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Looking to understand how to create the perfect home gym? From choosing the right space to keeping fit on a budget that matches your fitness and financial goals, this guide will help you get the right start!

Between work, the kids and general household upkeep, it can seem near impossible to squeeze in a little “me” time, never mind a sweat session at the gym.

Being equipped with home gym essentials can make all the difference in helping you maintain your fitness regimen. Walmart has everything you need to create a great gym setup at home.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


How do I set up a home gym?

When it comes to home gym essentials, designating space for exercise should be your first step. If there’s a room in your home where you can feel comfortable and inspired to set up for home gym workouts, you’re ahead of the game!

That being said, you don’t need an entire room dedicated to your home gym to make it work. Whether you carve out space in the family room, lay claim to an unused area in the basement, or etch out a spot in your bedroom, having a dedicated space of your own will help keep you motivated to stick to your fitness commitment.

Bionaire 30-inch Digital Tower Fan with Remote

Bionaire 30-inch Digital Tower Fan with Remote

The area you choose to designate as your home gym space should be an area that has enough room for you to move around. Make sure you have room to swing your arms up and down and side to side.

If you plan on adding equipment or to do cardio like jumping jacks, make sure you have sufficient headroom and ceiling clearance. Good lighting and proper ventilation is key to helping you feel energized during your workouts.

This slim, digital tower fan with remote is a space-saver that takes up less room than traditional fans. It features oscillation for wide area coverage and three speed options for maximum comfort. It comes equipped with a timer, built-in storage for the remote and a carry handle to easily move the fan from room to room.


Best home gym equipment

Few people have the space in their home, or the hefty budget, to recreate their own professional gym.

If you plan to purchase one large piece of gym equipment, a treadmill might be just what you need for your home gym.

Exercise bands, free weights and kettlebells are great for adding resistance for your best strength training workouts. Stability balls and balance boards are a great way to build a strong core.

Weslo Cadence G 5.91 Treadmill

Weslo Cadence G 5.91 Treadmill

Great for warming up and cooling down, walking on a treadmill can also improve cardiovascular health and burn calories. This treadmill comes equipped with iFit® Coach technology.

Simply pair your tablet with the built-in iFit system for access to Google Maps workouts, comprehensive tracking and top trainer workouts.

Convenient SpaceSaver™ design allows you to fold up your machine out of the way when it’s not in use.

Golds Gym, kettlebell kit

Golds Gym, kettlebell kit

Strength training is key to helping develop strong bones. Strength training can also help increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.

This kettlebell kit includes 5 lb., 10 lb. and 15 lb. kettlebells. Each kettlebell features vinyl, cement-filled design for ultimate durability and excellent grip. The kit also includes a workout DVD and exercise chart designed by a certified personal trainer.

Tone Fitness Balance Board

Tone Fitness Balance Board

Adding squats to your home gym workout? This balanced board is ideal for beginners to advanced users.

It features a non-slip surface and solid pivot point. Its space-saving design is perfect for strengthening hamstrings, quads, glutes and calves.


Home gym flooring

Non-slip home gym flooring can help protect you and your floors while you work out.

HomCom Foam Floor Tiles

HomCom Foam Floor Tiles

To help protect your floor from gym equipment, or if you find your floor is slippery, adding rubber EVA foam floor tiles can help provide better traction and protection. These foam floor mats are cushioned and offer strong flexibility.

They are easy to carry and easy to clean. For smaller spaces, a yoga mat can add some cushioning to help you through your stretches and poses.


Other home gym essentials

Mainstays Value Door Mirror


A full-length mirror can help you keep an eye on your posture and form, which can help prevent injury so you can get the most out of your workout.

Adding a mirror to your home gym can make small spaces look larger. A mirror also reflects light, essentially brightening up your personal workout space.

SONY SRSXB01/Bluetooth Speaker

SONY SRSXB01- Bluetooth Speaker

Outfitting your home gym space with one or more media sources may help you commit to your workouts. Consider adding a TV for streaming exercise tutorials, a Bluetooth speaker to play your favourite motivational workout tunes or an iPad for catching up on current events.

This compact Sony Bluetooth wireless speaker is enhanced with EXTRA BASS™ sound. It’s splash proof, let’s you enjoy six hours of playback and comes equipped with a built-in microphone for convenient hands-free calling.


What workout equipment is most effective?

A personal trainer or physiotherapist will be able to help you chose the workout equipment that is the most effective for you. It is recommended that you seek professional advice before deciding to undertake any new physical activity.

Whether you want to up your game with some new moves, improve your technique or to make sure you’re executing the right moves to avoid injury, consulting a personal trainer or physiotherapist can help you on your road to a healthier and fitter you.

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