If you're interested in buying gym equipment for your home, the options are daunting: Should you get the dumbbell set, a jump rope, a pull-up bar or just one highly versatile piece of equipment? The answer is simple: Think about your current workout, and your goals. Image by Zepfanman.com
Dave Tate from EliteFTS explains in more detail below, and he assumes that you've been going to the gym and have a firm grasp of why you're training. With that, Tate's advice here makes a lot more sense:
When setting up a home gym look for what best fits YOUR current needs. Not what you want to have, wish to have or would have liked to have ten years ago. Get what you need today so you can become better tomorrow.
Further, you can ask yourself the following three questions here to narrow down what you need today:
- What things are you not able to do in the gym now that you would like to be able to do?
- What things would you like to be able to do as extra workouts or on other days?
- Are you doing training sessions now as extra workouts?
In other words, think about your fitness goals and the types of workouts you'll do (like, really do) and buy accordingly. If you're buying equipment to avoid going to the gym at all, or you haven't been to the gym, this should be a little easier for you -- but you should definitely size down to more versatile, inexpensive equipment instead of pricey machines and single-use gear.
This way, you actually work on bringing up your trouble spots without wasting money on a bunch of unnecessary equipment that may end up collecting dust anyway.