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Benefits of Having a Home Gym, Even After COVID-19

The pandemic has kept us indoor for months at a time. We learned to work from home, to learn from home, to entertain ourselves at home, and to stay on top of our at-home fitness routines. With COVID-19 vaccines around the corner and a possible end to social distancing restrictions, should you still invest in a home gym? Short answer? Yes. Long answer? Absolutely, and here are a few reasons why:

Easier to Stick to Your Fitness Routines

Sticking to your fitness routines can be hard. Throw in a busy work life, social obligations, and fast-food options at every corner, it can be nearly impossible. A home gym can help you balance working out and keeping up with your busy schedule. 

Home gyms are:

  • Always Open and One Step Away
  • Designed with You in Mind Flexible to Your Wants

We get it. No one wants to drive to the gym during heavy rain. Luckily, with a home gym, you don’t have to. Whether it pours, snows, or sleets, your bench, squat rack, kettlebells, and punching bag are only a short walk down the hall. Home gyms also allow for late night workouts without the late-night drives.

Your home gym is designed just the way you need it. Want a home gym but can’t dedicate an entire room to it? The T-3 Series Folding Power Rack’s sleek silhouette saves crucial floor space in tight locations. Your choice of rack height and depth makes it easy to optimize your gym equipment for your fitness goals and space constraints. When you’re finished, you can fold the rack up and stow it for later use.

Best of all, you can set up your own unique speaker system and blast your curated playlist. You can master wall ball exercises while getting the news on your wall-mounted flat-screen TV. It’s your home gym. You can do whatever you want.

You Can Work Out Your Way

Your at-home gym is your own exclusive health club. You can:

  • Workout on Any Machine at Any Time
  • Be as Loud as You Want
  • Be Surrounded By Your Favorite Machines

In your at-home gym, you get privacy while working out. The gym is always empty, and your favorite machine is always open. A home gym is the ultimate in social distancing, a good idea no matter what the future holds for us and COVID-19.

Working out in privacy has so many psychological and physical benefits. You can be as loud as you want during reps, rest as long as you want between sets, and never feel rushed or embarrassed by other gym members.

The possible configurations are endless when deciding on the setup that works best for your workout routines. You can purchase and arrange equipment to suit your needs or stage a multi use space for strength training and HIIT workouts.

Looking for a high quality machine that supports your workout goals? The Competition Bench and Squat Rack Combo combines upper- and lower-body exercise machines into one compact unit. Sturdy roller J-hooks keep your barbell supported at the sweetest spot, letting you hit multiple heads of your pecs and triceps. The removable bench opens up the rack for legwork and upper-body work. The same J-hooks adjust to suit your height. The machine allows for:

  • Back and front squats
  • Lunges
  • Deadlift
  • Bent-over rows

Clean, Long-Lasting Equipment

Access to clean, long-lasting equipment is one of the top reasons to build a home gym. Cleanliness was always a good idea, but these days it saves lives. Clean gym equipment is as necessary as clean hands.

Gym equipment isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Built to commercial standards, our Titan gym equipment is highly sturdy and easy to use. A home setup can take many forms:

  • a series of kettlebells.
  • a set of dumbbells, an ab roller, and battling ropes and jump ropes for strength and cardio
  • a weight bench, barbells, and dumbbells

Specialty equipment, such as rings, bars, and beams, allows you to incorporate fun compound movements. They also help you keep your flexibility on point. There are scores of equipment subcategories, such as:

  • Grip training
  • Plyo boxes
  • Farmer’s walk handles

Pro gym equipment endures for generations, especially if built right and taken care of. Our long-lasting construction makes a smart, money-saving option. At Titan, we focus on sourcing the highest-quality, professional products at competitive prices.

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The Best Fitness Racks of 2021

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Donaldson, Morning Lifter

A home gym has several benefits. Working out at home reduces your drive time to the gym to zero. It also saves you a lot of time during your actual workout, as you don’t have to wait for equipment to open up. Setting up a home gym from scratch is easier than you might think. To start, power racks should be among the first equipment you install.

Power Racks for At-Home Gyms

There is a wide range of power racks for at-home gyms. However, each one has different features that make it appealing to different trainers. While most of them function similarly, they differ in the flexibility they offer and the accessories available.

T-3 Series Power Rack

Offered in 81 and 92 inches, the T-3 series power rack is a must-have for at home gyms. 2-by-3 inch 11-gauge square steel uprights make this power rack extremely durable. This impressive rack comes with a 1.25-inch pull up bar, a 2-inch fat pull up bar, and 2 reinforced J-hooks. Featured laser-cut holes along the uprights allow for your power rack to be compatible with many accessories for optimal workouts. You can feel safe with the T-3 series for it has a rackable capacity of 1,1000 pounds to a total rack capacity of 4,400 pounds. Trust us, the T-3 series power rack is worth checking out.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Works with a multitude of accessories
  • Extremely large load capacity

TITAN Series Power Rack

The TITAN power rack is a strong rack with 3-by-3-inch 11-gauge steel uprights. It has a 2-inch hole spacing as well as numbered laser-cut holes throughout the rack. The keyholes on the TITAN rack allow you to use a range of attachments with it. The rack comes with four heavy-duty steel uprights, two bottom braces, and two top braces. It also has a front and rear cross member. When looking for power racks for at-home gyms, this should be one of the top considerations.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and strong
  • Durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Large load capacity

X-3 Series Flat Foot Power Rack

Among the power racks for at-home gyms, the X-3 Series offers a good solution that many lifters and athletes would appreciate. This rack does not need you to bolt it to the ground. It has heavy-duty 3-by-3-inch uprights and a sturdy construction that supports the weight for your workouts. It has a flat foot design, which gives you more stability for your exercises. The double-sided gusset plates further enhance the strength and support of the rack. The height options for the rack are 82 inches and 92 inches. You can also have 10-inch or 24-inch extensions to increase the depth.

Pros:

  • Skinny and fat pullup bar included
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Comfortable height
  • Flat foot design for stability

Olympic Squat Racks

As an important part of your home gym, the squat rack should be durable, versatile, and useful, and it should also fit the space available. With there being a wide range of Olympic squat racks available on the market for your home gym, each rack has advantages and disadvantages that you need to consider before you can settle on one.

X-3 Series Tall Squat Stand With Pull Up Bar and Spotter Arms

Professional weightlifters and athletes need Olympic squat racks that are strong and safe for the user. The Titan X-3 Squat Stand optimizes stability in its flat foot design, with 3-by-3-inch heavy-duty uprights. There is a laser-cut hole pattern on the uprights and through the bench zone as well as 2-inch hole spacing to allow adjustments. Its weight capacity is 1,000 pounds, and it measures 92 inches in height, 49 inches in width, and 48 inches in depth, resulting in a weight of about 203 pounds.

Some of the features of this rack include two X-3 spotter arms, double-sided gusset plates, a 1.25-inch pull-up bar, and a pair of UHMW-lined X-3 J Hooks.

Pros:

  • Strong and sturdy uprights
  • Durable materials
  • Easy to assemble
Photo Courtesy of Shawn Donaldson, Morning Lifter

X-3 Series Half Rack

The X-3 Series Half Rack is a brilliant choice for Olympic squat racks. In fact, it is one of the top choices among professional bodybuilders. With it’s 3-by-3-inch heavy-duty laser-cut uprights, this rack has a weight load capacity of 1,000 pounds.

The other features for this rack include weight plate holders, pin and pipe safety bars, and dip bars.

Pros:

  • Strong and sturdy
  • Suitable height for many individuals
  • Easy to assemble
  • No need to anchor to the floor
  • Greater customization options

T-3 Series Independent Squat Stand With Pull-Up Bar

This squat rack consists of 11-gauge heavy-duty steel uprights for heavy weight workouts. It further has J-Hooks as well as 6-inch side hole spacing on the uprights, allowing for more accessories. The rack features an independent upright design complementing the low profile, which is great for one of the top Olympic squat racks. It also has a bolt-together design that makes it easy to transport and fit into different rooms.

The rack comes with a 2-inch removable pull-up bar with quick pins.

Pros:

  • Strong and sturdy
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to transport and set up in any room
  • Many accessories

Wall Mounts & Rigs

Titan has some impressive wall mounts and rigs.

108-Inch X-3 Wall-Mounted Rig

The 108-Inch X-3 Wall-Mounted Rig has 3-by-3-inch tubing. It is comprised of 11-gauge steel and has two 108-inch uprights. It further has a 70-inch wall mount cross member and one 43-inch pull-up bar. It has a weight capacity of 183 pounds.

108-Inch T-3 Series Wall-Mounted Rig

The 108-Inch T-3 Series Wall-Mounted Rig is another rack among the top wall mounts and rigs. It has 2-by-3-inch 11-gauge steel tubing. Other features include two 108-inch uprights, two 70-inch wall mount cross members, and one fat/skinny 43-inch pull-up bar. It weighs 169 pounds and has a height of 108 inches. When set up, it stands 73 inches from the wall.

70-Inch T-3 Wall-Mounted Crossmember

The 70-Inch T-3 Wall-Mounted Crossmember is a great addition to your wall mounts and rigs. It helps separate workout stations on the wall-mounted rig. It has a front/back hole spacing of 2 inches from center to center. It is made of 2-by-3-inch steel tubing with two Titan laser-cut logos on each gusset. It has a weight of 31 pounds, a height of 14 inches, and a length of 70 inches.

Exercising at home requires you to have the right equipment. Setting up your home gym means that you have to get the correct set of equipment to support your workouts. Getting the right power racks for at-home gyms is crucial for you to enjoy the gym experience without having to join a gym. Power racks vary in terms of capacity and quality, so you will need to check the specs of each rack and ensure it fits your needs.

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Standing Desks: Are They Worth It?

Even for those of us that spend most of our time outside the scope of the fitness industry, it can often be hard to avoid overhearing about the alleged benefits of standing desks, stand-up workstations, and other ‘stand while you work’ solutions— typically utilized by office employees who claim to be taking on incredible new challenges with the simple act of not using a chair like their chronically-sitting compatriots.

However, is there anything to the claim that less sitting equates a healthier life? Or, is standing while you work a fad that we can expect to fall by the wayside? Unfortunately for those of us who love leisure time (and let’s face it, that applies to most of us), an increasing amount of research is mounting to support the hypothesis that excess sitting can wreak early havoc on even the bodies of those who exercise regularly.

Many researchers, particularly in recent years, have levied the claim that a lifetime of sitting can be more harmful than a lifetime of smoking— heart disease, various cancers, and even type 2 diabetes have all been significantly linked to increases in time spent sitting —not exactly good news for those whose jobs or lifestyles require them to spend eight or more hours per day in front of a computer screen.

So, while this may not change the fact that your beloved coworker follows new fitness fads every summer, there seems to be a lot of science backing up this particular fad. If you’re looking to make positive, long-term changes for your own cardiovascular benefit, read ahead below— we’ve featured a handful of standing desk kits and accessories from Titan to get you started.

THE A2: SINGLE MOTOR, ELECTRIC ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SIT-STAND DESK

Looking to break into the world of standing desks at the entry level? This one might be perfect— it features an electric, single-motor design that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing at will throughout your day.  You won’t have to worry about intense assembly instructions or excess knowledge on the culture of standing work spaces— it’s designed to allow simple installation of a wide range of desk tops custom tailored to your specifications, so you can find a desk setup that’s right for your home or office and get the ball rolling.

This desk kit avoids being too much of an investment, and is great for those who’d like to experiment with standing work without committing too heavily into the culture. Worst case scenario, you’ll have an adjustable, sitting desk that’s built to last.

THE A6: DUAL MOTOR ELECTRIC ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SIT-STAND DESK

Enjoy standing while you work, and in the market for a more heavy duty solution? This dual motor design expands on the concept of the A2 while providing a much more capable motor system for lifting heavier desktops— or even just those seated with heavier content.  This sit-stand desk could also serve as a solution for those in need of a variable space to work with their hands or operate simple machinery— garages, workshops, and studios could benefit from the easily customizable nature of this desk kit.

THE S5: HAND CRANK ADJUSTABLE SIT TO STAND DESK FRAME

Need a quick and easy solution? This S5 desk frame can be adjusted to your liking using an included hand crank mechanism— no electricity or motor required. This starter kit can make for an ideal solution for those that need a standing desk in a versatile location, or those looking to purchase adjustable sit to stand desks in bulk to give their office space an upgrade.