This question is for all Aussie T-Nation members out there.
I am going to set up a home gym and need your help in deciding what to buy for it based on your own experiences in buying equipment.
Unfortunately my budget is limited so I can’t afford to go overboard on costs.
If anyone has recommendations on the following equipment items could you please let me know what brand and price you paid? Also, where did you buy it?
I am in Sydney and I would obviously prefer to purchase locally, but I am prepared to look further afield if necessary.
The items are:
Olympic barbell with revolving ends.
Olympic sized weight plates.
Bumper plates for O-lifts.
FID Bench (with good weight capacity of at least 250kg, nothing flimsy!)
Rubber matting for building an O-lift platform (or something equivalent like horse-stall mats).
Due to space limitations I can’t buy a normal power rack and am looking at getting a more compact rack or squat stands made up by a local metalworking/welding business. Has anyone had anything like this made before, any business you can recommend?
Following on from No. 6, has anyone built their own cable pulley system for pulldowns/cable rows to attach to a rack? Where did you purchase the cable and pulleys from?
That’s all I can thin of at the moment. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.