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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. This is meant to be a dissertation on the topic, and shall be inclusive of all the information that is required to answer this question. If you don’t...

cmarti063‎, 05-16-2014 06:22 PM
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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 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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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: 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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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: 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: 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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Refinishing and repainting vintage plates

Before, during and after. I wanted to leave them bare but some of the larger weights had a decent amount of pitting/rust after the vinegar bath/cleaning so I decided to paint.

Travisanna‎, Yesterday 03:11 PM
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30” vs 43” rack for dual excersises ?

Just wondering if a 30” will be deep enough? To save time I’d like to set up and warm up the “next” excersise in between worksets. The plan is to squat outside the rack, and press inside and on the other day it will be squat on the outside and bench on the inside (with Monolift attachment). ...

bean438‎, Yesterday 08:06 AM
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Rogue Barbell Club

I figured it's probably long overdue for a Rogue Barbell Club. I'm sure there's some vintage (circa 2006) collectors out there too. I'll start off: Rack: Rogue R3 w/ Matador and Landmine attachments Bars: Rogue Ohio Power Bar, Rogue Matt Chan Bar, Rogue SB-1 Safety Squat Bar Bench:...

Bench905‎, 04-01-2015 05:38 AM
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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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PowerBlock EXP series, Elite Series or IronMaster?

Love my 5-50 individual set but with looking at relocating it it time to seriously consider downsizing where I can. I’ve had some of the PowerBlock Sports but they were a smaller set and had smaller handles wasn’t thrilled. The Elites have a bigger handle and now PowerBlock has the EXP series that...

CraigThoreson‎, 08-16-2018 08:08 PM
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Knee & Elbow Sleeves recommendations UK?

I've been needing to get a pair of knee and elbow sleeves due to getting pain in my joints on occasion when lifting heavy, so I want to get some only to increase the health of the joints over time. I don't want any that'll help to add weight to the bar, only to keep my joints warm. Anyone have...

blademontane‎, Today 08:29 AM
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Freemotion dual cable questio

Hey folk, I'm looking to reconfigure and update my garage gym. I have all the basics; power cage, cable lat lat pulldown, low row, etc... I am looking at adding a freemotion dual cable cross add some variety mix and add wide cable cross motions for my chest when working out at home. I would...

Drskill‎, 08-18-2018 09:23 AM
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Questions on bio dyne

I have bio dyne euro gum 2 I have pictures but can't seem to figure out how to post them via my phone but I can't find any info on this multi station machine I trying figure the weight of each plate they're listed 1_12 with no kg or lbs equivalent on the machine Any help or direction...

neonwars‎, 08-19-2018 10:50 PM
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York Barbell Club - Part II

The first thread for the York Barbell Club has run to the maximum number of posts. I bring you Part II, a place for the York Gang to hang out and share their interest in vintage American iron from York, PA. For those of you who can't see the linked text above, here's the old thread:...

AttyGuy‎, 05-11-2015 07:30 PM
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Question Vertical climbers: Versaclimber vs Steelclimber.

Hi, I’m considering buying a climbing unit for home gym usage; these are my options: Versaclimber H/HP models, fixed resistance Versaclimber LX CC model, variable resistance, cross-crawl feature Steelclimber What’s your experience with these machines? How they compare? Is variable...

CrossCrawler‎, Today 06:59 AM
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Tall weight tree?

Hey all- I just realized a pair of tall weight trees (2” diameter) may be just what I need to make a good Gironda dip stand. But I need the top branches to be ideally 5’ or higher off the ground. Anyone got any tips?

BigBrother70‎, Yesterday 02:53 PM
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Saw this today and just had to share

"...quickly engage a higher percentage of muscle fiber compared to regular isotonic free weight training..." So they say better than weights eh? Well whichever abdominal muscles are involved in laughing, it definitely gave me a good workout there. ...

OldFartTom‎, Yesterday 10:17 AM
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Making Pads for Gym Equipment (for the poor and unskilled)

So, after over a year of searching and waiting, I finally got a standing calf raise for my home gym. It’s just what I was looking for, that old school 8 gauge all welded construction. When it finally popped up on Craigslist, I made an offer and drove 2 hours to pick it up. I offered a little...

grubman‎, 08-18-2018 07:00 AM
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[Review Quickie] Rep Fitness 8 Bar Gun Rack

This isn’t going to be a long review. There’s not much to say. Reasons for purchasing this unit. 1. Holds 8 bars. (Most other units hold 6) 2. Cheaper than other units, while still not lacking in quality. 3. Hooks are entirely covered in UHMW 1.9" OD sleeves/bars fit (2" should be assumed...

Synthetickiller‎, 08-16-2018 10:03 PM
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What to look for in a swiss/football bar?

I'm thinking about adding a football bar to my collection. Any tips on what to look for? Interested not just for variety but to avoid shoulder issues that I've had in the past. This Gronk bar looks interesting, but I don't know if it's any good. Reviews on amazon are positive, but they probably...

radrd‎, 08-16-2018 02:02 PM
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Question HELP: Buying SSB... please advise

Hey guys, I haven't been as active lately, but am looking for an SSB. I have a weird pain in my forearm and also my shoulders/arms are super tight after benching and it's just not comfortable to squat in the normal low-bar position. EliteFTS SSB (SS Yoke Bar) was always considered to be the...

bobcat255‎, 07-04-2018 08:58 PM
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Can anyone identify this bar?

Hoping you guys can shed some light on this bar. I grabbed a Hammer Strength half rack and bench off Craigslist awhile back and the sellers wife through in this bar(the seller wasn’t happy about it). I’d like to do some bushing maintenance on it. You can see the diameter difference next to Rep...

Asjogren‎, 08-18-2018 12:25 PM
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Mods to GHD for reverse hypers?

I don't have the space for a dedicated reverse hyper, so I use a GHD as a ghetto reverse hyper. Thinking that with a few mods, a GHD would fill this role a little better. I'm specifically thinking of the Rogue and Titan GHDs, though many of them are fairly similar in design. 1. Handles....

splitsquat‎, 07-10-2017 03:36 PM
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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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My recent builds

I'm getting too many emails asking "what can I do", so I tought I'd put these in the same thread. These are just final (or close to final) pictures. No descriptions. Questions welcome. Racks and benches

Mech6‎, 12-11-2013 08:17 PM
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Equipment Crew- Part IV

I was here for the start.... now we're four threads in. Nice job fellas. Proceed equipment sluts. #3- 9/21/2012 (Equipment Crew- Part III) #2- 2/25/2010 ...

Keetman‎, 09-05-2015 02:27 PM
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PowerBlock Power Bench

Read plenty of reviews on the Sport Bench but wondering if anyone has experience with the Power Bench? Looking for a shorter bench currently have a flat (17”) and adjustable (19.75”) but being as I’m shorter at 5’6” and my wife is 4’10” and since she is getting into more lifting she wants something...

CraigThoreson‎, 08-05-2018 07:18 AM
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CFF Rubber End Flange

Thinking about buying these to complete my dumbbell sets. I know there was a member here that purchased them but never followed up. What is the opinion of others about them? Its for my home gym

Kenny1448‎, 08-18-2018 04:41 AM
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Angry Full Metal Industries, A cautionary tale.

A heads up, particularly to members based in the UK/Europe. I have dealt with Full Metal Industries for many years without issue. I placed an order for a pair of cable handles 5 weeks ago, my delivery has never arrived. I have made numerous attempts to contact the company by email and telephone...

gym62richard‎, 08-18-2018 07:05 AM
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PIN Loaded Circuit for GYM, Which one?

Hi everyone, I am looking at a PIN loaded circuit for a commercial gym. So far I have come across these: :Hammer Strength MTS circuit, looks clean ...

gymisit‎, 08-15-2018 10:20 PM
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