I'm trying to minimize expense and space for building a home gym. Please give me any suggestions for what equipment you feel would be absolutely necessary to do a real workout. This is not to replace the gym, just to have it available to me when I don't want to go out (for example, I'm late off work and I don't want to drive to the gym at 6pm...). This is what I've got so far:
Olympic weight set with 2 bars (25# and 45#)
Power rack with chin bar
Dumbells (thinking of these: http://www.powerblock.com/frame.html)
I may make the dip station myself as something that hangs from the ceiling and doubles as a dip station/hanging situp bench.
Now in pain, only working out the walking sticks.
Can you get a high/low pulley attachment for the rack? I've got one on mine so I can do pull downs, rows etc....
My setup is pretty close to yours. I'm trying to figure out a cheap way to get dbells as well.
leg extension/leg curl. Its the power rack you can squat in right? Your going to want that.
yeah, i forgot to mentionthat.
You could certainly get by without the leg curl and leg extension.
Could also get by pulley free.
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geeze you're keen
wouldnt all that gear set you back a fair bit? and that is just so when you get home from work late you dont have to go to the gym?
I don't think you really need anything else.
You can do alot with wood if you got the room, especially in basements. My first home gym had a basement with the wood floor supports. Worked great came off with 2x4s for a squat rack and a curling rack. Woods pretty strong, cheap and easy to work with.
ya, all of that looks plenty..
i agree with Chase, dont need pulleys or the curl/extension either; just do sldls for the hammies.
i built my own rack to squat in (a frame construction - would change the design a bit if i built it again, just to lazy to change the set up at this point since i dont do ME low rep squats), it is also used for chins, and i have a couple of attachments that i made that allow me to do 99% of the cable/pulley movements that u can think of. all made out of wood. oh ya and i have a hook that i can place my heavy (punching) bag on there when i feel the urge.
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Deadlift - 415lbs - 2/4/06 ---- 435
Bench - 90s*7 ----------------- 100s*5
Weight - 208 ------------------ 190
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