Reply
Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Registered User Rycliff's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Posts: 5
    Rep Power: 0
    Rycliff has no reputation, good or bad yet. (0)
    Rycliff is offline

    Building The Dream Home Gym

    Hello!

    Purpose: Build the best possible home gym within my space limits.

    Gym Space: 11'9" x 17'9", ceiling is 10'

    Knowledge: I am completely ignorant about weight lifting. I am a total novice.

    My Physique: 5'5" or 5'4", 223 lbs, and that ain't from muscle.

    Goals: Lose 90 lbs of fat, become physically fit, slender, but also with some muscle.

    What I already own, which occupies the gym space:
    1. 3/4" rubber flooring over the entire area
    2. True PS850 Treadmill
    3. Core Home Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells and Weight Stand
    www .amazon.com/dp/B01J8S38LW/
    www .amazon.com/gp/product/B07DY4JBM2/
    4. Fitness Reality X-Class 1500 lb Light Commercial Utility Weight Bench with Olympic Preacher Curl & Leg Developer Attachment
    www .amazon.com/gp/product/B01N9YDC7Z/

    Budget: The budget is flexible. $10,000 or more is ok. I want the best, but I'm not looking to waste money. I want it to last a lifetime, and I want the equipment to well exceed my needs. I want to buy everything at once and not have to buy anything else in the future.

    I've heard good things online about Rogue Fitness so I am gravitating in that direction.

    Please help me build my dream home gym!
    Reply With Quote

  2. #2
    Registered User radrd's Avatar
    Join Date: Apr 2018
    Age: 38
    Posts: 2,286
    Rep Power: 17001
    radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    radrd is offline
    Instead of spending $10k on a home gym and then potentially discovering you don't even like lifting, why not join a gym for 6 months or so to figure out your exact goals and needs?

    Example: A power rack is the cornerstone of most of our home gyms, and what most people will recommend, but if you don't end up liking to squat, you might want a functional trainer instead.
    Reply With Quote

  3. #3
    Registered User Mxchino's Avatar
    Join Date: Mar 2019
    Age: 50
    Posts: 20
    Rep Power: 0
    Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10) Mxchino is on a distinguished road. (+10)
    Mxchino is offline
    What he said ^^

    I went to the local YMCA for 2 years before I decided I would rather work out at home.

    Spending $10,000 on something you’ve never done before is just crazy talk.
    Reply With Quote

  4. #4
    Registered User gym62richard's Avatar
    Join Date: Oct 2011
    Age: 57
    Posts: 2,457
    Rep Power: 14055
    gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    gym62richard is offline
    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Instead of spending $10k on a home gym and then potentially discovering you don't even like lifting, why not join a gym for 6 months or so to figure out your exact goals and needs?

    Example: A power rack is the cornerstone of most of our home gyms, and what most people will recommend, but if you don't end up liking to squat, you might want a functional trainer instead.
    Agreed, OP, you have no training experience, so before embarking on your dream home gym project, go and workout in a commercial gym, better still spend a little of your proposed budget on a personal trainer, learn how to lift correctly and find out exactly what kind of training program suits you.

    Once you find out the training regime that you best enjoy, then come back with a list of the equipment you like using, there's no point in purchasing a rack if you don't enjoy barbell work, a set of kettlebells may be a better fit.

    Oh, and by the way, a dream home gym will only marginally help with weight loss, a decent calorific deficit is the only proven way to shift body fat, I added 6lb over the holiday period, none of it was muscle, so it's time for me to count the calories.
    Reply With Quote

  5. #5
    Registered User Rycliff's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Posts: 5
    Rep Power: 0
    Rycliff has no reputation, good or bad yet. (0)
    Rycliff is offline
    Thank you guys for taking the time to respond to my post. Your responses feel like an intervention.

    It's true that I'm not looking to bulk up with muscle or be a "bodybuilder." I want to use my gym space to get toned, fit, and most of all, lose weight/fat. Is filling the room with cardio equipment the answer? I don't think so.

    I mentioned that spending $10k was "ok" only to express the fact that I have an open-ended budget and desire top-of-the-line equipment. That's why I said the budget is flexible. If what is best for my goals is spending half that amount or less, then so be it.

    I'm looking for a home solution that is more time-effective than traveling to a gym. The convenience also helps with getting the motivation to workout by removing the obstacle of the commute.

    I've taken to heart what you three have said, though, and perhaps my treadmill and proper nutrition would satisfy the majority of my needs. But would a power cage and some weight lifting be a good addition for my goals?

    What equipment would you recommend to obtain the physique of Christian Bale from American Psycho? Responses discussing his genetics and speculating that he used performance-enhancing drugs are not helpful.
    Reply With Quote

  6. #6
    Registered User ncsuLuke's Avatar
    Join Date: Mar 2006
    Location: Texas, United States
    Age: 33
    Posts: 1,044
    Rep Power: 3205
    ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500) ncsuLuke is a glorious beacon of knowledge. (+2500)
    ncsuLuke is offline
    I completely agree with the other posters, you would be much better off spending that money on a gym membership and time with a personal trainer that really knows their stuff as well as getting on a solid nutrition plan.

    That said, just because I like to spend other people's money I'd get a Sorinex Apex rack with the cable column and lat pulldown if I was thinking about a potential dream gym.
    Reply With Quote

  7. #7
    Registered User Rycliff's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Posts: 5
    Rep Power: 0
    Rycliff has no reputation, good or bad yet. (0)
    Rycliff is offline
    Originally Posted by ncsuLuke View Post
    I completely agree with the other posters, you would be much better off spending that money on a gym membership and time with a personal trainer that really knows their stuff as well as getting on a solid nutrition plan.

    That said, just because I like to spend other people's money I'd get a Sorinex Apex rack with the cable column and lat pulldown if I was thinking about a potential dream gym.
    Wow! I had no idea that such a space-efficient quality rack was on the market. This looks great!

    Can you do squats and bench presses within the safety of the cage? How awkward/uncomfortable would it be with this up against a wall?
    Reply With Quote

  8. #8
    Chihuahua in the rain Corbets's Avatar
    Join Date: Mar 2018
    Location: ZG, Switzerland
    Posts: 535
    Rep Power: 5448
    Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000) Corbets is a name known to all. (+5000)
    Corbets is offline
    Originally Posted by Rycliff View Post
    What equipment would you recommend to obtain the physique of Christian Bale from American Psycho? Responses discussing his genetics and speculating that he used performance-enhancing drugs are not helpful.
    An iPad, so you can read about nutrition here.

    Then worry about the gym. Seriously. No amount of lifting is going to help you if you don’t nail down the nutrition first.
    My Candito Linear log:
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=177212011&p=1581528721#post1581528721

    My Fierce 5 Novice log (deprecated): https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=175702561&p=1550387651#post1550387651

    My Strava profile: https://www.strava.com/athletes/3015113
    Reply With Quote

  9. #9
    Registered User radrd's Avatar
    Join Date: Apr 2018
    Age: 38
    Posts: 2,286
    Rep Power: 17001
    radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) radrd is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    radrd is offline
    Originally Posted by Rycliff View Post
    What equipment would you recommend to obtain the physique of Christian Bale from American Psycho? Responses discussing his genetics and speculating that he used performance-enhancing drugs are not helpful.
    A goal other than to look like Christian Bale. He looked like that because he had the goal of making millions as an actor. That's a powerful incentive. You need to be realistic and start small.
    Reply With Quote

  10. #10
    Registered User eddiegoodfellar's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2002
    Posts: 1,790
    Rep Power: 1434
    eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000)
    eddiegoodfellar is online now
    OP

    Are you wealthy?
    Reply With Quote

  11. #11
    Registered User gym62richard's Avatar
    Join Date: Oct 2011
    Age: 57
    Posts: 2,457
    Rep Power: 14055
    gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) gym62richard is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    gym62richard is offline
    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    A goal other than to look like Christian Bale. He looked like that because he had the goal of making millions of dollars.
    Also a personalised training program, personal trainer and dietician and all the time he needed to follow the program.

    More importantly not everything we see on film is achievable in everyday life, make up artists and a lighting director and crew won't be around when you take your shirt off. When filming shirtless these actors more or less follow a competition style prep regime and will pretty much dry out for certain scenes.
    Reply With Quote

  12. #12
    Registered User eddiegoodfellar's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2002
    Posts: 1,790
    Rep Power: 1434
    eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000) eddiegoodfellar is just really nice. (+1000)
    eddiegoodfellar is online now
    If you have money and have no idea what you're doing, you might consider something like this
    https://www.tonal.com/

    Everyone here (myself included) will most likely recommend something like this:

    power rack
    FID bench
    good barbell
    powerblock or ironmasters
    300lbs of weights to start
    horse stall mats
    if you want a treadmill, id go used personally

    If you go with a Rogue, the resale would be much better if you end up selling.

    This site has lots of good information for garage gyms
    https://garagegymreviews.com/
    Reply With Quote

  13. #13
    Registered User BulkMore's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2015
    Age: 35
    Posts: 953
    Rep Power: 1657
    BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000) BulkMore is just really nice. (+1000)
    BulkMore is offline
    OP...ill keep an eye out for your equipment to show up on marketplace in a year.
    Reply With Quote

  14. #14
    Registered User jdboyd78's Avatar
    Join Date: Mar 2011
    Posts: 992
    Rep Power: 7303
    jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000) jdboyd78 is a name known to all. (+5000)
    jdboyd78 is offline
    Originally Posted by Rycliff View Post
    I want to use my gym space to get toned, fit, and most of all, lose weight/fat.
    Body weight exercises, walk, hire a nutritionist, spend a small percentage of the 10K on high quality food.
    Reply With Quote

  15. #15
    Registered User jdforsy's Avatar
    Join Date: Jun 2007
    Location: Colorado, United States
    Age: 40
    Posts: 1,669
    Rep Power: 13725
    jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) jdforsy is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    jdforsy is offline
    Where do you live? But honestly people spend more money on stupider stuff. I’ll help you spend money!

    Buy these
    https://www.roguefitness.com/rml-390c-power-rack-3-0

    https://www.roguefitness.com/the-rogue-bar-2-0

    https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-hg-2-0-bumper-plates

    https://www.roguefitness.com/monster-utility-bench-2-0

    This will give you years of options and will be way less than 10k
    Last edited by jdforsy; 01-14-2020 at 07:35 PM.
    ▪█──────█▪ Equipment Crew #66 ▪█──────█▪

    []---[] Ivanko Barbell Crew #44 []---[]

    My home gym https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=175136471&p=1552985721#post1552985721
    Reply With Quote

  16. #16
    Clearly Irrational blue9steel's Avatar
    Join Date: Dec 2005
    Location: Oregon, United States
    Age: 47
    Posts: 4,689
    Rep Power: 15882
    blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) blue9steel is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    blue9steel is offline
    Time efficiency is one reason you might start off with a home gym first. If you go that route you need to realize you don't know enough yet to really know what you want. For now, buy the minimum and buy used. Later when you have more info then you can drop some serious money to get what you really want.
    Reply With Quote

  17. #17
    OG Duplicitous's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2010
    Location: Pennsylvania, United States
    Posts: 405
    Rep Power: 1397
    Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000) Duplicitous is just really nice. (+1000)
    Duplicitous is offline
    Originally Posted by blue9steel View Post
    If you go that route you need to realize you don't know enough yet to really know what you want.
    +1. I worked out in a commercial gym for about 12 years before I even considered the home gym. I have managed to build said gym at a small fraction of what it should have cost largely because of people who bought high-end equipment that they never ended up using.
    Reply With Quote

  18. #18
    The Dude Abides TheDude8734's Avatar
    Join Date: May 2011
    Age: 32
    Posts: 5,494
    Rep Power: 58272
    TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000) TheDude8734 has much to be proud of. One of the best! (+20000)
    TheDude8734 is offline
    Originally Posted by blue9steel View Post
    Time efficiency is one reason you might start off with a home gym first. If you go that route you need to realize you don't know enough yet to really know what you want. For now, buy the minimum and buy used. Later when you have more info then you can drop some serious money to get what you really want.
    Exactly,

    Assuming you do decide to build a gym after trying out a commercial setting,
    I would go follow the equipment list provided by eddiegoodfellar and follow the advice of buying it used.

    I can't speak on behalf of everyone, but I know that part of my journey of building upon my home gym has evolved as my preferences and budget have changed. That's part of what makes the experience fulfilling for me however, is that I can cater to my own personal preferences within reason.

    In the meantime, it sounds like you have a lot of work to do in the meantime of building your strength levels and finding your preferred regiment/approach.
    ^^^^ Wild-land Search And Rescue Crew ^^^^
    []---[] Ivanko Barbell Crew #24 []---[]
    ✧✧ MISC FISHERMAN CREW ✧✧
    Reply With Quote

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts