Log Cabin o’ Gainz update! ???? This is where I personal train and complete my @ldn_muscle Bulking Bible sessions using the Exercise Substitution Section for more basic/home gyms! ???????????? . Although it was a big chunk of money to lay down, having free reign of this space, the music (look at the Ghetto Blaster. Respect the Ghetto Blaster ????????) and time to zone out is ideal. Article going up on the @ldn_muscle website later about equipment we suggest for a home gym that allows use of the LDNM Guides, alongside bits and bobs I recommend buying for variety and enjoyment! ???? #LDNM #LDNMuscle #LDNMLadies #Cutting #CuttingGuide #Shredding #Shredz #BikiniGuide #Bulking #BulkingBible #Workout #Gym #Weights #Bodybuilding #Natural #MuscleGain #FatLoss #Muscle #WeightLoss #CleanEating #HighProtein #FlexibleDieting #IIFYM #Fitfam #Fitspo #Fitness

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I’ve recently constructed a gym in the ‘Log Cabin (of Gainz!)’ in my garden. The space is designed for using the LDNM Guides, personal training clients and family use. The space is around 3 x 4 metres with a wendy house-style roof. Below I will list essential and non-essential items to allow you to make great progress from home with all of our gym-based guides, and for building a home gym you can be proud of.

All the equipment was bought new, but you can do it on a shoestring if you are savvy with eBay and Gumtree and willing to drive to collect certain items. It should fit in log cabins and appropriately built Wendy houses, garages and spare rooms!

Purchasing the essential items will allow for you to complete the Cutting, Bikini and Bulking Guides from home by using the Exercise Substitution Section, which also allows use of the guides from more basic commercial gyms.


Essential items:

These items would be the key ones to purchase in order to have a fully functional home gym allowing variety and safe employment of the big compounds; bench press, back squats, deadlifts and other key movements such as pull ups, dumbbell press and of course bicep curls.

If you are worried about the capacity of weight your floor can take please proceed with caution and look in to getting it reinforced or applying protective flooring over the top. Floor collapsing beneath you on barbell exercises will not end well for your knees or shoulders!

The amount of weight you need to buy depends on your needs and strength, but bumper/Olympic sized plates are essential for deadlifts.

Instead of a power rack adjustable squat stands are perfectly fine and a lot cheaper than a power rack.


  • Power Rack with; high and low pulley systems (with 2 x bar attachments and clips), safety rails (extremely important when training alone!), attachments and clips, dip bars and a pull up station. Anchors/feet for resistance bands are also useful if you train with differing resistances.
  • Adjustable bench.
  • 7ft Olympic barbell.
  • 2 x 15kg, 2 x 10kg and 2 x 5kg bumper plates.
  • 2-8 x 10kg cast iron plates (2”).
  • 2 x 5kg cast iron plates (2”).
  • 4 x 2.5kg cast iron plates (2”).
  • 4 x 1.25kg cast iron plates (2”).
  • 2” bar clips (with plastic handles- saves struggling!).
  • Mirror (6 x 4ft mirror behind the Power Rack).
  • Bowflex 1090 adjustable dumbbells (you can get 2-24kg or 4-41kg dependent on your strength).
  • Lifting shoes; Reebok Nanos, Olympic lifting shoes, a hard soled trainer (i.e. laced converse).
  • Thick 6 x 4 foot (or larger) wood platform to help reinforce floor and spread the weight of the power rack and yourself, and or ensure base is flat for power rack.
  • Appropriate exercise mat.

Non-essential items:

These are great items too, if you have enough equipment and space for storage!

  • Slam balls; 3kg, 5kg, 10kg (have found 15kg too heavy/squidgy for all clients).
  • Battle ropes (9-12 metres and intermediate weight has worked for me and my clients).
  • Boxing gloves and pads.
  • Foam roller.
  • Varying degrees of ‘soft balls’.
  • 2 x sets of 5 resistance bands with handles & door anchors.
  • Sound system (with aux cord!).
  • Floor anchor/’landmine’.
  • 2 x Reebok-style steps.
  • Liquid chalk.
  • Wrist supports/straps.
  • Lifting straps.
  • Close grip attachment.
  • Double-ended rope attachment.
  • (Metal) single handle attachment.
  • EZ or Curved Olympic bar.
  • Heater, fan or air conditioning unit.
  • Durable lighter dumbbells.
  • Weight vest.
  • Weight belt.

You may also want:

  • Weight lifting belt.
  • Knee sleeves.
  • Weight belt or weighted vest for increased resistance.
  • Chains.
  • White/blackboard .

I have all the above items in my gym and it has worked fantastically. I’ve never felt restricted regarding (effective) exercise selection, but can go outside for standing overhead barbell work and heavy deadlifts (I am 6,2” so this isn’t an issue for anything but over 6 foot trainers pressing a barbell overhead with Olympic plates). If you are completing a guide or plan, only the most complicated would not be able to be completed in a home gym with the above items from the ‘essential items’ list!

The LDNM Workout Guides can easily be completed from a gym with just the above essential items, even with adjustable squat stands instead of a whole power rack if space is limiting.


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