1. Thanks for the post and ideas! I have a home gym (small) consists of a treadmill, stair stepper, 2 & 5 pound weights, resistance bands and one of those ab roller gadgets:) Oh almost forgot it’s quick access to the outdoors:)

    1. Do you like the stair stepper? For a long time, our “home gym” was just the corner of the family room. You do what you gotta do.

      And I love that you have an ab-roller! Let’s get hook it up with one of my old Denise Austin videos for a blind date.

  2. We currently have an exercise bike (for my husband) and a treadmill (for me, which, by the way, I should be on, as soon as I’m done with my “me time on the computer” 😉 and an assortment (3-10 lb) of hand weights. I also have workout videos – Kathy Smith is a fave! And just so you know how old-school I am, I have a VHS tape that I used to record the Denise Austin workouts on Lifetime! (I really miss those being aired daily!) Just goes to show that the old way is sometimes the best way:)

  3. I have a treadmill which I use 4-5 days a week in the colder months. I own a kettlebell that is adjustable, a set of 10lb weights, some bands, bosu and mat. You could have amazing workout with NO equipment- your body is can provide resistance training in itself!

    1. What’s a bosu??? I agree that you can have an amazing workout with no equipment. But most people don’t know what to do or won’t push themselves hard enough on their own. I don’t, anyway, 🙂

  4. Great post and reminder we can workout anywhere. We have a Treadmill, elliptical, bike trainers, some free weights, stability ball, BOSU and DVDs so plenty to get moving 🙂

  5. I prefer working out at home. I have P90X and P90X2, Insanity, Insanity Asylum, and a half dozen other workout regimes. I have a way to hook up my computer to my tv so I can youtube all of the workout videos I would want. I have a 300 lb weight set and bench. I have dumbells, and kettlebells. 2 medicine balls and exercise balls. Jump ropes, balance things, exercise bike, bowflex, and I made up a 16 foot 2 inch diameter rope that I can do different exercises with using the rope hanging from the ceiling. I have a home made pull up bar and a treadmill. I also have a mirror, clock and a tabata timer.

  6. This looks like a great home gym. But I need accountability. I have tried DVD’s, Wii games, ABS Diet workout. I am great at them for about a week or two, then I get lazy. And bored. And lazy.
    So last summer I signed a 2 year contract with a gym (anyone in Canada MUST check out your nearest GoodLife Fitness – best gym ever!). And I took the plunge and bought 80 personal training hours (but from kijiji for about $20/hr, not from then gym directly which would be $45-$65/hr). I LOVE my trainer. For many reasons. 1. I have an appointment. Nothing gets my but to the gym like an appointment. 2. I don’t have to think, I just do what I’m told. 3. I can’t quit. I have walked out of fitness classes and wimped through exercises on my own, but if he says 12 reps at 10 lbs, I have to do it. 3 or 4 times. 4. I’m not bored. Ever. Not only because he changes my workout almost everyday, but because listening to a 23 year old talk about his night out or his trip to mexico or the girl he’s dating or if he should keep his Mohawk and/or beard is highly entertaining and makes the hour fly by. And makes be grateful for my quiet happy suburban life.
    My hours run out this summer. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. Probably cry.

    1. It’s hard with little ones. I used the stroller a LOT when they were babies. Or I’d stick them in the porta-crib or exasaucer while I lifted weights. Nothing wrong with short workouts so you can take care of your babies.

  7. I really loved this article. I’m currently working on expanding my home gym but I’m on a budget. I really like the idea of putting a TV in my gym and having a collection of workout videos. Cardio machines get boring and it would be nice to have something else to do for variety.

  8. hi, nice article, working out with sculpting exercise bar is better because you don’t have to use heavy weights and if you work out at home you can feel relieved that your children won’t get hurt with the heavy weights.

  9. Your post outlining the essential elements of a home gym is a comprehensive and practical guide for those looking to create their workout space. The breakdown of key components, from equipment to ambiance, provides a thoughtful approach to designing a home gym that aligns with individual preferences and goals.

    The emphasis on versatility, creating an inviting atmosphere, and considering personal preferences in equipment selection is particularly noteworthy. It’s evident that you understand the importance of tailoring the home gym to suit diverse workout styles and preferences.

    Thanks for offering such a thorough guide. Your post is sure to be valuable for individuals considering building their home gym, helping them make informed decisions and create a space that encourages consistent and enjoyable workouts. Here’s to many invigorating home workouts!

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