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5 Essentials for Your Powerlifting Home Gym

Do you want to be a powerlifter?

Powerlifting is a competitive sport that features “raw” weightlifting that tests maximal strength in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. A lot of powerlifters and bodybuilders build their own powerlifting home gym.

Do you have extra space in your home? Let’s talk about essential powerlifting equipment lists for your home.

If you’re looking to get all your powerlifting equipment at the same time, make sure to check out the Bells of Steel Home Gym Builder. Get a massive discount and get everything you need to outfit your home gym — exactly the way you want (plus your FREE gift). 

Here are 5 items you need to maximize your powerlifting potential and make the most of your space.

  • Rack
  • Plates
  • Bar
  • Bench
  • Coach/Program

Powerlifting Equipment List

1. Rack

This is the most essential powerlifting equipment for your powerlifting workouts. Depending on your budget and the amount of space you have in your home, here are your options:

Residential Power Rack

The 4.1 version of our perfect Bells of Steel residential power rack is the most economical rack that doesn’t compromise quality. It has 14 gauge steel with a static weight capacity of 700lbs. The rack also comes with a pair of triple padded j cups and pin pipe safeties. 

Light Commercial Power Rack

Our Bells of Steel Light Commercial power rack is the best of both worlds. The best value powerlifting home gym equipment you’ll ever need. This rack includes one pair of sandwich j cups, one pair of roller j cups, one pair of spotter straps, 4 band pegs, multi-grip pull up bar and concrete anchors. 

The Brute Power Rack

If you want to go all-in on your powerlifting home gym then this heavy-duty power rack is equipped with everything needed. It’s built for commercial facilities but in the range of a garage gym budget.

Constructed from 11 gauge steel with 2.3×2.3 inch tubing for handling the weight capacity needs, 1” spacing through the bench and pull zone, and 2” spacing above and below to allow you to select the perfect height for your j cups.

2. Quality Weight Plates

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to buying weight plates for your powerlifting home gym. And it’s important to get it right, powerlifting home gym equipment can be a hefty investment. 

That’s where we come in… 

Bells of Steel have great quality plates for an affordable price. 

Mighty Grip Olympic Weight Plates

Our mighty grip Olympic weight plates feature a beautiful, ergonomic design. An ultra-durable hammertone powder coat offers superior toughness and resistance to chipping.

The comfort grip also allows the plates themselves to be used for exercises like steering wheels and farmers’ carries. These plates are excellent in quality – cast iron made in a factory with over 40 years of casting experience. 

Machined Iron Olympic Weight Plates

Our new machined iron plates are cast in a specialty casting factory with over 40 years of experience, then finished on a lathe that shaves off excessive weight from the back of the plate, followed by polishing and machining edges for an even smoother, more aesthetic plate. 

The machined plates have a guaranteed tolerance of +/- 1% for 45, 35, and 25 and +/- 3% for 10, 5, 2.5. 

3. Bar

A power bar is considered a universal bar and can be used to perform squats, presses, and deadlifts. Power bars tend to be the most common type of bar you will see in a powerlifting home gym or a traditional commercial gym.

Barenaked Powerlifting Bar

The Bells of Steel Barenaked Powerlifting Bar 2.0 is far and away the best power bar that you can get for under $200 for your powerlifting home gym. It’s a great bar for the best price!  

It utilizes aggressive knurling and the design precisely meets IPF standards. This bar will give you the competition-like practice you need — so you can leave it all on the platform.

The dimensions of the Bells of Steel Powerlifting Bar 2.0 is the powerlifting standard 29mm, 86”, and weighs 45 LB. The Chrome sleeves measure in at 17.5”, with a unique thin collar.

4. Bench

Buying a bench seems like a pretty easy decision, but with all the options out there, it’s not all that simple. You will want something that feels stable and gives you the confidence to lift safely. Here are some Bells of Steel benches that we recommend.

Flat / Incline / Decline Weight Bench

This is our adjustable weight bench for your powerlifting home gym.

The flat, incline and decline options allow you to target different muscle groups. It has a solid steel ladder that can be adjusted to 7 different positions ranging from 85 to -20 degrees. The wheels and handle of this weight bench makes it easy to move around. 

For a heavier duty adjustable weight bench, check out our Buzz-Saw Bench.

Mighty Grip Fat Flat Bench

If you’re looking into a more sturdy, flat bench for your powerlifting home gym, then we highly recommend our Mighty Grip Fat Flat Bench. It comes with a super grip back pad that helps prevent slipping when benching.

When you purchase this product for your powerlifting home gym, you can also choose the optional Wide Load version that comes with an additional 36lb extra-wide and sticky bench pad. This will be the most similar to a powerlifting competition bench, without the expensive price tag of an official competition bench.

5. Coach/Program

A powerlifter needs a good coach or a good program. Many powerlifters already have a very good working knowledge and possibly a strong educational background in powerlifting exercises, but sometimes it can be challenging to make the best decisions in regards to our own personal training programs. 

Having a powerlifting coach and a program to work with helps your powerlifting progress and execution. It helps increase the accountability to stick to the plan, it helps with having multiple creative inputs into your training, and you’ll have someone who helps to catch things that many times the powerlifter overlooks.

Overall, it boils down to having another set of eyes to guide you in the process and make the best decisions possible for you and your long term career in powerlifting. 

Powerlifting Home Gym Summary

Powerlifting at home is ideal for both aspiring powerlifters and competitive powerlifters. Quality and affordability are important factors to consider when purchasing your powerlifting home gym equipment. Check out our Home Gym Builder to save BIG and get everything you need.

A powerlifting home gym is possible as long as you have the powerlifting essentials we’ve mentioned in this article. Let’s face it, having a powerlifting home gym is more convenient than powerlifting at the commercial gyms!

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