Owning a multi-gym helps you to build muscle strength and muscle mass, and/or tone your body, just like at the gym but in the comfort of your home! Multi-gyms are particularly well suited for beginners because they ensure that you perform each exercise correctly, and they allow you to progressively add more weights.
But first, why invest in such a machine?
A multi-gym has a number of qualities that make it a good investment for anyone:
- it allows exercises to be performed safely, as your exercises are guided and weights are blocked
- it allows you to perform many different exercises that work out your entire body
- it offers a variety of different exercises which can be adapted to each user
- it is easy to use and doesn't require specialised knowledge about muscle groups
- it comes with a set of weights, saving you from an additional separate purchase
- several people can even use the machine to perform different exercises at the same time
- it is fully adjustable in order to fit any and all users!
The only inconvenience of multi-gyms is that they take up a lot of space (they often require a separate room), and setting one up is time-consuming.
Which multi-gym for which type of use
To each his own! Which multi-gym you should purchase depends on how you plan to use it. In other words, it should meet several pre-determined objectives. Also, before your purchase, it's important to determine how exactly you plan to use the machine.
Performance isn't necessarily a determining factor for those who are just getting started, or who are planning on doing muscle-building workouts 1 to 3 times a week (30 minutes each).
Designed for those doing occasional to regular workouts, who plan to do body-building at home on a consistent basis, such as 3 to 5 workout sessions a week, each lasting 30 to 45 minutes.
Designed for advanced and high-performance users who are looking for a means to do long, intense workouts (5 to 7 workout sessions a week, lasting 30 to 60 minutes each, or about 1 hour a day), using heavier weights.
Understanding the technical features of each model will help you select the one that fits your needs best.
Some advice from Nicholas Polo, Domyos fitness equipment product head, on how to choose the right multi-gym.
When choosing your multi-gym, you should check:
Check the maximum load it can support. These machines have a load limit; you cannot go over the listed max load. You should also check how many different muscle exercises it allows you to perform, and how varied they are; this gives you a good indication of how much you'll use the machine.
How much space it will take up
Depending on how much available space you have, remember to check the machine's dimensions, both in terms of floor space and height, in order to make sure you have enough space to put it; not everyone can fit a multi-gym in their home. Also check the machine's weight; these machines are often very heavy and therefore difficult to move or transport.
Setting it up
Check how easy or difficult it is to assemble the machine, and how much time is required to set it up. These full-featured machines can be imposing; it takes about four hours to put together a medium-size machine.
Adjustments and settings
In order to get as much use out of your machine for as long as possible, check which upgrades and/or accessories are available for your multi-gym. You should preferably choose a fully-featured multi-gym that allows you to work out most of the muscle groups and perform a wide range of exercises.
Durability and stability
Choose a machine that is suited to your strength, weight and height. Depending on how often you plan to use your multi-gym, check on how solidly it is built. The more experienced you are, and the more often you work out, the more wear and tear you'll put on the machine, and the more important it is to purchase one that is durable and solid.
Comfort and safety
Choose a machine with a comfortable and stable seat that makes it easy for you to do your exercises.
This is an important criteria impacting the life-span of your machine and allowing you to fix any problems that may arise.
As regards multi-gym safety, it's important not to overestimate your strength and lift weights that are too heavy, which can lead to injuries. Before investing in this type of machine, consult your doctor to make sure it's safe for you to do this type of workout.
We also recommend looking at the user instruction booklet in order to help you choose the one that is best suited to you!