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2009/07/17 15:01:21 (permalink)

Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?)

Righto, I've moved into my new house and I have enough space to have a proper permanently set up weights area.

I've looked at Argos and Fitnes Superestore hich the forum links to.

I need something that I can obviously use to bench on, but also that has pegs or adjustable being to hold a bar high enough for squats and low enough for shrugs.  This can be part of a bench or be a separate rack which I can add a a bench onto.  I've seen this but I'd have to get a bench on top, I'm thinking I don't need something that pricey though cos I'm short and have a small frame so don't lift loads nd am never lkikely to over the next few years s I'm not as hardcore as I was given my uni studies which now take priority.

So can anyone help with suggestions of places or equipment? I live in Bristol so anywhere local I can also pop to to take a look at.

Cheers!
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    essex_chris
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/17 17:06:19 (permalink)
    Have you got a budget in mind? And do you have enough room or the inclination to use a power rack?

    I have the following;



    That is a relatively low end rack with the lat/low pully system on it. I have a basic 127.5Kg olympic weights set, bought a bench off ebay for about £45, and then i have a couple of existing bits and pieces like an ez-curl bar.

    All depends on the room you have to spare and the budget. I went for a proper cage as i wanted the safety to train at home even when at my limit.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/17 17:35:45 (permalink)
    how much was your rack essex chris? does the lat pull down work off just standard plates? (i.e those from barbell)
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 12:22:08 (permalink)
    I have:

    Power rack: http://www.fitness-supe...er_rack_grey/8847_p.html
    Bench: http://www.fitness-supe...e_bench_grey/7087_p.html

    Top quality stuff, both will handle 1000lbs and will last you a lifetime
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 12:28:03 (permalink)
    My rack was about £250, maybe a touch less. It's Bodymax rather than Bodytec Now and is a bit more money - something around £290 i think the last time i checked. It does take the standard plates on the pulley weight bars but i have the following which i knocked up with my Dads help to be able to put oly plates on without them wobbling





    (edited as i linked the wrong photo)

    Working on sorting out some extra ~20Kg plates at the moment, may have some scrap steel plate that i can use to cut some octagonal discs from which will be a lot cheaper than the current price of olympic plates.
    post edited by essex_chris - 2009/07/18 12:46:49

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 14:12:50 (permalink)
    Yeah sorry should said I don't want to spend more than £200 really.
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 14:21:05 (permalink)
    The version without the pulley system is £160ish if memory serves.

    All a question of space and safety. Have you got any weights or bars yet?

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 14:31:13 (permalink)
    Nice setup, some matting on the floor and a few poster etc and it would be even better.
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 14:36:32 (permalink)
    Looking at maybe boarding it ou on the inside, quick coat of white paint and then some posters, maybe a mirror, whiteboard up for keeping track. Hoping i can do a lot of that kind of thing by maybe October time. Decent enough space the shed is about 2.4m x 4.5m on the outside, then give a bit for the 4x2 it's largely framed with.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 15:01:20 (permalink)
    Deffo go for a power rack.

    One of the best powerlifters of recent time, Andy Hawkins trained this way in his Back Garden Shed and ended up squatting over 300kg and benching well into the 200s.

    If fact when entering competitions he put his club down as BGS training (back garden shed)
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 16:00:23 (permalink)
    BGS

    That's classic

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 16:34:56 (permalink)
    Yeah I've got 120KG in weight and I'd guess the bar's 10KG.  It's not an olly length bar though, more like the one you use for shoulder pressing or bicep curls.

    Where was the cage from then?
    post edited by SG - 2009/07/18 16:36:21
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 18:07:44 (permalink)
    I got mine from Powerhouse Fitness;

    Standard Rack £169

    You can buy the pulley attachment separately and add it later. Personally i wouldn't be without the pulley system as it make the whole setup much more versatile.

    Main thing for me is having the safety bars/catches as i just do not have to worry about getting squashed or stuck

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 18:44:45 (permalink)
    Yep the power rack will serve you well for as long as you want it to, no need to ever buy another one again.

    If you have 120kg of standard plates just get a 7ft bar to fit the rack like this:


    http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/standard_bars/bodypower_7_standard_bar/3223_p.html
     
    And there is always ebay, plenty of people buy all the gear then lose interest and it ends up on there nice and cheap. 
    post edited by dempsey - 2009/07/18 18:46:26
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/18 19:12:32 (permalink)
    Where are you based? I've got a 7ft olympic bar i want to get rid of as now i have my 6ft bar it's surplus to requirements

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/19 12:05:31 (permalink)


    You could try

    http://www.gymratz.co.u...-gym-equipment/index.htm
     
    as they are based in Avonmouth.

    http://www.fitness-supe...co.uk/    have the cheapest weights I have found  and have a branch in Gloucester.
    Hope this helps.

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    SQUAT..150k  X 7 for 3 sets 
    BENCH...125 K X 5  for 3 sets 
      
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/19 12:21:31 (permalink)
    essex_chris

    Have you got a budget in mind? And do you have enough room or the inclination to use a power rack?

    I have the following;



    That is a relatively low end rack with the lat/low pully system on it. I have a basic 127.5Kg olympic weights set, bought a bench off ebay for about £45, and then i have a couple of existing bits and pieces like an ez-curl bar.

    All depends on the room you have to spare and the budget. I went for a proper cage as i wanted the safety to train at home even when at my limit.


    I have the same.
     
    Also got a powertec leverage bench. It's not a bad bit of kit if safety is an issue.
     
    Also got the good old spinlock argos dumbbells lol. You can get up to 60kg on each one though so they are pretty handy.
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/19 15:26:15 (permalink)
    Love that nice simple setup Chris- would love something like that.

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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/19 16:14:31 (permalink)
    Very pleased that i did it a while back. Especially since i've been skint for a while now and would not be able to afford it so it was a wise investment. Weight is coming off, strength is on the up. Well worth having.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Help me buy the right home gym equipment? (please?) 2009/07/27 18:18:08 (permalink)
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    post edited by MerseyRed - 2009/07/27 18:20:16
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