My Guide To Home Workout Equipment
People often ask me what the best equipment is for a home gym, so in this article, I’m going to give you a some options for resistance workouts and HIIT style programmes.
Rule Number 1
Rule one is very simple…
Only purchase stuff that you will use!
So many people buy exercise equipment with good intentions, only for it to be shoved in the garage gathering dust a few months latr. This happens because people buy stuff because they’ve seen it on the TV or because Brenda told them it would be a good idea.
Whatever you do, do not buy one of those Abmaster 2000 devices that you see advertised!
Buy stuff that you know you will use.
Rule Number 2
Rule number 2 is to buy the best you can afford.
If you buy cheap, then they’ll break. Simple as.
If you’re going to use it regularly, it’ll be money well spent.
Things like cast iron weights will last a lifetime, so you can always sell them if you decide you don’t want them.
A lot will depend on your budget, the space that you have available to you and your training goal.
If you wish to work out from home exclusively or supplement your gym sessions, then I think investing in a dumbbell and barbell set and/or some kettlebells would be a great place to start.
You’ll be able to replicate the majority of exercises you do in the gym with them.
Most of these sets are fairly compact and can be stored away easily.
BodyMax Deluxe Hammertone Dumbbell Sets.
These can be adjusted up to 40kg.
BodyMax 22.5kg Selectabell 5-in-1 Dumbbell Set.
These are more expensive, but requires less faffing around between sets.
Or if you want to build out a garage gym, then here are some fixed DBs.
They obviously take up more space but you won’t have to adjust them during a workout.
BodyMax Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set and Rack
BodyMax 52kg Vinyl Barbell/Dumbbell Set
This a good all-in-one BB and DB set.
52kg of weight in total.
BodyRip Cast Iron Kettlebells
Individual KBs 4-32kg
BodyMax 48kg Cast Iron Kettlebell Set
Set 12, 16 and 20kg
After a good set of weights, there are a few extras you may wish to purchase.
Again this will depend upon space and budget.
Pull Up Bar
Fits into a door frame as long as you don’t mind putting in a couple of screws!
BodyMax Doorway Pull Up Bar and Chin Up Bar
Can be used for step ups, split squat variations, hip thrusts and as a flat bench for pressing/rowing movements.
This would be ideal for a garage gym if you have space. This is one area I wouldn’t go cheap.
You wouldn’t want to use a bench that isn’t sturdy when lifting weights!
The Portable Gym
Resistance bands can be used as an alternative to free weights such as DBs and BBs.
They are a great option if you travel regularly, as they can be stored in a suit case easily.
Or if you don’t have much room at home, they can be a great alternative to free weights.
Great for glute based work, you can use these to add variations to glute bridges and hip thrusts.
If resistance training isn’t your thing and/or you wish to do cardio workouts and conditioning/HIIT style workouts, then medicine balls, skipping ropes and battle ropes are all great for home gyms.
Whatever equipment you choose, adhere to my two rules and you won’t go far wrong.
Only buy stuff that you will use and purchase the best you can afford.