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How to Create a Home Gym for the Same Price as a Gym Membership

How to Create a Home Gym for the Same Price as a Gym Membership

N.B. I wrote this blog before we were forced to go on lockdown because of the devistating effects of COVID-19. Obviously now we don’t have a choice whether to train at home or in a gym. I’ve decided to post this blog as planned nonetheless because some people might find it helpful to know that you can keep yourself sane with home workouts and maintain that little bit of normality.

Please note that I’ve linked pictures to the fitness equipment to give you an idea of what to get, but they might be sold out and others may have increased their prices so please shop around before you purchase! 

If the items you want are still out of stock, scroll down and have a look at my alternative suggestions.

Why do home workouts?

Home workouts can be beneficial and can get you the results you want if you have the right knowledge and guidance. That’s why I’ve chosen to create a whole new range of Fitness Guides for Home Workouts.

People tend to join a gym so they will have the motivation to workout or at least get the help to do so. The truth is so many people are not using those gym memberships, I’ve seen it first hand. People waste so much money on unused gym memberships for various reasons including not feeling comfortable, not knowing what to do, not being motivated to workout or they struggle to find the time.

My suggestion to all of the above problems? Create a home gym with basic bits of equipment and follow a training programme.

But I like going to the gym!

Now I’m not trying to put everyone off joining a gym. For those of you who enjoy going to a gym, getting out of the house, relieving stress after work, whatever your motivation, if you enjoy being in a gym rather than exercising at home, go for it.

And for me, I train in a private gym because I get coaching for powerlifting and sometimes strongwoman training too. It’s something that really motivates me to train and it’s also a fun environment to be in because it’s a private gym where everyone knows everyone else. So for me, paying a membership to this gym every month isn’t a big deal, because I need to train somewhere that has the right equipment. I also like the people so that’s a bonus.

But, there are lots of people out there who struggle to find the time around work and family life, they don’t like the atmosphere of your average gym, they don’t enjoy being somewhere unfamiliar, maybe the staff are incredibly rude, who knows. If you resonate with any of these things, doing a home workout is a great option for you.

How much are we talking?

When signing up to a gym, you’re not just paying for the membership. Your paying for the registration fee too, maybe even an extra cost for a fob or card to gain access. Don’t forget the extra cost of the rest of the month because your direct debit doesn’t come out until the 1st!

This could cost you anywhere between £30 for a budget gym and £75+ for your high-end gyms. Let’s not forget you’re now tied into a contract, so although the registration fee is now dealt with, you’ll be paying a proportion of this every month.

A membership for a standard gym per annum equates to around £385. You could buy a home gym for the same price.

In fact, even when I do train in a commercial gym, the only things I use are dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and maybe a cable machine. Even though I have access to everything else, this is what I’d use when doing any resistance training.

So here are my suggestions on how to kit out your spare room or garage and turn it into a little home gym!

Don't I need all those resistance machines to get fit?

In a word, no. You do not need resistance machines in your life, in fact, the only machine I’d suggest anyone should buy for your home gym, should you have space and budget, is a cable machine. (You can actually get a cheap pulley attachment for squat racks, but that’s for another post!)

In fact, even when I do train in a commercial gym, the only things I use are dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and maybe a cable machine. Even though I have access to everything else, this is what I’d use when doing any resistance training.

So here are my suggestions on how to kit out your spare room or garage and turn it into a little home gym!

Basic essentials for home workouts

If you wanted to do bodyweight workouts at home, I would suggest the following bits of kit.

A Mat and a step. That’s it.

And my bodyweight workouts on my membership site!

Why? Because with a proper body-weight training programme, that’s all you need. It won’t achieve the same results as using weights, but if this is your preferred method of training, it’s the way to go.

Total Cost: £30 (Plus £19.99 for the membership)

Getting Fancy with home workouts

If you’re used to resistance training or you want to step up your game a little bit with your home workouts, you might want to add a few extra things to your home gym collection.

For this instance, as well as the items above, you’d need the following.

A light kettlebell and a heavier kettlebell OR one medium one. A pair of adjustable dumbbells ideally (but get regular hand weights if you have to). A pull-up bar (or you can use one in your local park) a suspension trainer OR gym rings (which are actually cheaper) and a resistance band.

Total: £100-£140 (Plus £19.99 for the membership)

Creating a home gym

Now if you really want to go for it, I’d suggest adding in some barbell training. If you already have the kit listed above, then it won’t take up much more space to get a barbell and plates which will give you a whole plethora of exercises to do. It is a bit more of an investment but if you’re going to use it then it’s worth it.

I’d recommend adding in a barbell with plates (and a pair of sliders if you’re going to get my programme). 

Depending on how much you lift, these are your options.

Total: £140-£210 (Plus £19.99 for the membership)

Some other suggestions

A lot of people are purchasing basic fitness equipment so it’s sold out from a lot of online places. If you live in the UK, I’d suggest trying places like Argos, Home Bargains and TK Maxx. 

There are some other bits of kit that is still readily available so I’ll list those things below. These are things people might not typically use – cylindrical sandbags, weight vests, slam balls and bulgarian power bags.

 

That's it!

That’s how to create a basic home gym so you can workout without leaving the house. The basics cost less than your first month at a commercial gym and the whole lot is over £100 less than an annual membership.

With that extra money, you could buy yourself some fab new gym clothes, some extra bits of kit like slam balls and sandbags or maybe even some coaching on the side!

I hope you found this blog helpful and if you have any questions, leave a comment below or send me a private message and I’ll get back to you soon.

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By Kim

Hi, I'm Kim! I'm a Fitness & Nutrition Coach from the UK and owner of Barefaced Fitness.

I help women achieve their goals through effective training methods and creating healthy balanced diets. I offer a strong focus on strength, movement and simplified nutrition for a healthier lifestyle.