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Old 04-15-2008, 11:01 PM   #1
Jeff Yan
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What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

I just got word that the basement to my apartment building is being renovated and there might be a chance to get some equipment in there.

So what would you consider the first things you should acquire/build for home exercise? (Feel free to describe what kind of stuff you like to do and what your living situation is like.)

I have a small place, so I'm going with:
1) pull up bar
2) floor mats
Boring, but practical. Protect your floor, protect your joints on jumps, protect your hiney on sit ups.
3) 165# barbell/dumbbell set
You can make a pseudo 1.5 pood k'bell or a pair of 1 pooders. It's also enough to do some of the basic barbell stuff.
4) jump rope
If you have $5 and no jump rope, you should probably rectify that.

I don't own my own rings yet, so I'm up in the air about making them #5.

Feel free to go with more than 4 for your list.

Also, what would be the last things you'd get? (It must be something you would actually use, reasonably spend money on, or accept as a gift--no Hawaii Chair.)

Here's my 'last' list:
1) Treadmill
2) C2 rower
3) rubber bumper set w/ barbell
4) platform
5) cage/squat stand/half-rack

With my limited space, I'm not sure I can even realistically consider stuff like a GHD, climbing rope or a slosh pipe. I'd be interested to see if anybody has those on either of their lists.

I'm also going to make an honorable mention category. I don't make it a secret that I'm a big fan of the much maligned stability ball. You can get one for cheap, it doesn't take up much space, and it can act as a poor man's bench or Roman chair. It didn't make my list though because I have to admit that I still rarely ever use mine.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:39 AM   #2
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

In terms of value for what you pay, my jump rope is probably #1, followed by my crappy as-seen-on-TV Door Gym pullup bar, which actually does pretty well (wouldn't risk serious kipping on it!). The pullup bar supports #3, my rings. My $10 parallettes would be higher but I find I don't use them as much as I thought.

I could really use something heavy to lift, so I'd agree with the barbell suggestion as pretty darn high on the list--just haven't gotten the space or ready cash yet.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:12 AM   #3
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

I'm not sure if it is the correct order or not, but here is the order in which my items were purchased:

#1 Paralettes
#2 Jump Rope
#3 weight vest
#4 25# and 10# Bumpers from Wright Rubber and a couple cheap bars
#5 Renovate garage & 1.5pood KB
-installed special area for HSPU, Wall Ball Target
-Flooring (3/4" stall mats and soon to put down 3/4" 7 layer Maple Ply for a lifting platform (single sheet on conctrete)
-built storage loft from which pull up bar and ring station are mounted
-small climbing wall installed. This will be expanded in the future if it gets any use. I had it from an old apartment and finally got it up.
#6 I am supposed to be meeting a guy on Friday to purchase some rings (craigslist)

I got a rack of iron from a freind, but I need to get rid of the overly large 50 pound plates that have a rubber rim. They elevate the weight higher than it ought to be.

So what do I still need to get
1 & 2 pood KB
2 sets of 25# bumpers, 1 set of 10# bumpers, 1 set of 45# bumpers
1 pair of 100# iron plates
a good bar or two (Pendlay crossfit bar most likely)
I have a freind getting a price quote on telestrut fro me to build moveable power racks and a GHD
Medicine balls (16 & 20) I am thinking of building my own and encasing them in vinyl...I can sew

So how much money is still left to be spent a good bit. about 300.00 for the bumpers, 150.00 for the KBs, the iron 100s will probably run 200.00, the bars are going to be a fair piece as well. The telestrut will probably end up being 250 or so, but that will get me a GHD and a pair of bomb proof power racks.

Oh yeah, I need proper weightlifting shoes (100.00 ish), a suit for meets (50.00), a chalk station (25.00)

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Old 04-16-2008, 10:25 AM   #4
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Lightbulb Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

There is no "last" thing to get with a home CF gym. Accumulating equipment and outfitting the gym is a perpetual process!
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:32 AM   #5
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

a good barbell and some bumper plates

Squats, deadlifts, overhead press, power cleans...

these were my first things...

Would a "gym" really be a "gym" without them?
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:44 AM   #6
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

Well, an Olympic Barbell set, pull up bar, KB and jump rope (plus a stopwatch) will allow you to pretty much do every WOD, maybe you might have to throw in a few subs, but that'll pretty much take care of you.

in the middle would be some rings, medicine balls, mats.

I would say stuff at the end would a rower, treadmill or even paralettes. rowers are nice, but not necessary. treadmill are convienant but not necessary and paralettes are not that important for doing Crossfit.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:48 PM   #7
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

I have a concept 2, a pair of 45, 25, 10LB bumper plates from Wright's, a set of rings that I can do pullups with, 3 kettlebells 55,40,70 LBS. The most important of these tools has to be the rower. I will not be getting any racks or stands. If I could only have one more thing it would probably be a glute-ham.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:14 PM   #8
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

1)25lb bag of cat liter from Target - $4.79 and a backpack
2)Pull up bar
3) Rings
4) Oly bar and bumpers (sub sandbag if strapped for cash)

C2 woulld be the most cost prohibitive and "last" (there is no end as someone said before)...
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:29 PM   #9
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

1) Rings/Pullup bar
2) Bumper Set
3) Stall Mats
4) Squat Stand
5) Weightlifting Shoes
6) Sandbag
7) Kegs
8) KBs/DBs
9) Plyo Boxes
10) Tire/Sledge
11) Reverse Hyperextension (the wonders this has done for easing back tightness is phenomenal
12) Med balls
13) GHD
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:01 PM   #10
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Re: What's the first/last thing to get for your home setup?

Home Gym
Been slowly building the home gym looking for deals on Ebay and Craigs list. Here's what I got so far. Some of this stuff was gifted, some has been bought recently and some has come over the years.
GOTS

1) Kettlebells 15# (wifes)/ (2) 25# / 35#
2) Hangboard for Chins
3) PowerBlocks Personal 5-45
4) Steel Parking posts 5 inch Diameter 35# / 75#
5) 18 inch Steel Plyo Box
6) Speed Rope / 4# Heavy Rope
7) 40# X Vest
8) 8# / 15# Medicine Ball
9) Heavy Gauge Exercise tube
10) Balance Board
11) Swiss Ball


NEEDS
1) Rings -Probably Rouge or homemade if I can find time
2) Bumpers and Bar - Pendlay
3) Rings -Probably Rouge or homemade if I can find time
4) Spin Bike or Rower

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