Strength Training Equipment to Build Mass or Lose Weight
Lifting weights and building big muscles isn’t just for body builders or professional weight trainers. Working out with strength training exercises should be an essential part of every fitness regimen. In addition to building muscles, strength training programs offer you many health benefits.
Using strength equipment can:
- Make you stronger - Protect bone density - Help you lose weight - Help you manage chronic disease, such as arthritis or asthma - Improve your balance and flexibility
Getting started with strength exercise equipment doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult. Strength training two or three times a week is a great start for a beginner. Start at your own pace; if you need to start with once a week and lighter weight, do so to avoid injuries. Building strength takes time, and you’ll know when you’re ready to increase the weight during your training sessions.
Each session should last around 20 to 30 minutes and you should try to hit all the major muscle groups of the body. Make sure to space your workouts at least a day apart to give your muscles time to heal and recover.
As you progress your resistance training, make sure to hone in on your goals and edit your workout based on those goals. If you’re aiming for weight loss or building lean muscle mass, you’ll want to add more reps in your exercises with less weight. This will allow you to burn more calories as you focus on trimming down your body weight (or fat to be more specific.)
Alternatively, you will want to gradually add more and more weight if you’re going for larger muscles / building more muscular strength. If you’re not in the market for a personal trainer, there are plenty of blogs that can help you for free, including Marcy blogs on building strength and more.
A comprehensive strength-training regimen has a few different components:
Upper body workout:The muscle groups used during an upper body workout include the arms, shoulders, chest, and upper back. Good exercises for the upper body include dumbbell bicep curls, front and lateral dumbbell raises, dumbbell bench presses, preacher curls, and pull-ups. Our top strength training equipment picks for upper body workouts:
Lower body workout: The legs and glutes are the primary muscle groups worked during a lower body workout. Any type of squat or lunge, including barbell back squats and barbell front squats, are great for both major muscle groups. Leg raises and deadlifts are also popular lower body exercises. Our top strength training equipment picks for upper body workouts:
Abdominal workout: Working the core can improve your balance and stability and can help the entire body function more efficiently. Sit-ups, Russian twists, and barbell rollouts are fantastic exercises for the abdominal muscles. Our top strength training equipment picks for upper body workouts:
Mobility work: Many people forget how important stretching and mobility work is to any weight/strength training. Stretching increases flexibility, range of motion, and mobility. It can also help prevent injuries and warm up effectively before challenging workout sessions.
Using a band can help you get a deeper stretch with less effort. An economic and space saving alternative to getting a large piece of equipment would be the Bionic Body Resistance Band Kit. They’re easy to carry around, put away, and provide an excellent resistance training workout for building lean muscle.
Purchasing Strength Training Equipment
You have many options when it comes to purchasing home strength training equipment, depending on your needs, price point, and space in your home gym.
Weight training racks allow you to safely perform exercises using heavy weights on a barbell. This is a great benefit, especially in a home gym where there may not be a spotter available. These home gym racks allow you to perform front squats, back squats, lunges, and other movements that can help you sculpt your entire lower body.
The Marcy Cage Home Gym MWM-7041 is a versatile heavy-duty home gym cage system that also contains a dip station, pull-up handles, cable system, and storage for your Olympic weights. To add a variety of exercises to your strength training home gym routine, add an adjustable Utility Weight Bench by SteelBody STB-10105 to your weight training rack or cage system to increase the number of free weight and body weight exercises you can do, including bench presses and tricep extensions with a barbell.
You can also use a weight lifting bench alone to complete a number of dumbbell exercises, like chest presses, dumbbell rows, and dumbbell flies. Weight benches can also allow you to increase the difficulty of bodyweight movements. Use them to perform deficit push-ups, dips, or crunches.
Looking for a piece of strength training equipment at home that will let you work on bodyweight movements? Our SteelBody Power Tower is the perfect addition to your gym. This sleek, high-quality steel power tower gives you a huge array of potential exercises to add to your routine.
With this power tower, you can hang from the padded armrests and bust out a few sets of knee raises to really ignite your abs. Then, jump up on the overhead bar to scorch your arms and chest with some pull-ups and chin-ups. Finish off arm day with a few sets of dips to avoid forgetting your triceps.
If you don’t have the space or budget for large home strength training equipment, there are still plenty of other options to consider that will fit your workout space and your bank account.
Buy Exercise Machines and Fitness Accessories from Marcy
When you improve your body, improve your life and health! At Marcy, we offer a huge selection of strength exercise equipment and strength training weight machines. Whether you’ve never lifted a dumbbell in your life or you’re looking to break your back squat personal record, we have the high-quality equipment you deserve.
Just, as always, make sure to be slow and steady during your workout journey to avoid injury.
Contact us today for more information on any of our products or to learn more about how Marcy can help you finally build the perfect home gym for your space.