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How to Create a Home Gym

How to Create a Home Gym

I go through phases with working out. Sometimes I’m all about the hardcore, military style workouts that leave me shaking and sometimes I’m all peace, love, and yoga. However, I’ve found that if I don’t have access to a gym or feel like being around the Hollywood douchebags that go to them, having a home gym, keeps me motivated and on track. No matter the size of your home, there are items you can invest in that will help you transform your body.

When I moved back to Los Angeles this past July, I had a really hard time finding a building that would take my dog. He’s about 80lbs. When I found a building that didn’t have a weight limit for dogs, they didn’t have a one bedroom available the week I had to move… so a studio became home. It’s actually quite large, but I’m on the 2nd floor, so I’m very mindful of noise. There is not popping in Insanity and jumping up and down for an hour. A great perk of the community is an AMAZING gym, but I still like having my own equipment for home workouts.

So, I thought it would be fun to write a blog about creating a home gym for every living situation. Whether you’re in a studio apartment or a mansion, you can bring the gym to you… that means: NO MORE EXCUSES.

Smaller Space

So, you may not have room for machines, but hat doesn’t mean you can’t tone and sculpt your body. I love these things because I can put on a movie, park in front of the TV and get a great workout!

Tone Fitness Neoprene Dumbbell Set with Rack, 32 lb. $46

Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat for Exercise, Yoga, and Pilates (Green) $20

Wacces® Set of 5 Premium Stackable Latex Exercise Resistance Bands Tubes Cords w/ Door Anchor and Ankle Straps $10

 Tone Fitness Kettlebell Body Trainer Set with DVD, 30 lbs. $30

Mantra Sports Exercise Ball Bundle: 65cm / 75cm Fitness Ball with Stability Ring, Resistance Bands, Foot Pump, Tape Measure & A1 Size Workout Poster | Complete Home Gym System 65cm Black & Orange $35

 Stamina 55-1602 InMotion Elliptical, Green $80

Medium/Large Spaces

If you have more space, try adding these larger items into your home gym. Great equipment and reasonably priced… especially that spin bike! They can cost and arm and a leg sometime…

Adidas Essential Combo Training Bench with weight Set, 100 lb $152

Sunny SF-B1110 Indoor Cycling Bike $279

Weider Power Tower $99 

Pilates Power Gym ‘Pro’ 3-Elevation Mini Reformer Exercise System with 3 Pilates Workout DVDs and the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder $350 

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Motorized Treadmill, Grey $340

Fitness Reality E5500XL Magnetic Elliptical Trainer with Comfortable 18″ Stride $298

Thinking about your space? Maybe you have a spare bedroom that you don’t use… I say, put a gym in there! Make it YOUR workout space. Design it so you’ll use it. What about a garage? My dad actually started building a small gym in his and it’s kind of amazing, so that’s another space that you can redo into a home gym. Infuse your life with health and fitness. Make it your own. Make it fun. And never step inside a crowded gym again.

  • Heather Lawrence
    Posted at 12:35h, 11 January Reply

    We have a large space in our garage and we use it for a gym.
    It’s awesome having a space to work out and not have to go out to get a work out in.

  • Katja
    Posted at 13:14h, 11 January Reply

    Thanks for this – I just decided to start exercising again but it always “tomorrow”. No more excuses! If I can do all this at my home without the need to go to gym there really is no reason for me to get my arse into gear 🙂
    Katja xxx

  • Emily G Davis
    Posted at 14:07h, 11 January Reply

    Awesome post! I also go back and forth about what kind of work outs I like

    • Emily G Davis
      Posted at 14:08h, 11 January Reply

      Oops pressed submit too soon! I was going to say that I dream of creating an at home gym!

  • George
    Posted at 14:08h, 11 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing and for all the links. This is golden for a lazy man like me,

  • Adriana Gil
    Posted at 14:33h, 11 January Reply

    Super cool post!
    I’ll need to have my own gym at home! 🙂

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 14:51h, 11 January Reply

    I love the small space options you’ve chosen – convenient and space-saving, but those items will all pack a punch when used correctly. I have a kettlebell that I use often, and I love it! I wouldn’t mind picking up one of those ellipticals though either – I love that it will fit in a closet when not in use.

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 14:56h, 11 January Reply

    These are really good ideas. We have a gym in our basement, but we could always use more equipment. I will have to look at some of your suggestions.

  • robin masshole mommy
    Posted at 15:24h, 11 January Reply

    I think this is a great idea. I just wish my house was bigger so I Had some room to make a home gym happen.

  • Milena
    Posted at 15:48h, 11 January Reply

    I have a big closet that I store my workout equipment in. It’s all right there and easy to pull out and put away. That’s how I make my small space work!

  • Paula Atwell
    Posted at 16:10h, 11 January Reply

    I like that you have broken this down by how much space people have. Space is a big issue in our small home. Unfortunately, motivation is the other big issue.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 17:13h, 11 January Reply

    I do have some weights in the house but mostly I just prefer to go for a jog. We don’t have room for any large equipment.

  • Alexandra Moresco
    Posted at 17:22h, 11 January Reply

    What a great post for people that need to workout at home or are short on time!

  • Keikilani
    Posted at 18:56h, 11 January Reply

    Home gyms are perfect for moms! I need to add some free weights and a new yoga mat.

  • Sandra Crespo
    Posted at 22:06h, 11 January Reply

    ty for sharing this I think home gyms are a great idea because you save time and money plus everything is your own instead of sharing your sweat with others lol

  • kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 23:07h, 11 January Reply

    I need exercise, creating a home gym could be a great idea for busy ppl around…

  • julie porter
    Posted at 01:21h, 12 January Reply

    I have plenty of room in the lower level of my house, so I really have no excuse not to set up some type of gym. I need to start a regular routine because I just can’t motivate myself to get outside to exercise in the cold MN weather!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 06:41h, 12 January Reply

    I just love working out at home and having a home gym like this would be clutch!

  • Christina Gardner
    Posted at 07:02h, 12 January Reply

    A home gym can be a great way to get exercise. Many people do not like to do it in public. As long as you buy the right equipment and have the space for it, it is really helpful in keeping healthy and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Great post!

  • amanda
    Posted at 07:15h, 12 January Reply

    I will definitely follow some of your small space suggestions. No room for mid or big at my place!

  • Mama to 6 Blessings
    Posted at 10:06h, 12 January Reply

    Our home is not huge but we bought a thread mill and made it work. We put it in our bedroom, I can enjoy the view of our pool and the lake while I workout!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 10:17h, 12 January Reply

    Great ideas! I’ve been taking a barre class the last few months that I really love. I can never seem to stay motivated when I’m at home. If we had a designated work out space I bet that would change though!

  • Divine Mwimba
    Posted at 10:27h, 12 January Reply

    I have a home gym. We collected items as the years went back and it turned into a gym. I prefer to work out at home. I just find driving 45 mins to a gym, working out for an hour and then driving back another 45 mins is such a waste of time.


  • Ashley Mullins
    Posted at 11:34h, 12 January Reply

    I have a gym membership but I also have small workout equipment at home. I love home gym equipment.
    This is a great post with great options for everyone! Working Out/exercise is so important.

  • Kaitlyn
    Posted at 13:53h, 12 January Reply

    I love this! I try to work out everyday, but it has to be at home because of my baby. I use Fitness Blender videos a lot on youtube; you should check them out. You can incorporate all this equipment with them as well. Great post!


  • Steven Goodwin
    Posted at 15:44h, 12 January Reply

    I have the room for a home gym, but have a hard time using it since I have 2 kiddos to watch. We joined the local YMCA and since they have free daycare, I’m able to go with them and get my hour in 3-5 times a week. You have some great suggestions here though! Maybe once they’re in school, I can get back to this mentality!

  • Krysten
    Posted at 16:51h, 12 January Reply

    I was literally just having this conversation with my friend because I want to get fit, but I live in a small space and all of the gyms around here are so expensive. I didn’t think I could get a full workout from such small things.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 23:43h, 12 January Reply

    My living room transforms into our home gym. I’m a P90x3 girl, and so I’ve got weights, a door frame pull up bar and a yoga mat. That’s it. That’s all you need. I do have a mountain bike for outdoors when the weather is better (and wind speed is under 15 mph!). Delighted to see those neoprine weights in a 8kg! I’ve been looking for AGES for something higher than a 5 (I’ve outgrown them). Now to see if I can source a supplier in the UK!

  • Sondra Barker
    Posted at 09:49h, 13 January Reply

    For me, having a home gym ensures that I get in a good workout everyday! I also feel its more cost effective than paying for a membership!

  • Fatima Torres
    Posted at 11:07h, 13 January Reply

    It’s amazing how there are so many options today for at-home workouts. We recently got a beginner’s yoga kit. It’s been a blessing.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 12:34h, 17 January Reply

    It would be nice to setup a gym at home so that you can work out more often and have no excuse for it as well. It’s going to save you a lot of time and money too!

  • Ana Rose | Roads and Pages
    Posted at 04:47h, 23 January Reply

    Wow! You are lucky to have these machines to keep you in shape. No hassle anymore in going to a gym. Keep being healthy. As what they say, if you are healthy, you are already wealthy.

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