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  • I've never been comfortable doing flat bench and...

    I've never been comfortable doing flat bench and conventional squats on a Smith, strangely split squats were much better, as were close grip triceps press, steep incline bench also worked for me , as...
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    The gym looks great, dare I say, Legendary.

    The gym looks great, dare I say, Legendary.
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    Poll: I've had a home gym for over 20 years, I've...

    I've had a home gym for over 20 years, I've bought most of my equipment from small independent gyms closing down, it's a tough sector at the best of times.

    I'm concerned many of the smaller UK...
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    Poll: Gyms closed?, damn I hadn't noticed. :)

    Gyms closed?, damn I hadn't noticed.

    :)
  • I run a leisure business down in Pembrokeshire,...

    I run a leisure business down in Pembrokeshire, at present all of our multiple occupant units have to remain closed, I'm sure there are plans in the pipe line, but nothing was mentioned in the draft...
  • I don't think you can go wrong with Regupol, get...

    I don't think you can go wrong with Regupol, get the 20% flec, I have red and if I were ever forced to move to a new location, I wouldn't hesitate to put Regupol down again.
  • Yes, market forces will eventually force home...

    Yes, market forces will eventually force home gym equipment prices down, but UK gyms aren't open yet, here in Wales the government have given no indication of when they will be able to reopen..
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    For an all round shoe I like the Inov8 F-light,...

    For an all round shoe I like the Inov8 F-light, mine are a few years old now, but they've stood up well to both weight training and treadmill sessions.

    Firm sole, with enough flexibility to make...
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    I agree, if going down the hand gripper route...

    I agree, if going down the hand gripper route then The CoC grippers are the best I've tried, but I rarely use them any more, I get most of the same benefits from Farmer's carries and thick grip bar...
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    I have a Legend 3133, it's very solid, 1" holes...

    I have a Legend 3133, it's very solid, 1" holes and 2" spacing is perfect for my needs, Imo it's definitely worth getting a quote from Legend.

    If I were going Rogue it would be RM6, but I'd want...
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    This is purely a personal opinion, I had the...

    This is purely a personal opinion, I had the standard Rml 390, I have a thing about rack stability, without additional bracing, despite being bolted down there was too much lateral sway for my...
  • HealthnutMD, I've been following the thread for...

    HealthnutMD, I've been following the thread for some years and appreciate your opinions, being based in the UK, surprisingly Panatta equipment is not that plentiful.

    I'd be interested to know, in...
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    Sticky: Of course, now you have your wife interested in...

    Of course, now you have your wife interested in the gym, it's important to have her input when you're looking for anew bench.

    As you mentioned the market is still pretty hot, too many still trying...
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    Sticky: Very nice, you have everything you need, as...

    Very nice, you have everything you need, as you've already identified the bench is the weak point, as soon as the equipment buying madness settles down, I'd definitely recommend upgrading the Bench.
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    Regupol rolled rubber, I have it in my set up, no...

    Regupol rolled rubber, I have it in my set up, no smell at all.

    The smell from the stall mats will dissipate over time, but it can take a while.
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    These days when my grip get's tired, I tend to...

    These days when my grip get's tired, I tend to use Versagrips but I do have a couple of pairs of lifting straps that I occasionally use, I have the Strength Shop Thor straps, good value for money, if...
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    Great photographs, we don't experience fires on...

    Great photographs, we don't experience fires on this scale in the UK, after all it's a "Green and pleasant land", LOL..
    Having said this we've had a very dry, hot Spring, but in our moderate...
  • Another vote for Regupol, it was a breeze to...

    Another vote for Regupol, it was a breeze to instal, I didn't glue it down, just used double sided flooring tape on all the seems and it's never shifted one iota.

    I agree definitely go with the...
  • Same here, I don't currently have any pieces that...

    Same here, I don't currently have any pieces that are 20 years old, but I agree used commercial is the way to go, whilst I have no doubt in a home gym a lat machine designed for home use will...
  • Wood may protect the underfloor, but rubber is...

    Wood may protect the underfloor, but rubber is better.

    There are rubber mats in various thicknesses and sizes available, checkout eBay.

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