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Build Your Own Home Gym

I am always telling you guys about great and new gadgets (useful and not) for working out at home. If you're looking to start your own home gym here is what you may want to include. The starred items are essentials, whereas the others are just bonuses but great if you have an entire room (and budget) dedicated to a gym.

  1. Ball*
  2. Exercise Band* (Think about getting a door attachment too)
  3. Dumbbells*
  4. Exercise mat*
  5. Towels
  6. Bosu
  7. Jump rope
  8. TV with DVD player
  9. Cardio machine/s
  10. Medicine Balls
  11. Step
  12. Bench
  13. Water cooler
  14. Yoga props (blocks, strap, etc)
  15. Fan

Did I miss anything? Is there a piece of equipment in your home gym that you find essential that I didn't list? If so, let me know below.

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
omg im so envious butrfly! :raspberry: LOL :rotfl: excited for you tho, i would KILL to have my own gym at home
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
I did look once but they seemed so expensive still...I'll look again, though! Thanks, Fit!!!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Butrfly4404 - I bought my Precor for half price (!!!!!) off of Craig's List. Check the site out and see if you can find a deal on a used one. : T R E A D : Wish we had a elliptical smiley for ya!!!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Okay, I'm going to try to steal this post to ask if anyone could recommend an elliptical machine...a cheap one. I'm wandering between Wal-Mart/K-Mart and the like. I would LOVE to buy a ProForm, but I can't afford that. So...anyone have any advice on what to look for and what to stear clear of?
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
*sigh* Someday, when I have more space, I will have my own gym.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
hoho, right now im still at exercise ball :p i intend to get weights and an exercise mat tho. and one of those circular things that you can stand on and twist your body side to side.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
kelly-o, if you have "On Demand" with your cable company, they have tons of free video workouts in all categories. That's what I do sometimes.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
That's a great list Fit! They're exactly what I'd have plus resistance bands. I'd kill to have my own home gym one day (sigh).
Kelly-O Kelly-O 9 years
What kind of exercise videos would you have in your ideal home gym? That's really the only thing I'm not seeing. I get so bored doing the same machine cardio all the time, I have to have some variety.
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