If you’re a fan of getting your muscles pumped with functional training, training with free weights, or HIIT, you’re not alone- ACSM worldwide survey named them three of the top fitness trends of 2020.
It’s not hard to figure out their popularity. As training approaches, they tackle the whole body, focusing on developing strength and endurance and supporting overall function. The bottom line? If you’re taking your gains seriously, all your muscle groups require an intensive regime, and you’ll need the right equipment to maximise performance while minimising the risk of injury.
Gym rigs, for those of us in the UK, are the piece of equipment that you need to smash your fitness goals. They may look intimidating- and with good reason- one of these bad boys is all you need to get shredded. But if you’re new to rigs fear not, with built-in spotters and adjustable to your height, you’re in safe hands.
But are you rig-worthy? You need to be pretty hardcore. If you take it to the max at the gym but feel like you don’t get pushed to your limits from your at-home regime, a rig is probably the missing piece. But don’t just get any rig, if you really want to be at the top of your game, you don’t want to compromise on quality, service, or aftercare, so ensure your rig provider is reputable and knows their stuff when it comes to what you’re most passionate about.
Gym rigs in the UK come in all shapes and sizes, and the best one for you will depend on a few factors, including your fitness goals, the application, budget and space.
Common UK gym rigs include:
- Outdoor-appropriate rigs
- Standard fitness rigs
- Home gym rigs
- Squat rigs
So if you’re still trying to figure out which rig will give you the gains you’ve been longing for, you’re in the right place.
2020 wasn’t the best year for gyms and dedicated gym-goers, but if it’s been a testament to anything in fitness, it’s that working out doesn’t have to be constricted to inside- and research has even shown that outdoor exercise has a greater positive impact on mental wellbeing. Lockdowns and restrictions in 2020 have seen most of us exercising outside far more than many of us were used to, and so more people are realising the benefits.
If nothing beats the fresh air in your workouts, investing in an outdoor-appropriate rig is the perfect solution for training outdoors and making the most of the UK sunshine. If you’re a PT, it also means you can provide your clients with the versatility and choice they expect between indoor and outdoor workouts.
Planning to embrace the great outdoors for your training? The last thing you want is the British weather to take a toll on your investment, and so outdoor rigs also need to be weatherproof on top of their standard durability.
Outdoor appropriate rigs can be free-standing or wall-mounted, and the right choice for you depends on a number of factors.
Free-standing rigs are BEASTS, made to be strong and highly secure. If you’re focused on accelerating your own progress in your at-home gym, a 1 bay free-standing rig could be the workout companion you’ve been searching for. If you get the most out of your workout with a buddy to have your back or thrive off friendly (or secretly not so friendly..?) competition, the 2 bay monkey bar rig is hard to beat, which has the capacity for two people to hit the weights in unison.
Just because your space and budget are limited doesn’t mean you can’t have a killer workout. Wall-mounted options are cost-effective and space-saving, making them a popular option. Sometimes, the best workouts take it back to basics. If you really want to challenge your capabilities, survive a session with our survival rack, guaranteed to get you pumped and seeing stars. If you’re in the market for an affordable multi-use option for group workouts or commercial applications, we also provide 2, 3, and 4 bay wall-mounted rigs.
Whatever option you decide best supports your training program, don’t settle for anything less than the best materials on offer for your rig. Our strength and conditioning rigs are made from high-quality, galvanised British steel to ensure your rig is durable and lasts, whether your workout is inside or out.
Finding the right rig for you in the UK
When it comes to gym rigs in the UK, some of the best options are also often the most versatile. If your rig is multi-purpose, you’ll get more out of your workout.
However hard you go, progress can still stall, especially if you hit leg day a *little* too hard and sustain an injury (we’ve all been there!). The answer is to get equipment that can push you outside of your comfort zone while keeping you safe.
For UK fitness fanatics, equipment like the 2 bay monkey bar rig, which includes monkey bars and a double bar-bell fixture, has the versatility and quality to give you the extra boost you need to kill your next workout. But it’s not for the faint-hearted- it’s designed to tackle your legs and upper body using just one piece of equipment so prepare to get your sweat on. With 2 bays, it also enables multi-person use, so next time you need to show your mates who’s boss, your set.
When you’re searching for the best fitness rigs, it’s often best to combine functionality in order to provide your clients with the versatility they need. These rigs also suit gyms on a budget, as it lowers the cost of having to invest in multiple rigs that serve different purposes.
Once you know what kind of specification you want, don’t forget to check out where it’s being made and where all the materials are being sourced from. For example, all of our rigs are hand-built using British galvanised steel in our UK based workshop. If you want to find out more about our process, click here.
Home gym rigs
If you walk around your gym like you already own the place, maybe it’s time to- ahem- own your own place? We’re not suggesting you buy and open a whole commercial gym, let’s start out with something a little less ambitious? Maybe just convert that spare room or garage that you barely use. You’d be in good company.
The trend of home gyms has been on the rise, with exercise equipment sales spiking by a huge 5800% in 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus restrictions. If you’re one of the people who’s still working from home rather than commuting into the city, it only makes sense to create a work out space in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
But what equipment should you invest in? A home-based rig is one of the most convenient ways to maintain your fitness and build strength- but as useful as home gyms are, space can be finite, and so big, chunky equipment is out of the question for most home gyms.
Whatever option you settle on for your home gym, we’re betting that you want it to look just as amazing as your muscles will feeling after working out with it, which is why we offer bespoke paintwork so that you can choose an aesthetic that’s right for and make your gym design unique to you.
Squat rigs are a hardcore piece of equipment for building your quads, as well as giving the calves, glutes and core a run for their money- but if you’re rig-worthy you probably already know that, so what about the specifics?
If you want to feel the burn like never before, there are a couple of different options for squat rigs to choose from. These include adjustable squat stands and wall-mounted squat racks.
An adjustable squat stand is light, portable and space-saving, making it ideal for those who travel to train, or those who simply don’t want a more permanent fixture. This is also a great option for gyms and trainers who need the ability to adjust the rack to suit their clients’ height.
If you’re searching for a more permanent fixture for your gym, or have clients come to you to train, a wall-mounted squat rack is a great option- it’s a fully robust fixture that’s sure to impress, giving intermediate and advanced lifters the assurance and safety they need to lift heavier.
We hope this article got you as pumped as we are about gym rigs in the UK and got you a step closer to finding the best choice for your own personalised torture device (a.k.a. one of our rigs!) for your UK gym.
Remember to weigh up (pun very much intended) what your personalised fitness goals are, what your budget is, the size of your space and how many attended users there are. This will give you a good idea of which option is right for you. You can check our full range of options here.
However, one thing that shouldn’t change is the quality of the rigs materials and the service that delivers the finished product to your gym, whether it’s commercial or at home. Not only that, but if you’re a PT, client expectations are always high, and having the right equipment that represents your brand is important to set your training facilities apart.
To really get the gym of your dreams, always start by consulting the experts, who can then deliver a service that is bespoke and tailored to your needs, with equipment to fit your specifications and branding perfectly.
To find out how we can help you source the right equipment for your gym, get in touch.