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    cant afford a gym membership

    well as the title suggests ive been a bit of a brass cat recently and cant afford the gym, althouth i have a basic bench press bench in my loft, but what should i do when i jsut havent got the equipment?

    looking at the routines im not gonna be able to do them all, should i just do more of the other exercises?i havent got any one to spot me either, should i just not bother and wait until i can scrape some cash together?

    sorry if i seem a bit dim but im kinda new to all this.

    ive been to the gym for a month, and i really started to enjoy it after about two weeks,and ive definatley noticed some improvements, but i had to chuckle to myself about all the conflicting advice i was given on a daily basis, it seems everyones an expert.
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    Tell us everything you got. You got barbells? dumbells? how heavy? you got a pullup bar? anything you can do dips on? anything you can make into/use as a squat rack?
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    how much is it? if u think u'll lift a lot, do contracts. u have more reading but it'll save u more money if u plan correctly
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    I'm in the same situation, but you would be amazed at what you can do with a bench, barbell, e-z bar, dumbells, and some weights
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    If I recall correctly, I remember someone mentioning that the Y will adjust membership fees based on your income. Perhaps it could be more affordable for you than a "regular" gym. I suggest you check it out.

    If not, you'll have to adjust your workout based on what you have. Focus on compounds. Eg; bench press, deadlift, rows, hack squats, dips, pullups, etc. All but the last two of those can be done with just a barbell (and a bench for the press).

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    Dont use a commercial gym (if u are planning on it) try and find a basic gym that specialises in just free weights. That should slash your membership fee, other than that u can try and join a university or college gym (very cheap- free if your a student in some cases)
    training @ home is great of u have all the right equipment, but be prepared to improvise if u dont..
    You need a decent squat rack, an adjustable bench, something to do dips on, leg extensions and calf raises, a lat pulldown bar (just the bar not the whole tower) and strong cable so u can attach it to something for chin ups.
    I use the frame on my back garden door as a support for it, its public but the best place for me to do chin ups.

    As soon as you have the money and space get a power rack,
    since it will allow u to squat and bench safely even to failure( i believe u can also do dips on chins on these as well)

    Other than that just keep buying weights as necessary,
    i train fine @ home but i have to watch out as i reach failure on certain lifts.

    Work out whats best for you tho, if u find cheap membership then go for that since you will also meet people who you can train with, just be prepared to queue and put up with the occasional idiot.
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    when i didn't have money for a gym, i started working at one. then i got a free membership.
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    is a power rack one of them multi gym things?
    and im not to sure what a squat rack is either?
    the other problem is ive got a well small house and room is a big problem, my bench is in the loft at the moment, and you can imagine the incentiive to go all the way up there is minimal. ive got a barbell, one dumbbell for some reason, dunno where the other one went, but im off to get some more as well as some metal wieght s at the end of this week. ive got a chinup bar and i can knock up a lat pulldown off that which i never thought of so cheers.
    are dips for triceps ie when up put ypur feet up on somehwere and go up and down with your arms?
    and how do i work out body fat?

    cheers for the help lads
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    Dont bother with a latpulldown, its nowhere near as effective as chin ups and weighted chin ups, 3 sets of 6-8 will kill your lats, i simply recommend using such a well shaped bar as the foundation of a decent chin up setup.
    If u can hoist it up somewhere inside or outside your house, then u have an excellent way to perform this exercise.

    A power rack, or squat cage is simply a frame with adjustable safety bars and pins, that can be set at heights, and will stop a barbell from killing you if u fail to press it back up.
    Depending on the design you can possibly do both dips and chin ups on it.
    It is a large peice of equipment and can be pricy (over 200 normally) but its a must have for working to failure or 1RM.

    dips are a reproduction of the movement that you would use say, if u were climbing out of a hole.
    Your hands are to your side, and they push you up out...(get the idea??) no leg work involved.
    Its a brilliant bodyweight exercise that uses your, hands,forearms,triceps,shoulders,lower chest and also to lesser extent the rest of your chest traps and lats its pretty much almost the best all in 1 upper body movement.(only bi's left out)

    If your going to train its probably a good idea to make 1 room dedicated to it, since you dont wanna be tired 1 night and put off training since 'its too much effort to set everything up...' just chuck some other furniture (sofa and TV) up in the loft

    I think you should read up some good diets and routines and also just soak up a lot of info about health and diet in general, give yourself time to plan both food and exersise and then post your plans (in detail) for open criticism and feedback. Then once you know that you have the right idea ..BEGIN

    heres a good site i used for info, its very concise and i doubt anyone here could fault its free no BS info.

    www.skinnyguy.net - dont expect to gain as fast as the author did btw

    hope this helps, if u need to find out facts just use google and search...and read...endlessly into the night...
    and then come back here and post and ask questions.

    cya and good luck!
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    your a star cheers
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