If you’re considering buying free weights to start your at-home gym, there are just a few things you should keep in mind during your search. You should not just go to a store and pick up the first set of free weights you see. You need to do your homework before you go shopping, and this particular article is meant to help you fulfill your research mission.
1. Make Sure You Have The Proper Storage Capability
Before you go out to buy your weights, you should make sure you have enough storage space to store them. You’ll want to keep them out of the reach of young children. It’s also important that wherever you keep them, they are secure and won’t accidentally fall and injure small children or pets if bumped. If you have small curious children, it may be best to store them in a room or cabinet that is off-limits to them. If you have your own at-home gym, you could also consider investing in a specialized rack to hold your free weights.
2. Consider Possible Required Assembly
Some free weights require proper assembly before you’re able to begin your workout. Know the type of free weights you want before you go out looking to buy, that way you’re aware of whether assembly is necessary. If you choose free weights that require assembling, consider the time you’d need to devote to putting them together. Weights that need to be assembled may be ideal for easy storage, as well.
3. Note Maintenance Requirements
Some weights require more care than others. For instance, when you’ve finished your workout, it’s always a good idea to wipe down your weights to prevent oily residue or sweat buildup that may make exercising with them slightly uncomfortable the next time around. Also, chrome weights often require more attention than weights made out of concrete or other metal. Be sure to check proper maintenance techniques for each type of weight to determine the extra time you’ll need to invest in caring for your equipment.
4. Check Product Reviews
It’s always a good idea to check reviews on a product before you make your final purchase. If you’re planning to create a routine workout (which I’d highly recommend) in which you’d use your free weights often, it would probably be a wise decision to purchase high-quality weights. Though they may be a bit pricy, your results will be worth it in the end. Be sure the weights you purchase will be durable and long-lasting so you’re not replacing them every other month.
As always, it’s recommended that you check with your family doctor before beginning any exercise program to be sure the program is compatible with whatever health issues you may have or be at risk of having in the near future.