Lifting weights and building big muscles isn’t just for body builders or professional weight trainers. Working out with strength training equipment should be an essential part of every fitness regimen. In addition to building muscles, strength training offers 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 using strength exercise equipment doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Performing only two or three training sessions each week is a great start for a beginner. 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 few days apart to give your muscles time to heal and recover.
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.
Our top strength training equipment picks for upper body workouts:
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. Make sure to purchase a pair of Steelbody Lock Jaw Barbell Collars OBC-5 to use with your 2” Olympic weights to safely secure and quickly change your weights during your workout. You’ll also want to invest in a 45lb Olympic barbell, so you can work on your barbell squats and lunges.
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 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. Hang from the padded arm rests 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. Don’t leave out your triceps! Finish off arm day with a few sets of dips.
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.
The Apex Adjustable Kettlebell contains a single weighted handle and removable spacers so you can adjust the weight by adding additional weight plates, making it a great addition for a beginner looking to build their collection of strength training equipment for home use.
The Bionic Body Resistance Band Kit includes three different resistance bands, two unique handles, an arm or ankle strap, and a door anchor. This kit allows you to turn any room in your house into a home gym. The bands are extremely versatile and make it easy for you to perform dozens of different upper body, lower body, and core exercises. You can even use these bands to improve your overall mobility. The Bionic Body resistance band kit also makes an excellent gym while you are on the road. Throw this kit in the car or tuck it into your suitcase, and you can stay fit and energized no matter where the road takes you.
Buy Exercise Machines and Fitness Accessories from Marcy
Improve your body, improve your life! That starts by increasing your muscular strength. At Marcy, we offer a huge selection of strength exercise equipment for every type of athlete and exerciser. 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.
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.