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2018/07/30 20:58:30 (permalink)

Help avoiding bad buys

Hi everyone, I have recently started trying to get into better shape at home I am 28, 6ft 1 and around 13st 5lbs and around 22% body fat if that function on my scales is accurate.  I was given a good amount of cast iron weights and they have been doing me well paired with some running as I am down 11lbs in weight, down 2% body fat and have noticed good strength increases.
The problem is that I do not own a weight bench or squat rack so am unable to go heavy on those exercises, I have been looking around at some of the cheap benches and while the prices are low I know you get what you pay for, however all I can think of is that these things are poorly welded/not braced enough which is not a problem for me as I am a qualified welder so improving the welding and adding bracing to a cheap piece of kit would not only be easy but it would save me going for a costly kit that I currently cannot afford.
This for example is stupidly cheap but would do me perfectly until I can get a better kit down the road, anyone have any experience with this or other cheap benches that can tell me if they are ok or if they can be made ok with some tinkering?
Thanks in advance :) 

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    Re: Help avoiding bad buys 2018/07/31 13:10:44 (permalink)
    If you're a welder by trade then why not make one from scratch? It would be far stronger than any of the budget ones you see for sale, and if you can get materials cheap or free then it would cost less as well.
    After a quick google here is a guide to making you own squat rack (which you can use for benching), this one is wood but you can just use metal instead which will be even stronger.

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    Re: Help avoiding bad buys 2018/08/15 12:34:15 (permalink)
    I have a flat/incline bench and squat stands from the company body solid and these days you can buy an Olympic bar for 50 quid

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    Re: Help avoiding bad buys 2018/09/14 08:48:10 (permalink)
    Other than making your own as mentioned above, I would just get a simple rack or a pair of squat stands, and for chest do floor presses. Cheap benches usually suck balls.
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