The Top 10 Must Haves in Home Gym Equipment

Tired of waiting your turn for the machines at the gym? With the right gym equipment, you can create a dynamic, affordable and safe workout from the comfort of your own home. We’re here to help you build the perfect home gym.
Updated Oct 8, 2020
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The Best Features to Look for When Buying Home Gym Equipment

  • Bodyweight Resistance Equipment

    Resistance training involves using some sort of opposing force to make your muscles contract and strengthen. Bodyweight resistance training involves using one’s own body weight as resistance, ultimately to increase strength and build muscle without being as strenuous on the joints like some other strength-building methods. This type of home gym equipment is typically budget-friendly and takes up very little space.

  • Weight Equipment

    Weight training is also a form of resistance training. We have chosen to separate the two here because there are some distinct and important differences and we see benefit in both. While weight training (like resistance training) causes catabolism (a breakdown of muscle fiber) and then anabolism (the repair and regrowth of muscle tissue), weight training is known to build more lean muscle mass. Increased lean muscle mass can give you more of a sculpted appearance. Weight equipment is typically a bit less budget-friendly than bodyweight resistance equipment and depending on whether you use free weights or machines, can require more space.

  • Cardio Equipment

    Love it or hate it, cardio is an important part of a thorough workout program and an equally important part of heart, lungs, and circulatory system health. Running, jogging, fast walking, high-intensity interval training, jumping rope, and rowing are just a few examples of cardiovascular exercises. These are exercises that get your heart rate elevated and give your whole body a workout. Cardio equipment for your home gym can be pricey but there are foldable machine options that can help you conserve space.

Factors You Should Consider Before Buying Home Gym Equipment

  • CostWhat is your home gym budget? Start crunching the numbers and determine how much you can reasonably spend on equipment and supplies. Equipment, depending on its function, can range from ten dollars to several thousand dollars. Determining your budget is the starting point for putting together your home gym.
  • SpaceHow many square feet of space do you have for your home gym? If you have 1000 square feet to work with, your options for equipment will be more vast than if you have 200 square feet. However, with all the compact gym equipment options available today, you can make either situation work, but you should be aware of your space needs before making your purchases.
  • Function What do you intend to achieve with your home gym equipment? Maybe you’ve already got your cardio needs covered and are only looking for weight lifting and bodyweight resistance training. Perhaps you’ve already got your bodyweight resistance equipment but want to add in some cardio. Before you make any purchases, determine what your individual needs and goals are. What do you intend to achieve with your home gym equipment?


The 10 Best Home Workout Equipment

  • Best Home Cardio Training Equipment

    Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

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    The Concept2 Model D can be put up or taken down with only eight simple screws. At 8 foot by 2 foot assembled measurement, it stores away at only 25 in x 33 in x 54 in! Aside from a space-friendly design, this row machine can challenge you to an intense cardiovascular workout. How intense? You decide!


    Stand-out features include

    • Controlled by air-resistance, this machine is very low noise
    • Wireless bluetooth capability
    • Comes with a free app and interactive online challenges
  • Best Home Resistance Training Equipment

    TRX GO Suspension Bodyweight Trainer

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    The TRX Go Suspension Bodyweight Trainer is portable and can be used to help you train at almost any location. It is designed with multiple anchors for training outdoors. The TRX Go Suspension Bodyweight Trainer can safely support up to 350 pounds and comes with a 1-year warranty.

    Stand-out features include

    • Multiple anchors for safe training outdoors
    • Can support up to 350 pounds
    • Comes with a 30-day trial for additional workouts
  • Best All-in-One Home Training Equipment

    Steelbody Strength Training Power Tower

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    What if you could hop on one single machine and get an intense upper body and core workout without ever leaving home? With the Steelbody Strength Training Power Tower you can do just that and not even break the bank! Between pull-ups, push-ups, and vertical knee raises using your own body weight, you will be beach-ready in no time. And while it is a super sturdy piece of equipment made from heavy-duty steel, it doesn’t take up much space making it perfect for a home gym.

    Stand-out features include

    • Durable steel construction that holds up to 300 lbs.
    • Includes multiple workout stations for various exercises
    • Adjustable handle bars to fit your needs
  • MVN Resistance Bands

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    These might look like average bands, but the MVN Resistance Bands take resistance training to a new level. At 100% latex, they are made to hold up through repetitive full-body workouts. The exercises printed on each band are an added bonus for beginners or for avid exercises who are interested in stepping up their game. The price is on point and you simply won’t find a more affordable and convenient low-impact full-body workout.

    Stand-out features include

    • Comes with four different bands and resistance levels
    • Each band has its own workout instructions showing the type of workouts you should start with at that resistance but you can add lots of new exercises depending on your needs
    • Anywhere you go, your bands can go too as they’ll easily fit in any bag or purse
  • Schwinn AD6 Airdyne

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    We love “the more you give, the more you get” design of this wind-resistant machine that lets you determine how intense your workout is. Holding up to 300 lbs, this bike is also 49.7” (L) x 25.7” (W) x 50.9”  (H) and is easily stowed away when needed thanks to its transport wheels. When using this machine, it is no surprise that Schwinn has been building bikes since 1895. They definitely knew what they were doing when they made the AD6 Airdyne!

    Stand-out features include

    • Wind-resistant and low noise
    • Includes a small fan, powered by the machine itself, to help keep you cool
    • Tracks daily distance, pulse, speedometer, trip time and calories burned
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The Bottom-Line on Home Gym Equipment

It is easy to get lost in the sea of home gym equipment options available to consumers today. However, we have narrowed them down for you in hopes to make your home gym building easier and more affordable. When making your own selections, don’t forget to consider your budget, your space and your personal fitness goals. 

Congratulations! You’ve now taken your first step to creating a healthier and fitter future! Now, let’s get to work!

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