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    Outfitting the Garage?

    I've been saving up and am ready for my next purchase. I wanted to get some input from others.
    I currently own:
    Pendlay Econ Bar
    Bumpers - 35s & 45s
    Weights - about 300lbs
    Plate loaded thick handled dumbells
    Pillars of Power (for spotting)
    Squat Rack
    Capts of Crush grippers
    Starter set of Iron Woody Bands
    12in wide bench
    30lb kettlebell
    56lb kettlebell

    Can't get a sled or prowler b/c the wife is adamantly opposed to me using either of those around the house I may get a tire and use that at some point.

    What would be the next thing that you would recommend? I have about $500 right now.

    Thoughts are:
    GHD - http://www.theg2scart.com/Garage_Gym_GHD_p/g2ghd.htm
    Texas Power bar
    Free standing Pull-up/Dip station
    Grappler
    Board Vest
    Power Cage - save up some more and get one mid-summer

    Any other suggestions? What would you get?
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    I second the GHR.

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    I would be inclined to get a power-rack instead. You can still do GHRs with a few 2x4s sitting on the pins in a rack, adding resistance with bands. You can also do your dips/chins in the rack too. With the GHR your only buying only a few extra exercises, and at the level you are at now it might not be the wisest investment.

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    power cage without a doubt. GHRs are ok, but there is just so much more you can do with a full cage. rack pulls, good mornings from pins, extra space to squat, reverse band deads, etc.
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    Hey man, what about finding a welder in your area? I've got a friend that said he could weld up a rack for 500-600 for me this summer... just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clifford Gillmore View Post
    I like it when you agree with me
    haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Cmanuel View Post
    Hey man, what about finding a welder in your area? I've got a friend that said he could weld up a rack for 500-600 for me this summer... just a thought.
    You can get a good rack, that has been tested as well as has a proven design for that kind of money or even less. I got my rack used for about $150 and ive squatted 855 a few times out of it with no problems. Its just a cheap bodysolid rack.
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    Thanks for the input. There's one more local guy that I'm waiting on a quote from.

    I had originally thought about using my neighbor for a cage but he said it would end up costing about the same locally as I could get ordering.
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    The Power rack I bought is a Power-Tech and it's rated for 1500 lbs. It's 2 1/2 inch 11 gauge frame. Several internet companies have it for 475 dollars shipped unless it's went up in the last 2-3 months. I love this rack! I'd go with this rack if you have 500 to spend. Take a look at the pictures I have up of 'Monster Barbell' to see ours. We had a 'Poor Mans" monolift head made for it also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    The Power rack I bought is a Power-Tech and it's rated for 1500 lbs. It's 2 1/2 inch 11 gauge frame. Several internet companies have it for 475 dollars shipped unless it's went up in the last 2-3 months. I love this rack! I'd go with this rack if you have 500 to spend. Take a look at the pictures I have up of 'Monster Barbell' to see ours. We had a 'Poor Mans" monolift head made for it also.
    I've had my eye on this one for the last few days. Thanks for the info. I'll probably be ordering it in the next week or so.
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    Save up and get Westside's new R3 rack. $800.
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    Def get a decent power rack. One of the elite or westside one. and I like a 45 hyper more than a ghr

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasoh5 View Post
    Def get a decent power rack. One of the elite or westside one. and I like a 45 hyper more than a ghr
    ^This

    I have the 2x2 rack from Elite and I doubt I will ever have to buy another rack ever again. Only regret is not getting the band pegs. I got a used back extension on Craigslist for 80 bucks and I can do GHR's on it. They are more difficult to do on a back extension than a GHR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    The Power rack I bought is a Power-Tech and it's rated for 1500 lbs. It's 2 1/2 inch 11 gauge frame. Several internet companies have it for 475 dollars shipped unless it's went up in the last 2-3 months. I love this rack! I'd go with this rack if you have 500 to spend. Take a look at the pictures I have up of 'Monster Barbell' to see ours. We had a 'Poor Mans" monolift head made for it also.
    Bought this about 5 minutes ago. Found it for $449 shipped to my door. Thanks everyone for the input.
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