Multi-Gym Equipment

Multi-Gym Equipment

Home fitness - Not all multi gyms are created equal

As the term home gym, or multi gym suggests, this piece of equipment attempts to bring the functionality of the gym to your home. It sounds great in theory - a single piece of gym equipment that merges several standalone machines into one. But this is where things can go horribly wrong! Over the years, designers have attempted to squeeze as many exercises into one machine as possible, and while this makes marketing the machine a lot easier, nearly all exercises are compromised in their functionality, or they don’t include the essential exercises.

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Featured Multi-Gym Equipment

Megatec Triplex Multi Gym
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Megatec Triplex Multi Gym

Product Code: MT-TX-WS

The multi gym that packs the most number of exercises into a compact footprint while handling SERIOUS WEIGHT with ease. This will solve your space constraint issues in yo...

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$1,699.00 Ex Tax: $1,544.55

Workbench Multi System - Iso Lateral Arms
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Workbench Multi System - Iso Lateral Arms

Product Code: WB-MS16

The Powertec Workbench Multi System has been the market leader in multi station gyms for nearly 20 years now. The revolutionary design brought the feel and quality of com...

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$2,499.00 Ex Tax: $2,271.82

Megatec Multiplex Multi Gym
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Megatec Multiplex Multi Gym

Product Code: MT-MX-WS

The Megatec Multiplex Gym is a genuine four station multi gym for serious weight trainers. German design gives you a leverage bench press and squat, combined with lat pul...

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$3,499.00 Ex Tax: $3,180.91

Multi Gyms - The good the bad and the ugly

That's why we stand by the fact that not all equipment is created equal. Just take one look at our selection of multi gym's and you will realise that we bring something different to the table, and the differences are far more than cosmetic. To find out more about the pitfalls of buying a cheap multi gym, and the difference quality can make to your home workout sessions read on down the page.

The mere mention of the term home gym can send a shiver down the spine of the serious weight trainer. Multi gyms or multi station gyms as they are also known can be pretty cheap and nasty. If you have ever searched for gym equipment online, you will be familiar with the plethora of cable style home gyms that are very attractively priced. They promise the workout of your life, but the best workout you will ever get from these multi gyms is dragging them out to the front of your house for the next council rubbish pick up!

To minimise the footprint, most manufacturers will use a weight stack. This requires the use of cables. Now cables are fine as long as they follow simple paths. But on multi gyms with multiple exercises, the paths are long and complicated. Often this results in a mechanical advantage – so you might only need 50kg of force to lift 90kgs. This isn’t good if the machine only comes with a 90kg weight stack. Complicated cable routes also generate uneven resistance curves. So during an exercise the resistance will be stronger during different parts of the exercise. This often gets worse over the life of the gym as the cables start to stretch.

Are there any decent multi gyms out there?

Now a good quality cable home gym is fine, but they can be very expensive. The cheap multi gyms that are on ebay and gumtree are just a disaster. Not only do they have terrible bio mechanics and the issues outlined above, but the cables and pulleys fail as they are poor quality. I always tell people that these types of gyms are great if you don’t on ever using them!

This is where the original Powertec Leverage Gyms took a completely different approach.

The original designer of the Powertec gyms was part of the team that developed the early leverage machines that you see in commercial gyms today. He had the idea to combine these elements into single machines for home – make a gym that had the look and feel of the commercial leverage machines but at a fraction of the cost and space.

The result was revolutionary. Personally, I took one look at these machines on the Powertec US website and was blown away. It was one of the reasons that I started Sam’s Fitness. I just had to get these multi gyms into Australia!

All Other Multi-Gym Equipment

Ironmaster IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine
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Ironmaster IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine

Product Code: IM2000

You will not find a piece of weight training equipment that has so many quality features as the Iron..

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$1,639.00 Ex Tax: $1,490.00

Powertec LeverGym - with Iso Lateral Arms
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Powertec LeverGym - with Iso Lateral Arms

Product Code: WB-LS16

The Powertec Workbench LeverGym has proven to be the most heavy duty and functional compact home gym system for over 20 years. The list of exercises is limited only to yo...

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$1,799.00 Ex Tax: $1,635.45

Megatec Triplex Tower

Megatec Triplex Tower

Product Code: MT-TX-TW

The Megatec Triplex Tower gives you the chance to add a leverage bench press plus high and low pulley to your gym without taking up much space. Perfect for the weight tra...

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$1,099.00 Ex Tax: $999.09

Powertec LeverGym Tower
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Powertec LeverGym Tower

Product Code: WB-LST16

The Powertec LeverGym Tower allows existing Utility Bench owners the option of purchasing just the Tower section of the most versatile multi gym.

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$1,299.00 Ex Tax: $1,180.91

Barbarian MONSTER Functional Gym

Barbarian MONSTER Functional Gym

Product Code: BBP-MONSTER

The complete gym in a compact foot print. The multiple training platforms give you a list of exercises that is simply too long to list. Why train in a crowded gym when yo...

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$5,299.00 Ex Tax: $4,817.27

Workbench Functional Trainer

Workbench Functional Trainer

Product Code: WB-FT14

The Workbench Functional Trainer is the latest addition to the Powertec range. They have taken many..

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$1,650.00 Ex Tax: $1,500.00

What set's apart these multi gyms from the competition?

What I and the rest of the customers who have made these gyms so successful globally liked about these gyms was the simplicity and functionality of design. Instead of trying to cram as many exercises as possible onto a gym, they have included the exercises that deliver the most bang for buck. You can do the compound movements like bench press, squats, lat pulldowns and rows. All with very generous weight load capacities.

Even better, the gyms utilised leverage on most exercises – so you were able to load weight plates instead of being restricted to a weight stack. This meant some exercises could use up to 500lbs! Plus it eliminated the need for complicated cable paths. For the exercises that did use a cable, the paths were simple so you got direct and smooth resistance.

Later on Megatec took the Powertec designs and applied their German design philosophies with great success.

Now a lot of weight training enthusiasts will still turn their noses up at these leverage style gyms. These types generally only worship one God – the barbell – and nothing can sway them. What they don’t take into consideration is that some people simply don’t like training with barbells. There is a lot of set up that takes place as you get the barbell into position. The multi gyms avoid this as you just throw your plates on and away you go.

Both the Megatec Triplex and Powertec LeverGym are much more compact than a power rack gym. Their benches detach, so you have even more flexibility on how you house your gym.

But what I like most about these gyms is almost the limitless variety of exercises that you can perform. I mentioned previously that these gyms were initially designed to perform the critical exercises with optimal functionality. However over time, users from all round the world have come up with new exercises or variations on old favourites. Even after playing around with these gyms for over 10 years, I am still learning more about these multi gyms.

If you are still not convince about their effectiveness, Lee Priest has used the gyms in both the US and Australia. You will see many videos of him throwing around a lot of weight on these gyms – he even trained on these machines exclusively for his preparation for the San Francisco Pro that he won.

Even the barbell fan boys have to be impressed with that!

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