Essential Home Gym Equipment and Workouts

Working out at home is convenient, saves time and splashing on expensive gym memberships. But what pieces of home gym equipment are the most effective to have in your home gym.

Here is some guidance on the best and most effective workout home gym equipment for your home.

Dumbbell set

Dumbbells can be used in a vast amount of exercises, training many parts of the body, which is why they should be your first home gym equipment you invest in.

To give you some examples of the range of exercises dumbbells can offer you: Weighted crunch for the abs, bench press for the chest, shoulder press, bicep curl, triceps kickback, bent over row for the back and even squat for the legs.

Although some of these exercises can be worked better with more specifically designed equipment, the full body dumbbell workout is something not to be sniffed at. And compared to other gym equipment they are cheap to buy.


I would suggest if dumbbells have not got enough weight to work your legs or chest then you will need to get a barbell. It will be more comfortable and safe to lift heavier weights using a barbell then an awkward dumbbell.

Specific exercises I’m talking about are the squat and bench press. To perform the squat properly you will need a resting bar at about lower chest height, which will enable you to pick up and put down the heavy weight safely. With a bench press you will need a bench and resting and bar as well. Barbells can become versatile along with other home gym equipment such as the bench.

Multi-Purpose Weight Bench

To be able to stack serious weight onto your barbell and dumbbells it will be extremely important to have a weight bench. On top of that you should be accompanied by a spotter so that you can perform your exercises safely.

They can be very good investments though as they can come multipurpose with the addition of leg raises and the option to fold the back up and down to diversify your workout. For a decent multipurpose weight bench you will be looking at paying from $100.

Resistance Bands


Resistance training is excellent for body toning and exercises the muscles like no other type of techniques because the muscles are always in tension throughout. There are many variations for isolating different muscle groups.

The bands come in a range of colours which relate to their resistance or stiffness. Yellow being the least resistant and black/grey being the most resistant. You can perform squats, bent over rows, lateral rows and bicep curls as a few examples of the capabilities.

Furthermore the bands are not exactly big, they can fit in your sock draw and are really cheap.

Rowing Machines

The most expensive piece of equipment that I am going to recommend is the rowing machine. It is a great combination of cardio and resistance training. For anyone that doesn’t like running but still wants to improve their fitness and muscular endurance this would be a great choice and the one I make.

Benefits over running are that it puts less stress on your joints such as your knees, and your upper body gets more of a workout, making this a full body workout. Not to mention you won’t have to leave the house.


Whatever home gym equipment you decide on remember that being consistent in your full body workout routine is the key to being successful. Set yourself a goal and stick to it you will see results in no time.
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