April 9, 2024

Build a Home Gym on a Budget

Build a gym that works for you, without breaking the bank.

Building a home gym can seem like an overwhelming and expensive feat, but it doesn’t have to be! Sprinkle in some creativity alongside some self-reflection and planning, and you can create a space that fits your fitness needs. Here are three tips to build a home gym on a budget.

1.    Start with a budget:

First, and most importantly, set your budget and be honest with yourself on spending limits. Projects like this should not disrupt your financial goals. From here, you can pick pieces that work best for your workouts, as well as your wallet. Whether you have $100 or $1000, there are options for you.

A tip to help with this — prioritize secondhand items. Before buying from a retailer, see what you can check off your list from places like Facebook Marketplace, eBay or resale shops. If you have friends or colleagues who go to fitness studios or gyms, ask them to let you know when those places decide to replace their equipment.

Bonus tip: Be sure to factor in the price of workout apps or programs you purchase to support you in your fitness journey!

2.    Space:

The next piece of prep is to envision what area of the house you will be using. Garage? Bedroom? Basement? Bonus room? Identify the space you will be using for your gym and then start evaluating:

What type of flooring does it have? How is the insulation? Are there closets and shelves? This will help determine if you need thicker flooring, a fan or space heater, or room to store your equipment.

If you don’t have an entire room you can dedicate to a gym, like switching up where you work out or like getting outdoors, that’s not a problem. Instead, focus on how you will store and transport your materials. Consider a bin or laundry basket so you can take them with you to your workout space.

Another tip is to use vertical space to your benefit. Use wall-mounted shelves or storage racks to keep your equipment organized and out of the way.

3.    Workout style:

Now that you have your budget and space in mind, think about what style of workouts you enjoy doing, and what equipment you use during those sessions. Start adding those items to your list.

For example, if you are drawn to strength-based workouts, adjustable dumbbells, resistance bands and medicine balls may be at the top of your list. For cardio-based or high-intensity style workouts you may prioritize a mat, more space to move, battle ropes, lighter dumbbells, jump rope or a piece of equipment such as an indoor bike or treadmill.

If your budget doesn’t allow for much equipment, or you are not interested in buying these items, you can lean on bodyweight exercises to give yourself a great workout! The most important concept of a home gym is ensuring it works for you — both in terms of budget and workout style.

Let’s get to work!

Wait, Kelsey! What if I have crafted the perfect space but don’t know where to start? Maybe you are used to an instructor-led class, or you are used to working out with a friend who told you what exercises to do. There are plenty of workout templates online to guide you through your workout! I have listed some of my favorites below.

If you come across an exercise that is too advanced or uncomfortable for you, make sure to explore modifications. Workouts are meant to make our bodies feel powerful, not painful!

 

Remember, building a home gym may seem challenging at first, but with some planning you can build a space that works for you. And best of all, it doesn’t have to break the bank.

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