I'm visiting my family, so yesterday I lifted with Ugo
in Philly. Ugo's got a dinosaur training home gym (that's what I call it, not him) with lots of neat things to work with. Check it out:
: it's a 20-lb. bar. Everything's sturdy. Ugo said that years ago, he unracked 1,000+ lbs. using this same bar and rack
: the copper colored bar is what you use to perform the lift. You can adjust the tension, but there are no weights. There is no resistance during the eccentric phase; on the concentric, you press as fast and hard as you can
Isometric Machine platform and meter
: the blue part is the metal platform where you stand. You can see the meter that measures the amount of force -- pretty much like a Tendo unit, but it's analog (obviously), not digital
Isometric Machine meter close up
: Ugo's got a small adjustable rack in his garage. You can use it for bench, too, or dips or pretty much any movement that begins below your shoulders
100-lb. Pancake Plates
: these are just awesome. I didn't know anyone made these flat plates in 100 lbs.
Bench with "Fat Bar"
: The bench looks like it's seen better days, but it's as sturdy as it has to be. Ugo said he's had it since he was a teenager, and it's the same bench he used to press 400 when he weighed over 200. The fat bar is a 20-lb. bar with a fat metal sleeve over it. Seemed to be between 2 and 2.5 inches thick
One end of the Fat Bar
Ugo also has some chains, bands, dumbbell sets, an incline bench, a bag of sand, an inner tube of sand, and I don't even know what else. Pretty much everything you need to train hard and add some variety. The isometric machine is my favorite piece. I think it would be great to use after a lower body workout. You can use any foot position you want and press as hard or light as you want. The weightless eccentric phase is a great feature.