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Old 04-24-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
Brandon Michael Enos
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I've finally talked my parents into letting me use part of our garage as a gym, I dont get the whole thing but enough to do what I need it for (I can go outside for the rest). So now I have a dilema. I want to buy a bench and a squating/bench rack.

First I went to Definatly great quality. The problem is that the bench and vulcan racks will cost $689.90 before S&H. Well I also want to buy a set of Oly bumper plates from K2 ( This will bring me up to around $1,000.

Then I went to ebay. There, I can get a bench ( temZ120112957922QQihZ002QQcategoryZ15281QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem), a rack ( emZ260109569273QQihZ016QQcategoryZ62135QQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem), and a storage rack ( 0111820707QQihZ014QQcategoryZ62135QQrdZ1QQcmdZView Item) + the K2 plates for ~$550, $600.

I know the stuff is of great quallity, will last forever, and can handle loads far greater than Ill be lifting. But the prices is a killer, I can afford it (if I put a few months between a few things), but I am kind of a cheap, so a $1000 is painful. At the same time, $500 is cheaper, but I have no idea about quality, load capacity, etc.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
Howard Wilcox
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Being cheap too, I bought the powerline powerrack from jesup gym equipment. I think it is $275 delivered. I don't know how much weight it can hold, but I'm pretty sure it isn't in danger from me. If I ever reach a squat of 500lbs or more, I'll gladly buy something else if need be (though I suspect it'll be just fine up to 1000lbs).

I think I bought a standalone bench from a local fitness company (i.e. no shipping). I think it was around $200, but it can incline and is pretty nice. A flat bench would probably be cheaper. I have no idea if it can hold a 500lb bench or not...but again, I'm so far from that it's ridiculous.

Perhaps one day I'll upgrade if need be, but since I'm not a powerlifter and have no aspirations to be, I think these choices are just fine for me.

Good luck...

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