The Straight to the Bar Guide to Planning, Designing & Building Your Own Home Gym

In my opinion, easily the best (and most rewarding) way to train.


A Home Gym is a wonderful thing. In this guide we'll explain exactly how to create your own - everything from the goal-setting and initial planning through to a fully functioning, always-available home gym.


First things first - goals and planning.

Before you start planning the gym itself (we'll get to that in a minute), sit down and think about what you'd like to achieve by way of your training. Is it to aid a particular sport or activity? Are you looking to compete in a particular field - perhaps one of the many varieties of bodybuilding? Or maybe it's just a matter of getting - and staying - 'in shape'? That was my own plan when I started training.

All of these are certainly realistic, and the basics are much the same. The goal will simply answer any 'this one or that one?' questions that arise.

Let's dive in.

Josh Hewett - Strength Athlete and Personal Trainer (bio below) recently posted a great video on 'Creating a Home Gym'. If you're just getting started, or considering the idea, this covers the process well.

Over to Josh :

About Josh

Josh Hewett is a personal trainer, strength coach and competitive strength athlete. Find out more at Top Form Fitness, and the Stay Fit Minute.

Josh can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Google+. Swing by.

He's also extremely active on StumbleUpon. To give you an idea, here are just a few of the pages he's been stumbling lately :

And for the full set, just follow Josh at CanCoach. Cheers.

Other Considerations

One thing I've found which has helped with my own home gym is to always have it available. It's in permanent 'standby mode'.

This means that if I've got a few minutes to spare, I can immediately jump in there and do something. A micro-workout if you like.

The benefit of having equipment always set up the way you like it, and always available, is something I didn't really appreciate until I had it. It's a wonderful feeling.

Something else to think about : if you're going to be doing something like Olympic Lifting or Rock Climbing in your home gym (both of which are certainly possible), you're going to need a little extra space and suitable equipment/environment. In addition to everything that Josh outlined, you'll need things like a weightlifting platform & bumper plates; or a climbing wall and various training tools like a campus board.


There was an incredible amount of equipment shown in that video above. If you'd like to create something similar, or simply want to check out the prices of various things, here's a complete list :

And of course, the smaller items - grip toys, chalk, ropes and so on. The good stuff.

Recommended Resources

Over the years we've noted a number of books/DVDs/people/articles that really come in handy with a project like this.

If you'd like to find out a little more about creating your own home gym, check out :

And of course the Straight to the Bar Guides. Dive in.

Where to go From Here

As you've no doubt seen, the idea of Building Your Own Home Gym is actually quite a realistic proposition in many cases. If, however, you have any questions - or just want to double-check something, come and join us over on Twitter. You'll feel right at home.

There's also a load of invaluable information on this site, as well as in the newsletter. If you see an article that sparks a question or two, fire away. We'd also love to hear what worked in your particular case, so we can fine-tune things.

Finally, thank you. I hope this helped, and got you Planning, Designing & Building Your Own Home Gym.

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