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macfit

Maryland, USA

The search feature is not working for me today. I am looking for suggestions. I'd like to add some variety to my home gym. Right now I have a power rack/chin bar with an olympic barbell set. Powerblocks with the bench, jump rope and capt. crush gripper. I've been content using these for years, there is plenty here for variation. Just wondering if any of you have a versatile piece you wouldn't train without.

I am considering a neck harness or some sort of bands, fabled cables or set of dip attachments. No machine recommendations please, I have no room.

Thanks.
Robb Mac
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perrymk

There are combination pulldown/row attachments for some power racks.

I like my ab straps (hang from pull bay) and rotating pullup chains (hang from ceiling).

I have a front squat harness that I rotate in my routines from time to time. (frontsquatharness.com)

I have rotator cuff issues and wouldn't squat without a top squat

I love my Sorinex Gripper.

There are numerous attachments for the bench. I probably use the butterfly attachment (like a lying down pec dec) the most.

A 7 foot curl bar fits in the power rack and for me helps relieve wrist pressure when doing close grip bench presses.

A supported wrist roller can be attached to your power rack.

I made my own calf raise apparatus using a backpack frame. ( http://i233.photobucket.com/...ym/topcalf1.jpg )

It's easy enough to rig a donkey calf. Start with a dip belt, add an extra chain. Load up a tricep curl bar. Loop each chain through the D shaped holes of a tricep curl bar. Bend over a bench, table, weight rack, whatever. Slide dip belt over lower back. Put toes on block of wood.

Add some thick bar work. I made my own thick handle dumbells.

I could go on.
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

Zane Leg Blaster... squats, lunges and calf raises. Very small footprint. A dual cable machine (the 'functional' type with weight stacks only 4 feet apart); at least half my training, and that of my clients, are done on that one piece.
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DNAHelix

New York, USA

Brian Johnston wrote:
Zane Leg Blaster... squats, lunges and calf raises. Very small footprint. A dual cable machine (the 'functional' type with weight stacks only 4 feet apart); at least half my training, and that of my clients, are done on that one piece.


Zane Blaster also has dip attachment. Brilliant thing IMO.

Brian, I would also suggest a bench, power block DBs and an Ab Carver.
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davise

Ironmind Supersquats belt and loading pin. 45 degree hyperextension. Roger Stewarts Extreme Calf Machine. Fat Gripz regular and Fatgripz Extreme. Monsterbar forearm bar. Ironmind Neck Harness. Fractional Plates (IronWoody Fitness). IronWoody Gripper.
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Turpin

Kettlebell ( 15-20 or 24kg ) a very versatile tool for strength & muscle building.

TRX straps make a good / versatile investment for any home gym & can be attached to your chinning bar.

http://www.youtube.com/...h?v=LtKSYFlpoTM

T.
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macfit

Maryland, USA

Thanks guys, all excellent suggestions. The leg blaster has always been on my wish list. Just hard to justify when I can back & front squat without limitations.

Perry, very nice gym you've set up for yourself. I love the ingenuity. I think i'm going to start with an inventory of what I already have lying around the garage and make something useful out of it. Thanks for the motivation.

Robb M.

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perrymk

Sorinex grip machine
http://i233.photobucket.com/...0gym/G-Rex1.jpg

homemade thick handle wrist curl bar
http://i233.photobucket.com/...m/IMGP0376a.jpg

homemade thick handle dumbbell
http://i233.photobucket.com/...ym/IMGP0363.jpg

ab straps, long curl bar, , top squat partially obscured by ab straps, etc.
http://i233.photobucket.com/.../crossover1.jpg

lying pec dec
http://i233.photobucket.com/...m/butterfly.jpg

homemade side lateral attachment
http://i233.photobucket.com/...ttachbench1.jpg

rotating pull handles
http://i233.photobucket.com/...aragepullup.jpg


The results of years of accumulation. there is still more, and more to come.
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backtrack

Most economical start is an Olympic bar with a range of plates. But for what you pay for home equipment I'd say join a gym.
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the_iron_goose

Hip belt.
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the_iron_goose

Stands
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macfit

Maryland, USA

I was looking for some variety, which was why I originally posted. I am finding TONS of Bowflexes on craigslist. They seem to offer a lot of variation for many different bodyparts and they are selling for $75-$100.00. I am having some difficulty justifying the purchase of new equipment, ie hip belts for $80-140.00, when I can get one of these Ultimates for $75.00.

I remember the Bowflex contributing to the development of J-Reps and reading some positive opinions about the Bowflex back then. Anyone using these anymore? Pros vs. Cons?
Thanks,
Robb
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

macfit wrote:
I was looking for some variety, which was why I originally posted. I am finding TONS of Bowflexes on craigslist. They seem to offer a lot of variation for many different bodyparts and they are selling for $75-$100.00. I am having some difficulty justifying the purchase of new equipment, ie hip belts for $80-140.00, when I can get one of these Ultimates for $75.00.

I remember the Bowflex contributing to the development of J-Reps and reading some positive opinions about the Bowflex back then. Anyone using these anymore? Pros vs. Cons?
Thanks,
Robb


Where we work...full line of MedX, at home...Nautilus...but we also have a U2 and a Revolution...use them all the time. Like DB's and bodyweight such things offer great variety.

Regards,
Andrew
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HeavyHitter32

macfit wrote:
I was looking for some variety, which was why I originally posted. I am finding TONS of Bowflexes on craigslist. They seem to offer a lot of variation for many different bodyparts and they are selling for $75-$100.00. I am having some difficulty justifying the purchase of new equipment, ie hip belts for $80-140.00, when I can get one of these Ultimates for $75.00.

I remember the Bowflex contributing to the development of J-Reps and reading some positive opinions about the Bowflex back then. Anyone using these anymore? Pros vs. Cons?
Thanks,
Robb


While Zone Training along with shorter handles and clips helped improve the Bowflex, I still found it less than optimal. I got better results with free weights and leverage machines. I do not believe the negative is as heavy as it should be on the regular Bowflex (I had the Ultimate XTLU from 2004) and it's hard to compensate for that at least training alone. I cannot speak of Revolutions.
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Bastion

perrymk wrote:
Sorinex grip machine
http://i233.photobucket.com/...0gym/G-Rex1.jpg

homemade thick handle wrist curl bar
http://i233.photobucket.com/...m/IMGP0376a.jpg

homemade thick handle dumbbell
http://i233.photobucket.com/...ym/IMGP0363.jpg

ab straps, long curl bar, , top squat partially obscured by ab straps, etc.
http://i233.photobucket.com/.../crossover1.jpg

lying pec dec
http://i233.photobucket.com/...m/butterfly.jpg

homemade side lateral attachment
http://i233.photobucket.com/...ttachbench1.jpg

rotating pull handles
http://i233.photobucket.com/...aragepullup.jpg


The results of years of accumulation. there is still more, and more to come.


I noticed the TDS shrug bar in the background of one of the pics. I have the same one, and get lots of good use out of it. You've got some nice looking solid equipment there!.
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
macfit wrote:
I was looking for some variety, which was why I originally posted. I am finding TONS of Bowflexes on craigslist. They seem to offer a lot of variation for many different bodyparts and they are selling for $75-$100.00. I am having some difficulty justifying the purchase of new equipment, ie hip belts for $80-140.00, when I can get one of these Ultimates for $75.00.

I remember the Bowflex contributing to the development of J-Reps and reading some positive opinions about the Bowflex back then. Anyone using these anymore? Pros vs. Cons?
Thanks,
Robb

While Zone Training along with shorter handles and clips helped improve the Bowflex, I still found it less than optimal. I got better results with free weights and leverage machines. I do not believe the negative is as heavy as it should be on the regular Bowflex (I had the Ultimate XTLU from 2004) and it's hard to compensate for that at least training alone. I cannot speak of Revolutions.


I agree about the power rods but for cramping the top half of movements that steep force curve is great. The revolution is a better resistance. It is constant and flat. I know your limb leverages mean it won't be perfectly flat but with cables the leverage changes don't seem as great. The triceps pressdown on the revolution is by far the greatest I have tried.

BTW one of the best ways to maximize things with powerrods is short pumps followed by statics. So pump pump pump hold pump pump pump hold etc.

Regards,
Andrew
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perrymk

Bastion wrote:
perrymk wrote:
Sorinex grip machine
http://i233.photobucket.com/...0gym/G-Rex1.jpg



I noticed the TDS shrug bar in the background of one of the pics. I have the same one, and get lots of good use out of it. You've got some nice looking solid equipment there!.


Thanks. Yes, I have the TDS shrug bar with rotating handles. I use a small reinforced pallet, about 4 inches high, to stand on in the center of the shrug bar to increase the range of motion. Lately I've been using it for 20 rep dead lifts. Just something I'm trying out for a while.
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Bastion

perrymk wrote:
Bastion wrote:
perrymk wrote:
Sorinex grip machine
http://i233.photobucket.com/...0gym/G-Rex1.jpg



I noticed the TDS shrug bar in the background of one of the pics. I have the same one, and get lots of good use out of it. You've got some nice looking solid equipment there!.


Thanks. Yes, I have the TDS shrug bar with rotating handles. I use a small reinforced pallet, about 4 inches high, to stand on in the center of the shrug bar to increase the range of motion. Lately I've been using it for 20 rep dead lifts. Just something I'm trying out for a while.


I really like the rotationg handles as well.
High rep shrug bar deads are fantastic!.

I noticed that you have the big TDS rack as well. I've had my TDS rack ( a different model than yours) for about 6-7 yrs now, and for the price, it's hard to beat.

A friend of mine recently found a Powertec rack, with the pulldown attachment on kijiji for $300.00

Lots of good deals out there.
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