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2007/06/17 19:43:11 (permalink)
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Decided on a Home Gym Instead.

Took a while to decide, but I'm going to opt for a home gym instead of the holmes place/virgin fiasco!!!. Most they have in the free weights dept is two benches, free weights up to 32kg d/bells and one smiths. Rest is either cardio or technogym machines.

I'm trying to convince myself its the right thing to do, and perhaps considering the following you wouldn't mind giving me some input.

Gym membership is approx £340 per annum, off peak, which is before 5pm. (so £340 to start with)

I have a spare room in my house (on a concrete screed, block and beam flooring), which at the moment houses a pool table, bar stools, tables, all pool accessories etc...., but to be honest, it hardly ever gets used. My boy and his m8s never use it cos they are either on msn, xbox or with g/friends.

The table is a 7ft slate bed, and with all equipment, should fetch around £750. So in total, I'll have about £1100 with gym membership saving.

If i install a small gym, I could train 5 days a week, as and when I want and in the comfort of my own home. (only drawback I can see, no spotting).


I've decided on the old yellow devil, cos it does seem a nice piece of kit, with the lat extension.
http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/barbell_benches/powertec_workbench_bench___rack_system_with_pull_up_bars_yellow/8105_p.html
http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/power_rack_attachments/powertec_lat_attachment_for_wbbrs6/8190_p.html

Which would give me these facilities
http://www.powertecfitness.com/workbench_benchf.htm

Total so far £299+£299= £598

I would opt for the preacher attachment, but decided it would have to come on and off to replace the leg extension fitment, so was gonna opt for this, as its exactly the same price. £99
http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/arm_machines/powerline_preacher_curl_bench/3382_p.html

and get this
http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/olympic_bars/bodypower_olympic_ez_curl_bar/3206_p.html for £35

Okay, now for the weights,
Have found 177kg rubber coated plates for £179 with 7ft Oly bar
and 85kg rubber coated d/bell set for £115.

Total price for everything £1026. Money to spend approx £1100

D'ya think this covers most things fellas and lasses, obviously including the fact that I can train when I want...........past 5pm..... and no more gym membership, so in effect its basically costing me nothing, and in 3years gym membership alone would pay for it.

Your thoughts please, much appreciated.

Essex Boy


oh, and plus I could get the spin bike in there, instead of the garage!!!
post edited by Essex Boy - 2007/06/17 19:47:00
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    YumPies
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 19:49:47 (permalink)
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    Bodytec powerrack(+lat pulley) + Seperate military/decline/incline/flatbench = Perfecto IMO

    Powerhousefitness.com sell them all also
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 19:52:26 (permalink)
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    thanks, I'll take a look
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 19:54:20 (permalink)
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    I think it looks ok mate, especially if you`re a recreational bodybuilder/trainer, personally I`d just get the preacher attachment so stop being so bloody lazy .
    Weights wise just buy more the stronger you get.

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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 19:58:45 (permalink)
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    Yeah, you seem to have covered most areas there ....although, personally, i would not spend 300 quid just to get a lat attachment!
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:06:33 (permalink)
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    Yes noname I didn`t see the `angled chin up bars`, if you can`t do chin ups mate, just keep trying until you can you`ll be glad you did and save a fair old few £££ `s into the bargain.

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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:13:00 (permalink)
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    I'm with him ref the lat att....
    ORIGINAL: noname

    Yeah, you seem to have covered most areas there ....although, personally, i would not spend 300 quid just to get a lat attachment!


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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:14:21 (permalink)
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    Thanks fellas, glad I got it pretty much covered. The reason for the lat extension was also for tricep pull downs (was going to get a rope attachment) and heavy low rows, as I'm pulling 80kgs at the mo (probs not impressive :( ).

    I've looked at the the bodymax rack, but the one I found, you gave to buy its own weight stack...............or am I on the wrong track??

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/store/product.asp?dept%5Fid=10&pf%5Fid=Bodymax%5FHeavy%5FPower%5FRack%5FLat%5FLow%5FPulley%5FAttachment
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:18:46 (permalink)
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    i trained in my garage for years. Joined a gym for a month and quit and went back to training in garage. Training at home is much better IMO so go for it, the equibment your buying will do the job
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:19:15 (permalink)
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    Don't know about nonames reasons mate..but in all honesty i failt to see what you can do with the lat att that you cant with the free weights and chin bar..and with better results at that..I'd sooner go more weight or Dumbell route..in exchange for the lat att..dont rate'em that much ..

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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:20:27 (permalink)
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    To be fair, if money is no object then a lat attachment is worth having as a bonus, although it is far from needed.

    Plenty of solid free weight options for back and triceps...

    Dips
    Skullcrushers
    Close grip bench press

    Wide grip chins
    Barbell/dumbell rows
    Deadlifts
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:26:32 (permalink)
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    One little suggestion i have is instead of an ez bar get a straight bar thats short (same length as ez) it hits your forearms alot better, i never use ez anymore.
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:27:01 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: noname

    To be fair, if money is no object then a lat attachment is worth having as a bonus, although it is far from needed.

    Plenty of solid free weight options for back and triceps...

    Dips
    Skullcrushers
    Close grip bench press

    Wide grip chins
    Barbell/dumbell rows
    Deadlifts



    Point taken, and much appreciated. So in effect of saving £299, would there be anything you would add, maybe a dipping station??

    thanks again for all the input
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:30:44 (permalink)
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    I was just gonna add actually..dips will do far more than tric pushdowns mate..it's not so much the lat att i'm against but it's the money not getting one frees up for other stuff..dipping station been an example...

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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:32:42 (permalink)
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    Yeah, a dip station would be a good addition.

    The 85kg dumbell set at £115 ...any link to it?
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 20:40:08 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: oasis

    I was just gonna add actually..dips will do far more than tric pushdowns mate..it's not so much the lat att i'm against but it's the money not getting one frees up for other stuff..dipping station been an example...



    Something like this ?? http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/vkr_dip_stations/bodysolid_dipping_station_grey/7091_p.html

    Seems like a base model, but would do the trick???
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 21:14:18 (permalink)
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    I've done alright over the years with just squat rack(can use to bench press as well)/bench/dumbbells/bar/weights thats all you need really. £908 seems a bit high
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/17 21:18:10 (permalink)
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    @noname, sorry m8, didn't post the link to weights as I was watching them on ebay , they were at £109, so expected to pay about £115, but got them for £112 +pp

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=004&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=140128979822&rd=1&rd=1

    Bought 177kg weights off same bloke so gonna ask to combine postage
    post edited by Essex Boy - 2007/06/17 21:25:37
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    RE: Decided on a Home Gym Instead. 2007/06/18 09:31:17 (permalink)
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    Would anyone know/think that the bench raises higher than the position shown here............i.e up to 90 degrees ??
    http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/barbell_benches/powertec_workbench_bench___rack_system_with_pull_up_bars_yellow/8105_p.html

    thanks

    Essex Boy
    post edited by Essex Boy - 2007/06/18 09:35:43
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