How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget

How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget

Home gyms have recently surged in popularity among the lifting community. You may ask yourself, ‘What’s the point?’. With gym memberships being available for next to nothing nowadays, building an expensive and space-consuming home gym may seem pointless.

However, a home gym makes it much easier for you to incorporate lifting into your busy schedule. We’ve all experienced the feeling of finishing a 9-5 with zero energy and then driving to the gym, which is consequently packed full of others like you.

How much does it Cost to Build a Home Gym?

A home gym is not only convenient but can also work out cheaper than a gym membership over time.

On average, a home gym that includes a bench, barbell, plates, dumbbells, and a power rack will cost over £1000.

However, it’s now possible to build a home gym that includes everything you need for intense full-body workouts, for as little as £42.

Here at MuscleSquad, we provide high quality gym equipment at reasonable prices. Here’s how to build a home gym on a budget. 

Beginner Home Gym | Price: £42-£87

If you’re new to the gym, it is easy to gain muscle and get leaner thanks to “newbie gains”. Because of this, minimal equipment is needed for you to progress.

Resistance Bands | MuscleSquad

Firstly, a set of our resistance bands will go a long way. For £20, you get three bands, all with different weights/resistances ranging from 2.5kg-22.5kg. The bands can be used for a variety of exercises, including shoulder press, chest press, curls, tricep extensions, squats, leg extensions, and leg curls. Bands are easily the cheapest and most convenient way to build muscle. They take up little to no space and can easily be stored away and transported if desired.

Depending on your starting strength, a pair of our neoprene dumbbells would also be a brilliant addition to your set-up. Ranging from 1-10kg, these dumbbells can be used for lighter exercises like curls, lateral raises, and flys. You could also add one of the resistance bands to these dumbbell exercises to increase the difficulty as you progress! Prices for the neoprene dumbbells range from £10-£55 as the weights increase.

A 55cm exercise ball will provide a platform for you to do shoulder press and chest press with your dumbbells or bands. Much cheaper than a bench at £12, an exercise ball is excellent for beginners training with lighter weights. The instability of the ball forces your core to be engaged during all exercises, a brilliant way to build core strength. The ball can also be used for bodyweight exercises like push ups and planks. As well as this, the ball can be deflated after use for easy storage.

This beginner set-up takes up basically no space and can cost as little as £42! If you need heavier neoprene dumbbells, the most that the beginner home gym set-up would cost is £87. If you are a beginner, this compact and simplistic set-up will allow you to work your entire body for about the cost of a tank of petrol. 

Intermediate Home Gym | Price: £172

Been to the gym before? Struggled to stay consistent? Haven’t been in ages? The intermediate home gym is the one for you. This set-up includes slightly more advanced equipment to help you get back to your best.

Adjustable Dumbbell Bench | MuscleSquad

The adjustable dumbbell bench will provide the foundation for all of your workouts. At £75, this bench is a serious piece of kit. It has 6 different levels of incline, including upright, 60 degrees, 45 degrees, 30 degrees, flat, and decline. The adjustability means the bench supports a range of exercises. Perfect for dumbbell bench press, shoulder press, Bulgarian split squats, dumbbell rows, incline curls, and dips. The bench also folds flat for convenient storage.

Hex Dumbbells | MuscleSquad

For your main movements, a heavy-ish set of dumbbells are needed for an intense workout. Our hex dumbbells are available in weights of 1-50kg, a 15kg pair costs £77. These would be used for exercises like the dumbbell bench press, shoulder press, dumbbell rows, and Bulgarian split squat.

Similar to the beginner home gym, a set of resistance bands goes a long way. At £20, our set of 3 bands will provide you with lighter weights to perform accessory movements like bicep curls, chest flies, tricep extensions, and lateral raises.

This intermediate set-up again takes up almost no space in your home. To buy all the equipment listed costs £172, but this price will vary depending on whether you choose lighter or heavier hex dumbbells. Space saving and versatile, this set up means you can build muscle across your whole body for a similar price to a pair of trainers.

Advanced Home Gym | Price: £260-£740

If you’ve been going to the gym for a while but want to work out from home, this one’s for you. The advanced home gym is designed for lifters looking to build serious size and strength across their entire body from the comfort of their own home.

Folding Multi-Use Bench | MuscleSquad

Our folding multi-use bench will be the focal point of your workouts. At £125, this bench comes with a preacher curl pad, and a leg curl/extension attachment, as well as the traditional adjustable bench. This means not only can you complete all the classic dumbbell exercises, but the leg curl/extension and preacher pad effectively bring two machines from the gym into your home. This bench also folds flat after use for convenient storage.

32.5kg Adjustable Dumbbell | MuscleSquad

Adjustable dumbbells are the most cost-effective and useful invention home gyms have ever seen. Our range of adjustable dumbbells goes from 12.5kg-40kg. Each dumbbell has up to 12 different weight settings, giving the same effect as multiple dumbbells in one single package. You can get your hands on our 12.5kg adjustable dumbbell for £70, £170 for a 25kg one, £200 for the 32.5kg version, and £275 for the 40kg dumbbell.

Once again, resistance bands are a no brainer. For £20 our set of 3 unlocks so many potential exercises and can also be added to other movements to increase difficulty.

Vinyl Barbell Set | MuscleSquad

For £45, you can bring a 5-foot barbell to your home gym. This bar comes with 25kg of weight, perfect for sets of skullcrushers, or even for curls when used with the preacher pad for maximum bicep pump. The bar can be separated into two pieces after use for storage. 

This set-up will ensure you continue to make progress at the same rate (or faster) than you were at your local gym. The price of this set up varies greatly depending on which adjustable dumbbell you choose, and whether you want a pair or just one. Alternatively, you could grab a pair of heavy and light hex dumbbells, but this decreases the potential variety of exercises that your workouts could contain.

Jamie Grover, Fitness Journalist from Bristol.