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Weight Machine Recommendations for Home Workouts

missy

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Hi, so I am looking for recommendations for a sturdy home weight machine. I have done some research and found some potential contenders despite many things being out of stock during the pandemic. Does anyone have a home weight machine they recommend?

I have free weights and resistance bands and am using those but want to get a weight machine with pulleys/cable for a better workout.
I have a Pilates Reformer that I can do modified exercises on to strengthen my lower body (I do a horizontal leg press etc my Pilates Reformer so don't need that capability in a weight machine) and core so for this new piece of equipment I am mainly interested in upper body exercises. I want to do these exercises standing (to engage my core) and not sitting so that leaves a number of choices out.

Here are two that look promising. They are a bit pricey and take up a relatively large footprint though. If anyone has any other recs or advice I would appreciate it. I really don't know where I would put these in our home. That is the main issue.

I plan on going to a few gym stores that are open to explore in stock possibilities but in the meantime here are 2 contenders.


1. XMark Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb Weight Stacks.

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2. Genesis Dual-Cable Cross machine.

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The exercises I want to be able to do on these include (but not limited to)

Lat pull down
Chest Press
Shoulder Press
Cable biceps bar
Cable triceps bar

Any advice is much appreciated thank you.


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missy

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Look into a Tonal, in the Peloton groups I'm in it's the modern weight machine of choice for many.
Thank you! I wouldn’t have come up with that option. Appreciate it!
 

Arcadian

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I have a small body solid machine https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00332ARK0 Purchased mine in 2015, dragged it to FL (glad I kept it!) its really great, love it.

Putting it together was a challenge though! I will share those images to show you why!

I supplement this with Woss Suspention Trainer (TRX Sued these guys out of existence unfortunately!) a few free weights, road bike (its electric but I pedal!), and Step Aerobic platform which can be used for all sorts of exercises as well https://www.amazon.com/Step-Studio-Platforms-28-75-14-25/dp/B017NTH3D2

I also have an inversion table, its quite old but again, purchased at relax the back, dragged it to FL and glad I did!

if I had the room I would have went with this one
https://www.amazon.com/Body-Solid-EXM3000LPS-Multi-Station-Selectorized-Gym/dp/B00030AUKM

These are the old pics when I lived in Massachusetts when I had a basement and was putting that thing together... I labeled everything because it was totally necessary. Recently did have an issue with one of the cables, Body Solid came through and sent me one without a problem.

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missy

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I have a small body solid machine https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00332ARK0 Purchased mine in 2015, dragged it to FL (glad I kept it!) its really great, love it.

Putting it together was a challenge though! I will share those images to show you why!

I supplement this with Woss Suspention Trainer (TRX Sued these guys out of existence unfortunately!) a few free weights, road bike (its electric but I pedal!), and Step Aerobic platform which can be used for all sorts of exercises as well https://www.amazon.com/Step-Studio-Platforms-28-75-14-25/dp/B017NTH3D2

I also have an inversion table, its quite old but again, purchased at relax the back, dragged it to FL and glad I did!

if I had the room I would have went with this one
https://www.amazon.com/Body-Solid-EXM3000LPS-Multi-Station-Selectorized-Gym/dp/B00030AUKM

These are the old pics when I lived in Massachusetts when I had a basement and was putting that thing together... I labeled everything because it was totally necessary. Recently did have an issue with one of the cables, Body Solid came through and sent me one without a problem.

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Thanks @Arcadian that is impressive!
 

Phoenix

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@missy, how about a Smith machine? I'd so get this bad boy and probably will do at some stage.

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missy

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@missy, how about a Smith machine? I'd so get this bad boy and probably will do at some stage.

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Oh thank you @Phoenix. Off to check it out. I’m very impressed with the amazing recommendations from all of you. Thanks!
 

prs

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I have a small body solid machine https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00332ARK0 Purchased mine in 2015, dragged it to FL (glad I kept it!) its really great, love it.

Putting it together was a challenge though! I will share those images to show you why!

I supplement this with Woss Suspention Trainer (TRX Sued these guys out of existence unfortunately!) a few free weights, road bike (its electric but I pedal!), and Step Aerobic platform which can be used for all sorts of exercises as well https://www.amazon.com/Step-Studio-Platforms-28-75-14-25/dp/B017NTH3D2

I also have an inversion table, its quite old but again, purchased at relax the back, dragged it to FL and glad I did!

if I had the room I would have went with this one
https://www.amazon.com/Body-Solid-EXM3000LPS-Multi-Station-Selectorized-Gym/dp/B00030AUKM

These are the old pics when I lived in Massachusetts when I had a basement and was putting that thing together... I labeled everything because it was totally necessary. Recently did have an issue with one of the cables, Body Solid came through and sent me one without a problem.

p1100301_19794971642_o.jpg p1100303_19614241740_o.jpg p1100314_19837312925_o.jpg
We have a very similar machine. We bought it at a used exercise equipment store for a fraction of the new price. We've had it for at least 20 years, it is very versatile and has held up well, Back then the maker was ParaBody.

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prs

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Forgot to post a photo of the wall chart we have that describes all the different exercises that can be done on the machine. =)2

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