How Tall Is A Multi-Station Home Gym? +Best for Low Ceilings


An all-in-one, multi-station home gym is a very space efficient way of having a complete gym at home. But how tall are they and can they fit under your ceiling? Let’s find out

The average height of an all-in-one home gym is a little under 79” with heights ranging from 43” to 86”. Machines with upright seats are taller at an average 81.45”. There are plenty of options that fit under low ceilings with the Body-Solid BSG10X being the best option.

Check out my recommendations for multi-station home gyms by clicking here.

Find the exact heights of a lot of models and which ones fit under low ceilings below. Keep reading!


Average height of multi-station home gyms

The easiest way to find out what the average height of a multi gym is, is with a chart so that’s exactly what I’ve done. The height in the chart is the assembled height in inches. There are 31 models in this list. This isn’t close to all the models that are available on the market but it gives a decent sample size to say something about the average height.

If you want to know more about how much floor space you need for a multi gym, click here.


BrandModelLengthWidthHeightResistance type
BowFlexBlaze903886Rods
BowFlexPR3000768682Rods
BowFlexXtreme 2SE534983.25Rods
MarcyMKM-810107341.385.5Weight stack
MarcyMWM-990683679Weight stack
MarcyMWM-4965723878Weight stack
MarcyMWM-998683679Weight stack
MarcyMKM-8103056.53479.5Weight stack
Total gymElevate Encompass1063857Body weight
Total gymGTS1063857Body weight
Total gymXLS901043Body weight
GoplusMultifunctional trainer503985Body weight
ArgosMen's Health 90kg72.254681.5Weight stack
Life FitnessG4 Home Gym805384Weight stack
Life FitnessG2 Home Gym714883Weight stack
BodyCraftXpress pro 200 lbs.8356.583Weight stack
BodyCraftGL44.552.582.5Weight stack
BodyCraftGLX54.55583Weight stack
Weider2980653776Weight stack
Body SolidBSG10X664780Weight stack
Body SolidFusion 500764883Weight stack
Body SolidG6BR855084Weight stack
Body SolidG1S493683Weight stack
Gold's GymXR 55774383Weight stack
Gold's GymXR 45643879Weight stack
TaurusWS786.65283.5Weight stack
BodyMaxCF372635974.8Weight stack
PowerlineP1X713783Weight stack
Powerline P2X714983Weight stack
Best FitnessSportsman644878Weight stack
True Quickfit763383Weight stack
Average71.4343.0778.63

As you can see there, the average height of a multi gym is 78.63 inches. The heights range from 43” to 86” The lowest height ones are set up a bit differently. They are set up diagonally instead of upright which of course means they are lower.

Taking out those models (which leaves upright models) raises the average to 81.45” with heights ranging from 76” to 86”.  These models are more what most people expect an all in one gym to look like. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the better option of course.

However, the diagonally set up models use your body weight as resistance. That is not necessarily the best option for everyone. If you prefer a gym system where you can adjust the resistance exactly how you like it, the upright options are for you.

If you’ve got very tall ceilings, getting a taller machine will give you a bit more space and options for exercises, especially if you’re a taller person. However not everyone has the luxury of tall ceilings in their home gym. Let’s see what your options are .


Best Multi-station home gyms for low ceilings

Many home gyms are located in a basement. Most basements have pretty low ceilings. If you’re lucky, you’ve got 7’/84” high ceilings. That would mean you could fit most of the all in one gyms listed above.

However, there are a few things you should keep in mind;

  • Gym flooring can take a bit of height away: In a home gym, you’ll want some flooring for several reasons (Click here to find out why you need gym flooring. This flooring can be up to an inch thick. That’s an inch you can’t use for other purposes.
  • You need space to get the machine in place: Most multi gyms have to be assembled or at least moved into place. They don’t magically appear. If the space between the top of the machine and ceiling is too tight, you won’t be able to maneuver or assemble the machine.
  • The machine can’t be so tight under the ceiling that it can’t move anymore. Sometimes there are a few things that have to move on the machine like a pulley or a lever. If your machine touches the ceiling, you have a chance that the machine can’t move properly.

To make sure you get a machine that fits under your ceiling, make sure to;

  • Exactly measure your ceiling height
  • Subtract any flooring height
  • Double check the machine height
  • Aim for at least 1-2” of headroom above the highest part of the machine.

So let’s say you’ve got 7’ tall ceilings. You’ve got 1” Thick gym flooring and you want to keep 2” of space above the machine. Which options do you have?

84”-1” -2” = 81”

The tallest machine you want to get is 81” high. While that does exclude quite a few options, there are still plenty of options left. Some of the best options;

Check out my recommendations for multi-station home gyms by clicking here.


Best all-in-one home gyms for 7’ ceilings

Here are the top 3 best multi gyms that fit comfortably under 7’ ceilings.

  1. Body-Solid BSG10X: This machine is very sturdy, has a decently heavy weight stack, 10 year warranty and plenty of exercise options. And all of that for a pretty reasonable price. Click to check the current price on Amazon.
  2. Best Fitness Sportsman 20: Great quality, High quality components, tons of exercise options and good customer service. All in all a great machine although a bit pricey. Check it out on Amazon.
  3. Marcy 81030: A brand known for producing very affordable fitness equipment with surprisingly good quality. This example doesn’t have a very heavy weight stack so is perfect for beginners and seniors. Find it here (Amazon link)

Best Multi gym for 6’ high ceilings

If you’ve got really low ceilings or there is another reason why you can’t fit normal multi gyms, what are your options?

72” – 1” -2” = 69”

An available height of 69” doesn’t leave you with many options. In fact there is only one viable option: Total gym.

Total gym sets up their multi gyms in a different way than most other manufacturers. They have a flat seat/bench that slides diagonally and uses your bodyweight as resistance. The diagonal setup means that they are quite a bit longer than other machines but at the same time they’re also a lot lower. 

All of the Total gym machines are under 60” tall. You do need a bit of room above the machine to be able to do all the exercises but 69” of height is plenty.

If you want the absolute lowest all in one gym possible, check out the Total Gym XLS. It’s only 43″ high unfolded. If your ceiling is lower than that, you should probably move before buying a home gym.

Unfolded implies that you can also fold it, and yes, you can! Folded up it’s a bit taller at 51″ but you save a lot of floorspace that way.

Click here to find the Total Gym XLS price (Amazon link)


Related questions

Can multi gyms help lose body fat? Yes, combined with proper programming and diet, a multi gym will help you lose body fat by burning calories and building new muscle which helps lose body fat in the long run. A workout program with high repetitions (20+ per set) is probably going to be best.

Are multi gyms any good? Yes, if you buy a high quality machine that offers full body exercise options and enough resistance for you, they are a very space efficient way of creating a home gym. For advanced weightlifters the resistance is probably too low but for most people it’s more than enough.

Matt

Hey, I'm Matt. Welcome to HomeGymResource.com. I've been going to the gym for about 15 years and am now looking to build my own. In the process I've learned many things I'd like to share with you.

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