You do not have to spend a fortune to start a home gym. The most effect workouts for fat burning and muscle-building require the simplest equipment. Use the treadmill, elliptical machine and the stationary bike at the gym, but get yourself some dumbbells, a workout bench, a stability ball, resilience bands and an old-fashioned jump rope for an effective home gym.

You definitely want to invest in some adjustable dumbbells for your home gym. Dumbbells add an extra strength training dimension to every home workout. Adjustable dumbbells grow with your strength and your specific workout needs. They are adjustable from 5 pounds up to 50 pounds or more depending on the manufacturer. One set of adjustable dumbbells replace multiple sets of dumbbells of different weights. This takes up less space in your home gym and allows you to adjust the weight to your needs.

Exercises using a stability ball will work every muscle in your body and help you burn fat fast in your own home gym. Your home workout that includes a stability ball will firm and tone your butt, thighs, abs and lower back muscles quickly. Stability ball exercises include crunches, which are an essential part of your home workout routine to strengthen your core. Back extensions and shoulder presses using your dumbbells will work your upper chest, back, arms and shoulders.

Resistance bands are an essential piece of equipment for your home gym. Resistance bands are available in a variety of strengths from light to super heavy weight. Get the entire set of resistance bands at once or start with the lightest and buy stronger bands as your strength increases. Resistance bands can be used in a home workout to strengthen your arms, legs and abdominal muscles.

A jump rope is an effective and fun way to get a great cardio workout and burn fat fast. Jump ropes should be well-balanced with comfortable grips. You can burn up to 1000 calories per hour by jumping rope. Use the jump rope in your home workout routine as an interval exercise. Jump rope for 5 minutes at a steady pace and then a blast of energy jumping as fast as you can for 2 minutes and then back to a steady pace. A jump rope is an invaluable piece of home gym exercise equipment.

Invest in a sturdy, safe workout bench. A workout bench is more comfortable than the floor when pressing dumbbells for upper arm and chest workouts. Unlike a chair, an exercise bench is designed for your home gym. A bench is essential for safe a home workout. An exercise bench should be stable and lightly padded for your comfort.