How Much Does A Home Gym Cost?

How Much Does A Home Gym Cost?

A home gym can be a great investment for people who are serious about staying in shape. But how much does a home gym cost? And what should you consider before purchasing one? In this blog post, we’ll answer those questions and provide some tips on how to find the best deal on a home gym.

So whether you’re in the market for your first home gym or you’re just curious about the cost, keep reading!

How Much Does A Home Gym Cost

What Is A Home Gym?

A Home Gym is a term given to any type of dedicated gym space in your home. More specifically, it’s usually used to refer to smaller spaces that are not full commercial gyms but more personal training studios or private fitness areas. These can be rooms with just enough equipment to train on or they can be rooms that have every piece of equipment you could ever think of owning.

There are even people out there building entire houses just for their home gym! If you’re lucky enough not only do you have the extra space in your house but also the funds to make this happen I’d say go for it. But if you don’t live in multi-thousand square foot dwelling then how big should your home gym actually be?

Some people use their garage, some use a spare bedroom and others have filled an entire extra room with equipment. Where you fall on this spectrum will determine what type of home gym you should build or purchase. You don’t want to fill your entire house up with equipment if you can avoid it though because unless you live alone that’s just gonna end poorly for all involved!

How Much Does A Home Gym Cost?

This is the million dollar question most people want an answer to when considering a home gym. Unfortunately there’s no set dollar amount for this because all home gyms cost different amounts based on their size and the equipment they include. Also how much money you actually have available is going to play a huge part in what type of home gym you can build or purchase as well as if both of those options are affordable and possible.

That being said, we’re going to break down some of the typical costs associated with creating your own personal fitness studio at home:

Walls

If you don’t already have them then you need to construct whatever walls will permanently house your equipment. Metal studded construction grade drywall is typically suggested so it can handle the stress of hanging equipment on it. This usually run anywhere from $3 to $5 a linear foot depending upon your region and the thickness desired. So plan on spending another $300 – 500 for materials alone.

*Note – Metal studded walls are pretty expensive to build but will hold up better over time than standard construction grade drywall which is very cheap in comparison.

Floors

This is going to vary greatly based upon what type of flooring you choose, how big of a space you need and also what type of equipment you want to put down or use on top of it too! But some popular options include rubber tiles, rubber matting and interlocking foam mats typically used for camping.

*Note – Flooring is typically one of the most expensive aspects of building your home gym so be sure to do your research ahead of time to avoid sticker shock! Also, think through everything you want or will need in terms of equipment before deciding on what flooring solution is best for you.

Evaluate Your Needs

This step cannot be overstated because it will determine how much money you’re going to end up spending on this project; size really does matter! Once you’ve determined what type and size room(s) are available for construction or renovation then make a list of all the exercise machines, free weights and accessories (mirrors, racks, etc.) that would fit within those dimensions. Be as specific as possible and try to avoid generalization because you’re going to have a hard time justifying the costs of purchasing or building anything that doesn’t match your initial estimates.

In short, if you plan on an entire room being dedicated solely to your workout then expect to spend at least $5,000 – 8,000 minimum for all new equipment; this includes barbells, dumbbells, racks, bench press stations, presses (both flat and incline), military (standing) presses, squats (rack style & Smith machine), rack pulls (rack style only!), deadlift platforms, cable attachments, lat pulldown / low row machines, benches (flat/incline) and cardio equipment too! This price range typically only covers the basics too so don’t expect extras like TVs, music players, water coolers or nice paint jobs on any of your equipment.

Know Your Limits

It’s crucial to determine how much money you have available for this project up front before making any final decisions because you can easily go overboard if there is room in your budget for extras. For example, most people typically decide to purchase a barbell set first along with one or two pairs of adjustable dumbbells (~$350) then later add on more sets once they start getting bored doing the same routine every week/workout. Don’t fall into that trap because it will slow down progress, leave holes in your collection and end up costing far more than expected!

Buy Used Equipment

This is an excellent way to stretch your budget by at least 50% while still getting professional grade equipment too! Just make sure you’re buying from a reputable source, inspect everything before agreeing to the purchase and try not to get greedy with used sales/deals because retailers typically won’t budge much beyond 15-25%.

Why You Should Build A Home Gym?

If you’re serious about getting in shape and committed to sticking with your new program then purchasing or building a home gym is definitely the way to go.

Here are just some of my favorite reasons for committing to this type of workout space:

It’s convenient

Since you will literally have every exercise tool at your disposal right there when needed it’s much easier to keep track of time and remain consistent with each work out. You will never miss another day because you simply don’t feel like going into the ‘ol gym, getting all sweaty and coming back home late. It also saves money – Instead of having to drive thirty minutes one way three times per week you can get it all done from the comfort of your own home in thirty minutes or less.

It’s affordable

All you really need is a space to stand, mirror(s), bumper plates and/or adjustable dumbbells. If you go with the latter it also becomes extremely easy to workout when on vacation anywhere around the world! You can even do most indoor workouts using just your body weight (if you’re at home) too! Lastly, since most manufacturers offer financing options right over the phone/internet you will never have to break that piggy bank either! It’s versatile – With all of that equipment available you’ll be able to change routines often enough to avoid any plateaus while always challenging yourself each time; plus, if your goal changes along the way (building lean muscle, fat loss, strength endurance) it’s easier than ever to make simple changes yourself.

It’s safer

Since you’re working out solo you’ll never get hurt by missing a dumbbell while doing bench presses or having to wait for that one guy who always takes forever in the squat rack. If you opt for adjustable dumbbells then you can also push yourself safely even when injured because it takes all of the pressure off your muscles/joints! Plus everyone knows how dangerous barbells are when used incorrectly so why not avoid this issue altogether?

It saves time

Since most people don’t have hours per day available to dedicate solely towards building muscle I’d say an average workout is about one-hour or less (including warm up). Compare that to the time it would take someone to drive back and forth three times per week at 30 minutes per session then I think this is a no brainer.

Which pieces of equipment are necessary for home gym?

So let’s get into which pieces of equipment we think are necessary and where we would recommend them going in your new space. Just remember there is no such thing as too much gear (you’ll see why soon). If you love working out like I do then make sure you get yourself the right tool for the job! The Essentials:

1. Power Rack

A power rack is without a doubt the most important piece of equipment you can buy. It’s basically essential if you want to build muscle efficiently and safely or just perform compound exercises. This is because it has tons of extra features that are super helpful when working out at home compared to using any other type of equipment. Because it offers so many benefits listed below I recommend either getting an adjustable unit or buying a separate squat cage, pull up bar and dip station (if they’re sold separately).

2. Adjustable Bench

Just like a power rack, an adjustable bench is another one of the most important pieces in any home gym. If you’re training alone then not having an adjustable bench would make things much more difficult to adjust from flat bench press to incline or decline. Another reason for getting one is that it makes training your abs a lot easier once you get a leg raise attachment. There are tons of different types out there but my favorite type for home use is this one which comes with wheels and also can be flipped over into a preacher curl station when you decide to expand your equipment even further!

3. Dumbbells/Kettlebells

One thing I absolutely hate about going to commercial gyms are the limited amount of free weights they have. I find it really hard to make progress if all I use are machines or barbells because my workout becomes too one dimensional. This is why I always recommend buying at least 20lb dumbbells and kettlebells set. By doing this you’ll get a small collection of equipment that can be used for hundreds of different exercises compared to just a couple.

4. Pull Up/Dip Station

Pull-ups are an extremely important compound exercise for building muscle in your back, biceps, core and even triceps depending on how wide your grip is. Same goes with dips but they also heavily work your chest muscles which very few people seem to want to target! There are lots of pull up bars and dip stations available but the one I like the most has a weight stack feature where it can also be used as an adjustable bench. This way you don’t have to waste space with both a flat bench and pull up bar/dip station.

5. Weight Plates

You’ll have to buy metal plates because anything rubber will just break apart after a while. But you don’t have to buy them in bulk from the same manufacturer because they’re completely interchangeable with any brand. These are just a basic plate that can be used for many different exercises and if you want to target certain body parts then I recommend getting 1-2 10lb, 5lb and 2.5lb plates which should cover all your bases!

6. Preacher Curl Station

This is another great add on for when you expand your gym further since it’s one of my favorite exercises for building big biceps without using machines or dumbbells, which take up lots of room in the home gym. The preacher curl bar gets loaded with a plate on either end and then you can adjust them using a pin in the middle to change how much weight you use. If your local store does not have one of these then they do sell dumbbells with a curl bar attachment but it’s very small and only fits 10lb plates which is useless for anyone over 100lbs in my opinion!

7. Exercise Bikes

An exercise bike is another great piece of equipment that allows you to target your lower body and burn calories. This can be used as a cardiovascular machine as well as for making gains in the quads, hamstrings and calves if you decide to use it instead of doing squats or leg presses. The one I recommend getting has an upper body handlebar but there are also more basic bikes without them which only have pedals and a small monitor with preset workout programs.

8. Yoga Mat

This is a very cheap but versatile piece of equipment, which does not take up much space at all! I find yoga mats perfect for stretching before/after workouts or even just after waking up in the morning to get your blood flowing. They’re also great for doing ab exercises on and even propping up a laptop to watch Netflix or surf the web.

9. Weight Bench

This is another great add-on for your home gym which allows you to train your chest, triceps, deltoids and core by performing different types of presses (i.e flat/incline/decline bench press). I like this one because it’s one of the few available in white but there are also other varieties that come with wheels too! If you decide to get this then make sure you also grab yourself some dumbbells, barbells and an adjustable weight bench (i.e. leg raise station ) since they’re all interchangeable depending on how much space you have in your training area.

10. Adjustable Weight Bench

This is the only piece of equipment you’ll need if you want to work your entire body with either barbells or dumbbells. It allows you to easily adjust the weight load on both so that you can put certain muscles groups into tension while others are being stretched out. Just make sure they have wheels otherwise it’s very difficult to move around! At this time of writing, I actually own 2 adjustable benches but one has a leg raise station, which is great for core training and gives me another option when I’m too lazy to get up off the floor! Other than that these are not meant for cardiovascular workouts at all since your heart rate goes through the roof when using them!

11. Flat Bench

This is one of those basic pieces of equipment that every gym should have, regardless if it’s a small local one or larger chain like Fitness First. This is used for both barbell and dumbbell work but I’ve found it most useful when using dumbbells. If your gym doesn’t have this then I recommend getting one because it’s a great way to target your deltoids and improve stability in your arms!

12. Resistance Bands

These are another budget-friendly piece of equipment that takes up very little space in comparison to barbells and dumbbells and can be used for stretching (especially in between sets when doing squats/bench press) as well as when performing certain exercises like bicep curls. Although they’re not needed, I personally like using them for my legs once I’ve finished with the big compound movements (i.e barbell squats & leg presses).

13. Rowing Machine

This is another great cardiovascular workout equpiment, which requires no assembly at all! This machine can be used for building up your quadriceps and hamstring muscles as well as strengthening the upper body too. Outside of a gym environment I prefer using a concept 2 rowing machine, since they offer a wider range of motion than most other machines but if you have space/budget constraints then there are also other options available.

14. Jump Rope

The next is the jump rope, which was my go-to piece of equipment when I used to play basketball at highschool. This is very compact and something you will always find in every gym around the world! It only takes up a negligible amount of space (if any) and can be used for warming up before starting your workout or even replacing some basic cardio if you feel like having an easier session.

Ideally I’d get all of these items put together into one package deal instead of buying them separately but unfortunately for me this isn’t possible yet. However, depending on how much space you have available then that’s what should dictate how many pieces of equipment you get because more rarely means better! Remember that home gyms offer numerous advantages over regular gyms, which is why you should definitely consider getting one if your budget allows for it!

14. Air Bike

I’ve saved the best for last because this is definitely one of my favourite pieces of equipment to use in a home gym. You don’t even need a full blown exercise bike since folding versions are quite common these days and they take up very little space. They’re great for cardiovascular workouts as well as providing a fantastic workout on your quadriceps, hamstrings and calves!

Where Should You Buy Home Gym Equipment?

You’ve decided to purchase a home gym. That’s great! Owning your own is a great way to save money and have access to many different pieces of equipment right at your fingertips.

It can be pretty overwhelming, though. There are a lot of choices out there and they’re not all cheap.

So where should you buy from? Here is some information about the top three most popular options:

1) The Local Sport or Fitness Store – These stores typically have every piece of equipment you could think of, even if it isn’t displayed on the floor. They may also have demonstration models set up so that you can actually try them out before you purchase them. Many times these stores depend on customers who are willing to pay a little extra for the service of being able to actually test out equipment. In addition, they most likely have salesman who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about their product. You can probably expect these stores to charge a mark up on all of their products, including home gym equipment. In some cases, this markup is as high as 40-50%. The advantage besides the convenience and selection is that since they also carry standard fitness gear (such as shoes) you might end up spending more money at the store overall.

2) Discount Sports Warehouse – These warehouse type retailers typically offer extremely low prices and free shipping on orders over $75 or so. They offer very limited service, normally just offering basic assembly of the equipment. They don’t offer any options to try out the equipment either. They are pretty much just a warehouse that ships items direct to your door at the cheapest possible price.

3) Online Retailers – These stores typically sell everything from home gym equipment, weightlifting gear, cardio machines, nutritional supplements and more without having a retail storefront. Some great examples would be Amazon, BodyBuilding.com or FitnessDepot.com. The biggest advantage these retailers have is their extremely low pricing due to cutting out overhead expenses such as space rental for a store front or customer service reps on staff waiting to answer your questions. Typically shipping costs are included in the final cost so you won’t have additional surprises when you get your shipment. In addition, these retailers often have a wider selection of equipment since they sell more than just home gyms and weightlifting gear. The biggest disadvantage with these options is that though free shipping may be included there may be a hefty markup from the store to cover the shipping costs which could end up making them cost almost as much as buying from a retail storefront. In addition, if you do require some assistance assembling the equipment then you normally will not get that service either.

What To Look For In Home Gym Equipment?

When seeking home gym equipment we suggest you look for the following:

Price

How much can you afford to spend? Will it be more than $100 or less than $1000? This will put a limit on the kind of equipment that you can buy. Warranties – Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on parts, some offer 5 years of coverage, others 1 year. This is good to know in case anything happens down the road.

Adjustability

Make sure that you can adjust each machine to your height, weight and needs. Resistance – Home gyms range from all free weights to combination free-weights/machines. You might like a mixture of both or you might find that one is all you need.

Space

The amount of space in your home gym will determine what size equipment you can buy. If you have a small apartment, weight benches and squat racks might not be the best choice

Advanced Technology

Some manufacturers offer up some pretty advanced technology like built-in touch screen consoles or “in-home personal trainers” (which is basically an automated workout show).

Warranty

Lifetime on the frame and 90 days on parts. Advanced warranty service is available for an additional fee of 15% of the product price per year, to a maximum charge of 150% of the purchase price. This covers all non-moving parts, which may include upholstery, hydraulics, cables and motors.

Resistance

The Powerline home gym has 210 pounds of resistance with 170 pound weight stack plates In our opinion this is not enough weight for serious lifters who are looking to increase their strength. It’s at least 30 pounds less than most other brands in its price range.

Pros and Cons of a Home Gym:

Pros:

  1. Time-saving

In an age constrained by time, a home gym can save you time. You won’t have to drive your body to the gym and back. The commute associated with this will take up a significant portion of your morning or evening without adding any value to your life – it’s wasted time. It might seem like a small thing but this will add up over time. It’s easy to see how 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there could result in several hours each week.

  1. No commute

You won’t have to battle traffic to get to your gym or drive home afterwards. You can also work out at any hour of day that you wish without worrying about the opening times of the gym or what it’s closing time might be because it is always open for you!

  1. Save Money

Depending on where you live and the amenities your local gym offers, you may save money by working out at home. Many gyms charge high monthly fees with no option for a pay-as-you go option. I know many people who visit their local gyms once a month just to use the treadmill for a short while before leaving. This is very expensive if you’re paying for a year-long membership every time you do this!

  1. Option to Train When it Suits You

With a home gym, you can train whenever suits you. Do you like getting your workout done first thing in the morning? Then hit that snooze button and get it done before work, no problem. Do you like having an evening gym session with friends? Then change your schedule to accommodate that. You can even knock out two workouts in one day if that’s what works best for you (e.g., HIIT after work, weights/cardio when you get home).

  1. No Distractions

No one will be over your shoulder telling you what to do or asking if you need help. You won’t have to worry about waiting for equipment because there’s always enough for you (unlike some of the busier gyms).

  1. No bad weather excuses

For many parts of the world, winter is synonymous with cold and wet weather which can make getting out of bed for a morning workout tough. This won’t stop you anymore! Of course, if it’s hot outside this can be an even bigger issue but at least your home gym isn’t affected by this:P

  1. Can experiment with workouts comfortably

With distractions minimised, it gets easier to try new things safely without feeling self-conscious.

  1. Save Money on Gym Membership and Equipment

You can skip the yearly gym membership fee and purchase all the equipment you need to use at home. This means that over time, your investment in a home gym will pay for itself compared with having a gym membership even if your home equipment is more expensive than what you’d pay at the gym (it usually isn’t by much).

Some people choose to go one step further and sell their unused gym membership as well as any extra equipment they don’t often use – this could be another source of income or savings.

Cons:

  1. Commitment Required

Many people just aren’t sure how committed they are to working out and training regularly. If you’re not sure if a home gym is right for you, I’d recommend at least trying a month-long trial before committing.

  1. Personal Safety Concerns

Personal safety is an issue whenever you train alone. You can’t call out to anyone in the middle of an intense workout if something goes wrong and this may prevent some people from training at home. In addition, injury could result in being unable to get help immediately because there will be no one around to assist you.

Home equipment doesn’t always provide the same level of support or security that a gym does. This means it’s easy to do things slightly “wrong” without realising which could result in injury later on. However, there are precautions you can take to minimise your risks (e.g., using correct form when using free weights).

  1. Lacking Variety in Your Training

If you enjoy variety, then you’ll probably get bored of training at home after a while. While this is true for any form of exercise, the fact that your equipment is limited to what you’ve bought will make things seem more monotonous than if you were working out at an actual gym where there is almost endless choice for how to train and with what equipment.

  1. No Motivation From Others

A lot of people find motivation in their fellow gym-goers by simply observing them whilst they work out. People are very different so some guys love looking at hot girls, for example, which can help them stay motivated during their workout. If you train at home, your eyes will be focused solely on yourself all the time and this could cause feelings of self-consciousness or even social anxiety.

  1. No Challenge From Others

The other people at your gym also provide a challenge that helps motivate you to work harder because they are constantly pushing each other to do more. When training by yourself, it’s easy to slack off if there isn’t any external competition around.

  1. Personal Trainer May Be Required

If you’ve never used free weights before or don’t have any experience working out in general, then I’d recommend hiring a personal trainer just so you don’t hurt yourself. However, a good trainer can be very expensive.

  1. Distractions

As I mentioned earlier, distractions at home can prove to be a big issue if you’re going to train seriously. There are no other people to help motivate or distract you and it’s easy to get bored or distracted by other things if your home environment is not ideal for training.

Which Brand Is Great For A Home Gym?

I get this question all the time. Which brand is great for a home gym? The answer to that all comes down to personal preference, experience level and budget. I will break it down into some categories:

Amazon

One of the most popular choices for equipment at a low price-point is Amazon. They have recently been sending their “Warehouse” deals directly to people’s homes with free 2-day shipping on many items from their fitness section. There are rumors that these products are refurbished or returned but most people claim they work perfectly fine after assembly and don’t report any problems in years of usage. If you do purchase something from Amazon make sure you check out the reviews!

Rogue Fitness

Another popular option is Rogue Fitness, which everyone has heard of. They are arguably the most reliable in terms of shipping and ease of use with their ordering system. What I like about Rogue is that they offer free shipping on everything so long as you order $50 worth. This allows for a lot of flexibility in your purchases because you can order multiple items at once to meet this requirement. Their prices are comparable to what you would find on Amazon but due to the lack of 3rd party sellers their prices tend not fluctuate much over time. While their website has a great interface, it doesn’t have any information on warranties/troubleshooting procedures if something goes wrong after assembly so it might be harder to get help from them.

Rogue also offers a $50 lifetime warranty on their barbells and plates. This means if the bar or plate were to ever break, they will replace it free of charge. They do require that you send photos as proof but this is a great policy to have since most companies offer only 1-year warranties on equipment from the date of purchase.

eBay

The third option I would recommend is eBay. The beauty with eBay is that there are plenty of retailers who sell their products exclusively on eBay so you can find competitive prices because they’re not focusing on marketing/advertising costs like normal brick and mortar stores. On top of that, many people sell used fitness equipment on here which means you can save a ton of money! You can potentially buy pre-owned Rogue Fitness products or used American Barbell bars for much cheaper than buying new ones. Just make sure to do your research on the seller you are purchasing from before finalizing any transactions to ensure they are reputable!

Titan Fitness

The main benefit of Titan Fitness is that they have established a relationship with Amazon so their products will be eligible for Prime shipping. This means that if you purchase anything from them, it has a high likelihood of arriving at your doorstep within 2 days. The downside to this is that every item on their website won’t qualify for Prime even though some items are being sold by third-party sellers through Amazon. Therefore, prices may vary depending on which route you choose to go (shipping via Amazon Prime vs Titan shopping cart).

Rep Fitness

Fitness offers competitive prices but personally, I haven’t ordered from them so I can not vouch for their shipping or customer service. The reason for this is that they only started selling on Amazon in the last few years, which means there aren’t any reviews to use as a gauge for how reliable they are.

FringeSport

FringeSport offers free shipping if you order over $99 worth of goods but you may have to wait 5-7 days before it arrives at your doorstep. They also offer competitive prices but some packages don’t qualify for free shipping so make sure to check out their website so you don’t get hit with $50 in shipping charges unexpectedly!

CraigsList

Craigslist is a great way to find used fitness equipment and can often times be a better deal than buying it new. The only problem with Craigslist is that the functionality is a bit lacking in contrast to eBay or Amazon. You’ll have to rely on actually meeting up with the seller and handing over cash which may make you feel uneasy if you know nothing about them. This is why I recommend getting familiar with your local area first before exploring any Craigslist options!

PowerBlock

PowerBlock is most well-known for their adjustable dumbbells but they also sell home gyms as well. They offer free shipping after ordering $99 worth of products from them but will take longer than 3-5 days due to the fact that many of their parts are imported from Germany. They also have a good return policy so if you’re not happy with your purchase, you can send it back for a full refund!

Sorinex

Sorinex is one of the most well-known brands to buy fitness equipment from, especially if you’re looking for home gym equipment that will last a lifetime. They offer free shipping on all orders over $500 and do not require you to pay sales tax either. If you go this route, make sure to take advantage of their “Quote Me” feature since many times they’ll give discounts for mentioning coupon codes or referring your friends/family members who are already customers!

Conclusion

So, how much does a home gym cost? The price of a home gym can vary greatly depending on the type and quality of equipment you choose. Generally, you can expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars on a high-quality home gym system. However, if you’re willing to get creative and do some research, there are many affordable options available that will still give you access to the best workout equipment. What’s most important is that you find what works best for your individual needs and fitness goals. Have you decided whether or not a home gym is right for you? If so, be sure to check out our top picks for the best budget-friendly gyms below!

 

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