Many people want to begin strength-training but do not have the budget and/or space for several pieces of equipment. The best approach is to invest in equipment that allows you to do several types of exercises without taking up much space or breaking the bank.
Olympic Weight Plates
There are several types of Olympic weight plates on the market, but for the most versatile investment, choose options that have grips. The grips make it easy to use your weight plates in place of dumbbells or kettlebells. Free weights are ideal for basic accessory movements that target a single muscle group or compound movements. Depending on your current level of fitness, you may want to start with a pair of 2.5lb and 5lb Olympic weight plates. As your strength increases, you can easily purchase additional pairs in higher weights. Some exercises you can do include bicep curls, squats, lunges, and glute bridges.
Olympic Bar And Dumbbell Set
By purchasing an Olympic bar and dumbbell set, you can add more functionality to your weight plates. An ideal bar set will have a single Olympic-sized bar and two smaller bars that allow you to use your plates as dumbbells. Typically the set will also include several collars that keep your weights attached to the bar. A standard Olympic bar allows you to engage in more complex movements, such as the squat, bench, and deadlift, or the snatch and clean and jerk. Use powerlifting or weightlifting movements for guidance on where to begin in your strength-training journey. Most of these movements work for multiple muscle groups simultaneously, so the workouts are more efficient for building strength.
Physical Therapy Bands
Physical therapy bands are another excellent and versatile tool for strength-training because you can purchase bands in different levels of resistance and only cut off what you need. For the most economical bands, buy bands that come in a large roll. If you want more resistance, you can easily cut off more than you need and double or triple the band. Physical therapy bands are ideal for people who are new to strength-training because they are easy to use and you can purchase higher resistance as you increase your strength. Some physical therapy bands also come with accessories so you can attach them to a door and perform additional exercises.
Expensive gym equipment is not necessary to start your strength-building journey. Investing in a few versatile pieces of equipment can help you perform a wide variety of exercises.
To find out more about finding the right weight room equipment, contact an exercise professional near you.