Building a Home Gym on a Tight Budget: Jacob’s $2,300 Setup
- Jacob, a student and fitness enthusiast, built an impressive home gym with his wife for just $2,300.
- A dangerous incident at the school gym pushed them to build the home gym for a safer and more convenient workout experience.
Jacob, a mechanical engineering student, and his wife, who works at Target HQ as an SSA, have always dreamt of having their own home gym. They finally decided to take the plunge after they grew tired of waking up at 5AM to drive to Jacob’s school to work out.
One of the biggest challenges they faced was the absence of cable exercises in their home gym. However, they found it relatively easy to substitute these exercises with others.
Jacob has some advice for those interested in building their own home gym on a tight budget. He suggests watching out for sales and scratch-and-dent deals to get the best deals on equipment. The only piece of equipment they bought at full price was the Rogue bar.
Jacob also recommends being committed to the idea of lifting before making any significant investment in a home gym setup. He lifted at his school gym for over a year before purchasing the equipment for his home gym, while his wife took six months to make up her mind.
An incident where a football player nearly hit her in the head with a medicine ball gave them the final push to invest in their home gym setup. Their home gym is now a convenient, comfortable and secure space to work out alone or together!
Home Gym Equipment
- Rack: Titan Fitness T-2 Series Power Rack $400
- Bar jack is 3D printed from his printer
- Barbells: Rogue Ohio Olympic Barbell $370 and Courage Equipment Ez Curl Bar $115
- Bench: REP Fitness Adjustable Bench $320
- Weight Plates: Courage Equipment Bumper Plates $230 and Amazon Standard Plates $320
- Dumbbells: All in Motion (Target) $120 ($1.35 per pound) and Courage Equipment $110
- Rep Fitness 20 Plyobox $290
- Cable Equipment:
- Flooring: FleetFarm Flexgard Rubber Multi-Use Utility Mat (Gorilla tapped to each other) 6 x $31.5 = $189
Total Home Gym Cost = $2,360