The Best Equipment for Any Home Gym

The Best Equipment for Any Home Gym

People are more health conscious now than they have ever been. Because of this, commercial gyms are seeing their memberships increase and big box gyms are opening on seemingly every corner. While this increased awareness of health and fitness is a great thing, it can lead to a difficult or frustrating gym experience. Too many people and too little equipment, packed locker rooms, and poor gym etiquette are all things that could discourage you from going to a commercial gym. While many people enjoy using their gym membership, you may fall into the crowd that prefers to work out in private. The answer to this dilemma? Create your own in-home gym. While the idea of building an in-home gym can seem intimidating or expensive, when you consider the long-term savings of not paying for a monthly gym membership, it can be quite worth the initial investment. In fact, building your very own home gym can be done with just a few pieces of equipment. Keep reading to see our top picks for in-home gym equipment! Barbell If you ask any professional personal trainer what the number one piece of exercise equipment is, they will very likely tell you it’s a barbell. Barbells can be used to work any part of your body. With a barbell, you can perform movements such as squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, bench presses, bent over rows, standing calf raises, and more. If you could invest in just one piece of equipment, the barbell is a very safe bet. If you need weight plates to add to your barbell set, you can find both rubber bumper plates...
How to Avoid Injuries in the Gym

How to Avoid Injuries in the Gym

One of the most common fears that plague powerlifters, fitness enthusiasts, bodybuilders, and any other type of gym goer is gym injuries. Injuring yourself in the gym is painful for your body, can be mentally challenging to get over, and will set you back weeks from meeting your goals. There are few things as detrimental to your workout experience as a training injury, and in today’s post, we will be looking at several ways that you can avoid getting injured at the gym. Here are 4 things you can do to reduce the risk of having a training injury during your workout. Leave Your Ego at the Door While lifting huge amounts of weight feels really good and may impress the people around you, it can also cause injuries very quickly. While it’s good to push yourself in the gym to make progress, there is a big difference between pushing yourself and trying to show off. Leave the ego at the door and never try to lift more weight than you know you can handle. Warm Up It’s never a great idea to go from 0 to 100 mph instantly in your workout. Your muscles should be warmed up so they’re ready to handle the strain you put on them. Start off with 5-10 minutes of stretching followed by a couple of lighter weight warm-up sets before you really get going with the heavier weight. Doing all this might seem like a hassle, but it will protect your muscles from injury and provide a better all-around workout. Use Proper Form Probably the number one reason for training injuries in...
3 Exercises to Build a Better 6 Pack

3 Exercises to Build a Better 6 Pack

It’s that time of year again, where the days are getting longer and people start talking about getting in shape for summer. One of the most obvious and coveted features of a lean body is 6-pack abs. To get a 6-pack, you have to be disciplined both at the gym and in the kitchen. There are no shortcuts to building and revealing a great set of abs, but there is a lot more to it than just cutting out carbs and doing a million crunches a day. Today we’re going to take a look at 3 exercises that can help you build your abs for a great looking midsection this summer. Before we get started, let’s discuss nutrition. To go into every detail about the way your body may react to certain types of foods and how to pursue the healthiest diet for your body type, we’d have to write hundreds of blog posts covering every possible topic. When it comes to getting lean with relative ease, however, the guidelines are pretty simple. In order for abdominal muscles to show up and look like the superheroes of Hollywood, you must have very low body fat. We know for a fact that calories in vs. calories out is what affects body fat. Contrary to popular opinion, the types of food you eat have nothing to do with weight loss or gain. It’s all about making sure you use up a higher number of calories than you take in. That does not mean, however, that you should just get all your calories from candy and call it a day. It is...
Lagging or Weak Body Parts? Read This!

Lagging or Weak Body Parts? Read This!

If you’ve been working out for a while you can likely feel that you have one or two stubborn muscles that just don’t keep up with the rest of your body. For many people, maybe their calves lag behind in growth compared to the rest of their legs, or perhaps it’s that their back feels weak in comparison to their chest or arms. What causes these muscles to lag behind, and what can you do to promote their growth? Keep on reading to find out! You’ve Been Taught the Wrong Way to Lift Abs and calves are two muscle groups that a huge percentage of weightlifters complain about. They claim to train them just as much as other muscle groups, and they feel sore for days after the workout is finished. There are a couple of reasons why these two muscle groups are very commonly behind in their growth, and one reason is that the information circulating about how to work these muscles out is wrong. For many years even experts have said that you need to train fast twitch muscles at low weight, and maximum reps. However, one of the biggest keys for muscle growth is called time under tension. Time under tension is essentially the time that your muscles are working throughout their range of motion. If you’re working out your fast twitch muscles (or any muscle for that matter) in a way that reduces time under tension, you will see very little strength or size gains in that muscle group. Next time you train your abs or calves, instead of doing hundreds of light quick reps, load up...
Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Christmas is over, the presents have all been opened (and maybe some returned), and you realize there are a few things missing from your fitness wish list. Fortunately, you can often find post-holiday sales going on and get the gear you wanted at discount prices. We can’t guarantee you’ll find the following items on sale, but if you didn’t get these things for Christmas, you’ll definitely want to add them to your shopping list. Powerlifting Shoes If you’re looking to improve your performance at the squat rack or bench, powerlifting shoes are a must-have. Designed with a raised heel, powerlifting shoes allow you to get a stronger grip on the floor and better depth of squat. They also help reduce strain on your ankles by adjusting the angle of your squat form. Powerlifting shoes can also help you with your bench press by providing your feet with more stability on the ground for transfer of power. Weight Lifting Belt For those who like to lift heavy, your very own weightlifting belt is a huge asset. When you have your own belt, you don’t need to use a generic gym-provided belt that doesn’t fit right or smells to high heaven. Having a weightlifting belt that fits properly can make all the difference on your next deadlifting PR. A good weightlifting belt will provide support to your core and help prevent hernias. TRX Slam Ball Workouts with TRX balls are becoming more popular by the day. Designed for athletic training, TRX ball workouts engage your core while providing cardio and power exercises. Simple and easy-to-use, TRX Slam Balls are a fast, fun...