You definitely don’t have to spend a TON of money to start building your own gym. But if you are willing and able to spend just $100, you can build on that and have even more variety. Here is how to build a home gym for less than $100–
2 (5-8) POUND WEIGHTS, WARM UP SET- $17.00
You’ll want a lighter set of weights to do any warming up or smaller muscle group exercises with. Especially if you’re starting out. I put pricing for 5 lb weights, but this may not enough weight for you (meaning you could jump up to 8lb weights (this will vary widely from person to person),which cost a bit more. If you needed more weight you’d still be under the $100 mark total. Generally it’s around $1/pound give or take you pay for any kind of dumbbell or weight).
YOGA MAT- $10.34
You’ll want a yoga mat especially if you have hard surface flooring. They give a little bit more comfort and traction when you’re lifting weights, stretching or doing any body weight exercises. Again, these are portable so you can move around your house.
2 (15) POUND WEIGHTS- $45.00
These are actually even cheaper if you buy them from Walmart. You may also need more or less than 15lbs, just using them as an example.
SKIPPING ROPE- $7.23
Skipping ropes take up zero space, they’re portable, and you can use them anywhere including inside the house in a small room. Perfect for cardio, you can do them in between weight sets to keep up your heart rate.
SWISS BALL- $10.99
Incorporating one of these into your routine will force you to activate your stabilizer muscles and work on your balance. They take your effort of sets up a notch.
= $90.56 TOTAL
There are two other items that you can add as well if you’re willing to spend another $91.75, or even just one or the other.
Having your own bench means you can do Dips, Step-Ups, Rows, presses etc. instead of using other items for stability.
FLOOR MATS- $31.75
Having good floor mats provides better support than a yoga mat, and these kind are actually anti-microbial and pretty sticky.
I have all of these items in my home gym, and they’re more than enough, especially if you’re just starting off. And that’s how you build a home gym for cheap!