Building A Gym, At Home

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    Oct 19, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    Notice the title does not state "Home Gym." That's because home gyms have a bad rep for being ineffective for serious lifters. I've seen pics of other gyms built at home that rival commercial gyms. That's eventually what I'm going for.

    This is what I have so far:

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    That is my "living room." I also have another available room (2nd bedroom), which is currently being used as the living room. It's just a couple feet shorter, and same width. I wanna strip it and fill it with more stuff, essentially building a complete gym, at home (without the cardio stuff - I do that outside).

    What other equipment would you get?

    PS1. Cost is no objective. I'm buying this stuff one piece at a time, and can save for the expensive stuff. It is a long-term project (1-2 yrs).
    PS2. I do not want a Smith machine. Those things fucking suck.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    A hot tub, for soothing the sore muscles (sometimes with ... ~ 'friends') due to D.O.M.S.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    like the set up! it's hard to see but can the bench press unit be altered to set up for barbell squats? If not, maybe something for those.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    tongun18 saidlike the set up! it's hard to see but can the bench press unit be altered to set up for barbell squats? If not, maybe something for those.


    sorry, just remembered, that's probably not a good idea given your back pain.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
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    tongun18 saidlike the set up! it's hard to see but can the bench press unit be altered to set up for barbell squats? If not, maybe something for those.


    sorry, just remembered, that's probably not a good idea given your back pain.


    The sciatica will pass within months, aided by rest and a hot tub.
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    Oct 19, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
    tongun18 said
    tongun18 saidlike the set up! it's hard to see but can the bench press unit be altered to set up for barbell squats? If not, maybe something for those.


    sorry, just remembered, that's probably not a good idea given your back pain.
    Yes, the pegs can be inserted from the back for squats. They've have always been my favorite part of leg day.

    As for my back, I'm actually doing squats later tonight, for the first time since the back injury (been off two months). I'll start with just the bar this week to get reconditioned, then maybe start adding weight again in a week or two if it goes well.
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidA hot tub, for soothing the sore muscles (sometimes with ... ~ 'friends') due to D.O.M.S.
    Not a bad idea...
    What I really need is a few muscleman workout buddies who'll help me pick out a hot tub, workout with me, ride bicycles with me, fix my computers, help me clean and redecorate my bathroom, and teach me martial arts.

    (+5 cool points for anyone who gets the reference.)
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    Oct 19, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    hey is it possible to buy a barbell stand to go over your exercise bench? because mine never came with a stand icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    jtdashdub saidhey is it possible to buy a barbell stand to go over your exercise bench? because mine never came with a stand icon_cry.gif



    Mine either. Google "barbell stand" and you'll get lots of results for shopping.

    I like the set-up Paul. Personally, I went with SelecTech adjustable dumbells to get rid of the big stand of dumbells, a huge space saver. But then again, I have an elliptical and a treadmill in my home gym so I needed the space.

    What about a home gym machine, like a Weider or a BowFlex? The upper and lower pulleys alone make mine worth the cost and space.

    A cheap, must-have piece of equipment is a workout and/or stability ball.

    Oh, and a big wall mirror (can't tell if that's one standing on the right side of the wall).

    Just some thoughts from another home gym proponent!
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    Ineffective.... how are you going to build bulging quads or a pair of tight hams with nothing to workout your lower half
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
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    BuddyinNYC saidA hot tub, for soothing the sore muscles (sometimes with ... ~ 'friends') due to D.O.M.S.
    Not a bad idea...
    What I really need is a few muscleman workout buddies who'll help me pick out a hot tub, workout with me, ride bicycles with me, fix my computers, help me clean and redecorate my bathroom, and teach me martial arts.

    (+5 cool points for anyone who gets the reference.)


    That would be BIGOLBUBBA or whatever he is calling himself these days. Your home gym looks a lot like mine did except for I had selectec dumbells in place of all of the individual ones and a treadmill to work out on in the winter time. Now don't forget....I can't buy anything online at all. Do not know what you are getting at all. I need a big muscleman to come and help me. I can not do that on my own at all..........
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    Have you had second thoughts about the dumbell set?

    Does it take up too much room in your limited space?

    Do you use the full range of weights very often?

    Could a pair of dumbells with adjustible weight-plates have done the job more economically, financially and spacially?


    Would a ceiling beam support a set of TRX Suspension straps to allow more core workout?
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
    Caslon16000 saidHave you had second thoughts about the dumbell set?
    No. That's the one thing I'd keep if I could only keep one thing.

    Caslon16000 saidDoes it take up too much room in your limited space?
    It takes up less space than anything else.

    Caslon16000 saidDo you use the full range of weights very often?
    Yes. In fact, I don't have enough yet, but they're fucking expensive so I get them one pair at a time.

    Caslon16000 saidCould a pair of dumbells with adjustible weight-plates have done the job more economically, financially and spacially?
    No. I originally built it for photo and video work, so looks are important. I only started using the stuff because I got tired of being behind the camera.

    Caslon16000 saidWould a ceiling beam support a set of TRX Suspension straps to allow more core workout?
    Yes. It wouldn't be practical in a rented place, though. I'd like to have my deposit back eventually. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    scottnphoenix saidNow don't forget....I can't buy anything online at all. Do not know what you are getting at all. I need a big muscleman to come and help me. I can not do that on my own at all..........
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    To be honest you'd know hell of a lot more than me when it comes to lifting..

    But why do people look down on cables? I'm just curious because alot of my lifting for bi's and tri's and chest flies are done with cable machines. I like the resistance that i can get from cables.

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    Oct 19, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    Samm77 saidTo be honest you'd know hell of a lot more than me when it comes to lifting..

    But why do people look down on cables? I'm just curious because alot of my lifting for bi's and tri's and chest flies are done with cable machines. I like the resistance that i can get from cables.

    Actually, the cable machine is something I'd like to have. Only drawback is it would take up half the room.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    Well you did say you were trying to build a gym ;) ;)
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    Samm77 saidWell you did say you were trying to build a gym ;) ;)
    True. And I still might get one. It would definitely be the most used piece of equipment.
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    Oct 19, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
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    Samm77 saidWell you did say you were trying to build a gym ;) ;)
    True. And I still might get one. It would definitely be the most used piece of equipment.


    Pulleys... cables... whatever, that's what I meant! I gotta have 'em.

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    Oct 20, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    I would add a small refrigerator to keep cold water or energy drinks handy, rather than going to the kitchen. Also, it appears you already have a mirror...was going to suggest making a wall with a mirror wall to make the space bigger, but if you are renting that might not be a possibility...just some thoughts.
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    How about adding a safety cage for things like squats, or even barbell shoulder presses if you don't have a spotter around?

    Also, I'd add a cable machine to my dream list of equipment. Tricep pushdowns, cable bicep curls to keep the tension through the while range of motion, core rotation etc. Such a versatile piece of equipment.

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    Oct 20, 2010 7:40 AM GMT
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    Samm77 saidWell you did say you were trying to build a gym ;) ;)
    True. And I still might get one. It would definitely be the most used piece of equipment.


    Pulleys... cables... whatever, that's what I meant! I gotta have 'em.

    I just saw a cable machine in Sports Authority last night that I'd like to have, but I didn't like the concrete-filled weights. I want the real thing.

    I was just trying to find a pic of it to post, but just now ran across this little beauty, which I'll probably save up for and get in a few months:

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    Oct 20, 2010 12:06 PM GMT
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    Samm77 saidWell you did say you were trying to build a gym ;) ;)
    True. And I still might get one. It would definitely be the most used piece of equipment.


    Pulleys... cables... whatever, that's what I meant! I gotta have 'em.

    I just saw a cable machine in Sports Authority last night that I'd like to have, but I didn't like the concrete-filled weights. I want the real thing.

    I was just trying to find a pic of it to post, but just now ran across this little beauty, which I'll probably save up for and get in a few months:

    GDCC250_350_main.jpg



    Yea that's damn nice. I wonder how tall it is... looks high, but maybe the guy is just short.

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    Oct 20, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    DJdorchester saidYea that's damn nice. I wonder how tall it is... looks high, but maybe the guy is just short.

    My ceilings are 8.5' so they should be tall enough, but I'll definitely check specs before buying anything.
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    i swear by my chin up bar!

    though i'd love the cable set up if i had the room!