We have all been there, hitting up that home gym, multiple times a week. Eventually, you will notice that your setup is lacking a little something. I’ve always been the person who doesn’t get different shoes until they are literally falling apart at the seams. Even I know that there are some signs to look out for, here are a few of them. If it makes you feel better, I have had each and every single one of these incidents happen in my life. Making the change to suck it up and get better equipment knocked out all of these worries, in just an afternoon.
Rusted Weights – Though more of a visual detail, no one wants their weights plagued with rust. This will only be a problem if you have metal weights but the appearance of rust just doesn’t look great. If you are lifting in any kind of condition where wetness can form on the weights, it is highly suggested that you move them to a drier spot in your home.
Gloves that are Falling Apart – I go through weightlifting gloves like most people go through groceries. It is so tough to find a pair of gloves that will actually hold up to the wear and tear that I put on them. Having gloves with holes in them is not just a cosmetic issue, it could lead to more serious issues. Let’s just say that you don’t want to be lifting weights with gloves that have holes, it could lead to a bunch of gripping issues. Your hands are very important to you and you don’t want to have faulty gloves that could get tangled up, mangling your fingers!
A Bent Barbell – Look, I get it, that barbell is bent and you are thinking of it as a sort of badge of honor. How about we keep that barbell somewhere else and get you a new one! Even though it looks cool and you can brag about it to your buddies, a bent barbell means that it getting closer to breaking, depending upon how strong your barbell is. I have heard of most men keeping the bent barbell in rotation, not wanting to get another one. You could assume that the bar will never break because it is made of metal. However, do you want to take the risk that the bar is strong enough to not break, while your entire body is under it?
Extremely Worn Down Bench – Again, being a money saver, I put off getting my bench replaced for a long time. I wish that I could go back in time and kick myself for waiting so long. The bench would wobble a bit when I got onto it, to begin my bench pressing. I would also use the bench itself, to assist me with my lat raises, never thinking about how much continued stress was being put on the bench. I really could have harmed myself by not focusing on the bigger picture, my life over my lifting.
Not all of these signs that you need to invest in upgrading your equipment are vital to get fixed right away but you can easily fix all four of these problems at once. Head over to your local sporting goods store and get the items that need to be replaced, especially if you do have a bent barbell because that one is essential to take care of.