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Best Home Gyms in 2020

Whatever the weather or time of day, a home gym allows you to squeeze fitness into your busy schedule. We all have different fitness goals, whether that’s shedding fat, toning up, or building muscle. We also all have unique workout needs, budgets, and space in our homes for exercise equipment. 

Below we’ve picked out the best home gyms on the market for 2020 and organized them into handy categories to help you find the right equipment for your unique needs. Make 2020 the year you get into the best shape of your life!

Best Fully Featured Home Gym: NordicTrack Fusion CST
Best for Suspension Training: TRX HOME2
Best Home Gym for the Money: Bowflex PR3000
Best Compact Home Gym: Total Gym GTS
Best Bodyweight Resistance Trainer: ProForm Body Blitz


Best Fully Featured Home Gym: NordicTrack Fusion CST

Looking for a flexible and efficient home gym that fuses strength training with high-energy cardio? The NordicTrack Fusion CST is your perfect match. You can expect an all-in-one intense workout from this machine that’s still smooth, quiet and compact enough for home use. NordicTrack Fusion CST

One of the NordicTrack Fusion CST’s stellar highlights is its iFit compatibility. Users can take full advantage of the free, 1-year iFit membership that’s included with the purchase with the help of the Fusion CST’s 10” tablet which syncs seamlessly with the iFit app. iFit’s unlimited library of workouts can help you mix up your routines each day and stay on top of your fitness goals: it’s like having a personal trainer at your fingertips.

So, how does it work? The Fusion CST has three sets of pulleys (with up to 95” independent cable travel) that use NordicTrack’s Silent Magnetic Resistance design to work through 20 levels of resistance. The ergonomic, removable handles are easy to grip and ensure a comfortable workout even during your most intense routines.

The NordicTrack Fusion CST’s ultra-smooth operation makes for a very low-impact workout that’s easy on the joints. With this machine, you’ll get all the benefits of a cardio trainer and a regular home gym in one. We love that the machine includes a free iFit membership for a year and a wireless Bluetooth chest strap so you can accurately keep on top of your workout stats. Overall, it strikes a perfect balance between lifting and high-intensity cardio: a great addition to any home gym setting.

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See FitRated’s detailed review of the NordicTrack Fusion CST.

 


Best for Suspension Training: TRX HOME2

TRX’s roots date back to 1997 when its founder Randy Hetrick developed an elementary version of the exercise while deployed as a Navy SEAL Squadron Commander. These days, the bodyweight suspension training movement has over a quarter of a million certified trainers, and is fitted into tens of thousands of gyms around the world.

It delivers a simple, no-fuss workout that’s compact by nature; this makes it a prime candidate for home gyms, and our top pick for suspension training at home. With the TRX HOME2 and the comprehensive TRX app, you can enjoy a huge variety of workouts that either isolate specific muscle groups or deliver an all-round, full-body workout. Try their intense, cardio-focused workouts to burn fat, build strength, or improve flexibility: it’s up to you. Mix up your routine with specialized workouts designed specifically for yoga gurus, golfers, and other athletic activities.

The TRX HOME2 kit is easy to use, affordable, and allows you to work out in any type and size of space. At $169.95, you get the suspension trainer itself, a 1-year membership to the TRX app (including the entire library of workouts, training packs, and special features such as TRX MAPS), as well as the necessary door anchor, suspension anchor, and a mesh carry bag so you can pack up your equipment and use it on the go. After your free 1-year membership is up, you can renew it for just $39.99 a year or $4.99 a month.

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Best Home Gym for the Money: Bowflex PR3000

At just $1,099, the Bowflex PR3000 is a fantastic value, all-encompassing piece of fitness equipment that delivers strength training to your upper body, lower body and abs. Bowflex PR3000

So, how does it work? The Bowflex PR3000 utilizes unique Power Rod technology to deliver up to 210 pounds of resistance; an additional upgrade kit to 310 pounds can be purchased separately that fits into the machine if you want to up your game. This flexibility means it’s a versatile machine that’s suitable for users of all fitness levels. Beginners can start training with as little as 5 pounds, and increase the weight at their own pace by adding Power Rods to the cable pulley system.

The PR3000 offers over 50 strength exercises, and with no cable changes needed between sets, you can stay focused on your workout. Standard features included with the Bowflex PR3000 include a vertical bench press and 4-inch roller cushions for leg curls and extensions. Want to sculpt your stomach muscles? The PR3000’s seated (resisted) abdominal crunch will do the trick.

Those looking for a budget-friendly, compact addition to their home gym should consider the Bowflex PR3000. It’s a well-designed piece of home fitness equipment for the money.

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See FitRated’s detailed review of the Bowflex PR3000.


Best Compact Home Gym: Total Gym GTS

The Total Gym GTS is a home gym customer favorite, and it’s easy to see why. Not only has Total Gym in general built a reputation for quality and customer service, this machine’s versatility and commercial-grade durability has earned it a spot in gyms, health clubs and physical therapy clinics up and down the country.  Total Gym GTS

A huge appeal of this Total Gym machine is how it works with gravity. It uses your own bodyweight for resistance, avoiding the impact of strength training using free weights, while still packing in plenty of muscle-building resistance. In fact, there’s up to 22 calibrated resistance levels for you to work through; it uses a customized percentage of your bodyweight (from 1-62 %) for your ideal amount of resistance. The Total Gym GTS works with pulleys that connect to the frame at six different points to provide an optimal range of motion and variety. You can explore over 200 low-impact exercises (50 core exercises plus variations) for both strength and cardio with the Total Gym GTS.

So, why is it our best compact home gym of the year? Although the Total Gym GTS is centered around an extra long and padded glideboard, it’s designed with easy two-step folding so you can easily pack it away after use to reclaim your floor space. Unfolded, the Total Gym GTS measures 38” W x 107” L x 69” H; when folded, it has the same width but is then just 20” long and 56” high.

As for mixing up your workouts, you’ll get a press bar, pull-up bar, squat station, abdominal trainer and more with the GTS, which you can explore with the help of the workout DVD and free access to streaming workouts from Total Gym TV included with your purchase. Try a huge range of workouts from high-energy cardio to endurance training, flexibility focus and beyond.

The Total Gym GTS is an elite home gym with commercial durability for all-in-one strength, cardio and flexibility workouts. Its huge range of exercise possibilities make it suitable for nearly any user and home gym setting. Whether it’s gentle rehab or high-intensity workouts you are after, the Total Gym GTS will give you them while being kind to your joints. Although the Total Gym GTS is on the pricier end of the home gym spectrum, it’s an ideal all-around home gym for those who want a professional grade piece of equipment in their home without sacrificing too much space when the machine is folded away.  

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See FitRated’s detailed review of the Total Gym GTS.


Best Bodyweight Resistance Trainer: ProForm Body Blitz

At just $299 online, the ProForm Body Blitz is a fantastic value, basic bodyweight resistance trainer with cardio benefits. It’s a unique type of bodyweight gym, acting as a sort of gravity gym allowing you to work against your own bodyweight as opposed to metal weights or other strength training accessories.  ProForm Body Blitz Lift System

Try various exercises to work different muscle groups, from squats to lunges to calf raises. Additionally, the Blitz is a sort of cross trainer: as you stand on a platform that moves fluidly up and down, you can pack in a cardio workout along with strength training and stretching.

We love the compact nature of the Blitz, which takes up just 54” x 29” of floor space and folds flat to just a few inches high for easy storage under a sofa or bed; whatever your apartment size, the Blitz can accommodate! What’s more, as its cord-free, it can be placed, moved, assembled or reassembled anywhere with ease.

Not sure you’ll be able to work yourself to the max on this no-fuss machine? To help you get the most out of the Blitz, ProForm includes a workout DVD and meal plan DVD with the purchase.

Although the Blitz isn’t the most robust piece of equipment on the market, for $299 it’s undeniably one of the best options available for the price. This versatile, easily foldable (and storable) machine gets top marks for budget-friendly bodyweight resistance training at home.

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See FitRated’s detailed review of the ProForm Body Blitz.

 

Haven’t found your ideal home gym setup on this list? Check out our other reviews of the top home gyms on the market to find your perfect match. No matter where you’re at in your fitness journey, our reviews can help you find the best value exercise equipment for you, so you can crush your 2020 goals.

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