Hello coaches and members,
As some of you may know, I train at home in an apartment, I don't have a garage gym; instead I've the following. I try to minimize what I have cause I don't have place to store. I try to hide my home gym once I finish my workout session so it doesn't make a mess.
- Custom made power rack (two sturdy adjustable poles)
- Training bench (foldable and adjustable)
- Door-way pull up bar
- Two car stationary jacks, height is adjustable (I use it as a replacement of racks)
- Olympic bar plus weights, total of 140kg
- Extra Olympic plates (2 x 15kg, 4 x 10 kg)
- Standard bar plus weights, total of 50kg
- Two standard threaded dumbbell rods
- Bands, rope, etc.
As my main goal is powerlifting, I don't think I need something else, please correct me if I'm wrong. My main problem now is the bench!!!!
I'm progressing into bench press (running Jim's 5/3/1) but now my weightlifting bench will limit my progress as it is cheap-commercial brand. If I'm benching 100kg plus my weight; that's about 170kg on the bench. I'm very worry about the bench since it started to give strange sounds during bench pressing like clicking, and creaking and became unstable. It is very dangerous to train on it.
I've searched local sports shops but couldn't find suitable one, all are for ab work only and cardio. I could found one bench with power rack attached to it and it is not foldable so it wont suit my apartment.
I was thinking to have my own custom-made bench. It will cost me more than ready one, but at least it will fit my needs. Now what are the specs of the Olympic bench? I mean height, width, maximum load, etc.? What I must concern when designing my own one before handling the workshop drawing to the workshop? btw I'm mechanical engineer and I will do the drawing and design by myself.
Also, what are missing in my home gym? what items are necessary and are not listed above to improve it?
It is an open discussion for home gym ideas and experience from other members.
Thanks a lot and forgive my poor language as English is my second language.