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How to Build a Basic, Low Cost Home Powerlifting and Weight Training Gym


How to Build a Basic, Low Cost Home Powerlifting and Weight Training Gym

Tired of commuting to the gym every day? Have a spare 200 square feet that is crying out for a home gym? If you’re looking to build a home gym that is perfect for powerlifting, bodybuilding, or general fitness and weight training, you can go wrong with the following setup.

Sumo Rack. Perfect for low ceilings. The sumo rack is heavy duty, and can handle massive squatting, rack pulls, etc. The sumo rack features sturdy locking J-hooks that serve as a spotter for those who train alone, and plenty of locating holes for whatever bench or squat height you need. The sump rack also features a wide base, giving it incredible stability. COST = $320

Sumo Squat Rack

Super bench. The super bench is the perfect compliment to the sumo rack. Pull the bench into the rack for bench presses, overhead pressing, or incline presses. Move the bench out (on its convenient wheels) and use it for DB rows, DB bench presses, or seated DB curls. The super bench adjusts to near vertical, and also features 4 adjustable seat positions. The super bench has a 1,000 pound capacity. COST = $250

Super Bench Press

7 foot power barbell. 1,000 pound rated capacity in black or chrome. COST = $150

7 foot power barbell

Threaded dumbbell bars. 18″ threaded bars can hold 120 pounds with ease. Extremely flexible, and hardcore. Easy to lock and very stable. COST = $30 per set of 2.

Threaded dumbbell bars

Flat and standard plates. For your threaded dumbbells. Black hammer tone. $1 per pound. A complete set would be twenty 10-pound plates, four 5-pound plates, and four 2.5 pound plates. With these poundages, you can load up a dumbbell with up to 110 pounds each. COST = $230

Flat and standard plates

Olympic plates. A complete set would be ten 45-pound plates, two 25-pound plates, two 10-pound plates, two 5-pound plates, and two 2.5-pound plates. $1.25 per pound. COST = $670

Olympic plates

Olympic plate holder. Can hold up to 900 pounds, which is your entire Olympic weight set, and then some. Cost = $100

Olympic plate holder

Standard plate holder. Able to handle all of your standard plates. Cost = $60

Standard plate holder

Spring collars. Sturdy and perfect for Olympic size barbells. $10 per pair. COST = $10

Spring collars

Total cost. The total cost for this home gym station is $1,820. Considering the quality of this equipment, it will easily last a lifetime. But let’s consider the cost over a ten year period…$1,820 comes out to about $15 per month, for ten years. Over twenty years, it is about $7.50 per month. Compared to the cost of a gym membership, including the gas for travel, you can see that a home gym is a wise decision.

Final thoughts. I own everything on this page, and then some. And I couldn’t be more happy with the quality and durability of every product listed. This equipment is perfect for the powerlifter who is totalling up to 1,700 pounds, and just as amazing for the hardcore weight lifter and bodybuilder.

Mick Madden
Mick Madden is the primary content manager for Muscle and Brawn. Questions? Please visit the forum.
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  • Rollie X Mar 12,2009 at 5:13 am

    Good post. The basics are what everyone should start with. Too many people start with expensive cardio equipment.

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