Functional trainers can elevate your garage gym by adding various exercises to your daily routine. We love this piece of gym equipment for pulls, fly’s, curls, tricep push downs, and everything in between.
While high-end commercial-grade functional trainers can cost $5000 or more, a near-commercial grade system built for home gyms can often set you back less than $2500.
Our team at Garage Gym Products has five personal favorites when it comes to this particular piece of equipment specifically for home use. These units offer smooth pulling action, provide a decent set of included accessories, and offer solid builds that are backed by warranties meant to put your mind at ease.
Titan Fitness Functional Trainer
Titan Fitness has been completely upping their game in recent years. The company’s work towards better-built products has culminated with V2 of its functional trainer. This particular unit is the mainstay option for the Garage Gy Products gym.
Why do we love this product from Titan Fitness? First, it features 200-pound weight stacks that glide smoothly across the unit’s aluminum pullies. There’s no noticeable drag on the unit which makes it feels truly like a piece of equipment that can be used in a commercial gym.
In our opinion, functional trainers need ot have easy one-handed maneuverability and Titan Fitness has built that feature nicely into the unit. The adjustable handles glide up and down the left and right sides of the functional trainer, providing for a great experience. The handles also pivot easily to the left and right, allowing for a ton of different exercises to be performed with ease.
Titan Fitness has provided a solid build for the unit which comes in at nearly 700 pounds and the powder coat is solid. We also love that it arrived in just 7 pieces plus the weight stacks and that the entire unit was shipped inside of a crate. There was zero damage on our unit which is pretty hard to come by these days thanks to FedEx and UPS shipping issues.
When we started looking at functional trainers that could reside permanent in our gym a big consideration was the small profile of this unit. The depth is just 44″ which allows it to fit on a single stall mat which typically measures 48″ in depth. It’s also less wide than others on our list, coming in at just 64″ at its widest point. The 82″ depth also provides enough room to perform pull-ups on the units excellent pull-up bar, even in rooms with 8-foot ceilings.
Finally, this unit from Titan Fitness comes equipped with a ton of included accessories. We particularly love the short-bar which has added a lot of dynamic hammer and swing movements to our routines.
You can pick up the Titan Fitness Functional Trainer for just $1999 with free shipping. Check it out here.
REP FT-5000 Functional Trainer
We’ve only had the ability to test the Rep Fitness FT-5000 Functional Trainer in the wild but we were immediately impressed with every aspect of this absolute beast, especially at a cost of just $1899 + shipping.
Let’s start with some of the obvious winning components found on the FT-5000. Rep Fitness has chosen fiberglass reinforced pulleys that are smooth as butter and built to last. That’s actually the theme for this unit; built-to-last. In fact, after using this product we truly believe all functional trainers should feature fiberglass reinforced pulleys.
The powder coat on the Rep Fitness unit is better than most units we’ve tested. Rep uses a two-layer electrostatic powder coating that they claim is chip resistant. Indeed, the paint job feels and looks incredibly professional.
Rep has gone with a rather impression 220-pound weight stack on each side of the unit. The weight stacks, just like our Titan Fitness pick, feature a 2-to-1 ratio, that means 100 pounds equates to 50 pounds of effort. The ratio is pretty standard on these type of units but the additional 20 pounds on each weight stack is a nicely added bonus.
The 11-gauge steel on this unit is pretty standard on top-notch functional trainers, with that being said, this unit is incredibly solid and there is no shifting of the machine, even when swinging around on its very nice pull-up bar. The lack of swinging can also be attributed to the weight of the machine which pops in at 1,001 pounds on more than 300 pounds heavier than the Titan Fitness choice. Part of the weight is attributed to the extra 20 pounds on each side of the machine’s weight stacks but also to a larger build that features a height of 85″, a depth of 45″, and a width of 72″ at its widest point.
As an added bonus, Rep Fitness changed up the V2 version of this unit, making it possible for users as short as 5’3″ to perform curls.
Rep Fitness doesn’t send as many attachments along with its unit but a premium upgrade kit is available if you want additional attachments that are also well-made and worth the additional cost. You can see all of the Rep Fitness Victory Functional Trainer features here.
Inspire Fitness FT1 Functional Trainer
A good friend of mine swears by their Inspire Fitness Functional Trainer. They’ve been using their unit almost every day for two years and I have been awestruck by the condition of the unit after several years of use.
The Inspire Fitness Functional Trainer (Ft1) offers glide rails that are incredibly smooth with no real noticeable drag.
The Ft1 comes standard with 165-pound weight stacks which are pretty low for functional trainers considering the 2:1 ratio on pulls. However, you can purchase additional 50-pound stacks for each side of the functional trainer, creating an effective pull of 215 pounds.
One of the best selling points for garage gym owners with limits space is the dimensions of the unit. The Ft1 is just 47” in depth by 54” in width and features a height of 81.5″.
We absolutely love the attachments that come standard, they feel more commercial-grade than what Titan Fitness and Rep Fitness provide. Among the included accessories are a Multi-Functional Belt, Easy Curl Bar, Straight Bar, Ankle Cuff, Swing Handle, Tricep Rope, 2- Single Handles, and two 5-pound add-on weights.
The one big drawback to this system, in our opinion, is the pull-up bar which doesn’t offer as many grip options as the units offered by many other functional trainers.
This unit is more expensive than our top two trainers but it has a benefit that’s hard to ignore, a limited lifetime warranty on the unit’s frame and parts.
The Inspire Fitness FT1 Functional Trainer is a bit more expensive at a starting cost of $2599.99 but it’s also a proven option that will last you for years. You can see all of its features here.
BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer
The BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer is a solid unit built by a team that has been making quality gym equipment since the 1990s.
Admittedly, this unit isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the others on our list so far. Still, it’s a solid choice that reviewers and customers have given high marks.
The 150 pound weight stacks that come standard and feature a 2:1 ratio are not the best option on our list but for around $200 you can purchase an additional 50-pound add-on. Given that the unit starts at $2299 you’ll pay less than the cost of an Ft1 and you’ll receive 200-pound weight stacks on each end.
The pulley system glides smoothly on this unit, which as you may have noticed, we’ve come to expect from functional trainers in the $2000 to $3000 range. The pulleys are easy to adjust and they operate independently of each other which is standard for these units.
The Bodycraft HFT also features seven attachments that provide for plenty of exercises. Bodycraft also features a nice exercise booklet that will have you trying out new workouts right after assembly.
The pull-up bar on this unit is also different than the others. The bar provides narrow and neutral grips. We love the alternate grips since we already have an awesome Rogue Cerakote socket bar featured on our Rogue RM-4 power rack.
If space is a concern, the BodyCraft HFT is one fo the smallest functional trainers on the market. The unit comes in at a width of just 56″, a depth of 40″, and a height of 82″.
The HFT also features a lifetime warranty on its frame and parts, making it the cheapest high-quality functional trainer to offer such an awesome long-term commitment. You can check out the unit here.
XMark Functional Trainer Cable Machine
The XMark Functional Trainer comes standard with 200-pound weight stacks and at a cost of $2,650 with free shipping, we’ll get into why the cost is justified.
First, much like the other four functional trainers on our list, the pulley’s are fully adjustable, glide easily on their guide bars, and feel commercial grade.
The pulley’s feel great on this unit with no noticeably drag, something that other reviews and customers agree upon.
Much like the other four functional trainers on our list, the unit also features a bunch of different attachments, seven options that provide for a ton of different exercises right out of the box.
The split pull-up bar closely matches the setup on our Titan Fitness functional trainer which we love.
The dimensions on this unit are also small but not as compact as several others on our list. It comes in at a width of 65”, a length of 43.5” and a height of 83”.
This XMark unit features a lifetime frame warranty and a 1-year warranty on parts. You can check out the full unit here.
We love all of the functional trainers on our list. While they are not commercial grade, they are darn close to reaching that level. While there are some shortcomings for all non-commercial grade equipment, with all things considered alongside price, you’ll be happy with any of these machines.