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2011/03/11 16:38:34 (permalink)

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
Leg extension/curls
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
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:41:46 (permalink)
    simple just go for

    powercage
    oly weights
    bench
    DB handles

     
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:42:46 (permalink)
    possible lat pulldown+low pulley on cage

     
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:43:22 (permalink)
    A good starting point would be an Olympic bar and enough plates, power rack with chinning/dipping attachments , adjustable bench with leg ext/curl attachment.


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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:44:00 (permalink)
    Power cage
    Olympic plates
    Olympic bar
    Incline/flat bench
    Rubber matting
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:44:47 (permalink)
    I'm with Lost and Will all you'll ever need imo.
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:55:39 (permalink)
    Lost summed it up pretty much perfect really. Incline decline bench is nice, but not essential. Same with the lat/low pulley.

    To be honest given your budget both are well within range.

    Probably add in some kettlebells, training bands.

    Get onto the likes of Powerhouse Fitness, and haggle. There is always room for a bit of delboy dealing, especially if you are buying multiple items.

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:55:41 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies, looks like a power cage is the way to go then.

    Quick internet search came up with this.

    http://www.fitness-supers...ttachment/13156_p.html


    Is this decent enough? is it good value? anyone recommend a better one?

    £1,100 would leave me £700 for a good bench (anyone recommend one?) and a decent set of Olympic weights with barbell and dumb bells.

    AM I on the right lines here?
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 16:58:48 (permalink)

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:07:50 (permalink)
    Get a dipping station as well, and possibly a heavy punchbag.
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:12:03 (permalink)
    Plenty of rack options to go for.
    Be aware of ceiling height as that can be an issue with some racks, particularly with a lat tower attatchment, also over head presses etc.

    Selectorised weight stack is a very nice addition, but far from necessary, you will pay a lot extra for the weight stack when you will have plates for your bars that could be used on a lat tower with pegs for the addition of plates instead of a selectorised stack.

    as said, buying a bit of kit in one hit will give you good bagaining power, look at package set ups.

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:12:03 (permalink)
    Plenty of rack options to go for.
    Be aware of ceiling height as that can be an issue with some racks, particularly with a lat tower attatchment, also over head presses etc.

    Selectorised weight stack is a very nice addition, but far from necessary, you will pay a lot extra for the weight stack when you will have plates for your bars that could be used on a lat tower with pegs for the addition of plates instead of a selectorised stack.

    as said, buying a bit of kit in one hit will give you good bagaining power, look at package set ups.

    Also i like your member name..... nice work. lol

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:14:53 (permalink)
    Power rack, with pull up attachments, solid dumbell bench, barbell, dumbells, plenty of weights. Done 700 notes should cover it.
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:19:15 (permalink)
    It does list it as a Commercial cage, but £1100 is a lot of money for a model to be used at home by your and your partner.

    http://www.powerhouse-fit...rised-weight-stack.php

    In theory that's a similar product for a little over 50% the cost.

    You do pay more for the selectable stack of course. it's £225 extra for 95kg of weight compared to the heavy rack with pulley system but no stack;

    http://www.powerhouse-fit...with-latlow-pulley.php

    Personally i have the older version of this;

    http://www.powerhouse-fit...with-latlow-pulley.php

    That's £325 with the pulley system, but i'm sure it was on offer for a better price until very recently.

    Mine is the Bodytec model that was available when i bought mine in 2007;



    To be honest it's a bargain and does the trick. Have never had to bail seriously, main use has been failing on bench but i was able to control putting the weight down. The catch bars are a solo trainers godsend

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 17:24:20 (permalink)
    No chance id be spending all that coin, u can get a rack for 3-400, bench for 100, better to just get the basics that do the job at first and add little things to it as ur workouts get stale
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 18:50:52 (permalink)
    http://www.powerhouse-fit...with-latlow-pulley.php

    Ive just bought this and im very pleased with it. Its slightly different to the one in picture though (has holes all the way through :) and the pull up bar is a wide and close grip not straight)

    One thing to note is that the hight measurements are totally wrong with it haveing a different pull up bar its higher. Also the lat/low pully adds even more hight on.

    It only just fits in one end of my garage luckerly!


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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 19:34:05 (permalink)

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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 20:13:07 (permalink)
    I cannot recommend the Bodymax CF475 enough, for an extra £25 you can get a set of dip bars to attach

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/bodymax-cf475-heavy-power-rack.php

    Add this bench

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MULTI-FUNCTION-GYM-EXERCISE-ABS-WEIGHTS-DUMBELLS-BENCH-/300449682732?pt=UK_Strength_Training&hash=item45f432552c

    a set of olympic weights of ebay second hand and a set of dumbells and your done

    Thats my setup, all for £500ish
     
    Forgot to mention you can get the lat pulley for that rack too
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    Re:Building a home gym - What should I buy? 2011/03/11 20:26:04 (permalink)
    And get a set of 41inch resistance bands to help with chin ups if needed.......
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