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Want a Complete Home Gym for $300 or Less?

July 06, 2013 2 min read

Working out at home is a good way to save time and money! Not only do you avoid spending on a gym, but you don't have to spend hours sitting in traffic on your way to the gym or waiting around for some loud-grunting, muscle-bound bodybuilder to finish using the weight machine. For less than $300, you can get yourself a nifty home gym setup, though it's going to take you a bit of work…


Bench Press and Weight Set

Buying a bench press online will run you no less than $100, and don't even think about buying it at Academy or any of the other sports goods stores. The secret to buying a cheap bench press: garage sales! If you can find a garage sale run by people moving cities or even states, don't be surprised to find home gym equipment for sale. They can't take it with them, so they'll usually be pretty willing to sell you their weight bench, barbell, dumbbells, and weights for anywhere from $50 to $200. Just make sure to buy:
  • Weight bench
  • Barbell rack
  • Barbell - with collars
  • Dumbbell - with collars (optional, but handy to have)
  • Weight discs (try for at least 100 to 150 lbs, plus the barbell)


for_making_of_homemade_weights_out_of_concrete_we_will_ne_7Buying more weight discs brand new is tough, but you'll find that swap meets and flea markets are great places to check out. Try to avoid spending more than $50 on additional weights, and your gym is ready for some weightlifting. You can make your own crude weights using just cement, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, and a bucket.
  • Place the cardboard roll in the center of the bucket, and pour about 2 inches of concrete into the bucket.
  • Once the concrete has dried, cut the bucket off and you now have a weight disc to put on your barbell.
  • Cover the concrete with epoxy paint to prevent it from cracking, and make as many as you want.
Alter the thickness of the concrete and the size of the bucket to change the weight of the disc. To determine how much each weighs, place it on a scale once it has dried. You can make some pretty heavy weights for the cost of a couple of concrete bags.

Pull-Up Bar

A quick solution for a pull-up bar will be the eaves of your roof, but that isn't a permanent solution. Instead, anchor two 2" x 4" boards into the roof parallel to each other, after cutting two holes into the wood for the bar. Insert a metal bar (hollow or solid, whichever is cheapest), and make sure to anchor the bar in place. Here are a few more videos on how to make your own pull-up bar easily…

Parallel Bars

Need a quick set of parallel bars, and a pair of chairs won't do? Anchor four 4" x 4" posts into the ground, and use scrap metal to make parallel bars!   Your home gym setup can be cheap and still complete. With these tips above, your home gym can cost you less than $300 - making it a very affordable way to get in shape!

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