When setting up your home gym, it is important to consider what equipment to buy and what equipment is best suited for your fitness goals. Equipment is also known to be fairly expensive, not to mention the limitations of space in your own home. Therefore, deciding on which equipment to include in your home gym can be a complicated process.
With that in mind, today we’re going to look at some of the fitness essentials that you should consider when setting up a home gym.
Squat Rack/Power Rack:
A squat rack or ‘power rack’ is a great addition to any home gym as it offers versatility; allowing you to perform many prevalent exercises in order to perform a more diversified workout. Conventional home squat racks can typically work as a bench press, military press, and can also be used for pull ups and chin ups. Squat racks also act as a plate stand to stack weights on when they aren’t being used elsewhere in the gym.
Kettlebell sets can offer similar benefits as dumbbells, however, equipping both can prove to be a great addition to your home gym. Exercises done with kettlebells can be quite unique yet they’re a worthwhile investment for the variety of workout routines they offer. One major use of kettlebells is using them when performing bodyweight exercises in case you want to adjust the amount of resistance in the movement.
Equipping yourself with 2 adjustable dumbbells is wise as the exercises you can perform with them seem to be endless. Dumbbells offer a variety of exercises for a range of muscles allowing you to get a proper workout within the comfort of your own home.
The adjustable feature allows you to use this equipment at the desired weight depending on what muscle group your using and how many reps and sets you wish to complete. This allows you to freely customise your workout to your wants and needs without being limited by a lack of equipment.
A barbell is just a basic metal bar that weighted plates can be added onto that can be used for a variety of exercises, such as bicep curls. One benefit of barbells, like other free weights is that, unlike machines, they incorporate stabiliser muscles to perform the movement. Be sure to look for a solid, sturdy bar that can hold a lot of weight, also take notes of the circumference of the bar and how easy it is to grip in your hands.
Something as simple as a rope can offer a great deal in your home gym if you want to incorporate an element of cardio into your workout. Jump ropes are often cheap, meaning they won’t break the bank yet they offer a great cardio exercise option and can help with coordination. If you already have some jumping skills, it’s best to look for a lightweight wire rope to work on speed and a weighted rope to work on strength.
While not being necessarily categorised as, ‘gym equipment’, a stereo is an important addition to your home gym. Music is a great stimulus to listen to in the gym, as it can offer motivation and make the whole experience more enjoyable.
Setting up a home gym can be a difficult process, but including these elements will see you having equipment that offers a well-rounded workout that will allow you to achieve your fitness goals.