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Sticky Thread Sticky: PICS and DISCUSSION of YOUR HOME GYM V2.0

Have a home gym? New to this forum? Post your gym pics in this thread.

ironwill2008‎, 12-12-2017 08:33 AM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: The Official Craigslist Thread (Round 4)

Figure I would get this one going again. Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Let's find those deals!

indianbuckeye‎, 08-19-2017 07:36 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: The Official Power Rack Thread - August 2010 version

This is a collaborative effort from the equipment forum members. The 2008 edition has a lot of broken links and rather than keep that one going we decided to start a new one. First let’s have a few definitions to clear up some confusion. Squat Stands: These are probably the most useless...

Jimbo.‎, 08-07-2010 11:03 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Belts - A Comprehensive Guide

The topics “Do I need a belt” and “What belt should I buy” are such a frequent occurrence that it has warranted a detailed posting on the topic. Before using a belt, learn to breathe Many people, unaware of detailed anatomical and physiological processes, breathe incorrectly when exercising....

cmarti063‎, 05-16-2014 06:22 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Official Newbie Bowflex Search

So you are new and dumb enough to believe the Bowflex commercials, before you get flamed and negged into the red, use the damn search function to get the answer to "dude, should I be ignorant and think about getting a bowflex" OK, now if you post another thread, you get what is coming to...

ctgblue‎, 01-02-2009 06:31 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: The Cheapo Setup

Ok so let's go through the cheapest options for new equipment that you'd be willing to use for training. While we all dream of buying that custom built rig, or finding a solid piece of used commercial or vintage equipment to outfit your gym, many times we just want to buy something that's usable...

Domicron‎, 01-02-2016 03:22 PM
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Post Sticky Thread Sticky: Barbells - Everything you ever wanted to know

I don't think a thread like this exists for the barbell, so I wanted to start one. The Olympic barbell is one of the most important purchases one can make for their home gym. A barbell is the interface to the weight and although they may all look similar to an untrained eye, there are actually a...

bobcat255‎, 10-24-2016 07:30 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: SPAM THREADS and POSTS

Just as in every year past, this time of year sees an uptick of spammers, scammers, crooks, charlatans, ganefs, and knuckleheads bent on using this forum to shill their junk. One more time; don't quote or reply to such threads/posts; doing so only creates more work to clear them out. Simply...

ironwill2008‎, 11-27-2017 02:56 PM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the Forums It is our hope that the members of the forums will help each other in providing motivation and information to those looking to reach their fitness goals. To protect our members and the forums, the following rules are effective in all sections. Please take...

ForumSentinel‎, 05-19-2014 08:12 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: THIS is NOT a CLASSIFIED SECTION!!!

THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST STUFF YOU HAVE FOR SALE!!! I'm seeing a lot of people and (some not noobs!) posting items they have for sale in this section. That is not what it is for and is against board rules. There is a craigslist sticky for posting great deals you see but if it isn't a...

Wildtim‎, 10-07-2012 06:53 AM
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Question Looking for an at home gym solution IN CANADA

Hey all, I was considering a Bowflex, but after some reading yesterday, seems there are better options. But every review and comparison is typically out of the US, and not all the stuff ships to Canada, or it's insanely expensive. There are border delivery services so I could possibly have...

coop3422‎, Yesterday 04:14 PM
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Watson vs Panatta feedback

I'm in the process of setting up a small gym and for the bulk of the equipment it's down to either Panatta or Watson. Both seem good, but I haven't used either myself, and due to Covid, I don't have the option of trying out the equipment before ordering. For those with experience with either (or...

John748‎, Yesterday 01:53 PM
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Which shoes are suitable for workout at gym?

Can anybody recommend me good shoes for workout at gym? I want shoes that are comfortable, breathable, durable, and not too expensive. I'm also searching for such shoes, and one website was saying the Reebok Nano are good for a workout purpose. Can anybody recommend me a good option in moderate...

Paulshem‎, Today 12:24 AM
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'Look What I Bought Today!' - Part Deux

LWIBT Part I has been locked,, so I'm starting Part 2.

AttyGuy‎, 02-21-2017 10:30 AM
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Plate-Loaded Machines

Dear forum members, I designed and manufactured heavy-duty plate-loaded muscle-building machines from a period of time 15-30 years ago. I failed, and lost a lot of money. A member on this forum, who saw some of the machines I was building then, encouraged me to give it another try. ...

HenryMaag‎, 03-26-2017 05:06 PM
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I'm curious if anyone has ever ordered equipment through Alibaba and what their experience might have been. There seems to be a lot of stuff that you could take a flyer on to see if it was worth it. For example a "MAG" set of attachments for just north of $100. I'm definitely interested to hear if...

RoCol‎, 10-08-2019 04:06 PM
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Anyone recommend a good Smith machine?

Hi, I'm wanting to purchase a Smith machine, I know all the pros and cons with using the Smith section of it and the injuries that can be obtained if not used properly but it's main use would be for the cables and front rack but if I can get a leg plate I would use the Smith machine for leg press,...

Revelation14‎, 07-17-2021 04:30 AM
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Weightlifting shoes

Does anyone have some strong recommendations for weightlifting shoes that can help me with my stance and form? I have flat feet so that creates an issue for me when I have to wear shoes to accommodate to that. I'm looking to really give me a solid stance for squatting and dead lifting. But...

CrypticLimbo‎, 03-18-2018 05:47 PM
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Paralette Designs

Was looking for paralettes Rogue's looked cool But then I stumbled on these, which seem functionally superior as you can store them more compactly.

Detrus‎, 07-24-2021 03:32 PM
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Which shoes to buy?

Been out of shape for some time due to a car accident. Looking to get back to training. Was looking into the Nike Metcons and Rebook Nanos. Body type is more of powerlifter. Anyone has any suggestions? I have a little issue with my achilles tendon, so anything with good ankle support will be...

asifhoss‎, 11-29-2018 10:55 PM
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Cost No Object: Machines and Free Weights, the Best of the Best. PART 2

Cost No Object List, Version 1.8: This thread is not meant to be a free weights vs machines thread, and I think we got that out of the way early in the thread. This thread is simply about discussing all the choices of various free weights and machine choices on the market that people feel...

HealthNutMD‎, 03-28-2017 04:23 AM
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Smallest (Shortest) Lat Pull Station?

Thinking about selling my Monster Lite squat stand and replacing it with a lat pull station. My basement has a low ceiling and because of a massive HVAC vent the section of my gym where I need to put it has a height of only 78". Anything available that would fit?

-=FLEX=-‎, 07-23-2021 04:46 AM
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Vintage Iron Thread

Hi All, I read a post a few weeks ago in which SnowOne and DonForeman suggested a vintage iron thread to discuss/identify old plates. I wasn't part of that discussion, but I see that no one has created the thread, and I have a couple of plates that I could use some help identifying, so I figured...

rlundregan‎, 08-14-2012 03:19 PM
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Another Craigslist dreamer........

With all the threads "is this a good deal" I figured we should have one to LOL at ads that are NOT a good deal. THis guy is a real dreamer. Notice the $20 hollow dumbbell handles? If he paid 1700 for these then he got raped :

RemainDieHard‎, 05-15-2009 03:57 PM
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Standing calf raise

Hi, what’s your opinion of this standing calf raise. I’m getting a bit tight on space but think I could fit this in. I have a seated calf raise already.

EricAtl‎, 07-22-2021 06:36 PM
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IRONAX Lat Pulldown?

Thinking about getting this plate loaded lat pulldown machine: I cannot find a single vid or review online. It looks a LOT like the Powertec one:

-=FLEX=-‎, 07-24-2021 04:04 PM
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Musthupk‎, 07-24-2021 12:08 PM
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Is this normal for a barbell?

Hi guys I have just bought an 28.5 7ft ATX ram power bar. Upon inspection I have noticed that the sleeves rotate for a different length of time (one with spin for 2-3 seconds longer) and one of the makes an audible and feelable clicking noise when rotating? Is this common for a bar? ...

metaljack21‎, 07-22-2021 09:41 AM
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The semi-official KIJIJI thread(for us canadians)

this is what i got tonight for $50....i can sell the plates alone for at least $125:

michaelstone‎, 07-21-2012 09:28 PM
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wheight loss excersises

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fatima881‎, 07-23-2021 12:17 PM
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Exclamation Machine Brand Differences in Weight

I saw there was an old tread from 2009 where someone asked a similar question. But it wasn't quite what I was looking for. I've been working out at a gym by my house that has workout machines from HOIST for a few years. My employer just build a new gym with difference machines and after a few...

nrh120280‎, 07-23-2021 07:59 AM
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Tonal Gym Electro magnetic resistance sounds promising. Only 200 lbs of resistance and $3000 to review. They claim it can imitate chains.

Detrus‎, 08-03-2020 11:48 AM
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Garage level floor leveling for home gym

Experts, In the process of setting up below in my garage 1)Inspire fitness FTX functional trainer (600 lbs) 2)simple squat/bench rack & max of 100 kgs weight plates 3)Fitness Bench 4)Adjustable pair of Dumpbells Available space for my gym : 6x13 feet Was looking at lot of youtube videos...

sribond‎, 07-20-2021 08:27 PM
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Options for wall mount, folding power rack?

I am probably not shopping for "the best", but looking for value. However, I just can't invest in flimsy crap. It seems the benchmark for uprights is about 3x3x.125" wall. I am seeing lower quality racks with 1.5x3 and even saw a free standing one that is using 14ga steel. Would it fail? No,...

fastline1‎, 07-18-2021 02:48 PM
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Does ANYONE make an actual 3XL tank top?

I have no idea where these companies are getting their sizing charts from, but I am a big guy. 6'5" and 300+ lbs. I need an actual 3XL tank top if one exists. Last time I tried ordering 2XL tanks from and Amazon, they were so small they could have fit my wife who ls literally less...

IronBar66‎, 07-08-2021 06:35 AM
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