Home Gym Equipment Reviews and Purchase Links

The Home Gym Equipment, with reviews and links to purchase.

The ultimate dream of any die-hard fitness fanatic is their own home gym. With a plethora of options, some essential, some gimmicky, and some a complete waste of space it’s easy to get sucked into all the hype. But fear not! This is the definitive review guide with product links can help anyone looking for the ultimate home gym.

There are always budget options available and when possible I show you where it’s OK to cut a few corners. So, whether you’re ready to spend big or small there are plenty of choices to choose from, but it’s important to remember you get what you pay for.

The List. Click on the product you’re interested in.

1. Dumbbells

2. Adjustable Bench

3. Pull-up Bar

4. Stability Ball

5. Barbell and Weight Plates

6. Power Rack

7. Gym Flooring and Mats

8. TRX Suspension Trainer

9. Cable Station

10. EZ-curl bar

11. Kettlebells

12. Medicine Balls

13. Valslides

14. Ab Roller

15. Plyometric Box or Step

16. BOSU Ball


Dumbbells

This should be number one on the list of anyone looking to build their own temple of fitness. If you have plenty of space then go for any standard set. The “Hex” design is the most popular style thanks to their near maintenance-free design. If you’re limited on space or like things compact then I suggest going for the Bowflex SelectTech 1090s.

For more information…

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Review

Hex Dumbbell Breakdown and Review

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Adjustable Bench

Number two on the list should be a bench. An inexpensive sturdy bench will work just fine. If you can afford it get an adjustable bench that will go from an incline all the way down to a decline position. Depending on price and space limitations you can also go for an incline bench and a separate flat bench. Having the extra options will greatly increase the number of exercises and modifications you can perform.

For more information…

Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench Review

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Pull-up Bar

There are several options when it comes to a Pullup bar. For the recommended solution, you can purchase a power rack. A good power rack will come standard with a pull-up bar and the nicer ones have multiple hand grips to choose from. For those not ready to invest in a power rack just yet with a quick trip to the home improvement store, you can easily make your own. Not the handyman type? Check out the review below.

For more information…

ProSource Heavy-Duty Easy Gym Pullup Bar

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Stability Ball

Also known as a Swiss Ball, these are excellent for adding a balance factor to almost any exercise. On a tight budget? Skip the bench (for now) and go with a stability ball. That with a set of dumbbells and a pull-up bar, you’ve got everything you need to perform enough exercises that will hit every muscle in the body.

As a safety precaution avoid buying a cheap stability ball. The better ones are rated for a certain amount of weights so be sure to check the specs before buying. They can pop and if they do while performing an exercise with weights overhead… well, you see where I’m going with this.

For more information…

Spri Elite Xercise Ball Review

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Barbell and weight plates

The standard for most gyms is the Olympic 45
pound barbell but for those on a budget you can stick with a 20-pound barbell set. Just be forewarned if you go for the standard 20-pound bar it’s easy to quickly outgrow it. If you really want to get serious I suggest waiting and going full-tilt when you can afford the full-sized Olympic set. You can then avoid trying to offload your old set at your next garage sale.

For more information…

Barbell Breakdown and Review

Weight Plate Review

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Power rack

The ultimate staple in any gym. This is hands-down my favorite piece of weight lifting equipment. Combined with a bench the versatility of a power rack is unrivaled when it comes to weight lifting.

As stated above most power racks come standard with a pull-up bar and some even come equipped with high/low cable pulley systems. This means the number of exercises you can do could easily double. In terms of your home gym, you can add extra equipment without sacrificing too much space.

For more information…

Valor Fitness BD-11 Hard Power Rack Review

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Gym Flooring and Mats

Too often forgotten about, the all-important gym flooring is crucial to protecting your floor, equipment, and knees! You’ll certainly not regret getting quality floor products when performing exercises.

There are many other considerations depending on the type of exercise you plan on doing. Be sure to do some research before making a purchase!

For more information…

Gym Mats and Platforms Breakdown and Review

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TRX Suspension Trainer

TRX is the first and, in my opinion, only suspension trainer manufacturer. As a trainer, they are great for adding variety and spicing up any workout. Not only that, it is without a doubt the most portable and versatile piece of exercise equipment out there.

If you find yourself traveling often and worry about sticking to your fitness routine, you should certainly get your hands on one of these. It packs down to about the size of a pair of shoes for easy travel and can be used almost anywhere! Not to mention, it so versatile some trainers has based their whole business around the TRX. Personally, I’ve spent years training clients in the privacy of their own homes with a TRX and a few dumbbells. Own one of these and you will have hundreds of upper, lower, and core exercises at your disposal.

A word of caution, there are plenty of “as seen on TV” knockoffs so beware. Having used several different brands if you want the original and the best go with TRX. They have several different versions each one suited to your fitness requirements. TRX also comes with top-notch customer support. There are fakes out there, and they are certainly not made up to the same high-quality standards as TRX. This can make them extremely dangerous. Use a trusted retailer HERE

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Cable Station

You can get a cable station/power rack combo that can really add a lot of exercises to your arsenal. But not everyone can drop that much dough in one go. So if you are buying your equipment in stages and already have a power rack then there are stand alone cable stations you can purchase.

For more information…

Cable Station Breakdown and Review

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EZ-curl bar

This bar is great for bicep curls and triceps extensions. They come in the standard or Olympic size. They allow your wrists to turn at a more natural angle which may help relieve or prevent pain in the elbows. Especially when performing overhead triceps extensions.

For more information…

Troy Barbell Olympic Curl Bar

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Kettlebells

These Russian imports have taken the States by storm. Now seen in most gyms they are a fantastic way to really add some variety to your routine. Great for improving core strength and explosive power you typically need only one to get a great workout. Ready to get your heart rate up and really burn some fat? Then turn to the kettlebells.

For more information…

Kettlebell Breakdown and Review

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Medicine Balls

When it comes to a timeless classic the medicine ball takes the cake. I can’t say it’s an essential part of every gym, but it ill add some great movements to your home gym. With almost an endless number of option available it can be difficult deciding which is best for you. Read the breakdown and review below for the best options to suit your needs.

For more information…

Medicine Ball Breakdown and Review

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Valslides

Invented by fitness guru Valerie Waters these are great for amping up the intensity of your workout. They can be used with almost any floor exercise and allow you to do some extras one not possible without them. They are fantastic to really blast your core. For more information on the Valslides, I suggest checking out their website. You will find a plethora of how-to videos along with other great equipment offered by a great company.

For more information…

Valslides by Valarie Waters

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Ab Roller

This is a wheel with handles you can use to do rollouts and really hit your core muscles along with many others. When it comes to these simple is best! You can do some of the same exercises with the Valslides, but it’s worth mentioning both due to preferences. There are a few considerations to take into account before purchasing.

For more information…

Ab Roller Breakdown and Review

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Plyometric box or step

Plyometric exercises are a great way to improve explosive power and athletic performance. The boxes can range in height anywhere from a few inches to several feet off the ground. Reebok makes a popular step that is adjustable and used for group aerobics, but it can be a little precarious when doing higher jumps. I prefer the plyometric platform boxes or a traditional wooden box. They offer a solid base and a slip-resistant surface.

For more information…

Plyobox Breakdown and Review

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Bosu Ball

A stability ball on one side and a balance board on the other. You can find these in almost every gym across the country. They are great for changing up old standards like the pushup or if you’re really good the squat. Bosu stands for Both Sides Utilized.

For more information…

BOSU Balance Trainer

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