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Amazon offers the largest marketplace in the world, which in turn means there are many products to help build a home on a budget. This will be a consistently updated article as new items are introduced to the market. If you’re looking to build a home gym, Amazon is a great place to start.
Creating a budget home gym isn’t only a great financial decision, but it’s also great for everything else. Health, wealth, and happiness all rolled into one space. The problem is, the equipment can be EXPENSIVE. Once you begin researching equipment, it becomes quite apparent that not only are you going to be spending a lot on the equipment itself, but also on shipping.
Thankfully, you now have more options than ever for what types of equipment to purchase as well as where to purchase it from Amazon.com may not be the first place you think of when outfitting your home gym, but there is some seriously excellent equipment on Amazon, and for prices that are quite honestly better than anywhere else. Let’s get into it!
What Equipment Do You Need?
Before I get into the actual equipment, I would suggest, I first want to discuss the types of equipment you’ll at least want to start out with. Everyone who trains has different goals, but most people who train at home, they’ll want similar items. They want equipment that will help them get stronger, feel healthier, and look better. In my opinion, one of the best ways to do this is with simple barbell training.
Once you have the essentials to achieve a basic barbell training program, you can begin purchasing items that will supplement your workouts. And, although I mostly review the top-of-the-line equipment, I recognize the fact that many can get just as strong with equipment that doesn’t take financing to purchase. The perfect place for building a complete home gym is the place most of you already do your shopping – Amazon.com.The pieces of equipment that I see as essential are:
- Squat Rack
- Weight plates (preferably bumper plates)
- Adjustable Dumbbells
- Weight Bench
- Gymnastic Rings
- Jump rope
All of these items can be purchased on Amazon. The issue is finding quality budget home gym equipment, a.k.a equipment with good VALUE. Amazon is notorious for having lots of items that may be priced well, but are nothing more than paperweights.
There are also many items on Amazon with fake reviews that were purchased by the manufacturer. To help you weed through the B.S, I’m going to show you how to build a home gym on a budget using Amazon.com. Not only will this gym not empty your wallet, but it should be able to be passed to your children.
A barbell will become the most important piece of equipment in your home gym. You will likely use it every training session, and you should become great friends with it. It has such importance in my gym that I have over ten of them.
Now, you certainly don’t need ten barbells. In reality, all you need is one barbell that performs well for most types of workouts, and that’s what I’ll suggest today. The best value barbell on Amazon for most people is the Cap Barbell OB-86B.
The Cap OB-86B is a great barbell I own and use for most rack work. It’s not my primary barbell, not because it isn’t a decent bar, but I have a lot of barbells that are made for specific purposes.
CAP Barbell is pleased to offer a series of special custom coated colored weightlifting bars in anticipation of its 30th year in business. We have taken one of the best selling bars available and added unique/ proprietary coatings to create a one of a kind product available exclusively from CAP Barbell. As the world's largest provider of weightlifting products and accessories, CAP works diligently toward offering new quality products that can withstand any environment in which they are used. CAP's Customized Beast Bar utilizes the same specs as the standard Beast bar, but goes one step further by adding Accu-Coat specialty coatings. Make no mistake, this is not just a painted bar. Each of CAP's Customized Beast Bars is coated in the USA by Accu-Coat, Inc. utilizing their proprietary coating processes and specialty finishes. These coatings are high performance, exceptionally durable and rust resistant with proper use and care. They are easy to clean and manufactured to last for years. Feel confident in using these bars in your box, home gym or any institutional/professional setting.Accomodates 2-Inch Olympic plates1000-Pound weight capacityBlack oxide finish with polished steel sleevesMedium-depth diamond knurl
The CAP OB-86B Beast Barbell (clever name) is the best Olympic barbell available at this price point. You will not find a bar under $150 that is better for general use than the Cap. The only bar better under $200 is the Rogue Echo Bar 2.0, and it’s not far if any ahead. The Ob-86B features a medium knurl, bushing rotation system, a black-oxide finish, and a 28.5 mm shaft. It’s average in every aspect except price, where it is absolutely outstanding.
This is honestly the only bar most need unless they’re regularly moving over 800 lbs. You can use the bar for Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, CrossFit, or anything in between. I consider it my beater bar and as such, beat it up quite a bit. Surprisingly, outside of some surface rust and random dings, it looks pretty unphased. I’m also not the only person who likes the OB-86B. Amazon currently has a 4.4/5 star rating with over 800 customer reviews.
The XMark LUMBERJACK 7' Olympic BarThe LUMBERJACK 7' Olympic bar is built for performance. A high quality shaft coating adds to the longevity of the bar. The shaft coating on XMark's LUMBERJACK Bar is black manganese phosphate which provides better rust resistance than black oxide while also giving the bar shaft a slightly tacky feel. The medium depth fine knurling is dual spec with IWF and IPF knurling marks. Your XMark 7' Olympic Lumberjack Bar is an investment. Take a couple of minutes to protect your investment by wiping down your bar regularly with a light coat of WD-40 or a 3-in-1 oil. TEXAS STAR Olympic PlatesThe TEXAS STAR Olympic plate weight's recessed 5 grip handles have spacious openings fitting comfortably in the hand while the stainless steel precision hub ensures a perfect fit and ease of loading. A Texas tough, premium rubber casing made from virgin and recycled rubber covers each one-piece high quality cast iron plate weight. As with all recycled rubber plates, these will have an odor which will dissipate over time.SIGNATURE Series Olympic PlatesThe large diameter handles of the Signature plate weights fit comfortably in the hand while the stainless steel precision flange ring ensures a perfect fit and ease of loading on Olympic bars. A premium rubber casing made from 100% virgin rubber covers each one-piece high quality cast iron plate weight. As with all virgin rubber, these Olympic plates have a slight odor which will dissipate over time.
If you’re looking for an overall better barbell that will provide a better spin and feel, the XMark Lumberjack Olympic Bar would be my next choice. One of the standout features of the bar is the fact that it uses brass bushings versus the cheaper and slower spinning alternatives.
The Lumberjack will produce a much faster and consistent spin of the sleeves, which is ideal for the Olympic lifts. The Lumberjack bar also features a slightly thinner, 28 mm diameter shaft although it does have a bit of a low tensile strength with only a 700 LB weight limit (this shouldn’t matter for most.) Neither the XMark nor Cap Bars should bend, but it is comforting to know that your bar can face whatever you throw at it.
If you don’t mind spending a bit for a bar with higher-end specs then we suggest the Synergee Regional Olympic Bar. We’ve reviewed the Synergee Games Bar in-depth and the only difference between that one and the Regional is the bar coating, which is Cerakote on the Games Bar. The Synergee Regional Bar has a 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel shaft that has a 1,500 LB weight rating (which I would ignore, the tensile strength is accurate, weight rating is made up.)
To increase spin, Synergee uses needle bearings instead of bushings which make the sleeves spin fast and are quite a bit more expensive to use. In addition, Synergee offers a lifetime warranty that in our experience has done well. Synergee also sells its bars in both a 20KG and 15KG version making it great for either women or men.
I’m a big proponent of squat racks. Not only are they more versatile for training, but they’re also much safer for those of us who train alone. In the past, to have a nice power rack that accessories could be purchased for, you would have to spend beaucoup bucks.
This is the reason many, such as myself, started out with a squat stand. There’s nothing wrong with a squat stand, it’s just they are less than ideal and take up the same amount of foot space as a power rack if not more. Thankfully, there are many companies producing power racks that are not only cheap but also built extremely well.
Great Budget Rack
NOTE: 800 lbs weight capacity. Large walk in space providing easy side to side movement. New OPTIONAL Attachments for J-Hooks, Dip Bars, Weight Plate Holders and Landmine (Sold Separately) 2" x 2" square steel frame construction. Two 3 1/4" long chrome lock on safety bars. Two 23" long chrome dual mounted safety bars 19 adjustable height levels for the safety bars. Safety bars are Compatible with 7' Olympic bars, User height up to 6’4” Multi-position over head chin up/pull up grip bars. Olympic bar and weight plates not included Can be combined with the Fitness Reality 1000 Super max 800 lb capacity 12-position weight bench. Can be folded for storage New OPTIONAL Attachments for J-Hooks, Dip Bars, Weight Plate Holders and Landmine (Sold Separately)
If you want the cheapest power rack we recommend, then the Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage is it. This is NOT the most feature-filled, heavy-duty power rack on the market. However, this is one of the most practical squat racks for most people that is more than capable of handling 800 LB squats, which means 99.99% should feel safe inside of it.
These are by far the most popular squat racks on Amazon. With nearly 1,000 reviews and still achieving a 4.7/5 star rating, for most people, bigger squat racks aren’t really needed. This rack features a multi-grip pull-up bar as well as spotter safeties that come standard.
In addition, unlike many at this price point, there is a lat pulldown and dip handle attachment making this pretty versatile. The biggest issues we’ve seen with the rack are some instability and scratches on the paint. We wouldn’t recommend trying to perform world record back squats on it, but for pretty much everything else, it should work great in a home gym.
The Titan T-3 Series Heavy Duty Power Rack is perfect for any professional or at home gym!Built using heavy 11ga (3.25mm) steel, this rack will not ever give way or back down. T-3 Power Racks use heavy duty 2"x 3" steel tubes– you'll most likely notice right away how every piece is heavy and solid. These power racks are the perfect fit for dips, bench press, curls, pull ups, and much more. The pre-drilled holes follow the popular "West Side" hold pattern, allowing you to move the bar up or down in 1" increments when using a bench. The weight holder attachments and J-hooks are included, and are easily installed. The 5/8" hardware also provides maximum security, even when the rack is completely maxed out. The bolt-together construction allows you to easily transport and fit the rack in to any room or basement!Features:- T-3 Series of Power Racks contain 2"x3" steel tubes - Capacity: 1000 lbs - 1" round steel j-hooks - Chin up bars: 1 1/4" & 2" diameter - Includes J-Hooks and weight holders
The Titan Fitness T-3 Power Rack is the best value power rack available. Read my full Titan Fitness T-3 Vs. Rogue Fitness R-3 Power Rack review and it stood up in comparison extremely well. One reason I suggest the Titan-T3 outside of the reasons I’ve already listed is the fact that Titan offers all kinds of attachments. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that if Rogue offers a popular attachment, Titan already has or likely will copy it, AND then sell it for much less. For instance, do you want mono-lift arms, landmines, or pull-up bars? They’re all available here.
Want a power rack but need it to fit in a very confined space? Look no further, this Titan T-3 Short Space Saving Rack gives you the functionality of a power rack with a small footprint!Features:- Various depth from wall- 2" x 3" Steel Tubing Uprights. - 1.25" Pull-Up Bar Included.- 33" Pull-Up Bar Depth from Wall.- Includes a set of J-Hooks.- Assembly hardware included.- 20" Angled Bar to attach skinny pull up bar.- Includes concrete anchors and lag bolts for wall and base mounting.
If you’d rather not purchase a power rack, you have quite a few options. My next suggestion would be the Titan T-3 Squat Stand.
The T-3 Squat Stand is as you’d guess, pretty much the same as the T-3 Power Rack, but made into a Squat Stand. This allows for space savings, but still a 1,000 lb rating on the J-hooks. Cap Barbell makes a very cheap squat stand, but the max weight it holds is 300 lbs. I don’t know about you, but if I’m even doing 200 lb. squats, I’d want the j-hooks to be able to hold at least double of what I’m working with.
The T-3 Squat Stand also comes with spotter arms included in the price, increasing its versatility to a similar level as the Power Rack. You will also have the opportunity to buy the ever-increasing amount of attachments that Titan Fitness is producing. The ability to upscale your gym is always something to consider when purchasing equipment.
Finally, if you just want a stand to use for squats and some bench that quickly moves out of the way, check out the Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stands. They’re only $175, have a weight capacity of 500 lbs, and are overall highly rated. Still, I would suggest getting a unit with a pull-up bar.
Bumper plates are without a doubt superior to steel. Sure, it’s hard to mimic the noise of steel plates clanking during a set of deadlifts, but for the versatility and safety of your home’s foundation, I would highly suggest sticking with bumper plates. The Black Bumper Plates from OneFitWonder are an excellent choice. No company has spent as much time trying to bring the best value set of black bumper plates to market as OneFitWonder/Fringe Sport. For most, I’d suggest starting with a 260 lbs set and supplement with metal change plates.
You'll love our bumper plates because they're going to make you suffer like you never have before. Fringe Sport bumper plates make Sisyphus blush. Like eternally rolling a boulder uphill, our bumper plates will outlast you, laboring for a lifetime. They're durable, so they'll absorb all the punishment you dish out, thin so you can add bigger loads to the bar and super weight accurate. Better yet, unlearn everything you've ever learned about 10 lb bumpers, and drop these at will. Yes, you read that right. Drop the 10s. They won't crumble. After the boulder rolled downhill, did Sisyphus ever find it broken? Think about epic heroes like Luke Skywalker or the Karate Kid. You too are called to training that will involve pain and suffering. We're here to be your Yoda. We invite you to embark your hero's journey. Accept the challenge, and our bumper plates will be the burden that makes you a champion. Step Up to the Plate Here's why Fringe Sport bumpers will lift you up:Steel Insert- Outperforms most bumpers with a higher threshold for abuse without malformation, while machined to exact tolerances to fit all high-quality Olympic bars.Low Bounce with High Durability- Careful rubber formulation softens bounce making for safe use in tight spaces and prevents chipping and falling apart due to brittleness. Boasts years of use in a garage or affiliate.Stability- 10 and 15 lb bumpers feature expertly designed "hooked" steel insert, that remains firmly seated. Offers high durability, making them more stable than most that suffer from fragility and thinness.Thinner- Virgin rubber and higher density slims the plate so you can load more weight on your bar!Standard diameter- Universal matching diameter so you can mix and match to load your bar.
One issue with most black bumper plates is this nasty syndrome called “tacoing.” If you haven’t heard that word before, don’t worry because it’s not a real word. What it means though is that the plates, most often the 10 pounders end up folding on themselves due to being dropped without any other weight on the bar. With steel plates, you don’t have to worry about this. But, at least in the past, tacoing was a big deal for gyms, especially CrossFit facilities.
Fringe Sport/OneFitWonder has pretty much perfected the black bumper recipe to not only prevent folding but also cracking and make them virtually indestructible. If you’re looking for a good value bumper plate, these are the ones to get.
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The CAP Barbell Olympic Weights in Gray feature a baked enamel finish to prevent chipping during use and are made of solid cast iron for durability. These weights accommodate Olympic bars, which have a two inch diameter in width. Add some extra weight to your workout with these Olympic weights. Each sold individually.
If you’re looking for steel plates, I’d suggest checking Craigslist for used plates or purchasing the Cap Barbell Gray Weight Plates. The prices for the Cap Plates vary quite a bit in price, but I’d suggest not buying until they’re close to $1/lb which they often do.
Whether you get bumper plates or not, I do suggest getting a few pairs of steel plates in lighter weights to be used as change plates. Just a couple of pairs of 10’s, 5’s, and 2.5’s will do. Trust me, you’ll want them.
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Adjustable Dumbbells are one of the best purchases a home gym owner can make.
Not only are dumbbells versatile in their use, but the adjustable versions like the Powerblock Elite Dumbbells are compact, yet offer a broad range of weight increments. I’ve done a Powerblock dumbbells review in the past and still use the same set today.
PowerBlock was an innovator in this category and has been making adjustable dumbbells since 1991. This means they have had over 25 years of production and refinement to create the ultimately adjustable dumbbells set, and they truly have. The PowerBlock Elite dumbbells are one of the highest-rated and best-selling sets of all time. This is one of the last adjustable dumbbells sets to still be made in the USA, and PowerBlock uses only premium-quality materials. Thanks to their smart and economical design, the PowerBlocks are extremely tough and can withstand all sorts of regular gym abuse.Has a weight range of 5-50 lbs per hand and increments- 2.5 (adder weight), 5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 pounds per handIs expandable later to 70 and again to 90 pounds per hand.Made in USA10 year home use warrantyReplaces 16 pairs of dumbbells in the space of 1
When you initially look at the Powerblocks, their unusual shape may make you think they are more difficult to use than traditional dumbbells, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I use my PowerBlock set for everything from dumbbell bench, to high-rep dumbbell snatches. Despite the abuse I’ve put them through, they continue to perform, and I see no end in sight.
By choosing the Elite dumbbell set, you will have the option to expand the weight of the set over time as you get stronger, or you can simply start with the heaviest set available. This feature should not be overlooked, as you may not be strong enough yet for a 90 lb dumbbell, but if you think you may be in the future, having the option to grow your set at a lower price than a whole set is a significant benefit.
These adjustable dumbbells replace 15 sets of weights. Weights adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs in 2.5 lb increments up to the first 25 lbs. Easy-to-use selection dials for adjusting weights. They are sold as a pair. Easily switch from one exercise to next and with the turn of a dial you can change your resistance, enabling you to gradually increase your strength. Versatile workout for your legs, back, chest, abs, shoulders and arms. Compatible with the free Bowflex SelectTech® training App for iOS and Android. No more picking up 30 different dumbbells to give you the results you want! Say goodbye to 15 sets of dumbbells cluttering your workout space. With weight that adjusts from 5 to 52.5 lbs., you'll continue to see results as your fitness level improves. Durable molding around metal plates provides for a smooth lift-off and quieter workouts...no clanging metal plates! With the wider weight range you can do heavy exercises such as shrugs and lunges as well as lighter exercises such as curls and raises.
If you’d like to spend less and not have the option to increase the weight in the future, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are highly rated on Amazon with a 4.7/5 star rating with nearly 3,500 reviews. I’ve used the Bowflex SelectTech’s, and although they are reliable, they are a bit too bulky with too low of weight in my opinion. But, there are many who love the design and have no need for a dumbbell that goes above 52.5 lbs.
One of the biggest benefits of the Bowflex SelectTech is how easy it is to change weight. With the simple turn of a knob, you can go from 5 lbs all the way up to 52.5. The SelectTech’s are also priced lower than the Powerblocks and many other adjustable dumbbells.
You may be wondering why a Kettlebell would be viewed as an essential item for a home gym. To me, most home gym owners are best served by getting things that give a big bang for their buck. Kettlebells are very versatile to use and can double as a mobility tool.
Kettlebells allow you to combine cardiovascular training with weight training into ballistic movements that strengthen your body. Our kettlebells range in size from 4kg (9 lbs) all the way up to 48 kg (106 lbs), giving everyone the opportunity to cater to their specific physical needs, and even challenge themselves to a heavier weight when ready. From kettlebell swings, to goblet squats, to snatches, the kettlebell is a versatile piece of equipment that can help build strength and endurance in many ways. Why Choose Rep Kettlebells Superior Manufacturing Methods: Single-cast gravity casting is a cutting-edge technique that results in kettlebells much higher in quality than their sand casted cousins. The castic process ensures that each kettlebell is extremely well made, with perfectly flat bases that allow for push-ups and no wobbling, smooth handles, and an overall excellent finish. Best Coating: Our matte black textured finish is the best coating for kettlebells because it won't cause your grip to slip, yet it won't tear up your hands. It holds chalk very well, but it isn't necessary unless you're sweating. Color Coded Handles: Our handles follow the international kettlebell standards, which allow for an instructor to easily spot which kettlebells their clients/athletes are using. Kilogram and Pound Markings: Each kettlebell is labeled with both units of measurement. No more pulling out the calculator to figure out how much you are swinging! Kettlebell Sets: 8 to 24 kg set includes: 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 kg kettlebells. Save money and give yourself options for warming up, and other exercises like push press, one arm swings, or pair up the kettlebells to do kettlebell push ups, 2 handed overhead press, overhead squat and more! Weights/Handle Colors/Handle Diameter: 4kg/9lbs - White - 30mm 6kg/13lbs - Grey - 30mm 8kg/18lbs - Pink - 32mm 10kg/22lbs - Orange - 32mm 12kg/26lbs - Blue - 32mm 14kg/31lbs - Brown - 32mm 16kg/35lbs - Yellow - 33mm 18kg/40lbs - Black - 33mm 20kg/44lbs - Grey - 38mm 22kg/48lbs - Black - 38mm 24kg/53lbs - Green - 39mm 28kg/62lbs - Orange - 40mm 32kg/70lbs - Red - 40mm 36kg/80lbs - White - 40mm 40kg/88lbs - Blue - 40mm 44kg/97lbs - Brown - 40mm 48kg/106lbs - Black - 40mm
The reason I recommend the Rep Fitness Kettlebell is that for the price, it’s the best available on Amazon. Most of the cheaper, non-competition cast iron kettlebells have an overly rough finish. This leads to pitting, rusting, and an overall bad experience. The Rep Fitness is one of the cheapest priced cast iron kettlebells with a smooth finish. The kettlebells I personally use are made by Rogue, but if I’m not mistaken, those and the bells from Rep Fitness are made in the same place.
BUT, what separates the Rep Fitness Kettlebells from Rogue’s is the price. Rep Fitness Kettlebells are much cheaper and also on Amazon. That’s what we call a classic win, win! The Rep Fitness Kettlebells go in and out of stock often but are offered in many different weights depending on your preference. I most often suggest the 53 lb Kettlebell as I see it is the most versatile. You can use it for two-hand swings, Turkish get-ups, presses, snatches, and more.
A quality kettlebell is a must in any gym. Whether you are just starting out with kettlebells or using them to train for a competition, these Cast Iron Competition Kettlebells will get the job done! These kettlebells are engineered and built to be safe, durable and dependable. CAP uses only quality cast iron and enduring finishes with a proper proportioned grip that is comfortable and gives the safety and confidence while being used. The CAP Competition Kettlebells are available in many sizes and are color coded for easy identification. Whether you are just beginning to workout or are a fitness enthusiast, CAP has the size kettlebell you are looking for. This kettlebell group from CAP is available in the following lb: 9, 13, 18, 26, 35, 44, 53, 62, 70, 80, 88. VERSATILE – Kettlebells offer the ability to target specific muscle group exercises or a full body workout. Flat bottom allows ability to be used in specific flat bottom kettlebell exercises such as renegade rows, mounted pistol squats and handstands. CONSTRUCTION – Made of solid high-quality cast iron with no weld, no seam casting and coated in an industrial powder coated finish for enduring protection. FEATURES – Generous wide opening handle ensures a comfortable, secure grip with one hand or two. Size markers around the base of the handle allow the kettlebell size to be clearly identified. The flat bottom allows for easy, safe storage. FUNCTIONAL – Perfect for swings, deadlifts, squats, get-ups, snatches and other athletic or cross training workouts. CHOICES – This kettlebell group from CAP is available in the following lb: 9, 13, 18, 26, 35, 44, 53, 62, 70, 80, 88.
If you don’t mind a less-than-perfectly smooth finish and would like a lower price, then I would suggest checking out the Cap Barbell Kettlebells. They’re good kettlebells, but the finish is much rougher and will likely not hold up as well over time. That said, they are some of the cheapest available, Cap is known for making decent equipment at great prices. With that in mind, Cap’s Kettlebells will get the job done, but the finish is much rougher and will likely not hold up as well over time (rusting, pitting, etc.)
That said, they are some of the cheapest available, ship via Prime shipping, and come in a large variety of sizes/weights. That said, they’re kettlebells. It’s a big mass of weight that should outlast you with hardly any maintenance. For a competition-like kettlebell, these are some of the cheapest available, ship via Prime shipping, and come in a large variety of sizes/weights.
Rep Fitness is producing some of the best value equipment available today. The Rep Flat Bench is no exception. I reviewed it in detail in the past, and I gave it high praise. It does what a flat bench should and is one of the best weight benches: it sits at the right height, has durable padding, and is very stable.
Rep FB-3000 Flat Bench The Rep Fitness flat bench is exactly what you need to put in your bench work. Heavy-duty 11 gauge steel allows this bench to handle 1,000 lbs without a problem with rock solid stability. Durable vinyl upholstery is made to last and be easily cleaned. Bolt together design to save you money on shipping. Our bench height allows athletes to use proper positioning of the feet, and arch the back to push up serious weight with proper form. Our pad isn't some lumpy cotton, but a firm high density pad that doesn't squish under you. A lumpy or soft pad can be very uncomfortable, unstable for benching, and deform much faster. Get the Rep Flat Bench, as the last bench you'll need. Assembly difficulty: Easy, 10 minutesSpecs: Dims: 17.5" high, 47" long, 12" wide, 45 lbs
It’s also priced extremely well. So well, in fact, I’m surprised more people don’t talk about it. At $129, this bench is difficult to beat. Not to mention it can easily hold 1,000 pounds; much more than you or I will ever use while on it. One of the benefits of its bolt-together construction is that you can adjust it depending on the slope of your floor.
My garage floor is flat, so it wasn’t needed for me, but if you have a sloped floor, the bolts can be kept loose until settled, which is a nice feature for a home gym.
The CAP FM-CB804DX incorporates all of the necessary features and functions found on traditional weightlifting utility benches and incorporates additional features to take advantage of other training methods. Use the FM-CB804DX as a key component in dumbbell training routines. Perform a number of upper and lower body exercises while incorporating dumbbell use to hit goals and build / maintain muscle. The FM-CB804DX can also be used as the center piece for core exercises. Great for leg lifts, crunches, twists and more. An industry first feature also allows the FM-CB804DX to be used with resistance tubes or bands to incorporate low impact resistance exercise alternatives to your exercise program (great for rehabbing and senior strength building). For even more versatility add the FM-CB-804DX to CAP's FM-CB8008 Ultimate Power Cage (sold separately) to create the definitive home gym experience. Recommended maximum weight capacities for the bench are 500 lb (flat position, including user) and 400 lb (inclined positions, including user). The unit is for indoor use only. Specifications: * Assembled dimensions: 53"x27"x45" * Net weight: 45 lb * Seven-position back pad with chromed adjustment crescent * Three-position back pad with chromed adjustment crescent * Box stitched seating areas with perforated accents * Band / tube anchor posts with safety covers * Oversized grip pop pins for secure adjustments * Transport wheels and transport handle * Three-step powder coat paint * Comfortable embroidered logo.
If you’d prefer an adjustable bench, the Cap Barbell Deluxe Utility Bench is your best bet. It features many different incline angles with a somewhat sturdy base. I say somewhat sturdy because there are a few reviews claiming it wobbles a bit much, but many more claiming it’s sturdy.
The Cap Deluxe Bench can handle up to 500 lbs. when used flat, and 400 lbs in the incline position and actually has band pegs which are a nice feature if you use accommodating resistance. One of the biggest design flaws in the bench is the gap between the butt pad and the back pad. Many users have reported this as annoying, but not detrimental to using the bench. Oh, and the bench also costs less than $130.
Going back to the idea that the items I’m recommending fit under the category “big bang for your buck,” there is seemingly no bigger bang for your buck item for upper-body than gymnastic rings.
If I were forced to go into isolation and could only bring one strength training item, it would definitely be gymnastic rings. No piece of equipment is more versatile than the rings, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for when starting your garage gym.
Wooden gymnastics rings are far and away superior to plastic and the wooden rings I’d suggest are the ones I have hanging in my garage, the Titan Fitness Wooden Gymnastic Rings.
These professional duty gymnastic rings by Titan are perfect for anyone that is looking for gym-quality rings without having to make a premium investment. Featuring a heavy duty, 15 foot strap with a buckle system for quick set up and adjustments, you can use these with a pull up bar or your power rack and start doing rings dips, pull ups, muscle ups, and more. Rated at over 600 lbs, you can be sure that these rings will be able to handle anything that you can possibly throw at them-- they make for the perfect addition to any gym and are built to last. Features: - Heavy duty, solid wood rings - Extra wide for comfortable grip - Straps and buckles included - Install and begin using in minutes
One reason I recommend the Titan Gymnastic Rings despite them being the cheapest on Amazon (they’re pretty close) is due to the strap buckles, wood finish, and diameter options. The last thing you want when using gymnastic rings is for the buckle to fail and send you to the ground. The buckle on the Titan Rings is heavy-duty, while the wood finish is smooth, unlike many competitors.
Finally, the FID ring standard (the ones used in the Olympics) is a 1.1″ Diameter. Most of the cheaper gymnastic rings have a diameter of 1.25″ which may seem small, but regarding a ring, it’s definitely noticeable. The wider gymnastics rings are available to purchase for a few bucks more if that suits your fancy, but I’d suggest for everyone but those with monster mitts to purchase the 1.1″ diameter variety.
How do Nayoya Gymnastic Rings benefit you? Ring workouts build muscle, core strength, stability and coordination that comes from intense concentration and focus during ring exercises due to their instability. Intense training with only a few ring exercises can be almost 4 times MORE EFFECTIVE then dozens of regular gym exercises. Not only will your muscles work harder than ever to keep your core engaged and body balanced but your accessory muscles, tendons, and joints will get stronger as well. While results may vary, to understand what kind of results consistent gymnastic ring training can produce all you have to do is look at the strong, muscular and aesthetically pleasing physiques of gymnasts who perform ring workouts daily. What kind of quality can you expect from Nayoya Gymnastic Rings? Heavy duty, sturdy, durable, high quality materials: Get strong, lean and muscular with ring workouts. Gymnasts who perform on the rings arguably have the most lean, and aesthetically pleasing physiques in all of sports. You can build a gymnast physique with consistent ring workouts. You get a great bodyweight workout, letting the rings move freely so that you can train your core to the max because of the rings instability and free movement. The surface of the rings are textured and provide a great grip without the need for chalk. The height of the rings is EASILY ADJUSTABLE for any height whether short or tall. Supports muscle-ups, pushups, dips, pullups, chest flyes and many other exercises. Easy to set up and take down: These rings are an amazing training tool for athletes of all levels whether beginner, intermediate, or elite. Due to the natural positions the user is placed in during exercise, there is less stress to the shoulders, elbows and wrists creating the ideal workout environment.
If you have no interest in wooden rings or would like something more durable and able to weather the elements, I’d suggest the NayoyaPlastic Gymnastic Rings.
I also own the Nayoya’s for things like leaving outside and taking on trips, and they are great. I much prefer wood for its ability to take chalk, but I’ve had no qualms with the Nayoya’s and to make up for the lack of grip, I’ve just wrapped them in hockey tape.
A jump rope is a deceptively simple, yet highly effective tool for conditioning. Whether doing double unders, single under, or skips, the jump rope can increase your fitness as well as hand-eye coordination. As CrossFit has grown in popularity, so has the jump rope market. There are now thousands of different ropes at all different price points.
Survival and Cross
The Survival and Cross speed cable jump rope is made from the highest quality materials to ensure maximum life. After purchase, the speed rope includes a downloadable exercise manual to enhance your workout experience and make sure you get the best experience with your skipping rope. With the ability to utilize this cable jump rope conveniently during cardio exercises, you will be able to enhance the effectiveness of each carido workout with ease. This is the perfect jump rope for anyone from a beginner to an expert in fitness. With our unparalleled customer centered service, you will never have any issues maintaining or gaining information concerning your Survival and Cross Double Under Dominator.
The speed rope I most often suggest is the Survival & Cross Speed Rope mostly due to the price and the timeless design. I have not personally used the Survival & Cross Speed Rope, but have used other companies stamping their name on the same rope (if you’re not aware, the design is used by hundreds of companies who just choose different logos, just go with the cheapest.)
The design of the S&C Speed Rope spins extremely well, although the plastic handle will eventually give out. That said, for $10 bucks you could go through multiple ropes without ever reaching the price of one rope from many competitors.
100% precision machined aluminum handles, bomb proof and guaranteed for life.Patented dual axis rotation, allowing your handles to stay on the end of the rope while eliminating torque build up in the cable.Oilite bushing internal anti-friction system for a smooth spin while maximizing power transfer from handle to cable, making for the most efficient rope ever created.Built standard with our clear COATED CABLE (12ft length), but is also compatible with all colors of both our bare and coated cables! Fast and highly efficient (although not quite as fast and light as our bare cable) our coated cable is the most durable option, can handle a variety of jumping surfaces, and is great for beginners and rope pros alike. Click here for our cable comparison chart for a full breakdown!Knurled handles for effortless grip under any condition.Comes with a microfiber bag for easy storage and transport.
If you don’t mind laying down a few more Hamilton’s, you can upgrade to the rope I use, the RPM Speed Rope 3.0.
This rope features the best materials available in a super light, durable package. Not only do they feel great in hand, but you can get the rope spinning at a blistering speed during double under (if that’s your thing.)
I would suggest that if you plan to use the rope regularly or for any sort of CrossFit-like competition, go with the RPM rope. You’ll never wear out the handles, and you can easily replace the cable portion should you wear it out (would likely only happen if you jump on concrete.)
Total Cost of Recommendations
So let’s say you decided to purchase all of my first recommendations. What would be the cost? Well, let’s add it up:
|Cap Barbell OB-86B$130|
|Titan Fitness T-3 Power Rack$400|
|OneFitWonder Bumper Plates (260 lb Set)$424|
|PowerBlock Elite Dumbbells$299|
|Rep Fitness Kettlebell (48 lb.)$84|
|Rep Fitness Flat Bench$129|
|ProCircle Gymnastic Rings$36|
|Survival & Cross Speed Rope$10|
|Total Cost (including shipping)||$1,512|
So, you’d be able to have a complete home gym for just about any workout you can think of for just over $1,500.If you take the typical cost of a gym membership at $60, you will recoup your cost in about two years, and that’s not factoring in the time and gas it requires you to commute to the gym.
You’ll also be both happier and healthier with a home gym. Involving your family in workouts, being closer to home, and having the opportunity to train more all add up to increased GAINZZZ. If you decided to choose the even MORE budget-friendly options I recommend, your cost would be closer to $1,000, and you’d still have a better gym than most commercial facilities.
Building a Budget Home Gym on Amazon FAQs
How can I make a home gym?
Building a budget home gym can be a bit difficult due to how many options are available. I want to show you that you can build a full-budget home gym exclusively on Amazon. The above options are great to start your journey!
Is building a home gym worth it?
While a home gym requires a significant initial investment, it will cost you considerably less than a gym subscription in the long term. House gyms are also handier than gym memberships since they are located in your home, making it much simpler to incorporate workouts into your schedule.
Is it a good idea to start building a home gym from Amazon?
Amazon is the world’s largest marketplace, which means there are numerous items to help you construct a home on a budget. Amazon is a wonderful place to start if you want to create a home gym.
Building a home gym will be one of the best investments you make in yourself. I cannot explain how great it is to walk out into my garage and hit a workout at any time. Amazon has made the barrier to entry for home gym owners lower than ever before. But, you must remember that it’s not enough to simply have equipment–you need to actually use it. So, before you purchase equipment, commit to using it at least 3 times a week for two months. Working out by yourself can be difficult, but over time it will become much easier. I also suggest getting a dog to hang out with you while you train; Famous Amos joins me every training session, and I love it!
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