Building Your Own Gym

Ever thought of building a Home Gym?

Ok so we have all been there. Sick of paying monthly fees, signing contracts and getting into traffic as soon as the pre-workout hits. You only have a couple of options:

  1. Stop working out (NOT really an option)
  2. Build your own home gym (who doesn’t want that?)

So what is it going to take to build a gym? Well depends on you budget. Here is a list of equipment that you can start with and get some really good workouts in at relatively low cost.


This is going to be an absolute must for a starter gym. You don’t need to go to expensive or heavy. Anything in the range of 1lb — 25lbs for women and 5lbs — 50lbs for men will do fine. If you are unable to get all of the sets you can start off with one you can afford and keep adding as you go.

Resistance Bands

You can also go resistance bands in place of dumbbells. These are very affordable and portable to be taken anywhere if you travel a lot. Plus they provide a really good workout.

Simple Bench or Stability Ball

This isn’t a must but it does help add a variety of additional exercises. A stability ball will require more balance but it is a tad less expensive. Some thick floor mats can also be a good substitute for a bench and you can also use them when you do ab workouts.

Pull-Up Bar

Hanging door pullup bar works great and they don’t require any drilling or extra tools. Some of you might be thinking that you aren’t able to do any pull-ups, but that is why we are working out. Pull-ups are one of the best workouts for back. And well the best way to get good at doing pull-ups is to do more pull-ups.

Jump Rope

When it comes to an enclosed place and needing to do cardio, jumping rope is one of the best options. So put on some Rocky theme songs and start jumping.

Plenty of Space

Ok, maybe not that much space, but you want to make sure you have adequate space to perform your workouts with good form. Sometimes all you need to do is pull out a coffee table. If you can dedicate an entire room for workouts.


If you do have some extra money to build something bigger here is all you need.

Bench Press

I think this one goes without any explanation. If you have the resources, get a bench press and be sure to add the next thing on this list.

Olympic Bar and Olympic Weights

Don’t go for the cheap ones at Walmart. Get an olympic bar, the cost is worth it. For the weights you want to get at least the minimum of 225 lbs, of course more is better. For 225 lbs be sure to get two of each, 45lbs, 25lbs, 5lbs and four 10lbs (remember the Olympic bar is 45lbs, some are 35lbs so make sure you know what you are getting). If you get a 35lbs get two extra 5lbs.

Squat Rack / Power Cage

If you are feeling generous you can always get a squat rack/power cage. Now if you will be going this route you don’t need a bench press. All you will need is a simple bench with adjustable angles and you can slide that baby into the squat rack for bench.

Now I know a lot of you are wondering about an elliptical or treadmill, I personally wouldn’t spend my money on something that you can easily substitute for going outside and running or doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training, like insanity). However, some prefer the former over the later. To each their own just be aware of the expense and the fact that you need to get on it more than once to burn actual calories.

Just because you have a gym sitting and collecting dust doesn’t get you a workout. You need to put in the work, time and effort.