8 Best Home Multi Gyms
Tunturi WT80 Leverage Gym – Best Home Multi Gym for Those on a Budget –
A quality home gym that allows for proper plate loading and is perfect for chest and shoulder pressing strength.
The plate loading functionality is excellent for beginner and intermediate hypertrophy training. Best of all, when you get stronger, the machine grows with you. You just need to buy a few more plates.
Best of all, you can squat with reasonable weight and the Tunturi WT80 Leverage Gym doesn’t take up much space at all. SO whilst it’s limited without the additional weights, it’s a cracking piece of kit that will last over time.
Maxxus Multi Gym 10.1 – Best Home Multi Gym for Proper Strength Training –
The best multi gym for overall strength training, this Maxxus model is peerless when it comes to price and strength functionality.
You can do multi-grip pull ups, bench and shoulder press variations, dips, squats. It’s ideally setup for solid strength training.
Aesthetically this model looks excellent too. The 24 month warranty and top notch customer service make the Maxxus stand out.
Force USA Monster G3 Multi Gym – Best Home Multi Gym for Athletic Strength Training –
A proper multi gym. ‘You get what you pay’ for rings true with the Force USA Monster G3 Multi Gym. Whilst it may be expensive, the quality of the gym itself, accessory equipment and power rack combination is a surefire winner.
Over 75 different exercises, a 350kg tested capacity on the power rack and commercial grade rails.
The pullup bar has a wide-grip, narrow grip, underhand AND overhand variations. As you get stronger and stronger, the safety rails prevent you from needing a spotter when squatting.
You need to buy weight plates, so it becomes a little more expensive, but for a multi gym with long-term progress it’s perfect.
Inspire Fitness FT2 Functional Trainer – Most Convenient Home Multi Gym –
Whilst this is the most expensive home multi gym on the list (not far shy of £4000), the Inspire Fitness FT2 is definitively the best in terms of exercise array, functionality and longevity.
Quality wise it stands up to anything thrown at you in a commercial gym. The lifetime frame and parts guarantee is a nice touch (and essential at this price).
You can perform almost any exercise you can imagine when it comes to hypertrophy (higher repetition) training. Whilst it’s not the best for pure strength training, it’s ideal for the avid gymgoer.
Bowflex Xtreme 2SE – Best Home Multi Gym for Beginners –
Whilst the Bowflex model doesn’t have the largest weight stack or smith machine capability. It makes up for it in terms of cable and resistance training functionality.
You can easily maneouvre the cables around to target different muscle groups and target them effectively.
Granted it’s not the simplest machine to setup, but it is functional, simple to use and small enough to fit in even the tiniest of home gyms. There may be questions about long-term use and the rods themselves, but we believe it’s sturdy enough to pass the test.
Life Fitness G7 – A Great All-Round Multi Gym –
A premium multi gym that wouldn’t look out of place in a commercial property, the Life Fitness G7 has dual weight stacks which is ideal for cable training.
The pull-up functionality and dual 73kg weight stacks make this a robust and effective piece of kit for those looking for higher repetition sets. Less so for pure strength training.
BH Fitness TT-4 Home Strength – Best for Bodybuilding Addicts –
The BH Fitness TT-4 is a glorious piece of kit. Currently on deal at under £3,000 (a snip!) it’s a large, all-in-one fitness station that covers everything.
Whilst you may be thinking ‘jack of all trades, master of none,’ you couldn’t be more wrong. The TT-4 has 7 points of support, 15 different exercises and 4 fully independent stations.
The 98kg leg press and 70kg upper body stacks means you can train to a reasonable level, even as an intermediate lifter.
Inspire Fitness M3 Multigym – Best for Hi-tech Equipment Lovers –
I personally wouldn’t choose the M3 Multigym. Not that it’s a bad piece of kit (it’s definitely not). But for the £2700 I’d want a little more in terms of strength training.
But if you’re someone who wants a great looking, fully functional all-round trainer, the M3 should be high up your list.
Are Multi Gyms Good for Building Muscle
Yes. There are several conditions that need to be met in order to build muscle.
✔ Firstly you have to be in a caloric surplus.* This means you need to take in more calories than your usual maintenance so that your body can use this food as fuel and build muscle. This guide to bulking and muscle gain should help.
✔ You need to eat enough protein. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Without eating around 0.8g / lb of bodyweight, you don’t create an optimal environment to build muscle.
✔ You must stimulate the muscle, stressing it so that it breaks down and has to repair itself. As it knits back together, it regrows bigger and stronger. There are two types of hypertrophy that support this. Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is stimulated by higher repetition, lower weight sets. Myofibrillated hypertrophy is stimulated via heavier weight (>80% of your 1RM) and lower reps.
Multi gyms are ideal for stimulating sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. They’re great for bodybuilders and those looking to stress the body with higher repetition sets. Less useful for strength training.