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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym in 2021

Make the gym of your dreams in your garage, basement, or even your bedroom.

Building a home gym appears to be the latest craze, especially in this COVID situation. Not only that, but the range of do-it-yourself projects on Instagram and Pinterest is tempting!

Do you want to begin building your own home gym? You’ve arrived at the right place.

We’ll walk you through everything from designing the ideal home workout room to locating the best affordable home gym equipment for your specific needs.

Building a gym on your own always sounds exciting but now here comes the big question; how much money should I spend? what equipment should I buy? Where should I put it? What kind of space should I use? 

With help of this article, we are going to show you how to Make the gym of your dreams in your garage, basement, or even your bedroom.

The Principles

When designing a home gym, it’s a good idea to have a rough idea of what kind of equipment you’ll need to get a good workout.

You should aspire to have the right equipment to allow you to make as much progress at home as you would at the gym; otherwise, taking the gym to your home would be pointless!

Adjustable Bench 

While most people equate a flat bench with the bench press, it can really be a very flexible piece of equipment with a little imagination. we have done everything from box squats and box jumps to rows to break squats on my flat desk. A good flat bench would have a sturdy foam pad, a stable platform, and be around 17″ off the field.

If you’re serious about starting a home gym, you’ll need a bench to use for your dumbbells. We can’t think of a room where a bench wouldn’t work because it doesn’t have to be massive!

Skipping rope

For those who haven’t used a jump rope since grade school, this can be silly. Jumping rope is a perfect way to lose calories. To eat more calories than playing rope, you’d have to run an eight-minute mile. Calculate how many calories you’ll consume for a given workout using the WebMD Calorie Counter, which is dependent on your weight and exercise length. Research has shown that jumping rope can help you burn over 1,000 calories per hour.

Skipping ropes don’t have to cost much, and you can grab one for as little as $5.99 on Amazon


The barbell is the piece of equipment that we endorse as being of the best standard in your gym. The barbell would probably be used more than any other piece of equipment, and there are significant variations in performance and reliability between a high-quality barbell and the inexpensive steel rods marketed as barbells by some vendors.

Barbells can be costly, but there are some decent offers to be had online  

Amazon has a number of deals for beginners.

Pull-Up Bar with Squat rack

About every home gym has a squat rack as its centerpiece. It’s where you’ll squat, press, pull up, and do a variety of other workouts. A good squat rack will make you feel comfortable when using it, will last a long time, and will provide different accessories to expand its flexibility as your bank account grows.

The Cap Barbell Deluxe Power Rack is the best squat rack with pull up bar you can buy overall. It’s tall, heavy, and long-lasting, and it’s a great value for the money. It has resistance band pegs, can support 600 pounds, has safety racks and standard weight holds, and a sturdy pull-up rope.


It’s only natural that you buy stuff to put on the barbell now that you have a barbell and a place to hang it. Weight plates come in a variety of styles, colours, and materials, but for the most part, you’ll want to look for used iron Olympic plates on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, yard sales, and other similar sites.

Plates vary in price based on the weight required; the heavier the weight, the higher the cost. If you want to gain a lot of muscle, it’s also important to keep going beyond your personal best and increasing the weights you use, so keep that in mind

Kettlebell Suggestion.

We always recommend using two kettlebells: one heavy for spins, pulls, and squats, and the other smaller for higher reps or overhead practice.

One of our personal favorites is this little piece of machinery. They’re not just a better alternative to free weights (because they’re technically built to be used in a certain way), but they’re still somewhat affordable if you choose the right offer.

So as we have decided what equipment should we use. Now the question rises where to built it ?

It’s time to get started on the gym itself after you’ve determined which of the basics you want to use when building a home gym.

The reality is that a home gym will nearly always be accommodated. And if you only have a small amount of room, you can always build a space where you can work out almost as effectively as you do in a gym.

The Essentials equipment for a very small space would be:

  • Dumbbells (especially adjustable, take up less room)
  • Resistance bands
  • Exercise Mat 
  • Kettlebells 
  • Medicine balls 
  • Skipping rope 
  • Doorway pull-up bar 
  • Bench

When you combine all of this equipment (along with your bodyweight cardio workout plan), you have a highly successful home gym that will provide you with the same outcomes as going to the gym (unless you’re into full-blown bodybuilding).

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