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#1

Looking to get a decent home gym. I would join a local gym again, but to be honest I find it more difficult to make my way to the gym than just working out in my house. I am trying to put together a home gym at reasonable pricing.

Could anyone offer some opinions as to the following......

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Fitness&pid=00615629000&vertical=FIT&subcat=Weight+Benches+%26+Sets&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

or

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?vertical=FIT&cat=Fitness&subcat=Weight+Benches+%26+Sets&pid=00638540000&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

I was going to match this up with a 300 lb weight set. Is this going to be too limiting for a beginner? Is this a decent brand? Is the price fair? ( seems too inexpensive to me actually )

Any opinions, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


#2

If these are your options, go with the second one along with the 300lbs weight set.

as for price, fitness equipment is basically double the price here in Canada so I can't say if it's a deal or not. Check out some fitness specialty stores in your area to compare price.

Good luck


#3

No and no.

Start out with a simple but sturdy bench that you can put into incline position. Add a barbell and some plates and a few dumbbells.

This should be your basis, and you can expand from there.


#4

I've never been a fan of Pro-Form equipment. I think it's sub-standard, and really you rarely even get what you pay for. Most of their equipment is made for housewives who will only use it once a year. It just doesn't stand up to regular use. I've never used the specific equipment you linked form them, my opinion is based on the company as a whole.

Weider equipment is ok, but you're right about their price point. I would expect price to follow quality. If you are really concerned about quality, look for a decent sporting goods store instead of Sears. Sears tends to sell only those manufacturers that can meet their specific volume and pricing restrictions, and they let the quality slide as a result. Again, just a generalization, but one that is based on my personal history.

I would suggest you just pick up a decent 300lb weight set and a decent- no frills bench that is sturdy and well made. I also suggest getting a squat rack, if you can find room for it in your house. Once you have all the equipment picked out- add up the price and divide by the price-per-month of your local gym. That way you'll know how many months you go could go to the gym for the same cost. When I did this I came up with over two years... It was a no-brainer at that point and I still go to my gym.


#5

I'm gonna second the idea of just getting a simple weight-bench. I've got a cheap-ass-one that came with a bunch of attachments, i.e. leg-extention/curl, preacher-bench, etc. All of which I've stopped using and detached from the bench.

The one thing I might look for is a bench with adjustable uprights that you could use as a squat-rack.

All you really need is a bench, a bar, some weights, and ideally, a chin-up bar. Those are the things I'd invest in at this point. You don't need a fancy-ass bench.


#6

Neither one.

Where are you located?

Instead how about looking into a power rack, especially if you workout alone.

Try this link,

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92563.html

Also, if you can swing it I would get 2 300 lb sets.


#7

I've got a pretty well stocked home gym with like $6000 worth of equipment, but honestly you don't need all that. Here's what I consider the essential minimum:

Power Rack with a weight stack & chin/dip bars
Olympic barbell w/300lbs weights (more 45's if you're strong)
Adjustable bench

That's it. Lots of other things are cool, but mostly not necessary.


#8

I'm gonna have to agree, get yourself a squat rack. Weider and pro-form just don't make quality equipment that can withstand serious use. If you look up the weight limits for there benches most won't hold more than 300lbs.


#9

I echo this post.


#10

Is Newyorkbarbells.com reliable? This stuff looks well built. I have a budy that is trying to sell his parafitness system. He paid $1200.00 for a squat rack, bench, curl attachment, and leg attachment. He says it is built extremely well... asking $750.00 wihtout any weight.

NewYorkBarbell.com??? Any experience with these guys? I live in OHIO... that power rack with a 200lb stack is only $400.00 plus freight. That seems like a really good deal.

Thanks for all the info!


#11

Not built to last a lifetime, he specified inexpensive. Still head and shoulders above the links he provided.

If you can swing it that $750 rack sounds like a good deal.


#12

I agree as well, its what ive got and its all that is really needed.
throw in some powerblock adjustable dumbells an extra bar and your set


#13

Guys, how do you rate this one?

http://www.impex-fitness.com/proddetail.asp?ModelNumber=AX-PWR7

Its somewhat similar to what the OP was looking at. I know the online price is closer to $600, but I just bought one, brand new, for $250. Hopefully you can find it for a similar price (I picked it up from a local PlayItAgainSports store).

The bench is rated to >600lbs, and the rack can hold 900lbs. So, its not as lightweight as the 300lbs setups.

Now I have to spend the weekend putting it together. Damn - I hate doing that stuff.


#14

I've got a NYB GHR bench. It works, but I definitely got what I paid for. They are cheap, and a rack is hard to screw up, but don't expect much quality. I've got a body solid rack that I like though, and it was pretty cheap.


#15

What are your goals? How long have you been lifting?

If starting out, I would go bodyweight movements for a month or two, just to make sure you stick with it.

I think your average person would do great with an adjustable bench and lots of dumbells to start out. Lot's of exercises could be done with this.

After that, get a power rack and barbells, weights, etc. You should be set for quite awhile that way.


#16

Holy resurrected thread, Batman. It's been six months since the first post, man. I'm pretty sure the guy decided on a rack by now.