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The Most Essential Gym Equipment For Your Home Gym

Building a home gym is a great way to get in shape for those who dread going to their local gym every day. Home gyms are extremely convenient, and can be just as effective as a commercial gym if done properly. So what gym equipment will get you closest to achieving your goals?

Power Rack

power-rack

I would consider a power rack one of the best pieces of gym equipment you can get because they provide a safe way to complete a large variety of different exercises. Most importantly, you can do the “Big 3” when it comes to lifting weights: Squats, Dead lifts, and Bench press. Many power racks even have a bar up top that allows you to do chin ups, or pull ups.

Power racks are also ideal in terms of safety. A good power rack will have adjustable bars that can catch the barbell if you fail a rep.

Olympic Size Barbell

olympic-barbell

Without this essential piece of gym equipment, your power rack will basically be useless. A barbell will allow you to do a variety of workouts like bench press, shoulder press, curls, squats, deadlifts, and more. Given that you can train every part of your body with a barbell, it will be an essential addition to your home gym.

Bench

adjustable bench

In order to maximize the amount of exercises you can do, you will need a bench. Ideally, you want a bench that is able to do incline, flat, and decline. An adjustable bench will greatly increase the amount of exercises you can do. Look for a quality bench that provides a lot of stability.

Weight Plates

weight plates

All of the above pieces of equipment will be pretty useless without some Olympic size weight plates. You can buy these individually or by the set (much cheaper this way).

Dumbbell set

dumbell set

A good set of dumbbells will basically complete your home gym. It will greatly increase the amount of exercises you can do. Some exercises include: curls, dumbbell flys, military press, lateral Raises, dumbbell rows, tricep extensions, and much more.

Curl Bar

curl bar

This is not a totally necessary piece of gym equipment but it is good to have. It can definitely add a variety of exercises to your arsenal. Be sure to get a curl bar that will be compatible with your weight plates.

Cardio Equipment of Your Choice

When it comes to cardio, it is important to choose a piece of equipment you enjoy the most. Some people prefer a stationary bike over a treadmill, or vice versa. Maybe you like the elliptical the best to burn those calories. Choose the one that you can see yourself doing for a long period of time. This will allow you to stay more consistent and help prevent you from dreading your workouts.

These are some of the best pieces of gym equipment you can have for a good home gym. You will be able to complete a huge variety of exercises within the convenience of your own home.

Does the Paleo Burn Diet Really Work?

paleo-dietThe Paleo diet is becoming increasingly more popular for those who are looking to improve their body composition and overall health. This diet is based on the premise that you will only eat commonly available foods like our ancestors did many years ago. These foods include things like fish, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and fruit. If you are strictly following the paleo diet, you cannot eat any grains, dairy products, or any other processed foods.

So does the Paleo diet really work? The answer is yes, programs like paleo burn, and other variations of Paleo work wonders on people, but not necessarily for the reasons you may think. The primary reason is the fact that the foods are less calorie dense, and more filling. It is more difficult to overeat when following the Paleo diet compared to other diets that aren’t as filling. Additionally, it tends to be easier for people to diet properly when a program is laid out for them.

One of the downsides some people find with the Paleo diet is that it can sometimes be tough to follow strictly. Our society revolves around eating foods in social gatherings so sticking to Paleo foods can prove to be difficult for many. Also, you have to be willing to cut out dairy and grains, which may prove to be a tough task for you.

Is the Paleo Diet Necessary?

It is up to you to decide whether the Paleo diet is the most optimal one for you to follow. You will absolutely burn fat following this diet, but you need to consider whether or not you can stick with it in the long term for the best results. It is common for people to take on a diet like this and get great results, only to eventually revert back to their previous habits and gain all the weight back.  You might find a more flexible diet approach with a controlled energy intake, fiber, vitamins, and adequate protein easier to follow. After all, it is overeating that causes the creation of adipose fat tissue. Eating some higher calorie foods you enjoy every now and then shouldn’t be a problem if you are eating at a calorie deficit in the long term.

The best diet is always one that you personally can stick to consistently in the long term and still get the results you want. For some people, the paleo diet is a great way to eat the foods they enjoy, and get the results they want at the same time. For others, it might be difficult to cut out dairy products and grains, making it difficult to maintain the diet in the long term.