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Build Muscle At Home: Is It Possible?By Sean Nelawanyj, Natural Competitive BodybuilderAuthor of Muscle Gain Truth Program
I get lots of e-mails from people who want to get in shape and a have a better body.
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is:
"Can I build a muscular body without going to a gym?"
The answer is YES.
To build muscle at home you need a bit of planning and few pieces of equipment.
In my first two years of working out at home I achieved some pretty impressive results using nothing but simple equipment in my basement.
Some people don't have the financial means to get a gym membership.
Some people simply don't have the time to go the gym and prefer building muscle at home.
Some people just don’t feel comfortable training at a regular gym.
Whatever your reason for wanting to train at home, it's reason enough. If you want to train at home you can do so and still achieve good results!
I workout at a big gym and I have a training partner, but I must say that the years I spent building my muscles at home were great. I didn't waste time in traffic to and from the gym.
Whenever I wanted to workout, I simply went down to the basement and all the equipment was right there waiting for me.
I played my music as loud as I wanted.
I could grunt and scream as I pushed myself through reps and sets or train shirtless if I felt like doing so.
At the end of my workouts, I could sprawl on the floor to relax and I was content in thinking that my post workout whey protein shakes were only a few steps away.
All in all, it was a great experience!
The only true disadvantage when you want to build muscle at home is that your selection of exercises will decrease because you may not have the more complex and expensive pieces of equipment like the leg press or smith machine.
However, in the log run you can buy certain machines that are used and that other people are getting rid of from their homes. Thus, if you have the money and plan to build muscle at home over a longer period of time you could buy some used machines, but for most people, this isn't a likely scenario.
In any case, the best part about planning a proper bodybuilding routine doesn’t mean that you have to have fancy equipment. Most of the machine exercises that you normally do at the gym can be swapped for free weight or bodyweight exercises when building muscle at home.
Thus, to build muscle at home, all you need is basic equipment.
The first things you'll want to get is a cast iron set and enough weights (plates) so that you can progress from week to week (lift heavier weights).
You don’t need to buy an entire set of dumbbells because the adjustable ones are much more practical and not as costly. When you buy a barbell and dumbbells, go for the ones that come together as a set because it will save you money.
If you're planning on doing bench presses or other seated movements, you should get a sturdy bench. If at all possible, buy a bench that is adjustable and can be inclined.
Another thing you will need is a squat rack. For most people this is the most pricy piece of equipment. However, squats are a movement that cannot be replaced and they have to be a part of your workout program.
If you can't afford a new or used squat rack then you will have to employ some creativity, which should do the trick. In terms of safety to build muscle at home, it’s important to have some kind of apparatus that will allow you to unrack a loaded bar and drop it if your strength gives out during a lift.
You can do more than one exercise if you have a squat rack because squat racks always have a chin-up bar on top.
So there you go, all you need is five pieces of equipment for setting up a home gym to build muscle at home. Going to a gym isn't necessary if you have these basic items in your arsenal!
About the Author
Once an awkward, out-of-shape outcast, Sean Nalewanyj is now a renowned fat loss and muscle building expert, best-selling fitness author and success coach.
His ultra-popular websites have helped many average, everyday people burn fat, build muscle and get into the best shape of their lives.
Sean is a natural bodybuilder and has written articles for many muscle-building and fat loss websites. He is recognized as an authority on the topics of building muscle and burning fat.
Visit Sean's www.musclegaintruth.com for more info!
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