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Can you put a treadmill on the second floor?

In Equip Your Gym, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021 at 01:01 pmAn average treadmill measures approximately 3’ wide x 6’ long x 5’ high. What may surprise you is that a treadmill of this size needs an area about 7’ wide x 12’ long x 8’ high. I cover all the reasons why in my article here, but in the end, treadmills take up a fair amount of room! In fact, they take up a lot more room …

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Is BowFlex the best option for an all in one home gym?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:28 pmI’ve owned two Bowflex home gyms in my life. Their late-night infomercials featuring super-fit models training for “20 minutes a day, three days a week” hooked me. Twice! While I don’t still own either of those machines, I do look back on them and wish I’d used them more often. Both times, they became very expensive clothes racks for me. Not because they weren’t decent machines, but …

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Building a great home gym, what do you really need?

In Guides, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:40 pmAsk ten home gym owners what you need to build a great home gym and I can pretty much guarantee you’ll get ten different answers. That’s because each of those ten people has different needs and enjoys different types of training. This makes it hard for someone trying to build their own home gym to figure out what they should and shouldn’t get. Should they get free …

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Adding mirrors to your home gym… Everything you need to know.

In Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on July 7th, 2021 at 01:45 pmAlmost every commercial gym I’ve ever seen has mirrors on the walls. It’s part of the deal when building a gym. They are useful for both the patrons and the trainers and it would be hard to make a case for not installing them. So when people are building their home and garage gyms, a commonly asked question is should they install mirrors? If so, where do …

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Why and how to mix bumper plates with iron plates

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 27th, 2021 at 06:06 pmBuilding a home gym can get expensive. And it can get that way fast! So finding places to save money without sacrificing functionality becomes important to those of us on a budget. One of the best ways to stay on budget and still get a functional gym is to spend money where you need to and look for ways to save in areas you don’t. My best …

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Horse Stall Mats, Are They Really the Best Choice for Home Gym Flooring?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on September 27th, 2021 at 05:03 pmWhen you build a home gym, one of the first decisions you have to make is what to do with the floor. Not only do you need a reliable surface to train on, but you also need to prevent damage to the floor below. Most home gym owners use one of two options: Horse stall mats or rubber flooring made specifically for gyms. Most people who post …

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Do you really need an Olympic lifting platform?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 06:27 pmWhen I was planning my full gym build-out, one of the first things that went on my list was a weightlifting platform. It seemed like every gym I looked at online had a platform. I honestly didn’t even know why I might need one (or not). I simply figured it was something you needed if you were going to be training at home. Did I mention that …

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Barbell collars. Why, when, and which are the best for you?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 06:15 pmDetails can be significant. The occasional crashes I would hear in commercial gyms (way back in the day when I still belonged to one) were a reminder of that. As plates fell off of bars and hit the floor, I always cringed. I wish I could say I was never the cause of one of those crashes, but I’d be lying. There was a time when I …

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Gym Closed? Work out at home for under $100!

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:31 pmEveryone should have the ability to work out at home. That simple idea is why I built GymCrafter. With recent events (This article is being written in mid-March, 2020, right at the beginning of a shelter in place order where I live in Illinois), people who previously relied on commercial gyms for their fitness are coming to the same realization. The problem is that too many people …

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Is Titan Fitness worth your money? An honest review.

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 03:50 pmIf you’ve done any research at all into buying gear for your home gym, you’ve almost certainly come across Titan Fitness. You’ve also probably come across a variety of strongly held opinions about them. Very few other companies in the fitness industry are as polarizing as Titan is.  Some people hate them. Others love them. And that can leave you wondering if the gear they make is …

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Should you buy weight plates in lbs or kilos?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021 at 12:58 pmWeight plates are something we should only have to buy once. If we buy right the first time, they typically won’t wear out. That means there are a few decisions we need to make when buying weight for our home gyms. Steel, coated, or bumper plates? How many? What sizes? New or used? I answer most of those questions for you here in my comprehensive guide to …

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The best ways to store your barbells

In Maintain Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on November 22nd, 2021 at 10:29 amToo much gear and not enough space. It’s the age-old dilemma faced by most home gym owners. For some gear, it doesn’t matter how you store it. For your barbell, that’s not the case. Improper bar storage can damage your prized barbell, so it’s important to follow a few basic guidelines. Proper barbell storage guidelines: Store your bar horizontally if possible Store your bar up high, not …

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How to buy the best weight bench for your home gym

In Equip Your Gym, Guides by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:39 pmWhen I was building my garage gym, I searched on Google for “what makes a great weight bench for a home gym”. The only results that came back were site after site listing their “best benches of 20xx”. There was no good advice. There was no one explaining what to look for.  In reality, every one of those sites was simply a giant list of affiliate links …

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9 Must Have Essentials Found in the Best Home Gyms

In Equip Your Gym, Guides by Tim Steward

Last updated on July 12th, 2021 at 11:56 amA lot of the articles on this site address the issues of space and budget constraints. Building a great home gym when you are short on space and/or money can be challenging at best. But what if you have both space and the budget? What then? Even after limited casual shopping, you’ll find more home gym equipment than you could ever possibly use. It’s a big part …

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How to Fit a Gym You’ll Love in a Small Apartment

In Equip Your Gym, Guides by Tim Steward

Last updated on November 17th, 2021 at 11:11 amWhile my current home gym is located in my garage, that wasn’t always the case. I’m very fortunate to have a two-car garage and only one car. That has allowed me the room to build a home gym I could only fantasize about previously. Apartment Gym Challenges For many years, I lived in an apartment. No garage. No extra space. No squat rack, barbell, or bumper plates. …

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How to Buy the Perfect Barbell For Your Home Gym

In Equip Your Gym, Guides by Tim Steward

Last updated on November 13th, 2021 at 06:44 pmEven if you limit your search to Amazon and a few quality barbell manufacturers, there are easily over 100 different barbells to choose from. When putting together a home gym, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Especially considering it’s one of the most important purchases you’ll make when it comes to weight training. A barbell is what connects you to …

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Home Gym You’ll Love?

In Guides, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on July 7th, 2021 at 02:12 pmThe first thing most people consider when building a home gym is where in their home it might be able to fit. A millisecond later those same people are usually wondering what their new gym is going to cost. It’s probably a safe assumption that budget is one of, if not the primary concern of most people putting together a home training area. The average home gym …