The 2023 Men’s Health Home Gym Awards
YOU’VE NEVER needed a gym membership to build muscle and strength. All you need is a few feet of space in the comfort of your own home (or you garage or your basement).
And it’s never been easier to build out that home space than it is these days. We’re in the midst of a home gym boom, fueled by two key components. First, there’s the tech fitness revolution that gave us Peloton and brought fitness apps home to your TV and made home training fun. Blend that with a resurgence of venerable brands building quality home gym gear (think Kabuki Strength’s Transformer Bar) and you have more options than ever to build out your home space.
It’s an exciting universe, but one that isn’t easy to decipher. But our step-by-step guide will help you build out your ideal home training space.
Before you load up on next-gen tech, focus on the fundamentals, says Eric Sung, C.S.C.S., a member of Men’s Health’s Strength in Diversity Initiative. “You’ll get your best workouts with core gear, like dumbbells and kettlebells,” he says. So start your home gym with these muscle-building basics.
Once your muscle-building gear is set, focus on recovering from every sweat. “You have to be able to bounce back from sessions,” says trainer J. Malik, who joined the Strength in Diversity Initiative last year. Choose one or two items, and work them into your routine at least once a week.
If you have a yard, use it! “Getting outdoors to push a sled or run challenges your body in new ways,” says trainer and Strength in Diversity member Jerry St. Louis.
Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., is the fitness director of Men’s Health and a certified trainer with more than 10 years of training experience. He’s logged training time with NFL athletes and track athletes and his current training regimen includes weight training, HIIT conditioning, and yoga. Before joining Men’s Health in 2017, he served as a sports columnist and tech columnist for the New York Daily News.
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