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by BLK BOX 3 min read

What to consider when building a home gym

Historically training in a home gym has meant compromising on equipment and training quality, but not anymore. We have done this countless times. Flawlessly. Let's do it again, this time for you. 

BUDGET

Building a home gym package doesn't have to be particularly expensive. People tend to waste money on unnecessary cardio equipment and obsolete resistant machines. Our team are not your typical salespeople. We would rather talk you out of equipment than try to sell you gimmicks, just to make a profit. We don't sell fads. If we don't believe it, we don't sell it. For as little as £2,000 we can help you create a space that will make everyone envious.

What equipment do I need for my home gym?

Home Gym Flooring

Gym flooring can often be overlooked but we believe it is a foundation of every home gym and you should start from the ground up. Our Anti-Slip-Gym-Tile is the perfect solution for any home gym, allowing you to drop from overhead whilst protecting your floor. The added bonus of these gym tiles are that they can be laid loosely, giving you the freedom to rearrange your space or if you end up moving, you can lift the tiles without damaging the floor.

Rigs & Racks

Depending on your space, budget and ceiling height, we have an a range of rigs and racks for you to choose from. We would recommend a Goliath Wall Mounted Rig or a Goliath Full Rack if mounting to the wall is not an option. If you are installing a rig or rack, make sure you have the headroom to perform overhead lifts. While the height may be tall enough for the frame, is there enough clearance to perform pull-ups? If not, the BLK BOX Utility Quarter Rack of Utility Squat Stand are great alternatives, which also gives you the option to bring your training outside (if the weather allows).

Bars & Bumpers

Whether you are a powerlifter or Olympic lifter, we have a number of bars to suit your individual needs such as The Belfast Bar, The BLK BOX Milo Bar or The BLK BOX Power Bar. If you would like to learn the difference between each of our bars, check out our video here

As for bumper plates, we would recommend the BLK BOX Utility Bumpers. These bumpers are perfect for a home gym set up with regards to durability and affordability. Don't forget to purchase some fractional plates too. These can mean the difference between matching an old PB or setting a new one.

If you're not sure what style of bumper would be best for building your perfect home gym, check out our bumper plate buying guide here. 

Storage for your home gym

We believe that clutter kills performance, therefore smart spaces need smart storage. BLK BOX offers an array of wall-mounted storage options, freeing up your floor space to allow for a safer training environment. The Wall Mounted Bumper Plate Storage option is very popular amongst home gym owners and small personal training studios as they lift your bumper plates and fractional plates off the floor. 

Accessories

If you have space, battle ropes, sandbags and kettlebells can be a great addition to your space. However, we would advise purchasing the equipment mentioned above and then add the accessories as you go.

A Final Consideration

A point that is often overlooked is insulation and ventilation of your space; not only for your own comfort but for the longevity of your equipment. If left in a damp or cold environment your equipment will begin to rust. Floor tiles also have a tendency to expand and shrink with temperature fluctuations. This means, what was once a perfectly laid floor may form gaps in the colder weather if the temperature within your space isn't controlled.


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