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Home gym thoughts

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:43 am

My plan is put put down the homemade lifting platform I see all over youtube and put a rack in. My question for the learned is: How cheap can I go?

Do I need the Ohio bar or can I do with less $$? I"m not going to be lifting over 400 any time soon.

This rack has good reviews on the zon. Anyone know anything about it/something better?

https://www.amazon.com/1000-Pound-Capac ... B07R82448W

Also probably getting a stationary bike. Don't know what kind though.

I'm a little lost here, so any thoughts are appreciated.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:25 am

Those platforms made from plywood and stall mats work great. You can cheap out on the first layer of ply, but I spent a little more for the better grain wood on the top layer. Marine grade I think. Stall mat from Tractor Supply wasn't very much and is well worth it.

That rack will work fine. I'd skip on any of the cable attachments as IME they tend to be garbage on budget equipment. A band over the pull-up bar will work just as well for less than BW vertical pulling. For all of the lifting equipment I'd look at CL and see if you can find stuff locally. People are always getting rid of good stuff. If unable to find them used, I'd spend a little extra to get decent plates as well. I've lifted with those cheap sets and there was a noticeable difference in weight between the 20kg plates, to the point that the bar felt uneven when loaded. Cheap bumpers are also all over the map as far as weights.

No need for a crazy high $$ bar, but a little money spent here is well worth it. I got this bar:
https://quest-nutrition.com/collections ... 20kg-barct
works great and is $50 less than the Ohio bar. Sleeves spin smoothly and the knurl is just right. The only drawback is that there isn't any center knurling if that's important to you. Cheap bars like the ones that come with those 300# weight sets from department stores are garbage. The diameters are all wrong, the knurling will chew your hands up, and the sleeves feel like they're lubricated with sand. I've never lifted heavy enough to feel like I needed more than the simple spring collars to keep the plates secure.

A good adjustable bench is also something that will make your home gym much better. Just make sure it's sturdy enough for what you're doing. Especially in the inclined positions. You don't want the silly thing to fail during an incline press and have 4' of momentum built up in the bar when it crashes into your chest.
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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by powerlifter54 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:16 pm

Stall mats, plywood, Texas Power bar, solid bench, NYBB rack.
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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:27 pm

I don't even know if you need plywood.

1 horse stall mat is enough to lift on.
2 horse stall mats lengthwise will give you padding for your rack and probably a place to deadlift from.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:04 pm

powerlifter54 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:16 pm
Stall mats, plywood, Texas Power bar, solid bench, NYBB rack.
Pretty much this. If you can get a rack with a dipping/chinning capacity, you've got everything you need. Otherwise, add a pair of rings. Other luxuries include a graduated set of dumbbells.
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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:20 am

Thanks guys. I didn't think to try the horse stall mat by itself under the rack. I'll try that since I suck hard at building anything.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by aussie luke » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:53 pm

On the bike, get a Concept2 BikeErg and it will last forever and be cheaply maintainable and the resale will be close to new price if you ever come to sell it.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:23 pm

aussie luke wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:53 pm
On the bike, get a Concept2 BikeErg and it will last forever and be cheaply maintainable and the resale will be close to new price if you ever come to sell it.
Was actually going to suggest that same thing. We've had our C2 rowing erg for 15 years and all I've ever done is change batteries in the monitor and lube the chain. Keep it clean and it'll last you a lifetime.
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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by aussie luke » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:30 am

Alfred_E._Neuman wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:23 pm
aussie luke wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:53 pm
On the bike, get a Concept2 BikeErg and it will last forever and be cheaply maintainable and the resale will be close to new price if you ever come to sell it.
Was actually going to suggest that same thing. We've had our C2 rowing erg for 15 years and all I've ever done is change batteries in the monitor and lube the chain. Keep it clean and it'll last you a lifetime.
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I always keep a close eye on the local sale ads for gym stuff and probably 85% of all the stuff for sale is garbage spin bikes and bike machines. Have never seen a single used bikeerg for sale.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:33 am

Interesting idea with the C2. Can't believe I'm actually considering it (pricewise). I do need to get some cardio type workouts in. I tend to either complicate things or else let them slide but I have logged a lot of miles on a bike, both mountain and road. So I know that's something I will probably actually do.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:03 am

Here's what I went with --

Texas Power Bar. Looked at YT reviews and this seemed the winner.

TDS rack from NYBB. Didn't see anything close to as good for close to the price.

Contrast bumpers from Fringe Sport. Lots of good reviews on these.

FB 5000 with wide pad (14" instead of 12") from Rep.


I live in a small town and there was nothing on CL. I did think to try the pennysaver, etc., but I would likely just agonize for weeks more before buying online anyway. I went with bumpers because I'm really sensitive to noise and the clanging of plates can be annoying. Plus in my living room I think they might do less damage if I bang them into something. Not that crazy expensive, 429 + free shipping for 230 lbs. That will do me for now I think, can add more later if I like them or just throw some iron on there when I'm ready.

The bench has a lot of fans it seems. That's the only reason I continued to try to buy it from their shitty website (which took an hour or more).

In case anyone's interested, my criteria were price # 1, quality and ease of use tied for second. I'm really sensitive to my environment. If I don't like using a thing I probably won't. So I went with stuff I think I will like using. The bar speaks for itself and the rack has a lot more holes than the one I first posted. The bench was on the one hand maybe overkill but if I'm using something iffy, I get iffy and that leads to not doing the thing.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Ripe Turd » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:02 pm

Anyone has experience with buying adjustable dumbbell handles?

My wife wants to start training at home and we're thinking of buying these since we already have olympic plates.

I see some for 30 bucks on FitnessDepot and some for 190 bucks on Rogue Canada. I know Rogue is pricing their items for rich Crossfitters, but is there any other reason I shouldn't go with the 30 bucks ones?

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by newguy » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:43 pm

Are you buying handles for olympic plates?

There's not reason to spend upwards 100 plus dollars on handles.

I looked at fitness depot and there are even cheaper handles - the hollow ones. AND they are half an inch longer (sleeve length.)

Just take a look at the width of your plates, how many tens you'd want to put on them, and factor in the collar as well. What weights will you want to go up to. What exercises, all that.

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Re: Home gym thoughts

Post by Kirk » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:23 pm

Yeah, I got the hollow ones from Walmart and they work just fine.

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