The Most Versatile Home Gym Equipment To Buy

Judith J. Mercado
Investing in an at-home fitness machine is a big decision. You’ll spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand. While spin bikes and treadmills are great, you might want something with more versatility.

If you buy just one piece of equipment, it should be a cable crossover machine, says Luke Guanzon, a personal trainer and professional strength coach. “You can use it to hit every single body part of the body from all angles, with a wide variety of weight ranges,” he says. “There are numerous leg, chest, back, arms, and core workouts you can do. There are hundreds of exercises available on one machine.”

While traditional cable crossover machines take up a lot of space, Tonal ($2,995) is a compact and versatile piece of home gym equipment that mounts on a wall. Its electromagnetic resistance engine allows you to use up to 200 pounds during your workouts. Tonal also measures your reps, sets, range of motion, power, and more, and you can follow along with hundreds of workout programs led by experts.

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Shop now: MaxiClimber XL-2000 ($400)

If you’re looking for something that’s heavy on the cardio, Erin James, the trainer and nutritionist behind SQUAY, is a huge fan of vertical climbing machines—particularly the Versa Climber ($2,095). “It’s a full-body workout that doesn’t take long. Just 20 minutes per day works your whole body,” she says. “You can use it three ways: climb with your hands and knees, just use your hands while standing on the ground for an arm workout, or just use your legs and hold the side bars with your arms for a more centralized workout on your legs.”

There are less expensive options, too. Consider the MaxiClimber ($400), which provides a similar low-impact, full-body workout. “If you’re climbing, you can use a forward or reverse grip, working different parts of your arms,” says James. “Your speed also impacts your body parts that are being worked. You can do quick short strides and stay in a squat position, or longer strides and move slowly to really feel your muscles with each movement.”

Which one are you going to get?

No equipment? No problem. Do this 20-minute workout instead:



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