a man training in front of bed with the bodyboss home gym 2.0

BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0 Review

I get the impression that just about everybody wants to improve their lives by incorporating some level of fitness into their daily routine.

The whole idea of ‘exercising to get in shape’ has been one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for years – but for many, accomplishing this goal feels difficult. Especially for a beginner-level athlete, there are a myriad of roadblocks that make success in this field difficult, to say the least.

For starters, a lack of knowledge can make exercise out of reach for many people. If you don’t know how to perform an exercise, it is universally known that your odds of hurting yourself soar.

In addition to that, gyms are scary for a lot of lifters, not just beginners. They are sweaty and crowded with grunting bodybuilders who use the equipment you need while making you feel even worse about yourself.

Like I said, getting started is never easy. And while it might seem difficult and expensive to get back in shape, there are always ways to persevere. Which is fitting, as the whole concept of fitness centers around the concept of perseverance.

If you don’t know how to work out, there are tons of applications, websites, videos, tutorials, and trainers that will help you learn. And if gyms seem closed off to you, whether because of expense or any other reason, there are always alternative methods.

The BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0

bodyboss home gym 2.0 shown in packed and working

In terms of alternative methods, you have a few options. One, you can begin the sole pursuit of cardio training. This means running, swimming, cycling, etc. etc. And these kinds of activities can easily be performed without a gym.

If you’re not sold on cardio, you can look into Calisthenics training in addition to, or instead of, any variety of home-workout options. When working out at home, I am of the mindset that calisthenics (body-weight training) is much easier to perform.

But if you really want the full benefits of a gym, without going to a gym, and without dropping several thousand dollars on power racks or Smith machines, the Body Boss Home Gym 2.0 might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Overview

bodyboss home gym 2.0 componentsAt its most basic, the Body Boss Home Gym is a resistance-band system. It comes in a compact case and contains a variety of specially designed resistance bands, in addition to a bar, hooks/handles, and any variety of training videos designed to help you out.

Regardless of how you feel about resistance bands versus iron weights, this will still accomplish the same goals that you might seek at a brick and mortar gym, but for a mere slim percentage of the cost.

To use it, you simply unfold the case, which serves as a stable, non-slip platform to stand on, clip in the resistance bands that fit the exercise you want to do, and start.

The advent of the bar as well as the handles, which both clip into the resistance bands, allows you to perform weighted squats, barbell curls, regular curls, etc. etc. It even allows you to stimulate boxing.

The whole point of the Body Boss is that it serves to mimic a real gym. You can perform all the same exercises with the Body Boss, and all you need to do to increase difficulty/weight is add another resistance band.

For $155, this is immensely worthwhile. If you think only about the expense, consider the long term expenses of going to a gym.

Most memberships cost around $30 per month, which doesn’t account for the cost of gas. If you spend $35 a month on gym costs, you’ll be in for over $200 after just over 6 months.

For many athletes, this is a worthwhile expense. But what happens if you can’t or choose not to attend the gym for a few weeks? You’re still paying.

But with the Body Boss, you pay a one-time cost that, after just a few months of consistent use, becomes much more valuable than a gym membership. 

Reviews

With over 400 reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.3 stars, this is a consistent product. It is praised for its simplicity and cost, as well as the minimal amount of space it takes up.

The Body Boss is considered to be incredibly versatile, which makes it an invaluable addition to your home gym. Some customers actually go so far as to say that this is the only aspect of your home gym that you truly need.

If you have an incline bench, you can also perform barbell chest presses – there is nothing else that a gym offers that the Body Boss doesn’t. 

Who is it for?

a woman training in fron of bed with bodyboss home gym 2.0

Keep in mind, this isn’t for everyone. For starters, it is a very self-focused venture. Proper use requires innovation and creativity as well as a decent amount of patience.

You’ll have to resign yourself to set it up, making sure the bands are attached, as well as finding or creating the right routines. For many athletes, the cost of a gym, that requires no additional set-up or time-in, is worth avoiding these processes. 

Additionally, as with any home gyms, you have to make sure that your willpower is up to the task of working out at home. For many people, and I am one of them, working out at home can be a huge challenge.

Often, it works best if you can designate a room in your home whose sole purpose is fitness. Even with that, it becomes much easier to say “five more minutes,” when you don’t have to drive to get there and you don’t even have to put on clothes.

The fortitude involved in deciding to workout at home is not slight. And even if you find yourself not up to the task, don’t worry, just because it is not for everyone does not make you less than someone else. It’s just a different mentality.

Many athletes crave the routine that paying for a gym membership necessitates. Like I said, and with all fitness options, they are not for everyone. Which is why it’s good that we have so many options. You can find your option, and then you can find your success. 

The Body Boss is a great product. For the home-centered, anti-gym athletes, it is a great way to save space and money, while still getting fantastically grueling workouts in.

If you’re deciding to go home-gym, the Body Boss is definitely worth considering, as the cheapest, most efficient, and the single most versatile piece of home gym equipment.

Picture of DAniel

Article by:

Daniel DeMoss

I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.  

Get in touch: [email protected]