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    Home Gym for under 400 bucks Canadian?

    Building a home gym for $400 cdn suggestions
    My company has a $400 Canadian wellness account, I figure since we could be on lockdown for another few months why not buy some equipment.

    I already have a make shift pull-up bar but otherwise nothing.

    I’m thinking a couple kettlebells for some Dan John style workouts but otherwise I’m unsure, don’t think I’ll be able to get a cage, bb and enough weights for 400 bucks
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    IDK what its like in Canada, but in TX gym equipment is at a premium and many places are sold out. You might be able to get deals through used online sites but if its anything like here, they will be above normal market value and 400 wont get you very far.

    That being said, I scored an awesome deal on FB marketplace just a couple weeks before all this went down.

    picked up X class commercial squat cage with cable attachments, titan flat/incline bench, 300lb weight set/bar, and a pair of bowflex 1090s for 575

    Sold the bowflex last week for 550 and 250lbs of weights for 190.
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    400 is 290ish usd

    You can't get a cage, barbell, and enough weights for that unfortunately, even if you bought used.


    Are you willing to add some of your own money to this?
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    Originally Posted by Fozzy13 View Post
    IDK what its like in Canada, but in TX gym equipment is at a premium and many places are sold out. You might be able to get deals through used online sites but if its anything like here, they will be above normal market value and 400 wont get you very far.

    That being said, I scored an awesome deal on FB marketplace just a couple weeks before all this went down.

    picked up X class commercial squat cage with cable attachments, titan flat/incline bench, 300lb weight set/bar, and a pair of bowflex 1090s for 575

    Sold the bowflex last week for 550 and 250lbs of weights for 190.

    On my fb marketplace, theres a pair of used rogue bumper plates. The guy is asking more than they cost new on rogue's website. So its pretty crazy over where I'm at.
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    Too late now but check kijiji. 400 bone$ will get you alot if you do it right. A squat rack (w bar and some 45s) alone can work for deadz, bench, overhead press, squats, chin/pull ups. Etc.
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    I’m not too worried about a barbell tbh, I know I won’t be able to get much for 400 bucks

    But I was thinking some KBs for goblet squats, kB swings, presses and get ups, then maybe a dip setup for chest. Any other thoughts?
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    You in ontario? I have a home welded squat/bench stand and a solid northern lites multi adjustable bench Id part with for $300

    A barbell and a few hundred lbs of weight and you'd be set.
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    go to home depot and buy 4x4 posts, some 2x4s, tapcons and deck screws. use that to build a rack, which is ez af btw you dont need to be some master carpenter.

    buy a cheap barbell

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    Originally Posted by Hutrapper View Post
    You in ontario? I have a home welded squat/bench stand and a solid northern lites multi adjustable bench Id part with for $300

    A barbell and a few hundred lbs of weight and you'd be set.
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    I think you are a bit late to the game. Canadian Tire, Sports Check, Fitness Depot, etc are all sold out of most of their gym equipment
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    You can make a cheap squat and bench stand out of wood for like 50$



    You could do exactly this but exchange the retarded concrete base for a wood base to improve stability.

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    Originally Posted by 1320it View Post
    I think you are a bit late to the game. Canadian Tire, Sports Check, Fitness Depot, etc are all sold out of most of their gym equipment
    What he said. I did a line up to get in a Fitness Depot this last weekend, store was emptied. Then went to 3 Canadian Tires, none of them had weight plates left. Most stores are closed now anyway, so you'll have to check on classifieds.

    $400 won't really get you much, unless you don't lift much weight.
    I spent over $900 CND, on classifieds, and it's mostly basic cheap stuff.
    Northern Lights squat rack and bench, a standard 1" barbell (no olympic stuff left anywhere), 2 dumbbell handles, 360lbs of rusty used weight plates, and finally a dip/pullup station. It's alright, will keep me moving weight until gyms re-open in a few months.

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    Alright guys thanks for the help I’ll look around
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