As powerlifting and lifting weights in general becomes more and more popular, a new wave of lifters is taking to their basements and garages to train. Among the many major benefits to training at home, you’ll never have to wait to use equipment, you can train whenever you want, and you can have that time of solace. Lifting alone can be very rewarding and can border on a spiritual experience when it all comes down to it. There are few better feelings than knowing that you can go right out into your garage and train whenever you’d like. Life’s got you down? Go train. Feeling restless? Go train.
Lifting alone at home is so different from training at a commercial gym. There are no distractions, no one to watch you, and no one to seemingly feel the need to impress. It’s all on you and you have to rely on your own internal motivation to get the work done. A lot of recreational gym members wouldn’t cut it in a home gym. They would fall off the map early on and their weights would end up collecting dust. I’d say this happens more often than we realize. But for the serious lifters out there, training at home can be a welcome respite from the fees and busyness of a commercial gym.
The number one benefit that stands out to me above all the rest of having a home gym is that you can build it into your own environment. I know that back in the day when I was training alone in my parent’s basement, I built that place into a lifter’s paradise. Over the years I gradually acquired more and more equipment and turned it into a hardcore dungeon type atmosphere. That environment set the tone for my training and has a lot to do with me being the lifter I am today. Between the rap music blaring out of the stereo and the foundation rattling deadlifts, it was a place that screamed “I mean business”.
But even beyond the training atmosphere, you have to have a burning desire within yourself to push it to the limits. Often times, without having someone to watch us and motivate us, it can be a lot tougher to grind through those difficult sets. You want to cut it short because really who’s going to know? And that’s where having a strong reason behind training comes in. Whether it’s training for a meet, or just having realistic numbers that you’re striving for, you need something that will push you. I recommend everyone have a meet they are training for at all times. That is truly when you’ll get good.
- You need to have an end goal or you’ll most likely spin your wheels.
- I always recommend my guys compete and they end up getting a lot better because of it.
- It’s also not a bad idea to hire a coach who will keep you accountable if you feel that is something you may struggle with on your own. By having to report to a coach and send in footage you’re going to be a lot less likely to cut your days short or slack off.
I honestly can’t wait for the day where I can have a home gym of my own. I remember what that environment was like when I was training at home as a kid growing up and it turned me into an Animal (pun intended). To me a home gym means privacy, no fees, a place of your own, and a refuge when life’s got you down. For those of you with a serious mentality and a space to do it, a home gym is probably for you.
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