Are you short on time or money? Just not feeling the gym scene? No worries! You can build a home gym with only 6 pieces of equipment for under $100. Check out what I have in my basement…
1.Dumbbells ($50-70) – Probably the most costly investment, but they’ll last forever and are a staple in any home gym. I would recommend a set of 5-15lbs to get started. You can find reasonably priced sets at Walmart, Target, and Amazon, or search your local Facebook Marketplace for used ones!
*Splurge* Interchangeable dumbbells ($275) – They are pricey, but I have been using the same set for almost 10 years. They save you space and can adjust from 10lb to 50lb+ to allow for more versatility in your workouts.
2. Bands ($11) – Inexpensive yet effective. These are great for toning and can be used to work pretty much any muscle group. I have these ones from Amazon – good quality at the right price!
3. Exercise ball ($15) – Another versatile piece of equipment that should be in any home gym. Not only does it add an extra challenge for your core, but can be used to occupy your kid while you get your workout on! 🙂
4. Chair – A great substitute for a bench or step. Grab that dining room chair and finally get a little use out of it.
*Splurge* Adjustable weight bench ($50-100) – These can range in price but you don’t need anything fancy. I got mine as a lightening deal on Amazon for around $50. It gives me the ability to do a little more with my workouts at home when I can’t make it to the gym.
5. Mat (<$15) – Not entirely necessary, but nice to have for comfort and grip. If you have 2 hairy beasts as pets like me, this also saves you some sanity from picking dog hair out of your tights for the next 2 days. You can get a cheap one online or even at your local Five Below.
6. Paper plates – You’d be surprised how much you can do with these, especially on carpet! Opt for the sturdier kind so they last a little longer. Throw some extras on the floor and let your kids skate around like little Olympians (obv away from the stairs).
*Splurge* Sliders ($10) – Will probably last longer and are a more eco-friendly option. (However, I’m cheap and paper plates have worked perfectly fine!)
There you have it – a home gym in under $100. Getting in shape doesn’t have to mean expensive gym memberships or pricey equipment. I only get to the gym (maybe) 2 days a week if I’m lucky, so my little home gym has been my saving grace.
I have been a basement gym dweller for several years now with A LOT of success. You really can get a killer workout in without leaving the comfort of your own home. Feel free to contact me if you’re ready to get started!