Subj: How to Build your Own Home Gym using the Best Home Gym Equipment (it’s cheaper than you think).
Home gyms are a convenient way to get in shape.
This post covers the essential home gym equipment to set you up for success.
The best place for a home gym is the basement, garage, or a barn.
Home gyms can range in size depending on the space you have available
Bear minimum you want Squat Rack or Power Rack, which takes up about as much space as a love seat.
For this post I will assume you want to get into the best shape of your life and I will suggest equipment accordingly.
Benefits of a Home Gym
No packing a gym bag, no driving to the gym, no need to find a locker, no waiting for gym equipment that someone just finished sweating all over.
You walk downstairs, or open the door out to your garage and get a great workout in the time it takes most people to drive to and from the gym!
Owning a home gym means you don’t pay a gym membership fee. A good gym will run you $50-85+ depending on where you live.
A home gym will pay for itself in a year or two. The time savings mentioned above is enough value added to make a home gym worth it.
Sure, home gym carries an upfront cost but good equipment will last you a lifetime and pay for itself many times over.
Hit the weights on your time. Workout the way you want. Blast reggie or classic rock from your 8-Track player like the badass you are. It’s your gym and you can workout your way.
Essential Home Gym Equipment
When building a home gym you just need to start with the basic necessities. If you want to truly get fit, you have to commit. A modest investment will pay dividends for a life time. If space is an issue, see if you can clear out the storage room in your basement or move stuff in your garage to the attic, or better yet sell it and use the money to buy gym equipment!
Start with the basic equipment and add items if necessary. The basics are the best because they allow you to do everything you need to get in shape.
There are three essential pieces of equipment to build a home gym: A power rack, a barbell weight set, and an adjustable bench.
This equipment will allow you to do everything you need to build an awesome body.
You need to be able to do 6 exercises as these are the core of every good workout routine:
- Barbell Rows
- Pull ups
- Bench Press
- Shoulder Press
That’s not all, you can do front squats, lunges, hanging leg raises, regular leg raises, bicep curls, reverse curls, dips, etc. We’re just getting warmed up, grab a weight plate and do shoulder raises, one arm rows, farmer carries, tricep extension, tricep kickbacks, etc.
The beauty of a home gym is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to get a lot of variety into your workouts. You can build from the basics.
#1) Power Rack
A power rack is perfect for doing squats and pull ups. These racks are awesome because they allow you to train safely without a spotter due to the built in safety bars. Get a rack that’s study and will support more than 600 pounds. Make sure you buy one that fits incase you have a low ceiling!
An olympic barbell set comes with a full length barbell and 300 pounds of weights. The weights range from 2.5 pounds to 45 pounds so you can make progress at your own pace.
A 300 pound olympic barbell set will be enough weight to train for a while for most people. As you get stronger you can buy weight plates as needed. I’d recommend weight plates with built in grips because they are easier to handle and use for make-shift ‘dumbbells’.
Get an adjustable bench and not a dedicated flat bench. The ability to select bench angles will allow you to do a variety of bench presses and improve your ability to train. You can also set the back vertical for military press and workout your shoulders.
Tips for selecting home gym equipment:
Buy quality – Good gym equipment will last a lifetime. A home gym is an investment in your health and wellbeing so in the grand scheme of things, shelling out money for home gym equipment is a small price to pay.
Keep it simple – stick to the necessities. Buy equipment that is multi-purpose, thoughtfully designed, and allows you to workout efficiently.
Don’t get suckered into buying dedicated ab exercise equipment. If it only serve one use, skip it. Focus on equipment that gives you the most bang for your buck.
Keep it compact – This goes back to point #2. be conscious of space when buying home gym equipment. You can build a home gym in the basement, garage, man cave or spare bedroom. You can build a home gym anywhere you have 10×10 feet of space.
If you don’t have the space, you can get a pull up bar and a set of dumbbells at the very least.
Even a treadmill or stationary bike is better than nothing. Stationary bikes are great and you can put them in your living room and watch T.V. while you workout.
A home gym can be build anywhere with solid foundation. You just need to be creative.