Having a home gym is certainly convenient, but it takes time and money to build. Here’s a list of my favorite home gym items to get you started!
Building Your Home Gym
I had several questions on Instagram that prompted this post. Many of you see my workout posts which give you glimpses into our home garage gym. Accordingly, here is a list of must-haves, and how we prioritized purchases.
Scour Craigslist, local gyms, and CrossFit boxes for gently used ones. That’s how we got our start. Our set of plates includes 2 x 10 lbs, 2 x 25 lbs, and 2 x 45 lbs.
Resistance training is the truly the way to change your physique. No amount of cardio will put on lean muscle while shedding body fat (but that’s another post).
Skip the treadmill, and go for a rowing machine. It will use more muscles, takes up less space, and requires less maintenance. If you think sitting down makes a workout easier, you have never tried rowing!
Concept indoor rowing machines can be pricey initially (around $1000), but look for gently used, and know it’s a worthy investment.
These items can be added as your budget or gym space allows. They are nice additions to have to incorporate variable training in your workout routine.
Kettlebells are by far my favorite gym accessory! There are so many movements you can do with them. Our set includes 25 lbs, 35 lbs, and 50 lbs. I’m actually looking to add a 25 lbs one, so I can do clean & press and front squats with 2.
2. Plyo Box
We purchased this plyometric box because it offers three different heights for box jumps at 20 in., 24 in., and 30 in.
3. Pull-up Bar
This was another item we purchased, because we perform lots of CrossFit WODs. Our bar is a Stud pull-up bar.
4. Jump Rope & Resistance Bands
I’m an ambassador for HumanX, so I was given these items for working on a project with the company: a speed rope, Abx mat, and set of resistance bands.
5. More Fitness Items!
Again, as your space and budget allows, these items are fun additions to vary your workouts.
- Muscle ropes – I have the Lightning model
- Yoga Mat – mine is actually machine washable!
- Ultimate Sandbag – you can vary the weight by adjusting the amount of sand
- Medicine Ball – mine is a little over 10 lbs..
- Hex Dumbbells – if possible get rubber coated. I prefer the hex ones, so I can do renegade rows and plank variations without injuring my wrists.
We do have a few items on our wish list you may want to consider as well:
- Squat rack (we have to clean & jerk the weight for any squats, so that limits the amount weight we lift)
- Heavier dumbbells (+30 lbs)
- Additional barbell for a wider range of WODs
- Heater – winter workouts are COLD!!
What do you lust for in your home gym?