Multi-station weight machines built for home exercise have steadily evolved over the last decades. Years ago they were bulky, space-consuming metal monsters with very rigid single pivot movements and little in the way of proper biomechanics. Home exercisers usually don’t have the benefit of a personal trainer to coach them on how to position themselves while doing resistance training, so they rely on the machine to line them up properly and not place unnatural stress on their joints. Therefore it’s vitally important that a home gym machine positions the user to maximize the benefits of exercise while minimizing the possibility of joint damage. In addition to proper alignment, another factor critical to home users is space efficiency. Unlike commercial units found in hotels or schools which can have stations arranged on several sides, the home gym needs to provide a variety of exercises without taking up all the space in a spare bedroom or workout area.
One company that has found the solution to the problems of home strength training is Inspire Fitness, located in Anaheim, CA. They are an industry leader in designing home weight machines with space efficient footprints that provide consumers with tremendously effective exercises and exceptionally safe bio-mechanics. The Inspire M4 multi-gym is one such machine.
Inspire has listened to the demands of the home exercising public and, along with feedback from top personal trainers and fitness professionals, has developed a new type of machine known as a “hybrid” home gym. What exactly is a hybrid gym? Inspire has realized that people desire simplicity and familiarity when working out but they need functional fitness and exercises that work the body in ways that apply to day to day life movements or sports. Functional training involves the use of free moving cables for exercises that incorporate stabilizing muscles and more closely simulate real world activities. Think of it this way, when you pick up the groceries from the car or swing a golf club, there’s no bar that guides the movement. Your stabilizing muscles and core work together to make the process smooth and efficient. Purely functional machines are great but rely heavily on the user’s knowledge of fitness and exercise creativity to yield results. In contrast, the “hybrid” machines combine these benefits with familiar movements like leg extensions, leg curls, bench press, shoulder press, lat pulls, etc. These exercises are effective and are an easy way to get started toward achieving fitness goals. They can provide a solid base for a good total body routine. As the exerciser acclimates to the machine and strength training, they can then incorporate functional exercises into their routine. The M4 features the ability to do movements that simulate golf swings, dumbbell style chest presses, lunges, and an endless array of core developers. These exercises help the body move better, feel better and increase joint stability.
The M4 hybrid gym is like no other machine on the market. In an industry where most companies make cookie cutter versions of gyms that are marketed by their competition, Inspire has truly thought “outside the box” and come up with something new and effective. They have built a machine with wonderful exercise variety which rivals that of any commercial gym. Yet they’ve done it in a relatively small footprint that can fit into a corner of a spare bedroom or workout room. And Inspire has not compromised on safety. The bio-mechanics and body alignment of users on this machine is truly excellent.
Inspire hasn’t forgotten esthetics either. The frame has attractive round tubing with clean lines and a very polished and finished appearance. The oval seat pads are made of a solid urethane material that will not deteriorate. The pads can be washed with a damp cloth and come in 4 different colors to match your décor. Inspire’s cloth shrouds wrap each side of the M4 to give it a sleek look and hide the cables, pulleys and weight plates. The shrouds have 4 color options as well.
The M4 can be discussed in 4 major sections: the bench, the press arm, the cross over high pulleys and the adjustable high low single cable column:
This gym is perfect for a family or group of people with differing goals and experience levels because it provides each user with exercise options tailored to specific needs or fitness levels.
It’s tough to describe here the ingenuity and versatility of the Inspire Fitness “hybrid” M4 gym. Stop by the store and let me or one of the other fitness professionals at Premier Fitness Source demonstrate this amazing product. If you are in the market for something to tone and strengthen your body at home it will be a wise investment of your time to witness this machine in person and try it out yourself.
Premier Fitness Source, Atlanta
Fitness Consultant and Trainer with 23 years of experience in the specialty fitness industry.