Home Gym Set Up
Getting Started, February 13, 2022
What equipment do you need to build a versatile home gym?
The following is a list of equipment and items to set up a home gym.
The equipment in the Essentials list will allow for a minimal set up with minimal restrictions placed on program design and exercise selection. I have created links to examples for each piece of equipment. There are no affiliate links in here. Just products I feel will be of benefit to you. Please send me an email if you have any questions about any equipment you see here.
Minimal set up that will leave you with very few limitations
Adjustable Dumbbells - Enough weights for 40+ per DB
Resistance Tubing with Handles - Choose at least 3. Depending on strength pick accordingly
Heart Rate Monitor
Ideally a chest strap that is ANT+ and Bluetooth. This will add versatility for pairing with GPS computers/watches and Apps
Many options from a price range of $200 -$2000.
Not sure what to get? Find all of the different features to choose from are overwhelming? I can give some suggestions based on your preferences and budget.
Muscle release ball
LAX Ball , Baseball, Softball
Balls of different sizes can be useful depending on how deep you want to get.
Training shoes - flat firm soles give best variety
Examples - Reebok Nano X
I advise against a shoe with a thick soft sole. A thicker firm sole like the Nano or a thin sole like the minimus will be the best options.
Nice to Haves
By no means mandatory, if you are going to buy any of these items, consider if it will be worth it to help you towards your goals.
Many different brands and models on the market ranging from below $100 to $800.
Pick one that fits your budget and has the features you desire
Olympic Weight Plates - 45lb X 2 (more depending on strength) - 25lb x 2 - 10lb x 2 - 5lb x 2 - 2.5lb x 2
Not just for pull ups, also great for strength exercises
GPS Bike computer or smart watch
(Hint: Garmin syncs to this training platform)
Gym Boss Timer - Interval Timer Stop watch. It’s a very cool product I love to use