Bodybuilding training can include a ton of different equipment, so it’s hard to go wrong when shopping for a bodybuilder. Just as bodybuilders strive for symmetry and balanced muscles from traps to calves, a bodybuilding home gym should also aim for a balance of equipment.
Dumbbells, a barbell, and a functional trainer (cable machine) can go a long way in terms of versatility. If you’re shopping for someone with a cable machine, your gift guide is easy. Find out what attachments they have and get them something they don’t.
Here’s a closer look at cable attachments and their uses, featuring advice from a pro bodybuilder. For the ultimate cable attachment present, check out the Performance Package ($114), which includes five different attachments.
If they don’t have a cable machine and that price point is out of your budget, here are some other good gifts for gains:
You can always use another pair of dumbbells for your home gym, and the Hex Dumbbells start at $29.99 a pair. These are ideal because the hexagon heads keep them from rolling on the floor or shelves. Plus, the hex DBs go all the way up to 125lbs – higher than many commercial gyms.
Rackable Curl Bar
This isn’t a regular curl bar; it’s a cool curl bar. That’s because the Rackable Curl Bar (starting at $199.99) is long enough to rack on a standard-width power rack. That makes it easier to load it with plates and more comfortable to get into position for lifts. The bend in the shaft allows for a semi-supinated grip, which limits stress on your upper-body joints.
A quality adjustable bench is key for a ton of bodybuilding exercises, and the AB-5000 is like no other out there. This unique bench features a ZeroGap,” meaning the seat slides forward and backward to eliminate the gap between the seat and back pad in all positions. It comes in five colors and can be yours for $599.99.
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