How Much Does a Home Gym Cost?
Because many people cannot afford or find the time to join a gym, an at-home gym may be a better option. This allows you to work out in the comfort of your own home and at any time of the day or night.
How much is it?
- Home gyms come in many different style with many different features. The most basic type of home gym is a simple weight bench with free weights. A weight bench alone can cost between $50 and $200. Some of these benches are just flat padded benches, while others have multiple reclining positions to allow for different types of workouts. Buying the weights separate from the bench will cost between $15-$350 depending on the style and the number of different weights. Something simple such as the Hausmann vinyl coated dumbbells can be purchased individually for around $5 per weight or in sets ranging from $20-$50 per set. More expensive dumbbell sets include the Stamine Versa-Bell II, a set of adjustable dumbbells sold for about $160, or the Hex dumbbell rack which can be purchased for about $360.
- The next level of home gym is a weight bench which uses fixed weights and cables to build muscles using a variety of different workout options. These types of home gyms can be found for $250-$1000 on average. For example, the Best Fitness BFMG20 can be found for about $400 while the Powerline BSG10x will cost about $850.
- Another type of home gym uses tension wires instead of fixed weights and cables. These gyms include the Bowflex PR1000 and PR 3000 which sell for $500 and $800 respectively.
- A new type of home gym that is becoming more and more popular is an over-the-door system. These systems are great because they take up very little space in your home while still allowing for a very versatile workout. These systems can cost $30-$200 and include something as simple as a pull-up bar or as complex as the Body by Jake Tower 200 which is sold for about $150.
What is going to be included?
- Most home gym systems come with either a DVD or booklet containing exercises which can be done for optimal results.
- Some systems come already assembled while others will require at-home assembly.
- Some of the more popular brands of home gyms come with some type of warranty.
What are the extra costs?
- Some home gyms offer financing so you do not have to pay for it all up front. However, this financing usually comes with an interest fee of 5%-15%, resulting in a higher final cost.
- Flooring is ideal for those that want to put it on a concrete floor or harder floor. This special home gym based flooring is going to protect the floor underneath it from scratching, etc. Flooring can start at $25 and go up from there.
- Different brands of gyms can come with additional DVDs and instructional guides that can help with workouts. Some brands may come with an initial copy, but additional copies can be extra.
Tips to know:
- Stick with the basic workout material. There’s no reason to have thirty different things when you’re only going to use a handful of the equipment.
- Before you set out to purchase the equipment, make sure that you know what kind of training that you want. You’re going to want to know what kind of equipment is right for you.
- Commit to working out. It’s wise to purchase some sort of time clock that can help manage your work outs for you. Create a schedule throughout the week and make sure that you stick to it. Try to work out at least every other day.
Top brands to consider:
- Body Solid
- Total Gym
How can I save money?
- Used home gyms can be found for much cheaper through services such as Amazon, eBay, or Craig’s List.