Home gym starter kit: Everything you need to work out from home from Mashable


Are you one of the many “new year, new me” types who have set their mind on taking physical fitness seriously in 2024? If so, that’s awesome — we’re here for self-improvement resolutions that you can stick to, no matter what time of the year it is. 

But if you’re not too keen on running out to sign up for a commercial gym membership, we recommend going the more convenient route: Building yourself a home gym. While acquiring home gym equipment does require an initial investment (and enough space to fit all of it) we think it’s worth the effort.

Why should I build a home gym?

Having a home gym can be pricey in the beginning, but in the long run, it’ll save you a ton of time, money, and stress. When you take into account how much gym membership fees add up over the years, buying and owning your home gym equipment can eventually pay for itself — so don’t be fooled by the upfront cost.

There’s the matter of commuting, too. You’ll save hours by not having to travel to your local gym multiple times per week, allowing you the time to focus more on the quality of your workouts, as well as all the stuff you do when you’re not exercising. Trust us, hopping in the car to head back home after a grueling gym session is something we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy (plus, driving while exhausted isn’t the safest idea).

Also, you won’t have to endure the often anxiety-inducing act of working out in front of strangers, using potentially gross communal squat racks and dumbbells, and smelling everyone else’s post-workout body odor. That last bit was enough to convince us, honestly.

What do I need to build a home gym?

There are only a few things you really need to get a modest, but effective home gym started: A good set of adjustable dumbbells, a workout mat, some resistance bands, 1-2 pieces of smart home gym equipment, a fitness tracker, and a recovery device. Check out our hands-on tested recommendations below for the complete home gym starter kit.

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