Let's see.....I stopped working out a little over a year ago due to a car wreck. Back then I was working out a local gym with a student discount...$85 for six months. However, I am no longer a student and the cheapest gym near me is $40/month with a $100 joining fee. On top of this I work a lot of overtime (on call)...so I wouldn't always have time to go to the gym, hence I have decided to buy my own equipment for my apt.
So far I have a pull up/dip rack and 40lbs (pair) of adjustable db's...i plan on buying two more sets (total of 80lb pair). I am also going to buy a bench with a 7' bar rack....and of course a 7' bar with 140 lbs of plates (I will no doubt get more later).
Does this sound ok? I figure that the only exercises that I won't be able to do are Leg Press, T-bar, calf raises and machine movements.
Also, since I've been out for while, are there any supplements worth looking into? I've still got quite a bit of creatine and I'm ordering some protein.
Any advice would be appreciated?
You can buy an apparatus that will allow you to do T-Bar rows with your 7' bar. They are fairly cheap.
You can do calf raises with dumbells or any type of bar. Just step on a weight to elevate off the ground and hold onto weights and start doing raises.
You won't be able to do leg presses, but you can do squats.
if were gonna build my own home gym i would get
olympic bar and plates
bench that fits inside cage
chinup dip rack
with that u can pretty much everything
"Discipline is never an end itself, only a means to an end." - Robert Fripp
a good power cage is expensive though. we don't all have that kind of money laying around.
It's worth every penny though. I spend most of my time in my home gym inside my rack.
Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
@165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
@181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL
Ya, I agree that it's worth it. I highly doubt my parents would let me bring in a power rack and all that junk into the house though.
only equipment i have in my home is one single 4 pound dumbbell... i remember how heavy it felt when i got it as a little little kid.
Home Gym Setup
My opinion. I would buy things in this order as you can afford them.
1) Set of Dumbells
2) Bench - buy something that is commercial quality if you can. The difference between a commercial quality bench and the kind you buy in a sporting goods store is like night and day. You can save money other ways. Don't skimp on quality here.
Looks like you already have some dumbells to get started. Here are some links to some bench suppliers.
Cybex - www.cybex.com
Magnum Fitness - http://www.magnumfitness.com/
Nebula - http://www.nebula-fitness.com/
Streamline - http://www.streamlinefitness.com/
Icarian - http://www.fpifit.com/ie/html/prodproicar.html
York - http://www.yorkbarbell.com/
Protein and Creatine, lots of chicken, lots of meat, etc.. Drink lots of water.
Last edited by Brahms; 10-22-2001 at 10:54 PM.
All that equipment sounds fine. As for calf raises you can just do standing ones with the dumb-bells. Good Luck with it
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