How to Build a Home Gym with $1,500
If I possessed $1,500 to invest on a home gym, I’ve got a few ideas of what I’d purchase. I think fifteen hundred is a good number because that’s basically what it would cost to attend a good gym for 2 years, and I figure home gym equipment should have fairly good residual value, unlike a health club membership.
The first thing I would buy is a good set of adjustable dumbbells. When you search for dumbbells for sale, the most important thing is finding a set that you can add weight onto with out spending a ton. I think I possibly could locate a good pair of dumbbells for around fifty dollars, as well as maybe another fifty dollars of weights. So for $100 I would have a nice set of dumbbells.
The next matter I would spend money on is some Crossfit equipment like an Olympic bar and bumper plates. For about $700 I could get a great barbell and a heavy set of bumper plates. With this Crossfit gear I could truly lift heavy and build up some serious strength. I might need about $100 worth of plates however to add to the set in order to have sufficient weight for heavy dead lifts. Some people might recommend some Crossfit shoes to assist with balance on these lifts, but I’d conserve the cash for something different.
One more thing I would look for are some kettlebells for sale. I wouldn’t need more than 3 of these, so probably around $200 or so for what I would like. Kettlebells are great because they put stress on the muscles in ways you don’t get with dumbbells or barbells because of the unusual shape they’ve got.
Last but not least, I’d get a power rack. For around $500 I could find a good power rack and that would allow me to safely perform squats and presses, plus almost every power rack includes a pull up bar which is awesome for working on the back and biceps. I could also add a dip bar later on for a few more bucks.