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Hu_Flung_Pu
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Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
This thread is for home gym ideas and set ups. Please type out your setup, what equipment you use, where it came from, approximate cost, and any ideas worth mentioning.

I wanted to start out with a Power rack platform: This will keep your flooring intact and keep the noise down.

Materials:
(4) 5/8" 4x8 (19/32) OSB board (hardware store) ~80
(1) 3/4" 4x8 "good" plywood (hardware store) ~30
(2) 3/4" 4x6 Horse mats (Tractor Supply) ~80
(1) box of 1" screws ( I used #8) ~4

Steps:
1) Lay (2) OSB boards perpendicular to the wall you are placing the platform near. This creates the 8x8 base.
2) Lay (2) OSB board perpendicular to the other boards. This will cross them and continue to strengthen the 8x8 base.
3) Screw down the OSB boards together.
4) Place the "good" plywood directly in the middle to create your lifting space. It should have 2' sides left over for the stall mats.
5) Screw it down
6) Take your horse stall mats and cut them long ways in the middle (2') to make (2) 2'x6' sections.
7) Take your second stall mat and do the same as before but add in a (2') cut from the bottom to make a 2'x2' section. This will fill in the gap to make the stall mats go to the full 8'.
8) you will have (2) 2'x4' mats left. Use these around the gym. You could further cut them into 2'x2' sections for more versatility.
9) place the mats next to the main lifting area and screw down.

You are done!

Image: http://www.straighttothebar.com/images/posts/090331_platform7whole2.jpg


Next you need equipment

Power rack: It is very versatile and keeps you safe. I would recommend at least a 2"x3" square tubing construction rated to around 1000lbs. I also recommend bolting it to the concrete or to the lifting platform you just created. You could get a squat rack but I prefer the power rack.

Barbell: Get more than you need. I linked a barbell for sale in the main forum for the CAP OB-86B or OB-86PBCK. This is the cheapest bar you should buy. Bare minimum. Most "set" barbells are garbage and will break. They have hex key bolts for the center and these get loose and terrible about spin of the collars. Look for capped. Look for Tensile strength and warranty. I recommend 150,000 psi or more.

Link to my comparison of the Ohio Power Bar and Cap barbell. The Cap is a great beginner barbell. LINK

Weight Plates: I would get iron at first as they are cheaper and you can get them on Craigslist. Bumpers can come later. They are EXPENSIVE!

Dumbbells: You can either get fixed, adjustable (plate loaded), or adjustable (quick release). If you can get fixed for a good price, go for it. You will find they are VERY expensive. I believe you can get plate loaded adjustable for around 200 on amazon for weights from 10 lbs to 100 lbs. Quick release are the Bowflex selectec, IronMasters, and Powerblocks.

Cardio equipment: Look for a CHP motor on treadmills. That's all I got on this. Make sure to keep it lubed or it will "skip". I got mine used.

Bench: If you lift heavy, get a good quality flat bench. Adjustable benches are not as strong and the ones that are, are very expensive. Don't skimp on the bench. It needs to be sturdy. You can find good deals on Craigslist for used. Stay away from Marcy, Golds Gym and a few other box store brands. The Fitness Gear bench at Dicks is the only one highly reviewed to do well as an adjustable under $200.

I also got some dip attachments, landmine attachments, and pull up attachments for my power rack.

Bands: Use the tubular type for general stretching or light work. If you want to really use bands, use the "flat" style that are typically 41" long. They are color coded for strength ratings.

I just ordered equipment to start mine. I will link what I got once I have put it together and reviewed it to recommend.

DIY pulley system LINK
This post was edited on 1/21 at 12:13 pm


BAMBAM
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
I have been putting mine together since Christmas. I have a power rack, nice vulcan barbell, about 500lbs in plates, power block dumbbells and bench, curl bar, and a treadmill. Oh also a dip attachment.

I takes up 2/3s of one of my garage bays. I have been going back and forth whether or not to do the rubber flooring and/or a platform. I may just buy a pair of deadlift softeners or whatever they are called.

I need to get some bands, possibly a pulley system, and boxes.


BAMBAM
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
I would post a picture but I don't know how lol.


lsu777
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I have:
Elite FTS 3x3 Build your own rack with westside spacing
Mech6 custom Monolifts
Elite FTS Adjustable bench
Rodgers Power Squat Pro
Sorinex Hurricane
Rogue Abrams 2.0 Glute Ham
Sorinex Lat pulldown with 300lbs stack
Xebex Rower
Xebex Airdyne
Spin Bike
Wooden Gymnastics ring
Battle rope
Suspension Trainer
Powerblock Dumbbells U-125 set
Outslayer Heavy Thia Bag
Climbing Rope
Prowler
Weight Sled
Texas Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Bar
Ivanko OB-30 EZ Curl Bar
Rogue Econ bar
Ivanko and Older milled plates
Platforms


Not going to be adding anything right now as I just poured the slab on my new 30'x60' building that will be my new gym. Will add a dry suana and a bunch more commercial equipment as I come accross it, but first have to finish build out and rolled rubber floors.

I am not into adding just to add, I really am selective on what I buy adding only items from the bb.com cost no object list, hammer strength or body masters as those are the brands I like.

Will be adding the new rogue milled plates though as I come across them and one of the REPS fitness Stainless power bars that are on close out.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
Well.... Damn


lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
Can't wait to get the new one finished. Gonna be a glorious 1800 SF of old school iron.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
I'll be looking for a new bar in a few months. I like to deadlift the most. I looked into the Texas bar but looks like the knurling is too harsh for higher reps. Any recs? I was looking at the rogue Chan bar.


lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
rogue ohio power bar bare steel or regular ohio in stainless.

I have the regular in bare steel and I love it compared to my texas power bar. The knurling is very grippy and not deep. The TPB has very deep knurling but not as sharp as the ohio.

I can do higher rep deads with either. But the ohio does not have center knurling and I like that for squats. Honestly you would be happy with either.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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how is the maintenance with the bare steel?


lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
honestly none for me and I am in the lake charles area. But I do tend to wipe it with wd40 once a month or so. Have had it over a year now and its patenna some but no rust or anything and still looks great.


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lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
BTW below is what you need for a home gym

Power Rack
Bench
weights
bar
rubber mats

next would be
adjustable dumbbells
adjustable bench


everything else is langiappe.

here is the cheapo setup
LINK


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Tiger Prawn
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Upload the pic to Imgur, the copy and paste the image's URL to TD post


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Tiger Prawn
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That's a hell of a home gym. Puts my plans for my spare bedroom to shame. Have a Bowflex on order for machine exercises and saw a nice bench at Academy that I'm going to pickup this weekend for free weights.

This will be my setup I'll be assembling this weekend:

Image: http://c.shld.net/rpx/i/s/i/spin/image/spin_prod_890634112?&hei=2000&wid=2000&op_sharpen=1

Image: http://assets.academy.com/mgen/36/10105636.jpg




lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
You are going to be disappointed in that bowflex. Hate to tell you that.

If you can cancel, do so. Or see if they will let you switch to the dumbbells. You will be so much better off.

A power cage, bench, bar and weights is all you need. You will outgrow that bow flex quickly and it will become a clothes hanger. Seen it a million times on bob.com


Tiger Prawn
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Well shite.

I'm not a hardcore gym buff that's going to be maxing out weight stacks. I'm 6'2" 160. Bench about 175.

Most of what I plan to do will be with free weights, but wanted a machine to have added variety for exercises I can't do with barbells and dumbbells. Figured the machine I ordered would offer a pretty wide range of exercise options for entire body


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
I agree with 777. Work with free weights for awhile. You can do a lot with free weight. If you want a machine, look on craigslist for a lat pulldown with row attachment or something.


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lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
nothing you need that you cant do with barbell and dumbbells.

If you really want a machine, a functional trainer type machine or sorinex hurricane is the way to go.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Did you buy your stuff new or on Craigslist?


lsu777
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re: Home Gym Thread: Ideas and Setups
craigslist and ebay. Screw buying new. only thing I buy new is rogue stuff cause I ask for gift cards from everyone for bday and christmas. Only other time I will buy new is during major sales like black friday. Bars, I usually buy new.

all machines though, only used. Also use facebook to find stuff.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Whats a good facebook group for local stuff?

What search terms do you use for Craigslist? I find it's hard to find stuff because some people don't know how to properly advertise.


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