Home Gym Ideas: What Equipment Do I Need To Get Started?

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When looking for methods to get fit, it can be difficult to find the right time, space and environment that we need to get motivated. That’s why home gyms are the new go-to trend for those looking to enhance their fitness routine. Not only can you tailor your new space to your specific needs, but you can workout in peace and in private. But, how do you get started with creating your home gym, and how do you know which equipment you need to get started?

When designing your home gym, you need to consider both the space you have and the goals you want to achieve to maximise your potential. If you are new to fitness, this means that you first need to decide which type of training method you want to start so you can select the most suitable equipment to help you achieve your goals. 

If you are an experienced gym-goer or athlete, you will need to prioritise what equipment you want to have in your new very own home gym that suits your goals, budget and space.

Here at Forte Fitness, we understand that choosing the right equipment and knowing how to use them can be overwhelming, particularly for a beginner. That’s why our expert team has put together this short article to help you learn more about how to build your ideal home gym that will keep you motivated and fit. Simply keep reading to learn more. 

What equipment is best to use for a home gym?

The most effective home gyms are the ones that meet your exact needs and requirements, all while keeping you motivated all year round. For beginners or experienced gym-goers who are looking to explore what equipment is best for them, take a look at what our team recommends below:

Rig

A rig is an essential for any home gym. It consists of a metal frame that caters for attachments in which you can utilise in a variety of different ways to achieve your goals. Useful for its versatility, the rig is a prime choice for anyone looking for a one-tool-for-all approach. For example, you can use this belt squat attachment to build and develop your glutes strength, or this leg extension to maximise power in your lower body. The possibilities are endless, and the strength you can build using a rig is limitless. 

A man completing a weight lift in a garden using the Forte Fitness gym rig.

Explore our Rig options here. 

Slant Boards

A slant board is a 22 degree inclined platform that is essential for maximising your squat, enhancing your posture in the movement (straighter back, chest proud, knees out) and reducing the risk of injury during your workouts. -. Using this knees-over-toes movement, you will work to improve your range of motion and maximise strength, mobility,  muscle and joints resilience in your workouts. 

Click here to view our Slant Board. 

Handstand Boards

Never underestimate the power of a handstand. From building strength and muscle to increasing concentration and balance, learning and mastering the handstand is essential for those looking to bring in new, invigorating movements into their workout routine. A handstand board will provide you with grip and a useful platform to get started, particularly on uneven surfaces. The Forte fitness handstand board  is small and portable meaning that it can be easily stored away, or even taken outside to the beach or a park for a workout in the warm weather. 

Click here to explore our Handstand Board. 

Resistance Bands

For anyone looking to enhance their strength during training, without the need of using weights, a resistance band is essential. A resistance band is a large piece of elastic rubber that is used to increase resistance, challenging your movements during your workout. They can be used as a part of your warm-up, cool-down, or even integrated with or without your weight training. Its use has no limits. A resistance band can also be used for other workouts including yoga, pilates or other types of stretches. 

A woman using Forte Fitness gym bands in a gym. She has her arms stretched directly above her head, pulling the bands up from her feet.

Click here to purchase our Resistance Band. 

Steps

For keen lifters (from powerlifters to weightlifters, to crossfitters and bodybuilders), our step platform is recommended for you. Here, you’ll be provided with a platform to help you achieve greater drops, a higher range of motion and an improved performance with lifts such as deficit deadlifts, elevated split squats, drop lunges, and much more.. With the ability to withstand extremely high loads, our step platform is ideal for both beginners and experienced gym-goers who are looking for new movements and variations to explore with ease. 

A man holding a bar of weights while he is stood on a Forte Fitness block step.

Click here to purchase our Step Board. 

Where to build your home gym

Once you’ve explored which equipment is best for your new home gym, it’s time to consider which space in your home is best to utilise to begin your fitness journey. No matter the size of your property, there will always be space for a workout. Whether you choose to utilise the space provided in your living room or bedroom, or even if you choose to keep your equipment away in the garage or garden. To help you make up your mind, here’s some useful ideas to consider…

The best natural light

It’s difficult to keep motivated, especially in the height of winter. But, did you know that sunlight is a natural motivator? Not only does it provide us with essential vitamins that make us feel more energised, the sun is also a great tool to keep us motivated. That’s why your home gym equipment needs to be placed somewhere bright, such as near windows or outdoors. 

A focused space

It’s important to minimise distractions to stay on track. To ensure that you have a compatible environment for your workouts, you need to consider a space in your house where you’re going to be the most focused. In other words, if your gym space is surrounded by distractions, then you may veer off track during your workouts, and this can be risky if your muscles begin to cool-down and expose you to unnecessary strains and injuries. 

Find your perfect home gym equipment with Forte Fitness

Here at Forte Fitness, we manufacture high-quality gym equipment. Using the finest materials, such as British steel or plywood, we create long-lasting tools for you to utilise as a part of your everyday routine. We care about reducing injury and stress on your body, and that’s why our equipment has a focus on developing the correct posture, range of motion and movements to maximise your performance. Simply explore our website to learn more and unlock your explosive power. 

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