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Old 05-06-2007, 06:14 AM   #1
Thomas Gerace
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Ive started doing the WOD in my departments gym. Its the typical weight room. Plate stacks, a few machines. A smith machine insted of a squat rack which Ive complained about but I guess its a room/injury fear thing within the dept.

Anyway...Ive added a few pieces of my own equipment lately. Recently put in a kettlebell which has spurred some interest. What Im wondering now is what would be the best addition for me to spend on...more KB's, a pair of rings, some bumper plates (we only have metal plates)? Its going to be a piece here and there operation, what would your advice be? Im thinking rings.....
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:51 AM   #2
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Thomas,

Have you checked to see if there are any items you wouldn't be able to bring in? ProMaxima offers a nice set of squat stands for $135. THAT would be my first choice.
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:57 AM   #3
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I say rings next.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:12 AM   #4
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I probably could bring in a squat rack if I politiked the rght people, the issue is space. Id have to convince them to get rid of something else which could be a problem. As it is I have to move 2 benches and a preacher curl machine to make floor space for deadlifts etc. There is a roof bracket we hang a heavybag on that Im eyeing up for rings.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:28 AM   #5
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When you say squat rack do you mean power rack (large) or more like squat stands (compact). If the benches are flat without weight stands, then get a york press squat stands or similar, for benching ... and other activities. Anyway, yes, rings next.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:51 AM   #6
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we have no equipment that lets you get a heavily loaded bar up for squats. Its from the floor or a bench. The smith mach is it for standing squats. The only other option is a leg press.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:17 PM   #7
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Rings and a medball, if you don't have the space for a power rack/squat rack.
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Old 05-06-2007, 04:33 PM   #8
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The beauty of squat stands is how much space they DON'T take up. You can use the benches you've been moving for spotting purposes.

w/f safe:http://www.promaximamfg.com/index.cfm/act/Catalog.cfm/catalogid/583/category/Fre e%20Weights%20Lower%20Body/browse/null/MenuGroup/Home/desc/FW-7%20Adjustable%20S quat%20Stand.htm

I love my rings but hip and leg strength is more essential to athletic performance. Heavy squats also pack a significantly greater punch in regards neuro-endocrine response leading to greater overall development. Squats first.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:11 PM   #9
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Those are nice...hmmm.

I wonder why nobody has made up adapters for the Smith machine...something you can attach to the bars/pins to hang a bar off of. That would be perfect.
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:45 PM   #10
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Add one to what Skylar said
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