The benefits of a home gym are immense – the convenience factor cannot be substituted – especially when working on skills you need to polish up in your own time.
A great point to getting started would be identifying what you are looking to achieve from your training; your equipment has to be goal specific so that you can achieve a maximum results – it will help you a great deal when it comes to deciding on what equipment you will need.
Three popular goals are fitness, intensity or competition training (and even a mix). Regardless, this is a basic outline of what you will need or should consider buying if you want to have a great home gym setup…
Naturally, you are going to need equipment that is going to give you some iron lungs and the tools to sharpen your metabolic conditioning (i.e. cardio). We outline equipment which is perfect for any size home gym:
• Firstly, invest in some kettlebells; they are great tools that can give you lungs for days. There are countless kettlebell workouts that will help you take your metabolic conditioning to the next level. In fact, make a note to read our feature on kettlebell training – perfecting the American kettlebell swing.
• A plyometric box will also be advantageous – for box jumps and the like. It will give rise to intensified energy and increase your stamina. Regular use will render explosive amounts of energy.
• Also buy a decent jump rope. It is one of the best metabolic conditioning and skills workouts you can get. In fact, ten minutes of intense skipping can loosely translated into half an hour of running and it is brilliant for coordination – imagine what variations like double-unders can do for you. An excellent skipping rope worth buying, which we featured, is the REBEL Enduro-Max Cable Jump Rope.
• To polish of your home fitness focussed gym, include a wall-mounted pull-up rig. Pull-ups will up your heart rate, improve core strength and give you a great metabolic conditioning workout.
An intensity focussed home gym is going to require heavier loads to help with your strength and conditioning, as well as other equipment that is going to set you up for variations of high intensity workouts.
• A strong barbell, sturdy bumper plates and spring collars are a must. You can execute several explosive and high intensity exercises, such as clean and jerks, the various shoulder to overhead presses, deadlifts, thrusters, and so on – all the important weightlifting movements. Bumper plates are also great for other movements, like overhead lunges, etc.
• Make sure to also include a squat stand/rack to perform your squats in a safer and more efficient manner.
• Kettlebells are highly relevant in this instance, allowing for those high intensity exercises, and couplet and triplet workouts.
• An adjustable bench is great for working on your bench presses, etc.
• Invest in a GHD machine for the best of all abdominal workouts! Its benefits are sometimes overlooked, yet can’t be discounted. You can train your glutes, hamstrings, and more, which helps the entire posterior chain development.
• Gymnastic rings are a must for functional fitness and CrossFit workouts. They intensify your workout tenfold and they are a unique way to train. Whether it’s for ring dips or muscle ups, you can now start perfecting them.
• Throw in a medicine ball for good measure and marvel at how your endurance, power, and coordination all improve.
For all of you functional fitness and CrossFit competitors, you are going to need a home gym setup that will allow you to properly train for events, and in general, and it should let you push yourself to the maximum limit. The bulk of your home gym is going to feature several, if not all, elements from the fitness and intensity orientated gym (above).
• Typically you will include a plyometric box, kettlebells, bumper plates, barbells, benches, squat stands/racks, gymnastic rings, a jump rope, pull-up bar and medicine balls. This equipment will take your functional fitness and CrossFit to the next level and then some… especially if utilised correctly.
As mentioned, this feature is merely a guideline. However, it is definitely an informed nudge in the right direction. It should also be noted that when buying quality equipment and gear for your home gym setup, your best bet would be to buy it from Rebel Elite Fitness to ensure that you are getting a premium products at great prices.
Do you have a home gym? If yes, what type of training do you focus on? What would your ideal home gym consist off?