Getting to the gym several times a week can become problematic for many people who genuinely want to get into shape. Everyday life occurrences prevent them from having the time, and the gym becomes more and more of a distant pastime. However, many bodybuilders train at home with a basic set of equipment, which allows them to get their training done. Discover how training at home can be beneficial and how it could potentially be the solution you have been looking for.
There are millions of reasons why you can’t make it to the gym one particular night. The car has broken down, your wife is unwell, you have revision to do, you can’t afford the regular travelling and maybe the gym membership is a bit steep. Well investing just as little as a couple of hundred pounds is all that is required, and this will last you forever. All you need is a basic set up, consisting of a bench, barbell, dumbbells, and weight plates. If you can stretch to it, I would also advise a dip and pull up bar. This set is more basic than that of a commercial gym, yet you will be able to do everything you need to do in order to make significant gains. In fact, there are many elite bodybuilders and athletes alike who train in this more ‘old school’ way opposed to using the new machines commonly found in gyms today.
This home set up will allow you to perform various exercises on every muscle group, which includes the three key compound movements, the bench press, deadlift and squat. Most benches also have an attachment which allows you to perform leg extensions and curls. One of the key advantages to such a set up is that you will constantly be using free weights and by doing so free you are going to be working your stabilizing muscles more often. An arrangement like this will shed many hours of travelling a week from your schedule as well as continuous expenditure on fuel and gym membership, which means your initial investment on equipment, will quickly be recovered. This is then an ideal solution for somebody who simply can’t find enough time in the day to make the journey to their local gym.
It is vital if you choose to do this that you do set a time, and create an environment where you can train and not be distracted. Things like appropriate music to get you in the zone help. When you are training, forget you are at home, pretend you are still in the gym so you don’t get distracted and don’t keep taking short breaks during your workouts. This is exactly how I started weight training, with a 50KG barbell and dumbell set in my bedroom.
There is then a quick guide as to why you should consider a home gym setup if you are finding yourself struggling to get the gym regularly enough. There is absolutely NO reason why you cannot make great gains training this way! If you find the weights you have are not heavy enough, use high repetition workouts, more super sets, more drop sets and, keep your rest periods shorter and you will soon fatigue your muscles!