In this guide we look at a range of different fixed dumbbells to help you find a set that is perfect for you. Our list is organised in descending price order, so you can limit your search to dumbbells within your budget.
One of the most common questions asked by someone considering a home gym is: “How can I buy everything I need for the least amount of money?” This is a frustrating query to answer. First, everyone’s needs will differ depending on their fitness goals.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever find a gym that lacks a weight bench. It is a vital piece of equipment and should be included in any home gym set up regardless of whether you opt for a power rack or not. Finding the right bench for you will depend on how much space you have (this will determine the “footprint”) and what exercises you intend to perform (this will influence whether you require an adjustable bench and any extras.
Recently, I realized that very few people think about buying a pair of Olympic dumbbells for their home gym. Instead, most will recommend buying a set of adjustable dumbbells with a quick-adjust mechanism, such as the popular Ironmaster quick-lock dumbbells or Powerblocks. Whilst there is nothing wrong with buying these kind of adjustable dumbbells, they are usually a lot more expensive than Olympic dumbbells and aren’t necessarily any better.
You may have a loved one who lives and breathes fitness and want to get them something related to the hobby that they are passionate about. Unfortunately, unless you happen to share similar interests, you may have absolutely no idea where to start.
Don’t worry. Whether you are looking for a family member, a colleague, or even yourself, this gift guide will help you to find the right fitness present.
Home gyms are finally receiving the attention they deserve as people discover the benefits they provide in comparison to large, crowded commercial gyms. Thanks largely to improved designs and affordability, the home gym is a game changer for people of all fitness levels. Let’s look at why it’s time to make the switch from costly, stale, corporate fitness pens to a customised, user-friendly home gym.
Olympic collars are clamps that are placed on the ends of an Olympic bar to secure weight plates to prevent them from sliding off. Often collars are an afterthought for those kitting out a home gym. Instead, lifters tend to invest a lot of money in expensive bumper plates and quality steel bars. However, you should remember that a good pair of collars can add huge value by limiting damage to your bumper plates and your barbells.
When it comes to home gyms, a power rack is the most versatile piece of equipment there is. The fact that it will enable you to perform such a vast range of lifts (the number of which can be increased by purchasing add-ons) makes it an indispensable piece of equipment. For this reason it should be the centrepiece of your gym.
Power racks aren’t cheap and quality can vary massively between different models. Therefore, you will need to put a lot of thought into which power rack you buy. Luckily, we have done most of the leg work for you and in this guide we explain what you should be looking for and why it matters.
When it comes to adjustable dumbbells, Ironmaster quick-lock dumbbells are often recommended over competitors such as Bowflex and Powerblock. But why is this? In this review, we will explain why Ironmaster dumbbells are such a popular choice for home gyms.
Calvin Harris claims that using an ab wheel helps him to stay in shape whilst touring:
“Staying in a gym routine while on the road is tricky, but as long as you don’t drink, eat well, sleep enough and take one of those mad little ab rollers with u everywhere you’ll be good.”
Given how cheap they are, there’s no excuse not to add an ab wheel to your home gym.