Building a home gym - What should I buy?
This is my first post so please be gentle.
I am building a double garage, one side for my car, the other for a home gym. I will have 7 metres x 4 metres to play with.
I have a Concept 2 rower and a spin bike already but I want some weights and a bench/multigym. I will be installing a flatscreen TV and a decent sound system, I have a disused beer fridge for storing drinks/snacks so I am looking to make a good set up which will encourage my wife and kids to to do some exercise too.
I've been using a local(ish) gym since the New Year and I'm really enjoying it and making some good progress towards my goal of getting in decent shape for my holiday in June. After that I intend to keep going with the long term goal of getting rid of the middle aged spread (I'm 46), getting fit and putting on a bit of muscle.
In my previous house I used the rower at home a lot and I enjoyed it so I am 100% sure I would keep it up at home rather than the gym which is always rammed at the times I can get there.
My son joined the gym with me and my wife is considering joining too so that would set me back £75 a month, so I am happy to spend 2 years membership fees to get some good kit at home, around £1,800.
Question is what do I buy?
I will definitely be getting a decent set of olympic dumb bells, barbell and weights.
Not sure if I should go for a simple bench with leg extension/curl bars, a home Smith bench or a multigym.
I won't always have a spotter so it will have to be safe to be on my own.
I want to be able to do a good range of stuff, prefer free weights where possible but happy to use machines.
Stuff I enjoy doing
Squats and Deadlifts
Close pulldowns and Lat pulldowns
Chest press and Overhead press an flys
Seated/bent over/upright rows
Tricep and biceps
That's turned into a longer post than I intended but I would appreciate any comments, suggestions and particularly recommendations of what kit to buy. Happy to buy new or good second hand kit but only interested in decent quality.
Thanks for reading.
post edited by i like poached eggs - 2011/03/11 16:42:36