You want a multi gym and want to make sure you can do the lat pull-down? Here are your best options.
What’s the best multi-gym with a lat pull-down? Many all-in-one home gyms have the option to do a lat pull down. The three best machines that include a lat pull-down are;
- Bowflex Xceed
- Powerline P2X
- Body-Solid G9S
Why those machines and why should you care in the first place? Keep reading to find out.
Multi-Station Home Gyms With Lat Pull-Down Options
Here are the most popular all-in-one gyms with the option to do a lat pull-down.
First, what is a lat pull-down? This is the exercise where you sit down on the machine with your legs wedged under the thigh supports. Then you grab a bar above your head and pull it down towards your chest. This exercises your lats and other back muscles. It’s a great back builder and the best alternative for pull ups.
|BowFlex||Blaze||yes||$$||Machine: 7 years, Power Rods: Lifetime|
|BowFlex||PR3000||yes||$$||Machine: 7 years, Power Rods: Lifetime|
|BowFlex||Xtreme 2SE||yes||$$$||Machine: 7 years, Power Rods: Lifetime|
|Argos||Men's Health 90kg||yes||$||2 years|
|Life Fitness||G4 Home Gym||yes||$$$$||Lifetime on frame, welds, pulleys and parts; 3-year on upholstery pads and cables|
|Life Fitness||G2 Home Gym||yes||$$$||Lifetime on frame, welds, pulleys and parts; 3-year on upholstery pads and cables|
|BodyCraft||Xpress pro 200 lbs.||yes||$$$$||lifetime|
|Body Solid||BSG10X||yes||$$$||10 years frame, 1 years parts|
|Body Solid||Fusion 500||yes||$$$||Frame & welds: lifetime. Pulleys, bushings, hardware, plates, guide rods, 3 years. Cables, upholstery, grips; 1 year.|
|Body Solid||G6BR||yes||$$$$||Frame & welds: lifetime. Pulleys, bushings, hardware, plates, guide rods, 3 years. Cables, upholstery, grips; 1 year.|
|Body Solid||G1S||yes||$$$||Frame & welds: lifetime. Pulleys, bushings, hardware, plates, guide rods, 3 years. Cables, upholstery, grips; 1 year.|
|Gold's Gym||XR 55||yes||$||90 days|
|Powerline||P2X||yes||$$$||Frame; 10 years. Parts; 1 year|
|Best Fitness||Sportsman||yes||$$||Frame; 5 years. Parts; 1 year. Labor 90 days|
|True||Quickfit||yes||$$$$$||Frame; 10 years. Parts; 5 years. Labor; 1 year. Cosmetic; 3 months|
As you can see there are plenty of multi-gyms that have the possibility to do a lat pull-down.
Best multi-gym with lat pull-down
Above you can see the models that are available and have the option to do the lat pull down. Now let’s take a look at which of these machines are the best options and why.
To decide what’s best, we have to look at a few factors;
- Amount of other exercise options besides lat pull down
- Overall quality of machine
- Maximum resistance
Keeping those things in mind, here are the best three options.
- Bowflex Xtreme 2SE
- Body-Solid Xpress pro 200 lbs. (Amazon)
- Powerline P2X
1. Bowflex Xceed
Bowflex always offers a lot of bang for your buck. Sure, they are not the absolute cheapest but they’re more in the mid-range of multi-station gyms, price wise. What makes this the best option is that you get much more than you would expect from a mid-range machine. That makes this a great deal.
- The Bowflex Xceed comes with 210 lbs. of resistance but can be upgraded easily and relatively cheaply to 310.
- Power rods provide consistent resistance throughout the range of motion without inertia of weight plates. This is easier on your joints and strengthens you throughout the whole range of motion.
- Compact: 53 x 49 x 82 inches
- 65+ exercise options.
- Bar squat exercise option.
- 7 year warranty. Lifetime warranty on power rods.
Going to provide plenty of exercise options and resistance. It’s a well-rounded package that will suit many people. The only thing some people won’t like is the power rods compared to ‘normal’ weight plates. In the end it’s a plus but it does feel a bit different.
If you prefer the weight plate feel the next option is a better fit for you.
2. Powerline P2X
The Powerline P2X is a great machine, especially for the price. It’s aging a bit which means that it doesn’t look like the most modern machine but, you can get it for a really good price. You get so much machine for your money, it’s hard to pass up.
And of course it does have a good lat-pulldown option as well.
For people are looking for a super solid machine that covers all the bases you need and can provide you with all the exercise options you need to build a good body.
- Warranty: Frame: 10 years. Other parts: 1 year
- 160 lbs. weight stack, upgradable to 210 lbs.
- Optional leg press extension
- 2:1 leg press resistance option to up it to 420 lbs.
3. Body-Solid G9S
You got an affordable multi-gym above, but what if you just want the best of the best?
The Body-Solid G9S is a beast of a home gym in many different ways. It’s very big and heavy but also has tons of exercise options and is built to a very high quality. It is very smooth and absolutely as good as the commercial equipment you can find in big gyms. It’s actually built for light commercial use and if you only use it at home, you get a lifetime warranty!
It has a solid bar that pivots in a way that mimics a real bench press as closely as possible. On top of that you’ve got a separate pec dec and leg press as well as lat pulldown. And it can be used by multiple people at the same time since there are two 210 lbs. weight stacks. The weight stacks can be upgraded to 260 lbs. if necessary.
The lat pulldown is very solid and the machine comes with a good revolving lat bar.
This is the last home gym you’ll ever need. In the first place because it does absolutely everything you can think of but also because it’s a very well built machine that will last decades. It does come at a price though.
Other Ways To Do A Lat-Pulldown At Home
A multi-gym is a good but expensive and large piece of equipment to have at home. What are some other ways you can do a lat-pulldown but without spending so much money and taking up so much space?
Here are some options you can look at instead of a multi-gym;
- Functional trainer: Not cheaper or smaller than a multi-gym but all-round a better choice in my opinion. Not all of them have a lat pulldown option but some do.
- Dumbbells: With dumbbells you can’t exactly do a lat-pulldown but you can train the same muscles quite easily. And dumbbells can be used for countless other exercises.
- Pulley tower: Probably the cheapest way to do an actual lat-pulldown in a home gym. Read more about them here.
- Get an actual lat-pulldown machine: Want the commercial gym experience, get a separate machine. However, a multi-gym is a better choice for most people. Find the best ones here
- Pull-up bar: A lat-pulldown is basically a pull up. If you can do pull ups, a pull up bar is the cheapest way to train those muscles. Read more about pull up bars and other lat-pulldown alternatives here.
- Get a power cage with lat-pulldown attachment: Power cages usually don’t have lat pulldown attachments but on some it can be added later.
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.