Today, I explore the 8 items you need to build your home gym.
Table of Contents
- The Importance Of Exercise
- What Are The Benefits of a Home Gym?
- You won’t need to travel to the gym
- You will have complete privacy at home and won’t need to share equipment
- Gym hours, equipment availability, time slots, and other things won’t matter with a home gym
- Overall, a home gym will cost less than an active gym membership
- 8 Items For Your Home Gym
- Adjustable Weights
- Adjustable Bench
- Gym Mat
- Resistance Bands
- Kettle Bells
- Medicine Ball
- Ab Roller
- Are Home Gyms Effective?
The Importance Of Exercise
Exercise is an “activity requiring physical effort to sustain or improve health and fitness.”
The benefits of exercise are obvious and well-documented:
- Improved stamina in your day-to-day life
- Increase longevity in life
- Improved mental health and emotional stability
- A consistent challenge that one has to overcome can increase self-esteem and self-worth
- Reduced healthcare costs
Of course, our hedonistic and demonic culture hates exercise and fitness. Yet, as with most things, you must avoid the vices of the world and seek virtue.
Being fit produces greater mental health, increased confidence, and consistent happiness. The temporary pain you experience is worth the long-term gains you will earn.
What Are The Benefits of a Home Gym?
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau
- You won’t need to travel to the gym. This reduced travel saves time and allows you to exercise longer.
- You will have complete privacy at home and won’t need to share equipment. Gym culture has become more toxic lately, mainly because of influencers. Having privacy protects you from this toxicity.
- Gym hours, equipment availability, time slots, and other things won’t matter with a home gym. Your workout routine can fit your daily schedule. You can work out in the early morning, late afternoon, or even at midnight. Whenever you have time, your home gym is ready.
- Overall, a home gym will cost less than an active gym membership. Look at time spent traveling, gas used, and money invested in a few months. A home gym reduces all these costs.
8 Items For Your Home Gym
I’ve listed the essential items for your home gym at the top. These eight items are currently in my gym.
My equipment list features free weights, a bench, and other unique items. I don’t feature any heavy equipment. I want machines one day, but I prefer the flexibility of free weights. My current equipment works great in spaces with low ceilings or very little room.
The app highlights hundreds of exercises. You can filter exercises based on the equipment you have, what muscles need to rest, and which muscles you want to focus on.
Fitbod is the essential piece. It’s like having a trainer. Not only are you seeing your progress, but you’re receiving real-time suggestions that cater to your needs and goals.
Lastly, the app offers body workouts. If you can’t afford the rest of the equipment, you can still exercise using your body weight.
And Fitbod will guide you through all of it.
“Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re fucking nuts.” – David Goggins
The benefits of adjustable weights include the following:
- You can adjust the weights to whatever is best for you.
- Reduce the need number of dumbbells. You only need one set. Additionally, two adjustable weights require less room than a dozen dumbbells.
- Adding dumbbells increases how many exercises you can perform.
The weights are the next crucial piece because you’ll need access to more exercises. With these weights, you can do squats, iron crosses, tricep kickbacks, and so much more. Additionally, more exercises mean more unique muscles you can target.
Lastly, adding diversity to your workout routine will eliminate boredom. Body weight is good but limited. With adjustable weights, your opportunities grow.
An adjustable bench gives you access to fitness options such as the bench press and the skull crusher. I’ve gained tens of chest and tricep exercises simply by having a bench.
Additionally, my basement has a low ceiling, so I do workouts such as the shoulder press on the bench. Once again, having this one piece of equipment opens up my fitness options.
And the bench helps the gym look more official and adds more sincerity to your fitness journey.
Gym Mat, Resistance Bands, Kettle Bells, Medicine Ball, and Ab Roller
“You must recognize what you are about to do, highlight what you do not like about it, and spend time visualizing each and every obstacle you can.” – David Goggins
To save time and space, I’ve lumped all these pieces of home fitness equipment together. Yet, they are still listed in order of importance:
Overall, this workout equipment allows for more diversity in workout options. I don’t want to lift dumbbells all day. Using the ab roller or kettlebells adds spice to the general routine.
However, I will highlight a few key benefits of the gym mat:
- It helps to create the gym aesthetic.
- It will assist in keeping everything in place.
- It will prevent any floor scuffing from the bench or weight dropping.
Are Home Gyms Effective?
With a home gym, you will find obvious benefits. The costs, at first, may feel steep. But you can invest in building something freeing you from a broken and troubled world.
I remember when governments forced lockdowns during COVID. A disease that primarily affected the overweight was combated by keeping people out of gyms and forcing them inside. But with a home gym, you can stay healthy even as security addicts force others to gain weight.
- What’s your current workout routine? What are your exercise goals?
- Have you seen positive messages about working out? Or, have you experienced more messages celebrating weakness and obesity?
- What’s preventing you from building your home gym? What can you do to overcome that hurdle? And remember, it’s perfectly valid if you prefer the gym over a home gym.
Please remember that it’s important to do the actionables. You’re not on this earth to simply read but to do. To become an individual, you must act more than you consume.
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