Are you tired of paying ridiculously expensive gym membership fees? Does the thought of sharing gym equipment with other people irritate you? If your answers to these questions is yes, you should set up your own gym at home.
Having a gym set up in your own home can save you a lot of time, money, and energy. However, many people decide to not push through with the idea because they don’t know what kind of equipment to get.
That’s where we come in. We’ve made a list of essential equipment you would need to help you complete a basic home gym set up.
Core Selectorized Dumbbells (PHP 23,990.00)
Need to work on your arms? Dumbbell curls. Want to work on your shoulders instead? Dumbbell shoulder press. Worried you’re ignoring your legs? Dumbbell squats.
Dumbbells are an incredibly versatile piece of gym equipment as it allows you to work on different muscles on your body depending on how you use them.
For optimum convenience, you should try purchasing adjustable dumbbells. They come with a set of plates with different weights so you won’t have to worry about clearing out space for an entire rack.
Super Ball Barbell Bar (5FT – PHP 825.00, 6FT PHP 925.00)
Your home gym would not be complete without a barbell. Barbells, like other free weights, are much better than the machines at the gym because of the stabilization and coordination aspects they bring to your workouts. Look for a sturdy, adequately priced bar. You should also pay attention to the diameter of the bar. Being able to grip the bar well with your hands will help you when you start lifting heavier weights.
Sports Authority Barbell Plates (PHP 445.00 – PHP1,115.00)
Now you’ve got the bar, it’s time add some weight to put on that bar! Make sure that you buy a variety of plates. A pair of 2.5lb, a pair of 5lb, a pair of 10lb, a pair of 25lb and, a pair of 45lb plates should have you covered.
Jetstream MS500 Benchpress (PHP 7,200.00)
Having a benchpress in your home gym is definitely a must. Benches allow you to target different angles for muscle growth while strengthening your lower back muscles, developing core stability, and improving your overall posture.
Empower 3-in-1 Kettlebell (PHP 2,490.00)
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Kettlebells? Why Kettlebells?”
Kettlebells are often deemed unnecessary and many kettlebell movements can be done similarly with a dumbbell. However, there are workouts you can do with kettlebells, and some movements just work better or are more challenging with a kettlebell.
Pull Up Bar
PTP Pull Up Bar (PHP 2,010.00)
Pull up bars are amazing pieces of equipment that will allow you to build more arm strength, back strength, abdominal strength, and grip strength. There is also a variety of basic gymnastic exercises you can practice if you have a pull up bar installed in your home gym.
Core Weighted Speed Rope (PHP 595.00)
Other than being a fun way to get cardio, jumping rope also works your coordination, rhythm, and timing. If you are a beginner, just get a durable rope and don’t worry about details. If you have some jumping skill, look for a lightweight rope to work on speed and timing or a weighted rope to work on strength to add some variety.
If you’re not much of an outdoor runner, then getting a treadmill is a piece of equipment you must have at your home gym. It’s a great piece of equipment for cardio, and it’s also a convenient way to stay out of the hustle and bustle of the streets or the travel time from your place to an oval.
That’s our take on the essential pieces of equipment you need to build your home gym. What do you think about our list? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below.