There is no bigger obstacle to getting and staying fit than not being able to make it to the gym.  There are plenty of excuses people use to rationalize skipping a workout, but by purchasing a home gym you no longer have a good excuse for missing leg day. Investing in a home gym is a big decision and with there being so many options to choose from, picking the right equipment can be difficult.

Figuring out what to spend on your home gym can also be problematic because different machines can run for a couple hundred to several thousand bucks. Looking at home workout machines under £1000 is probably the best choice because you will be able to find a quality piece of equipment that offers a large number of exercises while not allowing the price to get out of hand.

Before deciding what machine to go with you need to figure out what your workout goals are and what types of exercises you enjoy the most. There is a huge difference between a machine built for lifting weights and machine more geared for aerobic workouts like ellipticals and treadmills. The following are some of the best machines on the market for under $1000.

Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage

This may be the best home gym on the market for people wanting a workout like professional bodybuilders. Costing a little over $900, Marcy offers a superior product. It not only offers the user free weights but has cable system exercises as well.  There are over 100 different exercises you can do with this machine. The Smith machine supports up to 600lbs and it comes with all the cables and pads you will need.

The one negative is that the weight plates are not included with this gym, so you will have to purchase them separately – but they can easily be found at discounted prices online. Because this is the most complete workout system featuring the most available exercises it is fairly large.  The size means that you will probably need a room in your house dedicated to working out so it probably isn’t the best choice for people living in a flat or townhome.

Bowflex PR1000

This model is great for people with less money to spend. With a price around $500, users get a machine with name recognition that offers a great workout. It is great for both strength and cardio workouts and even features a built-in rowing machine. It offers over 30 different exercises that will help build up all your muscle groups.

This machine uses polymer bands that use resistance instead of traditional metal weighted plates so this is a great choice for people with neighbors that might complain about the noise. This gym also has a small footprint so it is a great choice for people living in smaller homes.

Total Gym XLS

Anyone familiar with late night commercials is probably familiar with this home gym. It is the preferred gym of many celebrities, most notably Chuck Norris. Costing around $700, this gym is excellent for beginners and more advanced users. It features over 80 exercises, so you can always mix up your routine to keep it interesting.

There are 6 levels of resistance and it comes with an instructional DVD that will help you craft a workout that fits your individual needs. This home gym is also a great choice for people needing physical therapy to regain strength – it offers strength and cardio training as well as helping perform stretches. In addition, this model can be folded up and stored under a bed making it fit in most any size residence.


While buying a home gym may seem like an expensive and daunting task at first, but with a little research you will be able to find numerous choices that are both great gyms and reasonably priced. The best part about investing in a home gym is that you will never be able to use the excuse of not being able to make it to the gym as a reason for not working out.