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    power rack and flat bench, or dumbbells first?

    Is it better to get a power rack and flat bench first, or get adjustable dumbbells first? I understand it would be good to get both, but the budget does not allow getting all of that at the same time. Can spend around $600 per year.

    Currently I have one barbell and iron plates, and an old olympic bench. The iron plates have hand holes around the perimeter, so I use them as poor man's dumbbells (or kettlebells?)
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    Most here would recommend you focus on the barbell lifts first. Bench, Press, Squat and Deadlift.
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    I would buy a rack and better bench used if you can. Adjustable dumbbells later. Start with the rack, since you have a bench.
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    Originally Posted by keyboardworkout View Post
    Most here would recommend you focus on the barbell lifts first. Bench, Press, Squat and Deadlift.
    ^^^ this, I like dumbbell work, but those big compound lifts are so important, particularly if you're just starting out.

    A decent rack and bench will allow you to squat and bench press in a safe manner, IMO a good rack should be the foundation of any strength training set up.
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    id go for the power rack man. dumbbells are more of an accessory to most lifters while barbell movements are primary.
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    Thanks everybody for the advice! I agree barbell exercises are more important. With my current equipment I can already do things like bench press, overhead press, front squat, deadlift, bicep curl. But the power rack will make some of those safer. Plus it will allow things that are currently not possible, like back squat, pull/chin ups, dips.

    I'll start looking for deals on a rack. Thank you.
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    you already have the weights, so you can just get dumbbell handles, they are cheap & take up almost no space.
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    Originally Posted by S0what View Post
    Thanks everybody for the advice! I agree barbell exercises are more important. With my current equipment I can already do things like bench press, overhead press, front squat, deadlift, bicep curl. But the power rack will make some of those safer. Plus it will allow things that are currently not possible, like back squat, pull/chin ups, dips.

    I'll start looking for deals on a rack. Thank you.
    You're wrong about barbell exercises and you could just get a chin up bar and some parallettes for dips. There's great benefit in being able to clean what you press and squat.
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