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November 20, 2018

The popularity of garage gyms have significantly increased over recent years, and for good reason too. When it comes to deciding on whether or not you should invest in a home gym, it seems there are way more reasons to go ahead with the decision than not. Not only is it an amazing financial decision, but it provides you with convenience, saves you time and energy and gives you the luxury of working out in the comfort of your own home.

I mean, what’snot to love?

When making these investments, it is important to make smart decision regarding your purchases to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

So, what are a few pieces of equipment you should make sure you buy that will allow the most options for different exercises? The top pieces of equipment you need should be a barbell and some bumper plates, preferably pairs of 5, 10, 25, 35 and 45 pound plates.

Whether you train for a strength sport such as powerlifting, weightlifting, strongman, crossfit or you’re simply looking for new ways to get in shape, having a arbell is the key to being able to do the fundamental strength movements.

What exactlycan you do with a barbell? Some of the major lifts include --

  • Bench
  • Deadlift
  • Back squat
  • Front squat
  • Snatch
  • Clean
  • Clean and jerk
  • Barbell row
  • Shoulder press
  • Hip thrust
  • Romanian deadlift

*note that some of these movements require a barbell rack and bench as well.

These moves are great foundations of strength and depending on the reps and sets, very beneficial for muscle hypertrophy as well. There’s no need for fancy gym equipment to get your gains when you have the basics down.

Once an individual becomes more advanced or perhaps needs more support for different injuries, accessories such as belts, knee sleeves and wrist wraps can become extremely important to maintain an athlete’s health and ability to move properly. Luckily for you, Simpson Fitness Supply has all of that and more.

What are the benefits of having accessories like a belt and knee wraps?

A weightlifting belt is great for providing extra stability for your lower back. Essentially, a belt helps to increase your intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)[*]. It’s important to always think about “expanding” the air in your stomach to push against the ebelt. This will help create more stability. Working out in a garage gym, you don’t always have another set of eyes watching you to ensure your safety. Before you lift, always make sure all the proper precautions are taken before you strap on that belt and get under the bar.

Knee wraps are another important tool that can be beneficial to your strength movements as well as preventing and improving any injuries.

Unlike knee wraps, knee sleeves can be worn as often as you’d like. However, if you’re wearing them to cover up pain -- hold off. You’re better off finding out what’s causing the pain instead of working through it.

Knee sleeves add compression to the knee that increases blood flow during and after performance. The increased blood flow promotes more blood flow through the blood vessels located in the knee, creating the ideal situation for optimal recovery.

These are a few key pieces of equipment that would be extremely beneficial in the addition to your home gym! Why pay for a membership and commute to a local gym when you can have it in the comfort of your own home? Check out the different barbells, plates, belts and more when you visit Simpson Fitness Supply today.

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