What should I have for a basic home gym

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    Jan 30, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    I enjoy going to the gym but some days I'm not able to make it. I was wondering what you would advise would be good things to get for a starter home gym that doesn't cost a fortune but also good quality.

    I usually use dumbbells at the gym but slowly getting into free weights and the bar. Any advise and help is appreciated.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    For a basic home gym that you can use when unable to make it to the club, I'd recommend an adjustable set of dumbbells like PoweBlocks or the ones that Bowflex makes and a bench that can be used flat and on an incline. The adjustable dumbbells could range from 5 to 50 pounds or even higher depending on the model you select. I have the PowerBlocks that go up to about 50 pounds and have had them for years. Great to have at home when the schedule doesn't let me get to the gym.

    If you want to invest a bit more, my next recommendation would be a safety cage and barbell and some plates, so you can go heavy on bench presses and squats without worrying about a spotter not being around. But that will take up a LOT more space than just a pair of adjustable dumbbells and a bench.

    Hope this helps.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:17 AM GMT

    I've been looking at the adjustable dumbbells but wasn't sure if they were good or not. Guess they are. You seen any downfall to them? I was also looking at a bench. I'm on the right track.

    The bigger pieces will come when I have more money and I know what will work best for me.

    Another thing I was thinking of getting was a punching bag. Thought be a good upper body workout and let out a little frustration after work.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Adjustable dumbbells are hit or miss. Most of the ones I've seen look pretty fragile. For a basic home gym, all you really need are:

    - Various dumbbells
    - Olympic barbell, and plates
    - Adjustable bench (flat, incline, decline)
    - Power rack, or some other multi-functional rack system that will allow you to do bench press, squats, shoulder press.

    Check Craigslist. You'll find great deals. Sometimes you'll find free stuff as well.

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    Jan 31, 2011 2:48 AM GMT

    There are more than a hundred ways to do push up and much more. Of course a few free weights helps. Maybe a skipping rope for cardio and a resistance band for alternative to weights.

    Being able to lift one's own weight is a good basic way to start. Even then not many can do a single legged squat. Using one's weight trains balance and core muscle for better posture. A strong back makes one's chest more prominent without gaining mass.

    So a few good searches around for exercises on youtube, some free weights and body weight is a good cheap basic home gym without soon to be dusty machines.