Are you planning your create a home gym on a budget and want to know the budget-friendly home gym essentials you need to have? I created my own home gym a few years ago – read on to find out my home gym must-haves!
A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to start making my fitness a priority (I was actually a personal trainer in a previous life!) At the time, I wasn’t interested in a gym membership – I wanted to build my own budget-friendly home gym so I could just go downstairs and workout instead of having to drive to the gym. We lived about 20 minutes from the gym so I knew that having a home-gym set up in our bonus room would motivate me to work out (and not use the excuse of “the gym is too far away.”)
We’ve since moved to a new state, I have a gym membership, and we no longer have a large bonus room. However, I’ve kept my home gym! Because I don’t have large gym equipment a huge room isn’t required, so our spare bedroom is perfect. You could even set this up in your garage if you don’t have a spare room. In fact, you don’t even need an entire room – even a space in the living room would work.
And even though I have a gym membership, I still find it handy having a home gym. The gym I attend offers childcare but if my little isn’t feeling well, or if the childcare is closed, if we have a snow day, etc., it’s good to know that I can still get my workout in!
Here are 10 budget-friendly home gym essentials that will help you get in an effective workout from home.
11 Budget-Friendly Home Gym Essentials
No home gym would be complete without a set of dumbbells. To get toned arms, dumbbells are essential. I love these Forzon! Rubber Hex Dumbbells – depending on your current strength level, I’d recommend starting with two pairs of different weights, maybe a 10lb pair and a 15lb pair. That way you can work out bigger muscles like your biceps and smaller muscles like your triceps.
2) Floor Mat
A floor mat is a great item to have for your home gym for ab exercises like planks and for yoga and stretching. I really like this YogaAccessories Deluxe Yoga Mat because it has a double-sided non-slip texture and it’s thicker and longer than normal yoga mats.
3) Stability Ball
A stability ball is a great all-rounder (no pun intended 😉 ) to have in your home-gym. A stability ball can help you target lots of areas including your abdominal muscles and core, upper and lower back, legs, and upper body. It’s important that you choose the right sized stability ball for your height. These professional grade Black Mountain Stability Balls come in five different size options, four different colors, and include a pump.
4) Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are an excellent addition to any home gym because they offer endless workout potential. Resistance bands can provide a full body workout, targeting biceps, triceps, chest, abs, core, and legs. I love this WHATIF Resistance Bands Set – the set comes with a door anchor, carry bag, loop bands, ankle strap and handles.
5) Bosu Ball
Bosu balls are amazing for increase core strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. I use them for myotatic crunches, and they are great.
The original Bosu ball is a great option. Or, you can buy a cheaper ZELUS Bosu Ball, which includes the bosu ball, a yoga ball, a foot pump, and resistance bands. Just make sure to buy the 65 cm (25+ inches) instead of the smaller 50 cm (20 inches) one. I accidentally bought a 50 cm Bosu ball, and it doesn’t feel as comfortable as the original 65 cm one.
Original Bosu Ball (25+ inches)
ZELUS Bosu Ball (25 inches)
6) Jump Rope
Yes, the classic jump rope that you might not have used since grade school! Jump ropes provide an excellent cardio workout. When my husband first handed me our jump rope, I thought to myself “pfft.. a jump rope? I could jump for HOURS as a kid!” Um…. yeah. Not as easy as I thought! I love this adjustable Jump Rope (it’s important to make sure your jump rope is adjustable for your height.)
A gym is not a gym without a barbell set. Barbells are cost effective, and incredibly versatile – there are endless exercises you can do with a barbell – deadlifts, calf raises, bent-over rows, barbell curls, ab rollouts… The actual plates themselves can be used for many different exercises, too. A lot of barbells are sold by themselves (you then have to buy the plates) which is why I like US Weight 54 Lb Weight Set – the plates are included.
If you foresee that you will become serious about barbell exercises, you should consider buying an Olympic barbell bar and weights set, which will allow you to put much more weight (200 to 320 lbs).
8) Health Book
When I am exercising, I frequently come back to my favorite health book, The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, to review the exercises, tempo, posture, repetitions, and sets. This book is an excellent guide not only for working out but for dieting, running, and even sex!
9) Aerobic Step
I’m not a big fan of Step Aerobics classes, but I still believe that an aerobic step is still a great addition to any home gym. An aerobic step can be used for calf raises (I hold onto two dumbbells for an even greater workout,) tricep dips, pushups, bench dips, and barbell tricep extensions. This Step Original Aerobic Platform comes with two risers so you can easily adjust the height, and has a non-slip top.
10) Foam Roller
Ahhh, foam rollers. I can just feel my muscle tension being relieved even thinking about using a foam roller. Besides helping to ease tightness and loosen knots in your muscles after working out, foam rollers can also be used for balance exercises, spine stabilization and core workouts. I love this foam roller.
11) Kettlebell Weights
Kettlebell swings are a great multi joint exercise. Multi joint exercises, also known as compound exercises, help you do more in less time. Kettlebell swings work the whole body, but the main results are in the posterior. Start with at least 20 lbs and buy a heavier once you can do 80 kettlebell swings with no problem.
I prefer to exercise with coated kettlebells with wide handles.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune to set up your own home gym. These budget-friendly home gym essentials will allow you complete full body workouts without ever having to leave the house!
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Afton Jackson says
Thank you so much for suggesting budget and starter options for gym equipment that beginners can start on at home. I don’t consider myself a fit person at all, but I do want to start working out by getting into my own routines at the comfort of my own home first since working out in public makes me nervous. If I can find a store that sells fitness equipment in my area, I’ll make sure I prioritize these things you listed.
You’re welcome! I like to have workout equipment at home, even when we’re not locked down so I don’t have an excuse not to workout LOL!
I really appreciate the info and ideas. I love your blog! Thanks for your information
Wow! these are some really good equipment ideas for a hoe gym. And the prices are also very friendly.