Build Your Perfect Home Gym One Piece at a Time

When I decided to really get serious about my fitness, I realized that I wanted to buy my own equipment for my perfect home gym and workout there..  There were so many times I would put off going to the gym…the gym I was paying monthly dues to.

I figured if I had my own setup that I would be more consistent in working out and burning those calories off and may, just maybe by accident get some tone on my poor abandoned body.

Deciding to setup a home gym and knowing where to start were entirely different levels of difficulty.

Today I’m going to provide you with the starter kit that you will want.  Based off of your budget start out with the first items and work your way down the checklist until you have all of them and you will have a gym that your buddies will be envious of!


Since a home gym is going to have much less square footage than a traditional gym, I would definitely recommend going with dumbbells that are adjustable and take up far less space than an entire set of dumbbells.  I really like the PowerBlock dumbbells because they are fairly cheap.

You can get the 50-pound set here for just under $300.


For pullups in your home or apartment, there is no better alternative than one of the pullup bars that you can use in any of your doorways.  I originally got a simple one bar variety that was made of really cheap aluminum and I bent it within about 4 months.

For my next foray into pull up bars that I could use in my apartment I got the Prosource Pull-Up bar.  I love this thing since it has different grips so that you can focus on different muscles and types of pullups.  I’ve now had the Prosource for almost 3 years now and the only complaint that I would have is the padding where the pullup bar connects to the door frame is starting to get worn.

Check out the Prosource Pull-up bar here.


Some people may say that you should go all out and get the priciest adjustable bench you can find for your workouts. Well you know what? I started out with a bench that I paid less than $60 for and never had any real issues with it (until I moved and the movers crushed it with one of my couches; but that’s another story).

If you have the money to do so it can’t hurt getting one of the higher quality brands.

I like these two

  1. Cheaper Option – Cap Barbell Fitness
  2. Pricier Option – Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench

Suspension Training

For me there is only ONE player in the suspension training field and that is TRX.  I was first introduced to the TRX Suspension Trainer when my complex offered complimentary training sessions with a local fitness company that comes to the complex gyms.

My trainer would bring these in and it was amazing how much more difficult a pushup became.  I ended up working out so many more stabilizer muscles and overall got much stronger using these straps.

Get your TRX Suspension Trainer Set here.







Do you hate cardio on a treadmill?  Have you ever run into issues trying to do certain exercises and found that the dumbbell was just not working out for you?

Let me introduce you to the kettlebell.  These are pretty cool weights due to their versatility in the exercises that you can do with them.  Anything from swings to Russian twists.

They come in a wide range of weights so you can buy just those that are at the level of fitness that you can handle and then slowly add new, heavier kettelbells as your strength increases.


Stability Equipment

Earlier, when I was writing about the TRX straps I mentioned how I got so much more in gains due to the engaging of the stabilizer muscles.  These next two items are very good at helping to engage as many muscles as possible.

This means that you will see bigger strength gains.  The best part?  Both of these can be purchased for less than $50 each.

  • Valslide – Putting your feet on these and then doing Mountain Climbers, Planks and other body weight exercises will increase the intensity of the exercise.
  • Swiss Ball – This ball creates instability so that the level of any exercise done while using it is increased.


So as you can see this list isn’t huge by any means, but once you have it you will have quite the perfect home gym!

What are some gym items that you feel are must have for your gym?

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