Are you planning the perfect home gym? Smart move, as your home gym will eliminate every excuse for not training: “I don’t have time, it’s too far, but it’s raining…” Once you find the perfect home gym equipment, simply walk in and start training. You can get in a workout before work, in the evening after you get home, or if you work from home, you’ll be able to train whenever you feel motivated to burn fat and build muscle.
Can you afford the perfect gym equipment for your perfect home gym? You can! Especially if you focus on the home gym essentials. Plus, the money you used to spend each month on gym dues and fees can be used for the “must have” equipment to get started at home. Here are a few suggestions for essential gym equipment as the core of your home gym:
1. A Rack
Start with a squat rack. Or, if you have the space and funds, upgrade to a sturdy power rack for safety and functionality and build your perfect home gym around it. A power rack is perfect for squats, deadlifts and overhead presses.
2. A Bench
You’ll need to train your chest, and the safest way to do that is on a sturdy weight bench. Your perfect home gym needs a strong adjustable bench to support those heavy bench presses. And an adjustable bench will also help you to train your upper chest and shoulders.
Before you jump into buying bars and plates for your home gym, remember that any exercise you can do with a barbell, you can perform with a pair of dumbbells. As a bonus, the dumbbells will increase the intensity of the exercise. When using dumbbells you must stabilize each dumbbell which activates your core and many of the smaller supporting accessory muscles. You have two styles of dumbbells to consider, individual hex dumbbells that don’t rust or roll OR adjustable dumbbells. If you have limited space (or funds) start with the adjustable dumbbells!
If you are really short of cash or space any home gym equipment, consider training with one or two moderately heavy kettlebells. You can train your entire body with a single kettlebell. As you become more fit you can progress to a heavier kettlebell. When your budget allows, add a pair of dumbbells, then add your bench and a barbell. You get the idea, grow your home gym as you grow!
Your perfect home gym will allow you to perform the same workout you do at the gym, without the monthly fees or having to leave your home. Investing in good quality equipment will not only eliminate the stress and hassle of traveling to the gym, but it will allow you the perfect balance between exercise and your life. Your investment in your home gym equipment may be one of the best things you can do for your health and fitness, get started planning today!