Lets face it, with the sport of weightlifting you can keep it as simple as a barbell and mat or you can go full speed with equipment, machines and accessories. This all depends on how far you intend to take the sport, how serious you are and how much you are prepared to spend to add further accessories to your home gym.
There are a number of small, inexpensive and useful accessories that can be added to your weightlifting gym. Many world-class weightlifters swear by minor accessories and these do not require the expense or commitment that some larger pieces of equipment would.
A weight lifting belt is one of these. Belts can especially help with lunges and squats as they provide excellent lumbar support. Generally made from heavy duty, durable leather or suede, they should be comfortable and supportive. It may be possible to lift over twenty percent more weight when wearing one of these.
A weight lifting strap or wrap may be another accessory that it is worth keeping around. Unlike the lifting strap, which can support the joint and help to grip the weight at the same time, the wrap purely offers support. For weak knees or wrists a wrap is essential. The wrap will position the joint and stabilise it in that position. Made from elastic fabric some are competition grade so be sure to shop around if this is what you require.
Another accessory to consider buying is some chalk. Probably the least expensive item you will buy for your weightlifting training but one of the most useful. Chalk is available in jars of magnesium carbonate that can be sprinkled on your hands before doing a lift, or in tissue wrapped blocks, which are used like a bar of soap. Chalk is particularly of use for those who prefer not to wear weightlifting gloves or straps.
Tiger Balm has been used for centuries to remedy all kinds of ailments from headaches to flu and period pains. Weightlifters often use Tiger Balm as a muscle rub. This can be used before weightlifting to warm up and prepare the muscle. And can be used afterwards as a relaxant and to calm the muscle and any soreness or stiffness. With so many uses it is no wonder that as well as the original, you can now purchase Tiger Balm specially formulated and packaged for the weightlifting industry.
An accessory that many weightlifters use early on in their training is protein. Protein drinks are extremely popular and are available through weightlifting stores as well as health food shops. Protein is a crucial element of the nutrition needed to enhance your muscles. Generally made from milk and egg protein then flavoured. A protein drink is a vital accessory to your weightlifting training.