The Best Home Gym Equipment

If you hate the idea of getting in your car, driving to the gym, and paying a hefty monthly membership, why not create a gym in your home? It takes a lot less money and space than you may think. Get-Fit Guy has a list of the 7 must-haves to get you fit at home.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #206

I recently posted a video to the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page showing me in the throes of Ironman swim-bike-run training…in my basement.

In this particular case, it was because I just found out I have less than 2 weeks to prepare for the brutal Ironman Hawaii World Championship. However, whether you’re training for an Ironman triathlon or just trying to shed a few pounds, it’s important that you make your home a place where you could potentially get as fit as possible, without having the hassle of having to drive to a gym, health club, or park.>


Since it’s been nearly two years since I told you How to Make a Home Gym, I figured this would be a good time to revisit exactly what I’m using in my own home gym these days. I'll give you my top recommendations for home gym equipment to help you build muscle, burn fat, and boost physical performance.

The Best Home Gym Equipment

In addition to the usual home gym equipment that I've mentioned before – specifically dumbbells, a big stability ball, a Bosu ball, a yoga mat, and some elastic bands, here’s everything else I have in my home gym:

  1. Squat Rack - My entire home gym is now based around something called a squat rack. Also known as a power cage, a squat rack is a versatile piece of equipment for weight training designed to allow for a free-weight workout using a barbell. The rack is comprised of four sturdy, steel vertical posts with two movable horizontal bar catchers on each side, and a pull-up bar along the top. The barbell has rubber weight plates, which allow you to safely drop the barbell if you’re lifting heavy weights. I use the rack for exercises like deadlifts, squats, overhead presses, cleans, and a variety of other barbell exercises.

  2. Battle Rope – A battle rope is simply a big heavy rope with handles on either end. It used for a wide variety of exercises such as waves, circles, sidewinders, rainbows, and any other way you can think of to move a heavy rope (stay tuned - I will publish a battle rope training guide with videos very soon!). You can see plenty of good battle rope training videos and even purchase a battle rope on the website Onnit, which sells strange training equipment such as kettlebells with monkey faces on them and medieval style maces you can use to swing or to strike tires with.


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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.