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Itsnotaboutme
01-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Okay so basically my schools "weight training program" is not cutting it. It is composed of a few guys that really push it and the rest stand around and watch and then there is the 3 girls in the class :bang: I go to the after school work out session and they make you do what we did in the class, and I really dont get much out of the lifts they have us do.


Well I talked with my parents about it and they said "why dont you look up how much it would be to get a squat bar and rack and some plates and we'll talk again"

Can someone give me some insight on how to go about building a garage gym? Like where to buy from, essentials in a home gym things like that? Any help would be an improvement from were I am now.

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I'm looking to do things like squatting and power cleans.

vdizenzo
01-06-2009, 08:52 PM
Look up craigslist in your area. People are always getting rid of good equipment.

Ben Moore
01-06-2009, 09:03 PM
Get a rack, a bench, weights and bars - you can build a platform.

johnnyo_99
01-06-2009, 09:49 PM
http://www.craigslist.com
http://www.newyorkbarbells.com
http://www.weightlifterswarehouse.com

if you get everything new expect to spend close to $1500, this depends on how much weight you need and quality of the squat rack. if your going to do it, do it right the first time and buy quality.

i built my garage setup and as of now invested around $2400. I bought chains, bands, 500lb of weight, texas power bar and descent squat rack. The only thing i regret is not spending the extra money and getting an elitefts rack..

Chris Smith
01-06-2009, 10:12 PM
Besides the above good ideas, also go around to your local gym owners. Alot of times they have stuff in storage, or know when some equipment becomes available. Gyms go out of business all the time. I have started my own private gym by purchasing used equipment from gyms going under.


Smitty

Detard
01-06-2009, 10:16 PM
I have put about 1500-2000 in my gym. I now have a power rack, olympic bench, 1000+lbs of weight, 3 bars, fat bar DB handles, collars/clips, olympic platform, ropes, bands, chains, handles...etc.

I started out with a power rack, bench, and a bar, and gradually added things to it. Check craigslist for deals.

Hazerboy
01-06-2009, 11:53 PM
we bought 300 lbs of weight, a bar, a bench, and a cage for around 600. The cage was well built and the bar lasted me several years before bending. Thats really all you need when you're starting out, maybe some more weights and some mats so you can deadlift.

EatMyWay2TheTop
01-07-2009, 04:43 AM
Make sure you get a good bar and a wide enough bench. A narrow bench is a bitch

waynedang
01-07-2009, 05:12 AM
Also do a local search on ebay. Sometimes you can get a good deal and not have to pay shipping

smokinHawk
01-07-2009, 06:05 AM
i paid around $800 for my junk which includes
a used but never used nebula olympic bench
power rack
3 bars (1 good, 2 chromed)
and about 1100-1200lbs of weight.

all from local ads/craiglist/forums

Pete22
01-07-2009, 06:35 AM
See if there's a Play-it-again-sports around you, the bars I got from there sucked, but I got a bunch of used 45's for a decent price.

accuFLEX
01-07-2009, 06:56 AM
If you're buying plates used from a place like play-it-again, I'd suggest you bring a scale and hand pick the ones that are "really" 45/35/25/10 pounds. I've seen them range from 41-48 pounds

Brian Hopper
01-07-2009, 08:06 AM
If you're buying plates used from a place like play-it-again, I'd suggest you bring a scale and hand pick the ones that are "really" 45/35/25/10 pounds. I've seen them range from 41-48 pounds

I went to a Golds Gym that bought some weight from a Play it again Sports and they were all off. They ended up returning all the weight they bought from them. So I wouldn't really recommend them as a source, maybe equipment but not weights.

Ben Moore
01-07-2009, 08:11 AM
If you're buying plates used from a place like play-it-again, I'd suggest you bring a scale and hand pick the ones that are "really" 45/35/25/10 pounds. I've seen them range from 41-48 pounds

Seriously? Who cares? 3-5 lbs in fluctuation is not going to kill you and unless you start buying certified calibrated plates from places like york, eleiko etc. you'll be hard pressed to find them on the money every time.

Ben Moore
01-07-2009, 08:12 AM
I'll also second craigslist - I'm picking up a bunch of 45's this afternoon for $15 per plate.

Pete22
01-07-2009, 08:32 AM
I went to a Golds Gym that bought some weight from a Play it again Sports and they were all off. They ended up returning all the weight they bought from them. So I wouldn't really recommend them as a source, maybe equipment but not weights.

It's not like they have a standard plate that they sell, it's a big variety of crap that people bring in and trade or sell. Most of the plates there are the same Cap ones they sell at Dick's, but at 1/3 the price. Perfect for a garage gym IMHO.

johnnyo_99
01-07-2009, 08:33 AM
Seriously? Who cares? 3-5 lbs in fluctuation is not going to kill you and unless you start buying certified calibrated plates from places like york, eleiko etc. you'll be hard pressed to find them on the money every time.

to compensate for these fluctuations just buy some small chain in 1/2 lb increments, then you can through it on the bar to even out the weight.

Ben Moore
01-07-2009, 09:13 AM
to compensate for these fluctuations just buy some small chain in 1/2 lb increments, then you can through it on the bar to even out the weight.

No, no, no - why do you guys think this much about it??? Put the weight on the bar and lift it - don't weigh your plates, don't buy chain to compensate. Lift the weight and keep adding weight to the bar...:ninja:

Pete22
01-07-2009, 09:25 AM
No, no, no - why do you guys think this much about it??? Put the weight on the bar and lift it - don't weigh your plates, don't buy chain to compensate. Lift the weight and keep adding weight to the bar...:ninja:

This. Plus you can brag that your maxes are higher than they really are. :evillaugh:

Detard
01-07-2009, 09:37 AM
This. Plus you can brag that your maxes are higher than they really are. :evillaugh:

only if your plates weigh less :evillaugh:

johnnyo_99
01-07-2009, 09:58 AM
No, no, no - why do you guys think this much about it??? Put the weight on the bar and lift it - don't weigh your plates, don't buy chain to compensate. Lift the weight and keep adding weight to the bar...:ninja:

its the OCD engineer in me, its got to be accurate! :read:

Lewy23
01-07-2009, 10:31 AM
what about just checking out www.powerliftingwatch.com for a local power gym...u might be able to lift there for cheap or free. The gym I joined does not charge me a dime, its out of a garage/basement deal. Best decision I ever made. We are all like family now. That way you an find training partners you can count on, ya know? Might be cheaper than dumping thousands in your own gym...

Lewy

Brad08
01-07-2009, 11:18 AM
Can someone give me some insight on how to go about building a garage gym? Like where to buy from, essentials in a home gym things like that? Any help would be an improvement from were I am now.



What you need to get started:

power rack
barbell + weights
some kind of floor protection for where the plates sit while deadlifting or if you dump an overhead lift (wood, rubber mats, pieces of heavy carpet, etc.)

What you can live without temporarily:

stand-alone flat bench
lifting platform (plywood & rubber mats) or rubber bumper plates (for your cleans)

Where to get it?

CRAIGSLIST

If you're patient, you can pick up a rack, bench and barbell set from somebody on craigslist for anywhere from $200-600 eventually.