Just joined the forum hoping to find answers. I am looking to start working out to mainly gain weight along with size and strength.
I currently only have a cheap bench with a wore out sheap lat attachment that I got from a buddy for free. I have recently bought a cheap 300lb olympic sty weight set from sports authority for a little under $100 on sale with coupon. I belive I got my beginner workout off this site and have found that I am limited on my exercises that I can do with what I have.
So for the past week I have been trying to research and searchin non-stop on Craigslist.
I have noticed most of you are using power racks along with other equipment rather than a smith machine ensemble. What is the reasoning for this?
I am here to get your help in the proper steps of what I need and should be looking for to build myself a decent home gym that will allow me to be able to do all the exercises most usually do. After reading on this forum I am confused as to which route I should go.
I have found a Tuff Stuff half rack smith machine with lat attach using their 200/210 lb weight stack, weights, bench w/ legs and preacher attach and pull/chin up attach, along with other misc items. This seems like it would get me most of the exercises needed plus would be able to use free weights for other exercises. I am also looking at dumbbell sets to finish. I believe the tuff stuff setup is the TSC-557ws. I also think it supports as much weight as a power rack, but could be mistaken. The guy wants $1200 for it and If its a good option I will try to talk him down more.
Why do most of you go with the power racks over this option? seems like power rack, lat attach plus other equipment would be a more expensive route for the same results.
Basically I need your opinions in directing me in the right direction so i know exactly what to look for. I live in Colorado Springs, CO and mostly am finding Body-solid, Tuff Stuff, and some Parabody equipment which is mainly what i was looking at anyways. There is some powertec, but depending on what i need will determine what I will end up with.
I am not that big right now so I will add more weights as i progress or as needed. Main thing is equipment and I have also found some good benches if I need only to get a power rack instead of smith machine. I have also found some profession style dumbells which i am working on picking up.
Anyway, sorry for the boring post and would greatly appreciate all your opinions. One last thing is that my ceiling height is limited to 87" at most for the mext few years till my wife makes me move.