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Wanting to Workout from Home

Going to the gym aint a no no but i will do anything to be able to just buy my own stuff and workout with it at home.

Here is the situation.

Small spare bedroom upstairs above the living room
living room has mounted ceiling fan… not sure how stable for drops ?
neighbours through the wall… not sure how noise travels.
£500 pounds to spend at a push £300 would be ideal.

I wanna use this room as i have my treadmill in there and some good media for working out too.

But is the noise gonna be terrible ?

what if bought a power rack thing to stop the weights hitting the floor when i squat or bench press will it work to kill any noise ? maybe wrap barbell and rack in foam, and place foam under rack ?

Could floor cave in with weight hitting the floor lol!

you get the idea i have the space i believe its a decent size for a power rack bench and treadmill but could i make it work without destroying anything or upsetting anyone around me with noise etc…

what about a multigym or wire machine are they that bad ? can i not get a multi gym or wired machines that has heavier plates so i don’t outgrow in time.

But if your being serious, I would recommend a suspension trainer, rings, TRX, blast straps, or whatever is on the market these days. And some bands if you can get them.

Of course this all depends on your goals and what you are trying to accomplish. If your entering a powerlifting or weightlifting meet then the above recommendations made by me are pretty worthless.

[quote]fendertele wrote: maybe wrap barbell and rack in foam, and place foam under rack ?
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This is funny.

personally, I would never bang weights on the second floor of a house.

Had a few… learning experiences when it comes to (beer)kegs & 2nd floors/attics.

TRX is a different story though .

[quote]young n wrote:
But if your being serious, I would recommend a suspension trainer, rings, TRX, blast straps, or whatever is on the market these days. And some bands if you can get them.

Of course this all depends on your goals and what you are trying to accomplish. If your entering a powerlifting or weightlifting meet then the above recommendations made by me are pretty worthless. [/quote]

I’m not looking to become massive like a body builder but i would like to see growth off muscle aswell as getting lean.

From the suggestion you gave me, is getting bigger muscles possible with this setup or is it a toning thing ?

also what would you recommend of those things to get me going, i will spend if it is a good thing.

[quote]young n wrote:

[quote]fendertele wrote: maybe wrap barbell and rack in foam, and place foam under rack ?
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This is funny.[/quote]

I actually saw someone suggest this somewhere lol!

They said put mats under the power rack and also to wrap some foam around the barbell where it will meet the power rack when dropped and to also wrap foam round the part that the barbell hits so its foam hitting foam.

Foam will do bugger all if you start using even reasonable weights. Also, foam would have a good chance of causing the rack to shift if you drop weights on it.

Rubber matting would be more useful.

you’ll eventually get fed up trying to be gentle with barbell and plates

Interlocking foam anti-fatigue mats topped with DRIcore 2’ x 2’ subfloor panels. Cover with some of that thin indoor/outdoor carpet (which improves footing, keeps bar from rolling). Power rack sits well on this, deadlifts are practically silent.

Then, avoid dropping weights. Strong people can usually put down the things they pick up. Dropping weights is usually an option and is often used to get the attention of others in the gym. You are alone and do not need to do this.

[quote]emskee wrote:
Then, avoid dropping weights. Strong people can usually put down the things they pick up. Dropping weights is usually an option and is often used to get the attention of others in the gym. You are alone and do not need to do this.[/quote]

But dropping the bar and hearing 8 plates clanging is just… magical.

[quote]Jarvan wrote:

[quote]emskee wrote:
Then, avoid dropping weights. Strong people can usually put down the things they pick up. Dropping weights is usually an option and is often used to get the attention of others in the gym. You are alone and do not need to do this.[/quote]

But dropping the bar and hearing 8 plates clanging is just… magical.[/quote]

only 8? i usually use 32 of the 2.5lb plates on each side.