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Home Gym Cost?

How much money have you home gym types put into your own training facility?

About $700. So far all I have is a power rack, oly bar with 400lbs, and a bench. Just the basics, but your couldn’t pay me to go back to a gym.

My next purchase will be a front squat harness, trap bar, and maybe some dbs.

[quote]Fiction wrote:
How much money have you home gym types put into your own training facility?[/quote]

Close to 8G’s over a five six year period.

[quote]Qaash wrote:
Fiction wrote:
How much money have you home gym types put into your own training facility?

Close to 8G’s over a five six year period.[/quote]

Damn!!! Got pics of the gym?

About 1500/1600 AUD between me and mate - can’t remember the exact figure.

We have some rubber matting, power-rack with chin-up bar, Full incline/decline commercial qual. bench, oly barbell, oly dumbbell handles, oly EZ bar and a stack of stack of oly weights. Awesome set-up for limited room but we are novices and don’t really have much need for anything but the basics.

Changing collars on the dumbbells between each other’s set gets old fast so I’d recommend an additional pair of handles for anyone looking to set up a gym to share. It’s not a big deal swapping, but does tend to protract rest times between sets out a bit. Having a cable machine for rows would be nice, but space and money shoots that idea in the foot.

Bought the best we could afford as it makes more financial sense than buying crap and upgrading later. Got a nice discount too :).

[quote]drenelin wrote:
About 1500/1600 AUD between me and mate - can’t remember the exact figure.

We have some rubber matting, power-rack with chin-up bar, Full incline/decline commercial qual. bench, oly barbell, oly dumbbell handles, oly EZ bar and a stack of stack of oly weights. Awesome set-up for limited room but we are novices and don’t really have much need for anything but the basics.

Changing collars on the dumbbells between each other’s set gets old fast so I’d recommend an additional pair of handles for anyone looking to set up a gym to share. It’s not a big deal swapping, but does tend to protract rest times between sets out a bit. Having a cable machine for rows would be nice, but space and money shoots that idea in the foot.

Bought the best we could afford as it makes more financial sense than buying crap and upgrading later. Got a nice discount too :). [/quote]

If you have some handyman knowhow you could try and build somethign that would allow you to do rows. Like a pully cable setup. The cable machines aren’t that complicated.

It would take some knowledge though, to make sure it didn’t fall apart and to make sure it stayed in place.

I’m planning on taking out a loan for 10k soon for a 14x28’ garage, and equipment. Garage will only cost about 4.5k, so the rest should be going towards equipment.

About $650.

I have 800 lbs. of weight, 1 oly bar, 1 ez curl bar, 1 adjustable bench, 1 power rack, and a lifting platform. I’m looking for a pair of 60, 90, and 120 lb. dumbbells next.

About $5,000 into my home gym. Bowflex, over rated. I spent about 1,500. Eliptical Trainer, I spent $1,000, worth every penny. I bought Power Blocks, $1,000, because the bows kept losing their resistance. Power Blocks, worth their weight in gold. I have a pull up/pushup/hanging abs contraption I paid I think about $150.00.

I also bought a hanging back stretching contraption, which works really well for lower back strengthening. I also use it as a Roman Chair/Clothes Hanger. I spent about $600.00 on it. Then some money I spent to remove carpet and put down tile, and some other odds and ends maintenance stuff. It looks really good. It is worth it.

Craigslist - keep an eye on it. I got a power rack w/ dip station, 300lbs, oly bar and adjustable bench for $150.

[quote]GhorigTheBeefy wrote:
Qaash wrote:
Fiction wrote:
How much money have you home gym types put into your own training facility?

Close to 8G’s over a five six year period.

Damn!!! Got pics of the gym?[/quote]

I’ll do you one better!

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/blog_sports_training_performance_bodybuilding_alpha/home_gym_the_costbenefit_analysis?id=2275491&pageNo=4

towards the bottom of page

[quote]BabyBuster wrote:
Craigslist - keep an eye on it. I got a power rack w/ dip station, 300lbs, oly bar and adjustable bench for $150.[/quote]

I will second that. I recently acquired 450 pounds of Oly weights from a High School that had bought too many. Cost me 75 bucks. I consider that a score.

Years ago I bought a half rack, bench, bar and weights. I bought them new. Cant remember what I spent but it must have been about 1K. If you are patient and don’t need the equipment NOW, you can find some sweet bargains on Craig’s List.

Don’t mean to hijack the thread (ignore me if you think this is way off-topic) but my home gym is outside. As I already built a guest house in my backyard, I don’t have room to build another workout shed there.

As I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can workout outside about 8 months of the year(it only rains here during Winter and part of Spring). The other 4 months I have to go to a gym. I want to avoid gyms. I have been thinking about buying a shade tent and maybe a heavy duty heater, like one of those you see in restaurants with an outside patio.

So my question is, have any of you had to tackle this problem?

I have about just under or right about $5,000 total invested over the course of 4+ years.

In July 2004, I decided to build my own home gym. I started out with a very good set up for less than $600 that included:

  1. Body Solid Power Rack
  2. 300lb Olympic Barbell set
  3. Flat bench
  4. Weight Tree
  5. EZ Bar
  6. Two 4x6’ rubber stable mats
  7. Three packs of 2x2’ interlocking rubber mats

Prior to that set-up, I already had purchased stuff between 2000-2004 that included the following:

  1. 16kg Dragondoor Kbell
  2. Removable doorway chin bar
  3. Pushup handles
  4. Elite FTS dragging sled with two straps
  5. Two 35lb Olympic plates, two 10lb Olympic plates and two 5lb Olympic plates
  6. Jump rope
  7. Med balls (I have three OOOF Balls - 4, 6 and 9lbs)
  8. Swiss ball
  9. Hex dumbbells (5-30lbs)

The above items cost me approximately $575. So at this point, I’m just over $1,100 total invested.

Over the course of the next 4+ years, I’ve added the following (these were more expensive items and are the reason my costs went up so much):

  1. Lat/row attachment (added it to my Body Solid power rack) + $150

  2. 40lbs Xvest [b]+ $169 (with shipping)[/b]

  3. Ironmaster Quick Lock 75lb Dumbbell set with rack [b]see below[/b]

  4. Ironmaster Super Bench with additional attachments (ab, leg curl/leg ext, preacher curl and dip bars) [b]+ $920 for everything (including shipping)[/b]

  5. Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbell add-on set (so I can go up to 120lbs each dumbbbell) [b]+ 185 (with shipping)[/b]

  6. Texas Power Bar [b]$225 (with shipping)[/b]

  7. 24kg Dragondoor Kbell [b]+ $105 (with shipping)[/b]

  8. Bulldog Kbell, Outlaw Rope, 10lbs steel shot and a two-set DVD [b]+ $205 (without shipping)[/b]

  9. Foam roller, bands, various attachments for my lat/row attachment, board presses, etc. [b]+ ~$150[/b]

  10. Sandbags (Josh Henkin small and medium bags and 60lb and 80lb Iron Woody bags) [b]+ ~$250-300[/b]

  11. Elite FTS Econo Prowler (one of my newest additions - still waiting for it to be delivered!) [b]+ $294 (after $20 discount and including shipping)[/b]

  12. Elite FTS Deluxe Glute Ham Bench with split pad design (newest purchase - will be here in 6-8 weeks) [b]+ $1,032 (with shipping and after annual equipment sale discount)[/b]

So when you add up all that stuff, it comes out to about $3,700. Then add my original $1,100 for other things originally listed, and you’re looking at a bit over $4,800 and probably near $5,000 including shipping charges I didn’t list and anything else I’ve forgotten.

Now, I could have done it for less if I didn’t purchase everything I currently have. I would definitely do things differently if I did it all over again, as I wouldn’t need to purchase a lot of items I don’t think are truly that necessary (all the med balls, sandbags, kbells, etc.).

And if I had known about Ironmaster earlier, I would have purchased their stuff from the beginning. But it’s a learning process. And I use everything I have at some point in my training throughout the year.

My recommendation for a good home gym set-up would be the following:

  1. Good power rack (if you can get a lat/row attachment with it, do it!)

  2. Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbell Set with Rack

  3. Ironmaster Super Bench (I would at least get the ab and dip bars - you don’t have to have the other attachments)

  4. 300lb Olympic Barbell Set (and additional weights as needed)

  5. Feed store mats and interlocking mats for your flooring

  6. Econo Prowler or Elite Sled (Prowler would be my first choice as you can use it as a sled)

  7. Elite Glute Ham Bench

  8. Various attachments for lat/row machine, bands, board presses, foam roller, etc.

I think that’s probably all you really need. Anything else would be optional.

I have a question for anyone who has a home gym. Do you find your training to be more or less productive (or no change at all)?

I ask because personally, I LOVE going to the gym. It’s a different atmosphere, and I find it easier to get myself physically and mentally away from everything else. Not to mention, I have a lot of friends there who I can say DEFINITELY help with my progression.

[quote]Mister T. wrote:
I have a question for anyone who has a home gym. Do you find your training to be more or less productive (or no change at all)?

I ask because personally, I LOVE going to the gym. It’s a different atmosphere, and I find it easier to get myself physically and mentally away from everything else. Not to mention, I have a lot of friends there who I can say DEFINITELY help with my progression.[/quote]

It depends on your gym and your personality.
For me, it’s primarily a question of time. I can only workout in the mornings, before work, and so the extra 30-35 minutes round trip to the gym is a lot. I could have at least half my workout done in that time.

Some people might find being surrounded by other people a motivational factor. For me, other people are potentially distractions.

So, if you love going to the gym, you might feel isolated by working out at home.

[quote]Mister T. wrote:
I have a question for anyone who has a home gym. Do you find your training to be more or less productive (or no change at all)?

I ask because personally, I LOVE going to the gym. It’s a different atmosphere, and I find it easier to get myself physically and mentally away from everything else. Not to mention, I have a lot of friends there who I can say DEFINITELY help with my progression.[/quote]

More productive.

I can lift how I want, whenever I want. Cuts out drive time, can lift barefoot, rack weights when I want, play the music I want as loud as I want, lift while my kids do their thing and do it all in my underwear if I want.

There are some downsides like lack of equipment and training partners for motivation, but still I would have a hard time fitting in gym time if I had to drive there.

For the OP, I have a power rack, 300# oly plates, 180# bumper set, pullup/dip station, cast DB to 50# and oly DB handles. All told less than $1000 and I can do most things that I need to.

[quote]Testy1 wrote:
More productive.

I can lift how I want, whenever I want. Cuts out drive time, can lift barefoot, rack weights when I want, play the music I want as loud as I want, lift while my kids do their thing and do it all in my underwear if I want.

There are some downsides like lack of equipment and training partners for motivation, but still I would have a hard time fitting in gym time if I had to drive there.
[/quote]

I agree.

I have spent $3300 and mine includes…

Legend power rack with weight storage, fat bar chin, reg chin, parallel grip chin (new)
Legend plate loaded lat pull/low row (new)
Legend flat utility (new)
Legend incline utility (new)
9 4x6 3/4" rubber mats tractor supply (new)
10 pair Cybex DB rack (used)
10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 DBs (new)
80, 90, 100, 110 DBs (used)
1.25 and 2.5 platemates pairs (new)
700#+ of Olympics weights (used)
EZ curl bar (new)
trap bar (used)
1500# test olympic bar (new)
1500# test olympic bar (used)

As stated, keep checking Craig’s list and local gyms and universities/high schools. Got the 80 - 110 DBs and rack at university for less than $100 and 6-45s, 4-25s, and bar for $100.

I have spent $3300 and mine includes…

Legend power rack with weight storage, fat bar chin, reg chin, parallel grip chin (new)
Legend plate loaded lat pull/low row (new)
Legend flat utility (new)
Legend incline utility (new)
9 4x6 3/4" rubber mats tractor supply (new)
10 pair Cybex DB rack (used)
10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 DBs (new)
80, 90, 100, 110 DBs (used)
1.25 and 2.5 platemates pairs (new)
700#+ of Olympics weights (used)
EZ curl bar (new)
trap bar (used)
1500# test olympic bar (new)
1500# test olympic bar (used)

As stated, keep checking Craig’s list and local gyms and universities/high schools. Got the 80 - 110 DBs and rack at university for less than $100 and 6-45s, 4-25s, and bar for $100.

Also, much nicer to have at home. Always open, can listen to whatever you want, no waiting, etc