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Old 09-03-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Moving to home gym help

Quick Background - Hi All. I work at Fedex and as you may know it is peak season. I now work from 11pm-8am (Just imagine doing deadlifts with 10-20% non stop) I use to work 11pm-3am and I went to the gym from 3am-ish to 5am. Well now I can only get to the gym on the weekend. During the day I am at school btw. I have only trained 2 days in the past 50days and I want to get a squat stand, barbell, and at least enough to do 225lbs at home.

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What kind of squat stand should I get? Should I just go with this cheap squat stand on ebay? It say it holds up to 390lbs. I have no experience with squat stands - http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-Foot-84-In...item3a92c3e72e


Also is this the same barbell used in commercial gyms? - http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-Foot-84-In...item3a92c3e72e

My main focus is to increase my squats and deadlifts. Also this will be outside on concrete. Any other ideas are welcomed.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:17 PM   #2
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I used this set for a bench and rack-
http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/body...53?N=117009182

I've had 500lb in the rack and it held up just fine. I've also benched 400+ on the bench, which probably isn't really smart, but it worked.

As for your bar, I've heard awesome things about this one-
http://www.walmart.com/ip/CAP-Barbel...eeves/19866874

I have a $200 rogue bar that I love, but from what I've read guys are choosing these $130 CAP barbells over others that cost more than twice as much. They also have the same barbell on amazon for the same price, also including free shipping.

With these 2 items you'll have a pretty legit bench, rack, and bar for less than $300 shipped to your door, and you'll have to get strong as hell before that rack and bench aren't enough for you. Be advised, because of the leg extension attachment it's a very tall bench. I used blocks under my feet to make the setup more like a traditional bench. Worked fine.
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I would look around for a power-rack instead of a stand. A rack will cost more but you will get a lot more use out of it. As for plates, you can probably find some on Craigslist. New years resolution people always buy equipment and then 6 months later their ready to sell it.
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I have a few barbells & dumbbells and about 700 lbs of weights and it cost me about $400 all from craigslist. At some point I'll probably add a power rack and would agree with everyone who says that's the way to go, as opposed to stands. Power rack is very versatile too, you basically have a spotter for almost any lift with one.
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Ok the original plan was to get a squat rack but i had no clue how much plates cost lol. I wanted to deadlift at home also but i need atleast 400-500lbs and that's alot of money. Luckly, on cragslist a guy is going to sell me 8 45lb york plates for only $200 dollars. Now i just need a bar. I will wait till later to get a good squat stand/rack. I wanted this > http://www.roguefitness.com/sml-1-ro...te-squat-stand

Btw do anyone know if bars and rigs go on sale at rogue during black friday weekend? Do they have a sale at all during this time?
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That rogue rack is really good, but be aware that shipping is going to cost you big time. Instead I'd try to find something you can drive to. A quick google search shows some equipment vendors in Knoxville. In fact Legend fitness is in Knoxville. I know it may be a drive, but compared with spending hundreds in shipping it may be worth it.

If you're searching on Craigslist and not getting any results for a rack, try generic searches like "squat" or "crossfit" and you'll find all sorts of cool stuff for sale.
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I have a detailed article and pics on my site about setting up my home gym. On my cell now but will post a direct link when on my PC. It cost $1500 total.
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I have a decent set up in my house now. Bought a bench, bar, and some bumper plates for $100. Got about 300lbs of plates, an adjustable bench, an plate rack from our old flight officer. Had a coworker build a wooden rack with safety bars for about $200. A couple of months ago I replaced the old rusty bar with a texas power bar. I love it, but the knurling kills my hands deadlifting. That cost about $300. I think im going to upgrade from my wooden rack to a rogue rack this tax season. The wood is sturdy, but doesnt have all the function or the accessories that the rogue racks do.
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