What equipment do you have for home gym?

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What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby Doublade » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:26 am

I saw an article and it lists ten suggested equipments for home gym:

To get started on a great home gym, you should invest in the following 10 items:

1. Dumbbells
The exercises you can do with dumbbells are seemingly endless so they justify their purchase immediately. Look for hex shaped dumbbells with black rubber coating – these last the longest and are most comfortable for working out. Get 3-5 sets in a range of weights to accommodate for different exercises and for the strength you will be gaining.

2. Kettlebell
A lot of people will tell you kettlebells are not essential. Many kettlebell movements can be done similarly with a dumbbell. Certain kettlebell movements are unique, however, and some movements just work better or are more challenging with a kettlebell. I think they are a worthwhile investment for the variety they can add to your workout routines. Look for kettlebells with big smooth handles and without a painted coating.

3. Pull Up Bar
Pull up bars aren’t just for pull ups! There are a number of basic gymnastic exercises you can practice if you have a pull up bar installed at home. While you can get pull up bar systems built for doorways, ideally you would have an archway or part of a wall where you could mount a bar. If you can’t yet do pull ups, you’ll also want to buy some resistance bands for assistance.

4. Rings
Great for the home gym or for traveling, rings are light weight and add another level to your bodyweight exercises. Rings also give you the ability to increase the variety in your workouts by adding a whole lexicon of gymnastic exercises. When looking for rings, make sure you get a brand that is light in weight and easy to hang.

5. Jump Rope
If you haven’t jumped rope since you were a kid, you’re in for a surprise! Turns out it’s harder than it looks and it’s fantastic cardio. Jumping rope also works your coordination in a big way. If you are a beginner, just get a durable rope and don’t worry about details. If you have some jumping skill, look for either a wire lightweight rope to work on speed and timing or a weighted rope to work on strength.

6. Medicine Ball

A great tool for plyometric exercises as well as core strength movements, a medicine ball is an essential purchase. Whether you are throwing it, carrying it, or doing abdominal exercises with it, a medicinal ball provides you with many, many options. Look for a SOFT medicine ball so that it is forgiving when you do exercises involving throwing or catching it. If you are not sure about weight, err on the lighter side as many medicine ball exercises emphasize speed and power.

7. Plyo-Box
What’s more fun than having something to jump on? Boxes are a great item for building explosive power and quickness. You can also use them for squatting, for bench dips, and for other non-jumping exercises. You may want to build your own wooden box if you have the ability, or hire a friend. In a pinch, you can also just go down to the hardware store and purchase an irrigation box.

8. Barbell
Your home gym, of course, would not be complete without a barbell. Barbells, like other free weights, are much better than the machines at the gym because of the stabilization and coordination aspects they bring to your workouts. Look for a sturdy, not too cheap and not too expensive bar. If you have small hands, pay attention to the diameter of the bar and consider purchasing a “women’s” bar.

9. Weight Plates
Now you need to some weight to put on that bar! Buy a variety of weights – 2.5#, 5#, 10#, 25# and, if you are fairly strong, 45# plates. If you plan to train Olympic lifting make sure you get rubber bumper plates.

10. Stereo System
Seriously, you have to rock good tunes while you work out.

I have most of gym equipment on list: Image bought on crazysales mostly. I am now planing to get a treamill for more cardio exercises. Maybe some of them are redundant, but I think they would be of some help some day so I bought them when I have a budget. Or you can just buy an adjustable bench like the Universal 5 point bench and a pair of heavy adjustable dumbbells around 200 lbs total and be set for everything you really need. :violin:


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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby TomMack » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:10 am

my home gym
powerblock dumbells 10-125#
dumbbell bench
pull-up / dip station
kettlebells fixed and kettlestacks
wrestling mats
Airdyne type bike
jump rope regular and battle rope style
gym rings / lifeline jungle gym
lifeline power/ab wheel
various grippers
lifeline bands
medicine balls
Swiss ball
freestanding heavy bag
DVD player Bas Rutten DVDs

at one time I had a Barbell + squat rack and treadmill but gave them up to save space , reduce noise and for safety with little kids around
I admit I have a lot of overlap but keeps things interesting

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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby TomMack » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:23 am

a related question if you had to go with a minimum of equipment what would you use ?

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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby Arkann » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:31 am

TomMack wrote:a related question if you had to go with a minimum of equipment what would you use ?

Pull-up/dip station, rings, set of bands, sliders.

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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby TomMack » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:49 am

good choices , I might go with kettlebells , rings and jumprope
or dumbbells , chin-up bar and jumprope

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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby derrickfitness214 » Thu May 11, 2017 6:34 am

Well any home gym is incomplete without a power rack.

A power rack makes it possible to perform various exercises like the barbell shoulder press, chest press etc. Also a power rack comes with various attachments like the dip bar and the pull up bar which make it even more versatile. You can also combine it with other products like a resistance band and explore a whole different world of effective and efficient training.

A power rack like the BodyCraft Power Rack is ideal. Read more about it at https://fitnessguyd.com/best-power-racks/

Apart from that you'll also need weight plates, a bench and a few dumbbells.

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Re: What equipment do you have for home gym?

Postby speedy » Wed May 24, 2017 2:42 pm

My home gym is pretty much dismantled and sold: Rogue Power Rack, Olympic Rings, etc.


Rowing machine and long mat alongside it for jump rope

Upstairs open area for Yoga and foam rolling

Gym Membership for everything else.

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