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    Home Gym Necessities

    I currently go to the gym but would like to start working out from home. What would be "must have" workout equipment? Something to start out with?
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    Power rack (with chin bar and dip attachments), adjustable dumbells (olympic style), dip belt, and a 300lb olympic weight set. In my opinion, that is all you will ever need for a productive workout.
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    Originally Posted by homemademuscle
    Power rack (with chin bar and dip attachments), adjustable dumbells (olympic style), dip belt, and a 300lb olympic weight set. In my opinion, that is all you will ever need for a productive workout.
    I'll second that.

    My setup is a squat rack, as opposed to a power rack, and I don't have a dip setup, but that's it.
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    Must have to start out with would be a set of dumbbells & an adjustable incline bench. One can do a lot of basic exercises just with that set up.

    After you do every dumbbell exercise known to man (& you can get creative here), next on the list would be a squat rack, or better yet a power rack. Combine a cable pulley system & you'll be the envy of all your buddies
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    i dont think 300lbs is enough .. maybe for the first 6 months
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    I'm in the process or ordering some plates. I too didn't think 300 would be enough, and am settling on at least 400. Heck, can pick up odds & ends at yard sales & newspaper ads too.
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    Originally Posted by MCassle
    I'm in the process or ordering some plates. I too didn't think 300 would be enough, and am settling on at least 400. Heck, can pick up odds & ends at yard sales & newspaper ads too.

    I would have to disagree that 300 is not enough. The individual asked for something to "start with". With a little creativity (different sets and rep schemes) 300 lbs can go a long way.

    While we're on the topic, I am curious to find out people's stats who feel the need for more than 300lbs in a set. If an individual did weighted chins, weighted dips, high rep squats (20 reps), trap bar deadlifts and dumbell bench work, there wouldn't be any need for more than 300lbs.

    I think it would be safe to say that even the self-proclaimed strongest lifters would struggle with adding 100lbs to a dip belt for 3 sets of ten. Most people can't even do 3 sets of 10 in the chin with their own bodyweight let alone adding even 25lbs!

    Look, I'm not trying to stir the pot here. I just find it interesting how so many people are fixated on just how much weight they can lift- not how proper their form is or if it is even producing results.
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    Typically, 300 lbs is enough, because most people aren't repping with 300 lbs on a regular basis. However, the nice thing about having more than 300 lbs of weight is that you'll spend less time moving the plates around getting ready for your next exercise.
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    Arrow

    well, the basic of the basic of the basic of the basic are adjustable dumbbels, bars and plates. then you may also look for a bench, etc.
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    Then you want to increase your home gym over time you may buy a lat machine. I don´t have a let machine but I have a system of elastics to use as a "mimick" of it.
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    I own a VECTRA. I love it because it is extremely well made, compact, and I can do an entire full body workout on it (including squats).


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    I agree that a power rack is a necessity. However, if you don't have room, or can't afford one initially, a trap bar gives you a great lower body and back workout.
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    i want a dip machine, but there $100 is there a way i can make my own some how??
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