If you’ve been keeping up with our articles about working out from home, you’ll know that one of the challenges we stated in working out from home is acquiring all of the necessary equipment.  It’s expensive, takes up a lot space, and most people aren’t even positive what they actually need.

The exact equipment you’re going to need is going to depend largely on the goals of your workouts and what you’re trying to achieve. The equipment you need to burn calories and lose weight for instance, is quite different from what you would use to build muscle mass.  As we’re going to discuss in a later article though, building muscle is actually still one of the key ways to burn fat. The more muscle you build, the more you’ll drive up your metabolism.

What you’ll find then is that there are certain things and certain principles that will apply no matter what your aims are. And there are definitely some specific pieces of equipment that everyone should own.

Where to Start

You are going to be faced with some unique challenges here when you begin building your own home gym. The first of these is the simple fact that your home gym shouldn’t cost too much. If you’re relatively new to the gym and  don’t have any equipment, it can be tempting to stock up on everything you think you might need and end up spending way more than you need to.

Additionally, you need to think about how you’re going to store your equipment. If you have a room dedicated to being your gym, then this latter point will be easy enough. But if you don’t, then you need to think about how you can make a gym that will be easy to take apart and put back together on cue, or one that is simply small enough and compact enough that it doesn’t matter too much.

The best tip in this regard then is to start small and build your way up. This means buying just a few items that you absolutely need to begin, but approaching them in a way that leaves you with the ability to expand when necessary.

Equipment to Buy Now!

The following is a good list of equipment that you can invest in over time to gradually build up your gym. Note; none of these are essential to get started.  The pull up bar and possibly the dumbbells, in my opinion, is a good place to start.  Here’s a list of some other items you might want.

  • Pull Up Bar: This is the bear minimum you need to start training and building muscle.  You can workout your shoulders, backs, arms, and abs with nothing more than a pull up bar!
  • Dumbbells: Dumbbells are incredibly versatile and are used for much more than working out those beach muscles.  A quick google search will show you that, much like a pull up bar, there are few muscles you CAN’T workout with dumbbells.
  • Bench: If you want to take your training to the next level, then look at invest in a bench. This will allow you to use your dumbbells in a much more efficient manner in order to do dumbbell presses, flies and all many other exercises. The best bench will be one that has an adjustable back.  This means you can sit on it or lie on it and that will in turn mean you can do isolation curls and other moves with it as well.
  • Skipping Rope: For simply burning calories on the spot, there are few things better than the simple skipping rope!

Now determine what you feel is best for yourself and get out and buy that gear!  Remember, because this equipment can be pricey, less is always more.  If you find you need more equipment, there is no harm in buying it at a later date.