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My Ideal Home Gym

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Weights by alandarker

I was asked what I equipment I would buy for a home gym. And although there is what seems like an infinite range of exercise equipment available there is only a small range of items that I’m interested in. 

  1. Pull-up bar. Nothing else will get you so much bang for your buck. Every person should be able to control their own weight, and if you only did body weight exercises, then you could still be extremely fit and strong.
  2. Olympic bar. There are a huge range of exercises that can be performed with a barbell, and many of them can only be properly performed with an Olympic bar. If money is no object. Or a more reasonable option.
  3. Rubber weights. Saves your floor, and is much quieter. If money is no object. Or a more reasonable option.
  4. Power cage. If you are going to squat or press with heavy weights, and especially if you do it alone, then a power cage is a must and might save you from serious injury or death. The right model will also have a pull-up bar – see above.
  5. Concept 2 Rower. It’s the standard of rowing machines – so much so that there are international indoor rowing competitions using it. Seriously
  6. A pair of training rings and somewhere to hang them.
  7. Dumbbells. Ideally a set of hex dumbbells, but if you don’t have the money then go for a set of adjustable dumbbells.
  8. A set of kettlebells. It’s a luxury to have a whole set when I’d probably only use then for swings, turkish get-ups and snatches, but as I mentioned before this is an ideal setup.
  9. Parallettes. For gymnastic progressions.
  10. A medicine ball. For throwing.

I would need somewhere to run but if I want to run I prefer to run outside. I’ve run in rain, sleet, and snow in the Scottish winter, so I don’t feel any great need for a treadmill. I’m not that fussed about cycling so there’s no bike.

There’s a few bits and pieces I’m sure I’d accumulate, like a jump rope for instance, but I think I could perform just about any of my current workouts with the equipment above.

Saturday: Back Squat 5×5; Bench Press 5×5; Deadlifts 3×10

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