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    What equipment do you want but can't or won't get?

    For a while I've wanted Watson Poliquin dumbbell handles, but the cost to purchase and import them to the US puts them out of reach for me. I'm not even sure they are worth the price in the UK but they look pretty sweet.

    https://watsongym.co.uk/product/poli...mbbell-handle/

    What's on your list that you can't get or can't justify buying?
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    does Watsons entire catalogue count?

    My top atm but need jobs and more space for all -

    Strength shop SSB
    Nice adjustable bench and Db's if I had a lot lot more space
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    Some of these are simply unobtainable right now due to a supply shortage. Others, like the Parrillo bench, are simply rare. And others are obtainable, but for more than I'm willing to pay (pec decks that used to go for $400-500 are now $1,500-1,800 here. GFY!). This is my off-the-cuff list though.

    - Watson ultimate Bar (fixed sleeves)
    - Rogers Hip Press
    - Rogers Power Squat Pro
    - VersaSpot SS
    - Commercial pec deck w/ 300-lb stack
    - Paramount Total Chest
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    Some of these are simply unobtainable right now due to a supply shortage. Others, like the Parrillo bench, are simply rare. And others are obtainable, but for more than I'm willing to pay (pec decks that used to go for $400-500 are now $1,500-1,800 here. GFY!). This is my off-the-cuff list though.

    - Watson ultimate Bar (fixed sleeves)
    - Rogers Hip Press
    - Rogers Power Squat Pro
    - VersaSpot SS
    - Commercial pec deck w/ 300-lb stack
    - Paramount Total Chest
    - Rogue ML spotter arms
    - Nautilus 3rd gen pullover
    - Parrillo arched incline bench
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    Those DB handles are nice.
    I myself would just buy the fat gripz that fit over a regular DB handle.
    I have three different sizes depending on what grip i want.
    Kabuki products are very nice but out of my price range but a while back i scored a used Kabuki transformer bar on FB market place for far less than a new one.
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    Leg Press (Bodymasters old school one) - takes up too much space and is a plate whore as we all know. Maybe I can fit the Rogers/Pendulum press in here instead.

    Pullover (Nautilus) - loved this machine growing up...not giving up the space

    Functional Trainer - this is on the list as a someday, Inspire is most likely, not sure I can justify cost of Prime's or fit it as well as I want in the corner it needs to go in.

    Dumbbells so I can do dumbbell pullovers again! Not devoting dollars or space, love my Powerblocks and have a substitute in my edge combo bar that even racks. Fond memories though.

    Eleiko Competition Bar - was very close to buying at one point but would be wasted on me as I don't do enough OL work anymore and my talent level never warranted it anyway (has proven to be a wise choice)

    Uesaka Atlanta Games Series Bumpers - I was there at the Games watching weightlifting in 1996 and have always loved the look.

    Ivanko Chrome Series Plates - they just look awesome but I've seen that they don't age well so I'll stick with my revolvers. Certainly look amazing new though.

    Pendlay Half Rack - I forget who owned the really nice one here but anything of Glenn's would be nice (bar, plates etc...). A shame he's not with us anymore.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    For a while I've wanted Watson Poliquin dumbbell handles, but the cost to purchase and import them to the US puts them out of reach for me. I'm not even sure they are worth the price in the UK but they look pretty sweet.

    https://watsongym.co.uk/product/poli...mbbell-handle/

    What's on your list that you can't get or can't justify buying?

    If you lived in the UK I'd sell you my Watson Poliquin handles, great handles to add some variety, but changing plates is a chore, it's easier to go to my db rack and pick up a pair of Watson 35mm fixed dumbbells.

    I've just made my first foray into the world of Panatta, delivery is scheduled for end of October, it's been an ambition to add some pieces from Panatta for a long time.

    What's not so easy to source in the UK, Rogers Athletic Power Squat Pro and of course the Holy Grail, a Nautilus First Generation Pullover.
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    Fun thread idea!!!

    Yeah, those Watson dumbbells are gorgeous, but they look like they'd take up a ton of space in a home gym. Black Iron Strength makes similar adjustable dumbbells you may be interested in:
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    I also like Watson Stainless Steel Olympic Weight Plates, but I'd want to handle them before ordering to see if the grip works for me.


    As for what I'd like but won't get...

    I could hip thrust until the cows come home, but unfortunately I'm pretty much maxing out the leg extension machine and it's shaking around when I do manly reps of manliness.



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    But I mean, it takes up unnecessary space for an exercise I could perform with a barbell a hip thrust pad

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    I can justify just about anything in my mind, but for me the space is the issue. Extend the garage another 20'? Not sure my zoning would permit that.
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    Squat Rack, Leg Press. I don't have the space for them.
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    Good topic, I would say a commercial quality leg press and adjustable arm functional trainer (due to space and ceiling height limitations), most stations with selectorized stacks except maybe a few pieces.
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    Originally Posted by C123C View Post
    Leg Press (Bodymasters old school one) - takes up too much space and is a plate whore as we all know. Maybe I can fit the Rogers/Pendulum press in here instead
    I found this model from Bodymaster and I like it better than any other I've tried. Hits the legs very well, compact footprint, only needs about half the plates a regular 45 degree LP uses.



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    I'm out of space unless I move or stop parking in my garage, neither things I want to do, so I am pretty much capped out in terms of adding new equipment. I would love to have a whole collection of Prime plate loaded machines though. A leg extension/leg curl and leg press would be really nice as well. For upper body I love the hammer strength stack chest fly/rear delt machine.
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    I feel my gym has finally achieved it's final form since I started putting it together at the start of the lockdowns back in March. I don't feel a need to add new kinds of equipment. If there's going to be any changes, it would be to upgrade my current equipment.

    I currently have a leverage squat machine from TDS/New York Barbells in my gym. I love the lever squat movement, but that TDS offering is having me looking to upgrade to a more robust version of the machine. The Body Solid SLS500 looks like would fit the bill nicely. It's a bit larger than the light commercial/residential versions of the machine like the one from TDS is, though. Which means I'll have to play real-life Tetris with the equipment in my gym again in order to find a way to make it fit.

    I also have to wait until my bank account recovers a bit from all of the equipment I've been buying, too.
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    ... parking in my garage...
    This seems crazy to me. My question is why?
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    Originally Posted by ncsuLuke View Post
    I'm out of space unless I move or stop parking in my garage, neither things I want to do, so I am pretty much capped out in terms of adding new equipment.
    Same here. I have a 3-car attached garage, but have no interest in parking either vehicle in my driveway, and the 3rd stall is workshop/storage. I've been pondering building a large detached garage, but we've also been house/land shopping and I have no desire to put up a nice garage only to move. If we decide we're staying put for 5+ years that will go back on the table.


    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    This seems crazy to me. My question is why?
    Because my garage is for vehicles. The idea of having a garage and yet parking my truck outside seems crazy to me.
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    Originally Posted by C123C View Post
    Dumbbells so I can do dumbbell pullovers again! Not devoting dollars or space, love my Powerblocks and have a substitute in my edge combo bar that even racks. Fond memories though.
    If the ability to do pullovers are all you're missing, when I had PowerBlocks I got three different spin lock handles that would top out at 60lbs, 80lbs, and 100lbs from NY Barbells. Just one of each, then enough 10lb and 5lb standard sized pancake plates to fill the 100lb handle. My idea was to load each one to where the spin lock was all the way at the end and none of the threaded portion sticking out. I too missed pullovers, as well as single overhead dumbbell extensions and the ability to do one arm dumbbell rows and be able to use lifting straps. Years back this was a cheap alternative for me and got me by for many years and didn't take up much space. Probably still expensive and hard to find.
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    Originally Posted by thedickus View Post
    If the ability to do pullovers are all you're missing, when I had PowerBlocks I got three different spin lock handles that would top out at 60lbs, 80lbs, and 100lbs from NY Barbells. Just one of each, then enough 10lb and 5lb standard sized pancake plates to fill the 100lb handle. My idea was to load each one to where the spin lock was all the way at the end and none of the threaded portion sticking out. I too missed pullovers, as well as single overhead dumbbell extensions and the ability to do one arm dumbbell rows and be able to use lifting straps. Years back this was a cheap alternative for me and got me by for many years and didn't take up much space. Probably still expensive and hard to find.
    Interesting you post this. I'm in this exact situation and want to do pullovers. Instead of spinlocks, I'm looking at a loadable olympic handle, which got me thinking about Watson again. Not only could I do pullovers but also thick grip to change things up. I'll probably just get Rogue or a cheaper option and use fat gripz.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    This seems crazy to me. My question is why?
    Because I like parking in my garage. A lot. In the Texas summer it's not hot as hell when I get in my car to go somewhere. When it's raining I can load/unload my car in peace. During the semi-regular hail storms we get I don't have to worry about my car getting beat to pieces (nearly every car that parks outside in my neighborhood has hail damage right now). It doesn't get nearly as dirty. I don't have to worry about people breaking into my car or worry about people knowing if I am home or not since my car isn't in the driveway.

    I could go on and on. Ever since I was in the market to buy a home one thing I wanted was to be able to park my car in the garage. In my next house I plan on getting something with a little more land and building a dedicated gym out back so it won't be a concern. This won't be for a while but it will happen one day and it is going to be awesome.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    The idea of having a garage and yet parking my truck outside seems crazy to me.
    We have a 2-bay garage, but we park outside. If I need to work on one of the vehicles I'll roll the mowers out and the vehicle in, but aside from that I don't really have any need to park it indoors. When I was younger it would have been more appealing as my car was a status symbol. Now it's just to get me from A to B in relative comfort. :P
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    Some of these are simply unobtainable right now due to a supply shortage. Others, like the Parrillo bench, are simply rare. And others are obtainable, but for more than I'm willing to pay (pec decks that used to go for $400-500 are now $1,500-1,800 here. GFY!). This is my off-the-cuff list though.


    - Parrillo arched incline bench

    Doesn't Watson (UK) make a Parrillo incline bench?

    Looks very similar to me: https://watsongym.co.uk/product/arched-incline-bench/

    My list consists of mostly Westside Stuff: inverse curl, anterior chain developer, hip abdominal dip.

    Would also still like a mech6 sissy squat some day.

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    Space would be awesome. Let's top the list with that. Next is a functional trainer.
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    Originally Posted by TunaGill View Post
    Doesn't Watson (UK) make a Parrillo incline bench?

    Looks very similar to me: https://watsongym.co.uk/product/arched-incline-bench/
    The Edge Fitness transformer bench with arched pad is another option. They can also make custom pads...I asked if they can make a pad for the transformer bench similar to the Watson Pakulski bench and they said they could (skinny bench pad throughout though, not one that widens towards the bottom like on the Watson bench).

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    I always wanted a set of the chrome and white Ivanko plates.

    Lately, it would have to be a pair of the Arnold plates....
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    Originally Posted by irongrandpa View Post
    I found this model from Bodymaster and I like it better than any other I've tried. Hits the legs very well, compact footprint, only needs about half the plates a regular 45 degree LP uses.



    Found a 4 month old Inspire FT1 for $600 with extra TrakHandles and it's another keeper.
    Why does it only need half the plates of a regular 45 LP?
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    Originally Posted by Camarija View Post
    Fun thread idea!!!

    Yeah, those Watson dumbbells are gorgeous, but they look like they'd take up a ton of space in a home gym. Black Iron Strength makes similar adjustable dumbbells you may be interested in:


    I also like Watson Stainless Steel Olympic Weight Plates, but I'd want to handle them before ordering to see if the grip works for me.


    As for what I'd like but won't get...

    I could hip thrust until the cows come home, but unfortunately I'm pretty much maxing out the leg extension machine and it's shaking around when I do manly reps of manliness.



    In an ideal world, I'd upgrade to the Booty Builder Platinum



    It's so... bootiful

    But I mean, it takes up unnecessary space for an exercise I could perform with a barbell a hip thrust pad
    As much as I loved my Eleiko Evo dumbbells, and covet the Watson’s, I’m going to be getting the black iron strength adjustable. Small footprint, 2.5 increments, rotating handles. It has it all except the fact that it’s hard chrome and not stainless steel. Unsure of how durable hard chrome is, or if it can be polished.

    For the glutes I just got the Gluteator which the wife and daughter is loving. I’m also making that a focus this year.
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