9 Budget Worthy Workout Essentials for the Home Gym

Due to the closure of non-essential businesses such as gyms and recreational facilities to stop the spread of COVID-19, the search for the best home workout equipment has been a race against time and dwindling resources. It has been a challenge to find the best at-home options for daily gym-goers, bodybuilders, and people who enjoy being active.

For most (like myself) the gym can serve as therapy. It is almost like a judgment-free space where you can sweat, grunt, lift, and cry a little (if that’s what you like). For me, the gym was mainly a place where I could work on me. However, just because the gyms are closed does not mean that has to stop. While the gym can be a special place for some, working out at home can be just as beneficial, with a little motivation that is.

Finding the best workout essentials to create your own home gym can have you falling into a gym equipment abyss. This is especially the case when you have tons of space to fill with every trending workout machine on the market. However, some workout equipment is more essential than others. 

So, it does not matter if you are new to the fitness scene or have limited space to dedicate to a home gym. It is still helpful to get some guidance on where to start and what to buy. I’ve highlighted some workout essentials to help you build your home gym on a budget.

It is important to note, that even though I mention that these essentials are for those on a budget, I have also considered what would be the best bang for your buck in quality and performance. You don’t want to spend money on something that will break after a few uses or cause you bodily harm.

Jump Rope

Ok. Time to bring back to the schoolyard and playground with one of my childhood favorites. Believe it or not, jumping rope is proven to strengthen the upper and lower body. After just a few jumps you will start to feel that burn in your legs. It’s a good burn though! 

Yoga Mats

You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed yogi to make use of a yoga mat. I use yoga mats to cushion my body when working out on hard surfaces. They offer stability and have an amazing grip on whatever surface you rest it on, which can keep you from injuring yourself and thus creating a safe and stable workout area for you. The added bonus is that they don’t take a lot of space. Simply roll them up and stick them in a corner or under your bed.


Now, these are a staple in every gym because they can be used in a variety of ways. They are also one of the few items you can find in a gym that are compact enough to be effectively used at home. Dumbbells offer workouts that involve total body movement meaning that you can use them to work out just about any part of your body. That goes for squats, bicep curls, tricep dips, and more. Dumbbells come in different weights, so you can choose what works best for your fitness goals and strength level.


No. Kettlebells are not the same as dumbbells. The weight of a kettlebell in unevenly distributed, so it takes more strength, stability, and control to exercise with this equipment. However, just as with dumbbells, you can complete workouts that involve total body movement. A great tool to work out your core, arms, legs, and back. Kettlebells also come in different weights, so you can choose what works best for your fitness goals and strength level.