People that want to gain muscle but do not want to pay for a gym membership or workout around others may invest in home workout equipment. If you have the room in your home to do so, having your gym will be beneficial for several reasons.

The tools you need are right there, available for you to use anytime you want. The items require an upfront investment, but they are cheaper than a monthly membership to a gym. Also, this takes out the awkwardness some people feel about working out in front of strangers.

To have proper home workout equipment, you have to write down a list of workout equipment in stock that you can buy. The following section details the items considered “must-haves” by those who choose to work out at home.

Weight Benches

Weight benches come in various styles, so it is essential to consider each when deciding what will be best for you. You will need to get one with crutches if you do not want to purchase a power rack to use along with the bench. The further spaced the crutches are, the more weight they can hold. Most crutches offer a 36″ for the weights, which is good for the average lifter.

There are some additions you can get when purchasing a particular benches. You will want to be able to change the incline and decline of the seat itself to get the proper weightlifting positions. You may also opt for a leg extension, which will allow you to do several leg exercises with your weights.

Weight Plates

There are three different types of weight plates available, and the kind you use is really up to you. Rubber coated weights are the best option as far as durability is concerned. Still, they are the most expensive to get something that will last. They are easy on floors due to the rubber coating, so they will not leave behind scratches. Plastic and cast iron weights are the other options. Plastic tends to be the easiest to break, so you will need to figure the need to replace them every 2 or 3 years. Cast iron is solid, but it can scuff floors easily when used.


Dumbbells come in a wide variety of sizes and weights. Most people could not afford every different size out there, so you must consider the loads you need. You may want to choose a set of dumbbells that will allow you to change weights, as this will prevent you from having to store several sets. Dumbbell handles are also good home workout equipment options, as you will be able to add and remove mini weight plates to them as needed.

Machines that allow their uses to complete several different exercises are sometimes the route that people go with opting for home workout equipment. Though the other items listed here are beneficial, some do not have the space for everything needed. For this reason, multi-use machines are accessible.

By Lois C