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Old 7 November 2018, 19:03
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Ideal Home Gym?

So I have a home gym in the garage, and am considering upgrading it to an "ideal" home gym with a few more additions. Not a lot to be honest...

I'll list what I think my ideal gym is, but am chasing members' thoughts as I know there's equipment/methods out there that I haven't considered.

I'm focused on two aspects:

1 - Conditioning
2 - Strength / Rehab / Maintenance

So as follows:

1 - Conditioning

- "Assault Bike"*
- SkiErg* (Really like the look of this)
- Rower
- Woodway "person powered" Treadmill**
- Boxing bag
- Pack (Pack walks)
- Prowler Sled
- Battle Ropes
- Am considering the "Inertia Wave" bands*...anyone used them?

2 - Strength / Rehab / Maintenance

- Squat rack/cage, with pullup bar, and lat pulldown attachment
- Bands
- Adjustable seat/bench
- Oly bar & weights
- Trap Bar*
- Dumbells
- Kettlebells
- TRX & Rings
- Tyre/Tire

* - To get
** - Upgrade from current 20 yr-old weary electric treadmill

I know I'm looking at doubling/tripling up on some equipment, but I like a little variety in my training. Plus it means the wife and I can train together.

Anything obvious that I've missed out on, or should avoid?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 8 November 2018, 06:43
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I currently have an elliptical/glider trainer, water rower, heavy bag, bench and set of powerblock dumbells. Suits me well. Really like the power blocks, my rower and my eliptical.

And I also own a martial arts school just down the road from where I live, so have access many unique training tools there (medicine balls, assorted punching bags, kettle bells, wooden dummies, wall bags, etc)

My only suggestion is do not go cheap. Buy quality equipment.
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Old 8 November 2018, 12:32
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You're in Oz, right? If so, too bad - there is an online company here https://www.titan.fitness/ that is the best place for home gym stuff - you don't pay the 'Rogue Tax'.

My Cross Country Skier from the 80's never breaks, but when it does, I'm getting a Steel Climber http://steelclimber.com/
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Old 9 November 2018, 21:30
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You're in Oz, right? If so, too bad - there is an online company here https://www.titan.fitness/ that is the best place for home gym stuff - you don't pay the 'Rogue Tax'.

My Cross Country Skier from the 80's never breaks, but when it does, I'm getting a Steel Climber http://steelclimber.com/
I've been looking at Titan's sled Pro Sled and new decline bench. I have never seen their stuff in person. What are your thoughts on quality. Like you mentioned, I love the Rogue stuff, but pricey.

I continue to look at the Versa Climber/Steel Climber. Both are pricey and would be a great addition to my garage gym. Got a great deal on a Concept D model a few years ago on Craig's List.
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Old 10 November 2018, 08:44
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I've been looking at Titan's sled Pro Sled and new decline bench. I have never seen their stuff in person. What are your thoughts on quality. Like you mentioned, I love the Rogue stuff, but pricey.

I continue to look at the Versa Climber/Steel Climber. Both are pricey and would be a great addition to my garage gym. Got a great deal on a Concept D model a few years ago on Craig's List.
Titan = "Peel off the Rogue sticker" and its the same. I have a Power Rack, a Step Up platform, and Adj Dumbbells from them - built like a tank.

Steel Climber is cheap compared to Versa - by a few thousand dollars last time I looked. I want one, I just can't justify it while my Skier is still trucking
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Old 8 November 2018, 12:46
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Nice list. Items I have that I didn't see on your list are a homemade wooden box (20"/24"/28"), 20# medicine ball (walls balls and slams), dip bar, handing straps (knee to elbow, other), and mat (roll up or on floor).
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Old 8 November 2018, 13:15
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Don't forget the water cooler.

And some good Bose or JBL Bluetooth speakers.
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Old 8 November 2018, 13:18
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I really liked those concept rowers when I worked out.
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Old 8 November 2018, 15:53
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My ideal gym would include a Jacob's Ladder,but those things are pricey.
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Old 8 November 2018, 19:39
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My only suggestion is do not go cheap. Buy quality equipment.
Agree, but sometimes the price difference in brand-name vs solid non-brand is ridiculous.

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You're in Oz, right? If so, too bad - there is an online company here https://www.titan.fitness/ that is the best place for home gym stuff - you don't pay the 'Rogue Tax'.

My Cross Country Skier from the 80's never breaks, but when it does, I'm getting a Steel Climber http://steelclimber.com/
Know what you mean about "Rogue Tax", but sites like that are good to look at for ideas. Steel climber looks interesting.

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Nice list. Items I have that I didn't see on your list are a homemade wooden box (20"/24"/28"), 20# medicine ball (walls balls and slams), dip bar, handing straps (knee to elbow, other), and mat (roll up or on floor).
I use the tire for jumps. Forgot to add them to the list, but do have some dead balls, and floor mats.

Dip bar...good point...should be able to get a rack attachment for that.

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Don't forget the water cooler.

And some good Bose or JBL Bluetooth speakers.
Speakers, yes!

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My ideal gym would include a Jacob's Ladder,but those things are pricey.
From looking at it...I think I'd get bored real quick. For me personally, a pack walk up a mountain would be better.
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Like kettle bells but cheaper.
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Old 8 November 2018, 21:20
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Like kettle bells but cheaper.
Might have to move somewhere colder to use that...
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Old 9 November 2018, 17:45
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I have a few different sized slosh pipes (ABS pipe with water). Great for the core and easy to store.
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Old 10 November 2018, 13:40
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Damn, nofear - how big is your garage ?

My garage gym consists of:
- a set of kettlebells (about 20 - from 8kg up to 48kg)
- Pull up bar
- Heavy bag
- 16ft suspended rope (fortunately I have a vaulted roof in my garage)
- Rings suspended
- Parrallette bars - 3 different sizes (high, med, low height) - the highest set allows me to also do dips
- 3 different sizes of Indian clubs (1, 3 and 20lb)
- Hard surface medicine balls (8, 10, 12 and 20lbs)
- Jump rope
- various mats, straps, sticks, blocks, etc.

For my cardio - I get that from the k-bells, heavy bag, jump rope - or I go for a run.

I do have a few dumbbells and an Olympic bar with ~300lbs of bumper plates - but I rarely use those anymore.
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Old 10 November 2018, 18:37
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Damn, nofear - how big is your garage ?
"Normal" house garage. I just strictly enforce one basic rule - The wife isn't allowed to put ANYTHING in the garage.

That magically results in ample room.
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Old 11 November 2018, 10:23
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"Normal" house garage. I just strictly enforce one basic rule - The wife isn't allowed to put ANYTHING in the garage.

That magically results in ample room.
So basically what you are saying is - your wife owns the whole house and she has pushed you out to the garage as "your safe space".
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Glad I have a key to the place I do my boxing, etc. heavy bags, speed bag, some DBs, treadmills.
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Old 11 November 2018, 11:03
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I bought a heavy bag at a garage sale. I use it to augment the muscle groups of the day and to reinforce my "structure". It is only used as a "deadweight". I was too cheap to buy a wrestling dummy. I think the best thing about using it, it has no handles no convenient way to grab it.

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