Hey guys, I want to start up a home gym, so that I can work out. I already have a set of 20-50 lb dumb bells x 2 with a rack. What else do you think I would need?
adjustable bench (one to go under the power rack), power rack, 300lb olympic set
with those you can do most anything you need
A pullup bar!
What they said along with a rack that works well for bench, military press and squats. If it has a pulley system for pulldowns and tri excercises even better. The adjustable bench might come with a preacher curl attachment which is okay(better then nothing) and a leg ext. attachment which isn't bad. Combine that with at least 300 lbs of plates and your off to a good start. All the above is what I have at my home gym but with closer to 450 lbs of plates so there's lots of options. A plate rack is nice as well.
All i have is an adjustable bench and a set of weights......thats all you need.......oh yea and a cd player!!!!
Well, if you don't want your lats to grow to full potential (with pullup bar), and also if you don't want your legs and the rest of the body for that matter to grow to full potential (power rack), unless you squat without a rack. But if that's the case, then yeah that's all you need.Originally Posted by VAHunter50CAL
Originally Posted by fixationdarknes
Have you tested this theory??
If you can get a pull up bar then by all means get one but there are other back excercises.
Oh yeah I dont have a rack but I do db squats, bb hacks, lunges. Plenty of potential can be reached without pull ups or a squat rack.
I actually have. I used to do lat pulldowns as my lat exercise, and it didn't do a whole lot for me...not as much as I would've liked. Then, when I started doing pullups, my strength went up a lot more than doing lat pulldowns. And same thing when I switched from Leg Press machine to Squats.Originally Posted by JesseM
But I agree with you that the exercises you mentioned can still do a lot for you. I just prefer to do it the best way.
Last edited by fixationdarknes; 03-10-2005 at 07:07 PM.
Originally Posted by JesseM
db squats dont work for very long since there's limited amount of weight you can add and your legs will quickly outgrow what you can hold on dbs. lunges are good but not as good as true squats. you dont need a rack for it but it makes life easier. pull up bar is important, plus with a rack you can up the safety pins and do dips with them.
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