Bodybuilding – The Essential Home Gym under $1000

Bodybuilding – The Essential Home Gym under $1000

You don’t need to spend a lot to get a quality workout, and you don’t need all of the fancy machines to be effective. Some of the best compound exercises involve just free weights. For some people it doesn’t make sense to do the whole drive to the gym, wait for some of equipment to be available, then drive back home thing. A home gym basically becomes free after the point you would have paid gym fees for the same workout period. If the added inconvenience of going to the gym makes it easy to stall out on what could be a better you, then you might need a home gym to help you down the path to a better body.

We chose some of the highest rated equipment, kept costs reasonable, and put quality first. You don’t want to work out on flimsy or shoddy equipment. This is an essential home gym, and while there may be small additions you may want to make as far as equipment goes, but this one has everything you need to get tight, ripped, and toned.

Adidas Olympic Weight Bench

Adidas Olympic Weight Bench
Noted for its quality and stability, this bench touts an oversized bench pad with thick high density foam, multiple serrated safety bar catches for benching without a spotter, and 14 guage steel for a lifter/weight combined 600lb capacity. It also includes a leg developer and weight storage posts to keep things organized. About $250.

Body Solid 7-Feet Olympic Bar
600 lb capacity 44lb bar weight, chrome finishYou want something that is a solid bar, bars that come in 2 parts flex too much and hold less weight with annoying seams. This is a solid bar. $96

Body Solid Quad Rubber Grip Olympic Weight Plates
We chose these because they have great reviews on quality, easy to grab handles, and the rubber coating makes them easy on your flooring. One size does not fit all, this is an outline and we figured 100 lbs to start (25lbs x 4 + bar = 144lbs total), You can of course add more weight to fit your personal goals. $200

While not included in our pricing overview, you can opt for a larger set with the Body Solid Rubber Grip Olympic Set 360, with weight sets from 255-455 lbs.

CAP Barbell Olympic 2-Inch Spring Clip Collars (Pair)
Pull weights off and on quickly, it’s convenient and timing sets effeciently depends on it. $13

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)
Being able to dial in the weight and then go makes your workout so much more efficient. They aren’t the cheapest dumbells around, but the convenience and the fact that they make for a clean uncluttered gym as opposed to having multiple dumbells and weights all over the place makes it worth it.
They are adjustable from 5 to 52.5 lbs, and adjustable in 2.5 lb increments up to 25 lbs. About $300

Stamina Doorway Trainer Plus
For upper body training you will want to get into the pull-ups and tricep dips, and if you have a doorway you should be using this bar. $30

Need direction on workouts?

If you are just getting started and you are looking for a new workout that fits your goals, there is a wealth of information at with a page that can find the workout you are looking for with just a few questions. Check it out here.

Total Cost for the Essential Home Gym $889