Home Gym: The Most Crucial Equipment

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  1. POWER RACK

This will be the centerpiece of your home gym. It’s not just safe to use, it also allows you to perform almost anything that’s important. Thanks to the J-hooks, you can perform any free weight move. The pins will also save you if you fail to catch a lift. A power rack may require much space but it’ll be worth every penny. New racks can be sold less than $500 and that would be sufficient in a home gym.

Here are the factors to consider when you’re about to purchase one:

Factors

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Strength

Can the rack handle your abilities?

Are the pins strong?

How about the joints, are they bolted or welded?

Should it be bolted to the floor or can it tip?

Is it at least an inch thick?

Can it hold more than 1,000 pounds?

Hole Spacing

Does it have 1 to 2-inch hole spacing?

(Note: This space will let you accomplish a full range of motion if you’re doing a bench press. This means you also won’t hit the pins and it’ll give you the chance to drop the weight in case of emergency. A 4-inch hole spacing means the pins are either too high which would limit your range of motion or too low which won’t allow you to drop the weight.)

Width

Is it 46-50 inches wide on the inside?

(Note: A rack that’s too wide won’t allow you to hit the uprights when you’re racking weight. A rack that’s too narrow won’t allow you to get your feet sufficiently wide for particular lifts.)

Height

Is it too tall for my room?

Do I need a tall or open rack?

Accessories

Do I need a rack that comes with dip attachments, pull-up or chin bars, band pegs, or pulley systems?

  1. BARBELL AND WEIGHTS

Finding a barbell is kids’ stuff. Choosing what type of barbell to get isn’t. Barbells can be Olympic or standard. Olympic bars are usually 7 feet long. They come with a 2-inch diameter sleeve. Their bars are tailored for hefty weight and large, compound lifts. On the other hand, standard bars are one inch in diameter. They have with 1-inch holes through the plates. Unlike Olympic ones, they aren’t made for heavy lifting. These bars can easily bend and are usually unable to hold more than 200 pounds. Weight plates can be found in almost any store. They usually cost $1 per pound if you buy from stores but if you check the classifieds and flea markets, they could cost only 50 cents per pound.

Let’s check out the factors to consider.

Factors

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Type

Should I settle with a standard type?

Am I strong enough to own a bar for heavy lifts?

Olympic Bar

Is it chrome plated?

Is it difficult to damage?

Am I willing to pay extra for the quality?

  1. BENCH

Saying you need a bench is an understatement. There are particular movements you cannot do without a bench such as a dumbbell pullover, bench press, and dumbbell row. Invest in a decent bench and you’ll be thankful you did.

I recommend you check gym sales, gym auctions, and classifieds. You can always settle on a used by durable one instead of buying a new one twice the price.

Ready for the factors? Here they are:

Factors

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Your Needs

Do I need one that can support 200 pounds or do I need one that can handle 600 pounds including my body weight?

Height

Is the bench right for my height?

Can I place my feet flat on the floor while lying on it?

Kind

Do I need an adjustable bench?

Price

Should I buy a new bench or look for a sturdy but secondhand one?

  1. DUMBBELLS

Don’t be a dummy, buy dumbbells! They can be considered more flexible than barbells. They’re priced at numerous points that can suit your budget. Plus, you’ve got an extensive variety of choices. Plate-loadable dumbbells are the most economical ones. They can either be Olympic or standard, making it hassle-free to match your barbell plates. There are also selectable dumbbells that are made by PowerBlock and Bowflex. They aren’t cheap but they’re a great alternative for people who have limited home gym space. They’re also a little hard to find in heavier sizes.

Let’s check out the factors you should consider.

Factors

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Price

Am I on a budget? (If you are, you should go for standard handles.)

Do I have enough money to install a commercial-style dumbbell rack?

Type

Will I settle for a selectable or a plate-loadable dumbbell?

Fixed dumbbells are safer to use and more comfortable, should I buy them instead?

Weights

Do I have extra 2.5 and 5 pound plates?

  1. PLATFORM

Your home gym won’t be a home gym without at least a simple platform. “Why do I need one?” you ask. Because a platform can protect your equipment and floors. You wouldn’t want your wife (or husband) to scold you for causing concrete to crack! Besides, having one will deaden the sound caused by the clanging weights. Store-bought platforms consist of a couple sheet of plywood with its top layer made of either rubber or rubber plus hardwood. They usually cost hundreds of dollars. However, if you don’t have enough money but you have the time, you can make your own platform.

Here are the steps:

  1. Choose a rubber. A ¾-inch-thich horse stall mat will do. That’ll cost about $40. You only need a single sheet if you’re planning to use a wood insert on its top. Buy two sheets if you want the platform to be made entirely of rubber.

  2. Cut the mats depending on the size of your room.

  3. Get 2-4 sheets of plywood, depending on how big or small your platform is.

  4. Cut a single piece of rubber into sections that have a width of 2 feet if you want to place the wood insert on top. Place them on the platform’s edges, where weights will strike. Then put one piece of 4-feet hardwood between the sections.

  5. Screw them all down to secure them.

That’s it! Once you have this crucial equipment, your home gym will be ready for you!