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My home gym equipment that got me through lockdown

When I moved into my new Persimmon home in 2019, the thing I was most excited about was my home gym. It didn’t exist yet,…

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When I moved into my new Persimmon home in 2019, the thing I was most excited about was my home gym. It didn’t exist yet, but I had BIG BIG plans to slowly start buying weight and gym equipment until I had an actual gym.

There are still a few more bits I would like, but my gym is fully functional and does exactly what I need it to do.

I’m so glad I invested in my gym equipment before Coronavirus happened as it meant I was able to keep up my fitness routine during lockdown (and pregnancy!) and I was able to keep having PT sessions over Facetime.

My personal trainer changed my program to reflect the equipment I had at home.

Now that have my son, I have cancelled my gym membership and this is the only place I workout.

So, here’s what I have!

gym equipment lockdown home gym pinterest image

The first pieces of gym equipment I bought.

When I first moved into my house, I bought:

  • a floor mat
  • a 7ft Olympic Bar – 15kg
  • two 10kg Olympic plates
  • four 2.5kg Olympic plates
  • four 1.25 plates

I already owned:

  • two 3kg weights
  • resistance bands
  • weighed Hoola hoop

This meant I was able to do a good back workout doing deadlifts, rows as well as some shoulder work. I was also able to do some clean and presses, jerks and things like that.

I could do lightweight squats, up to about 25kg as I didn’t need to rely on a rack.

Which squat rack or power cage to buy?

Because I had a small space to work with, I wanted something that I could use to help me squat, bench and deadlift. I also wanted to have a pull-up bar.

You can buy lots of different pieces of equipment. You can get benches for bench press that have leg curls, you a get fold away squat racks, you can get all in one system that has cables and all.

I went for a Mirafit Power Rack so I could use it to squat, bench ane load weights on the bar during deadlifts. I can also adjust it to hold the bar at the correct level for overhead press and there’s also the option to buy a cable extension kit for it. It also came with a bench.

I bought some square floor mats, too.

Around this time, I also bought:

  • two more 10kg plates
  • two 5kg plates
  • two Olympic dumbells (weigh 4kg each and can put Olympic plates on)
  • two-step boxes
  • an exercise ball
  • a weight tree to store my plates
  • a mirror
  • a 12.5kg 5ft Olympic bar
  • 12kg kettlebell (a friend gave me this!)

gym equipment mirafit rackmirafit power cage and bench

Upgrading the cage:

I got my cable extension set for my birthday. It attaches to the power cage and allows me to do lat pulldowns, cable curls, tricep pulldowns and other exercises. It came with a rope, a pull-down bar and a straight bar. I also bought the dip bar extensions for my cage.

Around this time, I also bought a spin bike and a pair of 6kg hex dumbells

I felt like I needed some cardio equipment and I’ve always planned to buy my dumbells. The Olympic ones that you can change the weight on are good for starting out with, but are a hassle to keep adjusting long term.

Eventually, I’d like some more dumbells. 8kg, 10kg, 12kg and 14 kg. This isn’t essential though and something I will buy slowly.

mirafit extension cable kit in home garage gym

bodymax spin bike in home garage gym

All my equipemet!

So, overall, there’s what’s in my gym.

  • a floor mat
  • floor pads
  • a 7ft Olympic Bar – 15kg
  • four 10kg Olympic plates
  • four 2.5kg Olympic plates
  • four 1.25 plates
  • two 3kg weights
  • resistance bands
  • two more 10kg plates
  • two 5kg plates
  • two Olympic dumbells
  • two-step boxes
  • an exercise ball
  • a weight tree to store my plates
  • a mirror
  • a 12.5kg 5ft Olympic bar
  • 12kg kettlebell
  • cable extension kit
  • two 6kg hex dumbells
  • a spin bike
  • dip bar extensions
  • Olympic clips
  • skipping rope
  • weighted Hoola hoop
  • swiss ball

mirafit home garage gym setupdeadlift set up in home garage gym

12 comments

  1. When we buy our home, I would love to buy lots of gym equipment. Mainly because I seem to workout better at home. All I have at the moment is a mat and a few weights haha! This is definitely one of my goals – to have a home gym!
    x

    Megan Elizabeth

  2. Wow, this is amazing!!! My pre poor health self would have loved this in my home, its amazing, it must be brilliant to have a home gym, and yours looks insane xxx

      Zoë – MammafulZo  

  3. A home gym makes so much sense when you have the space and I can see who it must have been such a lifesaver during lockdown. Your weight equipment is so cool. We bought a stationary bike last year during quarantine and it was honestly one of the best purchases we made all year.

  4. Oh wow! What a neat little indoor gym set up, I would love to have this in my house. Thanks for giving us an insight x

  5. I actually didn’t realise that you had a home gym until fairly recently! I always thought you were at the gym. It’s great you were able to get your own and continue as I know lots of people have struggled to get their own equipment when being at home. You have a good set up!

  6. Wow go you! I’ve been doing some running in lockdown but my motivation levels dip up and down!

    Rosie

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