There is an absolute abundance of all-in-one home gyms at the $800 price point, each one having their own very unique qualities and being very distinct from one another. Rest assured, we’ve picked the absolute top of the line home gyms and ones we think you’re going to love the most.
While these home gyms lack some form of cardio, we’ve added some alternative options for you as well.. You can also check out our post on rowing machines, which I feel could absolutely help put the final touch & finish on your home gym.
When it comes to choosing a resistant machine at this budget, there is a lot to choose from. I recommend going after what you think you see yourself working out with the most. They all have very high ratings, but all have their own unique way of doing things. The first option for example really emphasizes on the lower body and free movement, while our second option will remind you of your time at the local gym.
The Bowflex Blaze on the other hand, which is loved by many, uses nothing but cable pulleys for the astounding 60+ exercises that it offers. Then we have options 4 and 5, which incorporates the use of a smith machine with many other stations. If you love your smith machine, then choosing one of these would be wise.
Just for good measure, I also made sure to add two of my favorite free weight options down below. While it’s similar to what’s shown in our $700 home gym budget, we were given some leeway for some additional equipment. One of the most useful and versatile equipments by far was the Bowflex SelectTech 5.2 Adjustable Dumbbells so we made one free weight gym incorporate nothing but Bowflex (yeah!).
Last but not least, we added our final free weight gym option, which I feel is an absolute beast and great for any hardcore trainers out there. While I didn’t add any power racks, I’ll consider doing so in the future!
Our $700 home gym budget also has some awesome free weight gyms to consider, if that’s what you’re looking for. Otherwise, if you need a selection of the best all in one home gyms to choose from, this post is especially for you! 🙂
Resistance Gyms Under $800
Option #1. Bayou Fitness Total Trainer Power Pro Home Gym
When we think of our ideal home gym, the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer is probably the last thing that comes to mind. In fact the system uses no free weights or resistance, just our own body weight. But there’s a reason why the Total Trainer Pro is loved by so many. The system gives us 12-levels of resistance, done by adjusting the percentage of body weight lifted, through an incline that can be moved up or down and is a system truly allowing us to complete a full-body workout.
There is good reason why we recommend the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer. Although not for everyone, we think that this machine will be a great pleasure to have for the right customer. The workouts aren’t only challenging, but are great for both the upper and lower body. Compare this to other home gyms and we usually find that upper body workouts tend to be a bit more favored.
The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer is made of nothing but superior quality. Its aluminum monorail and chrome plated rails add a nice shiny touch to the machine, which by the way, folds and rolls for very easy storage; something that can’t be done with most other home gyms. With the Bayou Fitness Trainer, you’ll be working on pull-ups, chin-ups, shoulder presses, abdominal workouts, leg squats, calf raises, push-ups, behind neck presses, and a whole lot more.
Alternative Option #1 (Cardio Included)
Option #2. Powerline BSG10X Home Gym, 160-Pound Weight Stack
If you’re looking for a great quality mid-level home gym, the Powerline BSG10X is a great contender. While it may look simple from the outside, the Powerline BSG10X allows us to perform 40+ exercises with its military-grade aircraft cables. Many looking for something simple, effective, and space-saving have touted the Powerline BSG10X to be a “near perfect” gym.
It includes a high, mid, and low pulley station, 8 adjustable press arm positions, leg developer, and lat pull-down. While there are more than enough exercises to keep us occupied in our home, the one major drawback with the Powerline BSG10X is that the weight stack is limited to only 160-pounds.
Option #3. Bowflex Blaze Home Gym
The Bowflex Blaze is a gym that calls out innovation and is one of our most recommended all in one home gyms in this list. With over 60 various exercises and 210-pounds of Power Rod Technology resistance, you simply can’t go wrong with the Blaze. This piece of equipment has just about everything we need to complete our full body workout. With a lower pulley squat station, lat tower station, and leg extension/curl attachment, no body part will go unworked. We would say the biggest drawback to the Bowflex Blaze is that the majority of exercises are done using cable pulleys.
Option #4. Weider Pro 8500 Smith Weight Cage (weights not included)
The Weider Pro 8500 is a very interesting piece of equipment that offers some amazing versatility. This machine is considered to be a smith machine, power rack, and pull-down system all into one. With the Weider Pro 8500, on your bench press, curls, leg extensions, squats, and a whole variety of pull-downs. Although, it’s not the most popular piece of equipment, we just add had to add it to the list due its large number of uses.
The main drawbacks to consider with the Weider Pro is the fact it uses a smith bar, which some people might not like. It also doesn’t include the weights so those will need to be purchased separately. Otherwise the Weider Pro 8500 is a very solid piece of equipment including High Pulleys, Low Pulleys, Adjustable Bench Press, Butterfly/Pec Dec, Smith Machine, and an Adjustable Power Rack. The number of exercises that can be done with the Weider Pro 8500 are limitless and easily offers the most versatility of any equipment in this list.
Option #5. Marcy Combo Smith Machine (weights not included)
Now for the final recommended all in one home gym, we have the Marcy Combo Smith Machine. Marcy should be considered as an ultimate home gym fitness contender because of the consistent quality they provide. Similar to the Weider Pro 8500, this machine also uses a smith machine, but does not include the adjustable power rack.
Otherwise, these two machines are similar in many ways and will allow us to perform many of the same exercises. It has a High and Low Pulley System, Smith Bar, Butterfly/Pec Dec, and Adjustable Bench Press. The Marcy Combo Smith Machine also does not include any weights. Overall, I personally prefer the Weider Pro 8500 over the Marcy Combo Smith Machine due to an easier assembly and installation process.
Free Weight Gyms Under $800
Option #6. Free Weight Gym (Dumbbells & Olympic Bench)
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are by far one of the most useful pieces of equipment ever invented including up to 52.5 total pounds for each dumbbell. If you love working out with dumbbells, this piece of equipment was made for you. To switch the amount of weight you want to work with, all you need to do is simply turn the dial avoiding any hassle of having to put on or take off any plates. With 15 combined set of weights into one, these aren’t only the most space saving equipment, but the most portable and convenient.
Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand
The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand really puts a nice finish to this Bowflex home gym setup. It’s got a very sleek design and will keep you from having to bend down every time you want to pick up those dumbbells. This might come across as one of those items that you might not think you need, but are actually very handy. For one, they’ll give you a place to properly store the dumbbells instead of just leaving them on the ground. Given that these dumbbells are pretty large it would be a good idea. Also, depending on the dial setting you have these weights on, it’s also a good idea for your lower back to not go picking them up every single time you want to begin lifting. That’s just my opinion. Take a look at the sleekness of this dumbbell stand!
Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench
We can’t forget about adding in our SelectTech Adjustable Bench. This bench will be just perfect our needs and is very cost affordable. Rather than being adjustable in only the typical flat, incline, and decline positions, this particular bench can be adjusted in 6 different positions.
It also has the leg hold-down brace for when you’re in a decline position. This is beneficial as it also allows you to perform sit-ups while in the decline position. All our other workouts can be done with the Bowflex adjustable dumbbells and the various positions allowed by the bench itself.
Free Weight Gym Summary:
- Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells.
- Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand.
- Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench
Option #7. Free Weight Gym (Barbell & Olympic Bench)
Phoenix 99226 Power Pro Olympic Bench
Besides an Olympic Weight Set, the Phoenix Power Pro comes with absolutely everything we need for the ultimate home gym. With a full olympic size bench that can incline, decline, or remain flat, a squat station in back, a leg lift, lat tower, and even a preacher curl attachment, this free weight gym is a total and absolute beast. Made with a heavy-duty 3-inch steel frame, we can expect the Phoenix Power Pro to last us a lifetime. The Pheonix Power Pro is easily one of the most useful and versatile benches that can be bought at a bargain.
VTX 300-Pound Olympic Weight Set
Olympic weight sets don’t often come cheap, but when it comes to superior quality, VTX is the way to go. Everything from the rubber coating to the spacing between the weights for an easier grip makes the VTX highly preferable in many ways. You can expect the VTX weight set to last you a very long time, without rusting, cracking, or any of that other non-sense that usually happens with lower quality weight sets. This will make for the perfect addition with our Phoenix Pro Olympic Bench!