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Create a workout space that gets you pumped

When gyms are closed or the weather takes a turn, it’s nice to have a fitness space of your own. We have the ultimate guide to get you started.

WHAT'S YOUR BUDGET

The first thing to consider when building your home gym is how much you can spend. Exercise equipment comes in a wide range of prices and quality, so it’s important to set a budget before you start shopping.

Pro tip:

Consider the value you are getting for the price you are paying. If you know you will be using a specific machine more than others, you may want to invest more into that piece.

Good
Better
Best

Good: If you will be the only one using your home gym and if you plan to use it as a supplement to other equipment, buying an inexpensive machine might be best option for you.

Better: If a few people will be using the equipment, or you plan on using the equipment multiple times a week, you should consider moderately priced items.

Best: If you have multiple people using the gym, or plan on using your equipment heavily, investing in higher priced items would be a good idea

HOW BIG IS YOUR SPACE?

Be sure to measure your potential home gym space before you start purchasing equipment. This will help you determine how much equipment you can actually manage.

Pro tip:

Be sure not to overcrowd your space! Keep in mind you will need enough space to easily maneuver around your equipment.

Limited
Adequate
Ample

Limited: If you have a small space to work with, consider equipment with a small footprint.

Adequate: For gyms with adequate space, you may want equipment that is easily moveable or foldable.

Ample: If you have ample space, set up your gym in a way that makes sense for your routine.

WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS?

Once you’ve determined your budget and space, it’s time to consider your fitness goals. Are you looking to lose weight, stay active or build strength? This will help you decide which machines you need and which you can skip.

Pro tip:

Be sure to pick equipment that you actually enjoy using so it doesn’t become a dust collector.

Lose weight
Stay active
Build stamina

Lose weight: Cardio is one of the best ways to lose weight for beginners because it helps to burn fat in a short period of time. A rower is great for low-impact exercise.

Stay active: If you want equipment that will keep you moving, consider a treadmill.

Build stamina: If building stamina is your goal, you will want to focus on high intensity HIIT workouts.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Once you’ve determined your budget, space and goals, you should have a better picture of what items you need to create your home gym. Keep scrolling for some inspiration!

GOOD BUDGET, LIMITED SPACE
Yoga mat
$15-20
Foam roller
$20-30
Exercise ball
$10-15
Pull up bar
$30-45
Resistance bands
$15-20