Here’s the trick to consistently make strength progressions with your training program.
Acquire the Essential Gym Equipment.
Sure, you need to have the proper training, knowledge, and coaches or mentors as part of your training/coaching evolution.
But finding strength training programs, online workout plans, or training equipment gimmicks with proven effectiveness is rare or in most cases non-existent. If your goal is to find a strength training program that eliminates YOUR weaknesses and that promotes the best longevity out of any other training program you will need to know what training tools are right for your needs and how to use them.
Consider this Facebook post from the Westside Barbell Gym
The most successful strength training facility in the industry is showing you how important it is to have the key gym equipment in your training arsenal so that you can get the most out of your training…
… it doesn’t take much, just a good mind, training knowledge, and the patience to acquire the CORRECT equipment for your strength training.
In this article, we’ll use examples from Westside Barbell for 2 reasons:
- Proven strength & conditioning results and advice from one of the most respected minds in the industry. If your equipment was just created as a gimmick and has not been proven to enhance training results and longevity, then why use it?
- All of the equipment and recommendations from Westside Barbell are tested and proven to elicit the best training outcomes.
- Acquiring just the essential pieces of equipment when starting out will develop you into a better coach…
… as we always say at Conjugate Fitness…
…or as you may have heard in the past…
“It’s not always the bow & arrow (equipment), but the Indian (coaching knowledge).”
That said, getting the Essential Gym Training Arsenal will improve more than just the aesthetics of your gym, home gym, or training facility…
The Right Equipment is Essential to any successful strength-training program
Having the Essential Gym Training Arsenal will not only allow you to get better strength training results, but will eliminate any glaring weaknesses you might have – and that’s just the beginning.
Understanding the art and science of Effective Gym Equipment is a staple of strength & conditioning knowledge. Improve your results in nearly every aspect of your strength training program including:
- Greater Longevity in Training & Lifestyle,
- Add greater variation to your program eliminating GLARING weaknesses in your training,
- Avoid Injury by frequently rotating through more exercises
- Continuously Evolve in your Training GAINS…
I could easily go on and on, but it is sufficient to say that understanding what pieces of gym equipment are essential will allow you to elicit the best response for your strength training gains and will show you how to optimize training for yourself or any other individuals.
And, if you’re in the strength & conditioning Industry – you are in the business of getting people to their desired training GOALS.
Great Gym Training Equipment falls into one of the following categories:
- Specialty Bars
- Accommodating Resistance (Bands & Chains…)
- Machines & Specialty Equipment
Let’s address these one at a time and at the end of this article you can download our Essential Gym Equipment Arsenal Checklist. This checklist is filled with proven gym equipment that will deliver you consistent results from your strength training and from all aspects of your training.
Specialty Bars (Constant changes to Point of Leverage) Equipment
Effective strength training programs always incorporate different training stimuli into their programming in order to elicit the greatest results from your body.
When you effectively vary what your are doing in the gym, you will NEVER ACCOMMODATE in your training and never hit a plateau or strength barrier, leading to… Constant progression of training gains and longevity.
Consider these training tools:
- Safety Squat Bar
- Earthquake or Bandbell Bar
- Football Bar
The 1st and 3rd specialty bars are staples of any effective strength training gains in the areas of absolute strength, strength endurance, and more… while the Earthquake or Bandbell Bar is used for strength endurance gains and restoration training.
Consider this bar the Earthquake Bar from Bandbell Bar.
Accommodating Resistance Equipment
The only way to get the most out of any training program is to add Bands & Chain (accommodating resistance) to your exercises.
Having the knowledge – and the proper equipment – will Guarantee you better results in your training.
Selecting the right tools will help you with this:
- Weight releasers
All can be implemented into any strength training program. Once incorporated into your program, you will be forced to learn about all of these different tools… hence making you more knowledgeable about strength training.
These tools will allow you to create a greater number of variations within your strength training…
Additionally, by incorporating these various tools you identify and work on specific weak points within your training.
Each time you add a different component into your training, such as a band, a weight releaser or chains, you are establishing a new variation hence creating a more well-rounded athlete.
Machine/Specialty Gym Equipment
Specialty gym equipment allows us to bring many new exercises into our program to strengthen the entire body, but most importantly… the posterior chain.
- Reverse Hyper
- Glute Ham Developer (GHD)
- Deadlifting Platform…
3 simple ways to improve your GYM EQUIPMENT ARSENAL
If you take our recommendations, you will have an understanding of the equipment categories and specialty tools that will deliver you guaranteed improvement and results.
Here are three other ways to improve your equipment arsenal and reap the biggest return on your investment.
1 – Follow conjugate method programming for better knowledge of the system
This is a common mistake and it’s easy for us to give you this proven information.
Often I see online videos where trainees are caught up with all the gimmicky equipment out there…
…but it is never the Stuff that actually WORKS!
Remember that the best piece of equipment is one that is results-driven and allows you to develop the most optimal athlete. The best version of that athlete or client.
Having a better understanding of the programming will allow you to stay focused on acquiring the most effective tools for your gym training arsenal and…
…Avoid costly mistakes and injuries.
2 – Add Reliable & Quality Gym Equipment to your arsenal
Add equipment that will give you the most bang for your buck and training… like chains…
- They allow us to bring in another form of accommodating resistance to our program.
- Chains don’t wear out…
- They are a minimal investment with a high value considering how many different variations they bring to your program.
People want a strength program that will eliminate their weaknesses and provide them with the greatest longevity… because if you can’t train due to an INJURY… you’re not making progress towards your desired goals.
One way to improve your knowledge of effective gym equipment is by purchasing directly from the Westside Barbell Online Store, owned by Louie Simmons, one of the brightest minds in the strength training world and designer of many of the essential pieces of equipment for your conjugate method program.
Become a student of effective gym training equipment and training knowledge… and all aspects of your strength training program, including longevity in your life and health, will improve.
Download your copy of the Essential Gym Equipment Arsenal Checklist here
Workout of the Day
Every two minutes, for 12 minutes:
Power Clean + Squat Clean
Four rounds for time:
Row 300 Meters
Inverted Barbell Row – 15 Reps