I’ve been a lurker on this forum for some time and decided it’s time to get actually serious for once in my life about lifting weights.
I’m a 32 year old married working professional that has always been active (hikes, biking, etc), but never really hit the weight room. I know how crazy commercial gyms can be, so I decided to buy a few bits of equipment to help me on this road.
Over the last month and half I was able to get the following items used. The only way the wife was going to allow me to have the home gym was if I spend under $800 total for everything. What she doesn’t know is I only spent $523!!!
Pendlay 45lb barbell
360lbs worth of weights (mixed brands - metal & rubber)
MDUSA squat stand
Rogue speed rope
Dip & Pull Up tower (Got this used from a yard sale for $15)
85lb, 100lb dumbbell (Got these used from the same yard sale for $25 total)
Based on the equipment and time available to me I’ll have to make the most out of this equipment. My friends have told me that benching is not truly necessary, so I’ll wait until I hit a few lifting goals of mine before buying one to add into the mix.
So my question for you is based on the equipment what program or how do I structure my program to workout? I’d prefer to workout 3 days a week because I think that’s the number of days I can truly stick to especially with the weekly hikes the wife and I do.
In terms of stats I’m 5’6, 165lbs. I’m not ripped like crazy, but I do have my abs showing all the time. I would say I’m lean but could definitely be much more muscular. I eat pretty well, but I’m sure I will have to eat much bigger portions to put on some weight.
My main goal is to get a lot stronger. I think it would be awesome to load up all the plates and be able to squat it.
I would suggest a simple program that is very effective.
Jim Wendler 531.
I have a home gym and over time have accumulated more equipment than I can use.
Depending on your finances in time you might want to consider the following set up
Barbell and weights
Power rack or 1/2 rack
Adjustable bench also known as a FID bench, flat,incline,decline.
8x8 platform as the space for the set up.
Depending on your strength level, you might not have much use for the 85 and 100. Those are probably worth somewhere about 0.50$/lb
Start with what you have and build from there, a good program like 531 is easy to follow, builds good beginning strength and is not very time consuming. Most workouts will take under 1 hour.
Good luck and enjoy a great investment in yourself
After looking at a lot of programs and training logs over the last few days I found what I am going to do. This will be based off the 531 program. I won’t use any sets or reps right now just to get use to getting under the bar. But after a month of working out and I fully understand 5/3/1 I might commit to that. But for now I think I’ll just do the classic 5x5 or do 3x10 or something just to get into the habit of working out at the house and getting use to the movements.
I know I can’t do everything at once, so I think 5 exercises each training day will suffice for now.
Roman Leg Raises (using the dip tower)