So you're ready to jump on the bandwagon and start building a garage gym? You're tired of paying good money at the global gym just to wait in line for one of the few useful pieces of equipment they have? Sick of the wasted time just driving to and from the gym? There are many reasons to want to work out at home. Click here to read more best bumper plates for home gym
Regardless of what your reason is, I support you! A quality gym at home is amazing... and possible. Thanks to some innovative companies and some stiff competition in the fitness industry, outfitting a genuine gym at home is more affordable than ever. Matter of fact, for not a lot more money than you would spend on junk equipment at a chain sporting goods store, you can get your hands on commercial-grade equipment that will probably outlive us all.
Where to start? Let me give a few suggestions based on my own personal experience with my garage gym along with some good information I've picked up on the web. Of course the best equipment to start with will vary from person to person slightly, but I think that there are some essential pieces to consider right out of the gate Jump rope: Jumping rope is just amazing. I've bought and then turned around and sold a couple pieces of cardio equipment in the last couple years. Can't beat a $5 jump rope for true cardio. However, if you're really big into using commercial gym type cardio equipment, like the Life Fitness or Precor bikes, ellipticals and treadmills, it is worth mentioning that these companies have alternative models of their commercial stuff for a bit less money... but they are still way more reliable and sturdy machines than the box sporting good store stuff.
So if you have a barbell, some plates and dumbbells, and get a power rack and bench, I'd think you'd be in a great position to get some awesome workout sessions started. Here are some things I think you'll eventually want to pick up. I have added a lot of this to my original set up as well.