During my almost 20 years as a personal trainer, I have been asked numerous times to help clients design & outfit their home gym. Taking into account their fitness goals, the available space and their budget, there are a number of ways to go.

When it comes to the strength training part of their gym, most people are usually looking for some form of multi-gym. They promise the most bang for the buck.

Along those lines, I was reading an article today about a new type of compact home gym called the Murphy Gym. Obviously, taking it’s inspiration from the original Murphy Bed, the Murphy Gym is a dual cable stack weight lifting station that folds away into it’s own custom made cabinet.
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When it comes to multi-gyms, I have to agree, this one is a beauty.

However, there is a drawback. The price.

The Murphy gym sells for $3,495, plus the cost of installation. And that is for the base unit. If you want the fancy-schmancy custom cabinet version, you’re going to pay.

If spending $4000+ for a home gym doesn’t work for your wallet, here’s what you need to do:

1. Buy the Hammer Head Anchor Gym CORE home gym – $150 at Amazon

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2. Buy a set of these multi-ply style strength-bands. $110 for 4 bands

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3.  Or a set of these bands. Not as long-lasting, but the price is right and you can attach multiple bands to the handles

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4.  Screw the Hammer Head hooks into a stud in the wall.

5.  Cancel your gym membership

6.  Get sweaty