The best multi gym for working out at home

Work out all your vital muscle groups in the comfort of your own home with these hefty pieces of apparatus

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So, Christmas is over and it’s time to get fit. If you don’t want to join the mad rush at your local gym, then having your very own home gym can be a great way to really motivate yourself to get fit without having to interact with sweaty strangers. Rather than purchasing lots of different pieces of equipment, a multi gym is that piece of apparatus you find in the gym that allows you to work out many different muscle groups all on one machine. 

A multi gym usually consists of a range of weights which allow you to do a range of different exercises all in one spot with just a simple change of a pin. It works via a cable and pulley system and the resistance can be changed to suit your needs when doing both upper and lower body exercises such as chest presses or leg extensions. 

The machines themselves are extremely heavy, so think about the space in your home and where you want to place it. Yes, you might think that turning your loft into a home gym is a brilliant idea, until you have to get a giant hunk of metal up there.  A multi gym can cost anything up to around £3,000, but if you’re serious about your training, then they are definitely worth your while when it comes to building up strength. You can get both basic and more complex multi gyms depending on what kind of exercises and what level of resistance you want, but of course the bigger the machine, the more expensive it will be. 

If you are a beginner or you don’t have loads of space to work with in the home, then a single station machine is likely to be the most popular choice. This type of multi gym will feature one seat where you perform all of the exercises, thus it requires less room as it can be placed against a wall out of the way. For those more advanced who want something with more options, dual stations or multi stations have the ability to accommodate more than one user at a time, and they usually feature more weights and exercise options. These, however, will take up more room as they require space around them when in use. 

Before purchasing, make sure you check the range of the weight stack, as you’ll want to ensure you have enough additional weight so that you can progress as you get fitter and stronger. If you already weight train, opting for 80kg and above will ensure you make the most of your multi gym, but if you’re just starting out, between 60 and 70kg should be sufficient. 

Finally, make sure the seat on your chosen multi gym is adjustable, especially if more than one person will be using it. Some of the cheaper models will only have a fixed seat, but being able to adjust the seat will make for an easier workout for those above or below the average height range. 

1. Marcy Deluxe Home Multi Gym

You won’t miss a muscle with this large deluxe multi gym

Specifications
Best for: Working every muscle
Size: HWD 216x203x254cm
Weight: 198kg
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Reasons to buy
+ Comprehensive multi gym + Smooth to use 
Reasons to avoid
- Weight stack plates not included 

If you want a multi gym that will be worth your time and money, then this deluxe home multi gym is perfect for working out every part of the body. It is a single station machine but it is quite large so you will need a fair bit of room to accommodate it. Be aware that the weight stack plates for this multi gym are sold separately, but this does mean that you then have control over how much weight you add to your machine. Those who have this machine say it is very sturdy and smooth to use, and it’s great for both beginners and more advanced training.  

2. G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench

A sleek looking machine that caters to all abilities

Specifications
Best for: Any ability
Size: HWD 211x357x178cm
Weight: 336kg
Maximum User Weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+ Just like in gyms + Over 60 exercises 
Reasons to avoid
- Very pricey 

This sleek Life Fitness multi gym is the same as many of the ones you might find in your local gym or leisure centre, therefore it is one which is adaptable to all capabilities. It features weight stack plates up to 73kg and you can choose to either work out one side of the body at a time or both together. This machine comes with a book of over 60 exercises so whether you are a beginner or more advanced you can really push your body to try things you’ve not done before. It is the priciest on the list, which we suspect is because of the brand, but the machine is praised for its build and it isn’t as bulky as some of the other multi gyms on the market.  

3. BH Fitness Global Gym Plus G152X with Leg Press

A dual station multi gym so you can work out comfortably

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
Size: HWD 22x200x174cm
Weight: 210kg
Maximum User Weight: 100kg
Reasons to buy
+ Dual station + Padded seating 
Reasons to avoid
- Very large 

You shouldn’t find it hard to get in a quick work out here and there when you have this multi gym in your home. The BH Fitness Global Gym Plus is designed with comfort in mind and has extra-large padded seats so you can exercise with ease. It is a dual station which also provides optimum support when doing different workouts and means more than one person can use this machine at one. This does however mean it is incredibly large, and users have commented on how it is bigger than expected so make sure you have enough room to use this machine properly in the home.  

4. Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

An adjustable seat and no-change pulley for a seamless workout

Specifications
Best for: Ergonomic
Size: HWD 211x125x147cm
Weight: 84kg
Maximum User Weight: 136kg
Reasons to buy
+ Lightweight + Easy to use  
Reasons to avoid
- Uses resistance rather than a weight stack 

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 is a great piece of kit for those who don’t have much space in their home, plus it’s lightweight which will make it easy to manoeuvre into your desired position. This multi gym works via resistance rather than a weight stack, which some people prefer and some don’t as it apparently feels a lot different to free weights. If you suffer from joint pain, the resistance method is designed to give you the same workout as free weights, without the strain on your joints, and the chair is fully adjustable and ergonomic in order to reduce the risk of injury.  

5. Weider 8700I Multigym

A simple yet effective machine for varied weight training

Specifications
Best for: Toning and muscle building
Size: HWD 210x110x196
Weight: 138kg
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Reasons to buy
+ Compact design + Arm, back and leg padding 
Reasons to avoid
- Jump from one weight to another is too great 

For those looking to tone up, this multi gym is a compact machine that won’t take up too much room in the home. It may look a little basic compared to the others, but users have said it is great for those looking to get into weight lifting, or if you’re just looking to tone up a few muscles. One thing to note is that on some of the exercises, particularly the leg press, some of the jumps in weight are quite high, which some less advanced may find a little tricky. However, reviewers regard this machine as excellent value for money and it is fairly simple to put together.  

6. Marcy Eclipse HG3000 Compact Home Gym

A professional looking multi gym that’s ideal for beginners

Specifications
Best for: Beginners
Size: HWD 210x91x172cm
Weight: 117kg
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Reasons to buy
+ A range of controlled exercises + Looks smart 
Reasons to avoid
- Only a 68kg max weight 

If you are new to weight training, then as we said in our introduction, opting for a machine with a slightly lower maximum weight is suitable. This machine has a max weight of 68kg which is perfect for those who want to start off slowly and gradually build up their strength. You’ll still have all of the comprehensive exercises for upper and lower body and the machine itself if relatively compact for those who are short on space. 

7. V-fit LGF-2 Herculean Cobra Home Multi Gym

This basic multi gym will make you feel the burn in your muscles rather than in your wallet

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Size: HWD 194x865x220cm
Weight: 84.3kg
Maximum User Weight: 125kg
Reasons to buy
+ Fold-up bench for easy storage + Solid and sturdy 
Reasons to avoid
- Take a while to put together 

For those who still aren’t convinced whether to get their own multi gym or not might want to try this entry level multi gym that is the most affordable on our list. Users found this machine to be surprisingly impressive for the cost, and it has a fold away bench so you can keep your room looking neat and tidy when it’s not in use. Users said it takes a little while to put together but once it’s up it is strong and sturdy. The max weight is 68kg and it has a n adjustable seat which some have said makes it great for the whole family to use.