Building a home gym: What would YOUR essentials be?

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    Feb 27, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    If you had a relatively large space and budget (reasonably big but not enough to say, build your own L.A. Fitness in your back yard), what equipment/machines/apparatus would you put in your home gym to get the most bang for your buck? How many weights and of what specific weights/types to still have a certain variety but keep within the space/budget?

    As a side note, do you know WHERE someone gets decent professional grade gym equipment for a gym?


    edit- This probably should have gone in the fitness forum...eh..
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    - Power rack, with pull-up bar attachment
    - Adjustable bench
    - Olympic barbells and plates
    - Rubber mats for the floors

    There are random stores in the states that sell gym quality equipment. You can also mail order. RogueFitness.com is one site. Not sure how their prices compare to others. But they seem to have a good selection.
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    Yeah, there are like ten similar threads already. In fact, the topic could have it's own forum. Combine fitness and interior design. What could be more gay?

    The answer is: define the space and the budget.

    I'd say the order of priority is something like:

    chin-up bar
    dumbbell collection
    adjustable bench
    safety cage/power rack
    olympic barbell and plates
    cable arrangements and other attachments for the cage
    some sort of cardio machine (if you have harsh winters)
    additional toys if you like

    Side issues include things like mirrors, floor mats, weight racks, sound systems, artwork, etc.

    As it happens, I just brought home a new toy... inspired by one of the RJ workout programs and a sale price at the store. A heavy punching bag. So far, I'm just hanging it from the high cable pulley on the cage - counter balance it with enough weight to lift it up. Stash it in the closet with the other attachments when not in use.

    And don't forget, with the right accessories, the weight room can also make a dandy dungeon on saturday nights.
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    As a side note, do you know WHERE someone gets decent professional grade gym equipment for a gym?

    I'd try big universities that compete a lot. I remember when I was in Texas and attended a top tier university, the student-athletes there get topnotch gym equipment. I bet they update them every couple of years and donate the old ones somewhere else. You might want to look into where they get donated.
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    Feb 27, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    The big-box stores have some decent stuff - and a lot of cheap crap too. Dicks, Sports Authority, etc. Just stick with the higher-end of what they carry.

    Probably every larger city has a few smaller places that sell only gym equipment. These places have higher-end consumer through pro lines.

    The place where I got my major pieces was actually a private trainer with a hole-in-the-wall facility. He was also the local sales rep for that particular line of equipment.

    But it's also entirely possible to make most of that stuff yourself. Take a welding course at the community college and make it your class project, for example. When I was in college, everything that the crew team had (except the better boats and oars) they made themselves.
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    Feb 27, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    Better to rent the room out and with the dough buy a gym membership and a personal trainer .You will still have money left to buy organic meat and veggies.
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 27, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    I have free weights at home, and that's really all you need. Machines make it easier, but that in and of itself can diminish your efforts.
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    Feb 27, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
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    This. Dreamed to have it at home all my life
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 27, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
    tread mill
    stationary spinning bike
    chinup/pull
    dips
    incline/decline bench and free weight
    squat rack

    This cages look like they would cover several of the above
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    Feb 27, 2013 4:16 PM GMT

    Awww its Ario...icon_redface.gif

    let's see... this!

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    Feb 27, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    and this!

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    Feb 27, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Medicine balls, kettlebells, and mirrors for showing off!
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    Feb 27, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    I actually have a home gym in a separate building in my back yard. It's not huge, so we have tried to minimize the amount of equipment we have. We started out with an elliptical trainer, a power cage and a Vectra VFT-100, which is a really really flexible "functional" trainer. Plus some free weights and dumbbells. We bought our stuff from stores like Gymsource, Leisure Fitness, etc. But if you're willing to wait and not be 100% picky about what you buy, you can buy for a fraction of the price of new off of Craigslist.

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    During a period when we didn't work out much we got rid of the power cage, it took up too much room. Now that I'm back at it, I really like the Vectra. If you buy a couple of attachments (including a bar instead of the cloth handles) and get creative you can do almost anything with it - presses of all types, squats, curls, etc. Highly recommended, other than the weight limit. The standard stack is only 160 pounds. I just bought the plates to increase it to 210 pounds.
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    Feb 27, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    One item that I've always wanted to add that remains just beyond reach:
    A heated lap pool.
  • LJay

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    Feb 27, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidOne item that I've always wanted to add that remains just beyond reach:
    A heated lap pool.


    But you could make that out of a basin of hot water!

    Just kidding.
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    Feb 27, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    I'd want a safety cage, adjustible bench, Olympic bar and weight plates, set of dumbbells, kettlebells, a dip/pull-up station, and Plyo boxes. Give me all that and I think I'd be set! icon_cool.gif

    If I could have a couple more things, though, I'd add a cable machine and TRX suspension training equipment.
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    ~Medicine balls
    ~Kettlebells
    ~Pull up bar
    ~Adj Bench
    ~Heavy Bag
    =bliss.
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    Great lists and suggestions guys, thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    Hey, don't forget the widescreen t.v.!
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    Feb 27, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidGreat lists and suggestions guys, thanks! icon_biggrin.gif


    Don't forget a wet bar and a dessert buffet (no home gym is complete without a chocolate fountain and full pudding menu).
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    Feb 27, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    Building a home gym: What would YOUR essentials be?

    The hottest personal trainer that money can buy. Unfortunately with my money he'd probably look like me. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 27, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    Cash said
    Ariodante saidGreat lists and suggestions guys, thanks! icon_biggrin.gif


    Don't forget a wet bar and a dessert buffet (no home gym is complete without a chocolate fountain and full pudding menu).


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  • honestsweat

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    Feb 27, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    squat rack:
    http://www.seriusfitness.com/Power-Racks/384/

    adjustable bench:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/120792065365

    cage:
    (like one of the ones referenced above)
    a lot depends on how high your ceilings are. some of the good cages are 9' tall.

    For laughs & giggles:

    The Total Gym:
    http://www.totalgymdirect.com/total-gym-xls.php?c3=,,13472079863&key=gpla&WT.srch=1&jt=1&jmt=1&js=100&jsid=31353&jaid=28663&jcp=XLS&gclid=CP_h3q-Y17UCFQGunQodlEIAcA

    And old school Ab Roller:
    http://www.hayneedle.com/sale/mahafitnessabroller.cfm?source=pla&adtype=pla&kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=BLH053-1&gclid=CNyTqsOY17UCFQODnQodyzMA1A

    An old school abdominal vibrating belt machine:
    http://sell.bizrice.com/selling-leads/1256787/2011-new-vibration-belt-Massage-belt-CE-CB-RoHS-approved-.html
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    Feb 27, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    FWIW, here's mine. Various attachments, medicine balls, etc, are out of sight in the closet. Washer, dryer, and folding table just out of frame on the right icon_lol.gif

    I bought stuff a little bit at a time, but it probably cost about as much as two years gym membership. Not counting the laundry machines, but including cardio machines that I've worn out and scrapped.

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    Feb 27, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    I've already got a nice home gym, but it only lacks one more essential item: A hot guy flexing in the mirror.