. However, if other members of the household will use it then
you will be best advised to look around at the adjustable multi-gym machines
out there. Look for a home gym with an adjustable back, seat and lifting
bar. You also need to consider the weight limits and minimums and ensure
they cover all levels now and give scope for future requirements. A minimum
of around 10lbs and upper limit of 200lbs should suit most needs.

• What Exercises Do You Intend To Do?

Different multigyms offer many different stations (exercises) ranging from
around 10 - 15 exercise routines to a few dozen. You need to decide which
muscle groups you want to work on, what your future requirements may be and
whether you can justify the additional costs of a full featured multigym. A
good weights machine should allow around 12 different exercises at the
minimum level without requiring adjustment.

• Space Requirements

How much room do you have? Manufacturers have redesigned many of these
models to be more home-user friendly but the average multi-gym is still
something of a bulky beastie. Also note that, unlike most cardiovascular
exercise machines; many forms of muscular training performed on your
multigym will require you to sit, lie or stand outside the footprint of the
equipment so be sure to take that into consideration when deciding whether
or not you have the space needed for a piece of equipment like this.

• Assembly Requirements

If you are looking for easy to assemble exercise equipment then a multi-gym
is definitely not the best option for you. Expect to put aside half a day
for the initial assembly of your home gym.

• Noisy Multigyms?

As a home user the chances are you will not want a weight lifting machine
which sits there sqeaking, clanking and grinding throughout the entirety of
your workout. You'll drive yourself, your family members and your neighbours
insane within a mere few days. Fortunately, most home gym equipment comes
with noise restriction of some form or another and weight machines are no
different. Again, try the machine out yourself to see whether it fits your
noise free requirements or not. Try to avoid pulleys which make a dragging
noise and opt for smooth, quiet motion instead. Check out the frame
thoroughly as well, you want a good solid frame rather than a shaky one
which rattles horribly when you are using it.

• Construction Quality

As with any kind of exercise equipment, a smith machine made from high
quality materials with good construction quality will require less
maintenance and will ultimately last longer and be more pleasurable to use.
As a layman there are a few things you can see straight away when comparing
different multigyms. Pay special attention to the frame, particularly ensure
the frame is made from quality materials (11 or 12 gauge steel is the norm),
that welded joints are fully rather than patchily welded and that the
protective finish is even and complete otherwise you will, potentially,
notice early rusting and corrosion.

• Safety Considerations

Stability is an important consideration when purchasing a home gym.
Physically shake the model you are thinking of buying to test whether the
frame is of a sturdy construction. Yes, you are well advised to actually go
out to the seller and test out the machine...don't buy something like this
blind.

While you are there, check out the cables. Covered cables last longer and if
you intend to lift heavy weights you should make sure they are able to take
the strain.

Do you have young children in the house? If so you would be well advised to
find a separate room for this machine if possible and keep it locked when
you are not using it.

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