I am here to tell you that the best investment you can make, is to get your own home gym exercise equipment. If you have the space, of course, you will have what you need for two years worth of membership costs to most gyms around the world.
A lot of people who are first starting out with their exercise or workout routine, think that the only approach – or best, at least – is to sign up to a gym or health club. This way they are doing “the right” thing, and think that by doing so, they will see all the more results from going to a fitness studio than they would otherwise.
I did the same thing for many years, and it got me to a point where I was really fed up with people! I know, it sounds strange, but think about it: if your club of choice is somewhat popular, you will end up standing in line for almost every exercise you are to perform.
So, let’s get into it! 🙂
How much home fitness exercise equipment do I need?
Less than you might think.
What you should be focusing on, is a way to perform the 3 main exercises that will work out your whole body:
And variations there of.
If you effectively find a way to do these 3 exercises, preferably with some added resistance, i.e. weights, you will have no problem getting a workout done that will easily surpass your standing-in-line-for-the-most-part-of-time-spent-in-gym type of workout you get at every gym or fitness club on the planet.
What should I look for when shopping for my home gym?
Remember, your gear doesn’t have to be brand new.
Although I bought mine right out of the shop, because I was very spesific to my needs and goals, and had a hard time finding EXACTLY what I wanted (I’m picky, I know…) – you can get used home gym equipment in great condition from Craigslist or other websites of the likes in your country.
What I generally look for is rust-free, no holes in padding, and a few plates to go onto the olympic size bar.
Of course, you could opt for a few dumbbells too – but those are expensive and more for isolation exercises. I know, standing in front of the mirror while doing dumbbell curls IS what most guys associate with the thought of working out, but I have to tell you that you don’t need dumbbells when starting out 🙂
Side note: you don’t have to get an olympic bar, but down the line when you want to add plates to your home gym, it is som much easier to find plates that have olympic hole-size for the bar. Just a tip.
3 Components to a successful home gym
1. A padded bench, preferrably adjustable and not to wide over the back. This will give you more flexibility in choice when it comes to exercises, and be more comfortable in the long run. After all, you are in this for the long run once you invest in your own home gym equipment.
2. The next thing you need is a bench press and squat rack, preferrably a stand that can be adjusted in bar height from about 90cm (low) to about 165cm (high). Depending of your height, the exact desired height is somewhat individual once you get up to weights of 1RM (1 Rep Max), but overall stands that are adjustable to these heights will get you started.
Getting an olympic bar has you at about 20kg straight out of the box, so not many plates will be needed to start with. I recommend getting a set with bar and plates to begin with – this will be sufficient for the first few months up to a year.
Repeated Tip: Try searching your local Craigslist or other sites to find used equipment, the quality on this type of gear tends to keep year after year, and you usually pay a very low price compared to new gear.
And these plates I recommend have handle grips that make them comfortable to hold when doing various exercises using only the plates 🙂 It is all about being creative when you are working out using your budget home gym equipment!
Can’t possibly afford this type of home gym equipment?
If you’re not financially equipped to opt for the above options, do not worry as this budget starter package found on Amazon will do just fine 🙂 It is actually not how much weight you put on to the muscle that matters, execution is everyting. If you need tips on how to get the most out of this type of starter package, comment below and I will help you out.
The most important thing is to not be held back by the myth that you need expensive equipment to get your own home gym!