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How to Build a Home Gym on the Cheap

You really only need a few essential pieces of equipment to build a home gym. We suggest the following, pretty much regardless of your goal; whether you’re looking to lose weight or gain muscle, you can see success using these items:

  • Olympic barbell
  • Squat rack with a pull-up bar
  • Weight plates (rubber or iron depending on your budget)
  • Flat bench
  • Jump rope

Below we break down our specific brand/product recommendations that meet this requirement for being both quality-made and budget-friendly:

Olympic Barbell

Olympic Barbell Home Gym

The Olympic barbell is the piece of equipment that we recommend being the highest quality piece of equipment in your home gym. You will likely use the barbell more than any other piece of equipment, and there are big differences, both in the performance and durability, between a high-quality barbell and the cheap rods of steel that some manufacturers label as barbells.

Squat Rack with a Pull-Up Bar Attached

Squat Rack with pull up bar home gym

The squat rack is the centerpiece of nearly every home gym. It’s the place where you’ll squat, press, do pull-ups, and a myriad of other exercises. A good squat rack will allow you to feel safe during use, lasts an extremely long time, and, as your bank account increases, will offer various attachments to increase its versatility. Thankfully, most squat racks on the market today can handle whatever weight you can lift now, plus whatever you plan on lifting in the future. Because of this, we don’t feel the need to recommend as high a level of quality as we do for a barbell.

Weight Plates

Since you now have a barbell and a place to hang the barbell. It’s only logical that you buy things to hang on the barbell.

If you plan to do any Olympic lifts like the snatch or clean and jerk, then we suggest getting bumper plates. Bumper plates can get expensive quick, so we suggest buying just enough to meet your needs for the Olympic lifts and having iron plates for the rest.

Flat Bench

Flat Bench

Although most people associate a flat bench solely with the bench press, with enough creativity, it can actually end up being a very versatile piece of equipment. I’ve used my flat bench for everything from box squats, box jumps, rows, split squats, and more. A quality flat bench will provide a solid platform, be about 17” from the ground, and have a firm foam pad.

Jump Rope

Jump Rope

The last piece of equipment we’d recommend for those looking to start a budget home gym is a jump rope. A jump rope is a killer conditioning and coordination device. The simple jump rope will provide you with a way to warm up and increase your stamina and endurance.

You can begin expanding your gear selection by adding things. You may also want to grab a couple horse stall mats from supply store to protect your foundation.

Start with the essentials, and then set a goal, such as working out four days a week. Once you achieve this goal, reward yourself with a new equipment purchase. This increases the likelihood of you completing the goal and a reward that will motivate you to keep up.

We are sure that you buy these items right on amazon, Or hit up any of near equipment store.

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