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2011/03/11 22:22:55 (permalink)

Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment

Hi everyone ! First time posting

I have messed about with weights quite a bit and am ready to get serious now. Want to get the best equipment possible to get going for about £1200.

Heres what im looking at so far:


http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/power_cages_and_racks/powertec_powerrack_package__rack_lat_attachment_and_utility_bench/12529_p.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Froogle&utm_campaign=Froogle

and these weights:


[link=http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/olympic_weight_sets/bodypower_170kg_trigrip_olympic_weight_set_/12592_p.html]http://www.fitness-supers...ight_set_/12592_p.html
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Any chance of haggling with fitness-superstore seeing as though I would be buying all in one go by card?

Also have decided to go for the Powertec rack in order to "buy nice, not twice", is this the best for the money ?

Cheers lads.


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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/11 23:17:05 (permalink)
looks like a nice bit of kit mate

I would call them and see if they can offer a deal mate you never know hey
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:08:25 (permalink) ☄ Helpful

I have that rack and it's great mate. You need to haggle with them for deffo , I did and while I cant remember how much I got off I did get something like £20+ off.

Have a look on Strength Shop for your bar , plates and loads of other cool stuff. Brian who runs it is a top bloke and the service is second to non :)
http://www.strengthshop.co.uk/

No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:15:22 (permalink)
Cheers for the advice lads, definitely going for the Powertec rack.

Read some reviews of bodymax racks etc and just think I will regret not spending the extra money on the powertec.

Thanks for the link Pagan, been struggling to find uk sites with decent gear. Gonna have a proper snoop around before buying anything.
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:21:18 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
That powertec cage is a great bit of kit, but personally I prefer a bench to be separate from my cage so I can pull it out and make room for dumbell/kettlebell presses and other exercises.


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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:27:04 (permalink)
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That powertec cage is a great bit of kit, but personally I prefer a bench to be separate from my cage so I can pull it out and make room for dumbell/kettlebell presses and other exercises.


I have read a few posts where people go for a different make of bench but Im not sure if they would fit in as good as the generic one ?
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:28:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpful


I didn't get the bench but it looks a decent one and I assume it pops in and out of the rack easily enough.

No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:34:17 (permalink)
Yep according to this site HERE "From dumbbell work, to sliding in and out of any rack system with ease."
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:44:18 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
Oh right, the photo made me think that the bench was physically attached to the rack and to remove it would involve fecking about with spanners etc. If it's separate then it looks like a good buy.

If you're sure that in three months time it's primary use won't be as an indoor washing line then it looks great.

Personally I'd go for a set up that doesn't look as nice but does the same job, but that's coz I'm a tight arse lol.

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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:53:59 (permalink)
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Oh right, the photo made me think that the bench was physically attached to the rack and to remove it would involve fecking about with spanners etc. If it's separate then it looks like a good buy.

If you're sure that in three months time it's primary use won't be as an indoor washing line then it looks great.

Personally I'd go for a set up that doesn't look as nice but does the same job, but that's coz I'm a tight arse lol.


Haha thanks mate

No I am definitely going for it 100%, im sick of being a skinny arse lol

Been saving up for months for a decent kit mate. Im set on the powertec rack just not 100% sure on those weights.

Also decided on these gloves:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VAL...mp;hash=item66727ac134


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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:56:09 (permalink)
Gloves??????????????????????

Now you've done it!!
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:58:00 (permalink)
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Gloves??????????????????????

Now you've done it!!


Haha !

Nar read some good reviews on these and hands are already playing up from just 2 months of weightlifting. Joys of an office job ey !
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 09:59:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
You won't end up like this wearing gloves mate


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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:02:44 (permalink)

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No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:04:50 (permalink)
Haha, point taken mate.

I will go get my rack, shut up & lift !

Cheers again for the help lads.
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:09:26 (permalink)
£950 on a rack for a beginner and a bench which it appears can't be used outside the rack, fcuk that!
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:14:06 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
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£950 on a rack for a beginner and a bench which it appears can't be used outside the rack, fcuk that!


It can be used outside the rack mate, see my link above.

As i said, I have been lifting for nearly half a year now, diet is getting there ( loving tuna & peanut butter ! ) but the equipment I have is ****e to say the least, hence why i have been saving up. Decided now is time to buy as I pretty much got stuck squatting from my weights bench the other day.
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:32:36 (permalink) ☄ Helpful

A rack with pulley and an Olympic weight set is the perfect starting point but you have to think about the other equipment you will need. What about rubber mats, dumbbells, etc.

I have that bench and I only use it with my leverage system because its not very stable. I use a flat bench when I'm benching from a rack. The rack itself is good and its definitely a "buy nice, not twice" purchase.

You should get yourself down to your local fitness superstore, the sales guys were excellent with me and no pressure sell. Just good, honest advice and you get to use the equipment.

That being said I try to buy from ebay before anywhere else, with £1200 you could get so much more equipment. 
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Re:Starting Bodybulding - Buying Equipment 2011/03/12 10:35:42 (permalink)
I was looking at the bodymax stuff mate but read reviews saying the powertec build quality was superior and thought the extra £500 would be worth it when i look back in 5 years time.

Would you disagree ?


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