Keen on putting on more muscle and transforming your body during this Circuit Breaker period? Gyms might be closed, but you can set up your own home gym! Contrary to popular belief, a home gym actually doesn’t require a lot of space or cost a bomb. From foldable workout benches to dumbbells you can disassemble, there’s never been a better time to dive into the world of space-saving gym equipment! While it might be daunting to set one up given the sheer variety of equipment available, home gyms will definitely help you save time and money in the long run. Read on as we cover home gym equipment in Singapore that’ll give you a full body workout!
Foundations for safe home gym equipment in Singapore
1. Gym Flooring
Before diving into the heavy equipment, let’s first establish the basics! After all, you can easily damage your floor if you’re careless while handling home gym equipment in Singapore. To prevent permanent imprints on the floor or accidental damage to your equipment, you’ll need to invest in proper gym flooring to provide extra grip and cushioning.
Did you know that puzzle floor mats (available on MixCart) usually used for kids can double as functional gym flooring? As the mat possesses anti-slip properties, these foam mats are guaranteed to keep your equipment and floor scuff-free. If you’re afraid of noise that comes with placing home gym equipment in Singapore on the floor, you’ll be glad to know these mats muffle the sound, allowing you to work out in peace without neighbour complaints.
While they aren’t classified under home gym equipment in Singapore, full length mirrors are definitely necessary when it comes to safety! Far from being just for narcissists, mirrors are there to keep you safe. Given that you might be exercising alone, there won’t be anyone to remind you to straighten your back or adjust a sloppy form. Mirrors help in this aspect as they allow you to correct your form and prevent long-term damage to your body.
But where will you find enough space for a large mirror in your home? Thankfully, that’s where these removable mirror decorations (available on forevergo) come in handy! If space is a concern, these versatile decals can be placed on your walls in a free-form design. Just make sure the arrangement is wide enough so you can spot any mistakes in your form or posture as you’re exercising!
Now that we have the foundations covered, here are our recommendations if you’re serious about putting on some muscle at home! We’ve even included suggestions on how you can store to maximise your available home gym real estate.
How to build strength with these space-friendly home gym equipment in Singapore
Looking to take the first step to building your home gym? Dumbbells are the most space efficient home gym equipment in Singapore! From tricep extensions to bicep curls, dumbbells are versatile and can be used for plenty of cardio and strength exercises. Compared to bulky gym machines, dumbbell exercises help train your stabilising muscles as you rely less on the balance and isolation provided by machines while saving you plenty of room!
When shopping for dumbbells, our recommendation would be to get a pair of adjustable dumbbells as they provide more value for money and are more space-saving given you only need to buy one pair. Ideally, you’ll want a dumbbell barbell set (available on Retail_sg) that lets you easily swap between both. As dumbbell and barbell exercises target different muscle groups, the freedom provided will help you immensely in isolating selected muscles during your full body workouts.
Storage instructions: Unscrew the safety catches to fully separate the weights from the bars and keep them in a corner so you won’t trip over them.
3. Workout bench
If you’re trying to improve power, you’ll require a sturdy workout bench as your base! As numerous strength building exercises require hyperextension and contraction of your limbs, workout benches help immensely by providing ample space for you to move freely. When buying a quality gym bench, factors like high maximum weight capacity, sufficient cushioning and stability are crucial to you completing your sets safely and in proper posture.
AIBI’s foldable weight bench (available on Aibi Singapore Official Store) checks all the boxes when it comes to ideal home gym equipment in Singapore. Fashioned with a strong steel frame and vinyl-covered foam pads, the bench guarantees a sturdy surface so you can comfortably perform your pressing exercises at your preferred angle. There’s even a leg extension for you to flex your abdominals with sit-ups!
Storage instructions: Reduce the space occupied by folding the bench upwards and putting it aside
Barbells will be the base of many of your full body workouts so make sure to get one that’s strong enough to withstand constant mounting and dismounting. From squats to deadlifts, you’ll be relying on them for several compound exercises so you wouldn’t want them rusting or warping after prolonged use! One tip we have when buying such home gym equipment in Singapore is to look out for barbell knurlings. These rough patterns help beginner lifters to better grip the bar and double as guides for you to position your hands.
The selection of olympic barbells (available on Tribal Fitness) for sale includes everything you’ll need to get started with weightlifting! Keen on working on your overall technique? Their 7kg chrome practice barbell lets you mimic expert techniques without putting you at risk of injury. For gym veterans, their standard 20kg, 2.2m black zinc barbells are a safe bet with their chrome sleeves to prevent rusting and close to 700kg weight limit!
Storage instructions: Ideally, you can keep this propped up if you have wall-mounted hooks. Otherwise, simply roll it to a corner so it won’t become a tripping hazard.
5. Weight Plates
The quality of weight plate is practically similar across the different variations and . The only choice you’ll have to make is between iron plates or bumper plates. Unless your floor is well-protected by thick padding or carpeting, we’re going to recommend spending extra for the rubber padding of bumper plates! Additionally, the grips make them easier to lift off the ground and store on a rack after use.
From 2.5kg to 15kg weights, these hardened plastic weight plates (available on GymAtHome) offer plenty of utility for those keen on varying their exercises and loads accordingly. The weight templates are covered with a protective lubrication layer upon delivery, so do give them a wipe before use. Also, these weight plates are made from eco-friendly plastic which doubles as a floor-friendly surface that doesn’t leave scratch marks.
Storage instructions: Similar to our dumbbell storage method of keeping stacked and aside.
6. Squat Rack
The importance of a good squat rack when it comes to essential home gym equipment in Singapore cannot be understated! Regardless of how deep you’re squatting, you’ll want a structure that’s sturdy and adjustable enough to handle the hefty barbell. Also, make sure your squat rack comes with safety guards to allow for safe squatting — the last thing you’ll want is an injured back that could sideline you for weeks.
With the ability to hold up to 220kg, this barbell squat rack (available on HeavyStore) is the perfect way to introduce yourself to full body workouts and exercises like squatting and standing overhead presses. To ensure your safety, the rack also comes up with adjustable spotters on each post.
Storage instructions: Given that they aren’t the most space-friendly gym equipment, you can improvise by converting this into a hanging rack. Simply place a barbell on the hook and you’re good to go.
7. Pull-Up Bar
Prefer doing bodyweight exercises and calisthenics? You’ll appreciate the versatility of pull-up bars! The pull-up bar’s verticality opens a whole array of workout options. From the classic pull-up to variations like the pull-up hang and the negative pull-up, you’ll definitely notice a difference in strength if you commit to a workout plan centred around such a powerful resistance exercise!
Although installing AIBI’s Chase Pull Up Bar (available on Aibi Singapore Official Store) might be troublesome given the drilling required, you’ll have a reliable and fail-proof home gym equipment in Singapore! Compared to most bars that latch onto doorways, this one is adjustable and can be secured between walls. This is especially helpful if you have limited space but still want to get your resistance training done. With its high weight-bearing capacity, you can even attempt weighted pull ups by using your feet to grip onto a dumbbell!
Sweat-inducing full body workouts await with these must-have home gym equipment in Singapore
Regardless of what you decide to incorporate in your home gym, we hope this list was helpful in outlining the basics of home gym equipment in Singapore! For more recommendations on fitness equipment you’ll need, visit our page on stay home workout essentials to enjoy latest deals.
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