How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget

Everybody knows how important physical activity is. It’s excellent for our health – both physical and mental. And staying strong and healthy during the past year was extremely important because of the whole Coronavirus situation. Since everything was closed, many people started working out at home. Some had the luxury of having a home gym, and some had to improvise. If you belong to the other half – don’t despair! Yes, installing a home gym can be pretty expensive, however, it doesn’t necessarily need to be. That’s why we prepared an ultimate guide on how to build a home gym on a budget. So,  keep reading this article if you want to find out how to enjoy working out like a pro from the comfort of your home!

If you think building a home gym on a budget is impossible – don’t worry! There are a few tricks you can pull off.

Pick the workout space and measure its dimensions 

Before actually installing the home gym, you have to sit down and make a plan. First things first, think about your budget and how much you want to spend. Then, choose the part of your house you want to turn into a gym – a garage, a guest room, a corner in the living room, or something else. Next, declutter the room you want to use as a home gym and, more importantly, take the measurements of your workout space. This is a crucial step because the equipment you can buy depends on the dimensions of the gym space you can provide. For example, if you’re turning a small room into a gym, you won’t be able to purchase some of the bigger equipment. That’s why you have to prioritize some equipment over others. This leads us to the next step in the process…

Alt-tag: Equipment for building a home gym on a budget.

Establish your workout goals

If you want to build a home gym on a budget, you’ll have to think about your final fitness goal. Since you can’t splurge on all the fancy equipment, think about what kind of equipment you actually need for the results you want to achieve. For example, if you want to build muscles, buying dumbbells or a pull-up bar would be a reasonable purchase. On the other hand, if you wish to improve your endurance – purchase a treadmill.

Additionally, consider buying multifunctional pieces of equipment. This way, you’ll be able to practice different types of exercises on the same piece. So, whether you want to work on your strength, balance, or endurance, these few items will come in handy: jump rope, flat bench, pull-up bar, Olympic barbell…

Skip buying workout machines 

When it comes to workout machines, they can cost a lot of money. Unfortunately, many people think they can’t achieve their fitness goals without these machines. However, that’s not true. The only thing they add value to it’s the selling price of the house and not your final workout results. So, if you’re planning on building a home gym on a budget, consider skipping this kind of purchase.

You can do many exercises by using the above-mentioned equipment that is definitely budget-friendly. Additionally, machines take up a lot of space, so if you’re dealing with a small room, cross them off the list. Therefore, don’t despair if you don’t have enough money for machines – you’ll be just fine without them.

Affordable equipment you should consider 

As we already said, you don’t have to splurge on fancy equipment to achieve your fitness goals. You can do so by using some pretty basic equipment. And you can even make some items by yourself. So, let’s see what kind of equipment you should consider once you decide to build a home gym on a budget:

Cardio & Fitness

Different types of exercises require different types of equipment. And when it comes to cardio and fitness, you’ll need little to no equipment. This is excellent news if you’re building a home gym on a budget. So, here is a list of items you should purchase for this kind of workout:

  • Yoga mat: this is one of the must-haves if you’re doing fitness, especially yoga or pilates. It costs next to nothing – you can order it from Amazon for $18-$20. And chances are you already have a yoga mat at home.
  • Stability ball: the equivalent to multifunctionality in fitness. With this ball, you can do so many different types of exercises – from abs and glute to spine correction. As a plus, its price ranges from $15 to $50, so you don’t have to worry about hurting your budget.
  • Foam roller: one of the cheapest and most popular pieces of equipment nowadays. You can find it for $10, or you can use a DIY version you made out of a PVC pipe you found in your garage. Just roll a towel around it, and you’re good to go!
  • Ab wheel: this popular piece of equipment you can purchase for less than $20. They are excellent for strengthening your core and engaging a lot of muscles at the same time.

Of course, if you have more money, you can always buy a stationary bike. It’s a great substitution for a treadmill, and it costs less.

Fitness and cardio are very house-friendly exercises when it comes to installing a home gym.
Alt-tag: A woman and her dog sitting on a yoga mat.

Strenght & Muscles 

Exercises for building strength and muscle require equipment that can be pricey, but you can always find alternatives. Let’s see what items you can use at your home gym:

  • Set of dumbbells: you can find them in pretty much every home gym that’s built on a budget. You can get them for a fair price and come a long way using them. They are an excellent replacement for Olympic dumbbells you can find at the regular gym. Of course, if you can afford the Olympic ones and have enough space, why not buy them?
  • Resistance bands: if you have a very small home gym and not enough space for dumbbells, resistance bands are the way to go. You can do a bunch of exercises with them, and they give excellent results. As a plus, they are incredibly cheap and easy to find.
  • Sandbags: speaking of DIY equipment, this is something everybody can make. All you need is a little bit of sand or spare construction material and a duffel bag. And bam! – you have weight resistance appropriate equipment.
  • Pull-up bar: typically, their price varies from $15 to $20. Before purchasing a pull-up bar, make sure you have a solid door frame so it doesn’t break and you don’t get hurt once you start working out. Also, try to get one that you can use for both push-ups and triceps lifts.

Even strength and muscle workouts can be done with cheap equipment.
Alt-tag: Woman doing fitness with resistance bands at home.

How to transfer the equipment to your house?

After deciding what equipment you need for your home gym and purchasing it, you’ll need to transfer it to your home, especially if you decide to buy some bigger items and machines. So, if you want to transfer and set up the equipment trouble-free, it would be best to hire gym equipment movers. These professionals will not only safely transport the equipment to your house but also maneuver them and reassemble them. And in no time, you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks of your new home gym.

Final thoughts 

If you were wondering if it’s possible to build a home gym on a budget, now you know it definitely is! The best thing is you don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy workout machines to achieve all your fitness goals. Additionally, having a home gym will save you a lot of money you would spend on memberships, and you’ll have a healthier environment in your house. Amazing, right?

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By Mary Aspen Richardson