The 10 things every home gym needs
You finally have the money, and space, saved up for your dream gym. You may have already thought of a few items that you want, but what do you do with the rest of the space? As your trusted fitness authority, we have 10 items that you are going to want in your home gym.
From swings to goblet squats, these are a must-have for your home gym. As an option if nothing else. These also can be used without taking up a lot of space, which will help you appear more considerate if you are inviting anyone else to join you for a work out at your place.
2. A Comfortable Mat
People who practice yoga will often use comfortable mats to perform their workouts. The material used in these mats is incredibly comfortable and will be able to take your attention off of the hard floor and put it back where it belongs – on your workout.
3. Power Cage
This will be for your room if you have a lot of space. This is specifically designed to help you do deadlifts, barbell squats, and bench presses. For a three-in-one machine like this, you really can’t go wrong.
4. Power Tower
This is a great alternative to a full power rack. This option will allow you to do dips, chin ups, pull ups, and any other exercises when you are in a hanging position. No matter the size of your room, you should have plenty of space for this.
5. Small Barbell
We’re talking specifically about one that is 6-feet in length. This is a good option if you don’t have room for one that is olympic-sized. It should weigh about 33 pounds and can hold up to 700 pounds. So, it works like the larger-sized one without being as cumbersome.
6. Battle Ropes
These bad boys are going to help you raise the bar on your cardio exercise. You can use these to do waves, slams, and whatever else you can think of. You are, however, going to need a lot of space and a strong anchor to hold them down.
7. Heavy Punching Bag
This almost goes without saying, but also purchase the gloves and wraps that should come with it (if they don’t). This is a great choice if you aren’t into outdoor cardio. Punching bags are fantastic for helping you burn calories and increase strength.
8. Gym Rings
Make your workouts more challenging by using these for your hanging exercises. These can also be used more more old-school exercises.
9. Power Reels
These are somewhere between dumbbells and resistance bands. Power reels are for resistance exercise and work your muscles by keeping them under tension. They take up about as much space as dumbbells, so you should have plenty of space.
10. Weighted Vest
Getting too strong to receive as much benefit from bodyweight exercise as you once did? We’ve got you covered. Your solution is a weighted vest. It will fit securely to your body, unlike wearing a chain around your waist during dips and your other hanging exercises. Some are adjustable and you can increase the weight. We also recommend looking into those that are slimmer so it doesn’t impede your workout any more that it has to.
And there you have it! 10 of the best pieces of equipment that stood out to us to help you get the most out of your home gym. As always, we recommend that you don’t lift too heavy, too fast, and keep in contact with your doctor to ensure that you are working out safely. Also, get a trainer, if cash allows. And don’t forget to have fun!