Setting up the ultimate home gym right can be one of the best investments into your fitness. After all, it’s really hard to beat the perks of a home gym: parking is never an issue, you won’t queue for equipment and the music is always on point. Bonus points for being able to grunt as loud as you want. In the long run, you may also start to see savings that make the initial capital outlay for home gym equipment even more worth it, particularly as you won’t be paying ongoing membership fees.
But where to start? Many people make the mistake of trying to buy absolutely every essential right away. However, it’s often a good idea to build up your supply of equipment as time goes on. You may decide you want to challenge yourself more or work on specific types of exercises down the line. Then you can expand strategically as your workouts are evolving. However, here are the initial basics you will need to get started on the road to the ultimate home gym.
First, Protect the Floor..
Wherever you’ve decided to create space, definitely consider installing rubber flooring or getting rubber mats. You really don’t want to bail on a deadlift onto wood or tiles or concrete. You’ll want to deaden the sound of dropped weights but also make it comfortable enough for floor work and core exercises.
Choose Your Cardio..
It’s essential to have at least one piece of equipment that will let you put in those cardio hours. Not to mention something to give you a great metabolic finish after strength-training workouts. This can be a treadmill if you’re into power walking, jogging and sprinting. You could also opt for an exercise bike if you’re an enthusiastic cyclist or even a skipping rope. Other popular cardio options also include ellipticals or rowing machines, which are both effective and can be compact.
Add the Full Rack..
The full rack is the centrepiece of your home gym, the literal framework for everything from bodyweight workouts to intense strength training. You can use it with a sturdy Olympic barbell and add weights. It allows you to do squats, bench presses, deadlifts, rows, military presses, etc. You can also use a full rack as an anchor for suspension trainers and resistance bands, which can offer hundreds of additional workout variations.
Now, Go Adjustable!
Basically, with just a set of adjustable dumbbells, an adjustable bench, and a pull-up bar on your full rack, you can replicate many major movements you’d usually do in the gym. Unless you have the budget and space for an entire set of regular dumbbells, adjustable ones are a great alternative for finishing off your initial home gym setup.