13 of the best home strength machines

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

It is not necessary to pay for an expensive fitness center membership, as there is a wide range of sports equipment available for sale. Today the editorial board will consider an important topic – strength training equipment. To put it simply, this is exactly the type of simulators on which we build muscle mass, give relief. We bring you an overview of the best strength machines in 2020 that are optimal for home installation. Our experts have categorized the selected models by design type.

Rating of the best home strength equipment

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best power frames and Smith machines for the home 1 DFC DCGE02 RUB 38,000
2 DFC F1CGE07 RUB 34,000
3 Body-Solid GS348 RUB 160,000
4 SPIRIT AFC122 RUB 306,000
The best home strength equipment with free weights 1 DFC HM044 RUB 22,000
2 Body Solid GAB300 RUB 38,000
3 Body Solid GSCR-349 RUB 50,000
4 Powertec Workbench Levergym WB-LS16 RUB 90,000
The best weight block strength machines 1 DFC Multigym HM024 RUB 50,000
2 HOUSEFIT HG-2075C RUB 26,000
3 Body Sculpture BMG-4302 RUB 28,000
The best multi-station strength training equipment for the home 1 DFC D7005A 41,000 rubles.
2 OXYGEN Spartan RUB 60,000

The best power frames and Smith machines for the home

In the first selection of the review, we will consider a special type of simulators, which at first glance resemble not simulators at all, but some 'complex' horizontal bars. However, the frame structure in them is made in such a way as to deal with the load not only with its own weight, but also with the barbell. Such a power frame, and more than one, is in any gym where there is at least one barbell.

What is a Smith machine

The Smith machine is a sophisticated version of the power frame, which provides for fixing and securing the bar right during the exercise. The advantage of such a solution is safety for the practitioner, since the risk of dropping the barbell on himself is eliminated. But there are also disadvantages – limited movement, unidirectionality, fixed trajectory. But it is in the context of home use that the disadvantages are lost against the background of an indisputable advantage – the ability to train and maintain shape on your own without the help of a coach or at least a belayer.

The functionality of the Smith machine for home workouts is more than sufficient – the classic bench press with all variations, squats, lunges, seated presses, curls, biceps curls, bent over rows, etc.

DFC DCGE02

Rating: 4.9

DFC DCGE02

First, consider the classic Chinese-made DFC DCGE02 power frame. This abbreviation DFC is well known to amateur athletes and just people who are at least somewhat actively involved in fitness. The trade mark is supposedly of Russian origin. Designed for loads up to 360 kg.

This is a typical versatile free weights machine designed to perform a wide range of basic exercises: different types of presses – from the chest and from the shoulders, squats, pull-ups, push-ups like on the uneven bars, deadlift and more. With it, you can train the muscles of the arms and legs, the press.

The frame is a steel structure of four struts, connected by crossbeams with applied technological holes, stops and other devices for installing a rod, stops and other manipulations. The dimensions of the assembled power frame are 140x123x217cm. The surfaces are painted with a special durable powder paint in orange and black shades. Frame weight without packaging – 83 kg, with packaging – 89 kg. Supplied in three separate packages with dimensions 203x15x14cm, 147x33x15.5cm and 123x42x14.5cm.

The basis of the structure, which can withstand large weights, is a steel profile with a cross section of 60x60mm. Holes were made along the height of each rack with a step of 8 cm – this is how 18 levels are formed for installing the holders for the rod. Holders are included in the delivery set – 2 pcs. Also included are safety bars, which in the same way can be easily installed at any level and just as easy to remove.

The simulator is characterized by good ergonomics – the grip points of the built-in horizontal bar, complete push-up bars are equipped with soft rubberized handles. Exactly the same attachments are available on the legs, so that the frame with all its load will not scratch the floor. If desired and possible, the frame can even be attached to the floor – there are special plates in the corners. But this is an option, and the fasteners will need to be purchased separately for this.

Advantages

  • sturdy and reliable construction;
  • good workmanship;
  • easy assembly;
  • 18 levels;
  • comfortable rubberized grips;
  • stability and the ability to attach to the floor;
  • spectacular appearance (mainly due to the colors).

disadvantages

  • no fixing kit included for floor fixing.

DFC F1CGE07

Rating: 4.8

DFC F1CGE07

Now let's look at a similar power frame of the same DFC brand, but only more advanced than the previous version. This model includes all the features that the DCGE02 does – different types of bench press, deadlift, squat, and more, but with the addition of adaptations for other types of exercises. At the same time, the ultimate load is noticeably higher here.

The dimensions of the complete simulator are 151x143x220cm, the frame itself is 113x111x210cm. Total weight without packaging – 66kg, packed – 72.3kg. Supplied in four different packages – 117x29x11cm, 208x30x16cm, 202x14x11cm and 105x28x14cm. The section of the steel profile of the racks is slightly smaller than the previous model – 50x50mm. Wall thickness – 1.5mm. The color of the finish with durable powder paint is predominantly black.

The main innovation in the DFC F1CGE07 is the availability of a mechanism and devices for the upper and lower links. Complete 1-inch (25mm) discs are used as load in both directions. The total weight of the set is 80kg. The discs are fixed on two holders. The locks are special spring locks that are included in the delivery set. There are four separate holders, each 20cm long, for storing discs. The maximum installed load on the disk storage holders is 60kg each.

In terms of maximum load, this model has much more capabilities. The total maximum load declared by the manufacturer is 500kg. The recommended weight for the bar holders is no more than 250kg, the same for the safety bars. The maximum load on the horizontal bar is up to 100kg. The horizontal bar itself is straight with notches on the metal surface in the grip points to prevent slipping. Maximum load on upper and lower link mechanisms – 80kg.

There are even more levels of placement of the holders for the bar and bars here than in the previous solution – 21. It is organized in the same simple way – technological holes into which holders, safety bars and other devices are inserted. A special roller with a soft foam nozzle is highly appreciated – with its help, you can comfortably fix your legs during the corresponding exercises. It is installed on the frame and adjusts in height in the same way as the parallel bars.

At the bottom of the frame, the chassis legs in contact with the floor are also equipped with rubber caps to protect the flooring from damage.

Advantages

  • robust construction;
  • increased load threshold;
  • mechanisms and devices for the upper and lower link;
  • Level 21;
  • convenient roller for fixing the legs;
  • soft attachments on the chassis.

disadvantages

  • not all grip points are equipped with ergonomic attachments.

Body-Solid GS348

Rating: 4.7

Body-Solid GS348

Now let's move on to the Smith machines themselves and consider the mid-price version of the Body-Solid GS348. This is a fairly well-known American brand of sports equipment with a good price-performance ratio. Manufactures are concentrated in China and Taiwan.

The supporting structure is a sturdy steel frame with an easy slope. The frame is all-welded from a steel profile with a cross-section of 50x76mm, strong and reliable. On the outside, also with the same inclination, there are stops-levels for installing the barbell when exercising with free weights. There are pancake holders on the rear side of the frame, three holders on each side.

In the part where the bar moves along the guides (in fact, the very idea of ​​the Smith machine), the manufacturer approached the convenience of the athlete as responsibly as possible. The moving parts are equipped with high-quality bearings, due to which the stroke of the rod is smooth, without rattling and jerking, almost silent. The surfaces are predominantly chrome-plated, otherwise there is a durable gray powder paint.

There are 20 support points for fixing the rod. The maximum position is designed for a completely 'European' height – for a person with a height of 190cm there is still a large margin for the height of the bar. The lower deadlift position is also calculated in the most efficient way. The delivery set includes two pairs of safety restraints of different formats. They can also be used for free barbell exercises.

The weight of the bar itself is 11kg. The frame tilt of 7 degrees is designed to provide the athlete with the most natural movements during exercises on the upper and lower body, careful study of target muscle groups. The maximum working load according to the passport is 350 kg.

The Smith Machine's Body-Solid GS348 can easily be upgraded with a separate bench for bench press and other exercises. As an option, it can be supplemented with a weight block system and other devices that make it a multifunctional simulator.

Dimensions of the assembled simulator – 168x162x211cm, weight – 125kg. Supplied in three packages with dimensions 45x222x13cm, 34x132x19cm, 32x188x13cm and weighing 60, 27 and 46kg, respectively. Manufacturer's warranty – 3 years.

Advantages

  • reputable American brand;
  • ratio of quality and price;
  • high quality bearings;
  • smooth movement of the rod along the guides;
  • chrome-plated surfaces and durable finishes;
  • easy to upgrade;
  • 3 years warranty;
  • you can use a free bar.

disadvantages

  • no obvious flaws were found.

SPIRIT AFC122

Rating: 4.7

SPIRIT AFC122

Rounding out the first compilation of a review of the magazine's best home strength machines is a Smith machine of a significantly higher price point, but at the same time of a higher class. The manufacturer is the well-known American company Spirit Manufacturing Inc., part of the international holding company Dyaco International. The assembly itself is carried out mainly in China.

Dimensions of the assembled product – 226x210x120cm, weight without packaging – 260kg. Weight with packaging – 283.5kg, package dimensions – 233x123x43cm. The construction is based on a heavy-duty steel frame made of a profile with a wall thickness of 3 mm. The whole frame, together with the front part, has a slight slope, as in the previous model, provided for the same purposes – optimal distribution of the load on the muscles during training and comfortable operation in general.

In SPIRIT AFC122, high quality materials are used and the technical meticulousness is also beyond doubt. High-quality bearings, perfectly flat and smooth chrome-plated guides ensure flawlessly smooth rod travel. Even the color scheme is thought out to the smallest detail. The non-chromed surfaces are durable black powder paint, and the stops are bright yellow. This at the same time adds convenience and accuracy of movements when changing the position of the stops, and gives the simulator a special respectable appearance.

The purpose of the SPIRIT AFC122 is the same as any other Smith machine – deadlift, lower pull, squats, lunges, calf raises, a number of exercises for individual muscles. With the additional configuration of the bench, options for some more classic strength exercises are added – the bench press and the shoulder press.

This is a club-grade trainer that is well suited for home installation for those willing to pay a very decent price. Sports equipment specialists and the athletes themselves note the extremely harmonious biomechanics, structural reliability and durability under the most serious loads, safety and reliability of the guides. The high standards that the developers tried to comply with are confirmed by the European CE certificate and GS safety.

Advantages

  • brand;
  • premium class;
  • reliable construction;
  • exceptional workmanship of parts;
  • flawlessly smooth stroke of the bar;
  • details of ergonomics are carefully thought out;
  • quality certificates;
  • 3 years warranty.

disadvantages

  • high price even for a premium Smith car.

The best home strength equipment with free weights

The second selection of the review of the best strength training equipment for the home according to the version is devoted to models that are already simulators in all understandings – completely autonomous and self-sufficient sports equipment, in which free weights are used as a load. Of course, the concept of free weight is accepted here with conventions, since the simulator still creates a certain 'corridor' for the athlete's movements and load balancing. But at least these models are not limited to a rigid block weights system. We will talk about weight block simulators further.

DFC HM044

Rating: 4.9

DFC HM044

First, we will consider the most inexpensive simulator in this group of the popular brand of Russian origin DFC. This is a classic sports equipment of the butterfly type for training the muscles of the chest and arms. Manufactured in China.

The dimensions of the complete simulator are 168x100x81cm, weight – 40kg. The supporting frame is assembled from a high-strength steel profile with a section of 50x50mm with a wall thickness of 2mm. The metal parts are painted with durable gray paint. Individual elements, including the backrest and seat, are black. Supplied in packaging with dimensions 167x52x19cm.

The design of the simulator allows you to adjust the position of the seat almost indefinitely for any athlete's height. The recommended weight of a trainee is no more than 150kg. The loading by free weights is organized here by means of special discs, which are installed through a complete bushing. For different weights, different landing diameters – 25 and 50 mm.

The front part of the simulator also has a soft backrest over the seat, upholstered in high-quality eco-leather and filled with foam polymer. The back is not adjustable in height, but this is not necessary, since its total height is sufficient for comfortable exercise for people of any height and build.

Overall, the DFC HM044 is a good budget option for home installations. The small depth of the structure and, in general, the relatively modest dimensions allow the simulator to fit without any problems even in not the most spacious dwelling. The downside is that only the minimal functionality – the simulator has no additional options and is designed to train only the muscles of the chest and partly the arms.

Advantages

  • durable steel frame;
  • seat adjustment;
  • convenient load control;
  • relatively light weight;
  • moderate dimensions for home installation;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • very narrow specialization.

Body Solid GAB300

Rating: 4.8

Body Solid GAB300

The review will continue with the more expensive and more functional strength training machine with free weights of the American trademark Body Solid. He also has his own specialization – training of the back muscles, abdominal muscles.

The dimensions of the simulator are 175x86x132cm, weight – 40kg. Supplied in two packages with dimensions 1115x565x220mm and 795x665290mm and weighing 28 and 18kg, respectively. The supporting frame is made of high-strength steel profiles. The frame is coated with durable powder paint. The color is predominantly black.

The functionality of the unit, as already mentioned, is centered around movements on the press and back. Structurally, the simulator is designed for comfortable performing inclinations with a load in different positions, up to nine in total – from horizontal to vertical. The position is easily adjusted – the tilt angle is easily and quickly fixed with a convenient pin. Free weights in this model are load discs with a landing diameter of 50 mm. Installation and removal are quick, simple movements.

The simulator is designed for a maximum load of 91kg. This fact is met with some dissatisfaction, since the threshold for the maximum load seems to be relatively low. However, if we are talking about overweight people, then the type of exercise for which this model was created is far from the first priority, and first of all it is necessary to work with a nutritionist.

As for the training process, users mostly note the simulator's convenience and well-thought-out ergonomic details. The special shape of the handles, the grips, the well thought-out trajectories – everything is aimed at maximum efficiency and quick results. Strong and high-quality assembly – nothing backlash, no creaks, no staggering, smooth movements without jerking. Places of grip and close contact with the body are equipped with soft foam polymer pads with a pleasant to the touch and at the same time sufficiently durable upholstery.

The unit retains its original characteristics for a long time at a moderate intensity, which should be moderate when it comes to home and not club use. Despite the fact that here we also see a rather narrow specialization, this model nevertheless involves significantly more muscle groups than the previous one, and from the point of view of general maintenance of shape it is much more effective (if there is no task of purposefully pumping the chest).

Advantages

  • brand;
  • quality of materials and workmanship;
  • solid, reliable and durable construction;
  • carefully thought out ergonomics;
  • vinyl upholstery of soft parts;
  • attractive appearance.

disadvantages

  • relatively low threshold of maximum load.

Body Solid GSCR-349

Rating: 4.7

Body Solid GSCR-349

Another exercise machine of the Body Solid trademark, this time with a different specialization – for training leg muscles. Comparable to previous models, the total weight and relatively small dimensions allow the projectile to be used effectively at home.

Dimensions of the assembled simulator – 51x119x99cm, weight – 42kg. Supplied in two packages with dimensions 114x42x27cm and 53x42x17cm and weighing 28 and 15 kg, respectively. The materials and the level of technical performance are also beyond doubt, as in the previous model – the same high-strength steel of the frame, reliable connections, smooth running of moving parts.

For loading, discs are used with a smaller landing diameter than the Body Solid GAB300 – 26mm. You can also use discs with a bore diameter of 51mm, but through a special adapter OAS14, which is not included in the delivery set, but it can be easily purchased separately.

The main type of training is leg work with a load from a sitting position, in which the calf muscles are most involved, partly the quadriceps muscle of the thigh. The load is supplied not only by the load discs themselves, but can be further increased up to three times by means of a special lever.

The starting position is suitable for most users with virtually any anatomical profile. The contact surfaces are equipped with a non-slip coating, the places of the most intense contact – body rests, grips – have soft attachments with a polymer upholstery grip. The flexible and environmentally friendly DuraFirm material is used – a patented development.

The effectiveness of training is facilitated by a carefully thought-out arrangement of stops at angles that give the maximum possible and safe range of motion. To ensure completely smooth running of the moving parts, even under maximum load, a special compensation system and thrust bearings are provided.

Before purchasing this simulator, you need to take into account that load discs are not included in the delivery set, and they must be purchased separately, as well as an adapter for a larger landing diameter. In promotional materials, the simulator is always depicted as a complete set with disks, which can be involuntarily misleading.

Advantages

  • brand;
  • quality of materials and workmanship;
  • small size and weight;
  • smooth running of moving parts;
  • special lever for threefold increase in load;
  • reliability and durability;
  • Larger bore load discs can be used through an adapter (must be purchased separately).

disadvantages

  • user complaints about the lack of load disks in the package.

Powertec Workbench Levergym WB-LS16

Rating: 4.7

WB-LS16

The second selection of the review of the best strength training equipment for the home according to the magazine will be completed by the brightest model of the LEVERGYM trademark in this nomination. This model is much more expensive than any of the above in the collection, but it has an indisputable advantage – versatility.

The dimensions of the simulator are 207x146x208cm, weight – 135kg. A heavy-duty steel frame made of a 3×3-inch profile and equally strong independent-stroke levers withstand loads up to 227kg. Being a versatile sports equipment, the simulator externally abounds in functional details, is made in a harmonious design, the color scheme is dominated by a bright yellow basic shade and black color of individual parts. Powder paint, high durability, applied electrostatically.

Now about the possibilities that the simulator opens to the athlete. Specialists and other independent experts acknowledge that this model is one of the most functional fitness systems for exercising at home. It allows you to train almost any muscle group – this is facilitated by a transformer structure based on cables and levers, which is easy to rebuild for specific tasks. The design allows you to create an isolated load on the part of the body that requires increased attention.

The total weight of the load blocks is 226 kg, of which 136 kg are conditionally allocated for working out squats and deadlifts. The discs slide easily onto the independent levers, thus creating a natural feel of resistance, as it should be in a machine with free weights. At the same time, safety here is incomparably higher than that of a conventional bench or power rack.

Actually, the bench of this model is built-in, but fully adjustable – the tilt angles can be easily changed using a specially designed ball-bearing carriage. If desired, the bench can be disconnected altogether for convenient execution of movements to 'pump' the back or legs.

In terms of structural strength, reliability of connections, wear resistance of moving parts, this model has a significant margin – it can be operated even with 'non-home' loads in a small fitness room.

This simulator itself is self-sufficient due to its multifunctionality, but besides this, the developers have equipped it with additional options that allow, if desired, to expand the possibilities for training in the future. In particular, the bench design includes a special adapter that is compatible with the Powertec Workbench complex of additional functions.

Advantages

  • reputable brand;
  • high quality workmanship;
  • versatility for different types of training;
  • options for expanding functionality;
  • spectacular appearance;
  • one of the best combinations of price, functionality and quality;
  • performance margin for commercial use.

disadvantages

  • relatively high price.

The best weight block strength machines

The next selection of the best strength training equipment in our review focuses on the popular and convenient form factor of sports equipment – the weight block trainers. They can also be designed for different tasks and have both broad and narrow specialization. The difference from the previous group of models is that it uses a fixed set of weights in the form of a block, built into the very structure of the unit. The working weight is adjusted by simply moving the limiter.

This format allows you to minimize the dimensions of the projectile itself, save space for accessories, and in total gives even more opportunities for home placement. For the same reasons, we will not consider large cargo block crossovers precisely because of their 'not home' dimensions.

DFC Multigym HM024

Rating: 4.9

DFC Multigym HM024

And we will start again with the well-known DFC brand and the Multigym HM024 multifunctional exercise machine. In terms of functionality, it is, of course, inferior to any power multistation, but in its class and price category, the model is one of the best in terms of its characteristics. The simulator is in significant demand and even on large trading floors of the Russian Federation there may be a deficit, but in general, there should be no problems with its availability in 2020 in retail.

The dimensions of the assembled simulator are 173x113x218cm, the weight is significant – 175kg, but most of this weight falls on the weight block – 90kg. One stack is provided with one working area. The stack is protected by a metal casing to prevent accidental contact with moving parts and possible injury. The steel frame is strong, gives stability and reliability to the entire structure, as in the majority of DFC sports equipment of the Multigym series.

The functionality of the simulator is designed for versatile workouts involving different muscle groups. This is a bench press from the chest lying or half-sitting, upper pull, reduction and extension of arms, flexion and extension of the legs. The recommended weight of an athlete is no more than 150kg. The seat is easily adjustable for the most comfortable position for a person of any height. The backrest is adjusted in the same way. The adjustment process is extremely simple, no special tools and devices are needed.

Exercise with a load is assured by a well thought-out system of levers, rollers, cables and weights. The rollers, through which the cables pass, are equipped with ball bearings for smooth running. The cables themselves have a protective sheath, which significantly increases the service life and at the same time guarantees the safety of the athlete – a break in tension is completely excluded.

For this model, it should be emphasized separately that the simulator comes in as many as six packages. Their size and weight must be taken into account if delivery is carried out by a transport service. Sizes of packages from the first to the fourth (cm): 189x90x20, 120x97x27.5, 200x22x22, 14x27x20, the fifth and sixth – 14x27x17 each. The weight of each is 35, 33, 28.5, 31 kg and 31 kg for the fifth and sixth, respectively. Such a number of boxes can sometimes cause the store to miscalculate when sending, so it makes sense to be careful and insist on checking the package contents.

Advantages

  • good quality materials and workmanship;
  • wide functionality;
  • increased ergonomics;
  • simple adjustment;
  • rollers with bearings – the most smooth running;
  • braided cables;
  • reliability and durability.

disadvantages

  • six positions of packing – not always convenient for transportation.

HOUSEFIT HG-2075C

Rating: 4.8

HOUSEFIT HG-2075C

Let's consider one more power trainer with extended functionality of the famous American HOUSEFIT trademark. This model entered the market back in 2014 and has been in stable demand since then. Manufactured in Taiwan. Due to its relatively low weight and dimensions, this model is optimal for home installation.

Dimensions of the complete simulator – 210x154x88cm, weight – 101kg. The weight block is 45 kg. This part of the users is not enough, therefore this model is secretly positioned as a simulator for women, but this limitation is, of course, conditional. High-strength steel frame, sturdy and durable. The unit itself is not devoid of attractiveness in design – a combination of soft gray finishes and upholstery colors, smooth shapes, modern style in general.

In terms of functionality, this fitness station is similar to the previous model, but with the addition of some important features. The main exercises are horizontal and vertical row, lower pull, butterfly, leg swings, hip abduction, leg extension, shrugs. The upper strength module is designed to effectively work out the muscles of the back (upper and lats), abdominals, biceps and triceps. The maximum permissible weight of an athlete is 120kg.

The simulator includes a Scott bench – a special device for the elbow rest of the hands, in which the biceps are pumped most effectively. The idea behind this simple and elegant solution was renowned bodybuilder Larry Scott, two-time Mr. Olympia title holder.

The simulator is distinguished by a high level of technological performance and quality of materials: chrome-plated guides, reinforced cables in a protective sheath, rollers on ball bearings, elastic adjustable seats.

The official manufacturer's warranty for this model is 1.5 years.

Advantages

  • famous American brand;
  • quality of technical performance;
  • wide functionality;
  • Scott's bench in the composition;
  • smooth running of moving parts;
  • well thought out ergonomics;
  • stylish and modern appearance.

disadvantages

  • small maximum load weight.

Body Sculpture BMG-4302

Rating: 4.7

Body Sculpture BMG-4302

At the end of the selection, we will pay attention to another interesting simulator, the functionality of which is similar to the previous model, but some individual characteristics induce many buyers to give preference to it. The price is quite affordable even for such a famous British brand of sports equipment as Body Sculpture.

Unit dimensions – 135x118x210cm, weight – 87kg. A sturdy steel frame, the quality of materials on the moving parts is unmistakable – Body Sculpture keeps its mark. The design of the simulator deserves a special appreciation from specialists and users – the durable finish of the black and dark gray metal parts is effectively balanced with bright red design elements.

The strength devices of the simulator are aimed at training the legs – flexion and extension, arms – reduction and extension, upper and lower traction. The upper module is intended for the same purposes as in the previous case – training the latissimus dorsi, the upper group, and partly the triceps.

As for the maximum load, it is also quite small here, almost like the above-described model – 45 kg in ten weight plates. The weight stack is fenced off with a protective casing. The maximum permissible weight of an athlete is also 120 kg, as in the HOUSEFIT HG-2075C. The seat can be adjusted.

On some trading platforms, Body Sculpture BMG-4302 is positioned as a multi-station, but experts have identified the model as a separate category of load-block simulators, since the multi-station should still offer much wider functionality.

The official manufacturer's warranty for this model is 18 months.

Advantages

  • reputable British brand;
  • high quality and technological level;
  • stable and durable carbon coating;
  • careful study of details;
  • well thought out ergonomics;
  • attractive design.

disadvantages

  • small maximum load weight.

The best multi-station strength training equipment for the home

The final selection of models in the review of the best strength training equipment for the home, according to the magazine, is devoted to the most versatile solutions in terms of functionality – multi-station simulators. These are unique all-in-one solutions that can replace entire groups of simulators. The line in the definition between a multistation station and a simple simulator with extended functionality is very conditional, therefore, on trading floors, such solutions can be located in different groups of the product catalog. The designs of such sports equipment are usually quite oversized, but many of them are quite suitable for home use.

DFC D7005A

Rating: 4.9

DFC D7005A

First, we will consider the multifunctional strength training equipment of the popular DFC brand, which was repeatedly mentioned in the review. The D7005A is a slightly improved version of the D7005 and is only marginally more expensive.

This is an exercise machine with an integrated weight block. Assembled dimensions – 159×224.5x205cm, weight is significant, which is quite expected – 143kg, of which 68kg falls on the weight stack. The set includes two more dumbbells weighing 1.5 kg each. The simulator is delivered in five boxes with dimensions (cm) 136x44x20, 105x44x20, 203x22x17, 39x20x40, 39x20x32 and weighing 23, 31, 33, 37.6 and 33.3 kg, respectively.

The simulator is designed to work out a variety of muscle groups. The main exercises are the lower pull, chest press, upper pull, leg extension. The upper module is typically used to train the back muscles.

There is an additional option – push-up bars. The bench can also be used for training the abdominal press with a load of complete dumbbells. The bench is easily adjustable in tilt angle, as well as the position of the seat. There are some additional accessories included in the package, with which you can add variety to your workouts and 'modify' some exercises.

The technical design of the unit is solid, the developers have taken care of the convenience of occupation and, at the same time, their efficiency. The trajectories of the moving parts of the simulator itself are well thought out in combination with the position of the athlete's body. The side bench with dumbbells is slightly curved to maximize natural position and minimize unnecessary stress on the spine. All contact parts are equipped with soft attachments with comfortable non-slip surfaces.

In general, this is one of the best multifunctional strength training equipment on the market that can be bought in Russia at such a reasonable price. True, the abundance of details has a peculiar side effect – over time, the density of the connections inevitably breaks down, which leads to progressive backlash. Therefore, it is recommended to track this moment and periodically carry out scheduled simple maintenance.

Advantages

  • robust and reliable construction;
  • pleasant appearance;
  • sufficient functionality for most of the most important typical exercises;
  • two dumbbells included;
  • high-quality bearings in rollers – the most smooth running;
  • convenient back and seat adjustment;
  • additional accessories for a variety of exercises;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • some users note that over time, connections need to be periodically tightened.

OXYGEN Spartan

Rating: 4.8

OXYGEN Spartan

At the end of the review, we will consider a slightly more expensive, but also more interesting power sports complex OXYGEN Spartan. It is one of the most popular models for home and semi-home use, earning the attention and high marks of experts, sports bloggers in YuoTube and ordinary users.

The 'trick' of this simulator is that it is divided into three functional parts, which are designed autonomously enough to allow three people to exercise at the same time. In a gym setting, this can be effective in terms of visitor 'traffic', but not in terms of personal space. At home, this narrow moment is largely leveled.

The central station is the main one; most of the functionality is assigned to it. The devices of the central part allow you to perform a butterfly, rowing, lower pull, press from the chest, pump the biceps with an emphasis on a special desk, do exercises for triceps (when using an auxiliary back pad), mixing and spreading the legs, optionally using a special holder for shins (included in delivery).

The second functional part is a classic set of a horizontal bar, parallel bars and a bench for pumping the abdominal press. The developers even took care of small athletes and provided an additional step.

The third functional part is, in fact, just a compact boxing bag, but its location allows it not to interfere with other practitioners.

Power complex dimensions – 179x146x215cm, weight – 145kg. The strong frame is made of a steel profile with a cross-section of 50x70mm. This reinforced construction significantly increases the athlete's maximum weight threshold – up to 180kg. But this only applies to the central station. Pull-up bars have a smaller margin – no more than 125kg of user's weight.

As a load, this simulator uses a weight block with 15 low-noise plates with a total weight of 65 kg. But this is only the physical weight of the stack, and the actual payload can be higher thanks to the introduction of the patented F-Tension technology. It involves a complex interaction of levers, cables and rollers, which creates an additional load with a factor of 1.25. The stack with weight plates is enclosed in a protective cover.

Special praise deserves the high-quality upholstery of the soft parts, created using one more proprietary F-Composite technology. The material is high quality polyurethane, and the nature of the surface effectively prevents slipping, at the same time reliably fixing the position of the body. The edges are covered with padding, which, on the contrary, has a pronounced sliding effect for free movement of arms and legs during training.

Advantages

  • high technical quality;
  • wide functionality;
  • three autonomous power stations with the ability to occupy three people at the same time;
  • carefully thought out details of ergonomics;
  • reliability and durability;
  • one of the best combinations of price, quality and functionality;
  • spectacular appearance.

disadvantages

  • some users consider the boxing bag to be an excessive and unnecessary element.


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