When I started training with weights, I didn’t have access to a real gym. Since I lived in a small town, there was only one place where I could do strength training, and it cost more than I could afford at the time. He had minimal equipment to work with, but as it was the only place where locals could train, he could afford to charge a hefty membership fee. Every magazine I read gave the impression that you SHOULD belong to a decent gym and have good training equipment if you want to build muscle and get in shape. The only tools I had at my disposal were an inexpensive bench, a barbell, a barbell and about 100 pounds of dumbbells. I was tempted to give up the very idea of strength training and the ability to build up a significant amount of muscle mass.
Fortunately, after more research, I found that people successfully trained at home with minimal equipment. I read an article about Dorian Yates and how he trained in his very small gym in England. Although he seemed to have a little more equipment than me, he didn’t have much fancy equipment or advanced training equipment. I realized that I had enough equipment to start with basic exercises, and over time I would be able to add more equipment as needed and money.
I started my training to make the most of what little I had. I had enough weight to perform all the basic skills: bench press, barbell press, shoulder press, narrow grip, bending of the head, barbells and barbells, as well as a few other exercises on the upper body. I quickly discovered that having legs would be a little more difficult. I tried to lift the dumbbell over my head, put it on my shoulders, and then crouch. But I quickly came to the conclusion that this is not a reasonable method of improvisation and can easily lead to injury. Excluding squats from leg training for many hardcore weights will be considered blasphemy, but if you don’t have the equipment, you’ll need to find alternatives. I found a good alternative in case of breakdown.
Since I started training at home, I’ve added more equipment to the garage workouts. I bought the E.E. barbell for less than $20, extra weights and the best barbell for less than $25 on a garage sale and a home gym for $100. It’s not the best, but it has an adjustable bench, an upper cable holder, a leg extension cord and a preacher’s noose. It’s inexpensive but effective for getting the most out of my workout in the garage.
Now that I’ve shared my experience of creating an effective home gym, I’ll give you some tips on how to do the same. Also, I’ll show you what you can do in your home gym to build muscle and get in shape like people with an expensive gym membership. There is nothing wrong with attending the gym and if you have access to it, you can choose this option. However, some of us appreciate the convenience of having our own small place at home for training.
So, where will you go to create your own home gym? A garage, an additional bedroom, a back porch or a small corner of any room in the house will be well suited. The amount of equipment you have is limited by space and financial constraints, but surprisingly, you don’t need a lot of equipment to get started. However, you’ll need a few basic things. These are adjustable dumbbells, rods, weight plates sufficient for your strength level, and a simple bench. These are inexpensive products that, even if they are bought new, are relatively inexpensive. Often they can be found for less money at yard sales, in nearby stores, etc.
Over time, you may want to add new equipment to your home gym. Below is a list of items you can add, as well as the average prices at which they are usually sold.
- Home gym: in recent years they have become more accessible. For less than $150 you can get a bench with varying degrees of tilt/tilt, rope pulleys and various accessories, leg-bending accessories, a preaching loop accessory and more.
E-Bar, they can be found in many stores for less than $30. With the help of E-Bar, you can add new exercises and improve the ones you’re already doing. For example, triceps bending on your back works much better with an E-z bar than with a standard barbell. Hand flexion with dumbbells can also be alternated with bends with the E-q bar to affect the biceps at a different angle.
- Rope screed, if you have a home gym with a pulley for cable, a rope screed will be a great addition. The triceps are better performed with a rope rather than a side bar, which is usually a standard problem in a normal home gym.
Weight plates, there will come a time when the weight that you currently have will not be enough to stimulate your muscles. At this stage, it is recommended to purchase additional boards. Many stores sell them at relatively low prices. Another way to get them even cheaper is to check out local sales in the garage. People regularly sell dumbbell kits, so you can potentially gain a lot of weight for very little money.
- Pulling the crossbars, they are very inexpensive, they can be found in the sports goods section of many department stores. You need a door where you don’t mind drilling holes. The garage door or closet in the room you rarely use is a great place to get the crossbar out of sight.
You might want to add something to your home gym. Keep an eye on the latest and best gadgets you see in commercials or on displays in stores. It’s not just gold that shines, and people who buy these crappy gadgets often learn from their own bitter experience. Almost all the bellies you see on TV after three o’clock in the morning are complete nonsense. However, there are exceptions. Press and inflatable balls are inexpensive and effective devices that can improve your exercise on the press. Evaluate any device you plan to add, check opinions and reviews about the product and ask yourself if you really need it.