Best Home Gym Machine
I'm in the market for a home gym machine. The only brand name I know is Bowflex. Anyone had any experience good or bad with compact home gyms?0
I think this answers it completely, even if you're not into CrossFit. http://www.crossfit.com/journal/library/cfjissue1_Sep02.pdf
My husband has one he bought off Craigslist, and other than it's a royal PITA to put together, he seems to like it well enough. We bought a treadmill off there too. That said, it's certainly not necessary:
Home gym for under $100
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I second the crossfit recommendation. They give advice on equipment and how to use it to achieve an extremely high OVERALL fitness level.
A bench, a table, a pull-up bar (rings if you prefer, I recommend adjustable ones), and your body. Check out Convict Conditioning to see how to put all of these things to use. If you want a little more equipment because you don't think your body can make you strong by itself, pick up a copy of Power To The People and get the equipment listed in it (a chair, and a barbell are the only two things I remember, though I'm sure there's more). (For the record, I am in no way affiliated with Dragon Door Publications.)
Kettlebells. They take little space, and will kick your ass. Use the book Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel as your workout guide, start with the program minimum, and move on to the rite of passage. These two programs, more than any others, made me stronger and leaner.
I have used the Hoist Multi-Gym H-100, with the leg press, for several years. It provides SMOOTH and CONSISTENT resistance; is extremely well made and, after years of use, still looks new.
I got the unit with the articulated arms and recommend them, but YMMV.
When you look up home gyms, Hoist is not normally at the top of Google's hit list. Don't let that discourage you. This unit was recommended to me by a personal trainer and I have never regretted buying it.
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