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 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.
I'm looking to do things like squatting and power cleans.
Last edited by Itsnotaboutme; 01-06-2009 at 09:31 PM.
Lifts @ 6'2 235lbs
Bench: 165/285/330 (11/22/11)
Squat: 235/405/440 (2/2/12)
Dead: 270/500/440 (1/26/12)
Total: 1190 lbs
Where I came from
"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."
Get a rack, a bench, weights and bars - you can build a platform.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.
Make sure you get a good bar and a wide enough bench. A narrow bench is a bitch
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i paid around $800 for my junk which includes
a used but never used nebula olympic bench
3 bars (1 good, 2 chromed)
and about 1100-1200lbs of weight.
all from local ads/craiglist/forums
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.
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'll also second craigslist - I'm picking up a bunch of 45's this afternoon for $15 per plate.
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...
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?
If you're patient, you can pick up a rack, bench and barbell set from somebody on craigslist for anywhere from $200-600 eventually.