Home gym accessories are numerous - they highly depend on sports, individual goals and preferences, health issues, available space etc.
Some of the home gym accessories are:
- Free weights are group of exercise equipment used without support or help of various machines. They can be divided into barbells and weight plates, dumbbells, kettlebells etc. Very often, it is best to buy free weights in the form of kits - combinations of barbells/dumbbells with accompanying weight plates or kettlebell sets.
- Racks and benches are very important piece of workout equipment needed for proper and safe workouts. Heavy benching on low quality benches, squats without proper racks etc. are just accidents waiting to happen.
- Pull-up bars are simple and cheap bars mounted on walls, ceilings or even in door frames. They even come in the form of pull-up bars/dip stations, as part of squat cages and racks and as part of home gym exercise machines. Pull-up bars are excellent for arms and back workouts.
- Push-up bars enables trainee to change angle and extend range of motion during various push-ups, helping toning upper body, especially body parts involved in push movements. Often, push-up bars are combined with pull-up bars for thorough upper body workouts and helping avoiding imbalances.
Of course, there are many other items which can be used for workout at home: jumping rope, punching bag, weighted vest, ankle and wrist weights, gym mats, yoga mats, balancing and other balls etc.
What will one actually get for his/her home gym is quite personal and depends on desired goals and individual preferences.
Kettlebells are type of Russian weights and they were and still are very popular for increasing overall strength, endurance and agility. They are not miraculous weights nor using only them one can make miraculous results.
Nonetheless, kettlebells workouts can be very demanding and great in achieving desired goals.
Body Solid Olympic Bars are 'classic' bars - strong and durable, can accept heavy loads without problems, can last very long time. And have acceptable price tag. Of course, there are cheaper bars around, but invest once and forget about them ...
Cap Barbell 1500 Pound Solid Test Bar 7-Feet is expensive olympic standard barbell, but one of the best buy heavy-duty bars around. It can tolerate plenty of punishment and if you treat it as it deserves, it can last a long time.
Body Solid Rubber Grip Olympic Set is set of plates for olympic bars. Sets come in 255 lbs, 355 lbs or 455 lbs versions and if you are serious in heavy lifting, one 455 lbs set is the minimum of weight you need.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells adjust from 5 to 52.5 pounds (2.26 - 23.8 kg) rapidly and thus eliminate the need for multiple dumbbells having around - great for home gyms.
The price for such a set appears high - but, in fact, one saves both money and space.
Updated: November 19, 2020.
Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbells adjust from 10 to 90 pounds (4.53 - 40.8 kg) quickly and easily, thus eliminating the need for multiple dumbbells having around. This is great solution for home gyms, not so for commercial gyms. Price for one or two dumbbells appears high but, in fact, such dumbbells in the long run save both money and space.
Published: January 24, 2020.
Universal Power-Pak 445 Adjustable Dumbbells with Stand (Combo) is great adjustable dumbbells set for any home gym. They require little space and changing between weights is quick and easy.
Cap Barbell 40-Pound Dumbbell Set is set of two adjustable dumbbells in plastic carrying case. Price is very acceptable, especially when compared with adjustable dumbbells that have various plates changing systems - on the other hand, changing weights on such dumbbells is faster.
Marcy Diamond Bench and Weight Set (80-Pound) is a solid and cheap starter set suitable for home use. It will provide one with the opportunity to do most of the basic exercises for a good workout.
However, if you plan on buying this set, consider ordering more plates and/or some adjustable dumbbells.
Published: August 30, 2020.
Universal Five-Position Weight Bench is a good and solid adjustable weight bench, very good for home gyms. One of the best buy weight benches since one gets a lot for a very acceptable price.
Published: April 25, 2020.
Marcy SB-315 Flat Utility Weight Bench is classic flat weigh bench, suitable for many exercises and workouts at home gyms. It is simple, but strong, sturdy and affordable flat weight bench.
Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench and Bowflex SelectTech 3.1 Adjustable Bench are two very similar weight benches, suitable for most home gyms. They differ in several very important design details and of course, in price.
Universal Decline Bench is cheap and relatively small, entry level, decline bench suitable for abs workouts. It takes little space, but also has very small user weight limit - only 200 pounds.
Home gym floor mats protect floor surfaces from any damage caused by exercise equipment just being positioned on the floor, absorb and dampen impacts and vibrations, prevent slipping, decrease noise, etc.
Floor mats must be tough, durable, and easy to use and clean.
Published: April 20, 2021.
Most male and female lifters wonder about how to choose a perfect weight lifting belt.
Choosing the best weight lifting belts is just like choosing a pair of running shoes; users should have an idea of what they need and be prepared to try different ones to check comfort, fit, and functionality. There are a lot of variables to think about when buying the first belt.
Published: March 20, 2021.
CAP Barbell Pair of Push Up Bars are, as their name says, a par of push up bars.
During push-ups workouts, they allow deeper positions and help strengthen the muscles involved in push up motion.
Published: November 30, 2020.
If anyone is longing for doing pull-ups and pushups to gain some muscle strength, they, especially ladies, don’t have to join a gym despite feeling awkward. They can do the exercises they want right in their home, thanks to the ONETWOFIT OT126 Multifunctional Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar/Chin Up Bar/Dip Station.
This versatile equipment offers exercises like pull-ups, chin-ups and dips, and more, and is to be mounted on one’s wall, thus it won’t occupy any floor space in their home.
Published: November 10, 2020.
The professional-grade Fitlaya Fitness Ab Machine comes in an attractive color combination of black and red and is an ab trainer or ab exercise equipment for home use.
It is height adjustable and foldable. It has been released just recently and is slowly getting popular due to its simplicity, and excellent durability and performance.
Published: October 10, 2020.
Adjustable Height Portable Fitness Desk by RAD Cycle Products enables the fitness enthusiasts to workout at home or at office using whatever fitness equipment they have available and to place their laptops, tablets, smaller TVs and other required items on the required height for optimal workout sessions.
Adjustable Height Portable Fitness Desk by RAD Cycle Products support up to 44 pounds (~20 kg) and its height can be adjusted from 33.5 to 47 inches (~85 - 120 cm) allowing the trainees to use various exercise machines like rowers, bikes, under-desk treadmills or steppers and similar.
Published: January 30, 2019.
ProSource Multi-Grip Doorway Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar is a heavy duty chin-up/pull-up bar, easily mounted on any doorway or most of the similar surfaces, like some squat cages, racks and similar locations.
ProSource Multi-Grip Doorway Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar is a solid and very durable doorway pull-up bar which supports users up to 300 pounds (~136 kg).
Lightweight long sleeve shirts are very important part of outdoor clothing not only during summer, but throughout other seasons as well. Rowing on the open water exposes skin to the elements, requiring extra care yearlong. During summer, long sleeve shirts protect skin from strong sunlight, draw sweat off the skin thus improving cooling and reducing sweating, prevents skin rashes and irritations etc. And they have to look good ...
Squat bar protective pads protect neck, shoulders and back during heavy squats. They can be used for other exercises, like various bench and shoulder presses and various thrusters. Protective pads increase contact surface between weight and trainee, decreasing the local pressure on the body.