Cheap Home Gym's

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  1. Tennis_Monk

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

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    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.
     
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