What Equipment Do You Need For a Home Gym?

| June 21, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

Some people just don’t like commercial gyms. This is understandable since most commercial gyms suck really bad. A home gym offers serious advantages. Number one is, of course, the fact that you save a lot of time. You don’t have to travel 2 hours and wait for the sweaty chemists to finally give you a chance to use the equipment.

What equipment does a home gym need to be effective? It depends on the exercises that you want to perform.

1.Bodyweight focus

If you want to focus on bodyweight exercises, all you need is a pull-up bar and a dip station. Alternatively, you could simply use gymnastic rings for both exercises. The downside of this method is that your leg strength will remain low since bodyweight exercises become too easy. Even the so-called pistol squat is not a difficult movement in terms of strength. Therefore, you may consider buying dumbbells or kettlebells in order to perform weighted leg exercises.

2.Barbell focus

If you want to include basic barbell exercises in your routine, you need a stable power rack, a good Olympic bar, weights, collars and chalk.

The power rack can also be used for pull-ups/chin-ups/ring pull-ups and dips (depending on the model).

This is a complete home gym with minimal limitations. There are professional powerlifters such as Mike Tuchscherer who have developed most of their strength in similar garage gyms.

3.Kettlebell and dumbbell focus

Having a power rack in your house in nice, but it’s also expensive, and most people don’t have the required space. In that case, you could simply focus on kettlebells and dumbbells. At the end of the day, you can develop sick strength and mobility without ever touching a barbell. This may not be the most optimal approach, but it works.

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