Let’s face it, everybody wants to stay fit but in this day and age, most of us are not blessed with the luxury of time to go to a gym on a day to day basis. However, staying fit and building muscle doesn’t require you to be at a gym while you can bring the gym to the comfort of your home. Today we’re going to talk about creating the best home gym.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
I’ve seen a lot of people attempt to create the best home gym for themselves by trying to buy expensive equipment and machines which they don’t necessarily need. The best home gym is not determined by the amount of fancy and expensive equipment, it’s determined by the utility and practicality of the equipment you get. You do not need to spend money upon expensive treadmills to maintain your cardiovascular health when you can take a brisk walk in the morning or anytime of the day which is not only good for your cardiovascular health but also proven to be extremely therapeutic. So, let’s talk about the equipment you’ll need for your very own home gym.
Rubber Floor Mats or Platform
Before you set out and start buying dumbbells and weights do yourself a favor and buy a rubber floor mat or any kind of a strong platform and spread it across the entire room or different portions of the room where you plan to keep the weights. This will save you from the risk of damaging your floor with all those weights and will also help in reducing noise.
The almighty power rack is going to be the centre of your home gym. A power rack is not only functional for a huge variety of lifts but is also your safety net for big compound movements like squats, bench press etc. In case you go wrong in a big lift or the weight is just too much for you the pins will be your saviour. When it comes to power racks there is a huge variety you can find on the market so please make sure that the rack is;
a) sturdy enough to handle all the load you are going to put on it. and;
b) comes with good attachments like a dipping bar, pull up bar etc.
A lot of exercises require you to lie down like a bench press or to be seated like a seated military press. For these exercises, you will need a bench to execute them properly and safely. While buying a bench make sure to find one that has interchangeable angles which you can change depending on the exercise rather than buying a flat and an inclined bench separately.
Barbells, Dumbbells and Weight Plates
All of these are usually easy to find. I’ll let you into a little secret, instead of buying brand new for a premium price you can find preloved ones for almost half the cost.
When it comes to barbells don’t get caught up in the different type of barbells like a hex bar, axle bar etc. Just buy yourself a standard barbell which can be used for hitting small muscle groups like the biceps and a full sized Olympic bar which is used for the heavier and compound lifts such as Deadlifts, Bench press and Squats. However, please do make sure that they are of good quality and are capable of handling the weight without bending or snapping in half.
As for dumbbells, instead of buying dumbbells with fixed weights buy yourself two empty dumbbell rods with pins and buy the weights separately. It might take a bit of effort to change the weights after every set but it will help in keeping your home gym economical.
And for the weight plates, you can buy them either new or preloved. The price per pound will vary from place to place but buy preloved plates will definitely be the cheaper option. If you are just a beginner, I suggest you buy smaller weight plates to begin your journey and keep adding weights as you progress and become stronger.
Voila, it’s done. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced lifter this setup is sufficient to begin or continue your journey through the iron paradise.