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Old 04-16-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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FINALLY my home gym edition 1

SOOOOOOOOOOOO pumped to finally be putting the major pieces together.

Using this thread to do a couple things:

1) chronicle the journey of putting together my gym
2) Reviews of products I will get

Step 1: Make list of essentials and establish budget

Budget is 2500$ (taxes and deliveries included)

- Power Rack
- Barbell
- Weights
- Platform
- Adjustable Bench

I've decided with the money i've got and my priorities as well as space I will concentrate on these things, for conditioning I will have to hit up the gym or use my wife's treadmill.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

After a lot of research I have chosen the following:

- AmStaff TR023 (updated model)
Selling points: x2 pair Jcups, Multi grip chin up bar, under 600$, can get it locally. Big deciding factor was a review from a fellow Canadian Powerlifter who lifts more than I do swearing by it for his home gym.

- Rogue Ohio Power Bar
I am a powerlifter, so train how you compete is my mentality. Selling points this bar has been used in IPF sanctioned competitions. Lifetime warranty. 29mm bar. lowest price power bar (with S&H about 405$) oh and I will only look at bars with centre knurl
ONLY PROBLEM IS GETTING THEM AVAILABLE IN CANADA!!!!

- Weights
Sticking with metal plates. going old school York black with white lettering. Because its cheapest i've found (even compared to used stuff on kijiji) staying with metals because most of my training is not oly stuff, I squat mid to high 400s and on verg of DL 600. so econ bumpers would be to thick...finally ceiling to low for standing overhead so can do jerk or snatch.

- Platform
DIY. 4x 1/2 in OSB sheets then top that with horse stall mats (3/4in) and changing things up and instead of doing a 4x8 sheet for centre i am sticking to a 4x4 sheet either MDF or solid wood (oak or maple or something) piece. Reason for less wood is I will be doing DB work outside of rack on platform and don't want to wreck the wood.

- Bench
XTC Super Bench, its not my top choice (Rogue and EFS) but all the other ones i am interested are double the price and I can't afford that right now, so looked at this one, no pop pins just basic roll up/walk up bench so i like that.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:35 AM   #3
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

This is the space I am working with.

1st pic = Mocked up (with those cheapy interlocking mats) what the 8x8 platform will look like to see where I want it.

2nd pic the 2 base layers of the platform, sandwiched and screwed in place with 3/4 wood screws
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:06 PM   #4
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

Pretty exciting stuff man! Really like that rack for the price, looks solid too!
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:40 PM   #5
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

Don't know anything about that rack, whether good or bad.

If you aren't entirely settled on it, and if you have any interest in this sort of thing, head over to the Equipment section in the bodybuilding.com (wfs) site and find a guy named Mech6.

He has produced a bunch of great custom racks for folks there, and is somewhere in Canada (as you are), so maybe you might be able to get something custom through him if interested. Dunno where he is in proximity to you, but maybe the Canada connection would help save on shipping. Dunno.

That'd be extra legwork and probably extra time though, so up to you if you want to pursue it. His stuff is very highly thought of.

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Old 04-17-2015, 04:03 AM   #6
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

Thanks for sharing your gym progress Drew. Very cool to see it coming together. I just wanted to echo Mark's statement. "Mech6" does some INCREDIBLE work up there in Canada. Dude is a super nice guy and the quality of his work is unmatched. His prices seems very reasonable also. No worries if you've already purchased your rack, it looks like it's plenty capable as well.

Just curious, are you buying new York plates or have you found some older ones? If you're buying new, the York Legacy plates look pretty sweet and are supposed to be very accurate. Good luck bud. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:07 AM   #7
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

Funny you should mention mech6 I was in contact with him and really liked his stuff, but again price was a factor, cheapest I could get from him was still a few hundred more. He's in Montreal (about 2hrs away doing 120 kph)

As to the rack I'm getting if you google john phung you can get a good review of it by a guy who benches in the 400s and squats in the 600s with this rack, that convinced me.

York plates are going to be brand new ($0.88/lb) I'll see what the store has in stock and see life difference if I'd rather they order something in. I do really like the deep dish plates, but don't know which they have in store yet. I know the owner personally (of the store) and know he can order in directly from York so we'll see, heading here today actually
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

UPDATE:

Picked up enough weights to be able to have 600lbs (including bar) rack I am getting won't have weight storage so I built this to store my weights, and couple other DIY stuff.

Weight Tree
Chalk Bowl
(not in pictures but I did up a 24x48 white board)

Weights I got:

10x45lbs york metal plates
2x25lbs york bumper plates
2x10lbs york bumper plates
2x5lbs york metal plates
2x2.5lbs york metal plates

plus 2x10lbs metal plates I already had.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:16 AM   #9
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

That weight tree is fantastic! It has a compact design that looks like it can store a lot of weight. You have metal cross bars where the most strength is needed in the design. The weights are more accessible than if simply stacked on the floor. Well done.

I really enjoy seeing the DIY gym equipment that people come up with.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:20 AM   #10
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Re: FINALLY my home gym edition 1

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2x25lbs york bumper plates
2x10lbs york bumper plates
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Cool gym. I know you're from Canada and the York plates are probably all you can get, but their 25lb and especially 10lb bumpers are terrible. I don't olympic lift much, and my 25s are beat up and the inserts really loose. The 10s would bend just by the weight of the bar alone and got beat up from light technique work.
I would reccomend spending a few extra dollars and getting something a lot better.
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