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Old 01-17-2008, 07:26 AM   #1
Chuck McDonald
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Limited equipment

Hey all. Is it possible to do the WOD without access to barbells? For family and financial reasons we now workout at the Y and the only barbell is a smith machine. They do have a full set of dumbells and many other pieces.

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Old 01-17-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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Re: Limited equipment

That sucks.

I would definitely pick the db's over the smith machine.

You mentioned financial reasons, and I don't know the extent, but you can go to Sports Authority and by a 300 pound Olympic set for $120. The part that sucks is that the barbell is only 35 pounds (Olympic size, but not weight, so not truly "oly")...however, you gotta start somewhere, right? Its what I did. Then you can checks ads, sales, etc or wait until you have some more dough and get a better bar. But this would allow you to work out at home and do the correct versions of the WOD's.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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Re: Limited equipment

The financial reason's didn't justify keeping 2 gym memberships. We have a 17 month old and the YMCA has a daycare so that trumped the other gym. Once my garage is cleaned out I intend to add some weights, already have a rowing machine but that will also be down the road.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:03 AM   #4
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Re: Limited equipment

Chuck--
Glad you're getting started, welcome!
You can make 40lb sandbags for about $3 apiece.
Also, get an old duffel bag and load it with as many sandbags as you can handle for Deadlifts, Squats, etc.
With some practice you can do your basic lifts with these.
Hope that helps.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:22 AM   #5
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Re: Limited equipment

Sandbags and dumbells. The Sports Authority bar is junk. I went that route and mine FELL APART in a very short time. Put that $ towards a decent bar and bumper plates. Check out crossfit equipment.com.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:08 AM   #6
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Re: Limited equipment

Also, Eva T. posts WODS requiring no equipment on her blog:

http://skievat.blogspot.com/
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:33 AM   #7
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Re: Limited equipment

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Sandbags and dumbells. The Sports Authority bar is junk. I went that route and mine FELL APART in a very short time. Put that $ towards a decent bar and bumper plates. Check out crossfit equipment.com.
The bar may not be that great, especially for the long term, but its a good deal on the included plates, nonetheless.

This is a good, low-priced starter set that can be built upon.

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Old 01-17-2008, 12:03 PM   #8
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Re: Limited equipment

check Craigslist in your area. i've seen some awesome deals on my local one, lots of weights and sets are free, just have to go pick them up.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:18 PM   #9
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Re: Limited equipment

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check Craigslist in your area. i've seen some awesome deals on my local one, lots of weights and sets are free, just have to go pick them up.
Hi Chuck,
I recently bought a 300 olympic weight set off of craigslist for $50. Not bumpers but alright for just starting out. Great Deal. Definitely check Craigslist. I've seen plyoboxes, kettlebells, even c2 rowers and GHD's on that sight....usually for a bargain, too.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:32 PM   #10
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Re: Limited equipment

yep, someone had a C2 on my local on a few months ago for like $300! It went before i even had a chance to blink!
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