Just a brief intro:
I've been working out in my home gym in my basement now for over 2 years and absolutely love it. My training goals have changed over time from bodybuilding oriented training, to weightlifting and now finally to strongman.
I have been in contact with a group of local strongmen and plan on competing in the spring. I also just sold one of my ATV's yesterday so I have a little spare change kicking around and am looking to upgrade my weight room!
I'm 5'8" 210lbs with the following lifts (in case this makes a difference in your suggestions):
My current setup is all I really NEED, but I'm looking for the optimal setup with any suggestions you guys have.
Currently I have:
1. A cheap flimsy power rack similar to this:
2. A Northern Lights universal cable machine (pic from google):
3. Powertec Strength Olympic Bench Press
My goal is to sell all 3 of these units and get one piece of equipment to replace them. I need to downsize a little bit as I acquire more strongman implements. I only use the cable machine for the odd tricep extension, straight arm pulldowns or hamstring curls, but all can be substituted by something else in terms of my current goals.
One idea was to get this and just slide my extra adjustable bench in there for bench movements:
I could add on dip handles, landmines, etc to cover the basics. This way I would have the option for bands, neutral grip pullups and I could get rid of a couple of my plate racks that are taking up floor space.
I have a few friends who have purchased the cheapest racks from fitness ave and have been pleasantly surprised with quality for the price. This store is near my in-laws where I will be tomorrow for Thanksgiving. So if you're bored and have any other suggestions from their site I would appreciate it as I could be pulling the trigger on this rack and a set of bumper plates tomorrow!
I do live in Ontario, Canada and it seems like shipping will kill me for most of the "name brand" racks. Trying to keep things as minimalist as possible while getting the most bang for my buck.
ANY help/suggestions would be appreciated, as I only have experience with my current setup!