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2008/05/22 10:11:50 (permalink)
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Setting up a home gym

Just wondering if anyone here has done this? Im moving into a new house today and unfortunately there are no gyms nearby. I can get to one via a bus and a walk but Im worried this will get repetitive.

The new place has a couple of large spare bed rooms so space wouldn't be an issue.
For those of you in the know, how much did it cost? Did you find it hard training at home?

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 10:14:12 (permalink)
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    Ground floor for saftey and peace of mind

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 10:20:22 (permalink)
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    I had,

    Rack
    Bench
    Oly bar & 320kg plates
    Set of DB handles & 20 5kg plates
    Trap bar

    Covered most of my needs, a pully would have been a nice extra. You could get that for around 800, less if you get a good deal second hand. I found training at home very easy, more so than the gym.

      




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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 10:45:31 (permalink)
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    Cool I'll definitely give it some thought. I could probably go to about £1500 for everything but unless i could get a decent amount of stuff for the price then I'd give it a miss. Don't want to only be bale ot do half assed workouts!


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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 11:45:21 (permalink)
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    thats easily enough money, I train in my garage and love it.

    you could pick up a power rack for less than £500 I think someplaces even 300, then its just a case of a load of oly weights and your done, all thats then needed is sometimes a little imagination to get all excercises done

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 11:54:40 (permalink)
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    Me and my brother did this a few years back, and it works great it makes you focus more on compound movements and less tarting about on machines. For our gym we bought:

    Bench Press rack, which could do incline, decline, leg extentions and the seat could raise up to a straight seated position for shoulders.
    Squat Rack which can be lowered for doing rows or deadlifts off at waist height.
    Pull down machine, for Back, Triceps, one handed cable crossovers etc.
    Dumbell set up to 75 pounds
    Olympic Barbel
    plates set
    Cambered bar
    Olympic Dumbell bars.

    With that lot we could do all manner of exercises, the only problem we had was that the Dumbells up to 75 pounds weren't enough after a while and we had to start making up dumbells with the Olympic dumbell bars and plates which is fine, but you have to make sure your collars are on tight as you could seriously hurt yourself if your plates slipped off the the bar.

    We now alternate between our local gym and the home gym as and when it suits and we've added a few more machines over the years but we still essentially use all the original stuff, just keep it all well oiled, check your cables regularly and your pully wheels etc for damage and it will be fine.
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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 12:51:23 (permalink)
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    I've been looking in to it myself Irish-drop me an email and I'll give you the sites in Oz

    I'll cross that bridge after i've burned it.
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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 12:54:32 (permalink)
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    I could probably go to about £1500 for everything but unless i could get a decent amount of stuff for the price then I'd give it a miss.


    You could easily kit out a good home gym for that. I'd get cheap/decent rack, a good oly bar, cheap plates and a bench. Job done! That's all you really need. You can add extra's and toys as you go along.


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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 13:10:04 (permalink)
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    yeah thats what i have done.now i haver everything i need,apart from a pull up bar.if i get one, means i cant shut my door
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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 13:40:40 (permalink)
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    £1500 will get you a good home gym setup.

    Try Fitness Superstore - they where the cheapest when I recently purchased some extra olympic weights.

    Dumbells are probably the most expensive option and can cost a lot but if your happy to use olympic dumbell bars and just keep to a barbell you will get plenty of kit for £1500.

    As IainK said get the basics and add to it periodically as you go.

    Got the following 3 years ago from Gym-ratz

    Product


    Powerline Power Rack
    Body Solid Commercial WFB350 flat bench
    Olympic Weight Set
    - Olympic 7ft 700lb capacity bar
    - Olympic 20kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 15kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 10kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 5kg plates (box of 4)
    - Olympic 2.5kg plates (4 of)
    - Olympic 1.25kg plates (4 of)
    - Olympic Spring Collars (pair)
    Olympic 25kg plates (pair)
    Olympic EZ bar
    OWT29 Olympic Weight Tree and bar holder
    Body Solid Light Commercial Lat pulldown WLM83
    - Olympic adaptor sleeves
    Olympic Dumbbell Bars (2 nr pairs)
    4 x 5kg Olympic Weights
    4 x 2.5kg “ “
    4 x 1.25kg
    2 x 0.50kg
    2 X 0.25KG

    Hex Cast Iron Dumbells
    7.5kg
    10kg
    12.5kg
    15kg
    17.5kg
    20 kg
    22.5kg
    25kg
    Weight Rack DBR3

    Dipping Station

    Horseshoe handles – MB540
    Straight Bar – MB022
    Pro-style lat bar


    Total including VAT - £1848.11


    You might pay a bit more due to steel prices etc

    Good luck with your set-up
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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 14:00:16 (permalink)
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    Dumbells are probably the most expensive option and can cost a lot but if your happy to use olympic dumbell bars and just keep to a barbell you will get plenty of kit for £1500.


    The best option for DB's I found was to get 2 sets of 1" dumbell handles, 1 pair 14" long the other 18" long and a pile of 5kg plates. With some good collars I never had a problem with the even doing DB snatches and a like.

    Cheap as chips and very flexibile.

      




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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 17:05:04 (permalink)
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    Cheers for all the replies will look into it.

    Bigdownunder - Im back in the UK. Came back on Friday! So glad to be drinking proper beer!!

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 17:08:12 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: DC77

    £1500 will get you a good home gym setup.

    Try Fitness Superstore - they where the cheapest when I recently purchased some extra olympic weights.

    Dumbells are probably the most expensive option and can cost a lot but if your happy to use olympic dumbell bars and just keep to a barbell you will get plenty of kit for £1500.

    As IainK said get the basics and add to it periodically as you go.

    Got the following 3 years ago from Gym-ratz

    Product


    Powerline Power Rack
    Body Solid Commercial WFB350 flat bench
    Olympic Weight Set
    - Olympic 7ft 700lb capacity bar
    - Olympic 20kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 15kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 10kg plates (pair)
    - Olympic 5kg plates (box of 4)
    - Olympic 2.5kg plates (4 of)
    - Olympic 1.25kg plates (4 of)
    - Olympic Spring Collars (pair)
    Olympic 25kg plates (pair)
    Olympic EZ bar
    OWT29 Olympic Weight Tree and bar holder
    Body Solid Light Commercial Lat pulldown WLM83
    - Olympic adaptor sleeves
    Olympic Dumbbell Bars (2 nr pairs)
    4 x 5kg Olympic Weights
    4 x 2.5kg “ “
    4 x 1.25kg
    2 x 0.50kg
    2 X 0.25KG

    Hex Cast Iron Dumbells
    7.5kg
    10kg
    12.5kg
    15kg
    17.5kg
    20 kg
    22.5kg
    25kg
    Weight Rack DBR3

    Dipping Station

    Horseshoe handles – MB540
    Straight Bar – MB022
    Pro-style lat bar


    Total including VAT - £1848.11


    You might pay a bit more due to steel prices etc

    Good luck with your set-up


    I like the look of that setup but its a little more than I was hoping to pay. Will have to shop around

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 17:42:31 (permalink)
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    Ive got;

    Power rack
    200kg Oly plates/bar
    Bench
    Dip station

    A bit of advice, dont just buy online, ring the company first and ask then what percentage of they will give.

    www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk when I asked for 10% off, if I spent £500, agreed straight away (wish I asked for 20% now)

    Much better talking in person to someone as you wont get that type of discount online, and if your spending a £1000 it might save you £100-£200

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 17:48:48 (permalink)
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    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/

    Ring James at Nottingham Branch

    And what ever you order just say whats your best price on that item he normally knocks £10-25 off the Website Prices. Esp if you order a lot. I reckon you could spend £500-£1000 and get a good set up depending on what you want, Yes Ground floor is a must imo.

    Training at home is the best train how and when you like and no one hogging the equipment! I love it!

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/22 18:13:05 (permalink)
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    are you back from Oz then mate?

    It's finally arrived....PM Neb for swaps!


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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/23 14:27:45 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Neb

    are you back from Oz then mate?


    Yeah got home last friday. Within hours of arriving back their was someone shot at the end of the road! Welcome to Liverpool!!

    In a more positive note its great to see all my friends again and be able to drink proper beer at reasonable prices!

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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/23 14:46:05 (permalink)
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    Just got myself

    315kg of olympic plates

    an olympic bar

    and some squat stands

    for £420

    Job done.
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    RE: Setting up a home gym 2008/05/23 16:11:28 (permalink)
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    I would also look at second hand stuff, as lets face it a plate is a plate whether it is a bit rusty or not, as is a power rack or bench, but maybe its because I'm Scottish and dont see the point in throwing money away if I can help it.

    Look on Ebay, you can get loads on there for your money, I bought a Powerline Vertical Leg Press on it, looked brand new, new price was £200 and I paid £50

    Brand New Unused Treadmill, a Decathlon one, new price £450 I paid £150

    There is always decent stuff to be had at cheap prices on there
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