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2009/07/25 19:05:17 (permalink)
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Home Gym advice

Greetings all.
 
I've entered this into the beginners catergory as I've not trained for over 18 months.
 
Anyway, I've long since terminated my gym membership, for a number of reasons, and don't intend to sign up again.
 
I'm looking to purchase some home kit and was considering the NordicTrack E8500 Cable Machine, approx £700 in Costco.  It doesn't take up much room and this is the cheapest I've seen anywhere. 
 
Failing that I was thinking of a Smith Machine, but they are bulky and heavy.  I guess alot will depend on where I site the machine of course, be it a garage (for the SM) or a bedroom (cable machine).
 
Any opinion, advice or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
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    dempsey
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/25 19:36:36 (permalink)
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    Get a Powercage, adjustable bench, and an olympic barbell set.

    You could also add the Lat and Row cable attachment option to the back of the cage and maybe a pair of olympic dumbell handles.
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 11:20:48 (permalink)
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    How heavy do you think you want to be training?  If you plan to use heavier weights, plan a gym in the garage.  Powerack, adjustable dumbells, if you do not want to get a bench, use a fitness ball instead. 
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 17:24:07 (permalink)
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    dempsey

    Get a Powercage, adjustable bench, and an olympic barbell set.

    You could also add the Lat and Row cable attachment option to the back of the cage and maybe a pair of olympic dumbell handles.



    +1.
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 17:55:50 (permalink)
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    Well I've been looking at the Power rack / cage option but don't have a massive initial budget, something perhaps in the £300 to £500 range.  Are there any recommendations as'd have to buy the rack, bench and weights all separately.

    Or would it be better with a Smith Machine combo with bench, low/high pully, leg curl etc......?

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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:09:02 (permalink)
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    Check this thread you can get kitted out for less that that nordic cable thing:

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/tm.aspx?m=3502675&high=essex+chris
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:09:03 (permalink)
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    Forget the Smith totally, a rack does a Smith machines job.

    http://www.powerhouse-f...-standard-power-rack.php


    http://www.powerhouse-f...ecline-utility-bench.php


    http://www.powerhouse-f...pic-cast-barbell-kit.php


    Rack: £169
    Bench: £78.50
    Oly Barbell + 100kg Weight: £199
    -15% Discount
    ------------
    = £379.53
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:16:24 (permalink)
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    post edited by dempsey - 2009/07/27 18:18:26
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:17:09 (permalink)
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    I can see what you  mean now about the versatility of the rack system.  I think I'd like the lat pull down attachment too, either from the outset or as a later addition.

    Thanks for your replies so far guys and gals.
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:18:44 (permalink)
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:26:18 (permalink)
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    I like this one

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/bodymax-cf375-power-rack-system-with-latlow-pulley.php

    with the already mentioned olly anf bench
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/27 18:26:19 (permalink)
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    MerseyRed

    I can see what you  mean now about the versatility of the rack system.  I think I'd like the lat pull down attachment too, either from the outset or as a later addition.

    Thanks for your replies so far guys and gals.



    Apparently if you call Powerhouse you can haggle the prices down even further, I've bought equipment from them a few times but never called. There are other cages, optional add ons etc on the site, check it out. They take a while to deliver though.

    I have a different system which has a lat pull down etc, when I get the room I'll be selling and buying a cage although atm it suits my needs fine.


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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/30 18:49:54 (permalink)
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    Just seen this from another thread

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/deluxe-strength-package.php

    15% discount = £373.52

    or a stronger set up

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/premium-strength-package.php

    15% discount = £540.73

    You get the 15 % discount by putting in SUMMER09 in the voucher code box.
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/07/31 20:15:49 (permalink)
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    Thanks dempsey,

    Both of those packages look good.  I'm of the opinion that the deluxe package is better value than the premium being £170 cheaper!!!

    Both have got what I'm looking for but can't see me needing 145kg just yet.

    Think I'm terrible making decisions now?? U wanna see me shopping with the wife LOL


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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/08/01 11:15:59 (permalink)
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    Get the premium one if you're going to get one of them. I got that from powerhouse, i called them and got it for £500, well worth the money.
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    Re:Home Gym advice 2009/08/01 15:46:02 (permalink)
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    MerseyRed

    Thanks dempsey,

    Both of those packages look good.  I'm of the opinion that the deluxe package is better value than the premium being £170 cheaper!!!

    Both have got what I'm looking for but can't see me needing 145kg just yet.

    Think I'm terrible making decisions now?? U wanna see me shopping with the wife LOL



    A 145kg deadlift will come really quick mate, plates are expensive to buy aswell.
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