The Ultimate Guide to Building a Home Gym


So, you want to build a Home Gym and have no idea where or how to start?!

Let’s Lift!

This guide will take you through all aspects of building a home gym; so you can completely customise your space, stick within your budget and build a space you truly love to hit those fitness goals.

As a start, you should have a reasonably good idea of what type of fitness you are passionate about. Whether it’s Powerlifting and Strongman / Strongwomen, to body building, even CrossFit and Functional Fitness; your goals and interests will dramatically shape the direction and overall build of the gym. This will also shape the space required in your home, the budget of the build, and equipment required.

When building a home gym, it doesn’t take long to find out this project can be quite expensive.  However, the things you buy for your home gym are an investment in yourself that can save you significant money in just the first couple of years after your initial investment. In addition- the convenience of the gym being at your very own home has no price tag. Investing in quality gym equipment, built to last, and when taken care of and stored in a suitable space, can last decades.

LET’S GET STARTED

Firstly, you need to define and understand what your goals and ambitions are for fitness. Whether it’s to build strength, loss of body fat, increase your gymnastics skills… you need to have a goal of what you want to achieve in the gym, or a sport in which you practise. This decision alone will shape the entire build. For example, if you are looking to build a space for body building and overall fitness, your gym will look very different to that of a Powerlifter or CrossFit athlete. Once you have decided on the chosen fitness path, it’s time to plan the build.

Your home is going to need a good bit of space that you can put the equipment in. Depending on the fitness preference, equipment can be rather bulky and take up substantial space. Plan out an area that is flat, with a solid foundation, and preferably a room with good air flow for those summer months.  High ceilings, if you do standing overhead work, may be required. Most commonly used for home gyms is a 2-car garage or shed of around the same size. Gyms have also been seen to squeeze into a 1 car garage with purpose-built space saving equipment that can work very well. If your space does require a car to be parked, take this into account when selecting your equipment and floor layout.

Planning your layout is also vital before moving forward with the build. You need to consider the type of training you’re doing; what space is required by those exercises and the space in which the equipment uses. If you are performing weightlifting or Powerlifting, a decent space (most likely the size of a lifting platform) will be needed for a lot of your core exercises. Same goes for a CrossFit athlete; they will need more open floor space than most due to the nature of the training. A body builder may not require as much open floor space due to most work on equipment such as racks, benches, attachments and other machines. Having a clear idea about the layout of the gym will drastically help the decision-making process when deciding between different variants of equipment, especially in the racks department.

How advanced do I make my Home Gym?

As with most things in this world, a lot of the time is spent determining how far you want to go, and how much you are willing to commit. Home Gyms are no different. Budget, space, time, fitness level and living factors will come into play when deciding how far you are willing to go with your Home Gym build. For advanced athletes that have the budget and want to build an entire gym with everything they need to hit their training requirements, it’s easy- pick what you want and go for it. However, for those that are just starting out, have a small working space or are confined to a tighter budget, you must carefully consider the equipment in which you require vs. the equipment you desire.

For a beginner you would be best to get the essentials in the most cost-effective way possible: a rack, Olympic barbell, weight plates, bench, flooring and maybe a few accessories. Depending on your fitness level and goals this is just a reference. Here are a few handy tips for those that fall into this category for selected sports at a very basic level:

 

For those that have the ability to expand, here is a good guide to getting started for a moderate level: 

  

Advanced level Home Gym builds will most likely consist of the above lists plus a lot more specific items to suit your training needs such as: sport specific machines, attachments, additional weight plates, accessories, storage and anything else that your training may require. This will generally be highly personalised and unique to the individual.

So now that you have determined what sort of lengths you would like to go with your home gym build, we can dive a little deeper into the details of each category and components so that you have a good understanding of what you are about to invest in and how to best go about starting the build.

FLOORING

First piece of equipment on the list to consider is probably one of the most important, yet maybe the most boring for many people- flooring. Flooring can help shape an area, protect the ground underneath, and reduce noise and vibration if you are dropping weight or using machines that involve impact. You need to carefully consider this aspect as flooring can be hard to change once cut and laid to size. For most Home Gyms, rubber gym flooring (EPDM Flooring) tiles are the best option. They are very easy to lay and cut to size, don’t leave any mess, easy to clean and look great. These types of tiles dramatically reduce the noise and vibration from most of the common noises faced when dropping weights, dumbbells etc and protect your equipment. To find out how much flooring you need, measure the size of the area you plan to use and buy the tiles suitable to that size area. Tiles are sold 1m x 1m x 15mm thick. 

Rubber Gym Flooring

Rubber Flooring is specifically designed for Home Gym use, and light commercial use. The recycled rubber is easily cut and positioned to cover just about any area you need. This is a great option for those needing a softer bed for functional training, dropping weight and dumbbells, and placing heavy racking and machines on.

EPDM Flooring

Much like that of rubber gym flooring, EPDM Flooring has a much higher-grade finish that is easier to clean and suits a commercial high-traffic space. This Flooring can also be used anywhere with a super high-density build for noise and vibration reduction.

To find out more about Flooring, please click HERE. 

RACKS

It’s time to start choosing the centrepiece. Preferably, start with the equipment that will serve the most purpose in your gym. As a CrossFit or functional fitness athlete, you will need a rack for the bar that can handle reasonable weight, can be adjusted to size and position of the lift, and something to do pull-ups and gymnastics movements on. For this case a Commercial Power Rack, Half Rack or even a Wall-Mounted Folding Rack would all be great options due to versatility with exercise options and attachments on offer with a small footprint. A powerlifter and Body Builder will also require a similar set up. Having a quality rack in your gym allows versatility with a variety of attachments, exercises and storage options on offer allowing the user to perform a huge variety of exercises in a compact space.


 

Power Racks

A Power Rack is your ultimate home gym must. These multi-tasking units are made to handle any squat or pressing movement in addition to pull ups and gymnastics movements.  Power racks come with safety mechanisms and storage; combined with an exciting variety of ever evolving attachments, limitations are minimal.

Half Racks

A Half Rack is a smaller version of a Power Rack; taking up a little less space, but still offering most benefits found on the larger Power Rack. Complete with a pull up bar, J-Hooks & safeties; these also cater for most attachments.

Wall Mounted Folding Racks

For those that want to save space and have the convenience of packing it up when training is complete; wall mounted folding racks are the answer. Directly mounted to the wall and easily foldable, your space can be freed up after a workout.  These units have a pull up bar attached and can handle squat or pressing movements with ease.

Squat Racks & Stands

Specific for those lifters that are just wanting to Squat and Press; Squat Racks and Stands are made to be completely moveable with ease and take up minimal room.

To find out more about Racks, please click HERE.

 

SPECIALTY RACKS

Specialty Racks such as the IPF Combo Rack, the Olympic Bench Press and Prone Row Bench are more specific to one sport or training method. These racks are specifically built to handle extreme weights and have precise measurements for lifters wanting to train for competition or simulate competition. Although training movements on these speciality racks may be limited, they are extremely good at what they are built for. Primarily dedicated to the Powerlifter or Bodybuilder, these racks allow the lifter to best train squats, bench press or even row; giving them the ability to properly position themselves and lift without limitation.

 

 

IPF Combo rack

Integrates both squat and bench press uprights as a singular part, making it super easy and efficient when transitioning between lifts. Specifically built for the Powerlifter and/or the elite level athlete to train movements as seen in competition. 

Olympic Bench Press

Heavy duty, purpose-built bench purely for bench press. These units are made with super thick 4mm commercial grade steel to handle any weight you can throw at it.

Prone Row Bench

A bench specific to the Prone row movement. Complete isolation for the back muscles to training pulling variants while lying on a stable face-down bench. 

BARBELLS

To use your new rack effectively and as intended, you will also need a barbell and weights. This is where buyers can have uncertainty on what is best suited for your sport or desired training. The type of barbell in which you choose, will again be heavily dependent on the user or sport.

This is because each barbell is made to serve a purpose, and some are only singular in their use. However, some barbells are great at being multi-purpose or have the capability of being general purpose barbells. These bars are most known as ‘Olympic Barbells’ which are the perfect barbell to handle just about any exercise and suit most people. These barbells consist of straight shaft/handle, fits all 50mm diameter weight plates, has either bushing and/or bearings for the sleeves to spin and comes in either 15kg (Women’s) or 20kg (Men’s) weights.

  

 

When you dive a little deeper you will find that sport specific and training specific barbells do get quite complex and have a lot of features and specifications that are considered by those serious about their lifting or sport. For example, a CrossFit athlete will be looking for an Olympic Barbell with good whip, needle bearings and bushing combo, knurling that isn’t too deep or aggressive and can withstand the use and abuse from dropping, racking and so on. A Powerlifter on the other hand would be looking for an Olympic barbell with bushings only to avoid too much spin, aggressive knurling and no whip to perform most competition lifts.

 

General Purpose Barbell

A general-purpose barbell is the ideal addition for your home gym for all powerlifting, isolated and functional fitness training. They are a great allrounder that perfectly fit Olympic weight plates, suit all racks and function very well for the general user.

Weightlifting Barbell

A weightlifting specific, or higher-grade Olympic Barbell is much like that of a general purpose, however, has aspects about the barbell that make it perfectly suited to weightlifting or CrossFit type workouts and training. High Tensile strength, more aggressive knurl, needle bearings and bushings combo, IWF knurl marks and hardened steel sleeves all create an Olympic Weightlifting Barbell.

Power Barbell

Designed specifically for the Powerlifter in mind, this bar is built with deeper, much more aggressive knurl, a slightly thicker 29mm shaft and a high tensile strength to handle much greater loads while performing Powerlifting specified lifts – Squat, Bench & Deadlift.

Then, you move into specialty Barbells which are very much aimed at specific movements or exercises that target certain muscle groups, such a Hex Trap Bar, Easy Curl Bar or Buffalo Bar. All these bars will contain certain specifications specific to achieving that lift and each built a certain way to best assist the lifter for the intended lift.

Deadlift Bar

Built Specifically for deadlifts; with a great whip, deeper more aggressive knurl and IPF marks to max out your deadlift.

Hex Trap / Shrug Barbell

Hex bar allows you to perform exercises like deadlifts with more comfort and safety. Because you hold weights in a neutral “suitcase” position, instead of in front of you, it’s much closer to your centre of gravity; relieving lower back stress. With this positioning, you will be much more upright with the bar on the floor, and in a much “stronger” position mechanically speaking, which will allow you to lift more weight.

Buffalo Bar

Squat without any unnecessary discomfort or strain. Built with a super thick 32mm curved shaft with a weight capacity of 900kg to rest easy on your shoulders for max weight squats. 

Safety Squat Bar

This unique bar allows you to perform squats with more comfort than a standard barbell does. The angle of the barbell grips reduces the stress on your wrists, shoulders and elbows as you don’t have to bend them awkwardly to hold the barbell. Also, this bar has a built-in padding eliminating the need for towels or setting up pads.

Multi Grip Swiss Bar

A great allrounder barbell perfect for isolated and strict body building exercises. It allows the user to place their hands at various angles and positions to maximise the lifts in the desired way. Used across many bench, push and curl movements without the hassle of changing bars.

Easy Curl / Super Curl Bar

The primary purpose of this bar is to put your biceps in a supinated position, which will stimulate more muscles when curling. However, this bar is also a great option for triceps training, especially for French extensions, also known as Skull Crushers. And if you must, you can use the EZ bar for shoulder, chest and even back training.

Tricep Bar

A triceps bar looks like a mini trap bar and is designed to hit your triceps through narrow, neutral grip chest presses, French extensions, and similar tricep specific movements. You can also use it to train your biceps, shoulders, and chest.

Technique Bar

A bar specifically designed for novice, young lifters and for rehabilitation to practise technique and hone in on skills without the fear of weight from a regular weightlifting barbell.

To find out more about Barbells, please click HERE.

 

WEIGHT PLATES

What’s best served with a barbell? Weight Plates! Weight plates come in many forms and materials. From iron steel plates, to rubber bumpers, even competition calibrated plates; each have a specific use.  Rubber bumper plates would be the most cost effective, versatile and commonly used world-wide. Bumper plates are full rubber plates with a stainless-steel inner sleeve hole. These plates fit on Olympic barbells, are super durable and can be dropped from overhead; same goes for Competition Calibrated Plates. Alternatively, steel and iron plates are mostly used for the core powerlifting style exercise where there is minimal dropping involved.

 

These plates are generally thinner to fit more on the bar sleeve, cheaper and extremely robust. Iron plates come in a variety of forms such as standard iron plates for general use, calibrated and machined for those looking to compete or want precise weight ratings. You also have PU Coated Plates which are mostly found in commercial Body Building Gyms or home gyms where only Body Building is trained. These weight plates generally come in either tri-grip or quad-grip variants and have PU rubber coating for protecting the plates and machine they are on. These are the easiest to use due to the grip but cannot be dropped from any height. The main purpose of these weights is for machines, or strict barbell work.

 

 

Rubber Bumper Plates

Rubber Bumper Plates are some of the best all-round, quality, long-lasting plates one can buy. Bumper Plates are specifically designed for high-volume weightlifting, metabolic conditioning and other functional fitness workouts.

Competition Calibrated Plates

Much like the rubber bumper plate in appearance, these are much higher-grade materials with a steel core and higher-density rubber outer that has a lot less bounce when dropped. These plates are perfectly calibrated to the prescribed weight mostly used for weightlifting and competition environments.

Iron Plates

These plates are forged from solid cast iron and are built to last; featuring a similar design theme to the classic barbell standard weight plates. Iron Plates can be some of the best plates for Powerlifting and bodybuilding. Although these plates shouldn’t really be dropped from great distances, they are by far the longest-wearing plates, and they are also thin to maximise weight capacity on the bar.

Machined Iron Plates

Much like that of the Iron Plates, Machined Iron Plates are a far more accurate weight rated plate with precision sleeve holes to perfectly fit the bar. Instead of just a mould, these plates are machined on all faces to ensure quality and calibration is maximised.

Calibrated Steel Plates

Calibrated Steel Plates are specifically designed for competitions and those that want to train for competitions. The super thin profile of the plate allows the lifter to load extreme amounts of weight of the bar without running out of sleeve room. 

Change Plates

Change Plates are much smaller plates for those looking to maximise their lifts with smaller incremental jumps. Rubber coated and long wearing, these plates are also ideal for those beginners or junior lifters learning technique.

Fractional Plates

Even smaller increments than the change plates, fractional plates come with just 0.25kg increments to really maximise lifts for those elite level lifters. 

Technique Plates

Technique Plates are perfect for those lookingto focus on technique, or junior lifters that want to lift from the required position. These plates are built to IWF specifications, just with a much lighter weight.

To find out more about Weight Plates, please click HERE.

 

BENCHES

Benches are next in line for you to choose. Among the wide selection of benches, the choice will most likely come down to the exercise in which you wish to train. A flat bench is the simplest form of bench which is great option for most that are wanting to do seated and lying down exercise, or even exercises that involve using the bench for stabilising your legs. Flat benches are generally the strongest built due to minimal moving parts and the general construction.

For those looking to perform incline and decline work, feet supported lifts and would like a more versatile bench, then an adjustable bench with or without FID option would be best suited. These benches have the capability of being easily adjusted between exercises and come in a variety of forms and builds depending on what you desire and your budget. Many will have a lock-pin or leaver arm to position the back and seat rests; however, some now have that, as well as sliding mechanisms to eliminate the gap created when at certain angles.

A lot can be said for a high-quality, well-built, heavy bench. These benches will last you much longer and can take a much greater weight loading for those that do lift heavy. Having a bench that can take large loads, with zero movement and can be adjusted / positioned perfectly for your desired exercise will serve you wonders over time.

 

 

Flat Benches

Flat benches come in many forms and levels of build quality and specifications. From your very basic flat bench to do the standard exercises, all the way up to your IPF Standard Flat Bench for Competitions, this is a great addition to your gym for covering those core exercises.

Adjustable Benches

Adjustable Benches allow the athlete to diversify their training. With most all Adjustable benches you can adjust the bench from perfectly flat to complete upright or 80 degrees for those overhead presses or bicep curls.

Adjustable FID Benches

Much like the Adjustable Bench, a Flat Incline Decline or FID as most commonly known, allows the athletes to also decline the bench for even more added ranges of motion and training possibilities. These benches will generally come with a foot support as well to lock the body in while in decline positions.

No Gap Adjustable & FID Benches

No Gap Adjustable & FID Benches are much like that of FID benches, except these have the capability to close the gap between the seat and back rest, creating a super stable and seamless position for the athlete. These benches will come with an increased range of horizontal and vertical adjustments for both the back and seat rests making these benches that much more versatile.

To find out more about Benches, please click HERE.

 

RACKING ATTACHMENTS

The offering of Racking Attachments just keeps getting bigger and better. The innovation through tested development and the constant need to make racks more versatile has forced VERVE to constantly expand our attachments line-up and make the best possible options one can buy. Racking attachments come in all shapes and sizes, with a diverse range of functions, fittings and uses. From Dip Bars to Power Arms, Landmines and Safety Spotter Arms, you name it, it’s built specifically to fit your new rack. Attachments range from supports and mounts for your bar, to actual implements you can use to train on. Most are simply a slide and connect, making it super easy to change between attachments or remove to do other exercises. Many attachments are specifically designed to replicate that of a machine to perform strict/isolated exercises without the need for a big, expensive and bulky machine.

 

 

 Below are just some of our more popular attachments to suit your rack:

 Power Arms

Power Arms are the perfect attachment to handle all pushing and pulling exercises, squatting and general strength training. This attachment is great for a diverse range of training regardless the level of the athlete. This unit is very easy to move and adjust with the ability to handle significant weights.

Dip Bar

The Dip Bar allows the user to train the strict triceps dip with absolute stability. This a great attachment, well-built and fits onto any rack or rig upright, wherever you need to place it. 

Monolift

Ideal for those looking to lift significantly heavy weights or want to avoid the horizontal movement of the bar. This Attachment makes de-racking and re-racking the bar super easy and effortless for that PR lifting or injury prevention.

Landmine

The landmine attachment is a great accessory for strength training movements making it super easy to diversify your strict movement with just a barbell. Simply insert the bar into the end and you can use this attachment however you please.

Belt Squat

This is a great attachment for those wanting to increase leg strength. This attachment makes it easy to replace the need of a larger commercial machine, that is easy to remove and place in storage when not using it.

 Sandwich J-Hooks

The Sandwich J-Hooks are a great upgrade to your rack if you wish to have added protection to the barbell. These are also great for some selected bars like Buffalo and Safety Squat bars where the rack positioning may not be perfectly flat due to its thinner design. They are super strong with double braced reinforcements and built with a super durable Poly-urethane rubber insert.

Leg Press

The leg press attachment, much like the belt squat, is great for adding a super heavy duty strict leg training capability to your rack. Easily detached and stored away avoiding the need for a large expensive machine taking up valuable floor space.

Safety Spotter Arms

This attachment is great for those looking to add maximum safety to their lifts. Built with reinforced bracing and plastic to protect the bar, the spotter arms are easily removable and can go anywhere for that ideal positioning so you can lift safely. 

Safety Straps

Much like the Safety Spotter Arms, Safety Straps go inside of the rack, making them a great addition for those pushing the limits with their lifts. The bar can land safely in the straps giving the lifter no reason to drop the bar back onto the ground.

Wall Ball Target

This is a great addition to any rack or rig, giving the athlete two heights for a wall-ball target that can be placed anywhere you like on any rack or rig upright.

 To find out more about Rack Attachments, please click HERE.

 

MACHINES

Machines in a Home Gym are where it starts to get quite serious. Machines are often attached to a reasonable price tag and few machines have the capability of allowing more than one or two exercises. Not to mention, most are quite bulky and can use a significant amount of space, so please be mindful of this when designing your gym. Machines in a Home Gym are generally classed as a luxury item, as many can be mitigated for by attachments, barbell and free weight training. Obviously- depending on the level at which you train, the quality in which some movements are done may be altered without that particular machine.

 

 

For a lot of serious body builders or even top-level Powerlifters, some machines may be necessary for core exercises, so let’s run through a few to get a better understanding.

 

Functional Trainers

Functional Trainers and pin-loaded machines alike are a great addition to your training space; although these can be expensive and take a good piece of real-estate within small areas. These are great for full body training, packed with features to train almost every muscle group.

Glute-Hamstring Developers (GHD)

Glute Hamstring Developers, or GHDs as they are most commonly known as gives the athletes an ultimate core training tool. Most commonly found in CrossFit gyms, these are great for GHD sit ups, reverse hyperextension and hamstring curls. 

Reverse Hyperextension

A Reverse Hyper Extension is great for those lifters looking to maximise back, glute and posterior chain strength specific for weightlifting and powerlifting. Although this is a single exercise-based piece of equipment, its benefits for these sports can rapidly increase the lifter’s performance.

Belt Squat

One of the best leg training pieces equipment one can buy; a belt squat is great for those looking to gain significant strength or do rehab training due to the minimized load it places on your posterior chain, allowing you to lift big without the risk of injury.

Glute Builder & Hip Thrusters

Another great tool for building leg, glute and hamstrings; isolating these muscles with low impact so you can really use those muscles to strengthen, risk free. 

Farmers Carry Handles

Farmers Carry Handles are great for those looking to get out and build all round strength for functional fitness movements. Farmers Carry can train muscles all over the body and is great for building all-round strength.

Sled

The Sled has a few core functions one can use when paired with weights, or weight objects, and a rope. From sled push, to drags and pulls, the Sled is a great functional fitness tool for building those core muscles used across a variety of exercises.

To find out more about Machines, please click HERE.

  

ACCESSORIES & CONDITIONING 

Accessories and Conditioning Equipment is a good mix between luxury and necessity. It very much depends on the calibre and preference of the athlete and the budget in which they have left form the previous categories above. If you are a CrossFit or Powerlifting athlete and have prioritised a good barbell, plates and rack on a confined budget, then accessories and conditioning will be kept to minimum. Not to say that these items are important, it all depends on what areas of fitness you want to train.

For those that can afford a good range of gear within this category, then these are fantastic items to fill your home gym and really make it yours. The best way to go about deciding on what to get is to prioritise the movements you want to train. For BodBuilding- dumbbells or dumbbells handles are most commonly used for a large range of exercises, whereas CrossFit and functional fitness athletes would need to look at a mix of items like plyo boxes, kettlebells, ropes and gym rings to target a wide variety of exercises. 

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are a great way to train your entire body with minimal equipment. Dumbbells are portable, easy to use across a huge range of exercises and are highly durable; built to last you a lifetime. Dumbbells can come in several forms depending on what you want to do with them. Rubber hex are ideal for just about anything you can throw at them, whereas round PU Coated Dumbbells are more suited to the strict training and most commonly found in boutique home gyms or commercial gyms.

Dumbbell Handles

Much like traditional Dumbbells, the adjustable dumbbell handles are great for quickly changing weights with minimal equipment. These go perfectly with Iron weight plates and can be stacked with significant amounts of weight for those wanting to lift heavy.

Kettlebells

The ultimate functional fitness tool for all abilities! Kettlebells have endless exercises you can do to achieve the desire results, coming in a wide range of weights perfect for any user. Kettlebells are great for swings, carries, presses, deadlifts, snatches, cleans and more; they are super durable and go great with any gym setting.

Dead Balls

Dead Balls are yet another great functional fitness tool for your everyday user or even professional athlete. Dead Balls are widely used in the functional fitness world for Dead Balls cleans, carries, slams and more.

Wall Balls & Medicine Balls

Wall Balls and Medicine Balls are another great piece of equipment for the home gym. They are great all conditioning pieces, giving you a safe and cost-effective way to add weight to basic movements such as squats, ab and core exercises and slams.

Battle & Climbing Ropes

Ropes as such are great for all levels of training; from pulls and drags with a sled, vertical rope climbs and other rope drills; these are extremely versatile and provide the athlete with a great tool to get fit.

Gym Rings

Gym Rings are great for ring rows, ring muscle-ups and can even attach to implements such as sled for drags and pulls. They are light weight, super portable and cost effective to satisfy a lot of body weight movements.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are great for any user or athlete. Whether it be for rehab/prehab, resistance training, assisted bodyweight training or even strength accessories, these are a great tool for any home gym space. They come is a variety of thicknesses to suit your every need; are super lightweight, space saving and portable.

Plate Carriers / Weight Vests

Inspired by military style training, weight vest, or Plate Carriers are great for adding intensity and raw weight to your workouts. They are tightly fitted to the body giving you the ability to do all body weight training, strength training and even cardio and gymnastics movements in them, with your selection of weight.

Plyo Boxes

Foam and Wooden Plyo Boxes are a great all-rounder addition to your gym space. They are great for a lot of functional fitness training like box jumps and step ups, but they are also great for assisted strength training such as box squats and weighted step ups.

Jump Ropes / Skipping Ropes

Jump ropes are a great tool for conditioning and functional fitness training. Training cardiovascular systems, muscle endurance and coordination, these are super cost effective, lightweight and portable items for you and your gym.

To find out more about Accessories & Conditioning, please click HERE.

 

CARDIO MACHINES

Much like that of machines, cardio equipment generally carries a reasonable price tag and is a bulky item for a single use. Again, depending on your training desires, these items can be important to your training requirements. Most now have ways to easilly flip and store with a small footprint to save space and have LCD screens to perform a wide variety of training cycles to make the most out of the machine.

Unlike most of the above categories we have talked about regarding strength and conditioning, cardio in most sports is vital; whether it’s for competition style workouts, warming up, or even just doing cardio to burn excess calories. Unless it is sport specific or most commonly used in workouts, cardio equipment largely comes down to personal preference and space. For example, CrossFit Athletes will naturally reach for a rower as it is found in many workouts and programs, which is also one of the better full body machines. A Bodybuilder may rather go for a treadmill or runner as they can use this to warm up and loosen the muscles before and after sessions, including that calorie burn found in a lot of coaching programs.

 

 

Treadmills / Runners

Yes, most would say just run outside… but have you considered interval training, targeted resistance training or blending in workouts with unlimited sled pushes? Air Runner with Magnetic Resistance has the capability for the athlete to quickly change between intensity modes and targeted workouts. The running machines can be a great addition to any gym, giving the user the convenience and flexibility they need to reach their training goals.

Rowers

Rowers have become such a staple training item in the functional fitness world. These machines provide a great full body cardio training target with the added benefit of taking up very minimal real-estate when stored and come with lots of great workout options and targeted measurements.

Bikes

Much like that of the rower, bikes of all kinds are a great addition to the home gym. Mostly targeting the legs, they are a great cardio machine for you to add into your high intensity workouts, rehab or even warm-ups and cool-downs. Air Bikes come with an LCD monitor giving you a tonne of great workout options and metrics to trackj.

 To find out more about Cardio, please click HERE.

 

STORAGE

Protection of your equipment is super important if you are wanting it to last. Purpose built storage solutions are the best way to do that, can save you substantial space and make your gym look professional. Storage for all free weight equipment such as barbells, plates, dumbbells, kettlebells and more can be super easy to do with wall-mounted, rack attachments and standalone options for just about any space. Depending on the rack you buy, plate storage horns may be included in the package; making it a super cost effective and hassle-free solution.

 

 From multi storage units to specific weight plate holders and racks, you can protect, organise, and keep your equipment safe and out of the way while training. These storage solutions come in a variety of standalone and floor sitting units, to wall mounted or even rack mounted to save you space and really organise your fitness space.

To find out more about Storage please click HERE. 

 

CONCLUSION 

A Home Gym can be one of the best investments for a home and those individuals striving towards their desired fitness goals. Home gyms provide flexibility to train at your convenience, in your own home and can save you significant money over the long run. Many people value freed up time in their day, previously spent commuting, as a significant factor.  Home gyms globally have seen a dramatic increase due to world events and pandemics. This has given rise to rapidly increasing levels of innovation with attachments, folding systems and equipment you can use to hit your training goals in a cost effective, space saving way.

Due to the wide range of sports, fitness preferences and needs of an athlete, the Home gym has the potential to cover all bases. You can completely customise and create your ultimate fitness space no matter where or what you have. From the simple barbell and weight plates, all the way up to commercial machines and rigs, you can get your training needs sorted with equipment that will last a lifetime.

 


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