Must-Have Home Gym Essentials in 2024

Home Gym Essentials

What you need for your home gym equipment depends on your level of training and your goals. If you’re just starting out, get a gym membership for 6 months to try out a full range of equipment and get into an exercise routine. Once you know what you enjoy doing and are likely to stick with, you can invest in equipment of your own.


Dumbbells are good for beginners and experienced bodybuilders alike. They are a simple, versatile weight that can be used to train the whole body.

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Kettlebells are extremely effective tools for both weight training and cardio. When combined with high-intensity training programs such as Crossfit and Circuit training, kettlebell training can help boost your stamina and heart health as well as strength.

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Olympic Barbell & Power Rack

For bench presses, overhead presses, squats and deadlifts, a barbell is essential. This gives you a stable If you’re aiming to lift heavy weights, we recommend an Olympic barbell and Olympic plates. These are uniformly 7ft long and are much stronger than standard barbells.

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Floor Mat or Weight Bench?

When you bench press on a bench, you can get a greater range of motion than on the floor. This adds tension and increases muscle growth.

On the other hand, the shorter range of motion in a floor press actually prevents you from using momentum to lift the weight. You have a reduced leg drive and have to use more upper body strength, building your strength. Many bodybuilders add floor presses to their bench sets to build strength so that they can lift heavier weights on the bench.

Tweak your floor press to match the effects of a bench press by raising your lower body into a glute bridge.

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Cardio Equipment

To keep your heart strong and build stamina, cardio is an important part of your workout routine. Choose equipment that matches your space availability,

Upright home exercise bikes

Strengthen your leg and core muscles during cardio with an upright bike.

Folding Treadmill

Running, jogging or walking, a treadmill is an important tool for cardio. With modern treadmills, you can use pre-programmed routines to mimic running outside or enjoy a steady increase up to your desired top speed.

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Skipping rope

For a cardio workout without large or heavy equipment, that you can do anywhere, skipping is the perfect choice. Favoured by boxers and American football players for many years, skipping strengthens your bones and heart health.

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Looking for a home workout?

When designing your workout routine around your home equipment, look for exercises that target different muscle groups.

Get some Inspiration from Our Home Workout Shorts

Our YouTube channel is full of workout ideas to help you find your perfect routine. Here are some of our favourites.

Dumbbell Workout:


Kettlebell Workout:


Olympic Plate Workout:


Barbell Workout:

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