If you’ve got the space, investing in one or two quality home gym machines can save you time and money in the long run. Here’s our pick of the best…
Body Power Pro-Home Gym with Leg Press Attachment
Working out from home doesn’t have to mean cardio and bodyweight exercises: this all-in-one machine caters for chest, arms, back and legs, with a 90kg weight stack offering up plenty of resistance.
The star of the show is the attachable leg press, but there’s also a lat pulldown bar, seated chest and low-row stations for everything from presses to curls. It doesn’t come cheap, but it does do it all.
CORRECTION: This review originally featured in the December issue of the magazine, but the incorrect image was used. Please refer instead to the above image, which is definitely the Body Power Pro-Home Gym with Leg Press Attachment. Apologies for the confusion!
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Nordic Track Fusion CST
Described as ‘an entire gym built into one compact system’, the Fusion CST is a futuristic cable machine with a built-in screen that beams motivational workouts and professional guidance into your living room.
The resistance of the pulleys – adjustable to low, mid and high levels – is automatically adjusted depending on the session or exercise you’re doing, and the extensive on-screen data shows everything from your heart rate to power generated. A seriously impressive bit of kit.
JLLIC300 Indoor Cycling Bike
Easy to assemble and, at less than £200, an absolute steal, this bike from JLL is studio quality and features everything you need for keeping fit while watching Corrie.
It lacks the bells and whistles of more expensive options, but you do get heart-rate sensing handlebars; a monitor displaying time, distance, speed and calories; and a smooth, quiet ride.
Replicating the low-impact, high-calorie burn of skiing, the SkiErg is suitable for all ages and abilities, with an air resistance system for variable tension control and a monitor showing distance, time, rate, watts, calories and splits.
The SkiErg is the perfect warm-up machine to get your lungs and muscles firing, but it’s equally effective for standalone workouts.
WaterRower Rowing Machine
Designed to mimic the flow – and natural resistance – of the real thing, the WaterRower is a beautifully designed (and, at 50g, pleasantly light) machine that’s just as good for staring at as it is for setting your lungs and legs on fire with an intense workout.
What’s more, the S4 monitor comes compatible with WaterRower’s We-Row app, where you can store training data, race online against others, or try beating times from previous training sessions.
Nordic Track C 7.5 Elliptical
As far as low-impact exercise goes, elliptical machines are about as good as it gets – and you’ll find few better machines than this one. With 22 resistance levels, 26 preset workouts and adjustable incline up to 20 degrees, gone are the days when the elliptical was the reserve of half-hearted cardio cool-downs.
The C 7.5 is Bluetooth enabled and the iPod-compatible sound system projects your favourite playlist while you work up a sweat.
KETTLER Sport Arena Treadmill
Self-assembly will put off anyone afraid of DIY, but if you can navigate the clear – if extensive – instructions, you’ll have a robust, easy-to-use treadmill equipped with pre-programmed workouts, a top speed of 18km/h and Bluetooth speakers to blast Little Mix when no one else is home.
The deck is firm with just enough give and the LCD display makes for easy on-the-run reading.