Neato Ideas for a Home Gym in 2017 (A Definitive Guide) 6

Are you making the move towards health and maybe even a little weight loss in 2017? Not all that keen on paying monthly gym fees, though? Wondering what equipment is needed for a home gym? I’ve got some neato ideas for a home gym for you, including what is the absolute best equipment for a home gym.

neato Ideas for a home gym


Fitness Equipment for a Home Gym

It’s much more accessible than ever to build a home gym. It really boils down to desire, preference and budget.

For instance, you could get by with just a jump rope, yoga mat and a set of light, medium and heavy dumbbells for a home gym.

Benran Jump Rope Adjustable Speed Rope for Cardio Training (Black)Benran Jump Rope Adjustable Speed Rope for Cardio Training (Black)Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga MatSivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga MatAmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with StandAmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand


If your budget allows (and you have the space), you could always invest in some bigger ticket items. I get asked this a lot, “what is the best treadmill for a home gym“, as many peeps know I prefer working out at home. My answer is always, the one you will use. I quite like this one and it is middle of the road, cost-wise.

Proform 505 CST Treadmill (2014 Model)Proform 505 CST Treadmill (2014 Model)


Do I need weights for a home gym” you may be asking me. Well, it depends!

Do you like to lift weights?

I do! In fact, it’s my preferred form of workout. I can’t stand cardio!
(If you are like me in that department, check out The Daily Burn for a strictly weight training program.)

Some at-home workouts can be done using just your body weight, like yoga or pilates…or both (PiYo)!

Kathy Smith - Yoga SculptKathy Smith – Yoga SculptChalene Johnson - PiYoChalene Johnson – PiYoCassey Ho - Pop PilatesCassey Ho – Pop Pilates


Other Equipment Needed for a Home Gym

This is where it starts getting fun! Deciding what you need for a home gym really boils down to what kind of workouts you will be doing. I like to have an array of different equipment so:

  1. I don’t get bored
  2. I don’t have to wait to do a workout simply because I have to go out and purchase a piece of equipment

Over the years as my interests changed, I kept adding and adding to my home gym where I finally have it set the exact way I want with various balls and bands. You could even get a suspension trainer if TRX interests you!

Valeo MB4 4-Pound Medicine BallValeo MB4 4-Pound Medicine BallTRX Training - Suspension TrainerTRX Training – Suspension TrainerResistance Loop Bands - Set of 4Resistance Loop Bands – Set of 4


You could even go one step further (as I did) and get a weight bench with leg curl and a mini-gym system. You may not always use every piece of equipment all the time, but as your interests, abilities and endurance changes, you will be glad to have the variety.

(I have both the Home Gym and the Incline/Decline bench and if you are looking to take your training up a notch, these would make the perfect addition to your home gym!)

Marcy MKM-81010 Stack Home Gym, 200 lb.Marcy MKM-81010 Stack Home Gym, 200 lb.Cap Barbell Flat Weight BenchCap Barbell Flat Weight BenchIncline / Flat Exercise Free Weight Bench w/ Curl Bar / Leg ExtensionIncline / Flat Exercise Free Weight Bench w/ Curl Bar / Leg Extension


Tips for Building a Home Gym

Use your creativity, and if this is brand new to you and even scares you a little, go slow and start small. I first started working out to this exact dvd workout using just 1 lb dumbbells.

Set of 2 Dumbbells (1 LB)Set of 2 Dumbbells (1 LB)Jillian Michaels - 30 Day ShredJillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred


As I improved, got stronger and wanted to add to my small selection of equipment, I simply asked a fitness friend, “what equipment do I need for a home gym?”. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone (like me!) what might be good for you. Sometimes it takes someone outside your brain to make suggestions you may not know about.

Ok, let’s get neato!

These suggestions are purely from the fun-factory, and are not at all necessary. But if exercising just isn’t your thing yet, these ideas could help you get there.

Impex Fitness Marcy Cardio TrampolineImpex Fitness Marcy Cardio TrampolineProForm 440R RowerProForm 440R RowerBOSU Balance Trainer, BlueBOSU Balance Trainer, Blue


Whatever you decide to add to your home gym, be sure to make it yours. Don’t get what your neighbour has or what some beefcake at the gym says you need if it doesn’t fit your preferences, tastes and budget.

There you have it! Simple ideas for a home gym and suggestions for equipment you can add to it over time!

Make sure to leave me a comment below if this helped and if you are going to build your own home gym in 2017!


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