I don't post much in these parts. Brief background, I've dabbled in assorted strength sports over the years (primarily PL and Oly lifting from age 13-22 as a football player), a bout as an endurance athlete for about five years after that, returned to strength training early 2014. I do most of my work at home with kettlebells, and I'm contemplating a kettlebell sport competition for fun later this year.
Now, why I'm here. My favorite exercise has always been the clean and press, first the barbell version in my early years, and of late the one-hand version with a kettlebell.
I am seriously contemplating the purchase of a log. I think adding some heavy log clean and presses to my routine would add a dimension to my training that I would really enjoy. I have been able to push myself reasonably well with my heaviest KB but think I would enjoy adding a heavy bilateral pressing exercise. I realize that the log clean is rather different from a barbell; it's something I would still like to learn and pursue, not for competition's sake, just for fun. The power to lift something heavy from the ground overhead...it's just a great feeling.
For the time being, my space is limited, as I live in an apartment and have fairly little space (part of the reason I have been so enthused about kettlebell training of late is that it requires little space and all my KB's can be stashed under my bed when I am not using them). I would probably take the log and a set of bumper plates outside (there is a nice flat driveway next to my building where I could use it - I already take a few KB's out there when the weather is nice enough to lift outside).
I realize this seems like a bit of an odd/luxury purchase as I could potentially get more bang for my buck from some other purchases. While it's a lot of money, I always view stuff like this as a lifetime purchase (same with buying my KB's; for a few hundred bucks I have a more-or-less indestructible collection of exercise equipment I will use for decades).
So: with all of that preamble out of the way, I am curious to hear experienced from guys that have bought their own logs, axels, etc. What places delivered really good stuff? Do you feel that you've really gotten bang for your buck? Would you buy it again? Is it worth a couple hundred bucks for a log (or a somewhat more modest purchase price for an axel) that I'll have to haul outside every time I want to use it for the best few years until I'm ready to buy a house?
Thanks for any input. I'm not planning to rush into this, and I might wait a year or two until I've got my own place and can get more of a setup. Just curious to gather some information.