Which gym machine should I buy for my apartment?

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    Jul 31, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    Hello all you beautiful men out there, I have a workout machine question for all of you.

    I decided that I'm sick of my body, and that I need to do something to change it. However, I'm extremely self conscious and I know I wont go to a gym, at least not this soon anyway. I know that If I get something I can keep in my apartment, then I'll most likely use it.

    So I shopped around I picked 2 machines by Weider. They are:
    1- Total body works 500

    2- Weider Power Club tower

    Which one of these 2 do you recommend and why? I'm leaning towards one, but I figured I'd wait to see what you all had to say before I gave my opinion.

    Also, if you have another machine you recommend, SHARE WITH ME! I'm open to opinions.

    Have a great day everyone

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    Jul 31, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    Take that money and spend it on the gym. No one there cares what you look like. Go get it done, and get some spunk. You're 23 years old. Guys fight wars when they're 17, and going to the gym is nothing like looking death in the eye. Go join the gym. Jeeze. You want folks to call you a sissy?
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    Jul 31, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    I appreciate the response chucky, however, like I said, I'm not joining a gym. I spend 2 and half hours in the car every day going to and from work. I leave my place at 7am and I get home at 7pm. I really don't feel like coming home and going to the gym. If its in my apartment, I'll use it.

    So if anyone else would like to actually give me input and not call me a sissy, It would be appreciated icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    I hear what you're saying. I joined a gym for a few years, and the driving time just used up my workout time.

    That said, I think good old free weights are a better use of money and apartment space than any of those machines. They're more versatile and cheaper. To start with, either a selection of hex dumbbells (there are always some on craigslist) or one of those key-lock sets. The kind with changeable plates take too long to transition between weights. Later, you can add a bench, and if you have room, a squat cage and and olympic bar & weights. (Doesn't really take up much more room than a machine.)
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    I'm not a gym guy either. Much prefer to work out at home. Bought an Inspire Fitness M1 about 18 months ago and it is great. Also have some free weights, which I like to use too. Buy something good quality. Don't compromise on that and you won't be sorry you bought it, and you will really use it! Good luck!
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    Aug 01, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    dont know what machine you could get...but you could do pull ups on a bar across the door, push ups on the floor, dips using your dining table/ chair, handstands against a wall, lunges and curls with dumbells, to begin with and see if that works?
  • captproton

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    Aug 01, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    I think machines are overly complicated and a waste of money.

    Besides, they require constant adjustments to do all the exercises advertised.

    If you're intent on getting equipment for your home, maybe you should consider a good weight bench (one that can handle at least 200 pounds) and an Olympic bar and weights.

    Also get some DB's.

    This way, you can do the basic exercises, which is what you want to do anyway, and when you're done with it all, you have something someone will actually buy.

    I have done this twice in my life and always found a willing customer to take the bench and weights off my hands.

  • ShagonTheHate

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    Aug 01, 2009 12:23 PM GMT
    I'd buy a pair of dumbells, a straight bar, of course some weight plates (don't go buying 0.5 kg plates cause later they'll never all fit onto the dumbells) and an adjustable bench. You could also add an ez bar and perhaps a stepper or sth for your cardio if you have the money. Everything shouldn't really cost more that one of these multi purpose machines I think... With this you can do your biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, legs and a few back exercises. For abs you know what's besticon_wink.gif. Watch your diet, eat a lot of healthy protein, perhaps add a whey shake and you should progress nicely.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 01, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    one that is also good for airing clothes on. if you are like me, that's what it will eventually end up doing