Recomendations on home gym equipment please

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  1. unrealdigital

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    Instead of paying a monthly gym fee, my brother in law and I decided a small gym setup in the house (or back patio?) would be more worthwhile.

    I'm looking for equipment that can work arms and legs. Curls, pull downs, some light bench press, etc. A medium workout. We have a treadmill already (although I prefer running around the neighborhood).

    I'm new to this gym equipment stuff so any advice would be a great asset.
    We've all see the Bowflex commercials...how good are their systems? (in terms of value and usability)

    Oh, and lastly, I would like to set this up in our basement corner. Approx. 15ft x 15ft of room for the equipment. (Basement is larger than that).
    Or would the back patio be a more prefered location?
     
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    I'd put it in your basement. You could have some issues with rain on the back patio? :dunno:

    You could get a squat rack with a bench and a set of hex dumbbells.
     
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    thats true. Also I forgot to mention our budget is about 1000 to 1500
     
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    some people suggest. get weight up to 200lbs. adjustable bench with powerrack (chest/sqaut) and some perhaps adjustable db's or hex db's. the back patio would be nice because u can get a tan but the drawbacks are too big.

    if ur working hard and its a sunny day u can get a sun stroke? or sun exhaustion (whatever that football player died from) the rain can rust your equipment
     
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    I wouldn't be putting anything of value out on the patio, it'll rust badly.

    buy a squat rack, 400lb of plates, bench and some adjustable dumbell handles.

    I'd probably buy a ghr next.
     
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    I doubt I would need more than 200lbs in weights. (I'm 6'0 150lbs)

    I'm debating wether the money saved on buying individual equipment is a better option than the bowflex. I also am taking in the factor of space and convenience of one machine.

    Should I be thinking this way? I dunno...guess I'm just hesitant to buy individual equipment and end up buying something that I don't like. :dunno:

    Don't even know where to start looking for equipment. Neihborhood gym store? :/
     
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    ok a squat rack, bench and bar would take up roughly the same space as a bowflex, not to mention its about 1000 times more flexible, will provide a better workout and is cheaper.

    buy atleast 300lbs of weight, because, you will use it
     
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    any recomendations on places to buy this equipment? or would just the neighborhood decent gym shop be fine.
     
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