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Tennis_Monk
07-22-2007, 06:56 AM
ANyone know of good economical Home Gyms (say under 300$ or so)
I am buying an Elliptical for cardio but felt that if i add a home gym i can be even better off. As always problem is $$$ and my budget is limited (damn.. tennis is expensive)

http://www.amazon.com/Stamina-Band-Flex-XS-Gym/dp/B000JD3WQM/ref=pd_sbs_sg_3/103-5378896-3705421?ie=UTF8&qid=1185075574&sr=1-158

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2459973

I know we get what we pay for but i am trying to get some quality stuff for my limited budget.

theace21
07-22-2007, 07:30 AM
Do you have a craigs list in your area. I see several each week. Nice set ups,but you have to break them down and move them...I would go the used route...Good Luck

kerplunker
07-22-2007, 09:06 AM
http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ptec/sps.html

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ptec/wbr.html

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ptec/wms.html

fuzz nation
07-23-2007, 06:37 AM
I'm of the opinion that you can wail on yourself nicely with only a plain bench, a few dumbbells, and maybe a curling bar. Plenty of people buy home gyms and dump them when they realize that "motivation" wasn't included, so if you have the space, I'm sure you can find a 2nd hand rig for low $.

Before you get a home gym, maybe do a session with a trainer to get an idea of what gear you need (or don't need!) for yourself at home.

atatu
07-23-2007, 09:34 AM
I'm of the opinion that you can wail on yourself nicely with only a plain bench, a few dumbbells, and maybe a curling bar. Plenty of people buy home gyms and dump them when they realize that "motivation" wasn't included, so if you have the space, I'm sure you can find a 2nd hand rig for low $.

Before you get a home gym, maybe do a session with a trainer to get an idea of what gear you need (or don't need!) for yourself at home.

Agreed, forget the machines ! Death to machines ! Although I recommend an adjustable incline bench over a flat bench. Also agree with the Craigslist recommendation.

Tennis_Monk
07-23-2007, 01:29 PM
I'm of the opinion that you can wail on yourself nicely with only a plain bench, a few dumbbells, and maybe a curling bar. Plenty of people buy home gyms and dump them when they realize that "motivation" wasn't included, so if you have the space, I'm sure you can find a 2nd hand rig for low $.

Before you get a home gym, maybe do a session with a trainer to get an idea of what gear you need (or don't need!) for yourself at home.

I am not starting brand new. I mean i am not new to fitness/workouts. I work out at the Gym. However my work and education commitments are forcing me to skip GYM a lot. I know exactly what i want

-- a Tread Mill
-- An elliptical machine
-- A Home gym that can help me do Lats, Shoulder, Biceps , triceps etc

I dont like Bench presses. Definitely dont want a spotter and all that jazz.

Sleepstream
07-23-2007, 03:00 PM
Good home gym:
1x squat rack
1x good adjustable bench
1x olympic barbell
2x adjustable dumbbells
Plenty of weights

That's about it. Not sure how much it'd cost, but it's better than spending hundreds on something you have to assemble.

Also, can't do deadlifts on the majority of home gyms, and those are fantastic for any athlete.

couch
07-24-2007, 12:41 PM
Possibly look into a cheaper Smith Machine. You can find some that are pretty economical and they will also help with spotting in case you get in a pinch. I've been using a Smith Machine for the last few years and really like the flexibility it offers in exercises.

basil J
07-26-2007, 05:13 PM
I used to work out in the gym 4 days a week. fast forward, 2 kids a wife that travels and limited precious court time and I scaled back and bought an adjustable bench, a hyperextension rack, a set of bowflex dumbells(5#-52.5#) and a pairs of 60, 65 & 70# dumbells and I can do pretty much any moves I want except for pull downs or lat pulls. I do more dumbell rows now and my lower back and lat thickness is actually better. Whole set up cost me less than $600.00 new and takes up very little room.

scotus
07-26-2007, 05:25 PM
If you want an elliptical, buy the Nordictrack 1300 at Costco. Nordictrack still sells it for $1200-1300 on its website, but Costco has it for $699. It is a solid machine.