The 17 Best Budget Home Gym Products

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If you want a workout routine that gives you a good burn without also scorching your wallet, investing in budget home gym equipment is a great place to start. When you build a home gym, you can eliminate the pricey monthly line item of a gym membership while still getting the benefits of a well-rounded workout. An added bonus: the time saved when you can simply walk over to your garage or backyard instead of driving to the gym.

The ACTIVE Reviews team compiled a comprehensive list of the best budget items on the market that meet affordability standards without compromising quality, so you can build out your home gym while still staying on budget.

Our top picks for equipment to consider when putting together a budget home gym:
Best Squat Rack - Fringe Sport Garage Series Squat Rack with Pull-Up Bar 
Best Weight Bench - Rep AB-3100 Adjustable
Best Barbell - Fringe Sport Wonder Bar V2
Best Weight Plates - Fringe Sport Black Bumper
Best Kettlebells - Rep KG Kettlebells
Best Dumbbells - Rep Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells
Best Rowing Machine - Concept2 Model D Rower
Best Ski Machine - Concept2 SkiErg
Best Stationary Bike - Rogue Echo Bike
Best Home Gym Flooring - Amazon Basics EVA Puzzle
Best Yoga Mat - Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat
Best Resistance Bands - FitCord X-Over Resistance
Best Suspension Training System - TRX All-in-One Body Suspension Trainer
Best Pull-Up Bar - Rogue Jammer Pull-Up Bar
Best Jump Rope - Garage Fit PVC Jump Rope
Best Workout Sandbags - Rogue Original Sandbag
Best Weighted Vest - GORUCK Ruck Plate Carrier 2.0

Best Squat Rack - Fringe Sport Garage Series Squat Rack with Pull-Up Bar

1-Fringe Sport Squat Rack

FringeSport's free standing power rack is on the shortlist of items within our budget home gym recommendations that surpass the $200 mark. However, the 12-gauge steel durability of this squat rack in FringeSport's Garage Series line makes the combo squat rack and pull-up bar well worth the small upfront investment. For humbly sized home gyms, we also love the compactness of this equipment, which boasts a roughly 4-foot by 4-foot footprint.

What We Love:
Two types of equipment (pull-up bar and squat rack) rolled into one
Small setup helps save space in compact home gyms
Supports up to 450 pounds

BUY: FringeSport Garage Series Squat Rack with Pull-Up Bar, $290

Best Weight Bench - Rep AB-3100 Adjustable Bench V3 

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Love to bench press, but need to stay on a budget? Our pick is the AB-3100 Adjustable Bench V3 from Rep Fitness. We love this adjustable bench because its sturdy feel betrays the AB-3100's affordable $250 price point. It supports up to 1,000 pounds, has six incline levels, three seat position options and various colors to pick from. A bench with an adjustable incline can be extremely handy for targeting more seldom-used muscle groups. While the AB-3100 will lack some stability compared to its flat-bench counterparts, you'll have more flexibility with your workouts thanks to its adjustable design.

What We Love:
Customizable, with six incline levels, three seat positions and four color finishes
Mostly assembled upon arrival, remaining parts take an estimated 20 minutes to set up
Painless to move and store with ergonomic handle and wheels

BUY: REP AB-3100 Adjustable Bench V3, $249.99

Best Barbell - Fringe Sport Wonder Bar V2

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Whether you're strength training for your next triathlon or like Olympic-style lifting, you can go for the gold and get a medal-worthy barbell for less than $300 with the FringeSport Wonder Bar. Plus, by the time the 2024 Summer Olympics roll by, the rugged steel Wonder Bar V2 will still look and lift fantastically. The best part though is that FringeSport offers a lifetime warranty on the Wonder Bar to back that claim.

What We Love:
20 kg and 15 kg weight options
Black zinc finish, thus earning the title "Black Magic" barbell by Fringe
205,000 PSI makes it extra durable

BUY: FringeSport Wonder Bar V2, $262

Best Weight Plates - Fringe Sport Black Bumper Plates

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A weightlifting setup wouldn't be complete without bumper plates. For under $250 you'll be hard pressed to find a better set. And although rubber bumper plates experience more damage than iron plates, Fringe Sport's bumper plates boast a welded rebar steel insert that makes the wear and tear of rubber on metal less problematic over time. Practice your clean and jerk to your heart's content—these bumper plates can take the extra reps.

What We Love:
Rubber plates are designed to bounce and not damage floors
Quieter than metal bumper plates
Steel insert at the center of the plate helps with overall long-term durability

BUY: FringeSport Black Bumper Plates, Starting at $75

Best Kettlebells - Rep KG Kettlebells

5-REP Fitness Kettlebells

Kettlebells are an important tool to have on hand (literally) in your home gym. For cast iron that's worth its weight, Rep Fitness has great value kettlebells. The KG Kettlebells are available in a broad range of sizes, from 9 pounds up to 106 pounds. The handles are colored-coded, making it easy to quickly grab your preferred kettlebell when pumping iron in your home gym.

What We Love:
Color-coded handles keep you organized when you're in the zone
Matte coating prevents slipping

BUY: REP Fitness KG Kettlebells, Starting at $14.99

Best Dumbbells - Rep Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells

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Dumbbells are a surefire way to help strengthen and build muscle. Getting all the weights you need can quickly rack up the cost of setting up the actual weight rack—not ideal if you're trying to get everything you need on a budget. Fortunately, Rep Fitness keeps the cost down thanks to its affordable, low-odor rubber coated dumbbells. The rubber coating adds longevity to the dumbbells, with additional durability thanks to welded handles, making this set of dumbbells a great pound-for-pound addition to any budget home gym.

What We Love:
Low-odor rubber keeps you focused instead of distracted by unpleasant smells
Rubber hex design better for your floors, as well as non-slip stability
Knurled handles help with better grip instead of slipping

BUY: REP Fitness Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells, Starting at $15.99

Best Rowing Machine - Concept2 Model D Rower

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The sleek yet affordable Concept2 Model D rower is a great home gym pick for full-body cardio—no crew experience needed. This nimble rowing machine is lightweight with a small footprint but is sturdy enough that you won't feel rudderless on an unstable machine. Its Performance Monitor 5 can help you keep pace while tracking your cardio. Best of all, this budget home rower can be dropped off at your doorstep for only a little over $1,000 via Amazon delivery.

What We Love:
Supports up to 500 pounds
Compatible with workout apps 
Air resistance is smooth, but a little noisier

BUY: Concept2 Model D Rower, $1,033

Best Ski Machine - Concept 2 SkiErg

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Concept2 packs a one-two punch on our list, with its SkiErg also gliding into our budget home gym picks. Concept2 is best-known for its rower but was able to adapt its rowing machine elements into a comparable cardio- and strength-training skiing experience. For the perfect custom home gym setup you can order your SkiErg with a wall-mountable unit or with a specially designed floor stand.

What We Love:
Mimics skiing with use of drive cords, ergonomic handles and air-driven flywheel
Uses same PM5 device as rower to provide performance data
Can be adhered to a wall or put in a stand (extra fee)

BUY: Concept2 SkiErg, $1,107

Best Stationary Bike - Rogue Echo Bike

9-Rogue Echo Bike

This isn't your average stationary bike. Known as the "Official Air Bike of CrossFit,"the Rogue Echo Bike has the stamina for serious home gym training. The harder you push the pedals and handles, the faster the air-driven flywheel will go. An LCD console has built-in programming to keep your heart pumping, from interval training to calories burned. For being incredibly durable, this 127-pound air bike can support up to 350 pounds.

What We Love:
LCD display provides built-in workouts
Heavy-duty steel components make this bike extremely durable
Available for under $1,000

BUY: Rogue Echo Bike, $795

Best Home Gym Flooring - AmazonBasics EVA Puzzle

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A solid foundation is the basis for any home gym, and while we lack the expertise for tips to install a French Drain to keep your basement floor dry, we can offer a product recommendation that'll cushion your basement floors in both a budget- and joint-friendly way. That's where AmazonBasics Foam Interlocking Tiles come in. Inexpensive and well-designed, high-quality EVA foam layers offer freedom of movement on a padded surface, beyond the confines of a yoga mat.

What We Love:
Textured, water resistant foam keeps foam in place and prevents slipping
Set up and break down easily with puzzle piece design

BUY: AmazonBasics EVA Puzzle Flooring, $32.99

Best Yoga Mat - Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat

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Speaking of yoga mats, they're another worthy inclusion in any budget home gym—even one with padded floors—so you can take your home workout to the studio and on the road. Gaiam's mat is great for avid yogis who practice multiple styles, or anyone that needs a supportive surface for floor workouts. The material in this mat is thick to cushion the body but has a sticky feel when you sweat to stop you from sliding all over the place. And even though 
you're getting your sweat on, this material repels any bacteria from soaking in.

What We Love:
"Closed cell" foam keeps sweat, bacteria and water out
Becomes sticky as you continue to sweat for easy grip
Use for yoga or floor workouts for extra cushion

BUY: Gaiam Yoga Mat, $59.08

Best Resistance Bands - FitCord X-Over Resistance

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Resistance bands are a great home gym addition to keep you race ready and injury free. We like FitCord's X-Over tube resistance bands for the value they add to your home gym at very little cost. And according to the brand, the FitCord outlasts its competition, boasting at least 150,000 repetitions before the band is stretched to its limit.

What We Love:
Great for resistance training and injury prevention
Tested for long-term durability

BUY: FitCord X-Over Resistance Bands, $37 to $40

Best Suspension Training System - TRX All-in-One Body Suspension Trainer

 

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A space-saving tool that unlocks full-body workouts, the TRX Home Suspension Trainer was developed by the U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick for portable training. It is a simple kit of loops and straps that can have a serious impact by using only your bodyweight. All that's required is a sturdy door or anchor point in your home gym. Plus, you can get a truly versatile workout with TRX, whatever your fitness goals.

What We Love:
If you're working with a limited amount of space, TRX adheres to a door or stable connection
Use included guide and fitness app to access a variety of home workouts
Assists with full-body, floor, and standing workouts

BUY: TRX Suspension Trainer, $169.95

Best Pull-up Bar - Rogue Jammer Pull-Up Bar

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The Jammer Pull-Up Bar is ideal for both the rugged setting of a garage gym or a more polished indoor home gym. Based on the bar's design, you can easily mount the Jammer on studs above your door frame without impeding the door's functionality. With the Jammer you also have the option to customize the bar's finish and color depending on your preferences and home gym aesthetic.

What We Love:
Can be adhered to a stud wall or above a door frame to maximize space
Made for upper body workouts
Choose between a smooth bar or one with knurling for extra grip

BUY: Rogue Jammer Pull-Up Bar, $115

Best Jump Rope - Garage Fit PVC Jump Rope

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For the ultimate tool in portable and cheap cardio, a jump rope is a must. Among the dozens upon dozens of jump rope options, we love a simple, straightforward type, hence our pick of the Garage Fit Adjustable PVC Jump Rope. PVC jump ropes are user-friendly, dynamic and durable. And best of all, jumping rope gives you a great work out at a super budget friendly cost.

What We Love:
Comes with one-year warranty
Affordable price tag, available for under $20

BUY: Garage Fit PVC Jump Rope, $16.95

Best Workout Sandbags - Rogue Original Sandbag

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In some cases, "to sandbag" is a big no-no. When building out your home gym, though, sandbags are a welcome addition to your training regime. And as previously mentioned, Rogue is a highly reliable purveyor of affordable home gym gear, including its Original Sandbag. Sandbags are sold in six sizes, which can be filled to weights ranging from 100 pounds to 400 pounds. Sturdy and stackable yet small, Rogue's sandbags are a perfect addition to a compact home gym setup on a budget.

What We Love:
Four sizes to choose from
Reinforced seams and stitching keeps the sandbag intact no matter what
Filler bags are an extra fee

BUY: Rogue Original Sandbag, $80

Best Weighted Vest, GORUCK Ruck Plate Carrier 2.0

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If you're feeling complacent in pushing your cardio, add some much-needed resistance for less than $100 with GORUCK's weighted vest. An ergonomic design makes the backpack-style vest comfy to wear and supportive of your lumbar. Whether you're going for a walk around the neighborhood or planning for a challenging run on your treadmill, a weighted vest helps up the ante.

What We Love:
Built-in lumbar support
Extra padding on shoulders and top lid keeps you protected and prevents chafing
Three sizes to choose from: small, standard and large

BUY: GORUCK Ruck Plate Carrier 2.0, $95

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