Sharing tips on how to create a home gym on a budget and what equipment you really need.
Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying the day so far and that all of my dad friends had a happy Father’s Day!
For this post, I wanted to chat about how to set up a home gym and what equipment you need, especially since many of us are still working out at home, or you might be considering creating a home gym on a budget.
Home gyms are getting even more popular since the pandemic started and there are SO MANY benefits to having your own gym at home. One of my favorite parts is that there’s zero commute time, and if the kids are home, I can just get in a workout while they play or watch a show.
Creating a home gym can be a bit challenging if you have a limited budget (some gym technology and gear is pricey!) but there are ways you can create a home gym that works for your needs without breaking the bank. You can also customize it based on what you like to do and what products you think you really need.
Before I get started, I just want to emphasize the fact that you don’t need fancy or expensive equipment to get in a great workout. All you need to get an awesome workout is a plan, sneakers that fit you, and motivation. Anything else is just a bonus.
How To Create A Home Gym On A Budget:
Take advantage of what you already have and create a wish list for future items
Create a list or spreadsheet with the items you currently have and prioritize the ones you have your eye on.
Create a budget and estimate expenses
Determine a total spending budget and after doing some searching online, you can estimate how much your total gym set-up will cost.
Invest in multi-tasking tools at first
An example of this is if you’re looking for strength training equipment, find something that you can use for multiple things (like dumbbells) and is versatile, before expanding into different products in the same theme (like barbells, kettlebells, etc.)
Create a dedicated workout space
This can be a full room in your house, a garage, an office corner, whatever you have the room to use. If you don’t have a dedicated space, you could even store your workout items in a closet in a large bin. If space is an issue, focus on the items that don’t take up a ton of room (like resistance bands, jump rope, small Pilates ball, etc.)
Buy secondhand equipment
I usually get lucky on Facebook marketplace, or when you hear about gyms closing or relocating, they’re often looking to sell their equipment (if they didn’t lease it).
Choose equipment you will actually use!
This one seems obvious but don’t purchase anything you won’t be excited to use in your routine. 🙂 A spin bike makes a lovely clothing rack but would be a waste of money.
Here are some of my top home gym essentials!
Home Gym Essentials