4/5/2019 - Our previous Top Pick for the Best Budget Squat Rack, the Rep PR-3000 Power Rack has been discontinued. For this reason, we've updated our recommendation.

Just about everyone loves the idea of walking out of your garage door or into your basement or even into a bedroom and having a place where you can hone your physical and mental abilities. Unfortunately, many people have the idea that a home gym or garage gym has to be expensive; we’re here to crush that notion. Here is the best home gym equipment for those on a budget so you can start training at home on your time without breaking the bank.

Why You Should Build a Home Gym

Why a Home Gym Doesn't Have to Be Expensive

The Equipment We Recommend Starting With

The Best Budget Barbell

The Best Budget Squat Rack

The Best Budget Weight Plates

The Best Budget Weight Bench

The Best Budget Pull-Up Bar

The Best Budget Dumbbells

The Best Budget Kettlebells

The Best Budget Cardio Equipment

The Best Budget Home Gym Flooring

Further reading

The Best CrossFit Equipment for a Home Gym in 2019 Cover Image

The Best CrossFit Equipment for a Home Gym in 2019

CrossFit requires constantly varied movements performed at a high-intensity. Therefore, a home gym designed for CrossFit will require varied pieces of equipment made of high-quality (due to the intensity and work required.) These are the pieces of equipment and our suggestions for each to build the ultimate CrossFit home gym. Read More

The Best Squat Racks for 2019 [Buying Guide] Cover Image

The Best Squat Racks for 2019 [Buying Guide]

The squat rack is the centerpiece of just about every home and garage gym in the world. As such, it should be versatile, durable, useful, and fit the space it will be used in.Based upon our use, experience, and community input, we've compiled the best power rack, half rack, squat stand, and fold-away squat rack for most people—including recommendations for various budgets.Here are our picks for each category for 2019. Read More

The Best Trap Bars for 2019 [Buying Guide] Cover Image

The Best Trap Bars for 2019 [Buying Guide]

After researching and using nearly 30 trap bars, we've determined that there is still much to be desired in a trap bar we'd recommend for most people. Despite this, currently for 2019, our Top Pick for the best trap/hex bar is the Rogue TB-1 Trap Bar. It offers the best value among the trap bars currently on the market, although there's still much room for improvement. This said, many would be just fine choosing one of our more budget-friendly recommendations. Read More

The Best Safety Squat Bar for 2019 Cover Image

The Best Safety Squat Bar for 2019

After researching 14 Safety Squat Bars and testing 7 of them during training sessions featuring squats (regular, box, and front,) good mornings, lunges, JM Presses and more, we think that the Titan Safety Squat Bar V2 is the best Safety Squat Bar for most people. Our previous pick was the EliteFTS SS Yoke Bar; although we still love the SS Yoke, version two of the Titan SSB is almost identical at a much lower price, especially when shipping is considered. It features heavy-duty steel, removable handles, thick padding, and chrome plating. There isn't a warranty which is unfortunate, but we doubt you'll ever need to use it. Read More