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How To Arrange A Home Gym On A Budget

How To Arrange A Home Gym On A Budget

As a follow-up of one of my popular recent post – Best Workout Recovery Methods, I wanted to bring to your notice an easy and affordable way to start a home gym. I hope you like this article about How to Arrange a Home Gym On a Budget and find it useful to purchase the right equipment.

A home gym can be one of your greatest assets if you build it right. Working out from the comfort of your own home is a great way to commit to the habit. No monthly membership payments. You could work out at any time. No waiting for a certain machine to be open or having to clean someone else’s sweat off of it. It’s also a great place for kids to hang out and for you to teach them proper ways to use the equipment. It can be expensive, however, so here’s some ways to organise one without breaking the bank.

Where To Put Your Home Gym

First off, you need an empty room to build your home gym. It doesn’t need to be too large, but enough to fit a mirror, stereo, and some equipment. You’re going to want a door to block out any distractions that may occur.

If you don’t have a dedicated room, your living room could work if you have a space to move equipment once finished. But, it’s highly recommended to find a dedicated space. Otherwise, you may find yourself getting distracted often.

What To Put In Your Home Gym

Once you’ve found a room, you need to fill it with equipment! Finding some for cheap will require a little searching, but it’s very doable. Places like Craigslist will be your best friend. If that seems sketchy, check locally at places like Goodwill for your gear. You’re bound to find a deal, eventually.

Dumbbells ($30-$150)

Dumbbells are a basic, yet essential, part of any gym. Many workouts require them, and they can be found pretty cheap at any secondhand store. The higher the weight – the higher the price. Storage is cheap as well, but they will be perfectly fine if left on the floor.

Exercise Mat ($15-$30)

An exercise mat is your little space for doing core exercises as well as upper body and leg ones. Even if you have carpet, you’ll find that doing workouts on it will not feel very good. Even if you have to splurge a little, be sure to include this in your initial purchasing.

Resistance Bands ($10-$20)

Resistance Bands can be utilized almost anywhere. Having them allows you a wide variety of workouts such as chest, lower body, and arms. These are a cheap find and you won’t regret including them in your home gym.

Pull-Up Bar ($15-$20)

If you’re into working out, chances are high you already own a pull-up bar. If not, these are another easy second-hand find. All you need is a door frame to hang it on. Pull-up bars can also be used as a support for pushups, making it easier on your wrists than a flat surface.

Ping Pong Table ($40-$300)

Cardio is an important part of any workout routine. However, getting a treadmill or a stair stepper for your home gym may overstretch your budget a bit. A ping pong table (as well as  the best  ping  pong paddles and table tennis equipment) is much cheaper and will fulfill any cardio needs if you play it regularly. You don’t even need another person to play. You can just set up one side and leave the other vertical to act as a wall.

You will have to do a little digging to find one cheap. Most amazon listings are $300+, but a quick Craigslist search or TheTwinSpin blog leads me to some as low as $40.

Optional Equipment

While the aforementioned equipment is some of the most crucial parts of a home gym, here are a few more pieces to add if you have a bit more to spend.

Jump Rope ($5-$10)

Jumping rope is another cardio workout. It’s a cheap find – you probably already own one somewhere – and a decent warm up before a workout.

Stability Ball ($7-$30)

Stability balls are good for core exercises. It enhances ones you already do like crunches or squats, but it doesn’t really bring anything new to your workout. Definitely not necessary, but a nice addition if you have the budget. These can run pretty cheap but get more expensive the bigger the size.

Step ($20)

A step is for more of an aerobic workout, but it’s a great cool down after your workout. As you can probably imagine, any workouts with a step can be done on a real staircase, but if you have the budget, you won’t have to leave your home gym to do so.

Treadmill ($100-$1000+)

A treadmill seems like a standard option in any home gym, right? Well, it may be hard to find one on a budget. These machines aren’t cheap. You may get lucky and find a deal, but that isn’t always the case. If you have the extra dough, it’s definitely worth an investment.

Maintaining Your Equipment

Once you have your equipment set up, you’ll want to get started right away. It’s easy to finish a workout and just leave to shower, but if you want your gear to last it’s important to keep it in good condition.

Don’t let it get dusty. Consistently wipe your equipment with detergent to get rid of any dust or grime. If any cables start tearing up, be sure to replace them ASAP for your own safety. Just do an overall check-up on equipment often. Treat it like you would a car.

For Ping Pong, this goes for the paddles and ball as well as the table. Detergent can be used on paddles. So can a toothbrush, a sponge, the vapour from your mouth, and more. The table requires a cloth soaked in an even mix of water and vinegar. Simply rub it down and dry it with a second cloth.

As long as you regularly maintain your home gym equipment, it will last you a long time, saving you money and stress.

What You’re Saving

Most home gyms will cost around a thousand minimum when buying name brand. With a little searching, you can find these materials for under two-hundred. Around five hundred including the optional equipment. Not bad for an investment in yourself.

Even A Budget Home Gym Can Be Great

A home gym is a great way to stay committed to working out. You have full control over what goes in and when you want to use it. It saves you from a monthly gym membership, you don’t have to worry about breakage if you treat your equipment right, and you could even teach your kids from the comfort of home. With a little research, you can find all this equipment and start building your own.

About the author

Praveen Rajarao

Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website – and His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.


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  • A home gym can be the most cost effective way in the long run to stay in shape, the only issue is the motivation factor for people to train at home without anyone. I know I have been there!!

  • A Fantastic guide regarding home gym and fitness stuff. I found it useful for all.

    Hey, I wrote an article regarding Top 10 Best Home Gym.

    Let me know in the comments if you found it helpful

  • I have had very adequate home gym in the last two houses I’ve owned over the last 30 years courtesy of each having an adequate cellar. I have found that a multi gym has been very successful and well used.

  • I was finally able to set up my home gym, than my teenager has seem to take over. Still love having my personal gym where I can train at any time.

  • I really appreciate your idea. Building gym is cost effective and it really save your time but thing is that you get more motivation in gym when you see other people around you doing the same.You try to do more than other people. i had helped my friend to setup home gym but inventory moving was high. Somehow i managed to move all the inventory from shop to my friend house in less cost by hiring warnersvanlines.

  • Great post! I would add some other things like some barbell weights, kettlebell weights to help exercise my legs. I would definitely have the floor mat as working on my core is vital as well.

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  • Thanks for the tips! I have a set of dumbells and a pull up bar in my house, but the thing is, there are times that I’m too lazy to use them. Hope you can post something about motivation.

  • As part of running program i do some weights work and reading your post has allowed me to see some new options i originally overlooked that i can add to my home GYm. Thank you the info

  • Hi,
    Very informative post. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. Clearly explained how to manage a home gym on a tight budget. Really gonna help me.
    – Jaton Thakur

  • Arranging gym at home is very difficult, one should go out and attend gym so that it can easily become a part of your routine and you need to dedicate sometime for it. Home gym can be feasible for those who have been doing exercise for long time and now try to spend sometime for their body at home as well.

  • Hi Praveen ,
    A home gym is best for everyone, if they can afford it. The advantage is that they can use it at their own convenient time. However, if a person is staying in a metro on rent, its tough to transfer all the equipment from the old house to the new one.

  • I love this article. Its right up my ally. I workout religiously. When Im training people I always tell them to stick to the basics, i.e barbells, dumbbells, bands, and little cardio and thats all you need. I prefer a gym but, you can get as much done at home; if not more. Do your workouts on a hard surface like hardwoods, tiles or concrete. This way you can keep your feet flat on the ground. That will be ideal especially once you are holding onto weight. You dont need to have you foundation moving around while lifting. Keep it stable.

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  • Thanks for your post. Arrange a home gym is a really good way to help the people who are busy working. Sometimes, it’s too tired to go out to the gym after work.

  • I wanted to share with you something I created – the Home & Travel WOD Generator.

    It’s a free web page that will randomly provide one of hundreds of no-gym, no-equipment hotel and home friendly workouts. It also has a built-in timing function for Tabata, AMRAP, EMOM, or a plain stopwatch. It includes many classic CrossFit bodyweight WODs.

    It can be found at the link in my profile.

    This is a great tool you can provide to your members during the upcoming busy fall months – for those that may be on vacation, traveling for the holidays, or otherwise unable to make it to class. The web page is free, and will always be free – no ads, no pop-ups, no ask for an email address.

    If you think this would be of use for your members, would you consider sharing on Facebook or Twitter, posting a link on your WOD blog, or maybe in any “resources” pages you may have?

    Thanks in advance,


  • A great post. I would like to say that you should not only focus on equipment but on workout as well. For example, there are many exercises that you can do without buying heavy equipment like chest presses, pullups, crunches, and abs workout.

  • Thanks for your post. Arrange a home gym is a really good way to help the people who are busy working. Sometimes, it’s too tired to go out to the gym after work.

  • Thanks for all the great tips. Nowadays, I don’t have enough time to do the exercise and stuff because of my job and some other activities with my kids. I would love to try your tips especially by being flexible with my time. Will surely find a way to apply your tips.

  • A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

  • Hey Praveen, what’s up?

    Set up a gym on a budget, not an easy task. Lots of facts come in a light why someone tries to do this. But in your article, you did a great job. You gather all the necessary information in a single article. Wow !!!

    Take a huge appreciation for your work …

  • Very good informative post. I think these will grow our interest to build a mini Gym at home at low cost. Thanks for your sharing.

  • Dear Praveen Rajarao
    Many many thanks for sharing nice content. I’m looking for such a guide to setup home gym at budget price. You can extend your content with best squat rack to full fill a home gym. As a gym lover I have read this content before.


  • Hello Praveen ,
    Thanks for sharing great information. I’m looking for such a guide to setup gym at my budget price.
    Keep it up Mate.

  • Great info. As previously mentioned, most gym like 24 Hr Fitness are reasonable these days, but I enjoy having a great home option for those days I have no desire to leave the house.

  • I really value your thoughts. Creating a practice center is effective, and it really does waste your time, but the thing is you get more inspiration at the REC Center when you see others around you doing the same. You try to earn more than others. I helped my partner set up a home practice center, but the stock movement was high. One way or another, I realized how to transfer all the stock at a low cost to my co-worker’s house by contract.

  • I think training can be a good idea for a lot of people. Not so many excuses. And there can be a good result with minimal time. When I started training, I had less equipment than you listed). Thank you for sharing this post.

  • Best ab workouts – Core exercises & Abs Workout

    How do you train to get six-pack abs? You can do it with long and complicated training, like many people do, but in my apps, the best ab workout is the one you’ll do over and over again.

  • I really value your thoughts but I think training can be a good idea for a lot of people. Not so many excuses. And there can be a good result with minimal time.

  • Love the suggestion for building home gym. Well one of the most effective home gym material for abs is to buy an ab wheel. An ab wheel will help you to support your spines while you are training for abs workouts.I think this can be a good idea. You can try!!!!

  • We have written a detailed guide on how to choose the best treadmill for your home. We have also suggested some of the Top Treadmill in the market which you can buy as per your needs and budget.

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