There are many benefits to owning a home gym — convenience among them. But most lifters invest in a personal facility for their garage or basement for other reasons: inability to find a nearby gym well-suited for their training, the reduced time of travel, or even the opportunity to avoid other annoying members at a commercial gym. In your basement or in your garage, you can use the equipment whenever and however you choose. You don't have to spend time driving to the gym or waiting for someone to finish using the squat rack. Best of all, you 're in charge of what equipment is in your home gym.

If you decide a home gym is for you, there are three questions to ask before purchasing equipment:

  1. What things are you unable to do at your gym that you want to be able to do?
  2. What things do you want to do for extra workouts outside of the gym?
  3. If you do extra workouts now, what do you do for them?

If you keep these three questions in mind, you'll be able to find exactly what you need, without wasting money on items that will sit in the corner collecting dust.

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In this edition of Table Talk, Dave discusses purchasing a home gym and how you can go about making sure you have the best equipment possible.

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