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Free Weights in Apartment?


#1

Living in Colorado there’s always a chance that you can get snowed in (even though it melts within 2 days after).

I found a great deal to get a barbell and 160lbs worth of bumper plates (205 total weight). I know not big weight at all.

But I was thinking I could get this and use this if I ever get snowed in or can’t make it to the gym. At least I have 160lb worth of weights to use to maybe do complexes or high volume work.

To me this seems like this amount of weight wouldn’t make a different because I wouldn’t be dropping it and a lot of my friends are in that 160-230lb range, so I’m guessing it wouldn’t be an issue. I live on the 2nd floor.

Do you think it’s OK for me to get this much weight? Does anyone else here live in an apartment and has a bit of weights?

Any advice would be appreciated!


#2

I’d call the fattest woman you know and ask her to do some jumping jacks. If she falls through the floor, don’t buy the weights.


#3

Haha! I think I’m just a bit paranoid lol


#4

If you can control the weights and use something to cushion the possible noises, I don’t see any problems. I’ve done it in the past living in an old wooden house on the second floor.


#5

Thanks man! I was thinking I wouldn’t even be putting the weight down.

I would literally only use it for:

Front squat, lunges, RDL
Overhead, push press
Rows
Power cleans


#6

I was thinking of getting the bar and bumpers and the Alight mobile training center rack.

Seems like it would be perfect for an apartment.


#7

Jesus skullf*ckin Christ you can get an actual power rack for the same price. If I were you, I’d check out YouTube. There’s a ton of Do It Yourself style videos for self made workout equipment that you can literally screw together from plumbing appliances straight from a hardware store.


#8

I have the vulcan racks rather than the air light, but still a great product and very portable. I think you would be pleased with it.


#9

I think the portability and the lightness really appeals to me. I know it’s a huge cost for a rack, but I figured I could always use a rack at the gym and use the portable stands at my house.


#10

Thanks man! I’ve read great reviews about all the iron mind products!


#11

Being light, portable and durable are qualities that drive up the cost a lot. Personally I would not invest in an piece of equipment that costs that much if I had access to a gym. If I was building a home gym however, I would be all over that rack.


#12

My work provides me free access to a fully stocked gym and I still buy this stuff, haha. Can’t put a price on not having to share.


#13

Get to know you downstairs neibor, your going to make a little noise, make sure their not some tweaker, who thinks your building a time machine. I work nights so i am up till 3am a lot, my new neibor says he can here but it dosent interupt his sleep, as i said it doesn’t bother me when his dog howls in the morning when he goes to work.


#14

Got 160lbs worth of bumpers and a 20kg barbell. Perfect amount for a 2nd floor apartment. Basically if I’m ever stuck at home I’ll be able to do front squats, rdl, ohp, clean & press, Bb row, bb curl, etc. and all sort of complexes. Not bad in a pinch and good quality so once I get a home, it’ll be there for the home gym.


#15

Good stuff man. Enjoy!