Wondering how heavy a multi-station home gym is? Can you move it around by yourself or do you need some help? Can you floor handle the weight? Here are the numbers.
How heavy is a multi-gym? The average weight of a multi-station gym is about 312 lbs. There is a very wide range of weights, ranging from 82 lbs. to 700+ lbs. The difference in weight mostly comes from the weight of the stack or absence thereof. Construction and size also play a role.
To find all the exact numbers for specific models, check out the chart below.
Multi-station home gym weight
Let’s take a look at the weights of different all in one home gyms. On the list are only models of which the weight is known. There are a few brands that just don’t list how much their machines weigh. However, there are still 24 models left so it should give a good indication of how much you can expect a multi gym to weigh.
IMPORTANT: This is the weight of the machine itself. NOT the resistance. If you want to know about multi gym resistance, click here.
|Brand||Model||Weight||User weight limit||Resistance type|
|Total gym||Elevate Encompass||180||650||Body weight|
|Total gym||GTS||180||650||Body weight|
|Total gym||XLS||82||400||Body weight|
|Goplus||Multifunctional trainer||119||330||Body weight|
|Argos||Men's Health 90kg||356||275||Weight stack|
|BodyCraft||Xpress pro 200 lbs.||562||Unknown||Weight stack|
|Body Solid||BSG10X||328||Unknown||Weight stack|
|Body Solid||Fusion 500||755||Unknown||Weight stack|
|Body Solid||G6BR||597||Unknown||Weight stack|
|Body Solid||G1S||315||Unknown||Weight stack|
|Gold's Gym||XR 55||320||300||Weight stack|
|Best Fitness||Sportsman||263||Unknown||Weight stack|
As you can see in that chart, the average weight of a multi gym is about 312 lbs. There is a very wide range of weights however. The weights range from 82 lbs. to 700+ lbs. That’s a very wide range of weights so it’s worth it to explore where that difference comes from a little.
What makes multi-gyms weights different?
Why is there such a wide range of weights? There are a few reasons for this;
- Type of Resistance
Construction and material use is pretty obvious. Some machines are built in a stronger way with thicker steel, bigger nuts and bolts and better steel. There can be quite a bit of difference in those things. Steel is heavy so thicker steel bars are heavier. Of course stronger construction generally means a machine can handle more weight. That doesn’t fully explain the difference in weight though.
The size of the machine is another big factor in the total weight. A bigger machine means more material is used which makes it heavier. That extra size often translates into more exercise options. One thing that really adds size (and weight) to a multi gym is a separate leg press option. Usually the leg press is connected to the machine but is also kind of separate. They will have an extra weight stack to add enough resistance for a lower body workout. That extra weight stack and the extra parts add a lot of weight.
That brings us to the last factor. The type of resistance a machine utilizes. What does the machine use to generate resistance? This has a big impact on the weight of the gym but also how it works.
There are three main types.
Types of resistance
Weight stack: The first type is the most common; a weight stack. This is a stack of steel plates that is connected to the levers by a system of cables and pulleys. Most people will be familiar with this type of machine since you see them everywhere. You can change the resistance by changing a pin.
This type of machine is easy to use and there is a very wide range of possible resistance levels. Obviously, the weight of the stack directly influences the total weight of the machine. The heavier the weight stack, the heavier the machine. Also, the heavier the stack gets, the stronger the machine has to be so the construction will also be heavier.
Body weight: All in one gyms that utilize body weight aren’t very common but it’s worth taking a look. Since you use body weight, the whole weight of the stack is left out of the equation. Weight stacks total up to 200 lbs. in the bigger machines so that’s 200 lbs. that’s missing from the body weight machines.
These machines have some mechanisms to change the ratio of bodyweight that is used and they’re usually very sturdy. These things add some weight but in general, they’re much lighter than machines with a weight stack.
Other: There is one other category. This category is pretty much solely populated by one brand: BowFlex. They don’t use weight stacks or body weight for most of their machines. They use rods. Your movement bends the rod. The stiffer the rod is, the harder it is to bend which means higher resistance.
To change the resistance, you change the rod in the machine. Rods are lighter than a weight stack so that means these machines are going to be lighter in total.
Is heavier better?
So is a heavier multi gym going to be of higher quality? Not necessarily. Sure construction and material use is part of the weight difference between machines, it’s far from the only factor. Size should be taken into account as well as the resistance type. If you take all of those factors into account, you might be able to say something about the construction quality although it’s far from a guarantee.
Are multi gyms worth the money? Compared to buying separate machines, a multi gym is a very space and money efficient way of creating a home gym. Free weights can do the same things for less money but they take up more space and can be more intimidating to use.
Are all in one gyms expensive? Multi gyms can cost anywhere from $500 to $5000. That’s quite a bit of money but compared to separate machines of similar quality, they’re actually a pretty good deal. Buying all the separate machines that can do the same exercises cost much more in total and takes up much more space.
Favorite home gym tools
Many people often forget a few important pieces of their home gym that isn’t directly gym equipment. Here are my favorite home gym tools.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and all types of other workouts, the GymNext Flex is easily the best and easiest to use.
- Mirrors: Fab & Glass (Amazon link) makes the best large mirror sheets so you can see your exercise form.
- Flooring: American Floor Mats gym flooring (Amazon) or equipment mats make your gym quieter, easier to clean and keeps your floor and equipment safe.
- Fan: The Rowenta VU5670 (Amazon) is a great way to stay cool while working out.