How to build a home gym you’ll actually use

Whether you're new to the fitness world or you're looking for a safe place to exercise without having to wear a mask, there's never a bad time to build a home gym that suits your workout goals. Here are some important things to consider when building your home gym and how Kijiji can help:

Think about your budget

If you’re not sure how much money you want to spend on buying gym equipment, looking at the cost of a gym membership is a great place to start. Use the monthly membership fee to calculate how much it would cost to be a member for a year. Considering equipment lasts for much longer than that, you will easily make your money back. Plus, your money will go much further if you invest in used gym equipment. The beauty of a home gym is that you can scale it as much as you want to suit your finances.


Consider the space

Closely related to budget concerns is the space you have to work in. If the only room in your house fit for a home gym has a single plug, you’ll need to pay an electrician to install more outlets in that space, otherwise forego the electrical exercise equipment. What’s the condition of your flooring? Do you need to install protective mats to prevent your hardwood from getting scuffed? Will your tiles crack if you accidentally drop a dumbbell on them? Can an elliptical machine even fit in the room?

These are important questions to ask yourself. Even though at-home gyms can give you just as much of a workout as a local fitness centre, your space is more limited. And if you have downstairs neighbours, you also have to think about noise levels.


Get creative with DIY equipment

Are you interested in doing a home gym DIY project? You can design a workout circuit in your own home by broadening your search for equipment. For example, a great way to make your own adjustable dumbells is to attach water jugs on each side of a pole. You can change the weight simply by adding or removing water. Want to make your own CrossFit circuit? You can find free tires and cheap alternatives to battle ropes right in your area. Just make sure you can carry the weight of transporting your new equipment items home.

If you have the time, energy and willingness to build your own equipment, there’s no shortage of construction materials available on Kijiji.


Stay safe when buying gym equipment

If you’re browsing Kijiji to buy or build your equipment, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our contactless transaction features. Minimizing your contact with other people is the safest way to avoid contracting COVID-19. Follow these health guidelines to keep yourself safe:

  • Utilize Kijiji’s search filters such as curbside pickup, cashless payment and delivery/drop off
  • Don’t leave the house if you feel sick
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Wear a face mask that properly covers your nose and mouth
  • Ensure the seller has sanitized their equipment
  • Maintain your distance from anyone outside your household

Working out at home can give you the burn you want at a fraction of the cost. With Kijiji, you can build a home gym while staying within your budget and staying safe.

Your well-being is our number one priority. Stay safe during in-person transactions and visit our Help Desk for more information and advice.

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