Weightlifting bars or barbells are great for adding variety to your workout. They’re particularly effective in building sculpted muscle in the chest and back. You can also use barbells and weight plates for exercises you do with dumbbells, such as bicep curls and shoulder presses. But with a barbell you can use heavier weights. If you are using a barbell, you’ll almost certainly need to invest in a gym belt and weightlifting gloves. Both will protect you against pain and injury. A belt will support your lower back, focusing on important pressure points, where your back needs it most. Gloves will help you grip and guard against painful blisters, so you can lift, press and extend in comfort.
Dumbbells and kettlebells are a must for a home gym. Dumbbells are ideal for a huge variety of exercises including tricep extensions, bicep curls, lateral and side raises and shoulder presses. They also add resistance to lunges and squats, giving better results. Swinging a kettlebell exercises your whole body, improving stamina, flexibility, balance and coordination. A weight bench, with or without weights, is a sensible investment. Whether you choose a simple fixed incline bench or fully adjustable equipment with a squat rack and accessories for shoulder press, leg and arm curls, it can help you exercise safely and effectively.
While you’re doing all this great exercise, why not invest in a fitness tracker to keep up with all your progress. Fitness trackers and smart watches include pedometers and heart rate monitors, so you can always make sure you are getting the most out of your workouts.