Home Gym Systems Exposed: Selecting the Perfect Home Gym System for Your Home or Office
Home gym systems come in a staggering array of shapes and sizes. The challenge of choosing the right one for your needs can make your head spin sometimes. But, it’s extremely important to do your homework at this early stage of the game so you set yourself up for fitness success instead of further depressing failure.
The decision to get in shape at home is usually due to several factors:
A – convenience
B – to avoid the ‘gym scene’
C – easier to stick with
This decision to ‘workout at home’ brings about the need to find a well suited home gym system – not only for your needs – but for your family’s needs as well.
Here is a list of the typical home gym systems you’ll come across as you search for what you need:
1 – Smith machine with free weights, attachments, cables and an adjustable bench.
2 – Pulley and cable machine with rolling padded platform.
3 – Selectorized weight stack multi-exercise machine
4 – Tension-rod/Tension-band multi-exercise machine
Those are the 4 primary types of home gym systems that are most heavily marketed and more readily available. If you’ve searched around before finding this article – you’ll notice everyone is really selling the same thing – and they are all competing on price – trying to sell you the best deal. More about that issue later…
Too Many Parts, Too Many Things to Adjust, “I Give Up!”
Since most of these mimic the machines found in the typical health club or fitness center – there are a lot of moving parts and even more adjustment/attachment points on each of these types of systems, since the manufacturers are trying to roll at least a dozen individual health club type machines into just one home gym system.
And that is where the problems begin. These ‘all-in-one’ multi-gyms have their major drawbacks. One of the biggest post-purchase complaints from most home gym buyers is…
“the system takes so much time and effort to adjust for different exercises and different settings for various users in the family. So, we don’t even use it anymore – we are trying to sell it now…”
In my early years of in-home personal training – one of my main functions was to be the guy who made all the adjustments on these home gym systems for my clients, throughout the whole workout. And despite being paid very well – even I got tired of doing this between every few exercises. It actually took away from the fun and momentum of the training session itself.
This major inconvenience is one of the key factors which led my to design and build the Atlas Home Gym System.
MAIN INGREDIENT: Bodyweight Workouts
As an Exercise Physiologist, I knew if I could harness the effectiveness of bodyweight fitness training in an easy to use home-gym system – it would allow you to side-step all the problems and issues that come with the typical home gym systems listed above, which have flooded the market in the home fitness category.
A home gym system focused on bodyweight exercise programs allows you to incorporate other dynamic forms of home fitness training – such as: medicine ball exercises, resistance band exercises, dumbbell exercises, swiss ball exercises, flexibility training and combo-cardio workouts – just to name a few…
The magic lies within the synergy of these different modes of functional fitness…
When properly combined – the stimulatory effects on your muscles and metabolism are increased exponentially as opposed to just doing a long list of isolation exercises on a typical ‘multi-machine’ and resting for 30 – 40 seconds between every set, etc…
So, in essence – you cut your workout times down substantially, but at the same time, you improve your results dramatically. All while keeping your workouts varied, fun and engaging. The human body thrives on these simple yet often overlooked elements.
How is your workout time shortened?
1 – You no longer have to take the time to make any major adjustments to the machine.
2 – You are no longer working out according to outdated “gym-type” muscle isolation routines.
3 – There is no need for ‘resting between sets’ since you’ve cleverly moved beyond doing the ‘old-school’ body-part workouts.
4 – The synergy of your new approach to fitness training produces better results with shorter, properly structured workouts.
I hope this article has helped you understand the value in a bodyweight-focused, home gym system. As you continue your search for your ideal home fitness set-up (or even for your office) – please consider The Atlas Home Gym System
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