You MUST have the right weight training equipment for a properly equipped home gym.
We're going to tell you what you need to lift weights in the privacy of your home.
You won't need a lot of fancy stuff to build your home gym.
And you won't need a lot of space either. You just need some simple free weights and a few other pieces of weight lifting equipment.
If you make good choices when buying equipment, you'll have everything you need for the rest of your life. We're going to show you exactly what you need so you get the best bang for your buck.
A Home Gym Saves You Money and Helps You Make Better Progress in the Long Run
Let's compare a home gym and a commercial gym.
Have you ever been to a commercial gym before like 24Hour Fitness, Urban Fitness, or Gold's Gym?
If you have, some of the things we're going to say below will be familiar to you.
Variety and Availability of Weight Training Equipment
A commercial gym has a large variety of equipment but most of that equipment is of no value on the WLC Program.
Free weights are highly recommended over machines. So you can take all the machines you see in the gym and throw them out of the equation.
With your own home gym, you don't have to wait for others to finish using certain weight training equipment that you need.
The equipment is yours and when you're ready to use it, it's there for you.
There's absolutely no waiting and no annoyances so you can focus in on your muscle and strength building mission.
Distractions at the Gym
Let's face it…
There are a lot of people at the gym. Some of them are very annoying.
If you've ever been a regular member of a gym before, you'll know how annoying many of the people can be.
Some are always trying to give you advice when you don't ask for it — it's usually the people who have no idea what they are doing.
There are tons of other distractions like personal trainers trying to get you to hire them, people who make discouraging remarks, and more.
All you want to do is use the weight training equipment for your workout and get out of there BUT all the distractions make that very difficult to accomplish.
You won't have ANY of that with a home gym.
Weight Lifting Music
A commercial gym plays the worst music for weight lifting.
Of course, music all depends on your taste BUT I doubt many of you want to listen to love songs or slow music while you're lifting weights.
It may work for the select few, but that's about it.
With a home gym, you can listen to the music you want to listen to. And as loud as you want unless you have neighbors close. You might need to keep the volume down a little for neighbors. You don't have to have an Ipod strap hanging on your arm if you want to listen to your music.
Weight lifting music is very powerful, and you should listen to the music that gives you an emotional response…
The right music gives you instant strength gains. And you won't get that at a commercial gym.
Money From Your Pockets
A home gym costs more money initially BUT saves you a ton of money in the long run.
You don't have to pay monthly fees to use your home gym. You simply buy the equipment and it's yours.
There aren't any slick contracts to deal with, or gym employees that keep pestering you about your membership. You don't have to worry about any of that stuff.
It only takes a year or two for you to earn your initial investment back.
You save the monthly membership fee, gas money, wear and tear on your car, and time driving to and from the gym.
And you get a home gym that will last a lifetime.
The Convenience Factor
If you go to a commercial gym you have to get everything ready, get your gym bag, your weight lifting gloves, your pre and post workout shake, your wrist straps, a towel, and more.
You have to drive to the gym, get everything out, workout, pack it all back up, possibly take a shower, and then drive back home.
That's a lot of trouble for each weight lifting workout and each cardiovascular exercise workout.
With a home gym, you don't have to worry about any of that.
You have no excuse for not working out at home.
Everything is right there for you. You'll make better progress because a home gym is so convenient.
Here's The Weight Training Equipment You Need to Build Muscle With The WLC System
In order to get the most from the best muscle building and fat burning system on Earth, you need the right equipment.
Here's what we recommend in terms of weight lifting equipment for your home gym:
The above equipment is all you really need to make amazing progress. You can do a HUGE variety of weight lifting exercises with just those pieces listed above.
Optional Weight Lifting Equipment To Add As You Can
There are a few other pieces of weight lifting equipment you might want to go ahead and add to your home gym. I want to talk a little about each of these below.
Gym flooring is a must if you plan on building a home gym. You need a surface that protects your floor from high impacts with heavy weights. You also want a floor that absorbs shock. The wrong flooring in your gym can hurt your focus.
I actually have tried horse stall mats from a local Tractor Supply store. If you have these stores around, you might give these rubber mats a try since they are priced very well.
Next up is a cable system. I bought a power rack that had a cable system installed. I highly recommend a cable system if you can get one for a good price. A cable system greatly increases the number of exercises you can do.
Plate mates are fractional weight plates. Plate mates can be used to add small amounts of weight to dumbbells. You can make smaller dumbbell increases other than 5 pound jumps. For example, use 37.5 pound dumbbells instead of jumping up to the 40 pound dumbells.
A smith machine can be a good piece of weight training equipment when combined with free weight exercises. This machine can add a great amount of variety to your workouts. The Smith Machine is also great for calf exercises.
Never use the Smith Machine for all weight lifting exercises or even for more than a couple exercises in a weight lifting program. I say this because the Smith Machine locks you into a single plane of motion. This is not good.
A trap bar was originally made to work the trapezius muscle in the upper back with shrugs. A trap bar can be used for trap bar deadlifts, which happens to be a great alternative to squats. The trap bar deadlift is a truly great exercise! I HIGHLY recommend a trap bar.
The right weight training equipment will last a long time.
How would you like to know the history behind weight training equipment?
That link takes you to a website built by one of my friends… a very interesting website so take a look if you got a few extra minutes.
I hope you decide to build your home gym. There is no better option. I've been building my home gym for a long time now and wouldn't trade it for a commercial gym for anything.
A commercial gym could give me lifetime free membership, and I would say: “Nope, no thanks.” I'll stick with my weight training equipment in my home gym as I have everything I need to make amazing gains in muscle and strength.