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Old 03-14-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
Thomas Covington
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I am picking up a power cage, 7' & 5' olympic bars, 400lb bumpers, roman chair/dip, an adjustable bench & a weight tree. I am having trouble finding mats; I have called several local feed suppliers around the Charlotte area but had no luck, does anyone know a place in this area to purchase them?

I know, I know I need some kettle balls but I will have to settle with using my 50lb dumbell set for now. Does anyone have any further suggestions?
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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Kettlebells aren't essential to start with.

I'd suggest some rings, make some parrallettes and get a sand bag and medicine ball. After that you can add gear one bit at a time.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Don, I have thought about rings but exactly how high of an attachment do you need for them to be effective? The rafters in the garage would make for an excellent support, however they are only ~9' up.

I read about the sand bag today, in a CF journal, regarding deadlifts in a military rotation program I believe. What else can you use them for?

I forgot to mention that I plan on making 22" & 28" boxes out of 2x4 & 1/4" plywood. I put the cost together and for both it will run around $24.

On a side-note: I have found what I believe to be an excellent and cheap piece of equipment - the 38lb tubs of cat litter. They run $10 at the store and have a descent handle for the price you pay.

One piece at a time is definitely my plan as we have a baby on the way and all spare change is being saved.

Cancel the sandbag question - Bob Pratt linked a nice site here:
http://ifsstrength.com/sandbagexercises/sandbag.html

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Old 03-14-2007, 06:24 PM   #4
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I live near Greensboro N.C., and found some pretty good mats at "Tractor Supply". Looking on their website, it looks like the closest one to you is in Concord. They have either 1" or 1.5" thick 4'x6' mats for around $35. Here's the info. if you're interested.

CONCORD #464
104 COMMERCIAL PARK DR - CONCORD, NC 28027-9014
(704) 782-2462
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:31 AM   #5
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Thanks Jonathan! I will be passing through Greensboro this weekend while picking up my equipment. I will definately check them out.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:46 AM   #6
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Hey Thomas, just curious. Whereabouts in NC did your purchase your equipment and how was the selection of power racks if it was a commercial vender?
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:43 AM   #7
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I got it off of craigslist. But FYI there is another one on there today for rather cheap ($75).
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:20 AM   #8
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Have you tried some sport supply shops for stall matts? I purchased mine from a sport equipment supplier and they were no more expensive that purchasing them from a farming/feed shop. Plus, they had the added bonus of a better surface.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:59 AM   #9
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^I have talked to a few in the area but they all want $80+ per mat, about 2x what TSC wants for theirs.

Weee I am off to Raleigh to pick up my gear!
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:41 PM   #10
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I ended up coming home with a bodycraft power cage, MPEX adjustable bench, 420 lbs of york weights + 7' & 5' york oly bars, york roman chair/dip station and a york weight tree.
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