Starting Your Own Home Gym

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by Caitlyn Miller

Yay, I’m so excited you’re thinking about starting your own home gym! I love my home gym and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! The best part about it is, it does not have to be expensive. Keep reading if you want to know how to create an affordable at home gym. 

Table of Contents

  1. Make A List
  2. Create A Budget
  3. Equipment Hunting 
  4. List Of The Equipment I Have 
  5. Extras
  6. Location 

Make A List

The most important part of this process is creating a list. Figure out what type of home gym you would like and the type of equipment you will need. My husband and I have a mix between a crossfit/powerlifting home gym. This basically means that we don’t need machines and are able to do everything with free weights. 

Create A Budget 

After you have made your list of the equipment you need, I highly suggest creating a budget. This will help stop you from throwing all your money around to create your at home gym. It will also motivate you to look at sales.

Equipment Hunting 

Yay! You’ve made your list and created a budget, which means you are ready to start looking. This is the exciting part! My husband and I found most of our equipment on Craigs List, Facebook Market Place, and discount fitness equipment stores in our area. We also looked out for sales at Dicks Sporting Goods (best time to look is around the Holidays). 

List Of The Equipment I Have

If you are having a hard time thinking of what equipment you will need, here is a list of all the equipment I have:

Free weights – I have about 2 sets of each weight (ex: 4 plates of 45lbs)


Lifting rack

Bars – I have 2 bars and this works perfectly for my husband and I (+ our 2 friends that workout with us)

Mats – These are very important as to not damage your floors

Rack to hold our weights/dumbbells

Cycling Bike



Resistant Bands  

Glute Ham 

Pull Up

Power Tower – Consist of Pull Up bar and Tricep Dip bar


Curling bar 

Hack Squat Bar



Depending on what type of gym you are creating, you might need extra materials/equipment. For example, since my husband and I lift heavy often, we need chalk. We also have ab rollers, foam rollers. Some other extra features to think of are fans or heaters, depending on where you live. I have a fan due to how hot Georgia is in the summer. Also, a big extra feature is a music speaker. My husband and I have a basic outdoor speaker, but it works great and can get super loud! 


I highly suggest making sure that all the equipment you plan on getting fits your location. The last thing you want to happen is not have enough room for all your equipment. Another big part of owning a home gym is keeping your gym area clean. My gym is in garage and I use a leaf blower to clean out the gym weekly. If you plan on having your gym in your garage, I highly suggest obtaining a leaf blower! The clean up time is so much quicker! 

Let me know how your home gym hunting is going and if you have any extra equipment suggestions to me!

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