The Best Home Gym Equipment


A woman working out in her home with weights

If you’re looking for a way to prioritize your workouts and stay motivated, adding a home gym within your apartment or house could be just the answer. With busy schedules, unpredictable weather, and traffic, getting to the gym or studio can be challenging. These are all reasons why home gyms have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Having a dedicated workout space at home is a great idea, but often people wonder where to start when building a small home gym. Whether you’re looking to tone your muscles or improve your cardio, we’ve outlined some of the best home gym equipment to transform your space into your own personal home gym.

Bodyweight Training Equipment for Home

a woman doing yoga at home

When looking to start a home gym, you’ll want to begin by investing in bodyweight training equipment. You don’t need much equipment when bodyweight training, so it’s the most affordable home gym equipment and can be used during resistance and cardio training too.

Exercise Mat

An exercise mat, also called a yoga mat, is a must-have when starting a home gym because it cushions and protects your hips, knees, hands, and spine during floor workouts like sit-ups, push-ups, and planks. Also, an exercise mat increases grip for stability during workouts like pilates and yoga. Since you’ll use an exercise mat during resistance and weight training too, you’ll want to make sure to purchase a ⅛-inch standard yoga mat. That way you’ll still get the cushioning benefits without being too thick for balance work.

Sliders for Exercise

To help develop stability and build lean muscle in your arms and legs, make sure your home gym includes sliders for exercise. Sliders for exercise make squats, planks, lunges, and more just a bit more challenging. Plus, they can be used on different surfaces without leaving a mark. 

Doorway Pull-Up Bar

For those looking to build arm muscle and strength, a doorway pull-up bar is a great alternative to push-ups. A doorway pull-up bar is easy to install and allows you to do pull-ups and chin-ups in order to work your arms or do knee tucks to work your abs.

Resistance Training Equipment for Home

Women using a resistance band at home

To increase the difficulty of your bodyweight exercises, look at adding resistance training equipment to your home gym. Depending on whether you’re looking to build or tone your muscles, there are a couple different choices in home gym equipment. Plus, this resistance training equipment is frequently used in different workout videos too.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are the most affordable way to increase the difficulty of bodyweight exercises. With tube resistance bands and loop resistance bands (also known as “booty bands”), you can target both large and small muscles as well as build flexibility to prevent injuries. The different resistance levels make it easy to find the perfect difficulty level for upper and lower body exercises. Plus, resistance bands take up very little space making them perfect for apartments.

Dumbbells & Dumbbell Sets

Add dumbbells or a dumbbell set to your home gym in order to tone or build muscle. From three-pound weights all the way up to seventy-pound weights, you can find the right size of dumbbell for your workout routine. If you’re starting a home gym in an apartment, you may want to consider investing in adjustable weights to save space. With adjustable weights, you still get the wide range of weight options that are included in a dumbbell set without taking up so much space. There are so many different effective dumbbell exercises you can build into your workout routine making these are one of the best home gym equipment options available.

Cardio Equipment for Home

a women running on a treadmill in her home

Although cardio equipment can take up a lot of room, with the increasing interest in home gyms, manufacturers like ProForm have designed cardio machines that fold up for easy storage. Being thoughtfully engineered, these folding cardio machines still maintain durability and stability for reliable performance. Read our Exercise Machines for Home blog to learn which style is right for you.

Folding Treadmills

If improving cardio is one of your main fitness goals, a folding treadmill is a great investment for your home gym. Folding from the bottom deck up, these treadmills store vertically to reduce the amount of floor space it takes up when not in use. Plus, being able to lift the deck makes for easy routine cleaning and maintenance.

Folding Row Machines

Similar to a folding treadmill, there are rowing machines designed to store vertically in order to save space. For those looking to improve cardio as well as build muscle, a folding row machine would be a great choice to add to your home gym.

Investing in a home gym is a great way to stay motivated and make fitness one of your top priorities. If you have additional questions about the best home gym equipment for you and your fitness goals, contact your nearest SCHEELS location to speak with one of our experts today!