What equipment do I need to create a great garage or home gym?

To create a great garage or home gym, here are some essential weightlifting and fitness equipment options:

1. Dumbbells or Adjustable Dumbbells: These are versatile and can be used for a wide range of exercises to target different muscle groups. You can get these in multiple weight options from 1 - 100 lbs. Loadable dumbbells are also a great option because you can adjust the weight on the barbell itself with more or fewer plates.

2. Barbell and Weight Plates: A barbell allows you to perform compound movements like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. You'll also need weight plates to adjust the resistance. Weight plates include bumper plates or iron plates. Both are great options for different reasons. As far as barbells are concerned, make sure you are taking your style of lifting into consideration, such as Olympic weightlifting, Power Lifting, or CrossFit, for example. Also research barbell grip, knurling, sleeve size, and the weight of the barbell: 20kg vs 15kg.

3. Power Rack or Squat Rack: This provides a safe environment for exercises like squats, bench presses, and overhead presses. It also allows you to use attachments like pull-up bars and dip handles. This is the centerpiece of your workout in your gym. The barbell and plates hang on the racks. You can use rack attachments to adjust to the different exercises you want to do.

4. Adjustable Bench: An adjustable bench allows you to perform various exercises, including bench presses, incline presses, and seated exercises. Flat bench is also an option and it’s less expensive. However, if you want to do incline or decline exercises, you will need an adjustable bench to perform these movements. The angle of the bench will work different areas of the muscle whike you’re lifting. 

5. Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are versatile and can be used for strength training exercises or stretching routines. They are great for supplemental strength and flexibility. Also, they are great to take with you when you travel and need to continue to do strength work. Many hip and core exercises incorporate bands to increase the tension and add resistance during the workout.

6. Kettlebells: Kettlebells and kettlebell sets are excellent for functional and full-body workouts. They can be used for swings, squats, presses, and many other exercises. They come in different weights and sizes. Make sure to look at the quality of the grip. It can cause hand blisters if the quality of the kettlebells is not good. Also, be careful about going cheap. Many cheap quality kettlebells’ paint will chip off over time.

7. Jump Rope: Jumping rope is a great cardio exercise and can be done in a limited space. Speed ropes are great option too.

8. Yoga Mat: A yoga mat provides comfort and support for floor exercises, stretching, and yoga practices. You can also get horse stall grade mats. This is the most durable flooring out there for gyms. If you have heavy weight, you’ll need higher quality gym flooring.

9. Cardio Machines:  Depending on your preferences and budget, you may consider adding a treadmill, rowing machine, stationary bike, or elliptical trainer for cardio workouts. Air Bikes are great for home and garage gyms, as well.

10. Accessories: Don't forget smaller items like foam rollers for self-myofascial release, stability balls for core exercises, and resistance bands for additional resistance.


Remember, the equipment you choose should align with your fitness goals, available space, and budget. It's also advisable to consult with a fitness professional to ensure you're selecting the right equipment for your needs. Fringe Sport can help.

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