Building a home gym

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 105 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jul 14, 2021 3:34 PM
posted by justincredible

I changed my mind, I'm just going to get one of those Mirror things.

The Tonal is pretty cool.  But why, after paying $3500 plus tax, do they make you pay $50 per month for access to their training programs?

https://www.tonal.com/product/tonal/

SAAS models for consumers are just plain evil.

geeblock Member
1,123 posts 0 reps Joined May 2018
Wed, Jul 14, 2021 7:02 PM
Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 29 reps Joined Oct 2010
Fri, Jul 16, 2021 12:51 PM

You don't need all this stuff.  All you need is an X3 bar and 10 minutes per day.  In no time, you'll be looking like a 'roided up monster like this guy.  I think his book is called "Weight Lifting is a Waste of Time".  How can this not work?


Verbal Kint Senior Member
1,062 posts 16 reps Joined Jul 2017
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 7:55 AM

$1000 on a sole treadmill

$120 on a pull up tower

$200 on horse mats

$680 on used dumbbells 

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 230 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Aug 22, 2021 11:44 AM

Found this site through a facebook ad and looked into them a bit more. Seems like decent quality.

https://luxiaojunbarbell.com/products/luxiaojun-e-1-bumper-plates 

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 79 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Mar 9, 2022 10:03 PM

Bought a 45lb medicine ball last week for $34 on Amazon, which was a huge steal. Looking forward to tossing it around outside when weather gets a bit nicer.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 230 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Mar 9, 2022 10:34 PM

Damn, nice price. How's the quality? Got a link?


friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 79 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Mar 9, 2022 10:47 PM
posted by justincredible

Damn, nice price. How's the quality? Got a link?


Day 1 Fitness Weighted Slam Ball - 9 Weight and 3 Color Options - No Bounce Medicine Ball - Gym Equipment Accessories, High Intensity Exercise, Functional Strength Training, Cardio https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XMNTPCQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_HMBSARC4B2MHAF37XR2K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

$36 now. I haven’t messed with it much yet but I have a 30lb I bought a few years ago that’s same brand and have no complaints with it. 


birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 7 reps Joined Aug 2010
Thu, Mar 10, 2022 7:50 AM
posted by friendfromlowry

Bought a 45lb medicine ball last week for $34 on Amazon, which was a huge steal. Looking forward to tossing it around outside when weather gets a bit nicer.

That is heavy lol. Won't be much tossing.
j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 28 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 8:45 AM

so. i'm a big fat stooge and need to do something to at least get moving. i'm thinking of buying an air dyne style bike (the rogue echo bike specifically) is this something that would help me get going in the right direction? right now i just walk 1-3 miles a few nights a week between kids events and golf 1-2 times a week but i ride since i'm trying to get 18 in before dark most times. if it's not the right thing what do some of you thin fuckers suggest?

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 95 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 9:22 AM

I’d bike outside or join Planet Fitness before I went with one of those.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 202 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 10:24 AM
posted by j_crazy

so. i'm a big fat stooge and need to do something to at least get moving.

Start with walking.  Every single day. Time yourself.  Walk fast.  Every single day.  It cost $0.00.  It's a good test of your willpower before you drop any coin on memberships, equipment, etc.  

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 29 reps Joined Oct 2010
Tue, May 10, 2022 10:34 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Start with walking.  Every single day. Time yourself.  Walk fast.  Every single day.  It cost $0.00.  It's a good test of your willpower before you drop any coin on memberships, equipment, etc.  

Agreed.  90% of these products end up as clothes hangers.  


If you’re walking further and faster 5-7 times per week for a couple of months, then perhaps.  But my suggestion would be rather than a bike, join a gym where you can do some strength training.  As you get older, strength training is as important, if not more, than cardio because your body is losing muscle naturally.  It also boosts your metabolism and keeps your bones and ligaments strong  


j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 28 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 11:02 AM

roger. i'll start smaller.

33,369 posts 124 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 1:05 PM

Yeah, start with free -- walking and maybe some basic body workouts (planks, pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc). Start super small or you will quite right away. Like, 15 second planks, 10 pushups and sit-ups, 25 jumping jacks, etc). Up it 5 a week for 8 weeks. Then, incorporate more free stuff...lunges, squats for legs; chair dips, etc for arms, something for the back and shoulders, etc (google has a lot of good ideas). Again, smart super small. Another 8 weeks. If you are loyal to this for 4 months, you will have established a routine and you can safely spend money on something at home or join a gym, but it psychologically takes about 3-5 months to build up that routine to the point where you can get it done and enjoy it without feeling like its a chore. 

Anyway, thats my suggestion for someone who ballooned from 205 (which I wasn't totally good with in general) to 235 in 2015. Incorporated this method and then joined a gym in 2016, then bought some home gym stuff when they all closed in 2019. Took a few years, but slowly for back down to 198-200. Cant get to 190 goal weight, but I am very pleased with where I am now. Legit took my 3 years to get there, because I wasn't willing to totally alter my diet.  

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 116 reps Joined Feb 2010
Tue, May 10, 2022 1:35 PM
posted by j_crazy

roger. i'll start smaller.

If you do decide to eventually go with the Air Dyne you're better off using it for HIIT than steady state cardio. But that's not a cheap investment for 15-20 minutes of use 3-4x's a week. 

Like others mentioned, go with walking first until you drop a significant amount of weight. Then you can graduate up to the more intense stuff if you like. 

I either walk or do brief/intense burst HIIT type exercises (battle ropes superset with kettlebell swings, prowler pushes, farmers walks, etc). No steady state distance running crap that raises cortisol levels.

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 28 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 10, 2022 1:38 PM
posted by BR1986FB

If you do decide to eventually go with the Air Dyne you're better off using it for HIIT than steady state cardio. Like others mentioned, go with walking first until you drop a significant amount of weight. Then you can graduate up to the more intense stuff if you like. I either walk or do brief/intense burst HIIT type exercises (battle ropes superset with kettlebell swings, prowler pushes, farmers walks, etc).

yeah my thought was to use it for the resistance and get the heart rate up while working muscles lightly. but again. going from 0 -100 - 0 is my MO so starting slower is probably best.

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