It seems like every single day we hear that people aren’t getting enough exercise, and even more so, people are having health problems due to being overweight. Although let’s face it, it’s kind of hard to find the extra time to go to the gym every day or get up early in the morning for a run.

However, in today’s society, we do have something called a home gym which can provide a variety of exercises for a workout at home. Although finding the right home gym might seem hard, we’ll give you all the information you need to find the right one with the features you need.


Our Top Picks in 2020

5.0

​1. ​​​​Marcy MWM-990

​An affordable weighted stack home gym option by Marcy.

  • ​150 Pounds of Weight Resistance
  • Includes Leg Developer, Chest Press Arms & Curl Pad

​2. ​​Bowflex PR1000

​The most affordable of the Bowflex Home Gyms. Uses Power Rods to create weight resistance which powers over 25 weighted exercises.

  • ​25+ Exercises
  • 200 Pounds of Weight Resistance
  • Built in Rowing Machine

​3. ​​​​Marcy Smith Cage MD-9010G

​A complete home gym option that is highly versatile.

  • ​Includes Free Weight Rack
  • ​Includes Cable Crossover Pulley System
  • ​600 Pound Weight Capacity

​4. ​​​​Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

​A similar concept and design to the PR1000. Is a little more expensive than the PR1000 but the features included are worth it.

  • ​60+ Exercises
  • ​Includes Rowing Machine
  • Horizontal Bench Press
  • ​Up to 410 Pounds Max Resistance

​5. ​​​​Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S

  • Maximum weight resistance is 210 lbs
  • Wide selection of workout options
  • The pulleys can be moved into 3 different positions

​6. ​​​​​​Body-Solid EXM3000LPS

  • Maximum weight resistance is 210 lbs
  • Maximum weight resistance is 420 lbs.
  • Three people can use this gym at once.

1. Marcy MWM-990

​Cost

​5/5
Cost

​The most affordable option on our list.

​Features

​4/5
​Features

​​​Work out most muscle groups effectively with a decent weight stack capacity (150 Pounds)

Overview

Brand

Marcy

Model

MWM-990

Weight

-

Dimensions

-

Type

Complete Home Gym System

Pros

  • It's compact compared to other machines.
  • It only cost $400.
  • It includes a weight stack lock.

Cons

  • Its maximum weight resistance is 150 lbs.
  • Not as many workout options compared to other gyms.

This workout station is equipped with 150 lbs of adjustable vertical weight that you can use as you try over 30 different exercises. Additionally, it comes equipped with a dual functioning press for your arms; as a result, you’ll be able to accomplish both chest presses and pec-flys.

Furthermore, this machine also comes equipped with a dual functioning leg developer for both leg extensions and curls. Although, the features of this station doesn’t end there, as an overhead pulley is also included so you can work on your core.

2. Bowflex PR1000

​Cost

​4/5
Cost

​​A reasonable, mid-priced option.

​Features

​4/5
​Features

​​​A great entry home gym that goes up to 210 pounds of resistance. Includes a rowing machine.

Overview

Brand

Bowflex

Model

PR1000

Weight

-

Dimensions

-

Type

Complete Home Gym System

Pros

  • The bench folds for extra compactness
  • Its weight resistance can be optimized up to 210 lbs
  • It only cost about $500

Cons

  • Not as many workout options compared to other gyms
  • The gym is limited mainly to pulley type exercises

The Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym only has a little over 25 different exercises to choose from. Although, it does have more than 200 lbs of adjustable resistance, and the ability to transform into a fully functioning rowing machine.

In addition, you can change the pulley’s positioning to a variety of locations for different intensity’s in your workout routine. Moreover, the gym comes equipped with a squat station, and the machine’s bench even folds up so you can use less space.

3. Marcy Smith Cage MD-9010G

​Cost

​3/5
Cost

​A great option usually priced under $1000.

​Features

​4/5
​Features

​Loaded with many resistance training methods. A versatile option.

Overview

Brand

Marcy

Model

MD-9010 G

Weight

430 lbs

Dimensions

95" x 79" x 86"

Type

Complete Home Gym System

Pros

  • A maximum 600 lbs of free weights can be used for resistance
  • Wide selection of workout options.
  • The station is equipped to store free weights

Cons

  • It costs $1000
  • It weighs over 400 lbs

This next machine is easily considered a heavy-duty home gym, as it is made to allow lifting free weights weighing up to a combined 600 lbs. Also, you’ll be by no means bored any time soon with this machine, as it is capable of helping you perform over 100 different exercises.

This home gym comes equipped with a dual overhead pulley, a total leg developer, a pec-fly station and more. Moreover, this gym comes with safety measures to keep you safe when you’re lifting overhead free weights. 

4. Bowflex Blaze

​Cost

3/5
Cost

Moderately priced. Best bang for your buck. 

​Features

5/5
​Features

Includes a variety of extra features not found in the other options.

Overview

Brand

Bowflex

Model

Blaze

Weight

-

Dimensions

-

Type

Complete Home Gym System

This home gym has a great variety of over 60 exercises to choose from for your workout. In addition, it also includes more than 200lbs of adjustable resistance and the option of upgrading to over 400lbs of resistance! This machine also comes equipped to do to leg presses, and it can transform into an aerobic rowing machine to get those extra calories off! Also, in your workout routine, you’ll be able to take advantage of both lateral and squat bars that come equipped with the gym.

Pros

  • Wide selection of workout options.
  • The bench folds for extra compactness.
  • The resistance can be optimized up to 420 lbs.

Cons

  • It cost about $800.
  • The gym is limited mainly to pulley type exercises.

5. Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S

​Cost

​2/5
Cost

​Another rather expensive option. Second to the EXM 3000LPS.

​Features

​5/5
​Features

​A home gym setup that rivals a commercial gym machine.

Overview

Brand

Body-Solid

Model

EXM2500S

Weight

-

Dimensions

-

Type

Complete Home Gym System

Pros

  • Maximum weight resistance is 210 lbs
  • Wide selection of workout options
  • The pulleys can be moved into 3 different positions

Cons

  • It weighs about 450 lbs
  • It costs $1000

The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is a gym with so many features that it won’t leave you needing any new workout ideas soon. This machine comes with two separate stations that are divided among different features. These different features include the chest press and reverse pec-fly station, an exercise pulley, a leg extender and curl station, and more!

 On top of all of these features, the station has an adjustable vertical weight that adjust by increments of 10lbs to a maximum weight of 210lbs.

6. Body-Solid EXM3000LPS

​Cost

​2/5
Cost

​The most expensive option on this list.

​Features

​5/5
​Features

​​A home gym setup that rivals a commercial gym machine.

Overview

Brand

Body-Solid

Model

EXM3000 LPS

Weight

-

Dimensions

-

Type

Complete Home Gym System

Pros

  • Wide selection of workout options.
  • Maximum weight resistance is 420lbs.
  • Three people can use this gym at once.

Cons

  • It cost almost $3000
  • It weighs almost 1000 lbs

​The next home gym on the list is a multi-station gym that’s designed for up to three simultaneous users. These stations include all the equipment needed to accomplish leg presses, calf raises, pec-flys, chest presses, shoulder presses, and so much more! In addition to these features, the machine comes with two adjustable vertical weights that are 210 lbs each. There’s an advantage of having these two separate vertical weights, as they can be combined for a maximum of 420 lbs of resistance.

Final Thoughts

The home gyms like the Marcy MWM-990, 988, and Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym are all fantastic choices for a first time buyer because of their compact size, low price, and overall exercise selection. On the other hand, if you already have a gym and need an upgrade, the other listed options are a great choice because of their increased selection of exercises.

If I were to recommend one, it would probably be the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym because of its variety of different exercises and additionally, it can transform into a rowing machine! Although, be sure you check out all of these machines and their advantages; you may have a hard time picking one because they’re all amazing choices!