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Best Home Gym Equipment & Free Weights Made in the USA

By Matt Mullins   updated April 7, 2020

As I write this fitness gear directory I’m at home under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. I’m a super active guy; when I’m not recreating hard outside then I’m regularly hitting the gym. With commercial gyms closed at the moment, I’m very thankful to have my own home gym. I imagine a lot of you are wishing you had some good home gym equipment too. Unfortunately the market is full of cheaply made imports; equipment that doesn’t last under home use, and far less under the continuous stress of a commercial gym. I’m writing this to help people avoid numerous weight lifting brands with questionable quality. This guide presents top quality American-made fitness gear that supports local jobs and our economy.

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Best Home Gym Equipment

Best Suspension Trainer:
Editor's Choice

This Comcor Suspension Trainer is hands down the most versatile piece of equipment I own and it’s also one of the most affordable. It easily earns our Editor’s Choice Award. You can set it up on a sturdy door, tree, or on any bar or post and get an excellent full body workout. It also packs down small and light; this is what I take when travelling. The concept was developed by a Navy SEAL to workout while in the field. I prefer the Comcor system to TRX suspension trainers, even though the Comcor costs significantly less… plus it’s made in the USA. Comcor provides 20 free video workouts you can view on youtube here, or 44 workouts on this online guide here.

Last observed price: ~$120

More Info/Current Pricing at Amazon

Best Free Weight Equipment

Best Dumbbells & Barbells:

Iron Grip builds my favorite free weights. They’re well known for manufacturing high quality 100% American-made Olympic bars, weight plates, barbells, and dumbbells. Big commercial gyms like 24hr Fitness and LA Fitness carry Iron Grip weights. Iron Grip’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are located in Southern California.

More Info/Current Pricing at IronGrip.com

Best Benches & Racks:

The free weight brand of Life Fitness, Hammer Strength offers great commercial quality benches, dumbbell racks, olympic squat racks, dip/pull-up stations, athletic rigs, and more. Hammer Strength is proudly made in Falmouth, Kentucky, USA.

More Info/Current Pricing at LifeFitness.com

Freemotion builds top of the line benches, olympic stations, plate loaded machines, dip/pull-up stations, and free weight racks. Their manufacturing takes place in a factory nestled between the mountains of Logan, Utah, USA where I earned my Masters degree… and worked out using Freemotion equipment, which was excellent. 

More Info/Current Pricing at FreeMotion

Not just a barbell company, American Barbell manufactures free weight equipment in the USA including their Series 1 dumbbells, USA olympic plates, cable attachments, and competition bars. Some of their clientele: Gold’s Gym, Planet Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, and World’s Gym. Note that not all of their manufacturing takes place in the USA but much of it is still made in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More Info/Current Pricing at AmericanBarbell.com

Best Gym Flooring

Best Gym Floor:

The same 5/16″ rubber flooring found in commercial gyms, this allows you to easily build the ultimate home gym floor in short order. These are made of recycled tire rubber which makes for excellent home gym flooring.

More Info/Current Pricing at Amazon

Perfect for placing under benches or exercise machines  to protect your floor. These come in a variety of sizes to match your equipment’s dimensions. 

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