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The 3 Barbells You Will Find in the Best Home Gyms

***Since writing this article, I’ve rewritten substantial parts of it as completely new posts. These new articles are much more up to date, accurate, and better reflect the equipment I’m currently using (different than some of the recommendations here). I still believe that these three barbells are worth having and that the overall advice given here is accurate. But I would recommend seeing the following updated articles in addition to this one. To see all …

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7 Habits For Safely Training Alone Without a Spotter

I don’t want to die, trapped under a barbell, alone in my garage. Now that I’ve sufficiently brightened your day, let me explain. The pessimist in me always assumes the worst. Very often, I find myself daydreaming about unpleasant outcomes and things gone wrong. When I decided to build a fully equipped home gym in my garage, that was no exception. One of my biggest fears is suffering an injury mid lift and having a …

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How to Improve Your Home Gym Air Quality

What if your home gym, the thing you built to improve your health, is actually making you sick? What if an often overlooked factor was causing you health issues? Surprisingly, this is the case in more than a few home gyms. We put a ton of effort into choosing every detail in our gym. We stress over weights, machines, benches, racks, accessories, and more. We then often ignore one of the most important details… Air …

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7 Steps to Warming up a Cold Home Gym

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! As I write this article, it’s early November and 32 degrees outside. My morning walks are marked by newly formed frost and the flowers and warm weather of summer are a fading memory. It’s time to settle in for another dark, cold winter season. For me, winter marks a change in my activities. It’s a period during which I tend to dedicate an increasing amount of time to weight training. That …

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What Kind of Dumbbells Should I Buy?

One of my favorite additions to my home gym has been my set of dumbbells. A nice set of dumbbells moves you miles closer to never having to use a commercial gym again. They can be used for a tremendously wide array of exercises and for me, are even more important than the Olympic bar and bumper plates (see my article on bumper plates here). I work out mostly on my own and dumbbells are …

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What Are Kettlebells And Should I Have Them In My Home Gym?

When building a home gym, it’s important to make sure the equipment you pick is both versatile and effective. There are few, if any, implements that meet those requirements better than the kettlebell. For those in the know, kettlebells are an easy addition to their home gym. For those that aren’t, you may find yourself asking, “What is a kettlebell and do I need them?” History… Kettlebells trace their history back to Russia in the …