I wrote a few posts 2 weeks ago about training at home and a few of you have asked about the equipment that I personally use. Well here’s the list with links for each piece. As you can see, I keep things pretty minimal.
Home Gym Setup
As mentioned in the last post, I use the Torque Athletic Pull Up System. Having a pull-up bar is mission critical, and this one from Torque is heavy duty. I also use a set of adjustable rings from Torque. I love the powder coated steel the rings are made out of and prefer them to plastic varieties I have used from other companies.
Many mornings as soon as I roll out of bed the first thing I do is start swinging a kettlebell. I have a pair of 53 lb. kettlebells from Dragon Door. I’ve used kettlebells from several different manufacturers, and Dragon Door is my favorite followed closely by LifeLine.
Over the last year or so, I’ve become a big fan of sandbag training. The one I use is from Henkin Fitness and I love it. At first I was skeptical getting a sandbag with handles (others I had used before had no handles and forced you to develop grip strength), but I’ve found the handles add versatility to the training that is unmatched by bags without handles. Also, this sucker seals up tight and I have never had a single grain of sand spill out in my house.
This is my 50 lb. adjustable weight vest from WeightVest.com. Truth be told, I rarely use all of weight and usually adjust it down to about 20lbs. I use this for all of the basic body weight exercises, especially push ups, pull ups, and squats. And if you ever want to put more burp in your burpees, try doing them with this bad boy strapped to your torso!
Do not underestimate the lowly ab wheel. This simple tool will leave your abs begging for mercy. I picked mine up at a thrift store for $1.99. Here’s one for $9.99 from Target.
I also have a Concept 2 Rower in my bedroom, but that’s a recent addition resulting from shutting down my gym.
So what do you think of my home set up? Wondering how I do strength training without a barbell set up? Have a piece of equipment in your home gym that you absolutely love? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.