Building a home gym can be an expensive endeavor. For the most part, I’ve been happy with my purchases, but I also wanted to share with you a handful of regrets to save you from making similar mistakes.
The most obvious mistake that I’ve made has been buying accessories that don’t fit. In particular, I’m talking about buying some cheap-ish Titan Fitness attachments that don’t work with my Rogue power rack.
The issue here is that the pins on the Titan gear are ever-so-slightly too large to fit through the 5/8-inch holes on Rogue racks. The difference is tiny, but it means that certain Titan accessories won’t work without modification. Bummer.
The lesson here is obvious: don’t buy stuff that’s incompatible. But what about other regrets? I’m thinking here of otherwise good purchases that I might’ve done differently if I knew then what I know now.
Big fat bumpers
I’ll be the first to admit that this is a weird one… I regret having bought Rogue’s Hi-Temp bumpers. When I first bought them, I loved them. They’re super cool and super durable. In many ways, they’re the home gym dream. But they’re also really big…
They take up a ton of space on my bar, and they don’t fit into standard bumper plate racks very well. Believe it or not, despite these plates being “the dream” for many home gym enthusiasts, I’m thinking about replacing them with someone else. This isn’t a cheap mistake to make, so think twice before jumping on the Hi-Temp bandwagon.
Assault Bike vs. BikeErg
Finally, I kinda/sorta regret buying my Assault Bike. Not long after I pulled the trigger on that purchase, Concept2 introduced their BikeErg. To be honest, I’m not sure that I’d “>like the BikeErg better, but I’m starting to think that I might.
Don’t get me wrong, the Assault Bike is awesome for HIIT-type workouts, which are typically quite short. But it’s not great for longer, LISS-type (i.e., steady state) pieces. I just can’t seem to stomach more than about 30 minutes of low intensity riding, even though I’d sometimes like to do longer sessions.
Another small quibble is that I’m tall, and the arms on the Assault Bike aren’t adjustable. I understand why that’s the case (the Assault Bike’s arms move, unlike the handles on the BikeErg) but I suspect that a BikeErg might fit me a little better due to the extra adjustability.
This one isn’t so much a regret as it’s an unnecessary expense that many could avoid. When I was first setting up my home gym, I opted for a standard flat bench for use in the rack and an adjustable bench for dumbbell work, etc. outside the rack.
As one might suspect, this is overkill. Yes, it’s nice to not have to move things around, but I could have easily gotten away with just the adjustable bench and then shifted it around the gym as needed.
That being said, my particular adjustable bench (I went with the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0) weighs in at a hefty 128 lbs. Thus, even with the wheels, it’s a bit of a pain to maneuver it around. So this one is a qualified regret…
Do I need two benches? No, not at all, and I could’ve saved a fair bit of money by having just one. But space isn’t a huge concern for me, and I do have to admit that the convenience of two benches is nice.