Building a Budget Home Gym: Nolan’s $1,500 Setup
- Discover how to build a complete home gym for only $1,500 with all the necessary equipment including a rack, barbell, weight plates, bench, and flooring.
- Fit for Duty: Check Out This Affordable Home Gym Owned by a Busy Dad and Firefighter
Nolan, a rockstar firefighter, had been wanting to build a home gym for quite some time, but was apprehensive due to the expensive start-up cost.
After the birth of his first child few months ago, going to the gym for 1.5+ hours a day became difficult, and that’s why he finally decided to take the plunge.
He was able to build his budget-effective home gym by purchasing affordable equipment on Amazon and using secondary markets for more expensive items like the treadmill. Nolan’s workouts mainly focus on powerlifting with some bodybuilding thrown in. His main goal is to build strength while also trying to look good.
After bargain hunting, he was more than happy with the $1,500 he paid for his home gym setup.
Building a Budget Home Gym Challenges
Nolan shares that he can deadlift far more than the amount of weight he owns, but until he can shell out a little more money for bumper plates, he will have to wait.
Nolan does miss the very muscle-specific equipment and different barbells found at powerlifting gyms, such as multi-grip bars, camber bars, and seal row setups. But, he doesn’t miss them enough to go back to the gym.
The only other challenge he has is that the ceiling in his basement gym is only 7 feet, so he has to do anything he wants to do overhead from a seated or kneeling position.
Building a Budget Home Gym Tips
For those looking to create a budget-friendly home gym, Nolan advises that not everyone needs top ultra-expensive equipment.
There is plenty of affordable equipment that is easily usable for the vast majority of people. He also suggests that people can slowly acquire equipment over time instead of buying everything all at once.
- You Don’t Need Top-of-the-Line Equipment
- Slowly Acquire Equipment
- Bargain Hunt and Use Secondary Markets
Affordable Home Gym Equipment:
- Rack: Ultra Fuego Power Rack $390 (includes pulley system with attachments, weight storage, landmine and dip station).
- Barbell and plates: Fitness Gear Barbell and 260 lbs weight set $400 (DICK’S sporting goods)
- Bumper Plates: Iron Crush Olympic bumper plate set 45 lbs $170
- Bench: CAP Barbell Deluxe Utility Weight Bench Color Series $150
- Treadmill: Pro Form Treadmill from Facebook marketplace for $100
- Flooring: ProSource fit exercise puzzle mats 144 sq ft $110
- Dumbbells: Yes4All Adjustable dumbbells max of 55 $110 from EBay
- Kettlebell: Bowflex adjustable kettlebell 5-40 pounds from Play It Again Sports $80
- Tricep bar $15 at Play It Again Sports
Total Affordable Home Gym Cost = $1,525