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Creating A Home Gym: Tips And Advice On How To Create The Perfect Home Gym

Updated on May 3, 2014


Welcome to this Hub, which will help you create your very own home gym. We will cover topics like going about choosing a room where you can create your home gym, as well as the types of equipment you should have, and other tips and advice that can help you create the perfect home gym.

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Make Sure You Have Adequate Room

The very first thing you will need to do when creating your own home gym is to decide what room will serve as your home gym. You should be realistic and choose a room that has adequate space. If you have a very small spare room that can fit just a bed, then the chances are this is not an ideal room to create a home gym in. A good home gym should fit your workout equipment while allowing you plenty of room to move around and to use each piece of equipment. There is no ideal size for a home gym, but you will want to choose a room that is medium size.


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Get An Adjustable Bench or Three Different Types Of Benches

If you are serious about building muscle at home, then your home gym should have an adjustable bench. The bench should be able to adjust from a flat position to an incline position, as well as adjust to a decline position. However, if you like to train with set systems such as compound sets, super-sets, tri-sets or giant sets, then it may be wise to invest into three different types of benches. You should invest into a flat bench, a decline bench, as well as an incline bench, as this will allow you to move from one bench to another bench without taking a break in order to adjust the bench. As soon as you have completed an exercise on one type of bench, you can move straight on to the next one and on to the next, if you choose to use tri-sets for your chest, for example. Also, try to get a bench/benches that can easily be moved from one place to another place, as there may come a time when you need to move it to another place.

To sum it up, you should:

  • Get an adjustable bench
  • Get three different types of benches
  • Get a bench/benches that can be moved around easily

Weight Stack

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Barbells And Dumbbells

A good home gym will have a variety of barbells to choose from. An Olympic barbell, curling barbell and bent barbells all should be found in your home gym. When creating a home gym, have a look around at the different types of barbells on the market, and choose a few different styles, but if money is tight, then try your best to get an Olympic size barbell, and one that is slightly smaller.

You should invest into dumbbells that you can add weight plates too, and you should even invest into dumbbells that are already of a certain weight. 10, 20, 40, 50, 60, and 80 pound dumbbells are ideal to own. As mentioned to the left, you will want to have a weight rack for the weight plates, but you should also get a rack to hold your dumbbells.

Weight Plates And A Weight Rack

You will want to get your hands on weight plates and a weight rack when you are wanting to create your own home gym. You should have a couple of 5, 10, 25, 35 and 45 pound weight plates. Having 2-3 of each should be plenty of weight plates to own. A weight rack is useful because you do not want to lean your weight plates against the wall when you need to use them, and you certainly do not want to leave them laying around on the floor. Generally speaking, it is a wise idea to have between 200-300 pounds of weight plates.

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Cardio Equipment

When you want to create a home gym, then having 1-3 pieces of cardio equipment is a must. An exercise bike, treadmill and/or elliptical are all excellent machines you can purchase for your home gym. If you are on a tight budget, or feel that you do not have enough money to buy more than one cardio machine, then opt for a treadmill. You don't need anything fancy, nor do you need a brand new one, and used treadmills tend to be affordable.

Olympic Bar Bench

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Olympic bar bench | Source

As you can see creating your own home gym can be relatively easy to do. All you need is adequate space, some weights, maybe a cable machine, some benches or at least one bench, and some cardio equipment, as well as a weight rack and you should be good to go.

Good luck creating your own home gym.


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      Liam Hallam 3 years ago from Nottingham UK

      In reality the cost of setting up a decent home gym is always going to be a stumbling block, if you consider just the price of an Olympic bar that's the equivalent to a few months membership of a commercial gym- And with yourself recommending 3 benches (which don't come cheap), not considering some bumper plates and this gym is getting seriously expensive! I looked at getting a few kettlebells for at home recently due to their practicality and having moved past the 20kg ones they have in my gym I'm starting to talk serious money!