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Ideas for building home gym? I was thinking of purchasing a few weights along with a treadmill / bike / elliptical. Thoughts or recommendation?

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Get a power rack, barbell with plates and adjustable bench - you’ll be able to perform all core lifts (squat, bench press, overhead press and deadlift) in the same space with the same equipment.

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get some good mats so you don’t ruin the floor, treadmill > bike/elliptical. I’m also a big fan of row machines. How much room do you have? How often/intensely do you currently workout?

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Make sure nothing is made of steel or iron. Drying cloths on them will cause then to rust!

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Keep it simple to start. Power rack for sure. Get a decent barbell and a few hundred# of weights. You can get all the essentials done with just those. One add on that is cheap that I use a lot is my landmine and t bar as well. Recommend bumper plates for a variety of reasons. If you’re a big rower, I’m sure you know the favorite is concept 2. Dumbbells will take a big chunk of change away unless you can’t get away with 5-50 for the bow flex ones or power block setups. Im not a fan of them, but might work for you. Get some heavy duty horse stall mats If you know you’re going to be lifting consistently, then I highly recommend rogue. Their stuff is quality. If you’re unsure or have a lower budget, you can get some great deals on Craigslist

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I went crazy spent $4k on a rogue free weight setup for my garage. It’s awesome. Jury is out if 2 days on the weekend makes it worth it.

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What’s your budget and what type of exercise do you enjoy? Also house or apt? I’m in 3rd floor apt so I can’t get a power rack and Olympic bar yet. I do however have the bow flex 10-90 lb dumbbells and a bench which work for most lifts if you have proper form. I do recommend adjustable Cumberland and a couple adjustable kettle bells to save space Also spin bike and/or rowing machine for cardio. You can get a high quality, mechanically sound spin bike for under $300 if you forgo digital readouts, on the other end is the $2000 peloton but it’s awesome. Disagree with E2 that a treadmill is better, I just go outside when I want to run

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OP, PWC1 hit the nail on the head. This is critical when the primary use for your gym equipment is as a drying rack for wet clothes .

Thanks for all the suggestion! I'm in a 3 story apt and am planning to set up in the basement. I was thinking of starting light with a treadmill / elliptical and then slowly adding in weights and maybe a rowing machine. Any brands you recommend? Thanks so much!!

Just went through this but went the calisthenics route as I think that's optimal for maximizing strength to weight ratio and aesthetics. got a pull up bar, gymnastics rings, parallette bars, and a jump rope for a total of around $150. Also much easier come moving time. Still have a gym membership for weights though

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