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Buying A Home Gym

How to select a home gym machine

Owning a home gym machine can make it easy and convenient to get a good workout in the comfort and privacy of your own home, as well as help ensure that you'll keep up your exercise regimen.

Here are a few tips for selecting a high-quality home gym:

  1. Develop and write down a thorough and effective workout plan, including the exercises and body parts that you plan to target. Consider only those home gym machines that offer the capability to easily and safely perform those exercises and work those body parts.
  2. Work within your budget and available space. While a top-of-the-line home gym that can support hundreds of exercises would be ideal, it simply might not be practical for you.
  3. Check out all the options. Don't buy the first machine that meets your criteria. Ask around and find out which machines are most popular, and why.
  4. Try the machine out. If possible, do a complete workout and evaluate how easily you were able to do the exercises and switch between exercises.

    Some home gyms make changing weights and setting up for different exercises as easy as moving a pin while others require wrenches or complex alterations.
  5. Buy a quality, name-brand home gym. If your machine ever needs service, you'll want a company that will be there for you.
  6. If possible, buy a home gym machine that is expandable. After a while, you'll likely need more weights and/or the ability to do additional exercises that the machine doesn't support in its current configuration.
  7. Select a unit that comes with clear, detailed instructions for setting up and operating the home gym machine and performing the exercises. Improper setups and exercise form are dangerous as well as being the leading causes of poor-quality, ineffective workouts.

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