Check out www.legendfitness.com. The prices and quality of the equipment can’t be beat. I picked up a 3x3 squat rack, plate loaded lat pull/low row, flat utility bench, 0-90 bench. Couldn’t be happier with the quality, price and customer service.
Found the company while checking out the Browns weight room pictures (they supply some of their equipment, if not all). They also produce a louie simmons line of equipment.
I know everyone preaches elite, elite but their prices seem to be quite high. The Legend Fitness equipment is as high quality and for their prices you can get more equipment for the prices of elite.
For rubber mats, I used tractor supply 4x6 3/4" thick stall mats they sell for horses, I think they were about $50 each, close to 100# and a lot of fun to move down stairs.
I couldn’t have said this better myself. Legend makes some awesome stuff, including the Reverse Hyper and “Louies Line”.
Yes, Elite’s prices are high, sometimes above MSRP. Shop around. They don’t make their stuff, it’s mostly Williams Strength.
While everybode likes an adjustable bench, they may not always be the best for regular bench pressing, the gap is always in the wrong spot. If your serious about working your bench for competition I recommend a flat utility bench to use in the rack.
X2 for the stall mats. I got mine, 4x6x3/4 at Agri-Supply for about $46 ea.
Check out The Q training bar at Quest Nutrion. The shaft is the same as their IPF legal competition bar but it uses bushing in the sleeves instead of bearings. We have one here and the knurling is so much more agressive compared to our Texas Power Bar. They are priced competitively.
For plates, monitor Craigslist. I’ve bought a couple cheap bench/bar/plate combos and resold the bench/bar and kept the 45s.
I found that out about Williams Strength (www.fatbars.com) being in Ohio I also get dinged with sales tax on any purchase from Elite as they are in OH.
Found out about the spacing in the 0-90 bench also, which is why I then purchased the flat utility. The thing about legend is that the 0-90 and the utility flat (both with wheels also) were cheaper with shipping than the cost of the Elite bench “that has the smallest gap” before adding shipping. I had the room in the basement so the extra bench didn’t matter to me, might not be the case for those with limited room.
If going with Legend, e-mail the president of the company directly. I did and he was able to “package price” my equipment that blew away several other quotes I received on Legend Fitness equipment from other dealers.