Must-Have Equipment for your Home Gym

home gym equipment

Are you looking to work out from home? Thinking of building a home gym? The good thing is it’s not that difficult to get your home gym set-up. We asked Marianna Capomolla, personal trainer at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, for a list of must-have equipment for the home gym.

Basic Home Gym Equipment

At a minimum, these are the equipment you need to set-up your home gym. Below you will find equipment for cardio and weight training. As well as essentials for stretching, yoga and pilates.

Cardio Equipment

You will need at least one cardio equipment in your home gym. It’s all personal preference whether you prefer a stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical, or row machine. If you are the kind of person who gets bored, then you may want to buy multiple types of cardio equipment so you can mix it up. One thing to note as you are buying your cardio equipment is that you need to take into account the weight of the equipment. Just make sure your floor can take the weight of your equipment since cardio equipment like treadmills and elliptical are heavy and may damage your floor. Below are some cardio equipment suggestions.

Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike

Sunny Health and Fitness Elliptical Machine Cross Trainer

NordicTrack T-Series Treadmill


TRX is a type of suspension training where you can train your upper body, lower body and core. It’s great if you are short on space because the TRX system will take up minimum floor space in your home gym.

TRX Go Suspension Training System

TRX System

Bench and Step Up Bench

You should have a bench and step up bench in your home gym. Your bench will come in handy for weight training. It’s important to have a bench if you plan to weight train. A bench will give you the proper support you need when weight training.

FlyBird Adjustable Bench

The step up bench is great if you plan to do interval exercise and aerobic exercise. A Step Up bench will give you the non-slip grip and weight support you need to safely workout.

The Step Up Original Aerobic Platform


Dumbbells are essential when setting up your home gym. For women, you should get 5 lbs to 25 lbs dumbbells. For men, get 15 lbs to 60 lbs dumbbells.

Neoprene coated Barbell

CAP Barbell Set with Rack

Kettle Bells

Kettle Bells are a great addition to your home gym. If you want a well-stocked home gym, you should get the 15, 30, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 lbs Kettle Bells. If not, pick and choose a few varying weights to get you started.

Amazon Basics Cast Iron Kettle Bells

Yoga Mat for Abs

Mats are another essential for the home gym. You will need mats for stretching, yoga and mat pilates workouts. You may want to consider thick yoga mats if you need extra support for your knees.

Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat

If you have kids, you may want to buy your child a mat. They are fun and colorful, perfectly sized for children.

Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat

yoga mat

Exercise Ball

If you plan to do abdominal workouts, then you should definitely get an exercise ball. It will come in handy for ab workouts.

Trideer Exercise Ball

If you work from home, you may also want to consider getting a balance ball as your office chair. This will help you keep your core active while you work.

Gaiam Balance Ball Ergonomic Chair for Home or Office

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are inexpensive and does not take up a lot of space in your home gym. In fact, you can bring it along with you when you travel and still get a good workout.

LetsFit Resistance Bands

Slam Ball

Slam balls are a great addition to the home gym. However, it’s not advisable to get a slam ball if your home gym is located in the upper levels of your house. You can potentially damage your upper level floor boards. Slam balls are ideal for home gyms located in the basement, however, double-check that your floor can support the weight and impact of slam balls before investing in one.

RBX Weight Training Slam Ball

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Slam Balls

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is recommended in your home gym. It will give you the non-slip grip and the impact support you need when you work out. Rubber floor mats are available in interlocking pieces so it’s easy to make it fit your home gym. If you have ceramic tiles or another hard surface on the floor, definitely buy rubber floor mats to make your home gym safer.

BalanceFrom Foam Interlocking Tiles for Exercise

rubber floor

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About Marianna Capomolla

Marianna has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Health Education with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Management. She is a Certified Personal Trainer at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Marianna is the head volleyball coach at Westhill High School and is a former college coach at Eastern Connecticut University and Manhattan College. 

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