7 Essential Pieces Of Home Gym Equipment.

Jun 09, 2023

My home gym and mental sanctuary from the kids. Built on facebook marketplace and mostly second hand gear. No more opening or closing times, and no more teenagers taking selfies on the squat rack. Here's my 7 essential pieces of home gym equipment that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

1. Barbells and Plates

Barbells and plates are essential for any home gym. They allow you to perform a variety of exercises, including squats, deadlifts, and bench press. When choosing barbells and plates, make sure to consider the weight capacity and the quality of the equipment. You don't want to end up with a barbell that can't handle the weight you need to lift. NEVER go for 1 inch plates. It's not the 80's anymore. 

barbell plates

2. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are versatile and can be used for a wide range of exercises. They are great for building strength and conditioning your muscles. When choosing dumbbells, consider the weight range and the material. Ignore cheap, go metal dumbbells, or quality rubber hex. Bargains to be found on FB marketplace.


3. Power Rack

A power rack is a must-have for any serious or amateur lifter. It allows you to perform squats, bench press, and other exercises safely. It should ideally come with safety bars that can catch the weight if you fail to lift it. When choosing a power rack, make sure to consider the weight capacity, the size, and the quality of the equipment. Oh, and the height. Like an idiot I had to cut mine down.

power rack

4. Air Bike

An air bike is a great way to get your conditioning workout in. It provides a full-body workout and is low-impact, making it a great option for people (like me) with joint problems. When choosing an air bike, consider the resistance levels, the size, and the quality of the equipment. I got a rogue bike. Bit excessive, but it does the job. 

air bike

5. Adjustable Bench

An adjustable bench is essential for performing exercises such as bench press, incline press, and decline press. It also allows you to perform a variety of dumbbell exercises. When choosing an adjustable bench, consider the weight capacity, the adjustability, and the quality of the equipment. Bulldog gear so a fold-to-flat bench which saves space too. 

adjustable bench

6. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands provide accommodating resistance, increasing tension as the band stretches. They are ideal for a variety of accessory exercises like hamstring curls and tricep push downs. By attaching the band to an anchor point and adjusting its position, you can target specific muscle groups with varying resistance levels, enhancing muscle activation and strength gains. Resistance bands offer a versatile and effective solution for adding variety and intensity to your home gym workouts.

resistance bands

7. Landmine Attachment

A The barbell landmine is a fantastic addition to your home gym that brings a whole new level of variety to your workouts. This versatile tool allows you to anchor one end of a barbell, creating a pivot point for a wide range of exercises. From explosive rotational movements to unilateral exercises, the barbell landmine opens up a world of possibilities for challenging your muscles in unique ways. You can perform exercises like landmine rows, presses, squats, and core rotations, engaging multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This not only adds variety to your routine but also helps to develop functional strength and stability. With its compact size and adaptability, the barbell landmine is a must-have for anyone looking to elevate their home gym workouts and achieve a well-rounded fitness regimen. It's also cheap for the gains it gives. Win-Win.