How to set up a home gym on a budget

Setting up a gym in your home is a great way for people who can’t afford a full gym membership, don’t have the time to get to a gym, or want a little privacy.  It takes a few purchases of the right equipment, but after that, you will be on your way.

For beginner weight lifters there’s no need for all that fancy equipment you see in a gym.  As you progress in ability and strength however, you will need additional equipment to continue building muscle.

Four pieces of equipment are vital to your home gym:

  • Dumbbells
  • Barbell Weights
  • Barbell
  • Adjustable Bench

While you can get by without having all four, you will need some combination of dumbbells and bench, or barbells and bench.  Having all four will give you the most variety and best workouts possible though.

Optional equipment includes:

  • Pullup Bar
  • Ab Roller
  • Home Gym Machine
  • Exercise Ball

Below are some beginner mass building exercises using only equipment that can be found in your home.

Day 1

  1.  Incline Dumbbell Curls, 3 x 12
  2. Bent-over barbell Rows 3 x 12
  3. Hammer Curls 3 x 12
  4. Single-arm Rows 3 x 12
  5. Concentration Curls 3 x 12
  6. Dumbbell Deadlift 3 x 12
  7. 10 minutes on ab roller

Day 2:

  1. Dumbbell Bench Press 3 x 12
  2. Dips 3 x 20
  3. Dumbbell Flys 3 x 12
  4. Skullcrushers 3 x 12
  5. Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 3 x 12
  6. Tricep Extensions with Dumbbell 3 x 12

Day 3:

  1. Dumbbell Squat 4 x 15
  2. Dumbbell Lunge 3 x 15
  3. Dumbbell Bench Step-up 3 x 15
  4. Barbell Stiff-legged Deadlift 4 x 15

Day 4:

  1. Dumbbell Snatch 3 per side x 15
  2. Upright Row 3 x 12
  3. Bent-Over Lateral Raise with Dumbbell 3 x 12
  4. Front Raises with Dumbbell 3 x 15
  5. 10 minutes on ab roller


As we said above, weight programs limited to in-home gyms are typically for beginners.  Cardio/weight fusion training can positively benefit people of all levels.  Having just a few dumbbells and barbell in your house allows you to reap the benefits of cardio/weight fusion training.  This is a great way to tone up and burn a lot calories in a short amount of time.  Share It Fitness will be offering daily classes that are easily done from your home with very little equipment required.  Keep in mind a gym membership is not a requirement to reach high levels of health and fitness.  Just a few pieces of in-home equipment, dedication, and quality instruction.


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