Top 7 Best Home Gyms Under 500

The burdens of gym membership often go unrecognized by regular gym-goers. Monthly fees, transportation costs, discomfort from working out in front of other, potentially annoying, people all impose burdens on those seeking personal fitness. Home gyms seem like an ideal alternative to exercise within the comfort of one’s own home, but these often push prices upwards of a few thousand dollars.

Despite this stigma around home gyms, quality and affordable options are actually available with a little bit of research. The home gyms outlined below are all available for purchase for under $500 and offer a complete full body workout. If you want to reap the fitness and personal benefits of a home gym without breaking the bank account, check out these range of options below.


Product

Detail

Price

Rating

Marcy MWM-990

$$

4 out of 5

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

$$$

5 out of 5

Total Gym 1400

$$

4.5 out of 5

Total Gym 1900

$$

4.5 out of 5

Total Gym 1100

$

4.5 out of 5

Weider Ultimate Body Works

$$

4.5 out of 5

TRX All-In-One

$

4.5 out of 5


Marcy MWM-990

The Marcy 150-lb MWM 990 total body training machine is a weight-bearing home gym capable of accommodating over 30 strength training exercises through the base unit and a series of accessory attachments. Its relatively modest profile occupies dimensions of 68” of length, 36” of width, and 79” of height. It comes loaded with 150 pounds of adjustable weight to accommodate people of any fitness or strength level.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Frame is built with a premium steel construction complete with heavy-duty steel tubing and reinforced with guard rods to hold weight in place. Bottomline, this is a durable and stable machine.


+ Weight lock system is easily adjustable to increase or decrease weight on a range of exercises.


+ This machine offers good value for a weighted strength machine.

REASONS TO AVOID

- Machine only has a maximum capacity limited to 150 pounds of weight.


 - Machine comes with many accessories that may be difficult to keep track of. It may also be necessary to purchase additional accessory parts.


Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

The Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym is a robust resistance machine that features over 25 exercises ranging from resistance strength training to aerobic rowing. This machine relies on Power Rod resistance technology that provides over 200 pounds of resistance. This impressive machine offers a complete full body workout that can be topped off with a healthy round of cardio.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Adjustable cable pulley positions allow easy access to change angle of resistance to target a broader range of muscles for each exercise.


+ Frame features a media rack to dock any personal device.


+ Rolling seat for aerobic rowing.


+ Unit only weights 144 pounds.

REASONS TO AVOID

- Frame has very large dimensions and a large profile. A lot of open home space is necessary to fit this unit.


- Since this machine relies on resistance training, the user's strength gains are limited compared to machines that rely on weights.


Total Gym 1400

The Total Gym 1400 Deluxe is one of several similar units from Total Gym that may appeal to a diverse range of customers. This particular model is the most expensive but comes with a full package including a nutrition guide, exercise chart, and Total Body workout DVD. The machine is capable of performing over 60 strength, stretching, and cardio exercises for a complete full body workout.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Machine folds up to easily store in tighter space.


+ Machine provides 8 levels of adjustable bodyweight resistance.


+ Total package offers a good value.


+ Frame is constructed with durable solid steel and resilient plastic.

REASONS TO AVOID

- The glide bed is relatively short and narrow, which may render it uncomfortable for larger users.


- The upper user-weight capacity is only 250 pounds.


- Although the frame has relatively small dimensions, the unit is particularly long and may be difficult to fit in a house.


Total Gym 1900

The Total Gym 1900 is distinct from the 1400 Deluxe and offers a unique package that is still relatively comparable to the 1400 Deluxe. This machine is still capable of a similar range of over 60 exercises and also includes the nutrition guide, exercise chart, and Total Body workout DVD. It is less expensive than the 1400 Deluxe model and comes with its own unique features.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Contains 12 total levels of bodyweight resistance ranging from 3%-45%.


+ Upper user weight capacity is 350 pounds, which makes it more accessible for larger users.


+ Package Includes 2 non-skid floor mats, as well as extra accessories like ab crunch bars, a pilates bar, and a leg pulley kit.

REASONS TO AVOID

- The frame has similar dimensions to the 1400 model, so users should be wary of its length.


- Although this unit can also be folded for low-profile storage, it is a little cumbersome to do.


Total Gym 1100

The Total Gym 1100 is the final model featured in this guide from the Total Gym series. It is the least expensive, but it also comes with the least flexibility, although it is still a versatile machine. 


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ This model provides good value for the relatively inexpensive price because it Is still capable of performing over 60 exercises.


+ Frame only weighs 54 pounds and is easily maneuverable.


+ Steel frame is strong, durable, and stable, despite light weight and sleek dimensions.

REASONS TO AVOID

- Upper user weight capacity is only 275 pounds, limiting accessibility to larger users.
- Only six levels of resistance are available ranging from 6%-48%.


Weider Ultimate Body Works

This bench can be adjusted to a variety of positions and facilitates more than 50 total workouts. Each position offers different levels of resistance for each workout. You can challenge yourself with body weight only or add power bands for an additional 50 pounds of resistance.

The metal base stays stable and the bench itself glides into each new position with ease. The cushion on the bench is rather comfortable and ensures you won't hurt yourself as you shift your weight.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Instruction guide walks you through exercises
+ Folds up for convenient storage

+ Provides a flexible full range of motion

REASONS TO AVOID

- Too small for tall people
- Doesn't allow for additional weight to be added


TRX All-IN-ONE

The TRX Suspension Training straps are a little unconventional compared to the other home gym options in this guide, but their admirable reviews speak for themselves. The straps provide a complete full body workout as robust as any of the other machines, but it benefits from not requiring a bulky stationary frame. The workout guide included in the package informs users of these straps’ versatile functions.


SPECIFICATIONS


Best for:  Pro Lifters     Weight: 4-41 kg     Material: Metal

Type: Adjustable

REASONS TO BUY

+ Straps and accompanying anchors allow indoor and outdoor fastening anywhere from at home to outdoor venues while traveling.


+ Package includes a complementary TRX app to aid in exercise routine and records.


+ Exercises are accessible for users of any height or weight up to 350 pounds.

REASONS TO AVOID

- Straps require capacity to fasten anchors before use.


- Exercises are limited by users’ own bodyweight and do not offer adjustment.


Final Thoughts

None of these options are a one-size-fits-all solution to your individual fitness goals. The varying sizes, prices, capabilities, and shortcomings have to be individually weighed to match your own goals. Each of these options, however, will help you achieve better fitness.

The important thing to remember is to choose an option that matches your lifestyle to maximize on the benefits of the machines. The last thing you want is to have one of these machines sitting in the corner of your house collecting dust. Armed with the information in this guide, it is up to you to check out these options and decide if they are appropriate for your fitness needs.


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