I hired a personal trainer for a few weeks and now I think I'm ready to work out on my own. I was thinking of putting together a fitness room at home and was wondering what I should buy as far a fitness equipment. I have a budget of about $700.
Most people spend way too much money of cardio equipment that can only accomplish one exercise. When starting a fitness room/weight room or home gym, you should start with the most versatile equipment first. In my experience that would be a set of dumbbells. After that would be a barbell set and the a power rack. Once you have that in place, you can add less versatile equipment.
As far a budget is concerned, I would check craigslist or amazon first so that you can save money. Ultimately, when it comes down to buying weights, 5 lbs are 5 lbs so the cheaper the better. $700 should be able to get you a nice start.