Building a Dream Home Gym for Almost Nothing: The Flipping Approach

  • By utilizing a flipping strategy to buy and sell used gym equipment, Anthony has built a fully functional home gym with an estimated value of $70,000 without spending any money out of pocket.

For fitness enthusiasts like Anthony, the gym is not just a place to work out, it’s a way of life. However, life can pose obstacles, making it necessary to build a home gym.

Anthony faced scheduling challenges with his wife due to having a few kids, which made it difficult to find time to go to the gym. In January 2019, he decided to start building his own home gym before the COVID-19 pandemic made it a necessity for many.

Starting with a simple setup, Anthony gradually expanded and upgraded his gym equipment through online marketplaces and Craigslist.

Today, his gym is valued at $70,000.

His gym equipment includes a variety of plates, bars, benches, weights, and machines, all purchased through flipping.

Anthony’s gym was built for function but over time, he added aesthetically pleasing elements to it.

His training style varies from powerlifting to bodybuilding, with occasional strongman workouts thrown in.

The best part of Anthony’s gym is that he didn’t have to spend any money out of pocket. He bought used gym equipment and then sold it after upgrading, which funded his gym’s growth over time. By finding good deals and being patient, he built a great gym without breaking the bank.

Anthony encourages anyone interested in building their own home gym to consider the flipping route for a cost-effective and convenient option.

Starting Home Gym Equipment Setup

Anthony started with a simple setup:

Since then, he has been gradually expanding and upgrading the gym equipment.

Home Gym Starter Setup
Home Gym Starter Setup
home gym starter setup
Home Gym Starter Setup

Current Home Gym Equipment Setup

The current gym equipment setup is full of great stuff, we really like the aesthetics of the Captain America, doughnut and pizza weight plates and the gorilla kettlebells!


Home Gym Photos

Current flipped home gym photos:

Home Gym Ideas
Home Gym Ideas
pizza doughnut skull captain america bumper plates
pizza doughnut skull captain america bumper plates
donut weight plates cptain america weight plates home gym ideas
donut weight plates cptain america weight plates home gym ideas

Flipping Strategy

The best part of building his home gym is that it didn’t cost a single penny out of pocket.

Instead, he used a flipping strategy where he bought used gym equipment and then sold it after upgrading, which allowed Anthony to fund the home gym’s growth over time.

For example, he got his Cybex FT360 functional trainer for $400, and the Captain America plates, along with other equipment, ended up costing me around $400.

Most of the bars didn’t cost anything because he got them as part of other deals.

The leg press was purchased for $300, and got 40 stall mats for $100.


Everything in the home gym has a purpose in Anthony’s training, which varies from powerlifting to bodybuilding styles, with the occasional strongman workout thrown in. Although the gym was built for function, over time, he has added elements that are aesthetically pleasing like Captain America or Donut plates.

He enjoys powerlifting the most, but he also cycles through powerlifting and bodybuilding styles of training. Anthony likes to mix in some strongman workouts from time to time too.

Building the home gym has turned into a little bit of a hobby that comes second to actually lifting.


If you’re interested in building your own home gym, don’t be afraid to go the flipping route.

By finding good deals and being patient, you can build a great gym without breaking the bank.

Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to work out at home whenever you want, without worrying about gym hours or scheduling conflicts.

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