Gluck - November 2022

$10,000 Budget Home Gym Build

This is a collection of our recommendations from our how to build a home gym for under $10,000 video. These are affiliate links so if you purchase something after clicking on one of them you're helping to support the channel, Thank you so much!

All Of Our Picks (or scroll down to see more detail)

Best Budget Power Rack: Bells of Steel Hydra Power Rack
Best Power Rack For a Little Less: Rep PR-5000
Best Overall Power Rack: Rogue Monster Rack

Best Budget Olympic Barbell: Fringe Sport Wonder Bar
Best Multipurpose Olympic Bar: Rogue Ohio Bar
Best Power Barbell: Rogue Ohio Power Bar

Best Non Iron Plates: Rep Fitness Urethane Equalizers
Best Iron Plates: Rogue Fitness Deep Dish Plates
Best Iron Plates Alternate Pick: Strength Co Plates
Best Bumper Plates: Bells of Steel Olympic Bumpers 

Flat Bench Budget Pick: Rep Fitness FB-5000
Flat Bench Top Pick: Rogue Monster Utility Bench

Best Adjustable Bench Budget Pick: Rep AB-4100
Best Adjustable Bench Top Pick: Rep AB-5200
Best Adjustable Bench Alternate Pick: Rogue Adjustable Bench 3.0 
Best FID Adjustable Bench: Get RX'd FIDAB-2

Best Functional Trainer: Rep Ares Cable Attachment

Best Fixed Dumbbells: Rep Fitness Rubber Hex Dumbbells

Best Olympic Collars: Rogue USA Aluminum Collars
Best Flooring: Tractor Supply Horse Stall Mats
Best Budget Resistance Bands: Canway Pull Up Resistance Bands
Best Resistance Bands: Rogue Monster Resistance Bands
Best Gymnastic Rings: Rep Fitness Wooden Rings

Power Rack Recommendations

Bells of Steel Hydra Power Rack

Power Rack Budget Pick: Bells of Steel Hydra

Bells has entered the 3"x3" market with a splash with this power rack. This rack is identical to Rogue's Monster Lite (3x3 w/5/8" hardware) just at a cheaper price. Attachments from both Rogue and Bells will fit on the other since they're both true 3"x3" racks. If you're in the market for a new rack this is definitely one you'll want to think about.

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Rep Fitness PR-5000 Power Rack

Power Rack Mid Pick: Rep Fitness PR-5000

Calling this a mid pick is a bit misleading because I think this rack stands up against Rogue's Monster line. As a 3"x3" rack with 1" hardware you've got a lot of options on how to build this thing especially with all attachment Rep is offering. This is Rep's top of the line rack and it shows as it's a very well done option.

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Rogue Monster Power Rack

Power Rack Top Pick: Rogue Monster Rack

Rogue's Monster Power racks (3x3 w/1"hardware) are their premier line, if you want the best Rogue offers this is it. The name perfectly matches what you'll be getting. These racks encapsulate everything Rogue is. Big, beautiful, and highly customizable with more options than anyone would ever need. 

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Our Picks for Best Olympic Barbells

Rogue Fitness Ohio Power Bar

Barbell Top Pick: Rogue Ohio Power Bar

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar s is by far my favorite bar and if I had to pick only 1 to keep, this is it and it's not even a competition. My only regret? Not getting it in fully stainless steel. This is a power bar which means it will have more aggressive knurling than our next pick.

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Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar

Best Multipurpose Bar: Rogue Ohio Bar

If you're going to be doing a lot of Rep's or Olympic style lifts and want a durable bar, Rogue's Ohio Bar should be on your list. This is my oldest bar and I can't wait to pass it down to my kids.

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Fringe Sport Wonder Bar

Barbell Budget Pick: Fringe Sport Wonder Bar

Fringe Sport's Wonder bar is our budget pick because it is essentially a clone of Rogue's Ohio bar (but with better spin). It doesn't have the finish options or quite the build quality but it's an outstanding bar for the price.

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Olympic Iron Plates and Bumper Plate Recommendations

Rogue Fitness Olympic Deep Dish Plates

Iron Plates Choice 1: Rogue Deep Dish

I love and collect deep dish plates because there's nothing like them. The sound, the vintage appeal, history, and the aesthetic are unmatched. Rogue's Deep Dish Olympic plates boast incredible quality and fit right in with my collection.

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The Strength Co Olympic Machined Plates

Iron Plates Choice 2: The Strength Co Plates

The Strength Co's plates are also a throwback to vintage iron but are in basically every way better made than those they're emulating. With quality machining, a great finish, and an outstanding small American Company behind them it's hard to go wrong by choosing these.

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Rep Fitness Urethane Equalizer Plates

Iron Plates Choice 3: Rep Urethane Equalizers

These urethane coated plates are very well done and won't be quite as loud as our other two picks. The integrated hand holes make them easy to handle and the urethane coating is incredibly durable.

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Bells of Steel Bumper Plates

Bumper Plates Choice: Bells of Steel Bumpers

Bells of Steel recently took over my typical recommendation of Fringe Sport Bumpers because well.. these are basically identical and cost less. Bells Dead Bounce, Conflict, or Colored Bumpers are all the same just with a different look so pick the one that you like best!

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Best Flat and Adjustable Benches

Rep Fitness FB-5000 Flat Competition Bench

Flat Bench Budget Pick: Rep Fitness FB-5000

We've used Rep's FB-5000 4x a week for years and it still performs as well as it did on day 1. It's an outstanding flat bench for the money. Great grip on the vinyl, light and easy to move around, and stable.

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Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0

Flat Bench Top Pick: Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0

I love the FB-5000, I really do but this bench takes it up a few levels. With the Competition or Thompson Fat Pad this is without a doubt the best flat bench for a home gym. 

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Rep Fitness AB-4100 Adjustable Bench

Adjustable Bench Budget Pick: Rep AB-4100

Rep's AB-4100 has been our most used bench lately because of how light and easy it is to move around. This is essentially the little brother of the AB-5200, same basic design, same back angle, same function. If you're looking to save a few $$ over the fancier 5200 this would be our choice.

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Rep Fitness AB-5200 Adjustable Bench

Adjustable Bench Budget Upgrade Pick: Rep AB-5200

The AB-5200 is a fantastic adjustable bench. It has great build quality, is very stable, and is the most popular ladder bench out there for good reason. It's easiest to think of it as an upgraded AB-4100 as the touches are nicer and it's a bit larger and heavier. Both of them are fantastic benches, I like this one and Wynie likes the AB-4100.

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Rep Fitness AB-5200 Adjustable Bench

Adjustable Bench Top Pick: Rogue Adjustable Bench 3.0

Technically all of these benches are great choices and I like the pad and vinyl better on the AB-5200 but this is the best built of them all. American made and exactly what you'd expect from Rogue, this bench will turn heads and is something you can pass down, it's that well made.

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Rep Fitness AB-5200 Adjustable Bench

Adjustable Bench FID Pick: Get RX'd FIDAB-2

The FIDAB-2 is a flat, incline, decline bench which has recently taken the place of my Rep AB-5000 in my gym (no small feat). This is essentially a melding of Rep's AB-5200 and 5000. It's a ladder style adjustable bench with the ability to decline that shares A LOT of similarities to Rep's benches.

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Functional Trainer Recommendations

Rep Fitness Rubber Hex Dumbbells

Functional Trainer Top Pick: Rep Fitness Ares

The Ares Cable Attachment is a functional trainer, lat pulldown, and low row that integrates into a PR-4000 or PR-5000 power rack. If you're looking for a high quality piece of equipment that saves you a ton of space, this is it. I had my doubts about the Ares when Rep first teased it but after having it awhile I sold my commercial functional trainer to keep this. The Ares is in my top 5 pieces of equipment I own and it's a great addition to a home gym.

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Dumbbell Recommendations

Rep Fitness Rubber Hex Dumbbells

Dumbbells Top Choice: Rep Fixed Dumbbells

Rep makes great dumbbells for a home gym and with a fully knurled handle, welded head, and a lifetime warranty they're our top recommendation.

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The Extras (Accessories)

Rogue Fitness USA Aluminum Olympic Collars

Collars: Rogue Fitness USA Aluminum Collars

These are by far the best pair of collars we own. The build quality is great but the holding quality is phenomenal. Clamp these things down and the weight isn't going anywhere!

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Canway Resistance Pull Up Bands

Resistance Bands

It probably doesn't matter what you get for pull up bands as long as they're a made from a good quality latex. We own bands from Canway and Rogue and they both perform equally well.

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Canway Resistance Pull Up Bands

Horse Stall Mats

Horse stall mats from Tractor Supply are the cheapest way to create solid flooring for your gym. Get the 6'x4'x3/4" ones and tape them down with 1.88" wide Gorilla Tape to keep them from moving and to make cleanup easier.

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Rep Fitness Gymnastic Rings

Gymnastic Rings

I didn't forget to mention rings in the video, I just did it very quickly at the end 😂. Rings are an inexpensive way to add a ton of options for movements to your home gym and you don't have to be a gymnast to enjoy them! My top pick has been Rep's Gymnastic rings because for the price and quality they're very hard to beat.

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