Build the Ultimate Home Gym
As a former gym and training center owner I have been asked numerous times what I would put in a home gym.
Here is the list of equipment to build the ultimate home gym.
- Squat rack ($800 though I would have a local shop fabricate)
- Powerblocks 0-90 lbs ($1300)
- 3-6 Kettlebells 10 lb, 20 lb, 40 lb something like this... one of each weight or a pair of each. ($350)
- 1 Olympic Bar with 1 set of bumper plates 2 10 lb, 2 25 lb, 2 35 lb, 2 45 lb. All plates full olympic plate outside diameter (Bumper Bar Set $668)
- 1 Echo or Schwinn Air Dyne style Bike ($750)
- 1 Rower ($1200)
- 1 Erg Maybe? ($700)
- 1 Tractor Tire (donated by tractor dealer or implement company)
- 1 Sledge Hammer ($25)
- 3 Slam Balls 15 lb, 30 lb, 40 lb ($250)
- 1 Hex Bar or Trap style Bar ($100)
- 1 Land Mine with Handle ($130 though fab shop could make them)
- 1 each of 12" Box and 18" Box... though box jumps are NEVER allowed (can make these at home and if they are Line X’d they will last forever)
- 1 Adjustable Bench
- 2-4 ¾ inch thick barn stall mats ($30 each)
The prices listed above are for brand new.
Most of this equipment can be found used on Facebook marketplace or craigslist for a fraction of the price. As an example, I purchased a set of commercial Powerblocks from 5-90 lbs for $500.
I have the equipment listed above in my own home gym. It is the right equipment to get a quality workout at home.
Ray Binkowski is the former owner of a hybrid training gym, author (all of his titles are on Amazon), and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss.