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does this happen at your gym?

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by fosse, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. OMNIFEX

    OMNIFEX Well-Known Member

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    I use 140 pound dumbbells for Shrugs. I actually can do up to
    180 pounds, but my sets are greatly reduced.

    I'm not a big, guy, but very strong. So, I use a lot of heavy
    weights to acomplish size.

    As for form, once I mess up, I stop. I don't believe in pushing
    myself harder, if my form is out the window........

    Seeing that I workout solo, dumbbells are more user friendly
    than using a bar. I've seen guys get stuck on bars, without
    a spotter, and, I usually end up running over to their side to
    help prevent a fatality.

    So, the majority of my routine is steered around Dumbbells.
     
  2. doordude42

    doordude42 Senior Member

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  3. jsbrook

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    A bodybuilder physique can be built at home. But, yes-probably not for any cheaper than it will cost to join a gym. Getting the required racks, free weights, bands, etc... would be damn expensive. Training with other serious people also helps a lot.
     
  4. swole

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    Another peeve: People who engage in intense conversation on their cells while working out. The two are mutually exclusive.

    I was on the treadmill the other day and this guy was on the stairs next to me talking on his cell phone. He was so involved with his conversation that he was only taking one step every 5 seconds or so. Why bother? Why don't they just go outside and walk around and talk all they want?

    If I owned the gym, I would put a sign up: “Before you enter, please turn off your cell phone, or put them on vibrate and shove them up your ass.”
     
  5. Kino

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    Just off the top of my head I'm at $4655, and I haven't included the 700lbs+ of plates, bars, attachments, and other misc...Honestly, this is the first time I've seen that number, and I'm taken back a little. That's alot of cash, but I've put together everything over the past 2 or 3 years.
    Throw another $600 on that easily for the stuff I didn't calculate, and then divide by one months membership fee.
    Nothing beats only having to walk into the next room to train though. :nod:
     
  6. doordude42

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    And don't forget not having to tolerate the aforementioned idiots !
     
  7. Kino

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    I had an idea for a new bench position while I was in the shower yesterday...I was in the weight room checking it out as soon as I could get out of the shower and get a towel around me. Towel fell off around the 3rd rep... :lol:
     
  8. doordude42

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    Now try that in a commercial gym!!! :whistle:
     
  9. bradh

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    Its not that expensive to get a good homegym. Over 10years (max) i'm sure a gym membership would be more expensive. Not even taking in account gas money if you have to drive.

    I good power rack or a unit like titan would probably be the biggest purchase.

    Weights sell for the a buck a pound in canada. Even cheaper in some places, i seen it half that price for iron.
     
  10. jsbrook

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    Cool. Over time, I do think you would probably come out ahead. And the convenience of it can't be beat.
     
  11. doordude42

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    Honestly, my son and I work out in my basement. It's dark and dreary. It's so bad we call it the dungeon. We have a couple of benches, (with a rack) a preacher bench, a roman chair, an incline ab board, And maybe 350 - 400 lbs weight total. That's it. Truthfully it's all we need. I'd like to get a lat machine but unfortunately the ceiling's too low. These days back work consists of all rowing movements. I'm sure I could get a more effective workout elsewhere but I refuse to put up with the assholes! For now, we work with what we've got. And we work hard!!!!!
     
  12. jsbrook

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    Yeah, maybe. Kino said he spent $4655, not including 700lbs+ of plates, bars, attachments, and other miscellaneous stuff. But over enough years, I do think you'd come out ahead. And the conenience is a big plus, too. It's not feasible for me personally at this time because I'm not settled in one location. But my dad's looking to set up a home gym for himself.
     
  13. bradh

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    I have about 400 pounds of weight, need more in 4 or 5 months with my deads. Bench with squat racks. Sit up board, ellpicatical trainer, small homegym that has another flat bench and also a lat pulldown. Be setting up a homemade chinup bar today or tommorrow looking into a dip station with small piping. I seen a thread on t-nation looks pretty neat and its cheap. I should be pretty good then. Well i'm going down for me deads :nod: 2 minutes and i'll be loading the bar :claphigh:
     
  14. OMNIFEX

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    Your comparing a firehouse which employees need to handle
    massive weight under the worst conditions. Thats not a fair
    comparison to what is found in many Commercial muchless
    Home gyms. As for Powerhouse, it may not be as good as the
    Firehouse, but it runs circles around NYSC, Equinox, and Ballys
    that costs thousands of dollars more.

    I can't remember exactly how much Powerhouse cost, but its no
    higher than $500.00 for the year, which will cost much less than
    building your own home gym offering the same equipment.

    Your 30 years of experience of working out plays a factor, for you
    already know what is needed, and, what is not. This is why
    you can pick & choose the right equipment to get the job done.

    You've past the stage of trial and error because you have 30 years
    of experience, working out.

    Thats what I meant about your body being subdued to 30 years of
    training. I wasn't asking you a question.

    You may not realize it but, by working out in Powerhouse, and, the
    firehouse, you've experienced weights and machines, that many
    guys haven't.

    So, that will play a factor on what you choose, and, what the
    next guy choose when building their home gym.

    Thats where my implication of not wanting a Body Builder physique
    came from.

    I started out in a Commercial gym, out grew it, and, went to
    Johnny Lats. The Commercial gym cost me $2200, stuck in a
    two year contract, and, Lats cost me $300.00 a year 2 years
    was $500.00

    Lats put me back to stage one, because the Commercial gym,
    didn't have the necessary tools, and attitude from the members
    to achieve the results.


    The guys that are building a home gym spending $1200 - 2000
    a year sees the price break for building a home gym. But when
    I can get all the bodybuilding iron I need for $200 - $300 a year,
    it will cost me cheaper to pay a yearly membership, and, get
    the results needed, than buying all the necessary weights, to
    achieve the bodybuilding physique for home use.

    This is why I always recomend the little hole in the ground
    gyms, over commercial gyms, if you are looking more towards
    a body builder physique.

    Since you mentioned Powerhouse in the Bronx, I'm pretty sure
    you've heard of Johnny Lats in the city, considering you've
    been working out for 30 years.
     
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  15. jsbrook

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    Tools needed to get big = racks, plenty of plates, barbells, dumbells, attachments, and possibly some miscellaneous stuff for more specialized training. These can be found in hole in the wall gyms (which admittedly are great), a home gym, or some commercial gyms. It's lack of knowledge that leads to some home gyms being inadequately equipped and not the fact that it's in someone's basement. A proper home gym is expensive, but a couple hundred dollars a year in dues at a gym adds up over the years. So, it's not necessarily the worse option. It just depends on what you're looking for and what fits best into your schedule and life.
     
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  17. thirtysomething

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    I'm curious why you couldn't just load a bar with ~240 in plates to do shrugs -- there's really no danger in that.

    The only thing I lack in my home gym are some specific machines that *might* be useful -- for example, I would like to do hamstring curls on a machine designed for that rather than my bench (feels like an ergonomic disaster) and once my shoulder get better would like a dip station, though that would be easy to add to my home for little cost.
    Maybe some cable exercises... but not like I am suffering without them.

    Since my husband spots me I don't see how going to the gym would add anything except a nice sauna, and I would find it frustrating to wait for equipment and talk to people who I'd rather not.
     
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    he man do you really think we didnt see you stick your fingers in your armpit and sniff them five seconds later.
     
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