What are some common pitfalls to avoid when building a home gym?

What are some common pitfalls to avoid when building a home gym?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Probably the pit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This. I forgot to install a manlet pit in my first home gym and I had to call the exterminator within a couple months.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. I forgot to install a manlet pit in my first home gym and I had to call the exterminator within a couple months.

      https://i.imgur.com/S2dF9r2.jpg

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i legit have a pit in my homegym. it's supposed to be used for car repair

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buy good quality equipment, especially the barbell

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ensure you can drop weight on floor (on accident) without creating huge costs/drama with landlord

    Enough space to work out/move around comfortably

    Have a plan for how to do leg day properly. If you don’t you eventually circle back to a commercial gym

    Temperature management in winter/summer so you keep using it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >landlord
      Pfft ahahahahahha

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >landlord

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Have a plan for how to do leg day properly. If you don’t you eventually circle back to a commercial gym
      this one is actually pretty huge, Getting a leg curl/leg extension machine for my garage gym made my leg days so much better

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The biggest meme trap is trying to buy too much equipment or getting stuff that's too specialised.
    Just get a rack, a barbell, a bench and some form of cardio to start. After that there's a clear progression of stuff you can get as you need it, like dumbbells and cable attachments. But don't be one of those morons who buys a Smith machine.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I definitely got too much, too fast.
      "Oh, this is neat"
      "That'd be cool"
      "What a deal!"
      I'm whittling it back but, definitely wasted some money. Got dumbbells, became dumber...went with like 3 different "sets" and bullshit for some fricking reason.
      I wish I had not gotten the kensui adjustables specifically.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buying equipment that is less useful than calisthenics. Seriously you don't need anything until you start to plateau with push up, sit ups, squats, and pull ups. Get to where you can do 100 of each without a break then you should buy equipment. Even then you can get weight vest heavy enough to eliminate your need for any other equipment unless your juicing. Max out your calisthenics then go buy an adjustable weight vest. You can get them all the way up to 100 kilos. Don't waste your money.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      how the frick is someone supposed to be able to get to a hundred pullups or push ups while basically ignoring everything else meanwhile

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >everything else
        >traps and side delts
        bodybuilding brainrot, just do handstands

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >everything else
          >traps and side delts
          How about actual everything else?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >hundred pull-ups in a row before doing some bench or squats
      Tell me you are a 65kg dyel without telling me you're a 65kg dyel.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Get to where you can do 100 of each without a break then you should buy equipment
      If you can do max 12 reps without getting tired then it just becomes cardio. This advice is terrible

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not really you dumb homosexual. If you reach failure you grow, that simple.
        Dyels really watch a few tik toks and think they know everything, damn

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Lmao. Lol even. You will get toned up to about 12 reps. After that failure comes from oxygen depletion more than muscle fatigue. Its why no endurance athletes are jacked. But keep doing tons of bw pushups and post body, prove me wrong lmao

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >post body, prove me wrong lmao
            I lift weights and weighted calisthenics
            And muh oxygen depletion(which is a meme in the first place) fixes itself by doing a lot every day .
            At some point your body will feel heavy because you're close failure, and you'll grow.
            The people who dont grow from high reps are the fricking morons being memed into a gym mindset but for calisthenics, when the way to go about it is completely different.

            As you can see high repetitions grow your upper body, as for lower body he should've done pistol squats or added more weight

            >inb4 it's le inconvenient
            no one's talking about that you gay homosexual

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >post body
              Let me just explain why I dont need to
              Also weighted calisthenics are completely different than bw alone you silly billy. You should add weight progressively and shoot for sets of 8-10 for best results rather than mindlessly banging out high rep numbers
              >And muh oxygen depletion(which is a meme in the first place) fixes itself by doing a lot every day
              You are arguing for improving cardio but too much of a sillybilly to understand it. Yes, you can do 30 reps of bw pullups for cardio but id rather just use the elliptical

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                But you grooow from iiit

                It's like minecraft, you mine in a straight line until you get diamonds

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Only to a certain point. Look at the legs of marathon runners. They are toned and lean but someone who squats 2 plates for reps is going to have greater muscle mass in their quads

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You talk like a little girl.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I actually do

                https://i.imgur.com/I6kOtQr.jpg

                [Open]
                >As you can see high repetitions grow your upper body

                that's pretty good moron

                Only to a certain point. Look at the legs of marathon runners. They are toned and lean but someone who squats 2 plates for reps is going to have greater muscle mass in their quads

                that's a moronic comparison
                make them sprint and they'll reach failure at some point

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                *turns the lights off*
                Wow he looks pretty good!
                Lmao

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                on the other side gym transformations look like:
                https://fitness-worx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/7.gif

                Let's be honest, natty lifting is a waste of time in the first place

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              [Open]
              >As you can see high repetitions grow your upper body

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >no endurance athletes are jacked.

            Are you more jacked than Cristiano Ronaldo, homosexual? Post body

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Soccer is not an endurence sport you chowderhead. Ronaldos position requires extreme explosiveness, obviosly hes gonna be yoked

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >endurence

                Good day to you sir

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                If you do t think football players benefit from good endurance, you obviously never played it.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >football

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This advice is like 'Just deadlift 800lb and see if your lats are small then'. 100 pull-ups is an insane accomplishment which is impossible for nearly everybody, & anybody who can actually do this will have an insane physique just because it's impossible to do this without having an insane physique. It's like telling somebody to get their row to five plates to grow their biceps. Anybody who can row five plates will have massive biceps so it seems legit until you think about it for one second & realize it's correlation.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >anybody who can actually do this will have an insane physique just because it's impossible to do this without having an insane physique
        Actually not that insane at. Good upper body strength is a must but the hard part is endurance. This is more a feat of cardio than strength. Being huge would actually hinder you here
        For ref picrel is recordholder for most pullups ever in 24 hours. Obv very lean and in great shape, but would not stand out at even your average commercial gym in terms of size and definition

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's shit advice. 100 reps? Frick off with that. It's not like this shit you're making up though. The actual advice is to get your compounds up to par first. You probably can't get your deadlift to 800lbs but if you're small you can definitely add a couple hundred lbs to it and you should before you start worrying about other lifts.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/mJw5OYA.jpg

        >anybody who can actually do this will have an insane physique just because it's impossible to do this without having an insane physique
        Actually not that insane at. Good upper body strength is a must but the hard part is endurance. This is more a feat of cardio than strength. Being huge would actually hinder you here
        For ref picrel is recordholder for most pullups ever in 24 hours. Obv very lean and in great shape, but would not stand out at even your average commercial gym in terms of size and definition

        100 consecutive pull-ups is absolutely elite. The only people who can do it are autistic midgets who train pull-ups constantly (vid very related) or Crosshitters, who aren't doing pull-ups anyway, they're doing kip-ups which are 50-60% easier.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >100 pull-ups

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      he's right, especially for beginner and intermediate lifters.
      all you need for at home training is:
      >a pull up bar
      >short parallettes for push ups
      >tall parallettes for dips and inverted rows
      >a weight vest or a backpack filled with heavy objects if you're really broke
      the vast majority of people will never outgrow basic calisthenics like push ups, dips, pull ups, inverted rows, squats and lunges, especially with a weight vest. if you are worried about your hamstrings being neglected, buy a pack of heavy resistance bands to do hamstring curls and good mornings with, they also help to assist you if you cannot do a pull up yet.

      This. I forgot to install a manlet pit in my first home gym and I had to call the exterminator within a couple months.

      kek

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ceiling height. Not just to fit the squat rack but to do overhead press.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      just sit down

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the biggest pitfall is not using it

    the second is waiting until you can buy everything at once especially if you're a new lifter. start with basic shit like loadable dumbbells and something to do pullups with. learn how to use few pieces of equipment to do a lot then buy equipment as you progress.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dont put your squat rack in the bath

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    buy quality

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      imagine lifting in those ruins, metal af

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Cheap racks and benches easily.

    >costs more than it should
    Then go to a regular gym.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't stop going outside

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    *Figure out exactly how and where it's getting attached to the floor, wall or ceiling before you make your cop.
    *Particularly if you live with other people: figure out how to avoid all the space getting filled with shit, clothes hanging off of the equipment etc.
    Some c**t is going to want to put a box in the middle of the rack
    >just for a minute and you haven't even lifted in the past two days!
    and before you know it it'll be completely inaccessible and they'll be saying
    >omg why did you waste your money on that rack i have made completely inaccessible with my shit?
    *Don't try and save money on shit that looks "good enough" if it probably isn't.
    *Think about what you're going to be doing. eg. Do you want to do the big four lifts? If so: does what you're looking at let you do the big four lifts from day one?
    If it doesn't let you do what you want from day one then maybe your plan is a bad plan.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Letting some fat prostitute block your gains

      Ngmi. Throw her and her boxes out, proceed with making it.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the c**t was my dad.
        i could have said don't live with your parents but it goes without saying that you shouldn't be as moronic as me.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t cheap out on your power cage or your barbell
    Get a couple horse stall mats and bumper 45s for the floor

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This. If it's not really in your finances to ball out, most places accept payment plans.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me, I just wish I bought a better bench off the bat. I know I’m going to have to upgrade now and it was a waste of money buying the Chinese crap from target. Everything else I’m happy with though.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      poverty mirror

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not to concerned with the quality of my mirror

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Post your homegym

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Miring that Celtic tapestry, too bad FitzPatrick is a moronic marxist.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >storm of the light's bane
      baseado

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >indian
      Based. Going to be a proud owner of a scout soon.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Wish they made them adult sized tho.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm 6' and this will be my first cruiser. Should I just get the chief? Kind of like the dark horse edition.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I know this feel. This bar also gets close to spaghetti at 245 so I'm scared to load more. Gonna swap both out.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        why is there wooden discs on the bar?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You know your garage floor is graded towards the door. Your lifts are uneven your gonna get disproportionate

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/NBp8p1I.jpg

      I know this feel. This bar also gets close to spaghetti at 245 so I'm scared to load more. Gonna swap both out.

      https://i.imgur.com/xvTBlfI.jpg

      Picrel was $500 during peak coof. It included 2 bars, 10 deep dish hampton 45's, and 2 25's. You're not obligated to pay what people are asking. Dropping them a message with an offer saying "I can be there in x minutes with this much cash" is usually enough to get them to sell to you. Everyone is so afraid of haggling and I don't understand it.
      >verification not required

      https://i.imgur.com/EGGrBt1.jpg

      This. Don't be a reddit tier cunsoomer

      https://i.imgur.com/OZzeWzR.jpg

      Total so far is $959 for everything in pic, including the mats (expensive mats wtf). Not shown is 6x CAP 45s off gassing in the garage (all on sale $34.99 each).

      The cage is nice and affordable, BUT I do not recommend any case that is not 1 inch hole after the fact. This cage is 3/4", which is not a big deal if you dont plan on adding tons of accessories. The only thing left I am compelled to get is the lat pull down add-on. That is going to be $270, then my set up is completed.

      Have patience and wait on deals, or be hand on like . You dont need super fancy shit, but dont cheap out too much on Chinese shit either. The bench is Chinese ("YouTen bench"), but it is more solid than the typical triangle style Chinese shit. It took like 2 weeks of looking around. Also the bench's height is lower at 16".

      https://i.imgur.com/ug4WsiJ.jpg

      i would rather kill myself than have that be where i spend my time training
      call me when your home gym looks like this minus the anime poster

      not having a rowing machine is a common error

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        But I do have a rowing machine

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          rip robert

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Robert looked jacked. RIP

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >pick up barbell
        >bend over
        >pull bar to mid torso xF
        There’s your rowing machine

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      buying too much shit all at once, sometimes going cheapo on quality to afford it. Get yourself a set of adjustable dumbbells and a GOOD bench, not some chinkshit you'll have to replace in a couple months like . After that, get some flooring, a decent barbell, a 300lbs plate set, storage for said plates, and a power rack. Finally if you're truly balling out, get some cable attachments and go wild with lat pulldown or whatever the frick else you want. But if you're broke, adjustable dumbbells and a bench are 100% all you need, the rest can be done with calisthenics and shit like chest extenders

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the things you own eventually own you
    a home gym takes up a lot of space

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You don't need anything more than a squat rack, barbell, plates, a bench and dumbbells. That's all I use even in a commercial gym where they have every kind of crazy shit like cables, machines and so on.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a big mirror so you can form check. Unironically the worst part about a home gym is how you take too long between sets. A fifty minute workout can take between an hour and a half - two hours. Maybe a big ass clock or something.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buy a quality barbell.
    Plates can be bought second hand.
    Always buy pieces of equipment that will serve multiple functions and allows you to execute multiple exercises(i.e power rack).
    Purchase pieces of equipment over time rather than all at once(unless you're rich).
    Make sure the space you're using can accommodate said equipment(i.e ceiling height, floor space, even flooring/uneven flooring, clearance of garage motor etc.).
    An adjustable bench is more versatile than a flat bench.
    Adjustable db's aren't a necessity.
    If buying multiple pieces of equipment, make sure you get horestall mats or rubber flooring sorted out first not after.
    Don't buy shit with ridiculous footprints and only serve one purpose(i.e ghd's, reverse hypers, machines that only work 1 muscle group)
    Storage is a must, meaning you should try and get more plates, db's, and equipment attachments off the ground and preferably stored on the wall(i.e wall control, plate pegs, db wall storage).
    Cardio equipment is fine but remember the footprint rule and if space is limited a jump rope is fine.
    You don't need super expensive equipment like Sorinex and Rogue because you can get good quality stuff from Rep, BoS, Titan unless made in Weimerica is important to you.
    Lighting-Some prefer bright, while others prefer dim and warm.
    Heating and cooling-Split pump is best but multiple fans are fine and I've seen some people use pellot stoves to keep warm in the winter.
    Also don't follow gays like Coop from GGR, he's a paypig homosexual from r*ddit and doesn't even lift.
    Watch guys like Basement Brandon, Homegym Hacks and Reviews, Gluck's, Kaizen DIY, Vintage weights.
    Cable machines don't need to be bought right away.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Adjustable db's aren't a necessity.
      I'd disagree with you on this one, since space is limited for me, I do exclusively db and bodyweight exercises. It gets you further than you'd think.

      >You don't need super expensive equipment
      Hard agree. Weight is weight, the only reason to spend hundreds more on the same crap is because you subconsciously think you can buy a body with money. The only currency that spends is effort.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Adjustable db's are the most important things to buy in a home gym. I used to have 10, 25, 30, 35 lb dumbbells and i'd fricking rage because i had no room to build up higher or when I wanted something more in range. Why would you buy a dumbbell weight you're hoping to surpass soon instead of just buying an adjustable db for the price of 3 dumbbell sets

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Adjustable db's aren't a necessity.
        I'd disagree with you on this one, since space is limited for me, I do exclusively db and bodyweight exercises. It gets you further than you'd think.

        >You don't need super expensive equipment
        Hard agree. Weight is weight, the only reason to spend hundreds more on the same crap is because you subconsciously think you can buy a body with money. The only currency that spends is effort.

        Adjustable db's come after barbell, plates, bench and rack.
        Those are the most important pieces to buy, everything else comes after.
        The OP asks for what are the most common pitfalls when building a homegym and purchasing adjustable db's/spin locks first when that money can be used for the other things stated is considered a pitfall.
        If OP said a minimalist homegym than maybe I'd agree with you but I'd say if calisthenics is all you can do than rings, a rucking backpack, sandbags and jump rope would be all you need.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Adjustable db's are the most important things to buy in a home gym.
        are you dumb?

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the home gym room is the home gym room
    it's not also a storage room
    it's not also a laundry room when it's raining outside
    it's not a room that needs to be decorated
    it's not also a whatever other shit hobby you may have room
    and it most certainly is not also a spare bedroom
    the moment you give that room another use is the moment you stop using it

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >it's not a room that needs to be decorated
      I disagree on this. One of the benefits of having a home gym is that you can decorate it with whatever motivates you instead of the generic "quitters never win" shit in commercial gyms.

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You need to decorate it to make sure the vibes are good. If you work out in a bare walled amerishart tier home it is going to be depressing AF and will affect your gains

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buy used. Get a quality bench (I fricking hate mine) and bar, watch your ceiling height for OHP specifically. Squat stands are a meme, they take up the same amount of space as a 4 post rack with none of the benefits

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    don't waste money, and space, on crap like cable machines or preacher curl.
    rack/stands, barbell, plates, platform.

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    buy once cry once. I bought a cheap flat bench thinking I'm not gonna use incline anyway and before I even had the chance to set up the gym, I changed my mind and bought pic related

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    planning your layout, floor space management, check the heights of things if your ceiling is low like mine is... granted the homegym was an after thought after I bought the house.
    Floor protection, dropping 400lbs repeatedly on anything will eventually break it.. even concrete.
    buy once cry once... I have 3 sets of adjustable DB's because I was a cheap ass
    bands and chains are cheap and versatile to add some variety to your lifting.

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is a dedicated cable station worth it over some DIY contraption? considering pic related from powertec as I already have the maching rack and bench, so it occupies minimal space (the leg pads match the bench, so a seat is not needed). I have the rack in my bedroom, so it's important. seems really overpriced at 800$, though, and I could get a cheap wobbly one at a third of the price

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You can just sling resistance bands over the rack.

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the biggest mistake is actually building it
    half decent plates are so fricking expensive its not even worth it, idk what happened but i think it was after covid when they got really expensive
    a basic power rack, barbell, bench and plates combo its gonna cost you 3k minimum, and will only allow to do bench, ohp, squats,dl,

    i can go to a gym thats 20€/month, its gonna cost me 2400€ in 10 years

    the only thing that i think is really worth buying is pic rel

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >15 min drive both ways to gym 5 days a week
      >130hrs total over a year
      Home gym isn't about saving money, it's about saving time for most people. That plus the added convenience of not having to deal with poor people not wiping equipment down

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      easily the most moronic post with 0 reading comprehension whatsoever

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Picrel was $500 during peak coof. It included 2 bars, 10 deep dish hampton 45's, and 2 25's. You're not obligated to pay what people are asking. Dropping them a message with an offer saying "I can be there in x minutes with this much cash" is usually enough to get them to sell to you. Everyone is so afraid of haggling and I don't understand it.
      >verification not required

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        based haggler
        frick "conflict" averse zoomies

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Total so far is $959 for everything in pic, including the mats (expensive mats wtf). Not shown is 6x CAP 45s off gassing in the garage (all on sale $34.99 each).

        The cage is nice and affordable, BUT I do not recommend any case that is not 1 inch hole after the fact. This cage is 3/4", which is not a big deal if you dont plan on adding tons of accessories. The only thing left I am compelled to get is the lat pull down add-on. That is going to be $270, then my set up is completed.

        Have patience and wait on deals, or be hand on like . You dont need super fancy shit, but dont cheap out too much on Chinese shit either. The bench is Chinese ("YouTen bench"), but it is more solid than the typical triangle style Chinese shit. It took like 2 weeks of looking around. Also the bench's height is lower at 16".

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Forgot about the bar (Rouge Ohio), another $295. Ive had that for years, before any weights or other equipment.

          And yeah, thats a dining room.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i would rather kill myself than have that be where i spend my time training
        call me when your home gym looks like this minus the anime poster

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Scroll up to this post homosexual

          https://i.imgur.com/945azxc.jpg

          Buy used. Get a quality bench (I fricking hate mine) and bar, watch your ceiling height for OHP specifically. Squat stands are a meme, they take up the same amount of space as a 4 post rack with none of the benefits

          but I do appreciate you posting a stock image another anon used as a reference point in the last /hgg/ thread.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >posts a literal r*ddit gym

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yes? reddit is unironically better than this place by every single measure and that tells enough since it doesnt get much worse than reddit

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >comes into thread about how to start off building homegyms
              >posts an end result gym despite not owning a homegym himself
              Then go back.
              We have enough low quality posters.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You're a homosexual. Call me when your gym looks like this.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You almost have a point in terms of money. Except what the frick are half decent plates that you need in your home gym that your commercial gym totally does NOT have, that would put you over 1000?

      Also you can do more than that with a rack and the barbell lmao you fricking idiot, liar. You must be a massive dyel if that's all you can think of.

      Truth is if you do spend 2400 you will get a killer home gym that includes adjustable DBs with all the aded benefits. Privacy, solitude, convenience, time. And it will last over 10 years for you, your partner, friends and family if you want. So, since we're pulling numbers out of our asses in 10 years your family can potentially save 9600.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      1. It's not that expensive. At least not in America
      2. Home gym generally means in a HOME. Meaning you'll live there for well over 10 years, or it moves with you to your next house.
      3. The money isn't the factor it's the availability. I never have to wait for someone else to finish, never have to alter my workout because of someone else, never b***h out because it's shitty weather and I don't want to head back out somewhere.

      You save commute time, can multitask, and can do quick workouts rather than no workouts. I am far more dedicated since I got a home gym than when I was younger with more free time going to a gym. Right now is my busy season for work and when I need to work nights and saturdays I can still work between sets. That's impossible at commercial gym. Also it's hard to put a price on not having to deal with other idiots.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm in Toronto and ice spent a few hundred bucks on a bench and dumbells and I'm wayyy ahead of the game financially

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >half decent plates are so fricking expensive its not even worth it
      Yes because buying cheap CAP plates will give you cancer

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah if you buy the expensive pl8s you probably wear normie skater shoes, airflow socks, mesh/runner shorts or cotton joggers, expensive wife beaters, and a headband or hat. And your taste in music is never anything too risky, and you drink cheap beer and expensive vodka. Your dream car is a paddleshift muscle car with a 3000 dollar supercharger instead of turbo for some reason(15k for the all new exhaust and to have someone literally do 2 hours of work), and you like ornamental bongs that don't get clean yet you don't notice because you think weed is bad unless it's the first rest day of your no more than 2 rest day 5 day split you created over the course of more than a decade.

  27. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Having low ceilings in your peasant hovel.
    Being a moronic consoomer buying a billion useless overpriced NAMEBRAND accessories.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. Don't be a reddit tier cunsoomer

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        looks the same as those collections of stanley cups in every colour

  28. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have only bought rogue barbells so far, but I gotta tell you, i'm glad I did.
    I could have cheaped out and gotten olympic bars that only cost $200 but i would be worried about their quality constantly and we've all seen the horrible webms where cheap barbells have failed.

    Long story short, it doesn't have to be rogue, but as long as it is similar quality, don't cheap out on the barbell.
    Weights, you can weigh, you can calibrate by grinding or welding on additional weight. It'll be ugly but at least there is something you can do with it.
    If your barbell sucks, you're just fricked.

  29. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Garages have slanted floors so if you have a spare room it's 1000x better and that's not even mentioning the issues with moisture and temperature that are entirely avoided by just putting it in a room. It's kind of cucked if your wife kicks you into the garage when you paid for the house.

    You aren't paying for quality with racks. Cheap barbells are noticeably worse though. The only problem with cheap weights is that they're ugly. Buy a welded bench or else it falls apart. Seen it happen.

    You don't need pully systems you fatass just do rows and/or chinups. Get a platform first. It just takes 2-3x sheets of plywood then a thinner top layer and then you glue+screw it together. Always lift in the rack unlike that brainlet OP pic. Specialty bars are a grift. Resistance bands to augment barbells are really nice because barbells have problems like really stressing the pec tendon at the bottom of a bench.

    Also, you can get a great body, better than whoever owns that shit in your pic, with just calisthenics equipment. A simple pull up bar in your backyard can give you fantastic, A+ body. Weights are more scalable to weak people though. Just don't be that position where you're like "I want a home gym but I don't have a spare $1000 for the equipment and weights..." Go grind chin-ups, dips (straight bar dips exist) and sprints/lunges/jumprope

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Oh and they are expensive because nobody is going to give you an entire gym rack setup for free. People spam that shit online but it doesn't actually happen in real life. They might sell those scam, marcy playtoy barbells that bend at 90lbs but that's not real equipment.

  30. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cheapest and closest gyms here are PlanetFitness and LA Fitness for $10/m and $35/m. Friends were saying how I should have just went to LA Fitness instead. But the thing is if Im prudent and can manage a $1000 on home gym, thats equivalent to 29 months of membership, for one person. After basically 2 and a half years, I will be in the black again. I told my friends that they are welcome to use mine, but no one has taken that up yet so whatever. If they did, the ROI would be even faster, theoretically.

  31. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buy a plastic mirror and put it over the floor of your squat rack, so you can enjoy the ultimate experience of squatting nude.

  32. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buying a brand and not what you really want. Most of my shit is Chinese steel so my whole gym was around 2.5k. Two squat racks with safeties. 250kg of weights, two oly barbells and a bunch of random stuff I wanted. Everything is bought new.

  33. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not deadlifting because it's too comfy and then you slide right back down into the mediocrity you were on your way out of

  34. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pins racks or stands so that you don't ack yourself trying to bench alone in your gym

  35. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In terms of equipment selection there are three big ones IMO

    1: it's no different than tools in that there is overprice to hell and back "made in America" gear and the literal identical equivalent made wherever else that costs half as much or less; the pitfall is listening to the homosexuals screeching "Chineseum" and actually paying a premium beyond the bare minimum needed to work out safely and comfortably

    2: reddit, youtube, and most online sources available today have been flooded with complete shills for products (not just fitness equipment) meaning that as with #1 they will try to misdirect you into buying more than the bare essentials needed for serious weight training; take their recommendations with a heaping mountain of salt or you'll end up spending thousands more than you need to

    3: if you haven't tried both types of rack so that you really understand what it is you want and what you're getting, think carefully in deciding between a 2x3 and 3x3 power rack, yes there are lots of reasons to choose 3x3 but I personally prefer actually working on a 2x3 and miss none of the benefits of a 3x3

  36. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't put it on the second floor.
    Make sure you get a deadlift platform so you don't wreck your floors.

  37. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lol don't do what's in that picture. The bench press should be inside the cage for the safety arms

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >using the safeties
      You are a PUSSY. Just don't use clips and you'll be fine.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not him but ditching more than like 1 pl8 is quite problematic. The plates just end up getting stuck and you have to struggle your way out from under the bar, if you even can. Safeties are way better and it's not even close.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I've done it easily at 2pl8. Haven't had to for much higher but I'll take your word for it.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            The only time I've "successfully" ditched 3+ plates in that manner I was doing equipped bench and the plates slid off while I was locking out unevenly. Ended up getting launched. So yeah, definitely do not recommend
            t. 4 pl8 raw bencher

  38. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    not doing buy once cry once

  39. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you have potfalls in your home gym, you're either doing it wrong or are a criminal mastermind

  40. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >have rack
    >lift outside of it
    don't

  41. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    didn't know it was possible but you guys are bigger homosexuals than the battlestation posters on IST

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      imagine admitting to feeling inferior to IST posters

  42. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >have safeties
    >don't lift in the rack so safeties can actually be used
    come on bruh

  43. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Home gym thread? I need help with flooring. Decided to get stall mats but no motherfrickers carry them, having them shipped to the store costs an insane amount (may as well just buy specialized stuff and get it shipped to me)
    I see the 3 ft by 4ft, they would probably work, but they are only 1/2 inch thickness as opposed to the 4ft by 6ft which are 3/4 inch thickness. Is the 1/2in worthwhile or a waste of money/time?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You don't have a tractor supply near you? And the thicker the better tbh.

      getting one at all. Dips and pull ups, what else do you need, maybe some dumbbells?

      >But then who was legs?
      Dyel hands typed this post

      Buying a cheap barbell is always mistake. The manufacturers tend to lie about how much weight they can handle. You'd be best spending the extra hundred to two hundred dollars to get a rogue, titan, or one of those other known good barbells over the cheap ones you can find on amazon. It's worth the money.

      Pay attention to the knurling. If you are doing powerlifting you want more aggressive knurling. If you are doing a lot of high rep work, less aggressive knurling may be preferred. If you're doing a bit of both, then the volcano knurling might be your best choice.

      All you need for a home gym is a Barbell, a couple adjustable dumbbells (the ones that come in a single unit like ironmaster or nuobells are more comfortable to use though loadable is an option if you get a bunch of 5-10 lb pl8s), a sturdy enough squat rack or power rack, an incline bench, and some pl8s. Just like the Barbell, it's a good idea to spend a little bit extra for some good stuff. For pl8s, cast iron is usually the cheapest which will be fine if you're not doing Olympic movements. Virgin rubber bumpers are preferred for olympic movements. Crumb rubber smells because of adhesives where virgin rubber doesn't smell as bad. Urethane is expensive but great if you need to load up a barbell. Calibrated steel is top of the line though not the best choice on a budget.

      For flooring, get some stallmats. Don't get that shitty rubber flooring. Stallmats are designed to protect a concrete floor from a horse (as much as 1.5 tons) jumping up and down or protect a wall from a kicking horse. And they're cheap too. Just look for some that don't smell too bad and are safe for indoor stables.

      Good post. However you need wood under the horse stall mats to distribute the load properly. Other than that, solid info

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have several near me, but they don't have the thicker mats in stock and won't ship them to a store without paying almost as much as to ship them to my house. I guess I'll wait around until they have them in stock, I dunno.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          nvm, I'm moronic, apparently they ship to the store for free BUT I'm still stuck waiting around for that shit before I even bother assembling my rack.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            How long of a wait? Just plan it around a deload or something, frick

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I just moved, got the rack delivered in December, was waiting around for after the move to assemble it. There's no deload, just the start of giving lifting another shot after years of being unable to due to various things. But this time without the hassle of a gym commute. I might just pay the moronic shipping costs and get six 3' x 4' mats delivered straight to my house.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        There is no wood in my barn and the concrete below is still uncracked and I have some hot tempered horses. The mats themselves can distibute a lot of load and should be good enough themselves for most lifters. You only really only might need the reinforcement if you are doing really heavy DL or Olympic lifts and have a particularly delicate floor like hardwood underneath.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Maybe I just got unlucky then. Had a crack spread under one side of the horse stall mats (had 2 3/4" ones stacked) and the concrete fell apart and got pulverized. Gonna have to fix it soon but regardless, better to be safe than sorry is my main point. Admittedly the last place I lived in with my deadlift set up was fine.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Might have been just the quality of concrete. But I agree, you're right. Probably better safe than sorry especially when plywood isn't too expensive yet.

  44. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    getting one at all. Dips and pull ups, what else do you need, maybe some dumbbells?

  45. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buying a cheap barbell is always mistake. The manufacturers tend to lie about how much weight they can handle. You'd be best spending the extra hundred to two hundred dollars to get a rogue, titan, or one of those other known good barbells over the cheap ones you can find on amazon. It's worth the money.

    Pay attention to the knurling. If you are doing powerlifting you want more aggressive knurling. If you are doing a lot of high rep work, less aggressive knurling may be preferred. If you're doing a bit of both, then the volcano knurling might be your best choice.

    All you need for a home gym is a Barbell, a couple adjustable dumbbells (the ones that come in a single unit like ironmaster or nuobells are more comfortable to use though loadable is an option if you get a bunch of 5-10 lb pl8s), a sturdy enough squat rack or power rack, an incline bench, and some pl8s. Just like the Barbell, it's a good idea to spend a little bit extra for some good stuff. For pl8s, cast iron is usually the cheapest which will be fine if you're not doing Olympic movements. Virgin rubber bumpers are preferred for olympic movements. Crumb rubber smells because of adhesives where virgin rubber doesn't smell as bad. Urethane is expensive but great if you need to load up a barbell. Calibrated steel is top of the line though not the best choice on a budget.

    For flooring, get some stallmats. Don't get that shitty rubber flooring. Stallmats are designed to protect a concrete floor from a horse (as much as 1.5 tons) jumping up and down or protect a wall from a kicking horse. And they're cheap too. Just look for some that don't smell too bad and are safe for indoor stables.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >1.5 tons
      Don't know why I thought tons. 1.5k lbs. Horses are still pretty heavy though.

  46. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    biggest mistake is deliberating about it in any way. just do it pussy

  47. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dont forget to have a home to put your gym inside of

  48. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I just have a bench and dumbells, wayy more space efficient imo.

  49. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly just get a basic membership at a gym for like 10-25 bucks, you can use all the equipment and anything else in the facility. Working out at your house will get boring and musty. And if you’re concerned about the monthly fees adding up, then have a goal and time frame. Pay the fee with a credit card and declare as lost when you’re done, the gym will stop charging you and your membership will be cancelled without having to deal with their bs.

  50. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I started mine in my garage but it smells like gas in there from all the lawn tools so I just got a gym membership instead.

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