How To Create Your Own Home Gym

Sometimes the thought of leaving the house and heading to the gym can be stressful enough to turn a workout day into a rest day. There is no need to let the effort of getting to the gym dissuade you from getting your workout in! I have included below all the information and equipment you will need to create the perfect home gym regardless of your space or budget.

Pro Tip: look to purchase equipment on second hand sale sites. You can score great bargains and as long as you clean the equipment well a lot of it will be in like new condition. 

Low-Budget home gym setup ($113 – $320)

If you are looking to setup your home gym with little space and budget then you will need to focus on purchasing the essential equipment. Make sure that the equipment relates to the exercises that will get you going and you’ll find enjoyable. The most demoralizing experience is to purchase equipment that just gathers dust and takes up valuable space and funds. With this in mind, consider each of the items listed as suggestions. Think about how they will relate to the workouts you will complete at home. This entire setup should be easily storable in an apartment and cost less than a few months gym membership. 

Yoga mat ($10 – $30)

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A yoga mat or two are essentials for the home gym, not only will they be useful for follow along yoga sessions but will also act to protect your floor if you are lifting and moving around weights. 

Resistance band set ($8 – $35)

Resistance bands take up a tiny amount of space and can be used for a huge variety of different workouts, while also being low impact. Having a set of different lengths and resistance weights is a great way to maximize the variety of workouts possible.

Exercise ball ($15 – $30)

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An exercise ball is great for core and stabilization workouts. They do tend to take up quite a bit of space so, if that’s an issue, you can look at getting a slightly more expensive ($20 – $50), but much smaller, half ball/ balance ball.

Doorway pull up bar ($15 – $30)

The doorway pull-up bar is a classic piece of home gym equipment that, if necessary, can be stored away when not in use. 

Gliding disks ($10 – $25)

Gliding disks are a great tool for stabilization and core workouts, they help to work muscles that aren’t traditionally activated.

Pro Tip – Make sure you get the right kind, as some are suitable for hardwood floors whilst others are designed for carpeted areas!

Dumbbell set ($35 – $90)

Dumbbell sets are great for a variety of exercises but if saving space is a high priority, resistance bands can be substituted in most situations. 

Ab Roller Wheel ($12 – $30)

A strong core has a great number of benefits for everyday living outside of Bumble profile pictures! An ab roller wheel is a fun and effective way to ensure that you have a strong core. 

Foam roller ($8 – $30)

In order to reduce soreness after a heavy workout it’s always a good idea to roll your muscles out afterwards! Foam rollers are easy to use and come in many varieties. For a deep muscle roll out, ensure that you purchase one with handles which will help to provide maximum pressure as your roll. 

Youtube fitness channels ($FREE)

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To keep your workouts varied and intense, it is key (and free!) to be subscribed to a good selection of youtube workout channels. Check out POPSUGAR Fitness, Yoga With Adriene, Fitness Blender and other top channels on our Top 10 Youtube Workout Channels article. 

Mid-Budget home gym setup ($944 – $1849)

If you have a bit more space and money set aside for creating your home gym, then the following setup will provide you with great variety and quality of exercises at a reasonable price. At around $1000 this setup should cost you less than an annual gym membership.  

Kettlebell set ($40 – $80)

Kettlebell workouts train strength in motion, they are great for strengthening your core and improving your balance. A set is recommended as some exercises are more suited for lighter weights whilst others require heavier ones. 

Olympic barbell + clips + Weight plates ($300 – $800)

The barbell and plate combo can be used for squats, deadlifts, bench pressing and more. These traditional weight lifting workouts are great for anyone looking to bulk up and increase their maximum numbers. 

Adjustable bench ($40 – $80)

The bench is a great accompaniment for dumbbells and weighted barbells, allowing for a wide variety of free weight workouts as well as bench pressing. 

Squat rack + pull up bar ($130 – $200)

Squats are a great way to build up stability and leg/glute muscles. If you have the space for it, a squat rack and pull up bar combo are a great addition to any home gym. 

Foam flooring (36 SQ. FT $45 – $70)

Foam flooring is an essential element for a good home gym. It will not only protect your floors but also provide some cushioning for your joints and reduce noise complaints from downstairs neighbors. 

Adjustable dumbbells ($70 – $150)

Adjustable dumbbells are a great space saving solution that allow you to work with a variety of free weights without the necessity of a large rack to keep them organized. 

Medicine ball set ($90 – $140)

Another set of tools great for working your abs and lower back.  Medicine balls are fun to throw around and provide great core workouts. These are not recommended if you live in an apartment with downstairs neighbors.  

Battle ropes ($50 – $80)

Battle ropes provide an intense workout that will leave your arms and shoulders burning. These are a great tool to incorporate if you are looking to do circuit training in your home gym. 

Standing / Wall mirror ($80 – $150)

A mirror is great for checking your form. Ensure that you are holding yourself accountable to the full range of your movements. 

Chromecast + Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor + ClassPass Live ($99/ Year)

If you want the studio experience in your home then ClassPass live is a great option. Bundled with the heart rate monitor provided in the starter kit you can track your workload and progress as you follow along with the interactive live sessions. 

High-Budget home gym setup ($40,808 – $43,658)

If you have a garage or a large room that you are looking to kit out with the latest and greatest home exercise equipment then this next setup will be the perfect fit for you! If you can’t stay motivated with this awesome gear, then there is nothing that will get you active at home. 

Peloton bike ($2,245 + $39/ month)

This high tech stationary spin bike comes with a subscription to live instructor led classes. The 22-inch screen mounted to the bike is your portal to the studio spin class from the comfort of your home gym. 

Technogym Skillmill Connect ($9,740)

This high tech curved non-motorized treadmill provides a much more realistic running experience than a traditional motor powered treadmill. With the connect package you will have access to live performance data to track your progress and compare to others. 

Water rowing machine ($1000 – $2500)

When performed with the correct technique, rowing can be a great full body exercise. Enjoy the sound of water displacement as you pull through the water rowing machine as if you were on the water. 

Multi gym ($800 – $2000)

An all in one multi gym can be great if you have the space for it! With adjustable pulleys, racks, bars and plates there are a huge variety of workouts you can achieve with a multi gym. 

Rubber gym floor ( 6FT x 4 FT $400)

High quality rubber non slip flooring is great for a high end home gym. The surface will provide good grip as well as protection for your joints, floor and equipment.   

Bot Boxer ($24,900)

This high tech punching bag uses cameras to evade your punches. It comes with built in training sessions and is a fun, interactive way to train your cardio and hand eye coordination. 

Mirror LCD interactive home gym ($1495 + $39/month)

This high tech mirror allows you to project coach led workout sessions that you follow along with by matching your movements to theirs in the mirror. As part of the monthly subscription you have access to a variety of classes include cardio, strength, yoga, barre, Pilates, boxing and HIIT.

Athletes massage gun ($150 – $300)

A sports massage gun is a perfect tool for effortlessly reducing swelling and soreness after an intense workout. A good gun comes with a variety of settings and massage heads. This allows you to target a wide range of muscles and tight areas. 

Hopefully these setups will provide you with some inspiration for your own home gym. Remember to think through the exercises you like doing and match the equipment you get to those exercises! 

How To Create Your Own Home Gym

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  • Tiger came into my life one month before I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to rest so much in the early days when I had her. I would get tired and have to sleep or lay down for most of the day leading up to my surgery.

On surgery day, I was terrified. I thought I wouldn’t wake up. So on the surgery room table, before I could feel the anesthesia, I told the surgery team my “final” words, ‘Tell my mom and Tiger Lily I love them’. She was always my priority. Always my family.

When I eventually woke up the first thing I asked my mom is ‘Where is Tiger Lily? How is she?’ I was even trying to get my mom to sneak her into my hospital room but security stopped her. I couldn’t wait to have her in my lap.

I eventually got discharged from the hospital and I had to spend weeks on the sofa downstairs because I couldn’t make it to the bed on the second floor. So on a narrow sofa, Tiger and I slept together, all day. I felt so bad for her since she seemed so bored and she was only sleeping next to me because her mama was recovering.

I made little promises to her though, I would make it to the patio and sit down there for a few minutes so I could throw her toy with her (she would only play fetch with me). Then eventually I was able to take slow walks with her and sit down on a park bench while she played.

She helped me focus my energy on getting better for her. No one else could take care of her, like I could. I got stronger for her. Tiger Lily gave me purpose each day. Baby Tiger helped me heal.

Maybe this is part of why the pain is unbearable. We’ve been through so much, even in our short time together. The pain today feels just as excruciating and suffocating like it did a week ago. Praying tomorrow will be better. 💔
  • The story of how my baby Tiger Lily came into my life

March 2018 my family and I lost our family Pomchi, Puffy. She had been with us for 13 years. She was my parents baby and I was the fun sister that got to come hang with her.

When we lost her I felt an emptiness and wanted some doggy energy around. I thought fostering seemed interesting. It’s temporary. I’ll foster a dog for a couple days and then that’s it.

One day I scrolled and found Dogs Without Borders. I came across a little Tiger Lily. What a funny name, I thought. There was something about her that I was drawn to. I think it was the ears.

I was still nervous about it and didn’t know if I could handle it but one day I went out to dinner with friends and we were talking about it. There just happened to be Tiger hot sauce on the table and it said TRY ME. We laughed, I had never seen that type of sauce before! It was definitely a sign.

So I fostered her and I remember I kept her blocked off in an area of my house. There’s no way I was just letting her run free where ever she wanted to go.

Then I started seeing how scared she was. She would regularly shake; so confused as to where she was. ‘I’m a good girl why is my life like this’ she probably thought.  So I became more lenient so she could feel more at ease. I guess fine she could be on the sofa once in a while when I was around but only on her pillow. I guess fine she could be on my bed but only if she stayed on her side. Boundaries only really lasted a couple days. I’m weak.

Then after just less than a week, her former foster family wanted to adopt her. I had been thinking of adopting her but then thought it was better for her to go with them. They were a couple with other animals in the house so it felt like a fun, full home for Tiger to be in.

After just two days, the couple told me they changed their mind. If I didn’t want her then they’d end up returning her back to DWB. I was livid. Once you commit to adopting a baby, there is a no refund policy. Baby adoptions are not merchandise to exchange for another fit. I missed her and didn’t want Tiger to go through another transfer so I decided to adopt her myself. (contd in comments)
  • Rest in peace my love. My little baby Tiger Lily. I don’t know what happened. It was so sudden. You were fine on Friday! Maybe a little stomach upset on Saturday and then Sunday you could barely wag your tail when you saw me. I wish I noticed more signs so I could know how sick you were. Were you telling me something sooner and I didn’t know? You left me and my heart is not broken in half. My heart is completely shattered. I am so sorry for letting you down. I was trying to save you like you saved me. I tried to be the very best mama to you. I barely left you alone. I never wanted you to feel abandoned and lonely because that’s what you grew up knowing. (Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone I would sneak you into places you weren’t supposed to be in.) I always played with you (Stay. Stay. Find it!) I always bought you the best food - nothing but organic, all natural, and premium quality for my baby! I remember I would be so tired sometimes but I’d go out to Whole Foods to buy you steak just as a treat for being you. I wanted you to know how loved and OBSESSED I was all the time. I know you were obsessed with me too. Your grandparents would always call you “piece of gum on mom’s shoe” because you were just stuck to me like glue! You always had to be touching me, no matter what. If you didn’t see me in eyesight you would panic!

When I first got you I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would you like me? Would you be a lot of work? I could not have asked for a more perfect baby. You always listened to your mama, except for when it was bed time and you insisted on taking my side of the bed. I always pretended to be annoyed but what did I tell you every night? I said ‘Little baby Tiger Lily I love you, you’re the very best girl. I’m going to see you tomorrow and I hope you dream about all the yummy treats we’re going to eat’. Sweet baby, you were so strong. You struggled all day yesterday and when the doctor said there’s not much hope I took you home so you could be comfortable. You were so brave to be strong enough to be in the car in my arms and to make it all the way home. I didn’t let you go and you took your last breath in my arms. Snuggled with all your blankies. (contd)
  • 💔EMERGENCY: Is anyone a vet or a homeopathic animal doctor? Tigers condition has worsened over night. Doctors don’t know what the cause is, they’ve thrown out words like sepsis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, anaphylaxis, they just don’t know.

Facts: Swollen gallbladder, low body temp, stomach is fluid filled, slight water in lungs, now in an oxygen cage... - doctor says her stomach and gastrointestinal system is not working. I don’t know what to do. Maybe another opinion or doctor would know. I have a copy of blood results to help.

Please forward to anyone who might have another opinion. My heart hurts I can’t breathe and I need to save her like she saved me. 💔🙏
  • Currently at the emergency animal hospital where I had to admit Tiger Lily for overnight observation and testing. She had been feeling ill since yesterday. Little stomach upsets usually go away quickly but today she started also having slow reactions, not blinking and experiencing heavy breathing. The vet said she is “pretty sick” with low blood pressure. She may have pancreatitis or some type of gastric complication.

Pancreatitis is what my 13 year old family dog, Puffy, passed away from back in 2018. So to hear that Tiger Lily may have this... 💔 Pray for Tiger please. Anyone that knows me even a little knows exactly how much she means to me and I just can’t have her be sick because I need her. ❤️
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Today on the blog I’m breaking down an easy approach to changing mindset around food choices. 🥑 #intuitiveeating #eatingwell #allfoodsfit #healthyliving
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This isn’t the typical content I generally write about but I think it’s important to make a difference in some way. As much of a health advocate as I am, I’m really an advocate for change; change for the better. We are all capable of so much and collectively the possibilities for positive change in our communities are limitless. But change comes when there is action behind it.

I’ve been politically active for years. I’ve traveled, canvassed, phone banked, fundraised for the candidates/issues I support. It’s tough, invigorating, gratifying, and eye-opening all in one.

Rather than speak about partisan politics (there’s enough of that out there) – I wanted to give a PSA to remember to register to vote! Your voice can make a difference when you show up for yourself and for others. I listed a state by state breakdown with voter registration deadlines up on the blog today. I encourage you to check it out. ❤️#bethechange #advocacy #registertovote #positiveimpact
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We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve but it’s just going to be that much more difficult to reach them if you don’t have your health! 🙏 I wrote a blog post on how often you should be seeing your doctor as a general guideline to help you. Remember to feel empowered to ask questions, listen to your intuition and get a second opinion if you need it!

Set aside half an hour today to track down phone numbers, check your calendar, and schedule those appointments.

This year, I want us all to not just survive but to THRIVE. 💕🙌
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  • I hope everyone had the best January 1! Tradition in my family is to make homemade Korean potstickers/dumplings and put them in a rice cake soup, so I spent all afternoon making these with my mom ☺️ Do you have any traditions? #떡국 #떡만두국 #familytradition #happynewyear
  • 2019 - You’ve come with a lot of deep emotions. I found myself struggling with my mental health more than ever before. I was more anxious, more triggered, more depressed. Things felt really messy and broken for a lot of the year.

But like with most things - I found a path toward healing and growth once I allowed myself space for reflection and exploration.

More 2019 reflections and a final giveaway for you, on the blog. ❤️
Thank you to everyone for the continued support throughout the year! Sending you all health, love, and growth as we approach a new year and new chapter! 🥳 #happynewyear #2019reflections

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