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.

Resistance Bands (a.k.a. Booty Bands)

There are many kinds of resistance bands, and they are all used in different ways. Some of them are specifically referred to as “booty bands” because they are used to train, target, and build the glutes. Using these bands while doing exercises such as hip bridges, donkey kicks, and jumping squats will push the muscles to work harder. Booty Bands mostly come in three resistance levels (light, medium, heavy), but some companies offer other options to provide more challenge.

Long Resistance Bands

These resistance bands are longer and can help you get a full-body workout. They come in varying colors to designate the amount of force they offer. While the multiple colors may look pretty and non-threatening, they actually provide a serious workout because they force your muscles to really put in some work. Since your muscles can be strengthened from different movements, the possibilities are endless. You can switch between doing shoulder presses to performing back row exercises, and you will still feel the same effects as though you were using dumbbells due to the resistance of the bands. You can even combine different colored bands to increase resistance and weight.

Medicine Balls

Contrary to popular belief, there is so much you can do with a weighted medicine ball. A lot of these workouts can even be full-body workouts. I prefer to use it on days that I focus on my core.

Ankle and Wrist Weights

Looking to add a little bit of weight to your daily routine? Ankle and Wrist Weights are the perfect light equipment to get the job done. These weights are wearable, can create a slightly more challenging workout, increase your strength, and leave you free range of motion. By wearing these weights, you force your body to work harder as you move against gravity. 

Ab Rollers

Perfect for the core! This tool is pretty simple in appearance, but the movement required to complete a set is actually quite challenging. Just rolling this wheel for a few minutes will leave your core sore, but you will thank me later! A strong core can help you from improving your posture to improving your overall balance. A sure win!

The Takeaway

Storage for all these items can be difficult when you are limited on space. When this becomes an issue, always remember that you are already equipped with one of the best workout essentials that won’t break the bank. Yourself!

Kinesthetic workout routines can help you achieve your fitness goals without you having to purchase any major equipment. All you need is comfortable workout clothing that fits your workout routines. Now get out there! Carpe Diem!

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