What to Prepare for Your Home Gym

close up of gray dumbbells

If you’re always occupied and going to the gym is usually time-consuming, then make your own gym. You know what they say, “If you can’t get to the gym, bring the gym to you.” Or at least that’s what I think.

Regardless of the reason why you’re interested in a home gym, you’ll need to prepare the following:

Budget

How much can you spend for your home gym? Search for the prices of the essential equipment listed below and estimate how much you have to spend.

cash on hand

Location

  1. Pick the most spacious place for your gym.
  2. As you progress in your workout sessions, you’ll need more and more equipment, so be sure the room has extra space. If you have a room no one uses, then that’s better.
  3. Give the space a new look so that you won’t feel 100% at home; otherwise, you’ll be too comfortable while you exercise.
  4. Begin by cleaning the room or the area. Make sure the walls, ceiling, and floor are clean in preparation for the next step.
  5. After that, paint the room or the walls near the gym. Use a paint sprayer so you could save paint and time. Consider using airless sprayers.
  6. Let the paint dry completely.

Equipment

The next thing you have to do is purchase the necessary equipment. You don’t have to buy everything all at once; start with these five essentials:

  1. Power rack

This is the centerpiece of your gym. It’s safe to use and flexible for almost anything. It consumes a lot of space, but it’s worth the money. Before buying one, consider its strength, width, height, hole spacing, and accessories.

Power rack

  1. Barbell and weights

There are many barbells on the market which will make it easy for you to find one. The challenge is whether to pick a standard or an Olympic one. Standard bars are tailored for heavy lifting while Olympic bars are made for large, compound lifting. To ensure you’ll get what you need, you better ask your trainer or any fitness professional.

Barbell on the gym floor

  1. Bench

You can’t perform exercises such as dumbbell row, dumbbell pullover, and bench press if you don’t own a bench. Before purchasing, make sure the bench can support your weight and height. An adjustable bench is recommended, but it’s not required.

  1. Dumbbells

You’ll need these to keep your fitness spirit burning! Dumbbells, which are affordable, are considered more versatile than barbells. They’re also perfect for home gyms that have a limited area. If you’re aiming for comfort and safety, I suggest you purchase fixed dumbbells.

close up of gray dumbbells

  1. Platform

You can settle with a simple one first, then upgrade when you have more money. A platform is essential because it can protect the equipment, as well as your floor. They will also deaden the noise of clanging weights, so you don’t get scolded by your spouse while you work out.