How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget (part 3)

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“Level 3″ home gym set up

Here are links to the first two parts of this series, in case you missed ‘em:

=> Building a Home Gym on a Budget (part 1)

=> Building a Home Gym on a Budget (part 2)


Okay – to recap – so far, we have:

  • A dedicated space to get your workouts at home
  • Deep knowledge of body weight training movements
  • A high quality interval timer
  • Kettlebells
  • A pull up bar, suspension trainer, or Lebert Equalizer
  • Knowledge of how to use your kettlebells

And that should put us at right around the $500 mark. So we got roughly $500 left to spend in our $1000 budget …


Building a Home Gym on a Budget – Level 3 ($1000)

My answer of how I think you should spend your last $500 may shock you.

The first thing you need to pick up, for your level three set up, is an Olympic bar and a basic plate set (standard is 300 pounds worth).


Sooner or later, you’ll need to do some real strength work. Strength is the foundation that all else is built upon. And the best way to get strong, that I know of, is with a barbell.

See, the thing is, these short, intense, metabolic-type workouts that are so popular these days are awesome.  I personally love them.  You probably do, too.  They leave you drained, lying in the floor afterwards in a pool of your own sweat, feeling smoked – and like you got a fantastic workout.

And they are great!  You can burn tons of fat with them, and get into great shape.

BUT – you NEED to included some max strength work in your overall scheme as well.  You need to do heavy squats, pulls, and presses.  You will not have the core, pre-requisite strength to perform your body weight/kettlebell/etc. movements at a high intensity and with great form, if you don’t.

Now. You should be able to pick up a decently good quality Oly bar and set of weight plates for around 300 bucks.  I have a set that I got used for actually a little less than that … the quality on it is great, and it has lasted for year.

You could easily spend a lot more than that on a higher-quality bar, bumper plates of you wanted to go that route, etc.

But as a starting point, you can check out some different brands and options here:

=> Barbell and weight plates


Now we have a couple hundred bucks left.  The way I see it, at this point, it comes down to personal preference, specific goals, etc. – not necessity.  Here’s a couple of items that you might consider:

Power rack - depending on how far you get into barbell training, could be a very usefull tool. Could also potentially double as a pull up bar, and save you a few $.

Dumbbells – Good addition to your current set up. Consider going with something like PowerBlocks to save space and for more versatility.  We have a pair of these in a back space at my training studio, and they work great.

Resistance bands – Another great addition, and very versitile piece of equipment. Also if you travel much, these are awesome. I always take a couple of bands with me when I travel.  Also, use them on a daily basis in our boot camps.

>> Check out the high quality continuously-looped bands by clicking here <<

Medicine balls – Can do lots of different things with these puppies

Jump rope – good way to mix things up in your conditioning sessions – can probably grab one for ten bucks or so

More KNOWLEDEGE – Check out this page for a fantastic list of resources for just about any fitness goal you can think of:

>> Over 38 programs for fat loss, lean muscle gain, and much more <<

And that about does it! Like I mentioned earlier, I had a lot of fun doing this post series. And I really hope it helps you get the most out of your home training space.  For about $1000, we have built out a complete space that get you to almost any goal you can think of.

Train hard, and talk soon -


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One Response to How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget (part 3)

  1. Melanie Bowen says:


    I have a question about your blog, could you please email me? Thanks!!


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