There are a lot of perks to working out at home. Not only will you save time and gas by not having to commute to the gym, but you’ll also never have to wait for the curl-bro to surrender the squat rack. That said, if you’re going to ditch the Globo Gym and go domestic, you’ll need a space to work out and the proper home gym equipment to meet your fitness goals. Of course, you can do some solid training with just a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells, but if you want to go big, you’ll need a full home gym.
There are plenty of options on the market, which is good because different people can have very different needs for their home gym. The right home workout machines for you may be a free-weight setup with a power rack and pull-up bar, some weight plates, and a barbell. Perhaps you want a cable-focused home gym that replaces eight machines. There are also smart home gyms that track your sets, reps, and calories burned through trainer-led classes. Though it’s up to you to choose your ideal setup, we think these are some of the best home gyms on the market to suit many customers’ needs.
Our Picks for the Best Home Gyms of 2023
How We Tested and Chose the Best Home Gyms
Home gyms come in many different designs, sizes, and prices. When deciding our picks, we took many factors into consideration but gave the most weight to versatility, value, and functionality in a home gym space.
Home gyms require different equipment than commercial gyms. Generally, you’re not going to have unlimited space in a home gym, which means each piece of equipment has to do double duty (or more). The more types of exercises or purposes that a piece of equipment can serve, the better it will rank on this list because of that. It might be nice to have a machine dedicated to each movement, but those that can serve multiple needs are valued more for a home gym list.
Value and Quality
We get it: outfitting a full home gym can be quite expensive, which is why we place a premium on products that offer the most bang for your buck. The value a piece of equipment offers is also weighted heavily here and stems quite often from the quality and durability of a product.
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That said, we don’t simply select items based on price, as you’ll find some expensive items on this list. The price reflects what they bring to the table, or more accurately, what they bring to the garage, basement, or spare room. Oftentimes, the more expensive items are selected due to their exceptional quality, and we expect them to last a lifetime with proper care.
Some items sound great in theory until you get them in your home gym, and they don’t quite function the way you expected. The functionality of your equipment is essential to setting up a space that works for your training needs. In order for us to recommend something, it has to do what it is intended to and do it exceptionally well. Otherwise, that product may not make our list.
Best Home Gym Overall: Force USA G6 All-In-One Trainer
Our top pick is a home gym package that offers stunning versatility, can take the place of 11 strength training machines, and comes at a relatively low price. The compact design and nearly endless variety of workouts give the G6 an edge over the competition here.
Force USA G6 All-In-One Trainer
This pin and plate loaded home gym from Force USA has true versatility. Pin loaded stack weights, crossover cables, plate weight options, a functioning power rack, and more enable you to hit every muscle without leaving the house.
One of the main considerations when building a home gym is balancing space with utility. You want enough gear to provide a complete workout space, but you may not want a truckload of gear taking up the whole house. Force USA’s G6 All-in One Trainer provides an excellent balance between the two. This setup combines a power rack, cable machine, Smith machine, and leg press with chin-up and dip stations — and that’s just to name a few. You can set it up to do low rows, as well as core exercises with the landmine station. Plus, you can even hook up TRX bands to the suspension trainer ring.
You’re basically getting an entire gym setup that only consumes 72 inches by 63 inches of floorspace. It comes with safety spotter arms, a dual hook straight barbell, a pulldown rope and v-bar, and a host of other attachments. Plus, you can add on jammer arms and a leg developer as well. While the weight plates need to be purchased separately, there is weight plate storage on the outside of the rack. Although, with two 220-pound weight stacks on the 2:1 ration cable trainer, you may not need those weight plates for a while.
- Dimensions: 91 inches tall, 72 inches wide and64 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, Bodybuilding, General Fitness, Crable Training, Suspension Training
- Highlights: A full gym suite, great utility, up to 11 different machines in one
- Price: $3,499.99
- The setup can just about replace an entire gym’s worth of equipment.
- The cable machines offer up to 110 pounds of resistance with the 2:1 pulley ratio.
- It includes safety bars, so you can feel safe working out alone.
- The weight plates and bench are sold separately.
- It’s a tall machine, so pullups may not work in spaces with low ceilings.
If you want to fit an entire gym into a small(ish) space, Force USA’s G6 is the way to go. With nearly endless workout options, this machine has something that can please just about anybody.
Best Home Gym for Small Spaces: REP Fitness FT 3000 Compact Trainer
Trying to extract the same functionality of a commercial gym in your tiny one-car garage might seem like an overwhelming prospect. Thankfully, we found this home gym to be a big hitter while maintaining an impressively small footprint.
REP Fitness FT 3000 Compact Trainer
The Rep Fitness FT 3000 Compact Functional Trainer is true to its name. It’s incredibly compact and highly functional with 15 cable positions to choose from and twin 180lb weight stacks — pull up bar included.
We like this functional trainer for people who are limited on space because it packs a ton of features into a compact package. This home gym is less than 4.5 feet wide and less than 3 feet deep, but it is built to handle the rigors of a commercial gym. It is pretty short, though, so taller lifters might have to bend their legs during pull-ups. Despite its conveniently low profile, REP managed to fit a pair of 180lb weight stacks into it (360 pounds total).
The pulleys are designed for incredibly smooth operation without catching or sticking, and the station also comes complete with a pull-up bar. REP even managed to include some storage pegs for your cable attachments in the middle of this functional trainer. One thing to keep in mind is that the pulleys are on a 2:1 ratio, which means you’ll get one pound of resistance in hand for every two pounds on the weight stack — moving 100 pounds on the weight stack will be 50 pounds in your hand. The pulleys also take some time to break in and may require some greasing the first few times you use the FT-3000.
- Dimensions: 78 inches tall, 52 inches wide, 34 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, Bodybuilding, General Fitness
- Highlights: A compact footprint, dual heavy weight stacks
- Price: $1,999
- This is a great all-around home gym, but its stand-out feature is the incredibly small footprint. If you’re limited on space but want a heavy-hitting home gym, the FT 3000 is a great pick.
- This is a solid cable machine that offers a lot of movement variety. You can centralize full-body workouts around cable movements with the FT-3000.
- The frame has a lifetime warranty.
- This home gym does not come with a squat rack, so barbell enthusiasts may want to look elsewhere.
- There are similar, albeit larger, machines that offer heavier weight stacks at a very similar price point.
Space is one of the top factors to consider when setting up your home gym. Whether you have ample room or are working with a single tight corner, the REP FT 3000 can open up a world of training possibilities.
Best All-In-One Home Gym: Force USA X20 Pro
If you want every option under the sun, this home gym is truly the complete package. Cables, heavy weight stacks, weight plate storage, racks, pull-up bars, and more — this machine has it all. If you’re looking for a true centerpiece for your home gym, the Force USA X20 Pro is the way to go.
Force USA X20 Pro
This power rack doubles as a cable machine with two 289-pound stacks for each cable. The basic package features 12 attachments, while the upgraded kit will bring the total to 18. The X20 is rated to hold up to 990 pounds, so even the most elite-level athletes can confidently hit their heavy lifts.
This rack is a beast, and it’s hard not to feel both overwhelmed and excited when looking at it. The X20 Pro is an all-in-one home gym solution with a solid power rack, two 289-pound weight stacks, and 17 different attachments included. The rack itself is extremely solid and feels well-grounded, even without being bolted down. It even includes weight storage, so this can truly be the centerpiece of your gym. Don’t worry when going heavy either because the X20 Pro includes flip-down safeties inside of the rack and spotter arms for lifting outside on the extra half-rack.
The Force USA X20 Pro is focused on being an all-in-one space for making gains. To achieve that, the rack comes with a variety of attachments, though some are certainly better than others, and you may have to replace some with more ergonomic or specialized pieces. The Upgrade Kit is likely not super useful for most people, but it would be a great addition for athletes because of the jammer arms.
All of this utility does come at a price, and this rack isn’t small by any means. You’ll want to ensure you have sufficient room for this behemoth of a rack, especially the height. Ours had barely an inch of clearance to spare. We should mention that this rack can be a nightmare to put together, and it’s nearly impossible to do on your own. We had a professional put it together for us, and it still took them over five hours.
- Dimensions: 91 inches tall, 70 inches wide, 86.5 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, Bodybuilding, Cross-Training, General Fitness
- Highlights: Extremely versatile with a ton of attachments
- Price: Starting at $4,249
- You can perform over 400 different exercises with this machine even before adding the Upgrade Kit.
- This rack’s size creates a gravitas that can draw you in and make you want to use it. It makes a great centerpiece for any gym.
- The X20 Pro combines a functional trainer to target and isolate certain muscles with a power rack to perform heavy compound movements safely.
- This setup may be too complicated for beginners.
- This rack does save space by combining a bunch of machines into one, but the rack itself takes up a large area.
- People on a budget may not like the price tag here.
The X20 Pro Multi Trainer replaces nine workout machines, can support multiple people training at once, and is equipped with over 17 attachments (29 if you include the Upgrade Kit). Anyone looking for ultimate versatility from an all-in-one home gym solution won’t need to look much further than this pick.
Read our full Force USA X20 Pro review.
Best Smart Home Gym: Speediance
Nowadays, there are more smart gym options than ever before, but they are not all built the same. The best integrate classic movements with high-tech coaching and programming, like our favorite smart gym pick — Speediance.
Speediance Home Gym
This smart gym features a pair of cables, and a foldable platform to perform your workouts. The small footprint makes it an ideal solution for those who are tight on space, but still want to get a solid workout in.
Speediance stands out from the crowd thanks in part to its live and pre-recorded programming. It combines two adjustable cable handles with a 32-inch high-definition touchscreen that you can use to follow along with the Speediance trainers. The setup is simple — there’s no need to mount it to a wall, so you don’t need to do any major renovations like you may with similar trainers. And here’s the sweetest part — you get a free lifetime limited membership to classes with your purchase, so you don’t have to worry about an additional monthly subscription. You can upgrade your membership to gain full access, but you can still get great workouts with the free app.
Since the sliding cables allow you to perform hundreds of movements, from bench presses and deadlifts to lat pulldowns and cable rows, there’s no lack of options here. Each arm can provide up to 100 pounds of resistance, and that resistance can be intensified by adding eccentric resistance. It also includes two cable handles and a bar that attaches to the cables, both of which have optional Bluetooth buttons that can turn the weight off and on when needed. Also, this machine’s floor pad folds up when not in use, so it only takes up about a foot of space when you’re not working out.
- Dimensions:72.8 inches tall, 28 inches wide, 49 inches deep (unfolded), 13 inches deep (folded)
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, Bodybuilding, General Fitness
- Highlights: Online programming, takes up very little space, adaptive programming
- Price: Starting at $2,699
- Speediance’s extensive on-demand programming includes programming for strength, stamina and static stretching.
- The programming supports partner workouts, so couples can work out together.
- The cable handles and bar have a Bluetooth button that releases the weight if you fail during a lift.
- The setup comes with a bench, barbell, handles, and a host of other accessories.
- 220 pounds of resistance may not be enough for more advanced lifters.
- If you’re used to using barbells or dumbbells, you may not like having to use cables.
- Additional accessories like an incline bench and row bench cost extra.
There are many smart home gyms on the market now, but few really make you feel like you’re working out in the future. Thanks to its minimalist design and features like self-spotting and sport-specific programming, Speediance delivers.
Best Home Gym for Bodybuilding: Force USA G20 All-In-One Trainer
If you’re looking to build muscle and get shredded (recreationally or professionally), having a home gym that enables you to train heavily while also dialing in on specific muscle groups is absolutely essential. This home gym allows bodybuilders to do just that.
Force USA G20 All-In-One Trainer
The G20 All-In-One Trainer takes an entire gym and packages it into a single space. This home gym is the complete package, sporting plate loaded features in addition to being a power rack for squats and benching with a regular barbell, which you can add on to your order.
At first glance, the Force USA G20 may look intimidating, but once you start looking at all the separate parts more closely, you’ll see just how useful this multi-trainer can be. One thing this home gym is not short on is attachments — 29 come included. This rig replaces a leg press, smith machine, functional trainer, lat pulldown, power rack, low row, and more, so you don’t have to purchase them all separately and find room for each individual machine.
The G20 is constructed like a tank, which is great for confidence and security when lifting, but don’t plan on moving this monster once it’s put together. Force USA does provide top-notch materials where it matters, though, and all of the structural elements are rock-solid.
The pulley system doesn’t pull any punches with a 1:1 resistance ratio instead of the more common 2:1 ratio. That means every pound of resistance will still be a pound in hand instead of half a pound. You do have to fork over a pretty penny, but the financing options are pretty good, depending on credit approval. We should caution that you’ll want to measure your space — especially the ceiling height for pull-ups — and make sure it can support the weight of this machine.
- Dimensions: 91 inches tall, 79 inches wide, 67 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, Cross-Training, Bodybuilding
- Highlights: Extremely versatile with 29 attachments included, plus a Smith machine
- Price: Starting at $5,999
- This multi-trainer seems to be made with bodybuilders in mind, as the G20 has a pair of 289-pound weight stacks to help isolate lagging areas.
- The list of attachments and exercises you can perform with this one machine is longer than a microwave minute.
- Despite being marketed as a home gym, Force USA produces the G20 with commercial-grade quality to stand up to daily repeated use over a lifetime.
- Bodybuilders on a tight budget might find this machine to be too big of an investment.
- Those who are trying to fit a home gym in their garage or spare room may want to look at space-saving equipment like folding squat racks.
With so many different exercise possibilities and the ability to handle a large amount of weight, this setup seems designed to build lean mass. We’re impressed with how the G20 can bring the bodybuilding gym experience right into the comfort of your own home.
Best Cable Machine for Your Home Gym: REP Fitness FT 3000 Compact Trainer
A great cable machine should be reliable, smooth, space-efficient, and able to handle any workout you throw its way. The REP Fitness 3000 Compact Trainer is all that and then some.
REP Fitness FT 3000 Compact Trainer
The Rep Fitness FT 3000 Compact Functional Trainer is true to its name. It’s incredibly compact and highly functional with 15 cable positions to choose from and twin 180lb weight stacks — pull up bar included.
REP makes a lot of high-quality products, and this home gym cable machine is no exception. While we really like the REP Compact Trainer for its compact size, we just couldn’t ignore just how solid of a cable machine it really is. The pulleys and cables are silky smooth, though they do require a short break-in period where you might experience some catches or cable tightness. Putting some light lubricant on the pulley wheels may help alleviate that initial stickiness.
While it’s not the cheapest cable machine on the market, it’s competitively priced, considering the quality of its build. One thing that taller athletes should consider is that the FT-3000 is shorter than most cable machines, so you may find it challenging to perform pull-ups or overhead cable exercises like skull crushers. REP also clearly believes in the durability of this machine since it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
- Cable machines are usually large, whereas this one is more compact than just about any other one on the market.
- You can dial in on specific muscles and target areas for growth.
- REP includes an impressive warranty, and the construction shows the FT-3000 is built to last.
- This only offers cable resistance, so people who prefer free weight training may feel unfulfilled.
- This great home workout machine is priced well, but if you’re looking for something that’s really budget-friendly, there are some cheaper options out there.
The REP Fitness FT 3000 Compact Trainer saves on space, has a fair price point, and is a smooth-operating cable machine that should last for years if not decades. Even though the weight stacks are lighter than some other machines, the FT-3000 is still a great option.
Best Home Gym Treadmill: Sole F80
If you’re a runner or a lifter looking to perform more cardio at home, a durable, high-quality treadmill may be the perfect piece of home gym equipment for you. The Sole F80 is powerful yet compact and loaded with extras, making it our top choice.
Sole F80 Treadmill
The Sole F80 treadmill is full of modern touches. It can withstand long runs, offers an incline range up to 15 percent and speed range up to 12 mph, and has a cushioned deck that makes running 40 percent less impactful on your joints than the outdoors.
There are a lot of treadmills on the market, but the Sole F80 is our favorite, thanks to a few key factors that make it great for home use. It performs like a full-sized treadmill that you might find at a health club due to the powerful 3.5 HP motor, but it still has a relatively compact footprint as well as easy-assist folding. We like how unimpeded it feels to run on this treadmill, thanks to the low-profile hood that won’t get in the way of your strides.
The cushioned deck can potentially reduce impact by up to 40 percent, making the F80 potentially better for your joints than outdoor running. Plus, Sole does a great job with the infotainment system — combining a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a wireless charging pad to make for a seamless and high-tech user experience with all of your gadgets within arms reach. Larger runners should be aware that they may experience some track slipping or skipping, since the 2.36-inch rollers are smaller than some other treadmills in the same price range.
- Dimensions: 66 inches tall, 38 inches wide, 82.5 inches long
- Exercise Emphasis: Running, general fitness
- Highlights: Cushioned running deck, Folds easily, Powerful motor
- Price: $1,899
- The Low-profile hood doesn’t get in the way of taller runners.
- The frame and motor both have a lifetime warranty, so you know Sole is confident that this tread will last.
- The easy-assist folding makes it easy to save space when you’re not using it.
- Larger athletes may experience more track skipping or slipping because of the smaller rollers.
- This treadmill’s body has a Z-shaped design which might get in the way of some people who have wider arm swings when running.
- This treadmill is pricey, considering the tech it has. There are other treads in the same price range with more tech and larger screens.
Though pounding the pavement outside can be nice, the pavement may start to pound back if you put in enough miles. The cushioned support deck helps to potentially reduce the impact on your joints, which might save you from overuse injuries. Plus, the lower hood for more natural strides, solid tech, and foldability make the F80 stand out from the crowd.
Read our full Sole F80 Treadmill review.
Best Home Gym Rowing Machine: Hydrow Wave
Rowing machines bring a unique mixture of cardio and strength to the table, which is why they’re the preferred choice of cardio equipment for many lifters. They’re also heavily featured in CrossFit and cross-training style workouts. This rower is the best example of form meeting function, offering a variety of fun colors and a vibrant touchscreen to brighten your home gym environment.
Hydrow Wave Rower
This luxury rower is equipped with a 22-inch touchscreen display and offers automatic adjustments to the resistance based on your rowing efforts.
With this updated version, Hydrow kept all of the great features of the original design but made the machine lighter and more compact. Following along with the classes on the 16-inch screen is enjoyable, and the trainers are top-notch — we really like the chill on-water rowing classes. If you connect your headphones, the only noise will be from you huffing and puffing, thanks to virtually silent magnetic resistance. To complete the immersion, the resistance is designed to have a similar drag to rowing water, which is great if you’re practicing for on-water competitions.
Though the trainers are great, the roughly $44 monthly subscription may be a bit steep for some people, and you essentially need it to make the most use of the Wave. Compared to the original Hydrow and some other high-end rowers, the seat on this one may not be comfortable for very long sessions due to the lack of cushioning (especially if you’ve got a muscly bottom). Though the rower is more costly than some, the stainless steel frame and high-quality build, coupled with the premium rowing experience, justify the price in our eyes.
- Dimensions: 43 inches tall, 19 inches wide, 80 inches long
- Exercise Emphasis: Rowing, general fitness, resistance training
- Highlights: Smooth magnetic resistance that mimics rowing on water, folds upright for storage
- Price: $1,895
- The resistance mimics rowing on the water and is a great way to train when you can’t be out on a boat.
- There are over 4,000 online classes, and the instructors and scenic location are incredible.
- Hydrow utilizes virtually silent resistance, so you won’t wake the neighborhood with whooshing and whirring.
- You’re basically required to purchase a monthly membership on top of the already expensive machine to make the most use of it.
- We’d expect a more upscale seat for the cost of the machine.
- There are more cost-effective rowers out there if you don’t want to spend a ton of money, though they may not have the same features.
If you’re in the market for a premium rowing machine that combines a smooth, quiet ride with convenient sizing, then this is the rower for you. It may be more expensive than some other options, but it does deliver value with a large, versatile touchscreen, thousands of on-demand workouts (with a membership), and automatic resistance adjustments.
Read our full Hydrow Wave Rower review.
Best Home Gym for Powerlifting: REP Fitness PR-5000
Luckily for powerlifters, the amount of equipment needed to deadlift, squat, and bench press is relatively low when it comes to space. However, stability, durability, and quality should be top of mind when lifting heavy, which is how we decided on our top home workout machine for powerlifters.
REP PR-5000 Power Rack
This rack features 11-gauge steel uprights that can hold up to 1,000 pounds. It can also be completely customized with two different height options, three options for the depth, your choice of 13 attachments, and even the color scheme.
Though all powerlifters perform the same three movements for competition, how you train for them may be vastly different depending on whether you’re raw or equipped, where your sticking points are, and if you’re working around any nagging injuries. To accommodate these individual needs, the REP PR-5000 is fully customizable. It’s also compatible with dozens of attachments from REP and other major equipment brands so that you can set it up to match your needs. And since you’ll be moving some heavy weight (you beast, you), we like that the thick 11-gauge steel can handle up to 1,000 pounds.
If you compete in a federation that doesn’t make you walk out your squat, you can add monolift attachments to mimic competition. We are a little disappointed, however, that REP doesn’t include Westside spacing through the bench press area. The two-inch spacing throughout may make it a bit more challenging to find the perfect height for your bench press. The rack does feel extremely stable, though, even with the four-post layout. And if you want even more sturdiness, you can add the extra two posts for storage since it includes a rear stabilizer.
- Dimensions: 80 or 93 inches tall, 50.8 inches wide, 16, 30, or 41 deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General Fitness, Powerlifting, Strongman
- Highlights: Customizable, Lots of attachments, Solid build
- Price: Starting at $899
- You can customize this to meet your training needs using equipment from REP or any other brand that matches the common pinhole and upright sizing.
- This rack is very sturdy, even without the added stabilizer, and can handle up to 1,000 pounds. Perfect for heavy-lifting powerlifters.
- The price can be as low or high as you customize it to be. Plus, it starts out more cost-effective than many other similar options.
- This might not be the best solution for practicing competition bench pressing since there isn’t Westside spacing.
- People who don’t have a lot of room may be better served with a folding rack.
- Despite this rack being cheap for its features, there are more affordable racks out there if you’re on a tight budget.
We really like how grounded this rack feels and how beefy its construction is. The PR-5000 means business, and the options for customizing it are great for ensuring you can train to perform optimally come meet day.
Best Bowflex Gym: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym
Bowflex built its brand on the idea that gymgoers would trade in the gym membership for a home gym that was affordable and compact. Here’s the one we think is the best of the best.
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE
The Bowflex Xtreme 2SE is an impressively versatile home exercise station, perfect for anyone who wants to train hard in their own space without taking up a ton of square footage.
This isn’t your dad’s Bowflex that was impossible to use and ended up as a coat rack in the basement; the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE is a tank. It comes with 210 pounds of resistance, but you can upgrade it to 310 or even 410 pounds if you’re already pretty strong. You can perform 70-plus exercises on it — including leg extensions, squats, deadlifts, and pulldowns, which you usually can’t do with simple cable machines.
A feature that we like is Bowflex’s implemented “No-Change” cable pulley system, so you can work your back and legs all on the same cable pulley without having to adjust it. For an extra charge, you can add a preacher curl and ab crunch attachment, though there are likely cheaper ways to achieve the same effect. The quick transitions and no-frills setup of this machine make it an excellent choice if you want to get a full-body workout in with limited time and space.
- Dimensions: 83.25 inches tall, 49 inches wide, 53 inches long
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General Fitness
- Highlights: Compact, but you can still perform full-body workouts
- Price: $1,499
- The Bowflex brand has stood the test of time for a reason. They make quality, space-friendly products.
- You can easily hit every muscle, head to toe, on this machine.
- Few cable machines can provide up to 310 pounds (let alone 410 pounds) of resistance. Even the strongest lifters can get a good workout in with the Xtreme 2 SE.
- The resistance curve is similar to that of resistance bands and is the opposite of your natural strength because of the rod used to create tension.
- There isn’t a way to do cardio using this machine.
- It can be challenging to train dynamic and explosive movements with this machine.
The Xtreme 2 SE is our favorite Bowflex gym because it’s effective, space-friendly, and accommodates more than 70 exercises. If you’re looking to get in better shape (and stay there), this is a solid buy. Bowflex has a ton of options, but this one takes the cake.
Read our full Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym review.
Best Budget Home Gym: Gold’s Gym XRS 50
You may save money in the long run, but a high-quality home gym can cost you a lot upfront. If you want to save a little money (relatively speaking), go for the Gold’s Gym XRS 50.
Gold’s Gym XRS 50 Home Gym
This home gym provides up to 280 pounds of resistance per movement. It features a four-roll setup for leg exercises, high and low pulleys, and a combo chest press/butterfly station for upper body development.
It’s not the most versatile pick on this list, but the XRS 50 lets you perform pulldowns, leg extensions, flyes, rows, and curls. You can also purchase more attachments to vary your grips. With a little creativity, you can perform even more exercises with the XRS 50, like hamstring curls and triceps pushdowns. This means you can perform basically a whole-body workout and not even have to purchase a bar or weight plates — great for cost and space savings.
In total, the XRS 50 offers 280 pounds of weight which is more than enough for most people, so you won’t hit the limit with this machine for quite some time. By then, you may be ready to upgrade. To purchase 280 pounds of weight by itself might cost more than this entire machine if you’re buying plates or dumbbells, further proving the value of the XRS 50. We also like the small footprint, so you can tuck this machine into the corner of your home and have all you need to develop your muscles.
- Dimensions: 78.75 inches tall, 38 inches wide, 64 inches long
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General Fitness
- Highlights: Budget-friendly, heavy resistance available
- Price: $399
- This is a great value, as you get plenty of muscle-building exercise options for a fair price.
- At around 300 pounds, this is a fairly mobile piece of workout equipment that you can move around your house or apartment.
- You can add onto this machine pretty easily with more attachments to vary the focus of exercises.
- This machine only uses cables, so folks who want to perform strength-building moves like barbell squats and Pendlay rows.
- Advanced athletes may need more than 280 pounds of total resistance.
Your money will go far with this home workout machine that offers up a variety of tried-and-true pieces of equipment in one machine. You can train your chest, triceps, back, and legs while spending less on this than many other pieces of equipment on this list.
Read our full Gold’s Gym XRS 50 review.
Best Portable Home Gym: TRX Home2 System
You shouldn’t have to choose between a life on the go and staying fit — and you don’t have to. There are plenty of portable gym options out there, but we like the TRX Home2 System the best.
TRX Home2 System
The TRX Home2 System provides a set of straps that you can incorporate into both strength and cardio training. The TRX system is based around seven classic exercises — the pull-up, push-up, lunge, plank, squat, rotation, and hinge — all of which can be modified to create varied workouts.
It only takes about a minute for you to set up this TRX on any tree or door for a full-body bodyweight workout. The TRX is designed to work with just your body weight (though you can throw on a weight vest for an added challenge). It can fit in a mesh bag for easy storage, making this pick our most space-friendly gym by far. We advise letting the system air dry before putting them back in the bag, though, especially after a sweaty session. The handles and even straps can become somewhat funky smelling if you constantly toss them in the bag right away.
This product won’t really satisfy folks who want to lift heavy iron and easily track weight and reps, but if you’re into calisthenics, the Home2 System is a great way to train. If you’re more of a casual gymgoer who wants to burn calories and get intense workouts in at home, then this will also do the trick. We also like this system for yoga routines — it might help you balance or achieve deeper stretches without worrying as much about falling over.
- Dimensions: Six to Eight Feet of Floor Space Needed
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General fitness, Bodyweight training, Core training, HIIT, Yoga
- Highlights: Cheaper than many other options, great for stabilization and core training
- Price: $229.95
- This is a suspension trainer, so you can work out pretty much any place where there’s something sturdy to attach it to.
- The bodyweight exercises are great at working the core muscles and stabilizers.
- You don’t have to dedicate much storage space to the TRX Home2 System at all since it fits in a small mesh bag.
- There isn’t really a way to progressively overload included once you master the bodyweight movements.
- If you’re looking to build muscle, then it might be better to use external resistance like weights.
If you prefer bodyweight workouts that you can do anywhere, this is the cheapest and most space-friendly pick on our entire list. TRX workouts even have a thriving online community, so you can connect with others doing similar exercise routines.
Read our full TRX Home2 System review.
Best Home Gym Squat Rack: REP Fitness PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack
A lot of people dream of having a squat rack in their home gym but think they can’t have one because they lack the space. Truth is, you can have a squat rack without sacrificing a ton of space since this one folds away. If you’re looking for a squat rack to be the centerpiece of your home workout equipment, then this is a great choice.
REP PR-4100 Folding Wall Mount Squat & Power Rack
The PR-4100 comes in two sizes — the 21.5” and the 41”. Both options fold into the wall when not in use thanks to four heavy-duty pull-pins, which can save users a lot of space.
Let’s do some math: If you lift five days per week for an hour each day, your rack is essentially in the way for 163 out of 168 hours of the week. This is not so with the PR-4100 — it folds away neatly and only extends six inches off the wall when folded, so you have plenty of room on rest days. The setup is relatively simple, with just four pull-pins, and only takes about a minute. REP says it can handle up to 1,000 pounds when properly mounted, though we haven’t tested that yet (goals).
We really like the Westside spacing through the bench press area, which lets you can dial in the perfect rack height. Despite the minimalist design, the PR-4100 is compatible with a surprising amount of attachments and pull-up bars, which adds versatility that many other folding squat racks don’t have. You do need to be a bit handy to install this rack, so you may need to recruit a buddy with some handyman skills to make sure it’s mounted right. Even if you install the rack perfectly level, you could end up with a wobbly rack if your lifting area isn’t flat, so make sure you take that into consideration when installing.
- Dimensions: 92.25 inches tall, 48 inches wide, 21 or 41 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General fitness, Cross-Training
- Highlights: Folds to save space, good attachment compatibility for a folding rack, Budget-friendly
- Price: Starting at $499
- The space-saving design frees up a ton of room when it’s not in use.
- Most folding racks are very limited in their attachment compatibility, but this one is surprisingly versatile.
- Price-wise, this rack is a bargain for the high-quality materials and heavy weight capacity.
- Some people may want the added security of a full-fledged four-post rack.
- If your floor isn’t level or has any inconsistencies in it, your rack may not sit right.
We were pleasantly surprised by how functional and stout this folding rack was during testing. It also comes with a nice set of features that you’d expect to be reserved for higher-end racks, like Westside spacing, increased attachment compatibility, and a high weight capacity. It makes for a great home gym rack, especially for people with limited space to dedicate to exercise equipment.
Best Home Gym Power Rack: Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack
This power rack is constructed of steel, can be bolted to the floor, and is compatible with add-ons to create a complete home gym. The modular design also allows you to add attachments as you need.
Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack
This power rack is sturdy, can support 2,000 pounds, and can hold various accessories such as band pegs and dip bars. You can also add a cable pulley system and lat pulldown machine to really get the most out of your gym.
We like this power rack for home gyms because of its innovative modular design that allows the MyRack to accommodate up to 20 different attachments like a cable crossover, lat pulldown, and dip handles. Those are some of the biggest home gym pieces aside from a rack, so having them all in one machine is great if you’re working with limited space. The Westside spacing is nice for powerlifters, too.
We’re also fans of how affordable this rack is, as well as the ecosystem of attachments that Force USA has developed. It’s important to note that the upright size means that it’s only compatible with Force USA attachments as far as we have found, so you’ll have to buy your accessories from there. If you’re cool with that, then this rack is a total package that can support nearly any type of lifting you do, whether you’re a beginner or advanced lifter.
- Dimensions: 87 inches tall, 47 inches wide, 55 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General Fitness, Powerlifting, Strongman, Cross-Training
- Highlights: Compatible with a variety of attachments, High weight capacity
- Price: $499
- This is a stable power rack that can support thousands of pounds.
- You have the option to add a lat pulldown and/or cable pulley system to their power rack.
- The matte red and blue color options are bright and fun instead of the typical matte black color that equipment usually comes in.
- You’ll likely have to purchase add-ons and extras to fully outfit your gym.
- There aren’t any dedicated cardio options with this rack. Not everyone wants to solely lift weights.
This basic power rack can be built out to serve as the centerpiece of your home gym, plus, you can add the exact equipment you need for a complete setup based on your personal training goals. Even if you don’t want to add a ton of attachments, it’s still a very solid rack at a good price.
Read our full Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack review.
Best Squat Stand With Pull-Up Bar: Rogue SML-2 Monster Lite Squat Stand
If you either have an existing home gym or want a bare-bones setup to squat and perform overhead presses, a simple squat stand will do the trick at a fraction of the cost of a complete home workout machine.
Rogue SML-2 Monster Lite Squat Stand
This squat stand facilitates plenty of squatting and pressing, comes with a pull-up bar, and, weighing only 166 pounds, is very mobile.
As the saying goes, big things come in small packages, and Rogue’s Lite Squat Stand is a testament to that. It weighs just 166 pounds, so you can move it frequently and relatively conveniently. It comes equipped with a “skinny” and “fat” pull-up bar option for extra back work. You can also hang resistance bands from them for pulldowns and triceps work. The short height may be too low for taller people to comfortably perform pull-ups, though, and the rack does rock a bit during pull-ups if you don’t weigh it down with some plates.
The Rogue SML-2 allows you to save space while still having a solid squat stand that’s compatible with commonly available 3×3-inch attachments. It can also take the full line of 82 Monster Lite accessories, though not all are advisable or will work functionally with the squat stand design. Rogue is known for its high-quality manufacturing, and the steel of this rack (along with Rogue’s lifetime warranty) is a reflection of that.
- Dimensions: 86 inches tall, 49 inches wide, 41 inches deep
- Exercise Emphasis: Resistance training, General Fitness, Powerlifting, Strongman, Cross-Training
- Highlights: More efficient with space, beefy materials and design are structurally solid
- Price: Starting at $495
- Rogue made this squat stand more laterally stable with a pull-up bar, which is a simple but effective addition.
- This is a mobile piece of gym equipment that can be easily moved around.
- We like that the SML-2 has a low-cost entry into building your perfect home gym, it’s also great to add to an existing setup.
- You’ll have to shop around for other equipment and add on accessories/attachments. Many home gym machines are all-in-one, but this is just the squat stand.
- Beginners might be better off with a full-fledged four-post rack for more security in case they fail a lift.
If all you want is a squat stand, you won’t do much better than this durable and lightweight one from Rogue. It’s made extremely well and will last a lifetime with proper care. Though it may not look like much at first glance, the SML-2 is a great buy.
The Benefits of Home Gyms
Not sold on shelling out for your own iron paradise? There are quite a few benefits of owning your own home gym, and among them are convenience, customization, and long-term cost savings.
Home Gyms Are Convenient
Above all else, convenience is probably one of the major benefits of owning a home gym. You wake up in the morning, have your pre-workout, and then walk 15 steps to your garage to start clanging and banging. You’ll never have to wait for the curl bro to get out of the squat rack, nor will you have to wipe another person’s sweat off the rower.
Because of this convenience factor, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be more dedicated to your workout program. Even if not, it’s a lot easier to get under the barbell for 45 minutes when you don’t have a 20-minute drive ahead of you.
You Can Customize It
The beauty of owning your own home gym is that it’s yours. All yours. Into CrossFit? Buy a simple squat stand, a plyo box, some rings, and a few kettlebells. More into powerlifting? Then opt for a more robust power rack, a quality barbell, and lots of plates. See where we’re going with this? Or, maybe you want a piece of equipment that can do everything you want (with the option to add more to it).
Your home gym can be as minimal or equipped as you’d like — and you won’t have to answer to anyone (other than maybe your significant other).
It’s Cheaper in the Long Run
The final major home gym benefit is long-term savings. Home gym equipment’s price can be high, but it’s an investment. Over a long period of time, owning your own equipment can save you money in two ways. First, you can probably drop your gym membership fee, which can add up over time. Second, it saves you the time you’d take driving to and from the gym, along with the time you have to wait for equipment. For most, this extra time can turn into energy and time invested in other areas of their life.
How Much Do Home Gyms Cost?
Home workout machines can cost as much or as little as you are willing to spend. You can be extremely thrifty and scour the internet for free or extremely cheap offerings and spend very little. On the other hand, you can also order custom, engraved, or color-coordinated equipment from a high-end equipment manufacturer and spend tens of thousands of dollars. Most people will fall somewhere in between these options, making a few budget buys and some splurge purchases for items that will receive heavy use.
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For the home gyms on this list, you’ll see a fairly wide range from around $300 to $500 on the lower end to between $2,000 and $5,000 on the high end. More comprehensive equipment that serves multiple purposes or can act as a home gym on its own — like a functional trainer — tends to be more expensive, while simpler pieces that require additional equipment to make use of them — such as squat racks — may be cheaper.
How to Pick the Best Home Gym Machine for You
The questions below will help you decide if investing in home workout machines or building your own gym is a wise, financially savvy choice. Take time to think about your strength goals, the space you have, and your budget before taking the plunge.
What are your strength goals?
If you’re looking to be the next Brian Shaw, then you need to really think about what that takes. You’ll need to invest in Atlas stones, logs, hundreds of pounds of weights (eventually), farmer’s handles — all sorts of strongman tools. You may be better off just finding a local gym with the myriad of equipment you need in this instance.
That’s not to say you can’t be elite and have your own home gym — but building that setup will take time and money. If you simply want to stay in shape, then a simpler setup will do the trick and might be more feasible from the outset.
How much space do you have?
This question should help guide you to what equipment will be best for not only your goals but your lifestyle, too. If you’re living in a one-bedroom apartment, then maybe an option like a smart home gym or suspension trainer is better for now. On the other hand, a two-car garage or large basement affords you a lot more space to build a complete set-up. The vertical height is also a big consideration. It depends on your height and goals, but generally, you’ll want at least 92 inches from floor to ceiling to allow for pull-ups with any rack though that may vary.
What’s your budget?
This question is simple and will vary from person to person. Before investing in home gyms, we recommend realistically calculating your current gym expenses, considering the price of equipment and how much you’re willing to put into a home gym. Of course, you don’t need to buy everything at once. You can start with a squat stand, barbell, some weights, and a bench, and then go from there. Heck, you can start out with just a pair of dumbbells and grow as you go. Rewarding yourself with new pieces of equipment for important milestones is a great way to stay on track.
Home Gym Accessories to Add
It may be beneficial to add some accessories or attachments to your home gym. This works to really make it your own and tailor the equipment to your individual needs. After all, everybody has different goals and training preferences. Some accessories might be essential, like a barbell and weight plates if you have a weight rack. Others might be more workout adjacent like yoga mats or water bottles. Here are some of our favorites:
- Slam Balls: A great way to perform high-intensity cardio and train power for both upper and lower body
- Jump Rope: These take up very little space and provide an excellent way to perform cardio nearly anywhere.
- Grip Strengtheners: Nothing says strong like a firm grip and massive forearms, plus, you can use these anywhere, even as stress relief.
- Resistance Bands: Often overlooked, bands are great additions for powerlifters to perform accommodating resistance training as well as anyone else for warming up or strength training.
- Plyometric Boxes: Box jumps are excellent tools for building lower body power and reaction time. They’re also often used in agility training.
The number of different ways you can set up your home gym is practically endless, but there are a few constants that apply to nearly all situations. A home gym is intended to give you additional freedom and flexibility to put the work in on your terms — stressing too much about the perfect piece of equipment can take away from that. If you keep the factors we discussed, like versatility, value, and functionality, in mind, you can’t go wrong.
Whether you’re a hardcore lifter, CrossFit enthusiast, yoga fan, or endurance athlete, there are home gyms that will accommodate your needs. The market has become saturated with tons of options for everyone, and the home gym community is more mainstream than niche now. There are home gym solutions to satisfy people who want to do a quick workout in their spare room to those who want to outfit their two-car garage as a home gym. You can opt for a smart gym or a good ol’ fashioned power rack and everything in between. But overall, hopefully, this article helps make your search a little easier, so you can keep the gains coming, even at home.
Who can benefit from a home gym?
There’s no denying that home gyms are convenient, but at the same time, they’re not ideal for everyone. A few populations that can truly benefit from investing in home gym equipment are fitness enthusiasts that…
- Prefer working out at home.
- Want to save money on a monthly basis.
- Have adequate space for equipment.
- Want to fill a space in their home with equipment.
- Find themselves limited on time and can’t make it to the gym regularly.
- Need equipment at home for additional/supplemental training.
Is it cheaper to build a home gym or purchase a gym membership?
We might get flack for saying this, but it’s probably cheaper to purchase a gym membership for most people because you won’t really save money for a few years. If your gym membership is $40 per month and you spend $2,000 on a home gym setup, you won’t break even for over four years.
That’s not the whole story though since home gyms provide a lot more than monetary value. When you factor in not driving in traffic or having to work around gym hours along with having the exact machines and setup you want, home gyms start really showing their value.
What is a home gym?
Home gyms are great because they come in multiple forms. For example, you can invest in a piece of equipment that has an “all-in-one” type of feel for full-body workouts that can be performed on a machine, or you can invest in individual pieces of equipment and build out your gym space to workout.
How much do home gyms cost?
Cost ranges pretty greatly between various home gym setups. If you invest in a piece of equipment that has multiple attachments, then you’ll be looking at a price tag from $300.00 to $1,000.00+. For those trying to build their own space, the price range will vary even more depending on the equipment you plan to invest in.
Are home gyms worth it for beginners?
Yes! However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that not every home gym will be great for beginners. Before investing on a whim, it’s important to acknowledge how you want to use the home gym and how often you think you will. This can help you from throwing money at a piece of equipment that you might not need yet.
What is the best home gym?
The best home gym will depend greatly on your goals, space, and budget, so it’s difficult to say what the best option is for everyone. If you want a home gym that’s versatile enough to suit a variety of goals, space-saving, and can all but replace a commercial gym, then we’d recommend the Force USA G6.