If you put a premium on exercise like so many people do, you might find yourself mixing fitness center visits with exercise on your own. For the physical activity that you engage in away from the health club, you may be considering the purchase of a variety of exercise equipment. High on the list these days for many an astute consumer are discount home gyms.

Because of the stiff competition in the home exercise market, you can really benefit by taking the time to shop around and do a little comparison. But before you get too carried away trying to find the absolute best discount home gym, you should be clear about what kind of exercise that you will be doing. Take a little personal inventory, think through all your gym-related routines, and figure out how that can best translate to doing them at home.

You will also need to determine how much room that you can devote to exercise equipment of any sort. No matter how deep of a discount that you can get on your favorite home gyms, it doesn’t do you any good if you don’t have enough space to comfortably move around. Once you have determined what kind of restrictions, if any, that you are working with, you are ready to start shopping.

It would be wise to take some time familiarizing yourself with the market. Explore the levels of quality and learn to distinguish between home exercise equipment, light commercial exercise equipment and true commercial, gym quality machines. Much of what your gravitate toward has a lot to do with the amount of use that your home gym will be getting and your own personal criteria.

There certainly is no shortage of discount home gyms available at local sporting goods stores and online as well. In fact, it’s a good idea to take a look at a handful of these units at nearby sporting goods stores and then compare them to what you find on the Internet.

And, speaking of the Internet, you certainly can find a huge variety of discount home gyms, but some of those discounts may be offset by shipping charges. Every site is different, and some do offer inexpensive or free shipping, so be sure you factor that when doing your comparing and contrasting.

Some of the brands to consider for multi-gyms that are specifically built for the home are Body Solid, BodyCraft, Bowflex, Hoist, Iron Grip, Mulitsports, Powertec, and others. If you are set on getting something that is commercial grade, look at Life Fitness, Cybex, Maximus, Star Trac, Paramount and others that specialize in producing fitness club equipment. Many of the commercial equipment manufactures have lines of gym machines that are tailored to boutique gyms and physical therapists that have limited space, so you are likely to find equipment that fits your personal needs.

Independent of which direction you go, be patient, do your due diligence and look at several competitors to find the perfect set up and the best price for your home gym.