Train at Home

Train at Home

What equipment do you need for a home gym?

Body-Weight Training

You Need: Suspension Trainer

A TRX, or other, suspension trainer, can be used to make any body-weight exercise more challenging, particularly for the core, and lets you work one arm or leg at a time. The shorter you adjust the straps, the easier the exercise.

Dumbbell Training

You Need: Adjustable Dumbbells, Adjustable Bench

Selectorized dumbbells, such as the kind Power Block and Bowflex make, save space and money. A bench that inclines and declines increases your options and frees you from doing all your lifts standing.

Serious Strength Training

You Need: Power Rack, Olympic Bar, and Plates

When you have more space and more money, or your goal is to set PRs on barbell lifts, you need a power rack and Olympic bar that Olympic plates will fit on. The rack-get one with spotter bars-will protect you if a rep goes awry.

Circuit Training

You Need: Kettlebells, Jump Rope

One or two 16kg or 36kg kettlebells will allow you to do swings, cleans and presses, and getups for conditioning. A Jump rope eliminates the need for a treadmill or other cardio equipment at a fraction of the cost.

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