Home fitness equipment can be pretty expensive.

I mean, just take a look at this list of home excercise equipment on Amazon.

But before you start comparing gym membership fees, consider this…

If you don’t intend on doing excessive weight lifting but would like a total body workout, there is a whole selection of basic home gym equipment you can choose from that are extremely affordable…

…and EFFECTIVE.

But first things first…

…what’s your fitness goal?

Build muscle?

Lose weight?

Maybe just get toned?

You can do all of the above with just basic workout equipment.

  • Resistance Bands – These are great for strength training and what’s best about resistance bands are that you can take them with you anywhere. Saying you don’t have time isn’t really going to fly when you have these sitting in your bag.  You can read more about them here.  Best of all, they’re affordable!
  • Dumbbells – Dumbbells are great and can be very beneficial in strength training. Especially with the upper body.  If you can afford it, try to get adjustable dumbbells
  • Kettlebells – This is definitely a simple tool that uses ballistic movements to target the entire body. You can learn more about them in our post covering the best Kettlebells.
  • Stability Balls – Improve your stability and balance. Especially core stability.  You can reap the benefits of stability balls by engaging your core.
  • Pull Up Bars – My favorite is the Iron Gym Workout Bar. I can’t tell you how convenient it is to be able to just hang it up in the door jam and start doing some chin ups. You can also utilize this bar for pushups and dips.
  • Olympic Bar – If it were up to me, this would be the first thing I buy. Only because I love crossfit and there is so much you can do with this bar alone.  With just a few plates (weight), you can literally tackle all of the major muscle groups.

Basic Home Gym Equipment

Home Gym EquipmentProductDescription/Max WeightPrice
kettlebellCap Kettlebells 20 lbs.CAP Barbell Enamel Coated Cast Iron Kettlebell$$
exercise-ballExercise Stability Ball2000lbs Static Strength Exercise Stability Ball with Pump$$
Bowflex 552sAdjustable DumbbellsBowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells$$$
Pull Up BarIron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar$$
resistance-bands4Resistance BandsTheraBand Latex-Free Resistance Bands$$
Olympic BarsOlympic Barbells$$-$$$

Wonderful thing about fitness is that there are various methods and tools that can be used to achieve your results.

Whether it’s weight loss or muscle gain, the equipment are available but it’s just a matter of knowing which to use and determining which is most effective.

If you’re goal is to focus on cardio and weight reduction, then your requirements may be bit less.

In some cases all you may need are a pair of tennis shoes or one set of adjustable dumbbells and/or resistance bands coupled with a video program like P90x or Insanity.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for muscle development, you’ll need a bit more such as a bench, barbell and dumbbells, pull up bar, etc.

A little advice regarding the weight plates for your barbell and/or dumbbells.

Get cast iron weights as opposed to cement weights.

You’ll have to replace cement weights eventually but cast iron will last you virtually forever.

Regardless, whether you decide to purchase a home gym machine, cardio machine, or separate pieces of equipment, you’ll need more than just the equipment itself.

You’ll also need the proper flooring such as rubber mats to absorb and cushion the impact.

Tile, wood, and laminate flooring can get damaged rather easily and carpet isn’t thick enough and would just be an absolute pain to vacuum with all of the equipment in the way.

Invest in a mirror.

I don’t care who you are, when you start feeling/seeing the results, you’ll want to look at yourself during your routines so get a full length mirror.

Although debatable but some say another good investment would be a television set.

Probably not a good feature to have if you’re a serious lifter but it’s nice to have the game on or a show to watch in between sets.

It’s a definite must during your cardio workouts not to mention the fact that it makes the time fly.

Also consider your body weight for exercising.

You can perform pushups, dips, pullups, body squats and a few other exercises just using your body weight and a few pieces of furniture.  Use your imagination.

A basic home gym doesn’t have to cost you a paycheck.

There are so many affordable options.

Just be creative and take your time in building your home gym.

You’ll find that each piece of equipment can have multiple purposes so you’ll be able to avoid making additional purchases for specific exercises.

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