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Old 02-21-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I've been trying to go to my local gym for a couple of months now, but it seems the times I can go are the only time everyone else can go too.Anyway I was looking for advise as to what to buy for a home gym(Key Components).I was thinking bench and a barbell ,dumb bell set.But how much weight should I buy as a starting point?Any one have any ideas on those adjustable weight dumb bells?I thought they would be a bit of a space saver.Any suggestions on what else I may need to start out?I'm not looking for a complete home gym set up just for the basics.Do you think I could actually make some serious gains out of a basic set up like this?Lastley are there any good sites for basic weight training excersises out there that could be done at home?Thanks very much everyone.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:31 PM   #2
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My friend has a bowflex and personally i hate it. So id advise against that. I just cant get the same kind of work out i can from the free weights etc.
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If I were to start bulding a home gym with limited funds I would first be looking for an olymoic weight set. 300lbs to start with. Look in craigslist.com or your local pennysaver and you can get them really cheap.

After the weights I would then be looking for a used rack (with safty pins in place and a adjustable bench you wont need a bench press)

Those 2 items are a great way to start off.

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Agreed. Those combined with some dumbbells will definitely get you started.
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I was looking into this thing called the perfect pushup. I'm sure if you google perfect pushup the site will come up.

Yeah bowflexes suck, not to mention they take up just as much room as a nice weight bench. I think the ultimate one needs a 9 foot clearance.

I bought my weight bench for about $200.00, 300lbs of plates w/ olympic bar for $100.00, a pullup/dip tower for $100.00, and dumbbells from 10pounds to 70lbs for under $250.00. All this and still cheaper than a bowflex.

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i hate any kind of resistance machines....i like to know what i'm actually doing weight wise...

i just got a golds gym bench/rack that is separate...$130 shipped...

ooh it went up in price since last week...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5280822

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Does that rack go high enough to be used for squats? That would be sweet but then you don't have safety bars. Although, I'm sure you could fashion up something easy enough...maybe a couple saw-horses or something lol.
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Everyone has given the basic necessities. A squat rack you can bench in and a bench to go in it. Barbells weights and dumbells. Something do do pullups and maybe dips.

When it comes to spotter racks if you have the room and money look to get a surround cage that has a lot of spotter adjustments that go very low. The cage will give you the most versatility and range in the long run especially in terms of safety. Just for an example, it would allow you do to heavy overhead supports or jerk supports safely. And in general it is just safer since you can't miss the spotters. Most of them are a fairly standard height but as I said the lower you can put the supports and also the higher you can put the barbell the better.

The next best would be a spotter rack sort of like Pity got with lots of adjustments, etc...and sturdy. It doesn't need to be commercial quality of course.

A regular old squat rack without any spotter...basically just something to hold the bar up high is in the long run a waste of your money. Better to save up and get whatever gives you the most veratility. Think about things like rack deads and all sorts of other things you may need.

Something for pullups is good especially if it comes with dip attachments. Some squat racks will have dip bars as an option though. And also a pullup bar. Pullups can be rigged easily though without having to buy anything expensive.

A basic high and low pulley system...preferably something that can take standard or olympic weights rather than a limited "stack" is a good thing to have to round it out. Lots of things you can do with that and it can help you tremedously in terms of balanced training...but it's not a necessity like the others.

But a weight set and dumbells can defintely get you started. Adjustable dumbells are definitely going to be easier at home. And the expense of getting weighted dumbells is astronomical. The adjustable dumbells will limit your weight in the long run but you can get longer dumbells (which are expensive) or you can make you own long dumbell out of black pipe, hose clamps, and special weight locks that you can buy.

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Does that rack go high enough to be used for squats? That would be sweet but then you don't have safety bars. Although, I'm sure you could fashion up something easy enough...maybe a couple saw-horses or something lol.

Yes all the componants are removeable and adjustable. I set the hook that holds the bar with weights where I want then set the saftey pins where they need to be. I can set the pins from 18" off the ground all the way up to 7ft off the ground.

If you look ar the pic the bar you see by my dogs head is where I set my saftey bars for bench pressing
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Does that rack go high enough to be used for squats? That would be sweet but then you don't have safety bars. Although, I'm sure you could fashion up something easy enough...maybe a couple saw-horses or something lol.
yeah it goes up over my head...it's got adjustable safety bars...
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