Setting up a home gym can seem like a daunting task, especially if you're just starting in the world of strength training and fitness.

 

We have good news, though - creating a personal workout space doesn't have to be complicated or break the bank.
Here at Major Fitness, we're all about empowering you to get started and build a stronger tomorrow. Let's walk through the essential steps and equipment needed to get you started.

Identifying Your Space

It seems obvious, but give careful consideration to this step. Find the right space that's going to be home to your gym space. As you identify (and measure!) your space, consider how the larger pieces of your gym will fit. Try to dedicate spaces to larger machines, so you won't have to haul things around every time you want to get training (that can be a real buzzkill!).
It doesn't have to be a large area; even a small corner or spare room can be transformed into an effective workout zone. The crucial point is ensuring the space you choose can accommodate your movements and the equipment you plan to install.

Choosing the Right Equipment

So what if you're right at the start of your journey and don't even know what gear to get? Start with essentials. Are you training for strength? Or are you looking to implement cardio equipment too like a treadmill or rower?
At Major Fitness, we specialize in producing high-quality Smith machines, power racks, and all-in-ones, leading the way in terms of value. Most people see a power rack as the most flexible (and essential!) piece to any gym - being seen as the "cornerstone" of a gym. Why? They're home to the most amount of exercises (squats, deadlifts, bench, shoulder raises... The list goes on), and are expandable and extendable.
  • Smith Machine: A great choice for a home gym: the iconic Smith machine. Offering a stable, unique exercise that can isolate muscles with ease, we offer the Spirit B2 or our value-pick the SML07, perfect for a beginner. These machines provide the safety and stability needed for a variety of exercises, from squats to presses, ideal for those new to strength training.
  • Adjustable Bench: An adjustable bench is a versatile piece that allows you to perform a myriad of exercises, including bench presses, seated shoulder presses, and incline dumbbell exercises. It's a must-have to ensure your home gym caters to both upper and lower-body workouts. Ours comes with the option to include a set of dumbbells if you're starting from scratch!
  • Weights: A set of dumbbells or a barbell set with weights are essentials. These are foundational for building muscle and can be used in countless exercises! Check out Major Fitness weight plates here, with options for urethane, iron, and more.
  • Accessories: Got yourself a mat to stretch on or a massage gun? Good news, we stock them all! Grab a complete starter set from Major Fitness and save on shipping...
If you're looking for something that could become the "hub" of your gym, we recommend considering a Major Fitness power rack. Our best-selling racks are highly durable and extendable, ensuring that you can roll out and expand your armory of training gear as you gain more confidence.
If you're looking for an entry-level rack that is not only good value but is foldable (for those with limited space!), check out our Lightning F35 rack. It's a best seller for a reason!

Setting Up for Success

  • Organization is Key: Keep your space tidy with storage solutions for your weights and accessories. Clean and efficient!
  • Safety First: Ensure your equipment is properly assembled and positioned on a stable surface. Especially if you're in a home with children, this cannot be stressed enough!
  • Plan Your Workouts: Having a plan is crucial. Don't waste time when you're hitting the gym, and don't be that guy who just sits on his phone... Get busy!

Wrapping Up

Once your home gym is set up, you'll realize just how much fun you can have with customizing it and tailoring it to your needs.
At Major Fitness, that's our favorite thing to do! We provide both entry-level and high-end options at a great price point, allowing you to can up a functional, safe, and inviting workout space that grows with you.
Start with the basics, focus on consistency, and gradually expand your gym as your needs evolve.
Explore Major Fitness gear now and take the first step towards your dream home gym! And as always, we're here to answer questions as you need.

Upgrading Your Home Gym - Advanced Home Gym Guide

So you've been in the home gym space for some time, and you're looking to build on and expand your home gym to new heights. We don't blame you - the rabbit hole runs deeper and deeper.
Welcome to our "advanced" home gym setup guide! Here, we'll assume you've already got your essential pieces in place, offer a few handy tips, and go over our best sellers that give you versatility and value for your home gym space.
This includes some of our top-selling accessories, racks, and more. Broader exercises, heavier lifting, and more specialized workouts - let's dive into advanced tips for optimizing your home gym.

Upgraded your rack?

We're going to get this out of the way immediately, and we beat this drum constantly: a good home gym needs a power rack. With Major Fitness, you're spoilt for choice on that front. Our best sellers include our top-of-the-range Raptor F22 or space-saving Lightning F35.
These beats are extendable to your liking, and will quickly become the cornerstone of your gym. The beauty of a Major Fitness setup is extendability and versatility, all at a competitive price point. This gives us a perfect transition point to our accessory range, which we'll dive into now...

Extending Your Workout Range with Accessories

Assuming you're covered for weight storage and cleanliness, we'll go straight for another essential upgrade for unlocking more exercises than ever: accessories!
Consider adding some of these to your gym to bolster your arsenal:
  • Olympic Weight Sets: Bright, bold, and high-performing! Invest in an Olympic weight set, which includes a longer, heavier barbell and a range of weight plates. These sets are essential for heavy lifting and can be used with your power rack for squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.
  • Shoulder Lateral Raise Attachment: Precisely targeting the deltoids? The key to boulder shoulders starts here. Unlike free weights, this attachment offers stability, reducing the risk of injury and ensuring that each rep is performed in optimal form. It's a perfect addition for those looking to enhance their upper body strength and sculpt well-defined shoulders.
  • 3-in-1 Multifunctional Handlebar: A serious innovative piece that we can't get enough of! Compatible with cable pulley systems, offering a wide range of exercises from straight bar movements to lat pulldowns and T-bar rows. Its adjustability in handle angles and widths allows for targeted muscle engagement, ensuring that you can hit different muscle groups with precision. The 360° rotating handles add another layer of versatility, making it easy to switch between exercises and maintain fluidity in your workouts. Quick, convenient pins make adjustments seamless!

Optimizing for Performance

Outside of overhauling your equipment and basic customization like posters (as well as being your DJ and having a sick Spotify playlist), some heavy-duty upgrades can pay dividends:
  • Flooring: Commercial-grade gym flooring can protect your equipment and flooring, reduce noise (underrated!), and provide a safe, stable surface for heavy lifting. Check out our flooring options for a starting point.
  • Mirrors: If you haven't done this, do it. Mirrors aren't just for aesthetics, they help monitor your form during exercises. This is crucial for advanced training where proper technique is key to maximizing gains and preventing injuries.
  • Recovery Zone: Got a corner to stock some extras? Grab a foam roller, and massage gun, and give yourself an area to stretch. Recovery is an essential part of advanced training regimens, don't skip it!

Hitting the Weights

Who doesn't like an upgrade? When you're building your advanced home gym, you get to make the key decisions, and hopefully, this quick wrap-up from us here at Major Fitness helps motivate you to dive in and get the most out of your home gym.
Got questions or are not sure what to upgrade to? Drop us a line or check out our other blogs to get some inspiration. All for a stronger tomorrow!

 


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