Cable Machines Home Gym – Review Of The Best Cable Machines For Your Home Gym

What is a cable machine? A cable machine home gym is great piece fitness equipment that uses a system of pulleys and cables to lift the weight plates that create resistance.

 

Cable Machine

 

What are the benefits of a cable machine home gym?  In every large commercial gym you will find a number of cable machines. This is because of the variety of different exercises that they provide the user. Cable gym machines provide an excellent work out for everybody from beginners to very experienced trainers. Some of the benefits include:

 

 

* A cable gym machine provides constant resistance from the start until the completion of each exercise. This place the muscles under constant strain for the duration of the set without any resting points during each set of exercises

 

* Versatility; because of the weights and angles that cable machines provide you can do almost every exercise on them, allowing the user to diversify their workout on just one piece of gym equipment

 

 

* Safety; due to the design of cable machines the weights move smoothly up and down on a guide therefore there is no chance of dropping them on yourself or others and causing injury

 

Cable Machine Home Gym

* Due to the flexibility of the cables they are great for developing mobility, balance and co-ordination

 

* Offers the ability to work on the same body part from different angles. For example – with dumbbells you can only do a bicep curl lifting the weight from down to up.

 

With a cable gym machine you can do a bicep curl lifting the weight from down to up. For variety you can raise the cable to the top of the slide allowing you to hold your arm at 90 degrees to your body and curl your hand towards the side of your head, thus working the muscle from a different angle which will help you gain size and definition

 

* Provides time efficient workouts; by having 2 independent sides you can move quickly and easily between exercises. For example: if you want to do super sets; a super set is where you do 2 different exercises together as 1 set.

To super set between biceps and triceps you simple lower 1 side of the cable machine for your biceps and raise the other side for your triceps. If you start with biceps curls you can do 12 – 15 reps then do 12 – 15 reps of triceps push downs, rest for 60 seconds then repeat. Super sets are great for endurance based weight training

 

* Using cables allows for much more flexibility of body movement compared to the fixed movement of an exercise like a standard bench press. This is especially beneficial if you have an injury or reduced movement of any body part by allowing you to adjust your body to comfortable position to complete the exercise without pain or further damage. Excellent for doing rehabilitation work when recovering from injury

 

Cons: There are no negative aspects in relation to the exercises that you can do on a cable machine. The negative issues are in relation to the size and cost.

* A cable gym machine is usually a large caged frame with the cables and weights on each end with an area to work out in the middle. Due to its size this machine will not fit into everyone’s home. I will however include a compact model in this review

 

* Due to the size and complexity of a cable machine home gym, the really good quality ones are quite expensive. If you are on a limited budget they might be cost restrictive even though they would be valuable addition to any home gym

 

Review #1: Valor Fitness BD-62 Wall Mount Cable Station

 

Product: Valor Fitness BD-62 Wall Mount Cable Station

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Valour Cable Home Gym 2 Valour Cable Home Gym 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Features include:

  • SPACE SAVER- Versatile, space saver provides the opportunity to incorporate strength training with the use of a cable system in your home or light-commercial gym.

 

  • DUAL PULLEY SYSTEMS – With 16 adjustment positions to allow the user to perform a wide range of bilateral and unilateral exercises. DOUBLE BAR TRACK – Provides stability and allows the plate loaded carriage system to glide smoothly along the tracks, supplying the perfect amount of resistance.

 

  • WALL MOUNT – The BD-62 attaches to the wall at the top and bottom for added support and stability and to ensure the unit stays in place while in use. If you would prefer to not attach a machine, the Valor Fitness BD-61 Cable Station would be a better fit.

 

  • INCLUDES STRAP HANDLES- Two, single strap handles are included in the purchase and can be adjusted to 5 positions. HOLDS STANDARD OR OLYMPIC PLATES – The BD-62 holds Standard Plates but is commonly used with Olympic Plates as shown in photos. Can be used in combination with our EX-10 Sleeve Adapter to better secure Olympic Plates.

 

  • ADDITIONAL- The BD-62 measures 80 inches tall and must be mounted to the wall. The ratio is approximately 1 to 1. Warranty 3-year frame, 1-year cable. Meant for home gyms and light – commercial use.

 

Pros:

* Due to its compact size it saves space and still provides the opportunity to incorporate strength training with the use of a cable system offering the ability to perform a full body workout in your home gym

 

* Although compact this machine can be used to perform bicep curls, triceps extensions, shoulder presses, reverse flys, squats, lunges, ab crunches, chest presses, rows, single arm rows, pull throughs, face pulls, and many more   exercises

 

* The BD-62 has a unique, dual-pulley system that offers 16 adjustment positions to perform a wide range of bilateral and unilateral exercises. The double bar track provides stability and allows the plate loaded carriage system to glide smoothly along the tracks thus supplying the perfect amount of resistance

 

* Warranty 3-year frame, 1-year cable.

 

Cons:

* This cable machine needs to be attached to a solid wall, brick or concrete; if you have gyprock/drywall it will not be strong enough to hold it secure while you’re training

 

* Because the cables are close together most people think that you can’t do cable cross overs. If you attached the included handles at the longest length connection and you can totally wrap around in a crossover type exercise with them

Some people have suggested buying 2 machines and setting them up side by side to allow a wider cable cross over and more training options. Not a bad option and still cheaper than the really expensive cable machines

 

* Weight plates, benches, ropes and attachments are all sold separate so there is an additional cost there.

 

Recommendation

This is a compact cable machine for your home gym that offers many of the features of the larger more expensive ones. While it doesn’t have all the features of the larger more expensive machines it still has enough to provide a very solid total body workout.

 

The following are recommendation by verified purchasers and I think their words are the best recommendation I can give you.

Verified user #1:  And what a great value! I have a bunch of equipment in my garage, but when it gets cold it is such a pain to go out and fire up the propane torpedo to heat up the place. I just got mine setup in a spare room and it not only doesn’t take up much room at all, but it works great. Plenty of range of motion.

 

Verified user #2:  The most important reason I chose this cable station was its compactness. It was the only compact cable station available even close to the size I needed for the space I had. Because of that fact alone I am pleased that the station surprisingly exceeds my expectations. The station is easy to assemble which I did myself unassisted.

 

If you’re looking for a good compact cable machine for your home gym then this one is well worth considering.


 

Review #2: Ironcompany.com BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer Home Gym – Dual Adjustable Pulley Machine

Product: Ironcompay.com BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer Home Gym – Dual Adjustable Pulley Machine

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IronCompany Cable Home Gym

IronCompany Cable Home Gym 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features include:

  • Assembled Dimensions: W – 56” x D – 40” x H -82″ / W – 135cm x D – 100cm x – H – 185cm Pulleys: 3.5″ diameter, fiberglass impregnated nylon pulleys with sealed ball bearings.”

 

  • Independent, Adjustable Cable Columns: 31 height positions and rotate 180 degrees allowing you to train from every angle and any height

 

  • Cable: The most flexible nylon coated, 7 x 19 strand aircraft cable rated at over 2000 lbs. tensile strength. Cable Travel: 79.5 inches.

 

  • Dual 150 lbs. Weight Stacks in 10 lb plate increments, with option to add 50 lbs. to each stack. Weight stack to user weight ratio is 2:1. Each 150 lb weight stack provides up to a total of 75 lbs. resistance in 5 lb. increments. This ration allows for extremely smooth action, lower increment weight increases, and greater range of motion.

 

  • Weight Stack Enclosures: Protective steel rear stack covers for safety. Guide Rods: Chrome plated 1″ diameter tubular steel. Storage Hooks: Neatly organize and display included accessories for easy access and quick accessibility.

 

Pros:

 * Extremely well made this machine features beautiful oval tubing, sleek laser cut plates, chrome uprights, laser etched numbers, and attention to the smallest details all add up to an overall exceptional aesthetic appearance

 

* Comes with 150lb – 70kg weights stack which can be upgraded to 200lb – 90kg

 

* Provides functional resistance which allows your body to follow its natural path and train the way you move. Functional Training also improves coordination and balance, and increases core strength

 

* Each independent, adjustable cable column has 31 height positions and rotates 180 degrees allowing you to train with free motion from every angle and any height

 

* This cable machine has a relatively small footprint and compact design; it will fit into a corner or against the wall, minimizing space in your home gym or fitness studio

 

* Accessories Included:

Mounted book describing over 70 exercises

Long Bar that attaches to both sides

Short Bar that attaches to one side

Triceps Rope

Multi-grip Chin Bar

Nylon Strap that attaches to both sides for Assisted Chin-ups

Ankle Strap

2 Single Handles

* Residential Warranty (in-home use, one family):

Frame – Lifetime Parts – Lifetime

 

Cons:

* Although it come with clear instructions, assembly time is about 4 hours and requires 2 people

 

* This machine is reasonably priced but if you’re on a budget it still may be cost prohibitive

 

Recommendation

This is a larger yet still reasonably compact cable machine for your home gym. It has a sleek design which is aesthetically pleasing and with its 31 height positions that rotate 180 degrees it provides an excellent range of functional movement exercises. This will allow you to work on your strength, balance and co-ordination very effectively in your own home.

 

The following are recommendation by verified purchasers and I think their words are the best recommendation I can give you.

Verified user #1: The ease of switching workouts throughout is awesome. I have avoided weight lifting in the past because the free weights were intimidating and a bit scary for a little girl like me, but with this, that problem is gone. Overall we are extremely happy with this product and the quality of it, and would definitely recommend to others.

 

Verified user #2: We love it! We had been looking for an adjustable pulley machine and came across this one in a hotel gym so we were able to test it ahead of time. We’ve been using it since Christmas and can’t find anything we don’t love about it. The versatility and the endless amount of different exercises you can do on it are great.

 

This is an extremely well made cable machine home gym that offers a great variety of exercises. If you are thinking about purchasing a cable machine for your home gym then this one is well worth considering.


 

Review #3: XMark Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb. Weight Stacks, 19 Adjustments, and an Upgraded Accessory Package, and an Optional Bench

Product: XMark Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb. Weight Stacks, 19 Adjustments, and an Upgraded Accessory Package, and an Optional Bench

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XMark Cable Machine Home Gym

XMark Cable Machine Home Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features include:

  • This is your dream package…our XM-7626.1 (Gray) functional trainer cable machine with an upgraded accessory package and the XM-7630 (Gray) adjustable flat include bench.

 

  • Hands down the XM-7626 is the most versatile piece of equipment for your family’s home gym. Easily adjusts for anyone in your household, whether young or old, short or tall.

 

  • Your training possibilities are unlimited with the dual 200lbs – 90kgs weight stacks, quick adjust pulleys with 19 settings spaced at 3.5″ each and easily interchangeable accessories.

 

  • In addition to the standard accessories already included with the XM-7626, we’ve added our XMark triple chrome plated chinning triangle, single grip handles, and triceps rope.

 

  • With a 1500 lb. weight capacity, the XM-7630 adjustable FID flat incline decline bench offers a 7 position adjustable back pad coupled with an ergonomically designed 3 position seat

 

Pros:

* This is an extremely well made cable gym that delivers you a commercial gym quality experience to your home gym workouts

 

* The included extra accessories provide all the training variety that you’ll need without having to source them separately or any additional costs

Extra accessories included:

Triple chrome plated chinning triangle

2 Single grip handles

Triceps rope

XM-7630 adjustable FID flat incline decline bench

 

* The commercial grade pull up rig and pulley system are extremely smooth and provide true isolateral based movements, allowing users a variety of options for muscle targeting and isolation. This means you can isolate and work on individual muscle groups to develop strength, balance and flexibility through smooth functional movement

 

* Also provides the user the abilty to perform pull-ups and chin-ups on the split grip pull-up bar

 

* This product is backed by a lifetime in-home frame warranty and one year on hardware, pop pins, pulleys and cables

 

Cons:

* The instructions are in diagram form only; assembly time is about 4 hours and requires 2 people. Alternatively some people have opted to get a handy man to assemble it for them at a cost of approx. S150.00

 

* The warranty is only valid in the USA and Canada

 

* For what you get this machine is reasonably priced but if you’re on a budget it still may be cost prohibitive

 

Recommendation

This is an impressive cable machine for your home gym. Your training possibilities on this machine are unlimited with the dual 200lbs – 90kgs weight stacks, quick adjust pulleys with 19 settings spaced at 3.5″ each and easily interchangeable accessories. This machine is extremely smooth and provides an excellent range of functional movement exercises that will allow you to work on your strength, balance and co-ordination very effectively in your own home.

 

The following are recommendation by verified purchasers and I think their words are the best recommendation I can give you.

Verified user #1: I LOVE this piece of equipment! First off, to find a functional, trainer with 200lb stacks for this price is unreal. The quality is on par with machines costing three times as much, and it brings so many dimensions to my home gym. And – assembly wasn’t too bad… I was expecting it to be a three day project, but I got it put together in a few hours pretty much without assistance. Great quality and value.

 

Verified user #2: The XMark cable machine is the same quality that you find in most clubs. It is solid, sturdy, and works great. I would highly recommend to anyone that is serious about a home gym. You can get complete body workouts with this machine and the attachments.

 

This is another extremely well made cable machine home gym that offers a great variety of exercises. If you are thinking about purchasing a cable machine for your home gym then this one is well worth considering.

 

Final Word

The health and fitness benefits of having a good cable machine home gym are that they provide you with the ability have a total body worked out. They provide the same smooth resistance as the cable machines in any large commercial gym and deliver continuous improvement to your strength, balance, coordination and flexibility through functional movement.

 

When your health and fitness improves; so does your stamina, your confidence and general feeling of wellbeing.

 

There are many more cable machine home gyms on the market, I chose to review these 3 machines because of their excellent quality. I hope you find these reviews helpful.

 

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH
Steve