The right equipment adds safety and stability to your workout regimen, allowing you to maintain proper form and to target areas that need attention. Increase your repetitions and the tempo with quality equipment you can rely on.
Home gyms aim to provide the broadest available choice of strength-building exercises most economically and in the least amount of space. They incorporate many of the machines listed below. Quick changes from exercise to exercise result. And in many cases, more than one person can utilize a gym at one time.
A basic building block of any strength-building program are the exercise benches. These provide a stable platform for horizontal bar exercises, whether standard or Olympic, and are used in tandem with popular weight machines. Some benches, such as ab and back exercise benches, target certain muscle groups, as do leg curl benches and seated calf benches.
Lat machines, leg curl machines, preacher curl machines and calf machines are all exercise-specific units that create resistance during anaerobic routines. In addition, chest press machines target the chest and arm muscles. No cheating here.
A number of machines have been developed to allow lifters to increase their weight load while not having to maintain the stability necessary in a totally free-weight environment. Power machines provide racks on which to rest the horizontal weight bar. Smith fitness machines allow for a confined vertical lift and have a built in rack to catch the barbell. Cages offer more freedom of movement with four vertical posts with bar catchers on each side. Cable crossover machines allow for broad, wide-ranging movement as users pull handles attached to weighted cables strung through adjustable pulleys.
Free weights and dumbbells are prized for allowing a range of motion and for the challenge of keeping your form during sets. Dumbbells come in fixed weights or they may have combinations of loads picked by a dial mechanism. Weight sets are designed to meet everybody's level of strength. They are changed out quickly and securely.
Weight plates demand you have a standard weight bar or Olympic weight bar to hold the plates while lifting. Dumbbell handles supply this function for smaller plates. Check out our selection of clamps to ensure a safe as well as quick change of plates between sets.
Safety around the workout area is instantly improved by the addition of organized storage options for your loose weight plates and dumbbells. Weight racks and trees supply this function, carrying tremendous loads while taking up limited space.
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