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?
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.