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Today, we look at some of the Best Home Multi Gym machines available in the UK.
There are no two ways about it: a multi gym will take up quite a bit of space, and it will be an investment as they can be quite pricey. With that in mind, buying one should not be something done in a hurry, there are many different styles, features and prices so we have done our research to give you what we think are the best available today.
What is a Multi Gym?
Unlike anything you’re likely to find at a commercial gym, a home multi gym is designed for a limited space, such as a home gym. Though you will need some space for the equipment as it will pretty much be a permanent fixture – you won’t be able to tuck it under the stairs after your workout.
There are many types and price ranges for home multi gyms, but whatever you decide there are a few things you will want to bear in mind…
Types of Multi Gym
Single-Station Multi Gym – If you are limited on space and budget, you might consider a single-station… er, multi gym. Ok, perhaps not a multi gym per se, but you could perform more than one exercise on some of them.
Anyway, with this type, you will find things like bench presses, leg curl machines, smith machines, cable pull towers and dipping stations.
Just be aware that you will be limited on the range of exercises you can do with these (unless you buy a range of them)!
Multi-Station Multi Gym – Probably what you would think of when you hear the term ‘Multi-Gym’, something that enables you perform a range of exercises from a single machine. They will, of course, be more expensive than a single-station version, but you get a lot more for your money – in size too!
Functional Trainer – This is better know as a cable crossover gym or cable gym. You may have seen them at the leisure centre gym – it is the big machine with usually two adjustable-height cables, which you can attach a variety of handles, straps and bars on, allowing you to train both upper and lower body parts. They will normally have a weight stack on each side. You will find some with built-in pull-up bars, climbing holds and other features.
This is one of my favourite machines at my local gym as it is so versatile, I can do a whole range of exercises in one place.
For this post, we will concentrate on Multi-Station Multi Gyms.
Multi Gym Key Features
Weight Stack – Do not overlook this! When you research Muti-gyms you will find some great machines full of features and tools, but you may forget to check the weight stack, which is the amount of weights, or resistance available to you – check the total weight in the stack and the increments. I would recommend 100kg/220lb. If you find one that you really like with less than that, check to see if you can later upgrade (add weight plates).
Generally, you will find two different types of weight plates: vinyl and cast iron. Vinyl ones are cheaper, but the more expensive, cast iron plates are better quality and more durable.
Range of Exercises – You are buying a multi-gym, so you are likely to be looking for a single machine that offers the best range of exercises. You will always get more exercises and better quality with a bigger budget – a cheaper multi-gym with lots of exercises is not always a good thing, as they can try to squeeze more in to seem good value-for-money, yet be next to unusable, so take extra care in your search.
Build Quality – Quite obviously, the more expensive the multi gym, the better quality it should be: solid, steel frame, better parts and components. A good gauge of high quality is the maximum user weight.
Whatever you buy, check the warranty.
Space for the Multi Gym – Check the dimensions of the multi gym against the available space you have for it. Some manufacturers will have a recommended space requirement, but I would factor in a least a few inches either side, and plenty of working room in front. Check the overall dimensions as some multi gyms are wider at the top than the lower section.
Top 6 Home Multi-Gyms
Let’s check out what we’ve found in the Home Multi Gym range;
Weider is one of the most recognised brands in the fitness industry.
The Multi Gym 8700 is a fantastic piece of kit for an affordable price. Providing upper and lower body, and ab workout capability, you won’t find much better.
The main exercises achieved with this multi gym are leg extensions, leg press, chest flyes, high pulley for back and lats, preacher pad for biceps.
- Chest press, Butterfly arms and Multi press hand positions
- 4 foam leg developer and preacher pad
- High pulley and low pulleys, 57 kg weight stack 150kg resistance
- Exercise chart
- Integrated Padded Seat
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Dimensions (w/l/h) CM: 196 x 110 x 210
Product Weight: 138kg
Warranty: 2 years on frame & 2 years parts and labour* (*The standard warranty is 1 year parts & labour, however the warranty will be extended free of charge to 2 years parts & labour provided the product is registered with Weider either by warranty card or via their website, along with proof of purchase, within 28 days).
Built for strength and durability, the Marcy Eclipse HG3000 is a great choice if you want a high quality multi gym but still have a fixed budget.
This one is ideal for the beginner and intermediate user, with a top resistance of 68kg.
Like the previous choice, The Marcy Eclipse features high and low pulleys, giving you a range of workout options.
- 68 kg/150 lbs solid vinyl weight stack with selector pin; 5 x 5 cm heavy gauge steel frame; 4 inch pulleys with sealed ball bearings
- High pulley system with lat bar; low pulley system; dual function chest press/pec dec combination
- Leg extension with foam rollers for comfort; height adjustable arm curl pad; weight stack shroud for safety; 2.5 inch box stitched upholstery
- Maximum user weight capacity: 135 kg/300 lbs/21 stone; uses 2000 lb tensile aircraft cables for long lasting use; holds EN-957 & CE
- Assembled dimensions (L x W x H): 172 cm/68 inch x 91 cm/36 inch x 210 cm/82.6 inch;
- Warranty: Lifetime frame, 3 years parts, 1 pads
This mid-range machine comes from the well-known gym equipment company, York.
Leaping up from the previous offering, the York Perform has a maximum resistance of 100 kg (220 lbs), with its vinyl weight stack.
It offers an extremely smooth motion, and is very well built.
Similar to all the multi-gyms in our review, this features workout stations for chest press, pec deck, leg extension, arm curl, low rowing position and lat pull.
- Weight Stack: 100kg (220lbs); Maximum Resistance: 100kg (220lbs);
- Peck Deck; Vertical Chest Press; Arm Curl: 2 Position Height Adjustable;
- Lat Pull Down/ Hi-pulley; Seated Row- low Pulley; Leg Extension;
- Dimensions: Height=196cm (77.2″), Width=115cm (45.3″), Depth=141cm (55.5″);
- Product Weight: 162kg (357lbs);
- Max. User Weight: 125kg (275.5lbs);
- Warranty: 2 Years
The BH Fitness G152X takes us up in size, quality and features, with their huge machine for your full body home workout, with the additional benefit of a leg press and a dip/leg raise station.
A reasonable top weight resistance of 73 kg will give you a decent workout, with the help of the handy exercise guide on the side of the machine.
- Combines a gym, seated leg press and dip/leg raise stations, features high and low pulleys, chest press/pec dec and leg developer
- Leg press is fully adjustable, max comfort while training with ergonomic upholstery, fold-up seat, lat and straight bar attachments
- Enhanced protection and safety whilst exercising, the use of bearings and CAMS guarantees an ultra smooth motion
- 75 kg/165 lbs solid vinyl weight stack generating 100kg/220 lbs of resistance, wider ground area enhances the stability massively
- Dimensions: Length: 174 cm (69 inch) x Width: 200 cm (79 inch) x Height: 212 cm (83 inch), max user Weight: 130 kg/287 lbs/20.4 stone,
- Warranty: 2 years (home use)
Life Fitness is known for their quality gym equipment, and their machines can be found in many gyms across the country.
The G4 is no exception, giving all you need to work your whole body – quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes… biceps, triceps, shoulders, lats and abs – you can do it all in one place.
The press station features 7 different angles for popular exercises such as incline and decline bench press, seated shoulder press, flat chest press and more.
There is a revolving lat bar, low row bar, abs/triceps strap, ankle strap, with a 73 kg/160 lb weight stack.
- Weight stack: 160lb/73kg
- Cable Motion Technology: unrestricted exercises for all major muscle group
- Durable components: for long product life
- Ergonomic-design: mimics natural motion for smooth movements
- Adjustable back pad: enables shoulder, flat and five incline presses
- Extensions: extended arm pec fly, rear deltoid and mid-pulley for additional variety
- Pec fly cams: enable consistent resistance
- Included accessories: revolving lat bar, low row bar, abs/triceps strap, ankle strap, 160 lb/73 kg weight stack and weight stack shrouds
- Optional accessories: leg press/calf raise and 50lb (23 kg) add-on kit
- Space-efficient design: fits neatly in a corner
- Assembled dimensions (LxWxH): 203 x 127 x 210 cm
- Warranty: Home Use – 1 Year, Lifetime frame, welds and parts warranty, 3-years on upholstery and cables.
The TuffStuff SXT-550 is a multi-gym hybrid; combining popular functional training and the traditional press arm and leg stations.
It is designed to make best use of its size by using a forward-facing design.
The SXT-550 Hybrid is made from top-quality tubular steel, giving it both strength and durability.
Its comfortable seat is adjustable both on the height and the seat back pad.
- Frame: unique “Radius” frame; 2 x 3″ 11-gauge oval tubular steel with a combination of 2×2″ round tubing
- Weight stack: 90 kg/200 lbs
- Protective coating: eight-step electrostatically applied powder coat finish
- Supportive seat: adjustable seat height telescopic seat back pad
- Included: combination seated leg extension/seated leg curl station and 6 pre-set pulleys in three separate training zones
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 213 x 112 x 213cm
- Product weight: 304 kg
- Warranty: home use warranty: lifetime parts; light commercial warranty: 10 years on frame, welds, cams and weight plates. 5 years on pivot bearings, pulleys, bushings and gas shocks, 1 year on cables, linear bearings and pull-pin components.
Multi-Gym Comparison Table
|Item Name||Image||Our Rating (10*)||Weight Stack (kg)||Max Resistance (kg)||Max User Weight (kg)||Dimensions (WxLxH)|
196 x 110 x 210
91 x 172 x 210
115 x 141 x 196
200 x 174 x 212
127 x 203 x 210
112 x 213 x 213
A multi-gym is, without a doubt, the ultimate home gym equipment. You are definitely going to need space and money – but if you can afford both, it will be a worthy investment.
Sure, having some dedicated cardio machines as well would be fantastic, but remember, you can do cardio almost anywhere, so if you only have the room and budget for one thing, a multi-gym would be my number one choice.