How I Built a Respectable Budget Home Gym Under $1000

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Building a Home Gym on a Budget? Here’s What I Built Under $1000!

You CAN build a respectable strength and conditioning gym in your garage for under $1000!

I have been an avid gym-goer for nearly 6 years. But…

…recent events caused me to decide to create a home gym of my own.

In the last two months, I have not been able to work out with my CrossFit class so I decided a home gym is the best way to stay in shape and keep me from going crazy.

I did a ton of research to create my very own budget home gym for under $1000 and I believe this research will benefit you too.

I will show you how you can create a tailor-made home gym on a budget of just $1000 that fits your workout style.

Plus…

…I am going to reveal my own home gym, answer some FAQs and give you some DIY options so you can save some dough.

Ready to start building a home gym on a budget? Let’s get to it!

How to Create a Home Gym or Garage Gym on a Budget?

small private home gym

Know Your Personal Workout and Athletic Style

Most of you know who you are, athletically speaking.

Are you looking to stay in shape? Maybe lose a few pounds? Are you a weightlifter, a functional fitness athlete? A boxer?

Do you go to a gym or take a fitness class?

Answering these questions will give you the best insight about what style budget home gym to build.

Below I have options of 5 different budget gym configurations for different athletes, general fitness and budget gyms for compact spaces.

Be a Man (or Woman) with a Plan

Before you build home gym for cheap, you need to make a plan. Start by measuring the space you have available.

Then decide on a budget. In this case, I am presenting options under $1000, but you can tailor it to be much less, or a little more, depending on what you are willing to invest.

Next, use a garage gym planner, to layout and plan a garage gym that fits your space perfectly.

man work out using barbell and weight bench in garage gym

What Equipment do I Need for a Home Gym under $1000? Setups & Options

One of the most popular style of home gyms is a weightlifting home gym.

Why?

Because it is so useful for so many types of athletes and goals. A weightlifting gym is perfect for staying in shape off-season if you play football or basketball. It’s great for functional fitness athletes, regular gym-goers, and of course, weight lifters.

Studies show that resistance training, such as weight lifting, offer anti-aging and weight loss benefits as well, so this type of gym will help many achieve their fitness goals.

Plus… it is scalable and can be made to adjust to your fitness level and grow with you.

Option 1: Weight Lifting Budget Home Gym

The must have items for a safe, effective weightlifting gym include these 4 CORE items:

The Rack

Rogue RML-90SLIM Rack

I like this Rogue slim rack for a smaller budget. It gives you the safety of a rack, the option of a pull up bar for a few more dollars, and it’s a relatively inexpensive power rack.

You must mount it to the wall, but once you do, it’s a tank and will allow you to lift safely.

CAP Barbell FM-8000F Deluxe Power Rack, Gray
  • Heavy-Duty Construction – Steel Construction Comprised of 12- and 14-Gauge Steel Thickness; Overhead Workout Station Is Made With High Grade Tubular Steel
  • Durable & Reliable – 3-Step Powder Coat Finish for Exceptional Durability; Gussets for Extra Reinforced Support; Capped Frame Ends to Prevent Oxidation
  • Features – 2 plate posts, 3 band posts on each side to add resistance, 2 j-cup bar catches, 2 safety catches, pull-up bar & bar holders with ABS sleeves to prevent scratches when removing/storing an Olympic bar
  • Versatile – Use this power rack to perform squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and more | Incorporate an adjustable bench for added versatility
  • Specs – Assembled Dimensions(WxDxH) 61.4" x 45.6" x 85" | Max Weight Capacity: 300 lbs(Bar Catches), 300 lbs(Pull Up Bar), 500 lbs Combined | Min Barbell Shaft Length: 47"

Another affordable rack option is this freestanding rack by CAP Barbell. It’s not as stable as the Rogue rack, but it’s much less expensive, needs no drilling, and includes a pull up bar.

It’s stable enough, but I would not use it for kipping pull ups, but normal pull ups are fine.

The Olympic Bar

If you have a tight budget, this is where you should spend the most, on the barbell.

Here are two decent Olympic barbells that are not too expensive.

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Body-Solid 44LB 7FT Olympic Bar Rod with Heavy Duty Commercial Grade Construction for Weights Lifting Equipment, Strength Training and Fitness Workouts For Home Gym Dumbbell Barbell
  • Perfect For Heavy Workload - This 7ft 37lb barbell is perfect for all your Olympic lifting needs and the perfect addition to any training area. Precision-engineered from the highest quality components, this Olympic bar can support up to 600 pounds of plates, allowing you to handle incredibly heavy workloads. Our 7ft Olympic bar is perfect for various forms of powerlifting, weightlifting, bench press and cross training exercises.
  • 37 Pound Weight - For a balanced workout, our barbell includes 37 pounds of weight. This allows you to select your own desired weight, whether it be lighter for more cardio and strength exercises, or heavier for more intense lifting. This set comes with an adjustable weight selector, enabling you to easily increase or decrease the desired weight.
  • BUILT TO LAST: Kitopa Olympic barbell 7 foot is built from solid cold rolled steel with a hard chrome finish, which is durable and for oxidation resistance.
  • Versatile - With its 7ft long design and 37lb weight, our barbell is great for a wide range of exercises, including bench press, shoulder press, bent-over rows, and more. The barbell itself is also highly durable, and is suitable for home or commercial use. From squats to bench presses, deadlifts, and more, this barbell is robust and durable for any type of exercise.
  • Easy to Use - This barbell is easy to set up and use, allowing you to start using it in no time. It's a great addition to any home gym, and is an essential piece of equipment for any serious lifter looking to increase their gains. Our Olympic barbell is made of high-quality steel and has a black powder coating for added durability and protection against rusting.

The Body solid bar is a full size, full weight Olympic bar of 44 lbs. It can hold up to 600 lbs, which is decent.

It has bushings and decent knurling and is a solid choice.

DAY1 FITNESS Olympic Barbell-2", 1200 lb Capacity, 7’ by D1F Holds 2 inchWeighted Plates for Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Squats, Bench Presses -Heavy Duty, Weightlifting Bar -Self-Lubricating Barbells
  • HEAVY-DUTY AND POWERFUL : This 45 pound standard 7-foot barbell is a powerhouse, capable of accommodating up to 1200 lbs for all of your training needs, specifically for legs, glutes, and back, each bar accommodates any 2” Olympic weights and plates
  • PROFESSIONAL, DURABLE BUILD: Our crossfit barbells are intended to withstand significant weight and use, the shaft is made of manganese phosphate, which keeps the bar from developing metal splinters and also features a protective silver chrome sleeve
  • HIGHLY VERSATILE: The knurling grip on these bar handles is diamond-shaped allowing for a secure, non-slip grip, with 1.1 inch in diameter, comes accessorized with a 16.5” loadable sleeve length - ideal for crossfit, power lifts, cleans, jerks or squats
  • SECURE, SMOOTH EXECUTION: This Olympic barbell comes with an interlocking snap ring system to ensure your plates stay in place during your workout, in addition it has self-lubricating, brass bushings which allow for a smooth spin to reduce wear
  • SUITABLE FOR ANYONE: These weightlifting bars will work for anyone seeking physical activity, muscle building, and/or endurance and conditioning, they work great for beginners or experts and in a commercial club, gym, or your personal home or garage

The Day 1 barbell is a standard size and weight Olympic barbell. It has brass bushings and a smooth spin, and aggressive knurling.

It’s rated for 1200 lbs. It’s a nice par for the money.

Olympic Weight Plates

XMark TEXAS STAR 95 lb Set Olympic Plates, Patented Design, One-Year Warranty, Olympic Weight Plates
  • INCLUDED: (2) 25 lb, (2) 10 lb, (4) 5 lb and (2) 2.5 lb TEXAS STAR Olympic weight plates - Total wgt 95 lbs.
  • ONE-YEAR HOME WARRANTY: XMark warrants their TEXAS STAR plates to be free from defects in workmanship and materials, under normal residential use and conditions, for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. Cosmetic damage is not covered by warranty.
  • PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE: Look no further. The unique TEXAS STAR Patented Design and uncompromising quality has pushed this plate to the forefront. Made with premium all-natural virgin rubber, these plates will always maintain a bold solid color throughout the lifetime of the plate. The precision tooled stainless-steel inserts allow the plates to slide freely on the bar.
  • TRUSTED BRAND: XMark is a trusted brand found in schools, gyms and homes across the United States. Long-lasting quality is what you can expect from XMark.
  • TOUGH AND DURABLE: Rubber, by its very nature, is tough and durable. All products made from rubber have a distinct smell. The smell will generally dissipate over time; however, some individuals are more sensitive to the odor.

Theses XMark plates are rubber Olympic plates that are easy to grip and high quality.

They are also affordable and come in sets, which is why they are on this list.

Rogue Olympic Plates

These old school cast iron plates by Rogue are some of the least expensive plates Rogue offers.

They are great for a budget home gym and look and sound like old school iron plates – because they are real cast-iron plates. Sold in pairs!

Day 1 Fitness Cast Iron Olympic 2-Inch Grip Plate for Barbell, 25 Pound Set of 2 Plates Iron Grip Plates for Weightlifting, Crossfit - 2” Weight Plate for Bodybuilding
  • Solid and Durable: This grip plate is made of heavy-duty cast iron, so that it is sure to hold up under a lot of resistance and duress. High-quality and long-lasting, each weight will benefit your workout routine regardless of experience or equipment
  • Add That Little Extra: If you’re looking for a more challenging workout that is suitable for both beginners and advanced fitness levels, our grip plate will add that little extra, fitting all standard Olympic bars and racks with a 2-inch hole.
  • Comfortable and Convenient: The Day 1 Fitness unique, proprietary comfort design will make your exercise routine simple. Each weight boasts specially designed, easy handle grips to make moving, loading and storage smooth.
  • Professional and Simple: The iron grip weight has a semi-gloss finish for a clean and professional look no matter where you exercise. Plus, the weight size is easy to read on the surface, so you won’t have to struggle to find a specific size.
  • Available in Multiple Sizes: Day 1 Fitness cast iron grip plates are available individually and in pairs. Individual sizes are 2.5 lbs, 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 25 lbs, 35 lbs, and 45 lbs. Pair sizes are 2.5 lbs, 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 25 lbs and 35 lbs.

These day 1 cast iron plates are offered at a great price, when they are available. Sold both individual and in pair.

High Capacity Weight Bench

Marcy Flat Utility 600 lbs Capacity Weight Bench for Weight Training and Ab Exercises SB-315 , Black
  • FULL-BODY WORKOUT – This Flat Utility Bench is a high-functioning workout equipment that lets you perform a full-body workout to enhance your body the way you want. Build a better-looking physique by doing different exercises with this versatile bench.
  • HEAVY-DUTY CONSTRUCTION – This bench has a durable construction providing a max weight capacity of 600 lbs. The heavy-duty steel tube frame ensures steady support for the bench, and the high-density foam and boxed upholstery provides maximum comfort.
  • SPACE-SAVING DESIGN – This bench is designed for perfect space-saving. Its heavy-duty steel frame is highly durable and is designed to maximize your mobility. Make every workout more efficient that combines practical design and performance
  • POWDER-COATED FINISH – Reinforced with powder coating, the Marcy Flat Utility Weight Bench resists wear and tear from heavy use and strenuous workouts, guaranteeing you an excellent, long-lasting investment for your home gym.
  • PERFECT FOR HOME USE – This versatile gym equipment lets you get all the benefits of an intense gym session at home. Perform as many exercises to target and build specific muscle groups in the comfort of your home. 2-yr manufacture’s warrenty included.

Use this flat bench inside your cage or with your rack for bench presses and more. I chose this bench because it is solid, offered at a fair price, and holds up to 600 lbs.

CAP Barbell Flat Utility Bench, Black/Gray
  • Specs - Assembled dimensions are 43 x 19 x 17 inches.
  • Heavy-duty construction - Built with 2 mm 3 x 1. 5-Inch steel tubing allows this bench to safely handle heavy weight loads. Tested based on ASTM standards to hold up to 1, 000 lbs. Recommended Max weight capacity of 600 lbs.
  • Comfortable padding - double stitched boxed pad is comfortable yet firm utilizing new foam material and carb compliant plywood.
  • Reliable performance - durable powder coat finish and zinc hardware provide exceptional maintenance-free durability.
  • Trust - Trust experience. Cap has been in pioneer in fitness with over 30 years experience and locations worldwide. Chances are if you have ever worked out you have worked out with a CAP product.

This sturdy Cap bench is a little more expensive, but it holds up to 1000 lbs, so it’s worth it. It is well made, has a stable base, and a thick pad.

Steelbody Deluxe Versatile Rated 800 lbs Flat Utility Workout Bench Station for Home Gym Weightlifting and Strength Training STB-10101, Black-Brown
  • FULL-BODY WORKOUT -The Steelbody Flat Utility Bench lets you get a full-body workout so you can chisel your body the way you want it. Paring with free weights such as dumbbells allows you to do a variety of exercises with this versatile equipment.
  • HEAVY-DUTY CONSTRUCTION – With a maximum weight capacity of 800 lbs., this bench is made of durable, high-quality steel. The heavy-duty steel frame ensures steady support for the bench; the foot pads and end caps keep it from moving while you train.
  • TRANSPORT WHEELS – This gym bench is designed to fit in any room without taking up too much space. The sturdy transport wheels and handle allow you to move the unit from the gym or recreation room and conveniently store it anywhere in your home.
  • POWDER-COATED FINISH – Made with a powder-coated finish, this equipment resists rust and scratches, including wear and tear from heavy use during workout sessions. The STB-10101 is an excellent investment for your home gym that will last a long time.
  • THICK VINYL COVERING – Created for efficient training and furnished with a 2. 5-in thick faux canvas vinyl offers comfort and enhanced support, the durable yet soft layer minimizes pressure on your back to reduce fatigue and increase your endurance.

This Steelbody bench is a few more dollars than the others, but it holds 800 lbs, has a nice thick pro level pad and is very stable. You will not be disappointed with this choice.

Options if You Have Extra Money Left in the Budget

  • Book: Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. The authority when it comes to weightlifting. This book will show you how to lift, have good form, and build an effective routine.
  • Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells: A set of dumbbells can really add options and variety to your routine. These yes for all adjustable dumbbells take up very little space, and allow you to work with different weights using just one set.

Looking for more adjustable dumbbells? I have a list of the best adjustable dumbbells right here.

DIY Ideas for the Home Weightlifting Gym on a Budget

While a high-quality barbell, decent set of plates and sturdy rack or stand are NOT items you can DIY safely, there are a few items you can DIY for your home gym.

How to Make a Portable Deadlift Platform

A platform protects your floor, protects your weight plates and barbell, reduces noise and makes lifting safer. You can get it done as a DIY project for around 100 dollars.

Free rack for weight plates. This super simple rack can be made using just a pallet and some ingenuity. It’s a cheap way to get your weight plates off the floor.

Check out more of the best weightlifting equipment for your home or garage gym here.

Option 2: CrossFit Budget Home Gym

A CrossFit or Functional fitness gym has a few things in common with a weightlifting gym, but there are distinct differences.

A CrossFit gym should have bumper plates instead of Olympic plates and usually include classic CrossFit items like medicine balls, kettlebells, plyo box, gym rings and pull up bars.

In a CrossFit gym you may be able to get away with a squat rack instead of a full rack, as long as it is very stable. You will need a wall-mounted pull up bar for kipping pull ups, too.

To get started on your budget CrossFit gym, start with these essential items:

Olympic Barbell

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Body-Solid 44LB 7FT Olympic Bar Rod with Heavy Duty Commercial Grade Construction for Weights Lifting Equipment, Strength Training and Fitness Workouts For Home Gym Dumbbell Barbell
  • Perfect For Heavy Workload - This 7ft 37lb barbell is perfect for all your Olympic lifting needs and the perfect addition to any training area. Precision-engineered from the highest quality components, this Olympic bar can support up to 600 pounds of plates, allowing you to handle incredibly heavy workloads. Our 7ft Olympic bar is perfect for various forms of powerlifting, weightlifting, bench press and cross training exercises.
  • 37 Pound Weight - For a balanced workout, our barbell includes 37 pounds of weight. This allows you to select your own desired weight, whether it be lighter for more cardio and strength exercises, or heavier for more intense lifting. This set comes with an adjustable weight selector, enabling you to easily increase or decrease the desired weight.
  • BUILT TO LAST: Kitopa Olympic barbell 7 foot is built from solid cold rolled steel with a hard chrome finish, which is durable and for oxidation resistance.
  • Versatile - With its 7ft long design and 37lb weight, our barbell is great for a wide range of exercises, including bench press, shoulder press, bent-over rows, and more. The barbell itself is also highly durable, and is suitable for home or commercial use. From squats to bench presses, deadlifts, and more, this barbell is robust and durable for any type of exercise.
  • Easy to Use - This barbell is easy to set up and use, allowing you to start using it in no time. It's a great addition to any home gym, and is an essential piece of equipment for any serious lifter looking to increase their gains. Our Olympic barbell is made of high-quality steel and has a black powder coating for added durability and protection against rusting.

This BodySolid bar is a full length, full weight Olympic bar with brass bushings and a nice chrome finish and decent knurling at an affordable price.

DAY1 FITNESS Olympic Barbell-2", 1200 lb Capacity, 7’ by D1F Holds 2 inchWeighted Plates for Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Squats, Bench Presses -Heavy Duty, Weightlifting Bar -Self-Lubricating Barbells
  • HEAVY-DUTY AND POWERFUL : This 45 pound standard 7-foot barbell is a powerhouse, capable of accommodating up to 1200 lbs for all of your training needs, specifically for legs, glutes, and back, each bar accommodates any 2” Olympic weights and plates
  • PROFESSIONAL, DURABLE BUILD: Our crossfit barbells are intended to withstand significant weight and use, the shaft is made of manganese phosphate, which keeps the bar from developing metal splinters and also features a protective silver chrome sleeve
  • HIGHLY VERSATILE: The knurling grip on these bar handles is diamond-shaped allowing for a secure, non-slip grip, with 1.1 inch in diameter, comes accessorized with a 16.5” loadable sleeve length - ideal for crossfit, power lifts, cleans, jerks or squats
  • SECURE, SMOOTH EXECUTION: This Olympic barbell comes with an interlocking snap ring system to ensure your plates stay in place during your workout, in addition it has self-lubricating, brass bushings which allow for a smooth spin to reduce wear
  • SUITABLE FOR ANYONE: These weightlifting bars will work for anyone seeking physical activity, muscle building, and/or endurance and conditioning, they work great for beginners or experts and in a commercial club, gym, or your personal home or garage

This Day 1 bar is another low price, decent, full size, full weight Olympic bar that’s a good choice for the price. It has brass bushings, a chrome finish, and a fair price tag.

Olympic Bumper Plates

In CrossFit, its common knowledge that the barbell is sometimes dropped, especially when lifting to failure. That’s why bumper plates are used.

They reduce damage and are designed for the occasional drop.

HulkFit Sport Series 2" Olympic Shock Absorbing Rubber Bumper Weight Plates for Barbells - Multi Color 15lb Single
  • 2-Inch Olympic rubber bumper weight plates are versatile: These functional strength training plates can be used with a barbell, jammer arms, or can be used as a plate only workout. Weight plates serve as a muscle building tool that allows you to perform full-body workouts that target your “Core 4” with exercise examples including: arms (bench press), legs (squats), back (rows), and core (russian twists).
  • More than a bumper plate & training types: Great for all ages and fitness levels, from beginners to sports athletes like bodybuilding and martial arts to young adults and seniors. Training types include: multifunctional strength training (Weightlifting tools: barbell, weight plates, and dumbbells), resistance training (Exercise bands and straps), circuit training (3 - 5 exercises in rotation), and station to station (3 - 5 sets per exercise).
  • HulkFit Power Cage/Squat Rack Attachments - Don't forget about our Cable Pulley System or Lat Pulldown for cable workouts as an additional strength training tool. Additional cable machine accessories include: D Row, V Bar, Straight Bar, Tricep Rope, and Cable Machine Attachments (5 piece set).
  • The olympic bumper plate package includes: (1) 15 lb plate. Additional features: Raised edges allow for solo plate weightlifting, ideal for home gyms and personal training. Markings in both pounds (lb) and kilograms (kg) ensure easy weight identification. Made with a 2-inch stainless steel insert to withstand repeated drops and heavy lifting. Crafted from recycled eco-friendly, high-density rubber and virgin rubber that's gentle on floors with low bounce technology.
  • Problem > Solution > Benefits of our Bumper Weight Plates – Don't forget about HulkFit Barbells, Weight Plates, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Barbell and Weight Storage Racks! We aim to create meaningful solutions and provide benefits for your health related problems... Be HulkFit!

This affordable plate is sold as a single, so be sure and order two. They have a nice lip and are easy to grip, but they do have a bit of a bounce, so be aware of that if you drop them.

CAP Barbell Bumper Plate Set, 70-Pound
  • Set contains two 35 pound bumper plates
  • Made from virgin and recycled rubber
  • Steel insert allows secure fit and prevents damage to bar
  • Cast iron core provides balanced weight
  • Extremely Durable and Odorless

These CAP bumper plates are pure virgin rubber and are sold in pairs. They have very little bounce and are a bit harder. They are good quality and worth the money.

Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar

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Sunny Health & Fitness Power and Squat Rack with High Weight Capacity, Olympic Weight Plate Storage and 360° Swivel Landmine and Power Band Attachment
  • HEAVY DUTY FRAME: Supports up to 880 lb Product Dims. (42 L X 47 W X 85H inches) Easy Assembly with bolt together design.
  • VERSATILE: Included landmine barbell attachment for greater utility and usage during resistance training exercises like landmine squats, lunges, rows, and rotational exercises such as landmine standing anti rotations.
  • KNURLING: Knurled Grip on Pull up Bar providing extra grip in strenuous/slippery workout sessions. Exercise band attachment points to better increase strength and endurance.
  • CONVENIENCE & SAFETY: 16” spotter arms for ease of mind and safety assurance when squatting with heavier weights.
  • OLYMPIC PLATE STORAGE: Easily organize weights on rack while adding extra stability when utilizing the machine. Freestanding design with optional bolts in brackets for stability and versatility.

This sturdy rack comes with a knurled pull up bar, weight plate storage, and safety spotter arms so you can lift safely.

Put it all together and this squat rack is a great value. While I would not do kipping in this rack, its plenty for regular chin ups and pull ups.

CAP Barbell FM-905Q Color Series Power Rack Exercise Stand, Yellow
  • SPECS: Assembled dimensions are 46 inches wide x 50 inches deep x 85 inches high
  • MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Maximum weight of user is 500 lbs | Maximum training load is 500 lbs
  • CONSTRUCTION – The 11- and 12- gauge steel tubing allows this bench to handle heavy weight securely, without compromise
  • MULTIPLE FEATURES – Built in bar and weight storage. Double gusseted uprights provide exceptional stability and security. J cup catches to safely hold barbell
  • RELIABLE PERFORMANCE – Durable powder coat finish and industrial zinc hardware provide exceptional maintenance free durability

This CAP squat rack is inexpensive and stable, two things you need for building a home CrossFit gym under $1000. It has a basic pull up bar that will get the job done, and it has plate storage and J cups included.

You will need to buy safety spotter arms separate.

High Capacity Weight Bench

Marcy Flat Utility 600 lbs Capacity Weight Bench for Weight Training and Ab Exercises SB-315 , Black
  • FULL-BODY WORKOUT – This Flat Utility Bench is a high-functioning workout equipment that lets you perform a full-body workout to enhance your body the way you want. Build a better-looking physique by doing different exercises with this versatile bench.
  • HEAVY-DUTY CONSTRUCTION – This bench has a durable construction providing a max weight capacity of 600 lbs. The heavy-duty steel tube frame ensures steady support for the bench, and the high-density foam and boxed upholstery provides maximum comfort.
  • SPACE-SAVING DESIGN – This bench is designed for perfect space-saving. Its heavy-duty steel frame is highly durable and is designed to maximize your mobility. Make every workout more efficient that combines practical design and performance
  • POWDER-COATED FINISH – Reinforced with powder coating, the Marcy Flat Utility Weight Bench resists wear and tear from heavy use and strenuous workouts, guaranteeing you an excellent, long-lasting investment for your home gym.
  • PERFECT FOR HOME USE – This versatile gym equipment lets you get all the benefits of an intense gym session at home. Perform as many exercises to target and build specific muscle groups in the comfort of your home. 2-yr manufacture’s warrenty included.

A decent bench at a great price, it holds up to 600 lbs, which is enough for most.

CAP Barbell Flat Utility Bench, Black/Gray
  • Specs - Assembled dimensions are 43 x 19 x 17 inches.
  • Heavy-duty construction - Built with 2 mm 3 x 1. 5-Inch steel tubing allows this bench to safely handle heavy weight loads. Tested based on ASTM standards to hold up to 1, 000 lbs. Recommended Max weight capacity of 600 lbs.
  • Comfortable padding - double stitched boxed pad is comfortable yet firm utilizing new foam material and carb compliant plywood.
  • Reliable performance - durable powder coat finish and zinc hardware provide exceptional maintenance-free durability.
  • Trust - Trust experience. Cap has been in pioneer in fitness with over 30 years experience and locations worldwide. Chances are if you have ever worked out you have worked out with a CAP product.

For a few more bucks you can have this high quality, high capacity bench by CAP barbell. It holds up to 1000 lbs and has a pro-level pad.

Items to Consider if You Have Money Left in the Budget

  • Wall Ball (Champion Sports Rhino Promax Slam Balls and Wall Balls) – This vinyl soft shell wall ball will give you a cardio workout unlike any other. It has strong seams and will last a long time. Available in several weights.
  • Kettlebells (Sunny Health & Fitness Vinyl Coated Kettlebell) – What’s a CrossFit Gym without kettlebells? This vinyl-coated kettlebell is easy on your floor and quiet too. They are color-coded so you can identify the weight by sight. Plus they are a good value. Check this article out to see more great kettlebells.
  • Gym Rings () – These Femor wood gym rings are cheap, durable and come with 15 foot straps. They can hold up to 1100 lbs and are a steal in my book. Check out all the best gym rings in this carefully curated list I put together.
  • Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar – CrossFit gyms are best with a wall-mounted pull up bar because they are the most stable style of pull up bar. Rogue P-4 pull up bar is a great choice because it is wide and deep, leaving you plenty of room to move. It’s great for kipping and muscles ups too. See more great wall mounted pull up bars here.
  • Ab Mat (Rage Fitness Core Mat) – Correct your form and get a full range of motion using an ab mat. They are a great accessory gear to have to add utility to your CrossFit gym.
  • Jump Rope – Every respectable CrossFit gym needs this humble tool. A jump rope will punish you in the best way. It’s one of the cheapest cardio exercises known, and the perfect addition to your home or garage gym.

DIY Ideas for a Budget CrossFit Home Gym

How to Build a DIY Plyo Box

A plyo box is a popular DIY project because it uses simple tools and usually the DIY version can be made for much less than buying a plyo box premade.

Parallettes bars – Check out the end of this article for some super easy instructions on how to build palette bars on the cheap, using PVC pipe.

See more great CrossFit home gym essentials here.

Option 3: Boxing Budget Home Gym

If boxing is your thing, a home boxing gym is a great choice for those who have the right space for it.

A home boxing gym is also one of the least expensive options and can often be built for much less than $1000.

All you really need are a few pieces of equipment and a good place to hang a heavy bag.

Heavy Bag

Ringside Leather Heavy Bag - Unfilled (Black)
  • Bag weighs 65 - 70lbs. when filled
  • Measures 14" x 42"
  • A Heavy Bag Chain and Swivel are included.
  • 1" closed cell foam liner is included in all of our filled bags to help eliminate hand injuries.
  • Available in red or black

This Ringside heavy bag is such a great deal because it comes unfilled. That means you can fill it with all those jeans and other clothing you were planning to donate to the thrift store.

It comes with a heavy-duty metal chain, not chintzy straps and is triple stitched and constructed of high-quality vinyl.

Heavy Bag Mount

TITLE Boxing Deluxe Wallmount Bag Hanger 2.0 - Heavy Bag Hanger, Heavy Bag Stand, Boxing Stand, Punching Bag Hanger, Boxing Equipment, Boxing Bag Stand
  • Incredibly solid, secure and easy-to-install alternative to traditional ceiling mount hangers
  • Heavy-duty industrial boxed steel hanging arm and wall supports
  • Generous 48" hanger arm length allows athletes a full 360-degree movement around the bag
  • Conveniently designed to securely attach to wood stud or masonry walls with professional results
  • Holds heavy bags up to 200 Lbs. Requires Wall Mounting Attachment Hardware (below).

I recommend you mount the heavy bag to a brick, block or concrete wall, or wood studs, if you cannot do a ceiling mount.

I am not a fan of free-standing bags or bag stands which drive up the cost and lower the stability of the bag.

This Title wall mount bag is perfect because it is long, and places the bag 48 inches from the wall. It also has a support, which some others don’t.

Double End Bag

Pro Impact Genuine Leather Double End Boxing Punching Bag - Speed Striking & Dodge Training Ball - Includes Cords & Hooks for Gym Workout MMA Muay Thai (7 Inch)
  • DURABLE LEATHER MATERIAL. Made using 100% top-grade genuine leather, the Pro Impact Boxing Punching Bag provides extreme durability to ensure it can withstand multiple beatings over and over again.
  • HIGH-QUALITY CONSTRUCTION. This Double End Punching Bag features a heavy-duty rubber bladder, reinforced loops and welted seams, increasing the bag’s integrity and preventing loss of air even after being repeatedly punched.
  • ROUND, DOUBLE END BAG. Designed for rapid recoiling and constant movement, this punching bag will help you develop your timing, accuracy and reflexes while improving your hand-eye coordination at the same time.
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES. For added convenience and easy mounting, the Double End Boxing Bag comes with a pair of bungee cords and S-hooks. This allows you to easily suspend the bag at both ends to the ceiling and floor of your home gym.
  • CHOICE OF SIZE. To accommodate beginners and advanced users, the bag is available in 9- and 7-inch sizes. Each one is designed to rebound quickly, allowing you to practice your defensive techniques, movement and footwork.

Nothing is better for training speed and accuracy like a double end bag. I highly recommend getting one for your home boxing gym.

This Pro impact double end bag is a quality product made with high-grade leather that will last for years.

Heavy Bag Gloves

Title Classic Pro Style Training Gloves 3.0, Black/White, 16 oz
  • Exciting re-creation of our famous signature Pro-Style Training Gloves with even more added features and benefits
  • Super tough and durable synthetic leather cover
  • Multi-layer shock absorbing high and low density foams
  • Full wrap around two-ply wrist strap with hook-and-loop closure
  • Satin nylon hand compartment liner helps repel moisture retention

Heavy bag gloves are a must! You can damage your wrist and delicate finger joints if you go hard on a heavy bag or double end bag without bag gloves or wraps.

These Title Classic heavy bag gloves are an inexpensive favorite. They are made from leather, have a layer of both high and low density foam to absorb impact and a wrap-around wrist wrap to protect your wrists.

Pair of 6 lb Dumbbells

All Pro Chrome Dumbbells, 6-Pound
  • 6-lb pair (3-lbs each) cushion grip, chrome dumbbells
  • Weight removable ends
  • Premium quality for fitness, health and wellness

A pair of low weight dumbbells like these 6 lbs dumbbells are an indispensable training tool for boxing. Use these weights while shadow boxing to increase speed and endurance.

You WILL notice the difference in your performance after training consistently shadow boxing with weights.

Jump Rope

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Ballistyx Jump Rope - Premium Speed Jump Rope with 360 Degree Spin, Steel Handles, Silicone Grips and 2 x Adjustable Cables - for Crossfit, Gym & Home Fitness Workouts & More - BLACK
  • GO BALLISTYX & GET SHREDDED – Jump in and skip with the gym pros when you have your Ballistyx speed jump rope by Epitomie Fitness in hand! The next generation build of Ballistyx boosts both ability and agility, taking your workouts to the next level.
  • ENHANCE YOUR SPEED – Your Ballistyx speed rope comes equipped with 2 x 360 degree rotating cables. One lighter and faster speed cable for lightning speed. One heavier power cable for max cardio and conditioning. Get your blood pumping, your body toning, and those muscles pounding with improved speed!
  • BUILT AS TOUGH AS YOU ARE – Designed with serious athletes in mind, the Ballistyx exercise jump rope provides lasting durability. Its flexible speed and power cables won’t kink, splinter, or snap, and full stainless steel handles never tap out.
  • MADE FOR FITNESS FANATICS – For anyone who loves a good sweat, a Ballistyx jump rope makes the perfect gift. It even includes FREE online access to the Epitomie Fitness Jump Rope Mastery program (RRP$15.97), created to burn fat and build muscle.
  • DON’T WAIT TO JUMP IN – Epitomie Fitness offers a Lifetime Money Back warranty with every purchase because the Ballistyx jump rope has next level construction. So hop to it! Add the Ballistyx adjustable jump rope to your cart today!

A jump rope is a simple, affordable endurance training tool. If you do not have a flight of stairs to run like Rocky Balboa used while he trained you can still train like a champ.

Pick up a jump rope and get to stepping!

DIY Options for Your Boxing Home Gym

DIY Reflex Bag

A reflex or cobra bag is a good tool to train speed and agility. But they can be a little pricy. Check out this how-to video and see how one boxer turned some PVC pipe and his neighbor’s soccer ball into a reflex bag.

Want to see more reflex and cobra bags? I made a list here, just for you. The best Cobra and reflex bags around.

DIY Slip Bag

A slip bag or ball is probably one of the easier and least expensive DIY boxing gym items you can make. I like this video in particular. The boxer used aquarium gravel, but a bag of beans or rice will work too, and it’s less expensive.

I created this list of carefully selected essential boxing gear you need to outfit your boxing home gym. Take a look!

Option 4: General Fitness Home Gym

If your goal is general fitness, or you want to stay in shape, maybe lose a few pounds, then an all in one gym may be the right choice for you.

There are a few all in one home gyms that can be had for under a $1000 even if you get a cardio machine to go along with it, you can still come in under budget.

Resistance Training All in One Home Gym

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BowFlex PR1000 Home Gym
  • FULL BODY WORKOUT: 25 plus exercises that cover the entire body.
  • POWER ROD RESISTANCE: Over 200 lb. Power Rod resistance.
  • PULLEY POSITIONS: Multiple cable pulley position allows you to easily change the angle of resistance and increase effectiveness of many exercises.
  • AEROBIC ROWING: Vertical bench press with incline and flat adjustment and converts to a rolling seat for aerobic rowing.
  • DEVICE HOLDER: New integrated device holder to support your smart device.

With over 25 different resistance training exercises and 200 lbs of resistance, this BowFlex machine is a great value. It even has a cardio exercise, rowing, built right in.

Gold's Gym XRS 50 Home Gym System
  • 112 lb. Vinyl Weight Stack, 112 lbs. of weight, 280 lbs. of resistance, Durable, built to last
  • Combination Chest Press/Fly Station, 4-Roll Leg Developer; High Pulley to sculpt lats and back muscles, Low Pulley tone glutes and leg muscles
  • Multi-grip lat bar, Sewn vinyl seats with durable & comfortable material
  • Exercise Chart designed by a Certified Personal Trainer
  • 300 lb. User weight Capacity, 90-Day Warranty

This ICON Gold’s Gym is an all in one resistance training gym. It gives you up to 280 lbs of muscle-building resistance and offers a full-body workout.

Pair one of these all in one home gyms with a cardio machine:

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Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike Exercise Bike, 350lb High Weight Capacity, Cross Training, Arm Exercisers, Monitor, Pulse Rate Monitoring - SF-RB4708,Gray
  • MOVEABLE HANDLEBARS: Includes the arm movement s to work synchronously with the legs during the pedal stroke to achieve a full-body workout.
  • LOWER BODY: Isolate your arm workouts by placing your feet firmly on the floor. Crank up the 8 adjustable gears and feel the higher resistance and intensity as you burn calories and achieve a killer arm workout.
  • PULSE SENSORS: Integrated pulse sensors to read heart beats per minute.
  • 8 LEVELS OF RESISTANCE: Magnetic resistance systems allows users from all different fitness levels to achieve a challenging effective work-out.
  • OVERSIZED SEAT AND BACK: The large seat supports the hips and seat back to ensure correct posture and increase comfort during the workout.

Set this recumbent bike in front of the TV and you are set. It’s a full-body workout that exercises both arms and legs at the same time, and it’s quiet, so you can watch your favorite shows while you ride.

A rowing machine is another great cardio machine that works the legs, arms and back creating a full-body workout.

The MaxKare machine is inexpensive and gets the job done. Pair it with one of the all in one gyms above and you have yourself a decent home gym for under $1000.

Want to see more all in one home gym options? I did my homework to find you the best.

Option 5: Budget Home Gym for Compact and Small Spaces

Building a home gym when you are tight on space is a challenge, but I assure you, it can be done, and for much less than $1000.

Resistance Training Options for Compact Spaces

 

Total Gym APEX G1 Versatile Indoor Home Gym Workout Total Body Strength Training Fitness Equipment with 6 Levels of Resistance and Attachments
  • Start a workout program at home with 6 adjustable levels of resistance and more than 60 exercises with low impact, fluid movements, and effortlessly transition from a single exercise to the next
  • For fitness enthusiasts of all levels and supports a maximum weight of 300 pounds for cardio, strength, stretching, pilates, circuit training, and more with a quality steel frame construction machine
  • Equipped to do whole body workout or target upper or lower body muscle groups, including chest, back, shoulders, legs, arms, and abs; Weight training equipment that folds for easy storage
  • Features a cable pulley system with embroidered nylon handles, padded rolling glide board, and pillow headrest; Equipped with auto-lock height adjustment
  • Includes wing attachments, the most versatile attachment for the upper and lower body; Measures 50.5 x 15.5 x 8 inches when folded; Measures 93 x 15.5 x 43.25 inches overall; Weighs 53.2 pounds

Another compact all in one home gym is the infamous Total Gym, recommended by none other than Chuck Norris himself.

The Total Gym works the full-body, delivering a resistance training regimen that will keep you fit and keep the pounds away.

Weider Ultimate Body Works Black/Red, Standard
  • Dimensions: 59" L x 27.5" W x 48" H
  • Max. Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Cushion material: Foam
  • Cable-and-pulley system allows for greater versatility and an expanded range of motion
  • This item benefits from an Extended 90 Day Return Window

If you are tight on space and want a fully done for you, all in one option, this is THE best bang for your buck.

The Weider Ultimate Body Works is inexpensive, allows you to do all kinds of strength training exercises like leg and chest presses, and can be folded up and stored under the bed when you are done using it.

Compact Cardio Options

XTERRA Fitness Folding Exercise Bike, 225 LB Weight Capacity, Cordless, Battery Powered with Solid X-Frame Folding Design, Padded Seat and Handlebars, Adjustable Foot Straps, 8 Levels of Resistance
  • Solid X-frame foldable design — folds to just 18.1" X 18.1" of floor space when not In use
  • Designed for comfort — large anatomically designed seat and multi-position padded handlebars
  • 2" X 1" LCD window — clearly displays speed, distance, time, calories, and pulse
  • 8 levels Of resistance — quickly adjusts using a large manual dial located just below the console

This XTERRA folding bike is one of the most popular compact fitness equipment available today.

Why?

Because it folds up easily and is stable and sturdy while you are using it. It just works!

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Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Incline Treadmill with Tablet and Device Holder - SF-T4400
  • 【POWERFUL DRIVE SYSTEM】Experience reliable performance with a robust 2.20 peak HP drive system, providing speeds ranging from 0.5 to 9 MPH, catering to various fitness levels.
  • 【ADJUSTABLE RECLINE LEVELS】Customize your workout with 3 manual recline options (0%, 2%, 4.37%) to meet your comfort and intensity preferences, enhancing your overall exercise experience.
  • 【EMERGENCY STOP BRAKE】Ensure safety during workouts with an emergency stop brake feature.
  • 【DURABLE & STABLE CONSTRUCTION】Built to accommodate different users, this treadmill is designed for various users, providing stability and durability for your fitness routine.
  • 【SPACIOUS RUNNING SURFACE】Enjoy a generous running area with dimensions of 49 L x 15.5W inches, offering ample space for comfortable walking or jogging

This Sunny Health folding treadmill is the perfect option for those who like to walk or jog, but need an indoor option for small spaces. It folds up to create a very small footprint.

Take a look at these compact home gym options for even more ideas.

My Choice Reveal: Why I Picked this Equipment for My Home Gym under $1000?

I decided to go with a hybrid option.

It’s a mix between a weight lifting gym and a boxing gym.

my personal small compact home gym setup

Weight Lifting Home Gym

While the gym is a little light as far as weight plates go, I can always add more later. I would also like to add a set of dumbbells and more kettlebells, and upgrade the bench one day, but for now, I am quite happy.

You can see I chose a wall-mounted rack that includes a pull up bar and safety spotter arms. As my boys grow, I expect they will be able to lift more weight, and I want them to do that as safely as possible, so a sturdy rack with safety arms is a priority.

Home Boxing Gym

I absolutely love the heavy bag, and I had the PERFECT place to hang it, on a sturdy wall. I love the sound the heavy-duty chains make when it’s hit, too.

I also got a peanut style double end bag, but I would have been just as happy with a normal double end bag.

As you can see, my space is a little small, so I move the barbell when I want to hit the heavy bag.

That’s why a space-saving vertical barbell rack would be a handy addition.

Verdict: Was it Worth it to Build a Home Gym, or Keep Going to the Gym

It is absolutely worth it to build a home gym!

The vast majority of serious athletes have at least some sort of home gym setup, even if it is minimal. Commercial gyms are great, and I love my class, but it’s just not always realistic to go.

Having a home gym gives me a convenient workout option when I can’t make it to the gym and allows me to share my passion for fitness with my family.

Truly, it is an investment that benefits the whole family and is well worth it.

Budget Home Gym FAQs

man lifting heavy barbell on squat rack

How Much does it Cost to Build a Home Gym?

You can spend as little as 200 dollars for a compact all in one option, all the way up to thousands of dollars on a home gym. It’s up to you and your budget.

What Equipment do You Need for a Home Gym?

That all depends on your goals. If you want a weightlifting gym you need a rack, a barbell, weight plates and a workout bench. See my best weightlifting home gym ideas here.

If you are simply trying to stay fit and want an all in one solution where the exercises are defined for you, there are plenty of great all in one machines that meet that goal.

Is it Cheaper to Buy Your Own Gym Equipment?

In the long run, a home gym almost always wins out in terms of cost, over a commercial gym membership.

Gym equipment can be quite affordable if you shop online and wait for deals, while commercial gym memberships can be hundreds of dollars a month.

It is easy to build a home gym for under $1000 that pays for itself in a year or two.

Is Building a Home Gym Worth it?

Absolutely!

Even if you have a commercial gym membership, there will be times when you cannot make it to the gym. Having a home gym available keeps your fitness goals on track.

Plus…

A home gym serves the whole family, and if you care about the health of those you love, you can see that investing in a home gym is one way to allow them to keep fit and healthy too.

Article Summary

I hope you find the best home gym or garage gym solution here. Even if funds are tight and space is limited, if there is a will there is a way. I know you can do it!

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