Building Your Personal Strength Training Station
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Having easy access to a range of elite standard strength equipment for home workouts will help achieve better training consistency and undoubtedly free up more personal time. There are a number of benefits to having equipment at home, here's just a few:
- Setting up your training space and equipment to your requirements
- Using your favoured equipment when you want (without waiting in line)
- Save a huge amount of time not travelling for your workouts and never missing a session
We really could go on forever and of course, the home gym vs commercial gym debate is really down to personal circumstance and preference, we're increasingly seeing people opt for both!
One of the main questions we have been receiving in recent months is around what set up people need to enable them to strength and weight train at home, to a standard they are used to in a commercial gym.
So we are going to provide some guidance on the core components that are needed to hit the key compound movements from a home set up.
At Again Faster, we offer a range of strength equipment and have built some easy to shop home gym equipment packages that are customisable and include all the equipment you need to start training at home.
Key Components For Strength Training
1. Squat or Power Rack
Racks can vary greatly in specification and size, there's mobile squat stands available all the way up to heavy-duty commercial-style power racks. Which direction you take in choosing your rack depends on things like budget and training space, but ultimately it'll be the base for performing most movements. If you have a restricted training area, there are many space-saving options that will still allow for alternative use of the area when training is finished.
The most commonly seen piece of home gym equipment is the barbell. A good weight lifting barbell will benefit any user, is simple to use and extremely versatile. To name just a few, the barbell can allow you to squat, deadlift, bench press and overhead press.
3. Weight Plates & Bumpers
To complement the barbell you will need to purchase some weight plates or weightlifting bumper plates. Which style of plates entirely depends on the type on training that you plan to perform.
Regular compound work with a barbell will just need weight plates, however, Olympic weightlifting training will require rubber bumper plates that can be dropped onto rubber gym flooring. There are many different specifications of each type of plate, including manufacturing materials, dimensions and warranty so it's important to do your homework before buying.
4. Weight Bench
A strong and durable weight bench is key for providing a solid training base, with bench press widely regarded one of the most effective upper body lifts you can perform.
When buying a bench it's key to consider it's comfort, specifications and weight rating that will match up to your training needs (with room to grow!). By adding a bit more to your budget you will really experience a higher level of quality when it comes to weight benches, with such a huge selection in the market.
5. Gym Flooring
Quality rubber gym flooring is essential to provide a strength training area with a secure base and the best protection of your investment. It's very likely at some stage heavy equipment will be dropped onto the floor, despite our best efforts to be careful.
A heavy-duty rubber tile or mat will provide great protection for both your flooring underneath and the equipment, as the shock-absorbing features will cushion any impact.