There are many reasons to build a home gym ranging from convenience to becoming tired of waiting in line to use equipment at your local fitness facility. Whatever the reason, it is important to know what equipment is essential for creating a functional and enjoyable home gym space. In the article below, we will discuss the must have pieces of equipment that you need to get started.
Often overlooked, flooring is a very important part of your home gym. Proper flooring will not only reduce the noise level but also protect the natural floors in your home as well as your equipment. Think of it this way, if you dropped a dumbbell on a tile or hardwood floor, it will almost always leave a dent or chip and can even damage the dumbbell itself. Foam tile flooring is sold in squares and easily connects to cover the surface space that you require. In addition to protecting your floors, the shock absorbing material also protects your joints, is anti-slip and provides a safe workout surface that can easily be cleaned.
Having one or two cardio machines such as a treadmill or elliptical will help you get your heart rate up and ready to burn calories without having to go outside for a run or a bike ride. If you can only choose one piece of cardio equipment, an elliptical trainer will work both your upper and lower body and provides a low impact workout, placing little strain on your joints.
Barbell & Plate Set
Many of the classic exercises that we know have proven results revolve around the essential barbell & plate set which for most individuals is the foundation of their workout. If you are seriously involved in weightlifting and strength training, choose an Olympic bar that is 6 to 7 ft wide and plates. Known for their rugged durability, these bars have a sleeve-like end which ensures that there is no added torque when doing motions such as catch and snatches. For a standard fitness enthusiast that is just looking for reliable weights, a standard bar and plates will be more than adequate and typically cost less.
With a barbell set and plate set, the entire body can be worked. Some of the most common exercises (and what muscles they target) include:
Arms and Shoulders:
● Bicep Curls
● Military Press
● Close Grip Bench Press
● Behind Neck Press
Chest and Back:
● Incline & Decline Bench Press
● Upright Row
● Barbell Row
● Back Squat
● Front Squat
There are many other accessories that will put a nice finishing touch on your home gym. To target core strength, buy a few medicine balls or kettlebells. A workout mat is another great option to add comfort and support while performing floor exercises and a foam roller is a great way to gently stretch and soothe muscles during a cool down.
For extra cardio options, a small trampoline is a fun way to get your heart rate up and a step bench is perfect for other leg toning exercises like calf raises. Depending on your budget, purchase the essentials first and then slowly add accessories to your home gym.
If you are looking for one splurge item, consider investing in a home gym system like the Hoist Multi V-Express that will give you the best bang for your buck. The single piece of equipment provides a complete body workout and targets your arms, chest, back, legs, and core and features a press arm, roller pad, cables and weight plates to make your workout as challenging as you can handle. A major bonus is the compact nature of the Multi V-Express, which takes up little space and combines the functions of many separate exercise machines.
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