I’m a home gym guy. I like the home gym because it’s easily accessible, and I’m never lacking for motivation.
Scratch that, I’m always lacking motivation…to get in a car and drive somewhere that is. To step in my garage and stick a barbell in my hands or on my back I am rarely lacking motivation however. It’s challenging, and makes me feel like I accomplished something that day.
So, here are my recommendations for some starting equipment for the home gym. I didn’t buy these because they were the absolute best quality, I bought them because they were cheap, and effective.
- Cap Barbell Dumbbell Set - 40lbs is a good amount of starting weight, and these are adjustable. It takes a bit of time to adjust them, so that’s why I have 3 sets of these dumbbells
- Body Solid Standard Iron Weight Plates - A good way to add weight to #1
- Kettlebells, various sizes - These are great kettlebells. Cheap, quality, free shipping, who could ask for more?
- Rogue Fitness Mobility Packs - Great for mobilizing and stretching. A rumble roller + lacrosse balls + stretch bands are extremely helpful when trying to become more mobile. Featured on mobilitywod.com
- Valeo Ab-Wheel - While doing ab-exercises is a poor way to achieve “abs”, core strength is good to have for injury prevention. I was impressed by the quality of this wheel and it’s ability to destroy my core.
- Chin Up Bar – I don’t have a link here, because I built my own. You’re on your own here.
- Barbells – Picking the right barbell is important, and don’t skimp on cost. I say that but that’s exactly what I did and my barbell is still working for me. I’ve heard good things about the Texas Power Bar (~$300). This bar has good reviews, though I can’t personally speak to it’s quality.
- Olympic Weights - These are pretty crazy cheap, and walmart’s shipping wins out on this one. I have a bunch of these for bulk weight for when I need extra weight, but I primarily use this Pendlay Economy Set, and I have one pair of 45lb Rubber coated olympic plates that are pretty good quality, same diameter as the bumper plates but smaller thickness.
- Squat Stand / Power Cage – This is the one I use, though safety bars would be nice…. I just use a couple of saw horses. Probably not the safest but it works best for my space constraints. If you have the space, get a power rack
That’s the bulk of my fitness equipment, though you can easily just start out with a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells for really cheap (under $100).