Looking to Buy Your First Home Gym? Consider These Things First

There are more Australians who are buying home gyms to help in their fitness goals. These fitness workstations are like miniature gyms that allow you to perform many different exercises.

Unfortunately, making the decision to buy the best home gym in Australia is one thing; it is another to choose the right one for you.

Here are some factors that I think you should consider when buying a home gym.

Fitness Goals

We all have our reasons for wanting to exercise. Some of us want to have a home gym to help us lose weight.

There are also some of us who would like to build muscle and sculpt our body. Personally, I want to have a combination of both. I know that I can achieve my ideal weight much better if I can grow leaner muscles.

Having a very clear idea of what you want to achieve will help you determine the kind of home gym to buy.

Also, this will give you a clue whether to buy a ready-to-use home gym or to build one from scratch yourself. The point here is to look at your long-term goals. You may think that you want to lose weight now.

However, once you have already lost weight, what then? Will you stop using the home gym altogether? Or, would it be more appropriate to try working on other fitness goals?


Based on your goals, decide on the things that you really need. For example, if you want to lose weight, you will have to decide on the best type of exercise that will help you accomplish this goal.

Will you pick a treadmill over a stationary bike or an elliptical trainer? Are these contraptions included in the home gym that you want to buy?

Likewise, if your goal is to strength-train, then you need to determine the different muscle groups that you want to build.

Is it the arms and upper body? How about the muscles of the core, including the pelvis and the back?

You will also have to think about strengthening the leg muscles. Make sure that the home gym provides you enough ‘stations’ to work the different muscle groups.


Home gyms are large pieces of exercise equipment that can take a minimum floor area of 1.5 by 2.0 metres. This is the base of the home gym alone.

If there are attachments, like a weightlifting bench or some other contraption, then the space requirement can also increase.

My suggestion is to determine that part of your house where you intend to place the home gym. Measure the dimension of the area where you’re going to put the home gym.

Do not forget to give about half a metre of allowance on all sides. Also consider the height of your ceiling. Most home gyms come with a tower as their base.

It would be a shame to buy one only to find out that the top of the home gym will scrape into your ceiling. Use this information to determine the kind of home gym you need to buy.


Commercial-grade home gyms can cost several hundreds of Australian dollars. I once encountered a home gym that sold for a few thousand dollars.

There are also cheaper versions. You will still be spending a few hundred dollars for these ‘entry-level’ home gyms.

I recommend starting with a base platform. Choose one that can offer you a number of expansion options. When you do have the budget, you can add one exercise device at a time.

Buying a home gym requires a very clear idea of what you want to accomplish. This should help you determine the kind of home gym that is perfect for you.