Home gym equipment: 11 options for home gym

How to choose the right home gym equipment?

Well, you've probably already noticed and scratched your head for a while. Noticed what?

Well, it's not so easy to choose the right equipment to work out at home. The causes of this difficulty are multiple:

  • You've seen the equipment available in weight rooms, and you think you need a ton of gear to build muscle at home;
  • You are convinced that you will never have enough money to train properly;
  • There are so many stores to choose from that you don't know what to buy first for an effective weight training program;
  • Bodyweight sessions sound good, but you realize that you can't do everything without equipment;
  • You have tried to train without equipment at home, but in the end it seems too difficult or not motivating enough for you;
  • Etc., etc.

With my decades of experience (I was born in 1967), I've had time to get a clear picture of what is essential and what will lose you your money.

Follow the guide...

TOP 11 home-made bodybuilding equipment

home bodybuilding equipment

The sports accessories and weight training equipment I present here are the ones I have been using for years.

Some have also been selected and recommended by readers of this blog.

They offer unbeatable value for money and are perfect for home workouts. Improving performance and muscle development are achievable goals without paying a gym membership.

SmartWorkout Elite

TRX type suspension straps

The TRX straps are among the most important bodybuilding accessories to buy when you want to lose fat and become more toned. It is without a doubt the best equipment to work all your muscles at body weight. In addition, the various exercises in instability have a significant impact on the abdominal muscles because of the permanent sheathing.

It is not for nothing that they have been used for a long time for crosstraining sessions.

The TRX Go model presents an unbeatable price for an irreproachable quality of finish with fasteners and a metal carabiner. They are however 3 times cheaper than the TRX Pro!

The disadvantage of suspension trainers is that they take up a lot of space in an apartment. In addition, you need at least a door strong enough for an anchor point or place a wall or ceiling mount.

Here are the models I currently recommend:

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TRX Go Suspension Strap - For Fitness Everywhere Even in the...
Description
TRX Go Suspension Strap - For Fitness Everywhere Even in the...
Our opinion
TRX's eco model is already of excellent quality
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
109,95 €
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TRX Go Suspension Strap - For Fitness Everywhere Even in the...
Description
TRX Go Suspension Strap - For Fitness Everywhere Even in the...
Our opinion
TRX's eco model is already of excellent quality
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
109,95 €
Click for more information

Elastic bands: Compact and affordable

This is the ideal equipment to build muscle at home for small budgets. The resistance bands natural latex are extremely resistant and durable if you choose them of good quality.

The exercise possibilities are endless for all muscle groups and it's a very compact piece of strength equipment. It's like having a gym in a small bag. Just allow 3 square meters to work out in front of a door if you use the anchors.

I find it extremely difficult not to fall in love with this equipment when you want to build muscle volume while working out at home. Especially since it's really cheap.

Read this article which explains why elastic bands are more suitable than dumbbells for many people. I am not against free weights, but I am still convinced that they are not for everyone. I will present below the weights that I feel are suitable for home use.

So, if you don't know what equipment to use to promote mass gain without breaking the bank, elastic tubing is the place to start.

If you are not equipped, I recommend one of the 2 elastic band kits from the European brand SmartWorkout. Not only are they attractively priced, but you get free access to 3 workout programs and videos. In addition, you get 20 % discount with this link. Here's what's included in the Elite Pack:

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SW Elite Elastic Kit - EN
  • 7 natural latex 100 % tubes, which can provide up to 120 kg of resistance;
  • 1 bar with integrated fasteners for attaching rubber bands;
  • 2 non-slip silicone handles for a better grip;
  • 2 neoprene padded ankle straps;
  • 1 thick easy to install door anchor;
  • 4 unbreakable stainless steel carabiners;
  • 1 compact bag to carry the kit anywhere;
  • 3 free weight training programs included (Express, SmartGains, Strong & Beautiful);
  • 1 user guide.

You can also purchase the SmartWorkout Pro package which includes exactly the same items except for the bar (click on the link to learn more).

Adjustable dumbbells 24kg

Latex loop strips

In addition to the SmartWorkout kit, I use loop bands that I find much more practical on certain exercises such as squats or the military shoulder press. Indeed, they allow you to try exercises with a very high resistance without risk. It's a bit like going to the gym to train with guided loads.

They can also be used for certain movements where assistance is needed such as barbell pull-ups or dips.

You can find great tape kits at Amazon by following these links:

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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
GJELEMENTS Elastic Bands for Bodybuilding - Set of Elastic Bands for...
Description
TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
GJELEMENTS Elastic Bands for Bodybuilding - Set of Elastic Bands for...
Our rating
2,5/5
4/5
4/5
5/5
Current price
35,99 €
Prix indisponible
46,99 €
49,99 €
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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
Description
TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
Our rating
2,5/5
Current price
35,99 €
Click for more information
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GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
Description
GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
Prix indisponible
Click for more information
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TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
Description
TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
46,99 €
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GJELEMENTS Elastic Bands for Bodybuilding - Set of Elastic Bands for...
Description
GJELEMENTS Elastic Bands for Bodybuilding - Set of Elastic Bands for...
Our rating
5/5
Current price
49,99 €
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Drawbar

A drawbar will help you build biceps and big backs. It should be very sturdy and easy to install. Of course, if you have room and a hard wall, you can opt for a fixed pull-up bar.

You can also opt for a Roman chair if you have a little space in a room you use as a gym or in a garage.

Magnoos Matador Pull-Up Bar | Premium Strength Bars for...
  • ✅ SCREWLESS - READY TO USE IMMEDIATELY - No...
  • ✅ 20 % HIGHER THAN OTHER COMPARABLE BARS - MARGIN...
  • ✅ MAXIMUM STRENGTH - RUGGED & QUALITY CONSTRUCTION. The...

Dip station

This equipment allows you to work your pectoral muscles, triceps, shoulders and back. It will allow you to quickly gain more strength in your upper body. However, I advise you to buy gloves to prevent your hands from hurting.

Racks take up space during your workout, but they are easy to store in a corner of the room or a closet. Choose a station that is high enough for you to do your sets in good conditions.

Dips are an integral part of the best strength training sessions for the upper body (triceps, pecs and back).

POWER GUIDANCE Adjustable Dip Traction Bar Pump Gymnastics Bars...
  • ✅ STABILITY - Made of non-slip rubber, the...
  • ✅ Usage - You can effectively train a...
  • ✅ Comfortable Handle - The foam handles prevent the...

Multifunctional weight station

Free weights such as dumbbells, bars, discs and kettlebells will always have a following for building muscle quickly.

In this case, I recommend the TecTake station for the following reasons:

  • You can't get better than this for about 100 euros. This machine includes a dips and abs station, a pull-up bar and a bench press.
  • The bench is foldable and its size remains reasonable

Its flaw is that the handles tend to move. If this is the case, I advise you to put a glue dot.

TecTake Multifunctional Weight Station dips Pull-up bar...
  • Integrated dip and pull station
  • Long dumbbell stand: height adjustable on 3 levels
  • Foldable barbell bench l Dips bars l Pull-up bar
Muscle gain with elastics

Heavy-duty groundsheet

If you don't have to put your gym mat away every time, I recommend ordering a SquareFit mat like the one I use every day.

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It will provide you with a training surface of 1.83 m by 1.23 m. It is therefore almost twice as wide as a conventional mat.

It is perfect for fitness, yoga and weight training because of its high strength. And you can use it to set up all the weight training equipment like a bench and dumbbells. You will thus protect your equipment, your surface on the ground and the eardrums of your neighbours.

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SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Description
SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Our opinion
Warning: this is best for yoga, but not for strength training
He's my favorite because he supports everything
Our rating
5/5
5/5
Current price
89,00 €
94,00 €
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SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
Description
SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
Our opinion
Warning: this is best for yoga, but not for strength training
Our rating
5/5
Current price
89,00 €
Click for more information
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SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Description
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Our opinion
He's my favorite because he supports everything
Our rating
5/5
Current price
94,00 €
Click for more information

Free weights (dumbbells, bars, kettlebells)

Free weights include dumbbells, short, long or EZ bars, discs and kettlebells, etc. You'll also need a reclining weight bench to get the most out of it.

But this equipment is heavy and expensive to transport. That's why people try to sell you water-filled models instead. But they are worthless and take up a lot of space, not to mention the regular leaks.

Fortunately, I have found a partner who provides pairs ofadjustable dumbbells with a controlled price, including shipping: Avalon Gear. I'm not saying it's not a lot of money, but it's a lot better than what the competition is offering before we even talk about shipping costs.

MODELS (BowFlex type)Total weightPRICE
A pair of 2.5 to 24 kilos48kg369,90 €
A pair of 4 to 40 kilos80kg599,90 €

Here is a chart of the available models of adjustable dumbbells at Avalon Gear right now:

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#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Set D'dumbbells Bodybuilding Adjustable 2...
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbell for Gym or Home (One...
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Description
#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Dumbbell Set Adjustable Bodybuilding 2...
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbell for Gym or Home (One...
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Our opinion
Good quality 7.5-15kg per dumbbell kits
A very good affordable adjustable dumbbell from 2.5 to 25 kg
An unbeatable price for a pair of 2 times 2.5 to 25 kg
Attention, the price of the Bowflex 552i of 24kg is per unit
Expensive for a 22.5kg pair, but it's solid
Our rating
3/5
4,5/5
5/5
4,5/5
4/5
Current price
Prix indisponible
186,99 €
364,99 €
249,90 €
435,48 €
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#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Set D'dumbbells Bodybuilding Adjustable 2...
Description
#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Dumbbell Set Adjustable Bodybuilding 2...
Our opinion
Good quality 7.5-15kg per dumbbell kits
Our rating
3/5
Current price
Prix indisponible
Click for more information
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ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
Description
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
Our opinion
A very good affordable adjustable dumbbell from 2.5 to 25 kg
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
186,99 €
Click for more information
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ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbell for Gym or Home (One...
Description
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbell for Gym or Home (One...
Our opinion
An unbeatable price for a pair of 2 times 2.5 to 25 kg
Our rating
5/5
Current price
364,99 €
Click for more information
Visual
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
Description
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
Our opinion
Attention, the price of the Bowflex 552i of 24kg is per unit
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
249,90 €
Click for more information
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PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Description
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Our opinion
Expensive for a 22.5kg pair, but it's solid
Our rating
4/5
Current price
435,48 €
Click for more information
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Elliptical trainer

I know that a elliptical is a big investment. The prices are a bit steep. But it's a great way to get back in shape or to make some new friends. cardio sessions intense. In addition, it has the advantage of working 85 % of the body's muscles at the same time.

The benefits of this equipment make it the perfect companion for overweight or older people who want to take it easy on their joints.

You can read the complete comparafif of best ellipticals of the year.

Jumping rope

Of the various accessories in this article, this is the least expensive. A skipping rope is not expensive, but it is terribly effective for burning calories! On the other hand, if you like to vary your workouts, it limits the possibilities of training.

In any case, if you like it, select a professional quality model with an adjustable steel cable. The one I referenced has stainless steel ball bearings. Its aluminum handles will not rust or degrade with perspiration.

For warming up or for weight loss purposes, a jump rope is a great tool.

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Activity tracker

Smartwatches have come a long way in the last few years. It's not a must-have piece of equipment, but it's kind of like having a sports coach on your wrist.

If you like to be assisted by new technologies in your sport practice, it's a bit like having a coach on your wrist.

Here are some of the possibilities offered by these connected bracelets:

  • Automatically tracks your heart rate continuously and in real time, without the need for a cardio belt (like older Polar models).
  • Track your activity: number of steps, distance covered, calories burned, floors climbed, aerobic and anaerobic time, etc.
  • Automatic analysis of your sleep duration and quality, with a silent vibration alarm for a gentle wake-up.
  • Tracking your average resting heart rate (a good indication of your heart condition).
  • GPS tracking (connected to your smartphone) to display your routes and your speed for a jog, a hike or a bike ride for example.
  • Some also have an altimeter.

I just bought the Amazfit T-Rex model, and I find it to be a great performer for the price:

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Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker with swim tracker...
Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
Description
Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker with swim tracking
Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
Our rating
4/5
4,5/5
3,5/5
4/5
3,5/5
Current price
148,89 €
245,07 €
Prix indisponible
129,00 €
116,95 €
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Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker with swim tracker...
Description
Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker with swim tracking
Our rating
4/5
Current price
148,89 €
Click for more information
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Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Description
Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
245,07 €
Click for more information
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Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Description
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Our rating
3,5/5
Current price
Prix indisponible
Click for more information
Visual
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Description
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
129,00 €
Click for more information
Visual
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
Description
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
Our rating
3,5/5
Current price
116,95 €
Click for more information

Home gym equipment: Conclusion

These are basically the equipment I recommend for those of you who want to gain muscle or lose weight at home. But there are probably others that you use with pleasure.

What do you think? Which home gym equipment do you prefer and why? Tell me all about it by leaving a message in the comments area below. You can also ask your questions there. THANK YOU!

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