home gym

How to Set up a Home Gym

At the end of this post you will see a short tour of my home gym. If you recall, I established this back in summer of 2020 shortly after we moved into our new home. It was mostly due to the pandemic. Gyms were closed and I needed a place to continue my resistance training. Now that everything is reopened, I still remain a home workout girl. I’ve added quite a few pieces of equipment over these two years, too.

Before I share the inventory of my home gym, I want to point out that this is extreme. I am a personal trainer and workout nearly every day. I love to try new things and as I progress in my weight training I need new ways to impact muscle growth. So you will see a lot in my gym but by no means is this a requirement for anyone looking to workout at home or who is just starting out.

The Basic Home Gym

All you need is a pair of dumbbells to get started. Resistance bands come in handy, as well. That’s it! Super easy. Not expensive. As you progress you will want a barbell with weights. You may want a pull-up bar, too. You can do nearly everything with these pieces. And remember, body weight works, too! My beginner workout uses dumbbells and I have body weight options, as well.

My Home Gym Inventory

Below is a list of what you will see in the video that follows:

Squat rack
Hip thruster
Barbell pad
Bumper plates – 45s, 35s, 25s (2), 10s (2), 5s and 2.5s (2)
Bumper plate rack
EZ bar
1” plates – 5s (2) and 10s (3)
T bell
T Bar for landmine
Trap bar
Adjustable Dumbbells
Adjustable Kettlebell
10, 8, 5, 3 and 2 lb dumbbells (plus a single 1 lb)
10 and 8 lb kettlebells
Ankle weights (medium and light)
Stability ball
TRX suspension system
Resistance bands
Booty bands/resistance loops
Resistance bands with handles (makeshift cable system)
Ankle cuffs (two sets)
Liebert row
Mobility stick
Pull-up bar
Jump rope
Ab roller
Push up handles/bars
Monkey feet (for hamstring curls, leg extensions, and donkey kickbacks)
Nordic curl pad
Slam ball (8 lbs)
Yoga mats
Yoga mat sling (can be used for stretching)
Yoga block
Pilates balls
Foam roller
Wall mirrors
Freestanding mirror

There are many benefits to my home gym; here are a few:

  1. Long-term cost savings – It costs a lot to get started but I have added little by little over two years so it was a bit more manageable. Once you have all the equipment, though, you can save nearly $500 a year on a gym membership. This allows you to spend that money on more equipment or even personal training.
  2. You can workout when you want – You don’t have to take the time to drive to the gym or worry if it’s open. Just head to your space and get started!
  3. You can wear what you want – I often wear only a sport bra now and never have to worry!
  4. You can keep the temperature the way you need it – Often gyms are too hot or too cold. At home, you control the climate.
  5. You can fart in peace – protein farts are a thing, let’s face it. In a home gym, you don’t have to worry (provided you’re working out alone). Plus, if you need to pee you can do it more easily than if you were in a gym.

I never considered a home gym prior to a few years ago. I loved going to the gym and seeing the same faces and being in the environment. But, after establishing my own space and routine, I can’t imagine ever going back. I may some day but for now with my busy lifestyle this is perfect. If you want any more details on where I got any of my equipment, shoot me a message. I’m happy to help you set up your own home gym haven.

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