What are the most vital pieces of gym equipment for a home gym?
Home gyms can be great.
No membership fees, no travel time and cost, and no workout gear (you can work out in your underwear duh) no worrying about capacity or germs (I’m not a germophobe, you are) and most importantly, no worrying about anyone but yourself.
This blog aims at giving you a comprehensive guide of the vital pieces of equipment you need in your home.
Keep in mind; this equipment guide is for young people for a fundamental strength and weight routine, tied with some cardiovascular elements.
1) Power Rack:
- Bent over rows
- Bench Press
This one is the big first. It’s the staple for all the big lifts. Your bench presses, deadlifts, squats and rows all revolve around this. Depending on the rack, it can also be used for some great bodyweight exercises as well, such as chin-ups and pullups.
2) Olympic weight bar/ weight plates and storage:
Remember how we just talked about the power rack?
Yeah this might help, the thing that you attach the weights to on either side and hold while doing the exercise? Yep, that. Olympic bars should be relatively easy to find online or through our website for example.
Weight plates, you might want these too:
The storage component refers to an organized and structured way to rack the weights. A standard weight plate rack or ‘weight tree’ will do the trick.
Unlike barbells, dumbbells allow for greater range of motion on many of the exercises shown, as well as many other exercises not achievable with the barbell. If your budget is tight, a barbell will get you to where you need to go. If you’ve got some more money to spend, dumbbells are defiantly worth the investment.
Exercises that can be achieved with dumbbells but not barbells:
- Chest flies
- Rear delt flies
- Dumbbell pullovers
- Arnold shoulder presses
4) Adjustable bench:
- Incline press
- Flat press
- Back dumbbell rows
- Rear Delt flies.
Obviously you need something to sit or to lay on when doing such exercises, like your flat/ incline and shoulder presses.
A good adjustable bench in working condition means the upholstery is in good condition, and the pulley to adjust the bench is smoothly working.
5) Flooring: (optional)
What flooring does your home gym have? Is it suitable for big framed equipment? Or weights being dropped on it all the time?
If the case is no, you should probably consider mats. They don’t necessarily need to be everywhere in the exercise area, but for high traction areas or under big machines.
6) Cardio pieces:
- Skipping Rope
- Boxing gloves
These pieces are purely for cardiovascular circuit work and are a stable collection for your basic cardio workouts.
7) Treadmill, Elliptical or Spin-Bike: (optional)
This will be your most expensive item. If you’re only looking to gain weight and strength, or this obviously isn’t necessary. If weight loss is in the regiment, this will probably help.
Here’s where it comes to preference. Treadmills are great for all-round general fitness, but maybe you feel like you get more out of an elliptical? Or prefer the motion of a spin bike. Obviously, any are great, but we know you probably don’t have all the space and budget in the world. The spin bike is definitely the cheapest item and will get the job done, and the treadmill being the most expensive. We’ll provide some options for you.
Buying a commercial piece of cardio equipment is always the best way to go. Commercial equipment is made for 24/365-day constant usage.
It’ll be everything you want and more.
So that’s it. A basic guide for all your home equipment needs.
Here at Gray’s Fitness we sell everything from exercise bikes, used treadmills, second hand exercise bikes, elliptical cross trainers, stair climbers and rowing machines. Rest assured all of your second hand gym equipment needs are here. You can buy it as as traded, refurbished or new, with our prices proudly being up to 75% lower than the RRP. We are based in Altona North in Melbourne but ship everywhere in Australia including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, as well as everywhere internationally.