How to build a high-end home gym

Octane is a fitness leader after year after year, and nowhere is that fact more evident than in the flagship Q47 Series Elliptical cross trainers.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on how to build a home gym. Today, we take a look at how to put together a high-end gym.

There are many different reasons why a person decides to build a home gym. They may decide to make a bigger commitment to fitness. They may have been exercising at a club, but grown tired of waiting in lines and/or watching people who don’t clean off the equipment when done. Perhaps their finances have improved to the point where it’s now possible. They may want to set up an exercise room in their home that the entire family can use.
If you have the financial means to plan a high-end home gym, there are some incredible options to consider when dealing with your local specialty fitness store, such as any of At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona or their website www.athomefitness.com.
Any great home gym should allow you to get both a good cardio and strength training workout and just as importantly have equipment you enjoy using!
Here are five suggestions for a high-end home gym, but of course you might want to substitute one brand or model when it comes to some of the equipment.
Octane Fitness Q47ci Elliptical (MSRP $4,999, AHF sale price $4,499) – Octane is a fitness leader after year after year, and nowhere is that fact more evident than in the flagship Q47 Series Elliptical cross trainers. These top-of-the-line ellipticals deliver club-quality form, function, and results to your home gym; they are unquestionably the most ergonomically advanced and technologically superior ellipticals available.
Power Plate My7 (MSRP $7,995, AHF sale price $7,395) – The My7 has more than 250 customized programs and 1,000 individual exercise possibilities – that’s over a million different combinations. Vibration training is the fastest growing fitness equipment on the market and lets you take exercise in a whole new direction. .
Landice L8 Executive Trainer (MSRP $4,695) – The Landice L8 has an oversized running area and a frame designed for runners over 6-foot in height or for people who simply want the top-of-the-line for performance and durability. Marathoners, tri-athletes and other elite athletes regularly train on the L8, which has a 22” x 63” four-ply treadbelt running surface. 3-1/2 inch diameter rollers. It has a footprint that measures 34″ x 83.”.
The L8 has Landice’s most feature rich console.
Torque Fitness F7 Fold Away Strength Trainer (MSRP $4,149, AHF sale price $3,099) – This home gym includes an Adjustable Weight Bench. The F7 Away Strength Trainer has a dual weight stack gym that offers true, independent functional training packaged in a small fold-away footprint. With two adjustable swivel pulleys – each with 30 positions – and two different widths, the F7 accommodates users of all sizes in performing unlimited exercises.
Extras – It’s very important to have proper flooring in your home gym. When the floor has a hard surface, such as wood or soft tiles you definitely need floor mats. If your workout room is carpeted you may not need floor mats – or only in selected areas. Make your workout room more inspiring by putting up photos, posters and-or motivational posters.
Other extras that will put your room “over the top” include setting up a stereo system, TV, accessories such as exercise balls and stretch tubes.
Consult your specialty fitness store for more information.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. Consult a doctor before making any significant changes in your exercise routine or diet. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

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