WHAT EQUIPMENT TO BUY?

  • scorpioboy

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    Feb 02, 2007 3:34 PM GMT
    OK GUYS, STARTING OUT SO NEED SOME ADVICE, I HAVE AN INCLINE BENCH FOR THE ABS AND SOME FREE BELLS FOR VARIOUS BUT I LIKE GETTTING THE BURN ATTHE GYM... SHORT OF GETTING A MULTIGYM, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS BEST BET FOR A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT TO PURCHASE FOR THE HOME... I WANT TO CONCENTRATE ON MY UPPER BODY, BACK AND ASS (THE LEGS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES WITH CYCLING)


    HELP ME CHOOSE!!!


    CHEERS GUYS - AND AND A FEW MORE WEEKS AND I MIGHT GET UP THE BALLS TO POST A PIC
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    Feb 02, 2007 6:17 PM GMT
    Bench press, exercise ball and some free weights....and then you will join a gym and not use any of it. LOL
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    Feb 02, 2007 9:18 PM GMT
    I agree with sephchek. Unless you are unusually disciplined (as I am sure some are), home gym equipment eventually gets disused. Whereas, if you join a gym and, particuarly, if you have a workout partner, you will have made a committment to "be someplace" to do your workout...and you'll have a human who will be depending upon you to show up (well, if he's a top, he'll yell at you if you don't...or... :-) ). Seriously, there are often too many distractions at home...and unless you can remove yourself from those, and set aside pure "me" time for the workout, it's money wasted, IMHO.

    John
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    Feb 03, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    I used to have a simple thing that looked kinda like a squat cage that you could move the bar up and down on, and a single weighted pully (cable). It also came with an incline/decline bench, and olympic style bar. I think the key thing with a system like that is that you want to see one put together and make sure it is sturdy and doesn't wobble .. the bench should not wobble either. You could do just about every thing on it. Legs/squats (my favorite), chest, shoulder, triceps, biceps.

    I hated having to sell it cause where I moved there was no room for it. I would like to get one of those adjustable dumbell sets that don't take up much room but they are expensive.

    I would really like one of those bowflex things if they came with the sexy guy .. lol
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    Feb 05, 2007 2:32 AM GMT
    Most of the fitness/training forums I visit reckon that the Bowflex stuff is a waste of money.

    I agree with John. A lot of the time, you will buy all this great equipment and then not use it. It's hard to get motivated to do a solid 30 minute workout when your phone might ring, or there's a show on the TV that you want to watch, or your friends drop round.

    The great thing about a gym is that even if you're not particularly motivated today, if you just make the effort to go, you will find that you end up doing your workout anyway. Once you're there, you don't have anything to stop you.
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    Feb 10, 2007 6:15 PM GMT
    Definitely a good solid power rack or cage. It provides the safety "spotter" you need when doing sets to failure, and most of them have quite a few attachments, such as cable systems, that you can add.

    I have to disagree about the gym vs home thing. I belonged to a gym for a few years, but just didn't have the time. Going there, changing, changing, going back, took at least an hour, which was all the time I had to work out in the first place. The ONLY way I can get enough time to work out is to have the equipment immediately available. Of course, if you live or work where a gym is only a few minutes away, that changes things.

    I do miss having a place to swim, though.