I am interested in setting up a home gym and need to watch my budget. I plan to do normal compound lifts (e.g. bench, squat, row, etc.); however, I also am interested in learning the olympic lifts. I have been thinking about the Crossfit WOD.
What should I buy first – regular iron barbell set or bumpers? Bumpers are expensive but it would be nice to be able to drop them as necessary. Iron is cheap but might crack my basement floor if I drop them. I guess I could build a fairly cheap lifting platform with plywood and some rubber mats to help on the floor concern.
I have been told that an olympic bar and bumpers are not the best for doing benches, etc. because of their size (cannot load enough weight on them for the non-olympic lifts)and the bar’s designed flexibility. I really cannot afford both, so what would you start out with for the best overall use? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.