So I'm thinking of setting up a home gym...

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  1. lawrencel715

    lawrencel715 New Member

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    My 3 year gym membership is over next year December - yea that's almost 2 years, but I want to start planning on how much I need to save up.

    All I really use and want are a treadmill, squat rack, dumbbells up to 120lbs each, barbell, an adjustable bench, and mats for the equipment.

    The treadmill, squat rack, and bench are easy to take care of, I just have a question about the dumbbells really.

    I don't think it'd be financially feasible to get individual dumbbells, so I'd be looking for dumbbells with add-on weights (plates), which would also be (preferrably) shared with the barbell. The question is, are there adjustable dumbbells that go up to 120lbs each? That'd be 60 pounds of plates on each side of 1 dumbbell. Is that even possible? Are there heavy weights compact enough where I can efficiently bench press with dumbbells?

    Another question, do I have these price estimates relatively correct?

    1. Treadmill - cheapish one ~$250
    2. Squat Rack - ~$200
    3: Adjustable bench - ~$75
    4. Heavy-duty Mats - ~$150
    5. Barbell - ~$45
    6. Dumbbell - ?
    7. Weights - 300lbs of plates ~$350

    Total of ~$1,100
     
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    You can get 300lbs of weight and an olympic barbell for ~$125 at Dicks or Sports Authority...

    I'd recommend the power rack and seperate adj. bench too. I didn't go that route, and I kinda regret it.

    I don't have heavy barbells. I got the powerblock set that goes up to 50lbs. Not good enough for bench, but good enough for shoulders, biceps, and a bunch of other things...

    I was thinking about getting the dumbell handles that hold olympic plates, but putting a 45 on each side of a dumbell for bench press would be awkward as fuck.
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    you use 10 lb plates
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    That's exactly what I have. Minus the treadmill.

    The 300lb weight set from dicks works great, but you're going to obviously need to get some more 45's.
     
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    yea benching is a big part of my routine. i'd like to switch between both barbell and dumbbells. not sure how dumbbells would work in any place other than a gym. i'm already on the 90lbs on each arm, so adjustable DBs up to 50s definitely wouldn't work.

    the powerrack would definitely be something i'd consider over just a squat rack.
     
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    This is what my setup is right now:
    Power Rack ~ $300 at newyorkbarbells.com
    Dip bars (for power rack) ~ $35
    300lb weight set at sports authority ~ $125 (except I have two of these sets)
    Super Bench at newyorkbarbells ~ $159
     
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    I just got two of the sets...

    This way I have two bars, and two sets of everything... I use one for DL's and things where the bar is on the ground, and one on my bench/squat thing...


    Ceaze, that's a LOT of 10's! But great idea... Might just go that route...
     
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    That's a decent idea if you have the space.

    As far as the dumbbells go, I just have 4 25lbs standard plates that fit on them. I can get them to like 95lbs a piece.
     
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    add powerblocks and :cool:
     
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