An Affordable Home Gym

Hey everyone,

I have recently decided to transfer the content of my fitness site ( and my diet/nutrition site ( to my new blog:

I was getting a lot of questions on topics other than diet and fitness training. With a more general health blog, I can focus on topics not specifically exercise or diet.

This specific post can be found here.

During my almost 20 years as a personal trainer, I have been asked numerous times to help clients design & outfit their home gym. Taking into account their fitness goals, the available space and their budget, there are a number of ways to go.

When it comes to the strength training part of their gym, most people are usually looking for some form of multi-gym. They promise to give the most bang for the buck.

Along those lines, I was reading an article today about a new type of compact home gym called the Murphy Gym. Obviously, taking it’s inspiration from the original Murphy Bed, the Murphy Gym is a dual cable stack weight lifting station that folds away into it’s own custom made cabinet.

When it comes to multi-gyms, I have to agree, this one is a beauty.

There is a drawback. The price. The Murphy gym sells for $3,495, plus the cost of installation (about $200); That is for the base unit. In the picture immediately above, the cabinetry is all custom work, which costs extra. For those of you who have recently renovated their homes, you know that custom cabinetry doesn’t come cheap.

Now, for those of you that want Champagne quality fitness equipment for a Wine Cooler price, look no further.

Disclaimer: I have no connection whatsoever with any of the products that I will mention in this post.

This is simply equipment that my clients & I have found success with.

For the last 3 years, I have been using Jump Stretch fitness bands with all of my clients. As an in-home personal trainer, that satisfy almost all of my needs. They are portable, light weight, durable and effective.

For those of you that don’t have access to a personal trainer or even a workout partner, there will be some exercises where you will need to attach the band to an immovable object.

In this video, JS band rows are performed in a gym, with the band attached to a power rack.

How many of you have a power rack in your basement?

To recreate this exercise in your home, all you need to do is install a safety grab bar or a handrail (like a ballet barre) or purchase a pre-built Mini-Gym package.

I have also had a client build an outdoor gym by screwing eyebolts into the 4×4 post that he had used to mount a basketball net. That set-up is similar to the $2300 core-pole.

The cost of this DIY Home Gym: $50 for the handrail & hardware and $170 for a full set of bands.

Grand Total: $220

JumpStretch distributors here.

Hope this helps. In future posts, I will be providing band specific workouts.

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  1. #1 by Frank on April 28, 2008 - 8:45 am

    Go to There are a couple of videos that can be linked too.

  2. #2 by DR on April 28, 2008 - 9:07 am

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the info.

    I hope that some (probably very little…the blog IS new) traffic found it’s way over to your site.

    The videos can be found here

  3. #3 by Murray Strand on June 1, 2008 - 9:42 pm

    Hi, I’m glad you liked our Murphy Gym. We’ve had so much positive response. I would like to point out that most of our customers do not mount the MG in a cabinet… just on the wall… cabinets are just an option, not necessary. In a room where the user is used to having free standing machines, the cosmetics are the same when the MG is not in a cabinet… just the space is much smaller. We’ve made a few design changes to the unit too… added a second locking bar set at the bottom and a quick release front leg to add stability to the unit; and made a set of hooks at the top so the long bar can attach for chin ups. We’re really trying to emphasize core strength/functional training and have teamed up with a well known personal trainer/columnist for the Calgary Herald, Peter Estabrooks. He is currently compiling and filming a beginner, intermediate, and advanced training program that will be available to all MG customers on line, on DVD, and for Pete’s customers on In the upcoming summer edition of Geartrends magazine there is an article on folding home gyms, including the Murphy Gym. This product is very new, and we are just starting our marketing, setting up dealer/distribution networks. We appreciate that you mentioned it on your blog.

  4. #4 by DR on June 2, 2008 - 6:43 am


    Best of luck with the Murphy Gym.

    Will it be available for sale in Toronto?

  5. #5 by Murray Strand on June 2, 2008 - 10:32 pm

    Yes, it is available for sale anywhere FOB Saskatoon for now. We are looking for distributors in all cities at this time. Any parties interested in distribution or purchase please contact us through the website…

  6. #6 by Floor Lamp : on October 28, 2010 - 9:53 am

    fitness equipments that are chrome plated and using ABS plastics are very common these days coz they are much better ”

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