Priced towards the middle of their innovative ‘M’ range, the Inspire Fitness M3 Home Gym includes some major improvements over the earlier M2 design, including an additional 65 lb of weight in the commercial weight plate stack.
This review takes a look at the various design features and workout options that really make this home gym machine stand out, to help you decide if this would be the best choice for your own home workouts.
Getting to grips with the main pressing arm
In recent years home gyms have gone through some major changes in terms of their design and exercises they offer.
The great thing is that as long as you have the space at home to get one setup, you can find a machine to suit almost any budget.
As with any piece of fitness equipment though, you do get what you pay for in terms of quality.
This is why Inspire Fitness have gone to great lengths to make sure their M3 Home Gym provides everything you need for a full body workout.
The first design feature we wanted to take a look at was the main pressing arm. With many home gym systems, this usually follows a fixed plane of motion and offers fairly limited muscle activation.
What’s different about the Inspire Fitness M3 is that the angle of the arm can actually be adjusted, allowing you to work your back and shoulders, as well as your chest.
To ensure you’re always in a comfortable position to perform the exercise, the back support and seat are fully adjustable. Slide the back support along the rail to be closer to the weight stack if you want to perform a few sets of chest presses, or slide it closer towards the leg developer if you want to perform seated rows or lat pulldowns.
There’s even a set of padded foam rollers to hold your lower body firmly in position during the exercise, helping you get the most out of every rep and set.
As well as its patented dual back pad tilt for superior support and comfort, the M3 is compact enough to fit on a 4’x 6′ mat.
Inspire Fitness M3 Home Gym – Features Summary
- Award Winning Gym
- Lifetime Warranty
- 215 lb Weight Stack
- Heavy-duty 2″x4″ oval and 3″ round 11 gauge tubular steel.
4 Point cable pulley system
With most home gym setups, it’s not unusual to find you only have the option of one or two cable pulleys. For a few hundred dollars you can usually find a machine that offers a high cable and leg developer but very little more.
You’ll be pleased to know this isn’t the case with the Inspire Fitness M3.
The low cable pulley attached to the leg developer is used specifically for that purpose, with a completely separate low pulley available for curls, rows, lateral raises, and more.
You might have also noticed that there’s a cable pulley positioned directly behind the padding where your head rests, between the small set of handles.
This is ideal for seated ab crunches and overhead extensions, as you can train your core with heavier weights to stay within your target rep range.
While some home gym machines do offer dual weight plate stacks, the Inspire Fitness M3 manages to create resistance for all 4 of the cable pulley positions using just one 215 lb stack.
This not only saves in setup time, but also makes it much lighter and more compact. The entire weight plate stack has also been shrouded with a protective cover to improve safety and prevent injury.
High cable pulley design
With the back being such a large and complex muscle group, the chances are that if you are using dumbbells alone, you aren’t seeing the gains in size and strength that you should be.
Of course the low cable pulley can be used for standing cable rows, upright rows, and shrugs, but the high cable pulley is the feature that will provide the most options in terms of varying your workout plan.
Whether you choose an overhand grip with your hands at either end of the bar to focus on your lats, or underhand grip to focus on overall thickness and muscular development, the lat pulldown bar is an excellent addition to any back workout.
There’s also the option to remove the lat pulldown bar altogether if you wanted to, so that you can replace the attachment with a smaller straight bar, tricep rope, or single handle.
Leg and lower body workouts
One of the great difficulties in choosing a home gym, is finding a design that provides a leg developer with a full range motion.
Most machines stop when your legs are at around a 90 degree angle. Due to the range of different position settings, this is still possible with the M3, but you do have the option to create a larger range of motion for a greater stretch and contraction in your quads.
With a similar design to the padded rollers attached to the back support, this ensures that there’s no pressure on your legs that could reduce the number of reps you can perform in each set.
Which exercises are available with the Inspire Fitness M3
The reason home gyms have become so popular in recent years is due to their designs becoming so much more advanced in terms of exercise options.
Where you would once only find a lat pulldown and chest press handles with a fixed range of motion, the M3 now offers variable planes of motion with its main pressing arm to provide multiple exercises from one design feature.
There’s also the benefit of having so many cable positions to choose from. Their nature of following your natural range of motion as your curl, press, and pull the various attachments lets you work every muscle group from a variety of angles, ensuring complete muscular development.
Listed below is just a sample of the exercises you can perform with the M3:
- Seated ab crunches
- Upright rows
- Chest press
- Shoulder press
- Bicep curls
- Leg extensions
- Side lateral raises
- Lat pulldowns
- Tricep pushdowns
- Hammer curls (rope attachment)
Professional home gym assembly services
When ordering a new home gym system, you might be wondering how easy will it be to setup? Most will include some form of manual, but the quality of assembly instructions can differ greatly between the different models and manufacturers.
This can be especially true with single station home gyms like the Inspire Fitness M3, where you have multiple pivot points and a complex multi-position cable system.
One option is to hire a professional – someone who has experience setting up this type of home fitness equipment. So who can you trust to get the job done?
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With all the necessary tools and experience, and a typical assembly time of just 3 hours, it’s often the quickest way to get started with your new weight training workouts.