Having a home gym ROCKS! For many trainees a home gym has distinct advantages over going to a commercial gym. You just need to evaluate the space you have available… would you use your basement, garage, shed, spare room, or even your bedroom? Or just train at the park outside?

Quite often people will be on a budget when they first set up some home training accessories, and over time they build from the basics. I see it as different levels of Home Gym Evolution… this video describes 4 Levels:

1. Bodyweight & Bands Basics

  • Chin up bar (door mounted or otherwise)
  • Resistance bands of various tensions
  • Stability ball
  • Parallel dip bars (a combination chin up / dip stand is an option)


2. Free Weights (basic to advanced options)

  • 300 lb olympic barbell and weight plate set
  • A flat or adjustable bench
  • Squat stands or a Power Cage
  • Dumbbells


3. Cable Pulley Machines

  • Lat pulley attachment for your power cage
  • A “functional trainer” with adjustable cables


4. Training Accessories (Belts, wraps, straps, chains, handles, chalk, etc)

  • Powerlifting belt
  • Wrist straps
  • Knee, wrist, and elbow wraps
  • Various pulley attachments
  • Gym chalk
  • Footwear

In this tutorial I take you on a tour of my own basement gym and show you what I recommend as far as the bare essentials for setting up your own home gym: Mat, Ball, Bands, Suspension Straps, Chin Up bar, and maybe Parallel Dip Bars.

Then I take a look at how I would build from there for a more advanced home gym: Olympic free weight barbell set, bench, rack, dumbbells, other accessories and equipment.

Home Gym Set Up (SttB Article): http://straighttothebar.com/articles/guides/homegym/

Get your Power Wheel at: http://www.strongestcore.com

Jungle Gym Straps: http://www.strapsworkout.com

Other accessories: http://astore.amazon.com/topforfit03-20

Here is a video interview where I discuss some more advantages of having a home gym, and how to set it up yourself:

Btw, I also have equipment in my garage, including: atlas stone, steel log, sled, farmers walk handles, Olympic plates, 650 lb Tire (this is my baby tire… the big boy is now┬áin storage).


I hope that gives you some guidance and ideas for setting up your own home gym! I’m sure your neighbors will thank me for the loud music, clanging plates, and dropping weights… have fun and get strong!