I'm planning to put together a home gym and was wondering if I could get some feedback on my options as I'm having trouble decideing between pieces of kit.
The total for all the kit reagardless of the options I choose will come to about ?800 pounds ($1300). This may seem a bit steep but us UK users get a raw deal with prices compared to you in the US. There doesnt seem to be much 2nd hand kit available on ebay etc. locally, and the options below are listed from "cheap" retailers. I'm hoping to get a reasonable discount when I purchase. If not, I will probably have to look at some cheaper kit.
If anyone knows an American retailer that can ship to the UK, info would be much appreciated.
I'm going to get a power rack, bench and olympic set. I've converted prices to dollars to so you can have an idea how much the stuff is costing. As I said though, price is not the issue as the options cost roughly the same. I just want to know what the best equipment is for my money.
I've already looked at all the threads on these items on the forum, but obviosuly if you are spending so much, you want as much info as possible 1st!
Sorry there are no links. I havent posted enough yet to be able to use them.
1. Power Rack
a) Powertec Power Rack ?369 pounds ($603)
Supposedly it wobbles when doing pullups.
b) Bodycraft F430 Power Rack ?369 ($603) (if you but the dip handles with it, which are included in the powertec rack)
To me this seems like a sturdier rack than the powertec 1.
But you can only have hooks on 1 side of the rack. Even purchasing an extra set (which I'm not sure you can do in the UK) you would only have hooks on 2 sides. Is this a major disadvantage?
And supposedly the pullup/dip bars have a slippery surface?
Could any owners of the rack please comment on these points?
2. Bench - Which 1 would be best for power rack work?
a) Bodycraft F320 Flat-Incline-Decline Bench ?165 ($270)
I've heard that this is the best bench for a power rack. Would those who own 1 agree? What's putting me off is how low the seat is in full incline. I'm 6 foot 1 so it seems to me that it would be pretty uncomfortable.
b) Bodycraft F602 Deluxe F/I/D Dumbell Bench ?199 ($325)
c) Bodymax CF430 Heavy Duty Flat/Incline/Decline Bench ?145 ($237) (sale price)
d) Powertec - Utility Bench (P-UB-S) ?199 ($325) Newest version of the bench I think
I've heard older versions of the bench were unreliable. Is the new version an improvement?
e) Body-Solid - Flat/Incline/Decline Bench (GFID 31) ?199 ($325)
f) Ironmaster Superbench - I am tempted to get the ironmaster bench as I've heard so much great feedback about it on this forum and it's available from 1 UK online retailer at ?199 ($325). However, I don't think the ab attachment is availbale anywhere in the UK, so I wouldnt be able to use it for decline work. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know!
a) Bodymax 145KG Olympic Cast Barbell Kit ?226 ($370) (in sale)
I've heard theyre not very reliable weights. Is this true?
b) Bodypower - 145Kg Olympic Weight Set ?239 ($390)
Thanks for reading
Thread: Home Gym Advice - UK