Home Gyms

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    Jan 13, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    Hey guys

    So my new years resolution was to create a home gym to workout in and cancel my gym membership. Does anybody have any tips of making a successful gym where it's distraction free, and what are some must have equipment basics?
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    I always recommend barbell routines (deadlifts, squats, bench press, overhead press) combined with bodyweight routines. Bodyweight routines are so fun... seriously, and can get you into fantastic shape. Think of a gymnast build!

    Read this short article and try it today!

    http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2012/12/getting-started-with-your-first-portable-bodyweight-routine-bodyweight-fitness-for-travelers/

    Honestly, you need to find out what your goals are an go from there. I think everyone tries to make things more complicated than they are with all these "new" routines, but the basic lifts combined with bodyweight exercises breeds awesome results!
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    so far i have a couple of weights 5,10,15lb plates that can be added on, a chin up bar which i use regularly, ab ball and mat. They have served me pretty well in the last few days, but perhaps a barbell and bench would be a good investment, or possibly a bowflex. Also already committed to running outside in the frigid cold to get cardio.

    I guess the goal is to maintain my current weight and keep my tone. Been at maintenance weight for a while and pretty content with it.
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    There's lots of YouTube vids of cardio routines and plyometrics (body weight exercises.)

    Even on the days you can't rouse yourself and get up the motivation to go to the gym, its so easy to throw on a video that there's no excuse not to.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z5NuC9n-3r8
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:51 PM GMT
    Just type "home gym" into the search box above. There are dozens of threads. I'm sure I've probably typed out near-duplicate responses to more than one of them, so I'll just put a couple of general comments here.

    Use what you have. (Do not "wait until you can afford...") See the bodyweight exercises and workout plans available here and elsewhere.

    If you don't have a lot of money, you can plan out your purchases and buy or build one piece at a time.

    I think mine is a fairly standard "basic" setup:

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    BTW: I am at a loss for what to put on that blank wall above the racked weights. Another mirror? Inspirational poster? Fine art? Television?
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    All you need is a Squat Rack. Checkout "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe.
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    Jan 14, 2013 12:01 AM GMT
    rywboy saidHey guys

    So my new years resolution was to create a home gym to workout in and cancel my gym membership. Does anybody have any tips of making a successful gym where it's distraction free, and what are some must have equipment basics?
    I've got a 3 tier dumbbell rack, Olympic weight bench with all the weight plates and barbells (including preacher curl bar), a Power Tower for pullups and dips, a roman chair for back extensions, and an inversion table for inverted ab workouts (and to decompress my spine since I do lots of high impact stuff).

    Oh, and two bicycles for "cardio" (aka: fun in the dirt).
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    Jan 14, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidJust type "home gym" into the search box above. There are dozens of threads. I'm sure I've probably typed out near-duplicate responses to more than one of them, so I'll just put a couple of general comments here.

    Use what you have. (Do not "wait until you can afford...") See the bodyweight exercises and workout plans available here and elsewhere.

    If you don't have a lot of money, you can plan out your purchases and buy or build one piece at a time.

    I think mine is a fairly standard "basic" setup:

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    BTW: I am at a loss for what to put on that blank wall above the racked weights. Another mirror? Inspirational poster? Fine art? Television?
    Inspirational poster? icon_wink.gif

    I think mirror. Or whiteboard. You can use the whiteboard to document/plan your workouts.
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    I had a home gym but I never used it. The gym atmosphere really motivates me. I hope it works for you! Make sure you set aside time to work out!
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for all the awesome feedback.icon_biggrin.gif

    So far i am starting out slow , but steady before I start investing in a lot of equipment; kind of running off the basics that i had from the p90x dvds. Surprisingly am keeping up given that i have a good track playing on my ipod and have some noise in the background television also get to catch up on my tv series i have on dvd icon_smile.gif.