Lots of folks either can’t get to a gym to train, or aren’t near a decent gym. Others just plain prefer to train at home. Whatever your reasons, it is fairly simple to build your own home gym. If you do it right, your investment will pay for itself in terms of savings on a gym membership in just a few years.
The Basics of a Home Gym
- a barbell,
- a bench on which to bench press,
- a rack from which to squat, and
- some weights.
In this first part, we’re going to talk about the most basic item you’ll need: a bar.
Let’s talk about barbells
You don’t have to be a murder-hobo in the post-apocalyptic dystopia of Fallout 4 to know that you won’t rest very well in this “bed.”
Likewise, good shoes are a solid investment, particularly if you have a job where you spend a lot of time on your feet.
C’mon, Burns, you’re a jillionaire. Buy some decent shoes.
As a powerlifter, a barbell is is the core item in your training. A good bar won’t automatically make you a good lifter, but a terrible bar can cause you to miss lifts you should otherwise make. For example, overly-smooth knurling can lead to grip issues on heavy deadlifts (or cleans, if you are doing those as an accessory movement). Of course, if you get a bar from Craigslist, caveat emptor, as they may not be super great.
A classic example of this: Melissa Urban finding out why her Craigslist weightlifting bar only cost 25 bucks. She handles this with more equanimity than I would have, that’s for sure.
Look for the Buddy Capps TPB logo at the end of the sleeves to make sure you are buying a real Texas Power Bar!
Hey, that logo looks familiar…
Having said that, the Ohio Power Bar is a very good bar, and Rogue is a company that is also doing a lot to support and promote strength sports. Either this bar or the TPB will serve you well.