Home Gym Equipment
Free Weights - Call us old-school but we firmly believe Free Weights are king of the gym. A good adjustable bench, set of weights, a squat or power rack with perhaps a lat pull-down / low row and the jobs a good-un. Exercise the body as a whole with muscles interacting with one another and you'll get maximum benefit and much faster results from your workouts.
Our selection of Free Weight training equipment has been carefully picked to provide the optimum combination of quality and value which will serve you well and provide a lifetime of trouble free training. Some of the equipment detailed is also suitable for light commercial gym use which is more than can be said for a lot of the budget home gym equipment out there. When lifting weights and performing free weights exercises don't compromise on safety, buy the very best you can afford even if it means buying a bit less equipment to start with.
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Resistance Machines - Strength machines found in commercial gyms cost many thousands of pounds, typically putting them out of reach for your average home gym or fitness studio, however we have selected some of the best strength and resistance machines enabling you to equip your new home gym at a fraction of the price without sacrificing training quality or efficiency.
The brands we have selected are based on a balance of quality construction, efficiency of operation and all round value for money.
Still confused then give us a call. We give advice based on our training experience to make sure you make the right choice first time.
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Home Gym Packages -To save you time and confusion when trying to plan your home gym we have put together various home gym equipment packages to cater for all weight training needs and requirements. These packages can be purchased as-is or tailored to suit your own specific requirements however we have considered the most suitable gym equipment items that work well together and match price and performance. The only thing missing from our gym packages are the inclusion of weights or bars as the price of these items is currently so volatile that we can't keep up.
If you need to add weights they can be added from our weight and bars section, you will always want to add a 7' bar to most packages.
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Smith Machines - A Smith Machine is often high on the list for anyone buying home gym equipment. Several reasons for this would be the enhanced safety factor when training at home or training alone or with youngsters, lack of confidence in training with free weights (if using a power rack or cage) and the increased confidence that Smith Machines will help force reasonably good form when performing exercises like squats or bench press.
Body-Solids introduction of the "Series 7 smith machine" added a 7 degree pitch to the vertical making it more ergonomic than the traditional equipment design; as such most brands have copied this idea and now make Smith Machines to a similar style and design. (Including our own GymRatZ Full Commercial Smith Machine)
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Leverage Gyms - If you want a home gym that balances multi-gym technology with free-weight loading enabling you to use the same weights for barbell curls and other free weight exercises or even to use the same weights to load other plate-loading machines, then a Leverage Gym could be the answer.
If you don't have the space for a full width 7 foot bar and rack we think a leverage-gym may be right up your street.
Powertec and Bodysolid have produced some great examples of this twist on the old Hammer Strength commercial stations. High quality units worthy of a 2nd look.
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Multigyms have been around for years it seems. Most multigyms retain the original design of a rear selectorised weight stack, a bench adjusting from flat for bench press to upright for shoulder press.
Multi Gyms usually feature a high pulley with a lat pulldown to work your back (Lats.) and triceps.
With multi gyms as indeed with most home gym equipment; if you buy a budget brand based on what it looks like and on price alone you'll end up with a multigym that doesn't have enough weight or adjustment to allow comfortable or effective use. At GymRatZ we don't even sell anything we wouldn't be happy using, as such you can be sure your home gym will make the grade and last a last a lifetime. -
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