Top 5 Home Gym Must Haves
Going to the gym is awesome! The people, the equipment, the music, the support, the excitement – what is there not to love? Well, some people manage to find a reason. They hate driving to and from the gym, prefer solitude, do not enjoy other people looking at them while they are working out, etc. So, instead of going to the gym, they exercise in the comfort of their own home. And that is totally OK: they can achieve great results, but only if they include proper equipment in their home gym. What are some of the pieces you should not avoid and how can you combine them? Here are 5 things to remember.
1 Power Rack
This is THE thing you want in your gym! A power rack will actually replace about four or five pieces of gym equipment and ensure that you have everything you need. It is ideal for bench presses, squats and deadlifts. However, as this is probably the largest and most expensive part of your home gym, make sure you pick the right model. Moreover, be sure to find an adjustable rack, so that you can add a utility bench and some pull-up bars.
You do not have to own a full set of dumbbells if you do not want to, but a few pairs will surely come in handy. They will not only guide you to bigger biceps and triceps, but also prove irreplaceable in other kinds of exercises. From pushups to squats, dumbbells – or, alternatively, kettlebells, another effective solution – will help you achieve better results in no time.
3 Pull-Up and Dip Station
Just like the power rack, this is the thing that does it all – from, of course, pull-ups and dips to slightly more sophisticated exercises like chin-ups and planks. Furthermore, the most developed high-end models come with padded hand grips and additional back support that provides protection, comfort and stability. In return, these allow you to work on your back, biceps, triceps, forearms, legs and knees. In the end, dips and pull-ups provide great results, too, so keep this in mind as well.
4 Stationary Bike
While some people hate cardio and find it useless, others could do it all day every day. The benefit of a home bike, as opposed to the one in the gym, is that you can enjoy your favorite TV show or listen to some good music while riding, and work out more that way than you would have in the gym. However, no matter where and how long you are exercising, you must choose proper clothes and footwear – you can even pick Ryder wear that will protect your ankles and, at the same time, make you look cool while riding a stationary bike.
5 Barbell and Plates
This is what back to basics really means – a barbell, some weights and your own strength. There is nothing better that that! With a one-inch thick barbell, every workout enthusiast will instantaneously feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger, even in their own home. You can perform exercises with weight plates only, or you can use just the barbell, but a combination of these will provide you an abundance of creative options. You can really focus on all parts of your body: legs (squats, deadlift and lunges), arms (biceps and close grip bench press), chest (various kinds of bench press), shoulders (military press) and back (power cleans and barbell row).
Develop Your Ideas
Of course, these are not the only items your home gym can have. There is always room for development and improvement, so, over time, you can start thinking about adding things like a cross rope, a punch bag and some more dumbbells. Depending on your wishes and plans, you can update your gym and get even better results. But, do not forget that these five items listed above will allow you to do all the exercises you want and definitely be enough to make your body leaner, healthier and better-looking.
About the author:
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life. Follow him onTwitter.