Working out at home is great. There’s no membership fees, no travelling to and from the gym, and no-one else using the equipment. If you have the money and space, it’s an awesome idea to buy some gym equipment and setup a killer home gym.
Here is my top 9 list of exercise equipment you should definitely buy for your home gym.
A skipping rope is something everyone should own, regardless of whether they own a home gym or not. They’re very cheap, costing between $20 and $30. Skipping is a fun form of cardio, and a great way to lose weight.
A barbell is another piece of equipment that there’s really no excuse not to have. They usually come as a package with weight plates ranging from 50-100kg, but if you buy the bar by itself it will probably set you back anywhere between $10 and $30. With the appropriate amount of weight on the bar, barbells can be used for all sorts of weight lifting exercises such as benchpress, squat, deadlift, overhead press, etc. All great lifts for building muscle and losing weight.
Just like the barbell, the dumbbell is an absolute must have for your home gym. They also usually come as a package with weights, and again, you can buy them without weights for about $10-30. You can use dumbbells for exercises such as rows, bicep curls, hammer curls, etc.
Starting to get a bit more expensive now. The treadmill is a great machine to have if you like jogging or walking, because it allows you to do just that, in the comfort of your own home gym. Depending on the brand, and if it’s new or used, a treadmill can cost anywhere between $200 and $2000 (or even higher). The treadmill I use cost me $600 and it was brand new, with a max speed of 18km/h. I’ve had it nearly 2 years and use it nearly everyday, and it’s still going strong, so paying anything more than $500-600 might be a bit unneccesary.
A chinup bar is a great tool to have if you want to build your shoulder/back/arm muscles. Try to get one with the added vertical and horizontal bars for doing dips, so then you can do dips. Brand new, one of these would cost between $150 and $300.
Pretty much required to do benchpress. These badboys make it possible to do a variety of other exercises, and depending on the brand you buy and if it’s new or used, cost anywhere between $150 and $1000. Oh yeah, benchpress is a good exercise for building muscle at your chest and arms.
Same as above, practically required to do squats. Squats are great for building muscle on your legs and butt. Like most of the equipment I’ve mentioned, depending on the brand and if it’s brand new or used, a squat rack can cost anywhere between $200 and $1200.
This one’s a lot of fun, you get to ride a bike without actually moving and pick your own speed/distance/all that good stuff. Most stationary bikes are also pretty damn small, so you can fit them in your room if you don’t have a home gym. The cheapest I’ve found is about $100 used and the most expensive was about $1800.
Not even certain that’s what they’re actually called, but they are the machines which seem to have a million different uses. The ones with the cables running everywhere and the crazy bars sticking out and all that jazz. If you know what you’re doing, they’re pretty awesome, but if you’re a beginner I wouldn’t necessarily recommend one. They can also be very pricey, the cheapest I found was about $600 and the most expensive was over $10,000.
Obviously it would be crazy to expect you to go out and buy all 9 of these, so here are the few that I would recommend getting first. For a beginner, with a limited budget, I’d say start with the skipping rope, barbell and dumbbells, and maybe the treadmill/stationary bike. They’d be more than enough to lose weight, partially because they completely cover cardio and weight training, but also because the majority of weight loss is achieved in the kitchen with what and how much you eat. For more about food and diet, and how it plays a massive role in weight loss, head here: Weight Loss Diets.