BMI Home Gym – Old School But Still Awesome

If you talk to home fitness enthusiasts who have been in the scene for a while you will soon hear about BMI Home Gyms. BMI was one of the early companies in the home gym industry and while the company is no longer around, their reputation is still amazing. My only experience was with a BMI 9000 home gym and I loved it.

The great thing about the BMI home gyms is that they used actual multi-weight stacks, but still were very compact. Band-resistance machines are great, but there’s something old-school and awesome about lifting actual weights. The BMI home gym was all metal and even though there was definitely a log of clanging, the machine felt super-stable.

Unfortunately, I can find no trace of BMI on the internet. The company seems to have vanished and I don’t think anybody is making new BMI home gyms. The good news is that you can still find a lot of these on eBay and Craigslist at some pretty amazing prices. You don’t have to worry about these machines being run-down or in bad shape, because they are super well-built. The only thing you have to worry about are the cables because often these are worn or frayed on the older machines. That’s because the people who own BMI home gyms absolutely love them. However, there are several companies that will make custom cables for you. If the cables are in bad shape, you should be able to get the BMI Home Gym for really cheap – if not free. Replace the cables and you’ll have an amazing home gym.

The legacy of the BMI Home Gym is a lasting one. We have so much modern technology that it’s easy to forget that sometimes old-school is the best way to go.

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tanti April 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Kyle,

If you read this, maybe you can help me. I got a BMI Home gym – 4 stations today. However, I do not have the manual with it. I tried to look anywhere with no luck. Do you have manual for yours? Help me out. Thanks.

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kenia August 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

hi, kyle i have the same problem you have or had, and i would like to know if you get the manual or if you get any help with it, let me know please, thanks.

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C.Rhoades January 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

I also needed the manual for my BMI Home Gym I found it at this website. It’s a download payable by PayPal.
http://manualfox.com

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chuck May 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

who sells or makes the cables in san diego?

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Jeanine Neumer December 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Chuck , Did you find out who makes the cables or sells them in San Diego? Mine just snapped and I’m searching. I would appreciate info. if you have any. Thank you.

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john menzies February 8, 2012 at 6:13 am

Jeanine,
Your best bet to find cable for the BMI is Home Depot. They sell cable by the foot. It may be a bit crude but it works. I replaced mine though a Company called Certified Slings.
Bye hope I helped.
John

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Jim Ed May 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

..looking for 9800 cable and manual as well…in chicago area

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Colonel September 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Did you find a manual for the BMI 9800? If so, can you direct me to where I might find one?

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Rick January 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

I have no experience with the BMI but depending on what the ends look like you can try a garage door company for cables. One that does commercial work will typically have cables in different diameters and can make them to any length.

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Jim January 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

If you measure your existing cable, you can go to any hardware or home improvement store and buy bulk cable and cable clamps. You can make your own cables for a fraction of the cost of new ones. (if you could find new ones.

Be well, Jim

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david January 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

looking for the manuel for the BMI #9000

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leroy February 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

I just got a bmi 11000 yesterday,
.It looks new and I was wondering what happened to the co. seeing as how I can not find anything about it on the internet. It’s a 11000 with 4 work stations and I paid 175.00 for it….. Good Deal ??

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Sue B December 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Can you still buy replacement parts for the BMI 9000???

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mike April 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

hello everyone.
i was wondering if anyone knew what each weight weighed on the bmi 9000.
does it go by 5s 10s 20s? i should have weighed them before reassembling.

thanks for any help

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Bart Hugens June 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Mine are 10s

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hughD July 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

for the 9000, mine are 20# each, ten of them.

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Mike July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

I have a BMI 9850 home gym, but am missing one of the guide bars for the weights. Can anyone help me find one or a replacement?

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