Generally, there are two types of functional trainer. The first is a tower with a single cable which can easily fit into the corner of a room. The second type is a dual cable tower. This takes a little more space and can go against the wall. Most people find that they can fit either of these into their home as neither take up much space.
The trainer is a great alternative to free weights as cable exercises are known also to include the use of stabilizing muscles when using a full range of motion exercise. In fact, a functional trainer machine will allow you to do many exercises that are not possible with free weights. For example, cable crossovers or seated row and cable machines are simply the best things for triceps pulldowns.
When you are trying to find the top functional trainer for your home or gym, there are a few things that we recommend you look for. Here are some noteworthy considerations to make when considering one of these workout machines:
Home gyms should allow a broad range of adjustment. It’s important to make sure that yours also has this functionality for you to maximize the number of exercises that you can perform.
You should decide if you want a single or double weight stack. A single stack will only allow you to carry out a limited number of exercises. For example, you can’t use cable crossovers on both sides of the body at the same time with a single stack. Two separate weight stacks are required for you to work your body without any imbalance. It’s also important to check that the machine has enough weight so that you have plenty of room for progression. This will allow you to progress as you increase the weight which you use on your trainer.
Ideally, you would want your home gym to allow you to walk away from it while holding a cable. This will allow you to do even more exercises such as power lunges or weighted sprints.
You should read functional trainer reviews to ensure that’s one you purchase has a smooth action. The nothing worse than pulling a cable with resistance that does not feel smooth.
You won’t enjoy using your trainer if you find it difficult to adjust the weights or pulleys. If you don’t enjoy it then it’s possible that you will use it less. Also having a functional training gym that is easy to use, it will make your workouts quicker and more efficient as you will not need to be taking long pauses to adjust the machine.
The best functional trainers will have extra appendages included allowing you to do even more exercises within your home gym. A good example of this is a chin-up bar. If you have a chin-up bar on your trainer, then there are a good number of exercises that will be included with your training machine per free.
Functional training equipment is perfect for professional gyms and home gyms. They are very easy to use and comfortable at the same time. These machines come highly recommended and a great investment as they should allow you to work out on them for a lifetime.
Important: The Functional Trainer Dual Adjustable Pulley is a built-to-order product and may require a 3-6 week lead time. The Functional Trainer shown above uses a custom color configuration. Manufactured in China.
*This product is designed solely for use in commercial fitness settings.*