Why I am mostly anti-home gym/cardio equipment:
1) You’re going to use whatever it is a maximum of 30 times. Tops.
2) Cardio machines are repetitive. You will be moving but you will be using the same muscles all the time and burning fewer and fewer calories each time unless you are disciplined enough to change the program, resistance, speed, incline or what have you.
3) Weight machines (like the Bowflex) require lots of room and lots of adjusting. I don’t have the space or patience.
4) You miss out on the variety available at a gym.
5) You miss out on the camaraderie at the gym.
If you don’t have the time or money to commit to a gym, you probably don’t have the time or money (or space) to commit to home gym equipment. I used to own a Nordic Track skier. I’m pretty sure I bruised myself bumping into it more times that I actually used it. That being said however, with a minimum amount of equipment, you can get a great home workout. Lunges, squat, push-ups, jumping jacks, and crunches don’t require anything but motivation. If you’ve got that then by all means, go forth and exercise. If you’re low on motivation as well as everything else then maybe a gym that offers classes, or individual classes elsewhere, might be a better idea.