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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.

2. Barbell

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.

Again Faster Home Gym Rack Packages

Home Gym Power Racks
Home Power Rack Package

The Power Rack package will offer a full-body training station with everything you need for your home workouts. You will be able to work a range of muscle groups all from a single station, the key compound barbell lifts and adjustable grip pull-ups.

To go one step further you can also utilise the lat row attachment for further versatility. Combine all the features you need into one package for intense total body workouts.

Technical Details
Rack Style Power Rack/Cage
Rack Design Freestanding (cannot be bolted down)
Pull Up Bar Yes
Weight Capacity 315KG
Additional Evo series accessories,Rear base weight storage
Home Folding Power Racks
Space Saving Folding Rack Package

If space is a big concern, the folding rack package will offer a squat rack, power rack or pull up rig all in one space-saving unit. We have designed our folding racks that match up to our freestanding racks for durability and sturdiness, meaning you don't have to sacrifice you equipment specifications for space.

We offer two options for folding rack to suit the space and height you have available, these racks are quick and easy to fold in and out for a change in programming

Technical Details
Rack Style Power/Squat Rack
Rack Design Wall Mounted
Pull Up Bar Yes (on the folding power rack)
Weight Capacity 350/450KG
Additional Compatible with Team series accessories, Innovative folding design
Squat Rack Packages
Squat Rack Package

The most traditional of all racks, the squat stand rack is essential for basic strength training and is often a lower-cost option compared to power racks.

If you plan on loading up a heavy barbell and training alone, you will need a squat stand to rack your bar and weights on. Most squat stands are also a good option for areas with minimal space, the footprints of most squat stands is compact and will fit in most homes.

Technical Details
Rack Style Squat Stand
Rack Design Freestanding
Pull Up Bar No
Weight Capacity 450KG
Additional Compatible with Team series accessories, 1 inch hole spacing
Team Rack Package
Team Rack Package

If you are looking for a higher weight rated commercial-style rack, this package will suit the most advances strength training regimes with a 600kg max capacity.

Additionally, you can add the team serious accessories to further enhance the rack. Complete with two pull up bars at the front and rear of the rack, you can work out with a partner with ease.

Technical Details
Rack Style Power Rack Cage
Rack Design Freestanding (can be bolted down)
Pull Up Bar Yes - dual thickness
Weight Capacity 600KG
Additional Compatible with Team series accessories, 1 inch hole spacing

Home Gym Set Up FAQS

  • How much space do I need?

    Planning out space for a home gym is going to be your first point of consideration, we've seen some incredible creativity with home gym design from our customers, with home gyms carved out of garages, living rooms and more.

    The space required will really depend on the type of training you want to be able to do, for example, if you are focussed on compound lifts then you may only need a folding rack and flat bench which requires minimal space. But if you are keen to perform Olympic lifts then you sill need sufficient clearance around your training space for safety.

    Scroll down for gym design inspiration from our customers!

  • How much should I spend?

    We would always advise that you aim for the best range of equipment and do as much research as possible to ensure that you get equipment that will last a long time.

    The type of barbell, plates and rack that you choose will likely be influenced by the style of training you are interested in and may affect your overall spend.

    The team here at Again Faster are experts in how to get the most out of your space and equipment, drop an email to [email protected] and our gym experts will be able to advise.

  • What are the core items to get started?

    We asked our audience to find out which items are the main consideration for setting up a home gym.

    • Squat or Power Rack
    • Barbell
    • Flooring
    • Plates
  • Do I need flooring and is it easy to install?

    Flooring is an absolutely essential item for the home gym and offers the best protection and longevity for your equipment. Take a look at our full flooring guide for more information.

  • Is your equipment suitable for outdoor use?

    Our current range of equipment is not suitable for outdoor use as the steel is not galvanised.

    WATCH THIS SPACE for a future announcement on outdoor gym equipment from Again Faster.

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