Working out at home? Don’t go without these home gym essentials.

Putting together a home gym - whether in your garage, basement, or spare bedroom - can be one of the best investments you make to get (and stay) fit. Getting rid of the commute alone ensures there's virtually no excuse to get after your fitness goals.

However, choosing the right gear for your gym can be a bit daunting. In this list you'll find the essential items you'll need, so whether you're after the best stuff or the best stuff on a budget, we've simplified your decision making process so you can put your energy where it counts ... getting your workout done.

Here are 17 essential items to start your collection.