Home Gym Shopping List

I was asked to put together a shopping list for a home gym set up. So, here we go.

If I was to set up my own gym, my concern would be the same as in designing an exercise program. First priority is to cover all of our major compound movements (POWER movements as I call them in my program), and then flesh things out with some suitable accessory exercises.

There are lots of “all in one” type home gyms on the market, and some of them have enough attachments to allow for lots of different exercises… but to my way of thinking these mostly fall under that secondary category of accessory exercises. Some of these machines are great and if you have one already you should get stuck into using it regularly, but if I was to start out from scratch fitting out my spare room or garage I’d be more concerned with a decent free weights set up to begin with.

We’ll start at the top. The most important and probably most expensive item will be a squat rack. If money (and space) is no option, you should look into a Power Rack / Power Cage. You can get these with a high and low pulley which means you’re covered for Latt Pulldowns and Cable Rows as well, which is perfect.

If you don’t have the space or funds for a huge ass power cage, there are more reasonably priced and more space efficient options you can look into. Once you have your squat rack or cage it is just a matter of adding an adjustable bench, and then you have your barbell bench press, incline press and decline press covered.

Of course you’re going to need some heavy ass weights on a barbell, and these will account for a large part of your budget. Squats and deadlifts are your most important and beneficial exercises in a serious program though, and being well equipped for these is more important than having more options of less important exercises.

That said, we can flesh out our set up and add a lot of options for not a hell of a lot of extra money by investing in a decent set of resistance tubes. Use these to simulate a variety of cable machine type accessory exercises.

So here’s the shopping list for people with money to spend and lots of space:

  • Power Cage w/ Latt Pulldown & Low Row Pulleys.
  • Barbell & Heavy Ass Weights
  • Adjustable Bench
  • Heavy Ass Dumbbells
  • Resistance Tubes
  • Exercise Ball

Of course, if money is really no option… why not a Power Cage AND one of those multi function home gym set ups we talked about earlier on? Free weights is definitely the priority though, make no mistake.

On a budget, you could start here:

  • Squat Rack
  • Barbell & Heavy Ass Weights
  • Exercise Ball (used in place of a bench)
  • Resistance Tubes

And there you have it!


Author: davehpt

I'm DaveHPT, Maybe you've heard of me? Musician, rock star and recording artist. Published author. Former security industry professional. Personal Trainer and Weight Management Architect Of Awesomeness. Problem Solver.

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