Awhile ago I posted regarding powertec. After speaking with the owner of a Fitness Depot two minutes away from me, who actually owned one, I've reconsidered. I've picked up a Northern Lights incline/flat bench. Going to get the weight stand/bar, then 300 or so pounds of Olympic CAP weights and finally, a Northern Lights Power Rack.
It wasn't that he was selling me, or that he thought the machine I wanted was crap. He made some points about the mechanics of it and how the lever works. And he seems interested in getting me what I need rather that the shiny things that distract me but that might make him more sales. It helps too that he's the owner and gets me a good price. I realized I don't need/want flash and that my space can easily support the weights, bench, rack and so on. Heck, I can even fit a cardio machine in.
So, onward and upward. I've changed my diet and am getting back into things with a view to looking awesome and actually being able to get back to studying Ninjutsu without feeling like I'll keel over. To everyone that took the time to offer opinions regarding machines and such, thanks. I do believe I'll stick around. And once I get going, maybe even get a log going here....as soon as I figure out how that is!