How to Build Muscle at Home Successfully - Can it be Done?

By: David Goff

One of the most common asked questions you have ever heard of is...

"Do I have to join a gym to build muscle and a strong body?"

The answer is simply "No". You can build muscle at home with the right equipment and the correct program planning. So there you can follow an evenly effective bodybuilding program from the comfort of your home without having to step into a gym.

You may have personal different reasons not to join the gym:

Maybe you are not able to afford the membership cost as it is too expensive for you.

Maybe you are everyday in a busy lifestyle and have no time enough to travel to the gym.

Or, maybe you are just too embarrassed or feel uneasy to be trained in a common gym setting at this time.

Whatever reasons you have, don't worry!

In fact, in the past 2 years of my very first time, I started out my bodybuilding at my home with few necessary equipments and the correct program I used to apply. And doing this way could be really fantastic to me.

I didn't worry about the traveling time to and from the gym back to my home. I just got to my home and found all equipments were there and ready for me to use it right away.

I could be surrounded with my favorite music I wanted to listen to, as loud as I wanted to hear without having to think it would disturb anyone around me.

I was able to grunt, yelp and scream whenever I wanted during my sets without disturbing anyone.

When I was in exhaustion at the end of my workout, I could stretch out on the floor knowing I didn't have to hobble to my car and spend some more time driving back home.

It was fantastic, really!

However, the only one disadvantage is you have less selection for your exercise because you will not have many ranges of use of machinery such as a shoulder press, leg curl or calf machine. You can buy sort of these machines if you are able to afford and have a training plan at home over long period of time. But I think that not possible for the majority of people can simply make a purchase for those machines.

I have good news!

You don't have to require any deluxe equipment for your bodybuilding routine to build muscle at home. You can simply use Free Weight exercise to replace the regular machine that you usually perform at the gym.

There are five basic equipments that you should have at your home gym:

1) An adjustable barbell with free weight plates - It would be better if you choose a cast iron one. Make sure you purchase enough free weight plates in different weight range so that you can develop your workout continually in weekly basis.

2) Adjustable dumbbells - You can not only save much money from buying the barbell and dumbbells together in one set rather than an entire set of dumbbells, it also gives you much more efficiency using this equipment.

3) A bench with incline adjustments - You must have a good durable and stable bench. This will let you perform bench press and other seated movements correctly. If possible you should buy the adjustable bench so you have more safety using an incline position to your exercise.

4) A chin-up bar - You can usually purchase these at 15-20 dollars. Make sure you have any where inside a door frame so that a chin-up bar can be placed firmly when used.

5) A squat rack - Usually this is the largest equipment purchase. It costs much for you to purchase as full squat rack. Unless you have a leg press machine, you'd better use Squats as they are not a replaceable movement and always take an important role of your workout routine.

In case you can't afford a set of squat rack, you will need to be creative. A significant idea is having other sort of equipment that allows you to unrack a bar with loads of free weight plates and drop them onto a safety catch (or the floor) if you want to rest off during the lift.

Be careful when you squat. Do NOT ever squat without a secure area to drop the loaded bar! Generally, full set of squat racks will equip a chin-up bar at the top portion, so you can get benefit 2-in1 if you make a purchase one.

So it will be possible for you to build muscle at home with the 5 basic pieces of equipment to be set up at your home gym. As long as you have 5 basic equipments in your home, you can do your exercise which gives you an equally effective workout as same as you perform at traditional fitness gym. The bottom line is you don't have to join the high price gym.

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