December 10, 2023


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How to build a home gym for under $500

In the words of Chandler Bing, “I want to quit the gym.” Unlike Chandler, it’s not the gym itself, or the fact I don’t use it — I go at least five times a week, it’s a slightly more depressing reason the cast of Friends wouldn’t have foreseen — like everything else in 2022, the cost of my membership has shot up. 

Facing the prospect of paying $100 a month for a gym membership, I realized I was in the fortunate position of knowing exactly what I wanted to buy to build my own home gym, without compromising on my workout goals. As a fitness editor, I’ve tested, rated, and reviewed some of the best home gym equipment on the market, so I know what to shop for, especially when you’re on a budget. Read on to find out more.