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    Recommendations for fitness and exercise equipment?

    If you had $6000-$7000 to purchase fitness and exercise equipment for your station, what would you get? Our small volunteer dept is looking at outfitting a fitness room and could use some guidance from other departments. Right now, we're definitely leaning towards a:
    - treadmill
    - recumbent bicycle (sit-down, not an upright bike)

    Not sure if we should invest in an elliptical machine since we're most likely getting a treadmill and bike. Also not sure if we should purchase a home gym system (perhaps a Bowflex or another system that uses plates like the Body Solid EXM1500S, just as one example); OR should we instead look into a set of barbells and adjustable benches. A friend of mine is a barbell fanatic and insists that most exercises can be done with barbells.

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    Not a firefighter but

    Seems like a stair climber might be a good machine to include, since that will have real-world application. In general, I'm also a big fan of rowers for total body conditioning. Concept2 is the best choice.

    Outside of machines, your friend is right and free weights are a must for strength training. I'd get a power rack, FID adjustable bench, bar, plates, and set of dumbbells. Probably multiple bars and benches, since more than one person may be training at once.

    Bowflex is generally junk.
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    With that budget I'd add in a functional trainer to the basic radrd mentioned. If buying new, the Inspire FT1 is my usual recommendation.
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