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.
Please help me with any advice you might have!