Best strenght training equipment according to redditors

We found 5,088 Reddit comments discussing the best strenght training equipment. We ranked the 1,447 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Core strenght & abdominal trainers
Strenght training ankle weights
Strenght training arm machines
Strenght training back machines
Strenght training bars
Strenght training benches
Strenght training dip stands
Exercise & fitness dumbbells
Exercise & fitness home gyms
Strenght training inversion equipment
Strenght training leg machines
Strenght training plates
Strenght training power cages
Strenght training pull-up bars
Strenght training pushup stands
Strenght training smith machines
Strenght training weight racks
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Strenght training wrist weights
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Weight lifting belts

Top Reddit comments about Strength Training Equipment:

u/napleonblwnaprt · 223 pointsr/Fitness

Pullup/Chinup Bar

Adjustable Dumbells Get these instead

Optional: Adjustable Bench

Total ~$320 after shipping. Can probably find cheaper stuff from other brands or on craigslist.

There isn't a muscle in you body you can't work with this setup.

EDIT: Didn't notice how light the dumbells were. Found a heavier and cheaper set.

u/catdeuce · 56 pointsr/Fitness

Well, if you REALLY only care about cost above all else, get some of these and then go down to your local sports sore (preferably locally owned, not big-box) and get some more weights based on how much you need. However, these guys go from 5-45 lbs and come with a stand for $250. I really love my PowerBlocks, but they were like $400 with a stand.

u/Smashed_Adams · 42 pointsr/Fitness

Honestly any of the ones that wrap on the top of the door frame work. Most around $20 and worth it. Here's one for example, [ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar, Heavy Duty Doorway Trainer for Home Gym] (

Also check out r/bodyweightfitness as they may have other suggestions

u/161803398874989 · 41 pointsr/coolguides

A lot of people are asking about pullups and whether they are optional, because "they don't have anywhere to do pullups".

Pullups are not optional. They are vital for correcting many shoulder imbalances people have. Sitting in front of the computer all day in a hunched over position weakens the muscles on the back of your torso and tightens the muscles in the front of the torso. Once you start training then, if you only train pushing exercises such as pushup, this imbalance is further exacerbated and will likely lead to injuries down the line.

As far as not having anywhere to do pullups, you'll just have to be creative. I've done pullups on trees, on playgrounds, on powerlifting equipment, on carports, on stairwells, and so on and so forth. Here are 100 ideas to get you started. Of course, you can also just buy a pullup bar. They're inexpensive (30 bucks), will last you a long time, and help you get strong and healthy. They're a fantastic investment. Don't worry about your doorframes: unless you have really abnormal rames, you can be reasonably certain this will not do them any harm.

I'd like to finish with a plug for /r/bodyweightfitness, which is a subreddit dedicated to all kinds of bodyweight training. We have a large community with super helpful veteran users, weekly threads with tons of advice and helpful info, weekly threads where users can post about their routines and their experiences with them (showreel compiled from the showoff threads), and much much more. If you do decide to visit us, please refer to the FAQ before posting, and make sure you follow the rules. Hope to see you there!

u/Pyrallis · 41 pointsr/Fitness

I don't think there is really any substitute for pullups (and its related motions, like cable pulldowns). However, you can still target your latissimus dorsi, albeit from different angles; you can use bent over rows, along with pullovers (which may be easier on a Swiss Ball instead of lying perpendicular on a bench), or inverted rows. They don't match the vertical range of motion of pullups, or recruit as many helper muscles, but they will do as substitutes if you have no other equipment.

Personally, I'd be wary about using household items as makeshift pullup bars, unless you're good enough at engineering or physics to properly analyze them.

In my opinion, the best way to do pullups at home, especially when you have limited funds and space, is to get a door frame pullup bar in the style of the Iron Gym / Iron Gym Xtreme / P90X / EasyEffort. These are not like the old style bars which expand to brace against the inside of a door frame; these are the type which rest on the frame lintel, hang through the doorway, and brace against the frame on the other side. It's easier to understand by seeing how it fits. They support about 136 kilograms / 300 pounds, are easily removable, and require no alteration of your doorway.

u/Brakkio · 38 pointsr/Fitness

You should get an iron gym no setup necessary, I love mine.

u/monkdaddy · 36 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

I tried quitting many times. I smoked for 20 years and tried quitting for 20 years. In the last year I got really serious. I listened to hypnosis everyday for 6 months. This was a combination of Paul Mckenna and Richard Bandler Programs. I used box breathing and a grip trainer. I also took up walking in the park which helped me to relax. I listened to the Allen Car audio book on repeat in my car, about 10 times, and read the book 4 more times. After all the toys and hypnosis, it was just embracing the suck. My breathing is 10 times better. I can climb stairs now without dying. My overall stamina is amazing compared to before. Sex is better. food tastes better. I haven't even had a craving in about 22 months, they are completely gone. I even enjoy the smell of people smoking around me but the trigger to smoke in broken and gone. I used to be afraid to quit because I didn't want to endure the torture of life long cravings, but I was wrong. Now as a nonsmoker I don't have cravings. smokers have cravings but now I am free. you can be too. The biggest thing that held me back was my belief that it wasn't possible and that I would never be able to function without cigarettes. Sometimes its amazing to be wrong

u/SteveKamb · 30 pointsr/IAmA

hey Monica!

Great question: if you only can afford one piece of equipment, I would go with a door frame pull-up bar:

You can do every other movement with just your bodyweight. Squats, lunges, push-ups, and then you can use the bar to work towards pull-ups.

If you can't do a pull-up yet, here is a plan to get there!

u/Immortal_Wombat · 27 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

20 seconds is enough time to do a fair few pullups. Start doing negatives immediately. You're still training your grip strength when you're doing negatives.

Go try doing a negative right now. It's easy. Jump to the top of the pullup position (or use a chair, whatever) and try to slow your descent using your muscles. If you descend at a rate slower than free-fall, congratulations! You've just done a negative!

disclaimer: You need to be able to slow your descent enough not to be slamming your joints into lockout. So if you think this is going to happen don't do it.

edit: Get a door-gym style pullup bar like this:

Don't get a traditional pullup bar because they are either unsafe or they require you to screw them into the door frame.

u/[deleted] · 26 pointsr/Fitness

A backpack will be awkward, hurt your shoulders, and not be too scalable. This works just fine for me.

u/nunobo · 24 pointsr/Fitness

I can personally vouch for this one. Same thing as the one you linked but smaller scale.

u/Rhynegains · 24 pointsr/personalfinance

Here is a post I've seen before that had saved. Note: I have quite a bit of this equipment but there are many options out there. Find stuff similar to this.

Here's the beginner sets I usually recommend:

  • Dicks Sporting Goods 300lb Weight Set which is currently at $190. It also includes a bar. I do not recommend dropping these for Deadlifts, though.

  • Fitness Reality Full Cage which is currently for $260.

  • Fitness Gear Bench which is currently about $90.

    That'll probably run you about $600 after taxes. But that will be everything you would actually need.

    There's several other things I got along the way which I think you would find useful, but not necessary.

    Additional items:

  • Weight Storage Tree which should hold everything from your set.
  • Bar Weight Locks currently $10.
  • Floor Protection
  • Pull Up Bands
  • Back Extension/Sit up Bench

    I made my homegym and I absolutely love it! It's my temple. Here's a note though.... you need to think long and hard on if you will use it. I work out 3-5 times a week. I stretch in there every day. Will you use it for 3 times a week minimum? Are you willing to move it when the time comes? Can you spare a 8x10ft area for this equipment?
u/chrispscott · 23 pointsr/frugalmalefashion
u/doorpenny · 21 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Harbinger Polypropylene Dip Belt with 30-Inch Steel Chain

I use one of these, works great. Secure and centers the weight right between the legs.

u/jvalordv · 19 pointsr/coolguides

Is your dorm room a tiny single? If you have a spare doorway somewhere, pull up bars are pretty cheap. My roommate has one of these that can be put on and off. He tends to not use it very much though and leaves it buried in his room, so I bought this for myself. Unfortunately I had to put it on my room's entryway door (would have preferred a place inside out of view like the closet, but was worried about the walls) but it sits high enough to not be very noticeable. Supports use three screws into either side, the bar itself is easy to remove, and I haven't had any issues. Great for just running through a few pull ups, chin ups, and leg raises whenever going in and out.

u/Do_your_homework · 16 pointsr/Fitness

I have the iron gym pullup bar. I like it because it fits in my doorway, is super sturdy, and my body seems to default to hammer grip which you can't do with a single bar.

Your mileage may vary. It really just depends on where and how you want to use it.

u/BookerTD · 16 pointsr/Fitness
u/blargyblarg · 15 pointsr/Fitness

Iron Gym I believe is what you're referring to, and I have one as well. It's been great and I haven't had any damage. I think you can find them for ~$20 in stores, but YMMV.

u/PartySwole · 15 pointsr/Fitness

Harbinger Polypropylene Dip Belt with 30-Inch Steel Chain
Best $20 I've invested in lifting this past year. Went from where you're at to wide grip chin @60lbs x3 and regular pull-up @70lbs x3 in a matter of months. Great for dips too. My current 5/3/1 4-day split routine calls for high rep pull-up on dead lift day, which is now has me thinking I'm going to add a heavy day on Saturday mixed in with my cardio. It's my best lift according to

u/jonas303 · 14 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The Iron Gym works pretty well for me.

u/StrikeOne33 · 14 pointsr/homegym

Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

This rack is popular amongst the budget conscious here.

u/rejoinedReddit · 13 pointsr/climbing

I use the Theraband Flexbar. There are multiple colors, each representing a different resistance level, but the premise is basically that you’re loading the muscle while releasing, as opposed to how it’s loaded while you climb. Highly recommend it, and it works for both golfers and tennis elbow.

u/DubyaKayOh · 13 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Get the Iron Gym pullup bar. It fits over the door frame and works like a charm.

u/bnlite · 12 pointsr/xxfitness

I ran into this type of problem a few years ago. Option one - go straight to the gym so you don't see his puppy dog eyes (I tried doing this and it didn't work for me haha). Option two, take that $40/month, put it in a cookie jar or something where it is out of sight and out of mind, then buy some equipment when you have enough. I'd recommend only getting one thing at a time in order to make sure you don't get overwhelmed by your sudden choices. For example, when I did this I found a set of dumbbells on Craigslist for $30 that had 3 different weights. Not a huge discount but reduce reuse recycle and all that. Next thing I did was buy a prohands grip master to work on my finger strength . Next I bought new shoes because mine were causing foot pain (apparently I'm a wide who knew?).

It's a few years now and I have a decent home gym. My commute isn't 4 hrs round trip anymore but I still like the flexibility, especially when I woke up early this morning and decided to do my workout then instead, and didn't have to wait for the gym to open.

We just got a new puppy, the previous dog I couldn't bear to keep cooped up is now an old man. She gets antsy because he gets tired. I've made a game of running sprints with her. Also probably going to pick up some random PVC or something to start doing pole weaving and etc.

I know it sounds daunting and just impossible. Going to the gym can be great at helping you focus and get out of the house. I found that for myself trying to get to the gym was adding so much stress. It sounds like you still get the chance to get out and socialize (unlike I did at the time haha) so I wouldn't focus too heavily on the gym. Heck, if you have the space you could probably find some 2x4s and create an outside area to workout that is flat. My uncle lives in a trailer in rural Texas and that's what he did. He says his favorite part is the ice cold showers after.

Sorry this post was so long, I really understand the difficulty you are feeling and I hope one of my ideas helps!

u/dalesd · 12 pointsr/Fitness

The PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack is often under $300 shipped on Amazon.

u/Dense_fordayz · 12 pointsr/Fitness

You could get more out of one of these, one of these and some of these. More compact and takes less putting together time.

u/needupv0tes · 12 pointsr/Weakpots

I'm in the process of cancelling my gym membership and setting up home gym. I found this squat rack on amazon prime that looks good. I just wish it had safety bars. Any one else have a better recommendation on a modest squat rack? I already checked craigslist in my area, nothing great.

No one should have to ever see groce gril titties. That's just gaaayyy.

u/VMwareJesus · 11 pointsr/homegym

I hate my local gym(s). So. Damn. Much. I know it's just me. I'm impatient, intolerant, and generally just can't stand the douchers everywhere. So, I finally finished up my garage gym. It's not pretty, but it works. I just need a few more plates, and a really good deal on a row machine (and to clean up the other half of the garage).

Strength Training:

u/1117777111 · 11 pointsr/Fitness

I use this and it's perfect for my needs.

You might want something more elaborate, and they make this kind of style, which has way more options.

u/IM_A_WOMAN · 11 pointsr/Fitness

I know you have plenty of advice already, but I bought this one in October last year, use it frequently and have no marks on my door. I had the same concerns you do, so I wrapped a few old shirts around it and it works perfectly!

You can see the shirts and what the frame looks like. I've used it pretty extensively since getting it.

u/ARowdyKissBoy · 11 pointsr/Fitness

you're gonna be hard pressed to find a full cage under that price point.

i used valor fitnessbd-9 power squat stands up until my squat started breaking 300 lbs for reps. after that point, not having full safety bars was getting dicey.

if you're willing to go up to $250, i've been using the fitness reality 810XLT for well over a year, and it's held up beautifully.

u/blur927 · 11 pointsr/Fitness
u/faustrex · 10 pointsr/quityourbullshit

When I first started lifting weights almost ten years ago, it was on an adjustable Bowflex Dumbell set (this one ).

So, the way those weights work is that each side of the handle is dialed in. So if I set both sides to 50, that means the overall weight is 50 lbs. If you're inexperienced and kind of an idiot (yo, wassup), you might think you're lifting 100 lbs. when you're actually only lifting just 50.

Of course, like most people starting to lift, I post my workouts online looking for validation. I did a bench press with 90 lbs. What I actually did was 180 lbs., which isn't bad for starting out, but what I posted online was 360 lbs. 90 x 4.

People saw it, and I knew I was fucked up when someone from my ship (I was on a destroyer in the Navy at the time) mentioned that was more than NFL prospectives are capable of, and my wiry ass was just doing reps of it like nothing.

I still cringe when I think about it.

u/Krog_The_Mighty · 10 pointsr/nsfw
u/scrumtrulescence · 10 pointsr/Fitness

I have this one which I'm very happy with. Doesn't work in ALL doorways though - you need to have one side of the doorway unobstructed, and there has to be a lip on the top of the door frame for it to work properly.

u/OldSchoolNewRules · 10 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I highly recommend getting an actual pullup bar, its worth the 30 dollar investment

u/HPPD2 · 10 pointsr/Weakpots

Hah I knew it. Texas power bars kill my hands for any sort of volume. I bought my own bar and leave it in the gym just to deadlift with.

get this enjoy pulling for lots of volume without having to stop from your hands getting shredded. I seriously credit doing this as the major thing that got my deadlift to start moving again. the bar I'm always pulling with is the 86-PBCK, which is the same thing just with a center knurl to discourage the olyfags at my gym from using it.

u/xfoxyx · 10 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I found bags for weights not so comfy overtime. My advice would be to rethink the weight attachment to your body.

  1. Poor man's style - rope / karate belt wrapped around your waist and through the plates. If it hurts too much, add a sweater around hips for padding
  2. If you're a climber you can use climbing harness
  3. My favorite option - You can buy dip belt, something like this
  4. Use a weight vest

    Dip belt pros - cheap, can attach shitload of weight, perfect for dips and pullups. Cons - weights swinging on the chain can get irritating

    Weight vest pros - weights close to your body - perfect for pushups, handstand push ups. Cons - not so comfy for pull ups and dips (movement limitations), impossible to overload / add more weight than it's build for.


u/Jib_ · 9 pointsr/Fitness

If you want DBs, I'd personally just get some DB handles and decent clamps rather than the bow-flex ones.

Something like will let you scale on weight for a long time compared to the bowflex ones, and at a much lower cost.

Those and a stack of microplates if you don't already have them and you can do all you can with the bowflex, plus you can also do real db rows, db press etc, something the bowflexes won't let you.

If you want adjustable ones, powerblocks or ironmasters scale better than the bowflexes as you can upgrade them to 120lb. They cost a fair bit though.

Personally, I think the bowflex fill a bad area in the middle of heavy adjustables and just using normal weights on db handles.

u/CheetoCrustedDick · 9 pointsr/nsfw
u/bonefish · 9 pointsr/personalfinance

Since people seem really interested in how I could possibly spend what I spent, allow me to share what I bought.

This is the lighter set:

This is the heavier set:

They aren't gold- or diamond-encrusted, but they did offer me flexibility in the very limited space I had available at the time, and they've served me well.

And remember that my earlier post mentioned that the right answer for OP depends on his/her goals and priorities. For me, living in a small place, $700 (or whatever I spent) gave me a way to conveniently train in-home and save $100/month and commuting costs on a gym membership.

Am I as swole as the guy posting that you can't get "a full workout" with the setup I have? Of course not, have you seen that guy? He's a total beast. Super tough.

But with these dumbbells and a pull-up bar, I've managed to make great personal improvements that I'm quite happy with.

u/grae313 · 9 pointsr/xxfitness

Iron Gym is basically ubiquitous. Can't go wrong there.

u/Awarenesss · 9 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I used this one and was able to load 135lb without a problem. It's been out in the elements for 2+ years now and still is in great condition. I highly recommend.

u/duffman13jws · 9 pointsr/xxfitness

If I had the grand and the space in my house, A power rack, barbell, bench, and spend the remaining $500 on either craigslist plates and a set of 50lb PowerBlock Elites (expandable to 90), or bumpers plates if crossfit and Oly are more your thing. Either way you go with the second half of the money, that's a solid budget setup for that amount, mostly new gear too.

u/temple_noble · 8 pointsr/Weakpots

I bought this one a couple of years ago and recommend it enthusiastically. We have a couple at our gym, too, and they've held up to some big guys, big squats, and rack pulls. It says free shipping even though it's not prime eligible...that sounds right, because I remember not paying shipping.

u/N0V494 · 8 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Why can't you install a door-frame mounted one? Is it because the landlord won't let you screw it into the wall?

Because they DO make pullup bars that are held in by friction alone.
This works pretty well, so long as you tighten it up well enough (otherwise you end up like this).
If you'd rather not risk ending up in a "Funniest FAILS of 2015" video on youtube, they also make this style of pullup bar, that is held into place on the doorframe simply by leverage between the bar and that squared-off section.

u/cameronhthrowaway · 8 pointsr/Fitness

I used thick black work socks and put them on each end of the bar, have used on multiple door frame and no problem yet.

Also, if you're still worried about damage, buy this one:


This is the one I use and it will create much less of a torque on your frame/trim

u/count_chockula · 8 pointsr/Fitness

Buy an in-doorway pull up bar, such as this one. Then, follow the Armstrong pull up program, used by Marines everywhere for their PFT and found here. If you're consistent with it, you'll hit 20 within a 3 months. Good luck, and stick with it.

edit: Also note that for your PFT, both inboard (chin up) and outboard (pull up) grips are allowed. You can also switch grips in the middle of your PFT as well.

u/BaggedMerc · 8 pointsr/homegym

Sounds like you're Powerlifting, and not Olympic lifting.

I prefer center knurling for squats, while others don't mind if it's missing. If you're Oly lifting you may not want it.

I would recommend a 1000LBS bar over a 500LBS bar. Not only for the weight rating (keep in mind static weight is not the same as dropped weight), but also for the fact its a higher quality steel.

Many lower end bars are 32mm diameter and much less comfortable. Also quality of bushings etc is well, lower.

EDIT: It seems as if you may be looking for "Bang for the buck", and nothing too fancy. If thats the case, I would highly recommend taking a look at the CAP OB-86B. Its on sale for $109 shipped. You will be very hard pressed to find something better for close to that price:

u/paranode · 8 pointsr/Fitness

I've had good luck with the Iron Gym one. Hasn't messed up my door and it works well.


u/deosama · 8 pointsr/Fitness

I recently purchased my home gym, all in all, it was about $1300.

I bought this half rack - $350

This bench - $100

This bar and set of plates - $250

These Dumbbells - $600

These Rings - $34

This belt - $27

Total if you buy it all today: $1361

I looked to get as much of it as I could while it was on sale, or discounted. I also went to and got something like 15% off a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card, so I got it for an even better price.

It allows me to do basically everything I need to do, and I've bene loving it! Let me know if you have any questions.

u/DrippyWaffler · 8 pointsr/infp

Haha bro you're good. They probably scoff at your eating healthy efforts because you're in fine shape. I've put on a little chub to deal with the cold (I'm a tshirt+shorts all year round kinda guy) and when I mention working it off again people laugh at me and say I need to get bigger. Obviously they mean muscle rather than fat, but that's beside the point.

In terms of your face, I'm a straight dude so I can really give no actual help but you look fine to me. Girls seem to dig the John Snow look.

When you're talking to girls about yourself don't use words like "transitional period." Ask them questions about stuff, and if they ask you questions keep it to the point and as cheerful as possible.

In fact that's the one bit of "brutal honesty" I can give. Put a smile on that face.

I don't know how old you are, but you look about my age. I'll chuck a picture of me up when I can wrangle one to show you what I mean.

Sorry for the poor quality, I have an Ace 2 :(

I dive in 14 degree Celsius water, so I need the insulation. Under a shirt it's barely noticeable. In summer I get into shape more but for the mean while I like it where it is. Get one of these and you're sorted. This will do far more good than eating habits. (They help too though)

Me with similar expression and pose as the one in your photo. Phone isn't in the right place but who cares.

Look how much a smile and body language does!

So, in summary.

  1. Don't talk about healthy eathing and transitioning and whatnot. Ask her some questions, answer her questions to you. I know it's easy for us INFPs to off on tangents, so try and stick to the point.

  2. If you're really worried about your body shape, bulk up rather than slim down. EDIT - just realised I'm an idiot and this is what you meant in the first place. The following advice works regardless. 30 bucks 28 bucks for that bar. Pick a doorway, and do whatever - pull ups, chin ups - to exhaustion (until you can't do any more) every time you go through it.

  3. Smile + shoulders back + good posture. You'll They'll see the difference.
u/BrightSparkInTheDark · 8 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

"Fat Gripz"

  • Exercise or Problem requiring equipment: Fat Gripz can be used to make any grip related exercise more demanding, they can also make bar pushing movements easier on the hand.

  • Pros: These unlock a wide variety different ways to train grip strength by turning almost any bar into a Fat Bar used in Strongman, they are also advertised as helping Bicep development but I'm no expert on the science. They also provide a large surface area for bar pressing movements which can make it a lot easier on heavier people or those with larger hands (more on this in Purposes/Uses).

  • Cons: Cost, these are probably an unnecessary expense for most people.

  • Qualities to look for when purchasing: These are brand name so this isn't applicable.

  • Alternatives: The only alternatives I'm aware of are Thick Strongman Style Bars, which are pretty damn expensive. EDIT: Grip Rippers & Grenadier Grips. Fat Gripz EXTREME.

  • Purposes/Uses: The main exercise I use these for are Fat Grip Deadlifts and Parallel Bar Triceps Dips. I'll focus on the Dips for obvious reasons. As a 108kg person with proportionally large hands I often find the bar on the dipping stations in most gyms put a lot of pressure on my palms, sometimes to the detriment of my dips. Now I know the obvious solution here is to Git Gud, but I've found that by using Fat Gripz for dipping I have managed to completely alleviated this discomfort and moved fairly swiftly from 5x5 +20kg to 5x5 +45kg. It only ensures that no matter where I'm dipping, I have the option to have the bar feel exactly as I'm used to. EDIT: These are also brilliant for Reverse Curls to develop the forearm!

  • Places to acquire equipment/materials: Amazon

  • Cost: £30

    Does anyone have any other experiences with these?

u/Thundernut · 8 pointsr/bodybuilding

Do yourself a favor and pick up some Fat Gripz. Slap them on a easy bar and heavy reverse curls superset with forward forearm curls. You will see a difference in thickness and definition in a few weeks.

u/JSCMI · 8 pointsr/Fitness

Gripping something larger requires more grip strength (see Fat Gripz). That's why you feel more burn in your forearms.

I bet if you went to a more regular 1" pull up bar you'd be shocked at how easy it was to bust out reps compared to what you've been doing.

As to the question of unneeded strain on any muscles/joints, aside from the extra stimulation/strength you're building in your forearm/grip I believe the larger grip surfaces are actually supposed to put less strain on your elbows and shoulders. I can't cite a source on that though, could be broscience.

u/vatothe0 · 7 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

Power Rack, oly bar, weights, bench. All you need right there.

Basically the same power rack my gym has.

Decent bench

Quality bar and enough weight to keep you busy for a couple months.

You can probably find some of this on CL for dirt cheap though. Especially the bar and weights since they are a PIA to move.

u/QuincyJone · 7 pointsr/Fitness

I don't see what is wrong with this one. It is <$400.

u/lilicucu · 7 pointsr/P90X

I'm really happy with my Bowflex. I had them since 2011, use them several times per week.


u/bobbykyn · 7 pointsr/NoFap

Hey you should now totally get a door chin-up bar to complete your determination.

u/DudeBrutal · 7 pointsr/wrestling

Definitely worth having. I also like to use fat grips on the bar to help with grip strength. I guess you could use towels as well.

u/Bartman383 · 7 pointsr/guns
u/apgomez85 · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

i have this and works great. not too pricey either if you just get the stand.

u/Gym-gineer · 7 pointsr/homegym

Did a quick little comparison... 107 lbs when setup and cost $309 on Amazon...

Compare to the fitness reality one... 133.5 lbs and cost $199, also powder coat paint, since someone mentioned that about the T2.

PS i help design the fitness reality one and get to design new attachments soon. Yay!!!

Ask me anything!

u/faustin_mn · 7 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

r/homegym will give you some ideas. This set is pretty cheap and will get you thru the first few months of StrongLifts. I used it and didn’t bother spending on a quality bar until after 7 months when my deadlift went over 350 and started bending my starter bar pretty badly. You’ll also need a squat rack or st the very least a half rack. I got mine from Amazon. That’s all you’d need for the main lifts and should serve you well for 6-12 months.

u/WatermelonRhyne · 7 pointsr/homegym

This one goes on sale to $180 pretty often.

FITNESS REALITY 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

It's currently at $250

u/thepensivepoet · 6 pointsr/Guitar

There are some things you can do like practicing with a pick on some sort of edged surface that sort of approximates the feeling of strumming/picking strings just to practice your grip.

Using grip strengthening tools while your hands are free can be helpful as well. And I mean the normal grip exercise tools like this and NOT those janky little 'Gripmaster' things with the individual finger springs you'll sometimes see marketed to guitarists or hanging out at the GuitarCenter checkout counter. IMO they do a terrible job of emulating the feeling of pressing down on strings and are awkward and sometimes even painful with the strange angle you'll be holding it to attempt and build fretting finger strength.

Spend time doing paper music practice - transpose music/tabs, draw out the fretboard and fill in the correct notes, anything that might serve you as a learning tool AWAY from the guitar.

There are small travel size guitars or 'silent' guitars on the market you may be able to fit in your backpack as well as partial-guitars meant for practice but, honestly, I'd just bring your damn guitar with you. Nothing is going to beat having your hands on the actual instrument and all the tools/training aids I've seen just aren't quite the same enough that I'd want to spend money or time on them.

Aside from that just relax. Having time away from your instrument is good for rest and focus as well.

u/wraith5 · 6 pointsr/fitness30plus

tendinitis vs tendinosis:

Stretching my wrists, doing a lot of high rep bicep and wrist curls as well as the theraband flexbar all help to keep my elbows happyish

u/Strike48 · 6 pointsr/homegym

Do you think its a good idea to build one yourself when you can get stuff like this for a bit cheaper? Perhaps its more for the experience and self creation aspect of it. Maybe your materials are more high quality than the ones used on the commercial racks that they sell. Materials seem expensive at 400.

u/FluffyBunnyVampire · 6 pointsr/loseit

I had the same problem. My solution was to empty a room in my house and buy a squat cage, a bench, and a set of weights. I then started doing a 5x5 workout on my own. Fuck the gyms.

u/mustafa_MIG · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I am using a pull up bar which you stuck in the door by rotating hard. It also comes with nails for extra safety but I don't use them just the pressure force. It has been almost a year now and it works very well. It looks just like this one:

u/DukeNewcombe · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

May want to look at something like the iron gym. As long as you have a doorframe to attach it to. I've purchased one myself and it is pretty solid, but it may ruin the paint job where the pads sit on door frame. Just an idea for you though

u/jack_hazard · 6 pointsr/fatlogic

I have this one and I like it:

I also have a few kettlebells and resistance bands for home exercises. Both are easy to store and use. Check out r/bodyweightfitness for workout ideas too

u/HomeGymOKC · 6 pointsr/homegym
u/BGumbel · 6 pointsr/Weakpots

This "only" supports 800 lbs.

This will good enough until you decide on Texas vs Ohio power bar I don't think it has center knurling, but I'm sure you could find a similar one with it for the same money.

This only supports 300 lbs, but you can always rebuild the framing out of 4x4 wooden posts. I can tell you it doesn't collapse even when you have around 500 lbs on it.

Then you just need weights, Craigslist, or if you want new, walmart has them for a little less than 1$ a lb. Make sure your 45's are the right size, or you'll end up doing deficit deadlifts.

u/fukitok · 6 pointsr/bodybuilding

$210 + shipping for 200lbs. of dumbell (up to 100 each). Depending on what you pay, that's what, 7 months?

The only drawback with those DB's is that they are long, so the ends protrude when doing bicep curls. Not a big issue though.

u/ccfixx · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Personally, I always feel like the dip bars on power towers are too wide. I've tried a few of them out in Dick's Sporting Goods and it doesn't feel like a good position to sustain for multiple dips. So, that might be something to consider if you purchase one of these. I just did a quick search for more detailed dimensions of that particular model but I didn't have any luck. Maybe, get a power tower with less "features" like this Cap Barbell Power Rack from Amazon and then you can get some rings and throw them over the bar? The price fluctuates quite a bit; at the end of April it was down to $50.59 and occasionally gets down into the $65 price range.

u/IbuyWolfTickets · 6 pointsr/homegym
u/ravasaurus · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

If you have the height allowance, I’d recommend a power rack with the dip bar add-ons to give you the flexibility to add barbell work in the future.

u/ExtraPlayToy · 5 pointsr/Hotwife

I actually have a lot of experience with this sort of issue from a previous relationship. The TL;DR is i spent a TON of time researching the female orgasm, and G Spot stimulation.

*Disclaimer: I gained a ton of new information and new techniques, but guess what - still no orgasm. Kinda screwed me up cause I kept trying to place blame (on me, then her, then me again...etc) but really i should have continued to keep an open mind and communicate more with her. I was immature. I mention this because you shouldn't make it a "goal" that you or her get pissed off that you don't reach. Every girl is unique in the way that she prefers to be pleased. You have to learn to read body language and react properly to her subtle hints. It's more like obtaining a degree, takes a long time and a lot of hard work, but in the end it pays off.

You should absolutely research g spot stimulation. Every girl i've been with afterward has been completely amazed, and some squirted for the first time from just my fingers. If you really wanna make a girl cum, the majority of women are going to be brought to orgasm with your fingers, not your cock. This does take time and excersize, I would literately work out with my fingers. There's a ton of information and how-to videos on the web about this, i suggest you watch and readas many as you can and combine all the information. And remember that your girl is unique, and you have to adapt techniques to her and her body.

Also, you're idea about adding another guy is a separate thing. If you both want to live out that fantasy, that's awesome, but it shouldn't be used as a "i can't do it, let him do it!" What happens when he doesn't make her cum either? Research, exercise, and communication dude. Good luck, and have FUN!

u/networkadminthrow · 5 pointsr/gifs
u/ambww4 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

This thing completely solved my tennis elbow. It was amazing. There are lots of videos of the way to use it.

u/Arcanis888 · 5 pointsr/rva

Edit: SOLD

I've got a 40 lb adjustable dumbbell set and 4x 10lb plates I'm looking to get rid of. Cost me a total of ~$100, would be willing to let them go for $50 OBO.

Here's the set:

Here are the 10lb plates:

u/uninvitedthirteenth · 5 pointsr/90daysgoal

I am 28, trying to lose a few pounds after modifying my goal weight down 5 pounds (to 130). I tried last round to get away from daily weigh-ins, but that was a disaster so I am back to keeping track of my weight every day.

I get exercise primarily in the form of running. (It makes me sad baiser that you said you hate running!) I have been running for almost a year, but only about 5 months outside. I am currently training for my second half-marathon, and for my 30th birthday I want to run 30 miles, so I'll be building that mileage up over the course of the next year or so.

My main goal for this round is to add in some consistent strength training (minimum 2x per week). I just bought this so I have no excuse not to get stronger.

u/BriMcC · 5 pointsr/Fitness

You need a rack for Squats. Get one with safety bars like this one

That way if you are squating by yourself and fail the weight, you done have it fall on top of you. Good luck!

u/meaughh · 5 pointsr/homegym

I bought a pair of something like these off eBay so I could use my Olympic plates. dumbbells

I save space that way. The only issue I have is trying to superset until I can get some more 10lb plates

u/luckyLE0 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

if i knew what i know now, i woulda bought these first thing...

4.5* rating and they dont take up much room. i highly recommend splurging now. and having all the weights youll need. instead of being like me and having them strewn all over my floor. get the stand too if you can afford it.

u/ex0- · 5 pointsr/climbing

Get a pullup bar for one of your doorframes so you have something to do pullups on and then girth hitch these to the bar when you want to use them.

u/Mehue · 5 pointsr/getdisciplined

The "all or nothing" personality is something I struggled with. I recognized it, as you have, but what really made the biggest difference was making it my primary focus. The reason I never seemed to reach my goals, time and time again, was because I burnt out. I was fueling myself with the initial rush of motivation, forgetting that I would soon have to switch fuels to something I wasn't ready for: discipline. So, it's important for us to start small. Have you read "The Hobbit"?

Bilbo Baggins didn't go straight from his comfortable little hobbit hole straight to the Smaug's lair. His first step was simply leaving his hobbit hole, which he never would have done if he knew from the start that he'd be facing a dragon.

So, you need to start small. You have these goals, which are great, but they are the long-term goals. We need to break these things down into small, do-able goals that won't result in burnout. You need to leave your hobbit hole before facing your dragon.


You want to start going to the gym, among many other things. Going to the gym involves:

(a) convincing yourself to go to the gym, even on a rainy day or when you're super comfortable at home

(b) getting off your ass, into the car for ~15 minutes, into the gym where you would feel guilty for working out less than 30 minutes since you drove there, driving back home for ~15 minutes

(c) paying for a membership

Is this sustainable right off the bat? Remember, this is about building habits. We want to make this so easy that you will have no problem doing this. So start small and reduce the barriers of entry that will likely burn you out after your 2 weeks of motivational fuel runs out.

I did this simple routine. You can do it at home, it takes 20 minutes max, and all you need is a pullup bar. How much more doable does this sound?:

(a) convince yourself to get off your ass and walk 10ft to your pullup bar

(b) do pullups, pushups, and squats for 10-20 minutes

People may chime in about this program is missing this or that or how barbell squats cured their cousin's cancer. Fuck 'em. Doing something consistently is infintely better than doing the "ideal workout" inconsistently for 4 months before tapering off working out altogether. And guess what? Once you have built the habit of working out and want to go to the gym, you can!


You want to keep up with housework. So, using the same principles, start small! I mean so fucking small that you would laugh at yourself if you couldn't even do that. Turn on your favorite song and do housework until that song is over. You aren't obligated to do any more than the length of that song. Sure, you may not have cleaned the entire house, done all of your laundry, and roasted a fucking turkey. But, you may have done the dishes, or at least half of them. Again, something consistently is infinitely better than nothing. And, again, guess what!? Once you have built the habit of doing housework for the length of a song, you can play two songs!


You want to be healthier and take better care of yourself. Well, working out and doing some housework certainly falls under this. Let's address healthy eating. Again, we want to make this as simple as possible. Here is what I do that has been working really well:

Toss the following into a pressure cooker:

Meat (Choose 1):

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken thighs
  • Pork
  • Turkey

    Veges & stuff (choose 4):

  • Green beans/Asparagus/Cauliflower/Brocolli (choose 1)
  • Mixed greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Baby potatoes

    Sauce (choose 1):

  • Curry (+ variety to choose from)
  • Salsa (+ variety to choose from)
  • Marinara/Spaghetti/Tomato sauce (+ variety to choose from)


  • Garlic
  • Onion

    I don't even cut anything. If anything, I just use my hands to split the green beans, carrots, etc. Again, low barrier of entry. Keep it simple!

    At the same time, on the stove or in a rice cooker, make something to put this all on top of:

  • Brown rice
  • White rice
  • Orzo
  • Quinoa

    It takes about ~30 minutes to make a ton of healthy and tasty food. I do this twice per week.

    For breakfast, I toss 1 cup of oatmeal in a bowl, 2 cups of water in that bowl, cover and microwave it for 4 minutes, and add a tbsp of brown sugar and maybe some peanut butter. Simple, easy, fast, little barrier of entry.


    We've added quite a few (doable!) things for you to work on. You said you want to start studying programming. I would caution you to not start doing that now. You don't want to burn yourself out. Remember, start small, we're building habits here.

    This doesn't mean you won't ever study programming. In fact, what if you start now? What if you burn out in 1 month and don't touch programming again? What if this leads you to stop working out, stop doing housework, stop cooking? It's not worth it.

    So how do you know when you're ready to add studying programming? Read this. Only make 3 cards: workout, housework, cook.

    Once you are done with these 3 cards, you can create a new one for programming. But make sure you follow the same principles of starting small! Only commit yourself to 10 minutes a day. You can always do more, but 10 minutes is success.


    Enjoying this? Looking for another adventure to go on after 7 weeks of programming? Fix your sleep schedule. Make a card for light's out at : pm.


    At this point, we're getting closer to facing Smaug. You want to add another thing? Add meditating. Again, start small! Start with 5 minutes a day, or maybe less! Whatever sounds so doable that there is no way you couldn't do it. I don't give a shit if that means 1 minute per day.


    Don't feel bad if you don't fill out these cards perfectly. Remember, something is better than nothing. If you only have an X for half of those days, you've still improved yourself enormously.

    There will be fuck-ups. Bilbo fucked up, but he still got to Smaug's lair. Use your fuck-ups. Fucking abuse those fuck-ups. When you fuck-up (which you will, it's part of the process), make it a point to learn from it. Make yourself glad you did it. Didn't workout today? Do something you otherwise wouldn't have done that day: maybe go for a short 5 minute walk, or call your mother to tell her you love her, or send an email to your favorite band or author and thank them for existing, or read a short story on /r/writingprompts, or write a haiku, or tell yourself you're fucking awesome. It doesn't have to be big, but I guarentee it will be worth doing.

    Remember, the first step is coming out of your hobbit hole. There will be many, many challenges along the way. You might have to fight some spiders in Mirkwood, you might have to get in some barrels to escape some wood-elves, you might find a ring. Your life is a book, you aren't going to go directly from your hobbit hole to Smaug's lair. Along your journey, you likely won't even be thinking about Smaug's lair, because you should be focusing on the present, your 3 minute dishwashing session, your 10 minute workout. There will be a point you will look back and see how far you are from your hobbit hole. Before you know it, you'll be standing in front of a dragon's lair and realizing that back in your hobbit hole, you never in 100 years would have expected to be standing right there.

    Now go take your first step toward becoming Bilbo.
u/Poobear708 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

About $30. I bought this and love it.

u/bayen · 5 pointsr/RPI

Try putting a towel over the top of the door.

If you'd rather have a real pullup bar, I think this one fits in the doorways. (It did in RAHPs, at least.)

u/MagicMan623 · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

if you get a pull up bar like The Iron Gym it may look like the weight is supported by the door frame but really all the frame is doing is keeping it from sliding down. It's designed so the weight goes directly into the wall (through those 2 poles sticking to the sides), the door frame itself takes very little of the weight. I used one in an apartment where the door frames where very cheap wood that was peeling off at the corners and it held up fine for the year I was there. Just something to consider if you really want to do pull ups.

u/LightAce · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I have this Iron Gym which I mainly use for pullups. Pretty good investment in my opinion.

u/beckdrop · 5 pointsr/ftm

Whoa, what kind of therapist is this? You shouldn't have to do anything (any gendered thing) you don't want to do. I mean, I think working out is definitely a good idea, but you shouldn't be forced into it if it's not something you want to do.

But if it is something you want to do, I highly recommend getting a pull-up bar that fits onto your door frame (like this one - they have them for like $18 at Walmart (assuming you're from the US and if you're not I'm sorry for assuming :S)) and just starting with chin-ups. If you can't do a full one yet, use a chair to help support some of your weight (with your feet/foot) so that you can get all the way up, then very slowly lower yourself back down without using the chair. You'll be able to do one unassisted in no time if you keep practicing.

If you just do that and some push ups and squats, you're pretty much set, unless you're trying to be a body builder or something. And the good thing is these are all things you can do alone in your room so you don't even have to worry about binding or sports bras or anything (unless you feel too disphoric not binding to some extent).

u/officer_caboose · 5 pointsr/gainit
u/labnotebook · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

This and This will fit.

u/vyvratit · 5 pointsr/homegym

I've heard a lot of good things about the OB-86B Barbell. It's cheap and adequate until you're in the 600 lb range.

I like that rack for the price.

u/Nodeal_reddit · 5 pointsr/homegym

This is a highly rated budget barbell. It looks like $99 is an all-time low. I linked to the price tracker, but here is the direct amazon link

u/RofltheWaffle · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I own this one:

It's made by Harbinger, and it's polypropylene. I've had it since May, and there are no real signs of wear. I use it once or twice a week with (so far) 30-50 lbs. I'm sure a good leather one will last longer, but this think seems pretty solid.

u/so_quothe_Kvothe · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Generally you don't weigh yourself with pull-ups, you just do them. Once you start being able to do excessive amounts of pull-ups (which won't happen for a while if you're a novice), you can start adding weight to yourself to make it more challenging. As others have said, you can achieve this through special belts (like this) that you can put standard plates on or by holding dumbbells between your legs or however else you want.

Once you start doing that, you can theoretically add together your body weight + added weight, but most people only talk about added weight since pullups are traditionally a body weight exercise.

u/Chief176 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

(Https:// [I have one similar to this and it's far more reliable.]

NINJA EDIT I suck at this... I give up.

u/SavageConsciousness · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I just purchased this and this last week, and just started using them in my home. I strap the rings to the pullup bar. I think ideally you want them to be mounted higher than that, but I think it works great for me.

u/grauenwolf · 5 pointsr/wma

This has made a huge difference. I almost quit typing, let alone fencing, before I discovered it.

u/orangeisstupid · 5 pointsr/Fitness

In this order (more or less)

  1. Squat rack (or go for a full power rack)
  2. Adjustable bench
  3. Quality 7' barbell
  4. Weights, bumper or otherwise
  5. Caps
  6. More weights as needed
  7. Adjustable Dumbbells

    Get some horse stall mat as well to put down. Thick stuff (3/4" or thicker) - like this
u/CE-sorcerer · 5 pointsr/fatlogic

This is the one I got. It was $99, got it with some of my tax return. It took an hour to assemble, but seems sturdy enough for me. It maxes out at 300 lbs, which I doubt I’ll reach, ever.

u/kmolch · 5 pointsr/homegym

Couldn't agree more regarding the purchase of a rack that includes plate storage. Its more space efficient and leaves more open floor space. I have a fitness reality rack ( with T-2 plate holders, but if I were to buy again I'd think hard about getting a titan T-3 (T-3 over a T-2 because there seems to be more accessory options). However, from personal experience, I'd have to disagree regarding getting a flat bench and a "good" bar.
Regarding the bench, do you plan on doing incline bench/flys/curls/ rows/etc? The general sentiment of this community is buy once/buy forever. If that's the case, buy a good incline bench and call it a day. Otherwise, you buy the flat bench, then buy an adjustable bench down the road, and you're trying to store both of them in your 10x10 room. I got the el cheapo fitness reality ( one for ~$80. It does the job, but isn't super heavy/wide. While it doesn't feel rock solid, I've had people throw up 250#s on it no problem, so for many of us it should do the job. Looking back, I would look into Titan's adjustable bench, as well as the Ethos one from Dicks. The Ethos is a little steep at $250, but is super study and heavy duty feeling.
As far as getting a "good bar" goes, why rush it? What are your numbers currently? I got the Dick's Fitness Gear 300 # set ( for ~$180. It can be had for cheaper if you sign up for their promotion emails and use a $10 or $20 off coupon. I've pulled 300#s and squatted 300#s and the bar hasn't bent yet. Yes, the knurling could be better, and it won't last a lifetime, but until my lifts are consistently over 300#s or the bar does start to bend, buying a "good' bar can wait. It does the job and I could think of several things I'd rather buy first for my home gym. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait until I'm forced to buy a new bar and can get something badass, but if you're on a budget and the 300lb weight set bar works for what you need, I wouldn't rush into getting a better bar.

u/blamblampow · 5 pointsr/homegym

Hello, perhaps I can help. I bought a titan T-3 rack, an Cap OB-86 bar, a cheap bench from amazon, and a few CAP olympic weights from Walmart (they were around 50 cents on sale at the time) and two stall mats from TSC. I would say that I roughly have 700$ in the whole deal. Everything is decent quality and will get you going for awhile.




u/zo1d · 5 pointsr/homegym

If you hadn't seen this already, here's the rack itself with a few more reviews, if that helps. The bench also seems to be a near-identical re-brand of this one, so those reviews may be worth looking at.

The main problem I have is that these products seem to be fairly new, so I wonder if they'll stand the test of time.

u/dweezil22 · 5 pointsr/homegym

At that weight basically anything you get will be ok, that said, safeties are still nice to have, so consider the value of a full rack or a half rack instead of just a squat stand. As always, Craigslist or your local alternative can be a lot better deals (and your realism about weights may mean that some of the less popular cheaper stuff will be great for you while everyone else is chasing expensive Rogue gear).

If you do want to go new, Slickdeals just pointed me towards this $250 prime shipping rack on Amazon that looks like one of the cheapest options at the moment: CamelCamelCamel is amazingly reporting it sold for < $150 a few times this year (though I dunno if that included shipping)

u/snipe4fun · 5 pointsr/homegym

$400? for $200 you can get a full sized squat rack on Amazon:

I used to have one of those benches in the CL ad and on the highest setting I'd still have to do a 1/2" squat to get started with squats, plus there's no safety bars to catch if you fail and that goes for bench press too on the lack of safety.

Another hundred bucks and you've got a good quality bench:

Spend the rest on weights (admittedly you'll be just above the $400 price point but you won't be needing to spend more money on the same equipment a few years down the road) and whey and you'll be good to go.

u/MojoMonster · 4 pointsr/guitars


Not too long ago I recommended something like that and got downvoted for it. Have an upvote. :)

Early version of this were all the rage when I was learning.

But ok, now I know that stuff are considered rehab tools.


u/lordgunhand · 4 pointsr/Bass
u/GiraffeGuard · 4 pointsr/bjj

Inside or outside?

If inside, then the theraband stick, along with several wrist stretches, has helped me:

No elbow pain anymore for me.

Edit: mine was never quite as bad as you described but I would be unable to roll after two or three rounds.

u/DeadliftsnDonuts · 4 pointsr/nSuns

TheraBand FlexBar, Tennis Elbow Therapy Bar, Relieve Tendonitis Pain & Improve Grip Strength, Resistance Bar for Golfers Elbow & Tendinitis, Green, Medium, Intermediate

I had the same issue. Took 2 weeks off and rehabbed with the therabar. Repping 225 again

u/wheniristhrows · 4 pointsr/normalnudes

I'm going to recommend an exercise program to you called Strong Curves. It's designed specifically for women and focuses on building lower-body strength (specifically in the butt) to enhance our figures.

It has its own subreddit, /r/strongcurves, and the community there is very helpful. The sidebar has tons of useful information to help you get started. If you want to see some butt transformations, just search the word "progress" in the subreddit search and you'll see people going from butts like yours to really very substantial butts.

The SC book outlines about 5 different plans that range from plans for complete beginners, to plans for people without access to a gym, to plans for people that want to go all out. All the exercises in each plan are described in details with pictures in the book. You can also Youtube each exercise for in depth descriptions of how to do each one correctly.

More about the book: you can buy/pirate/borrow/check out from the library. Here's a link to amazon. I found my first copy on piratebay, but bought a used copy online because it's nice to have a physical book to reference.

I've seen a lot of progress using it and I'm a couple months in. The beginner's plan suggests an hour long session 4 times a week. You can totally skip the warmups at first just to get a feel for everything. With a set of dumbells (I have these), it's extremely approachable and very effective. I think it will give you a lot of confidence.

u/ephrion · 4 pointsr/Fitness

If budget is really a concern, then no equipment workouts, like Convict Conditioning, are the best choice.

If you want equipment, just get a gym membership, it will pay for itself pretty quickly. I bought a $40 dumbbell set thinking that I'd just add on weights as I needed them. You will almost certainly need to buy weights faster than you come out ahead financially. The next step up is 4 10lb plates, which is ~$40, and that brings your weight total to 80lbs. The next is 4 20lb plates, which is ~$80, and brings your weight total to 160lbs. If you're doing squats or deadlifts, you'll outstrip this within a few months if you follow a linear-gains program like StrongLifts or Starting Strength. Consider that StrongLifts has you start squats with just the bar (45lbs) and increases weight by 5lbs each session (3 sessions/week). You're at 160lbs in less than 8 weeks, making your investment of ~$160 at least twice as expensive as most gym memberships for the given time.

If you want to do barbell training, you should also invest in a bench and rack, which can be costly in terms of both space and money. This is a good idea long-term if you can afford it.

u/El_Dudereno · 4 pointsr/cincinnati

If you've got the room, the best thing I ever did was ditch my LA membership and purchase a power rack, bench and 300lb Olympic weight set.

I've added a couple accessory items, but that was enough to get going on a power lifting routine and hit the big compound lifts (squat, dead, bench, overhead) for ~$700 or about 2 years of gym memberships as I saw it.

u/winter_beard · 4 pointsr/homegym

I'm pretty happy with my Powerline PPR200X.

I bought this bench. Although it does it's job, there is a bit of a gap right where your ass should be when in the flat position, which also happens to be the only position I use it in. My solution was to stick a couple of rolled up magazines in the gap, but I would maybe try out a few before buying if I had to do it again.

u/IAmNotCreative101 · 4 pointsr/loseit

First off, the beer belly will be one of the last things to go, but adding additional workouts will help to tone muscle as well as to burn additional calories.

Assuming the 8kg barbell is similar to that link where the length is approximately 6ft (2meters).

There is a couple of pieces of equipment you would need to have to make full use of the barbell:

A rack of some sort to hold the barbell, and for an easy place to put the barbell when ending a set. You don't need one this extensive, it is mainly that you need something to put the weight on when done with sets if you want to add bench/incline/decline press. Which leads to the next piece of equipment:

An adjustable bench so that it can be useful for multiple exercises, including, but not limited to bench/incline/decline press.

Probably more weights to add to the barbell as well, since 8kg (~17lbs) is not that much weight once you start lifting for a lot of workouts.

Some basic upper body workouts I would focus on (given that you are running a good bit so I am assuming you are doing both distance and sprints).

If i am not mistaken you are looking for reps of 12-12-10 while trying to increase weights on each set. Generally doing that is for more endurance muscle, while doing less reps is for more explosive muscle if i am not mistaken.

Bench press

Decline press

Incline press

Barbell shurgs

Barbell curls

Close Grip Barbell curls

Standing Military Press

I would probably workout 2-3 days a week, doing all that you can. If you want to slightly lower the number of workouts you can alternate one of the curls, and alternate only doing two of the bench/decline/incline presses.

But barring having more weights/a rack I would probably recommend adding burpees in addition to push-ups.

u/LoCHiF · 4 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

You haven't mentioned what country which means you're probably American.

If the $550-$600 is meant to include weights, bar & bench then you're going to have to go second hand to get a decent set.

If not then this one for ~$350 is great value. 1000lb capacity so you'll be able to work with it long after you're past Stronglifts. There isn't a big advantage to getting a more expensive one than this.

u/anduin2000 · 4 pointsr/Fitness
u/TheAesir · 4 pointsr/weightroom

>Adjustable dumbbells are pretty damn expensive.


u/koreanppltwitter · 4 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

I once bought adjustable dumbbell set (amazon) for $100 off Kijiji, and the dude selling was an obvious crackhead... I was impressed, actually, because these things are heavy af and this dude somehow managed to steal two of em

u/DREADLOCKSS · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Ya legit gymnastics parallel bars are expensive. I have a iron gym pull-up bar and MDUSA rings but i hang my rings on a beam in a garage. I also have hanged them on a branch of a tree (make sure it's sturdy), on swing sets with the swings moved out of the way, on monkey bars, and on a football goal post. All were very succesful getting enough height and room on the sides is the most important which is why monkey bars actually work better than a narrow pull-up bar.

If drilling isn't an option then buying some sort of pull-up bar to hang them on is probably your next best bet. An iron gym is pretty cheap and with a couple of nails you can secure your doorframe extra if your worried about it being flimsy although my apartment doorframe does fine. You could also do a power tower for pretty cheap.

u/grimgrau · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Definitely buy yourself a pair of adjustable gymnastics rings. The plastic ones are much less expensive, but when your hands get sweaty they don't have a good grip like the wooden ones. You should get wooden rings if you can, but you can get plastic ones for the time being and later on move to wood if you want to.

>I'm advised to stay away from weights so I shouldn't do lat pulldowns or other things like that (I'm 13, so my mom and other people around reddit say that I need to grow first). Should I still be using dumbbells for squats, and how? Should I do deadlifts?

It's a myth that weights will stunt your growth, so you could always move to free weights in the future if bodyweight training isn't right for you. Bodyweight training is great, though! You could use dumbbells for squats, lunges, and other things if you wanted to, but for now just stick with the recommended routine and follow the squat progression for your legs.

>How do I use the smith machine for rows? I've read around here and r/Fitness that it's great for them, abd I know to put the bar to my waist, but should I put any weight on it or leave it as a blank bar?

Until you get your rings you can definitely use the smith machine for rows. Alternatively you could do dumbbell rows:


    >I tried asking people at the gym about this, they were super nice :) but they suggested I use the lat pulldown machine or some other weird machine where you lift yourself up to bars, but there's a footrest under you that just holds your weight (so I don't feel any exercise happening).

    That seems to work for some people, but it's really better to do pull up or chin up negatives. This is where you boost yourself up by jumping or using a platform to get yourself high enough to grab the bar/rings and lowering yourself down as slowly as you can. The lat pulldown machine is a completely different movement from actual pull ups and chin ups, but if you want to use it that's fine.

    >If you can help and/or leave some advice I'd appreciate that :)

    You really only need to know some basics about bodyweight training in order to do it and get something out of it. You'll learn slowly as you do this for longer. Don't worry about trying to know everything all at once. The most important thing is for you to begin working out and then stick with it. :)

    Feel free to post any other questions that you have in the daily discussion threads that we have here. People who do calisthenics (bodyweight training) tend to be very helpful and this in general is quite a helpful community. We enjoy what we do and when see someone else who wants to get into it we do our best to help that person.

    If you can get your parents to help or you can do chores to try to earn the money slowly you could also get yourself a doorway pull up bar that fits into your door frame. "The Iron Gym" isn't very expensive and it doesn't screw into your door. It uses leverage to hang from the top of the door so you can do pull ups or even hang your gymnastics rings from it. You mentioned that your gym doesn't have any pull up bars so you could do some things at home if you wanted to instead of always needing to go to the gym. You could do part of your routine at home and then finish up at the gym.

    There are knock-off versions of The Iron Gym and they all pretty much work the same. It's not a very expensive piece of equipment but it will let you use your rings at home.
u/IArtThereforeIAm · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I have this one. I have had it for 3 years and I use it constantly.

As long as you do your pull ups in full control, and not Crossfit style, you won't break anything.

u/Quick_and_Vigor · 4 pointsr/Fitness

Look up HIIT, EMOM, Tabata, and those should lead to other searches.

No equipment? Get one of these at least

Example Conditioning:

Warm-up (5 minutes)
Jog for a bit and slowly increase pace. It should be light and easy.

Strength Cycle (16 minutes)
Timing: 40sec on, 20 off.

Repetition: 4 rounds


  1. Jump Rope
  2. Dips (use a chair and a coffee table)/Pushups (alternate each round)
  3. Pullups/Chinups (alternate each round)
  4. Some kind of ab work (not crunches: V-ups, hollow rockers, russian twists, etc.)

    Conditioning Cycle (10 minutes)
    Timing: 30 sec on, 30 off

    Repetition: 10 rounds


  5. Sprint for 30 seconds
  6. walk/jog for 30 seconds

    Cool Down Stretching
    Do the Limber 11 stretch/roll routine

    This should take you around 40 - 45 minutes.

    Look up Crossfit WOD stuff and narrow your choices to that that doesn't require equipment.

    Also look up sand bag workouts. A sandbag is easy equipment.
u/youknow99 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I had one of these for a while in my apartment. Never messed up anything.

u/moopie · 4 pointsr/Fitness

The Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar is pretty awesome. Have had mine for about 8 months now.

u/HyruleanGentleman · 4 pointsr/hiphopheads

this is the one I have, but I usually do the RR at the gym because it requires parallel bars for dips (you can do dips on this pull-up bar too, they're just less challenging)

u/asev0 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I don't think many people appreciate just how much of a workout you can get from doing calisthenics. You won't be able to walk into a gym and do heavy lifting, but calisthenics will definitely get you in shape.

Upper body:

  • Pushups (standard with hands at shoulder width; diamond with hands at center forming a diamond to emphasize triceps; wide with hands wider than shoulder width apart to emphasize chest)

  • Pullups, if you have a bar or ledge to use. You can buy something like this that easily swings into your door frame, too.
  • Situps/crunches (and variations), leglifts, jack knives

  • Planks

    Lower Body:

  • Squats (do them slowly; your upward movement should be just as slow as going down. Do not pause to rest at the top. Push yourself to do one more than you can handle, rest, then do another set)

  • Lunges (same thing)

  • Wall-sits

    For a quick workout, I'd recommend doing 'pyramids'. Start by warming up (quick jog around the block, or run up and down the stairs a few times). Then pick a few exercises. Jumping jacks, squats, lunges, pushups, situps, and leglifts are a good place to start. You can add various add exercises, like different kinds of pushups as you progress. Then start with a number like 15 or 20 (depends on how much you can do and how long you want to exercise). Do 15 of each exercise, then 14 of each, then 13 of each, and so on all the way down to 1.

    This is actually a warmup we would do sometimes at my dojo, and it's one hell of a warmup. It doesn't take too long but it will tire you out.

    Also, you have many things around your house that could be used as 'weights' which would be helpful for squats/lunges/etc. Find a heavy textbook, a gallon of water, etc. As long as you do enough and you do them right, squats with a gallon of water is more than enough to get your legs burning.

    Anyway, good luck and don't let a "lack of resources" stop your progress. You can get a good workout without a gym.
u/north0 · 4 pointsr/AskReddit
u/Eat-Sleep-Lift · 4 pointsr/homegym

You don't expect to lift more than 250lbs? You wholly underestimate your strength. You should be able to pull more than that on a deadlift before you max out on SL 5x5.

IF you really want to stick with lifting and not just a program but being dedicated to lifting regularly, then buy quality. Being thrifty doesn't mean buying cheap. It means getting the most out of what you spend, and good quality stuff will last you a lifetime.

Titan racks are great value, If you can't bolt the T-3 to the floor or a platform, look into getting the free standing T-3 Squat Stand with spotter arms. The T-2 cage isn't as heavy duty but still more than enough for most people.

There are other options but Titan's a good value.

As far as bars, get the CAP-OB86 which is a highly regarded barbell for it's price whihc regularly goes on sale for as low as 100 dollars.

As far as plates go, buy used if your local area has a good craigslist base. Get mostly 45s with a pair of 25s and 10s

Buy the Adidas flat bench which is a cheap but sturdy option to the more beefier $150+ dollar options

u/OGluc1f3r · 4 pointsr/homegym
u/Pigeon-Toad · 4 pointsr/Fitness

For $10 extra dollars you could have just bought this. Like you said though it's useful to have a heavy chain and some caribiners lying around.

Harbinger 28900 Polypropylene Weight Dip Belt

u/InkognitoV · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Get a dip belt and start stacking plates.

Edit: I realize that my suggestion is not pure body weight, but I personally find that being a purist can be quiet limiting.

If you want to stay with pure body weight, L-sit pull ups, Front Lever Pulls, Front Pulls, and Front lever in general. Video on the Front Lever Pulls and Front Pulls

u/trnddwn33 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

Agreed, I got this one for like 20 bucks, had 2x45lb plates on it without issue. Link

u/ProfessorPoopyPants7 · 4 pointsr/homegym

I would go with an olympic bar since it would be more versatile. You can also pick up a set of Fat Gripz if you want to essentially turn your olympic bar into a thick bar. I just picked a pair up on Black Friday, and I've been using them for pullups; they definitely add some difficulty in that area.

u/BraveryDave · 4 pointsr/weightlifting
  • I have the Euro bar and I like it a lot. I do wish it had a little more whip, but then again, I'm not lifting a ton of weight (100/120ish).

  • Stall mats: See if there's a tractor supply store near you. Horse stall mats are like $40 for a 4' x 6' x 0.75" piece.

  • Squat stand: I got this one from Amazon. It's kinda shaky but I've never had a problem and it's rated for 500lbs. It also comes with arms that attach to the stands for benching.

  • Most important item: A chair to sit on between sets
u/jimmyw404 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I got this two months ago and couldn't be happier:

300lbs weight set: $200

power rack + lat pull attachment: $436

2x 45lbs plates: $70

fitness reality bench $80

dip belt $30

dumbbells $200

I looked pretty hard on craigslist for local deals for a few weeks, but it's hard to beat the above prices.

I've been a member of a few gyms, and don't really have horror stories, but it's so much nicer being in complete control of everything.

u/Johnny_Lawless_Esq · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I've got a Jungle Gym.

I've only ever hung it from my wall-mount pull-up bar, but looking at the little soap-bars at the end of the strap, I'd say that, over time, they would put shallow dents in the wood.

Have you seen this doorway bar? It looks like it'd be a lot less hard on moulding than the usual Iron Gym. Another option is a free-standing pullup bar. You can either buy one, or, cheaper and better, but harder to do, build one.

One other option is to mount a bar on a large, exposed beam in your garage. Talk it over with your landlord, many are surprisingly cool about drilling into exposed wood.

u/cpjay2003 · 4 pointsr/intermittentfasting

CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand, Multiple Colors

$100, easy goal. I have this one, concrete anchored to the floor, can do pull ups and swing on it all day. 230lbs, good for 300lbs

u/Jamieson22 · 4 pointsr/homegym

I know you say you don't have a lot of room and this assumes you don't need to move equipment out of way when not in use but the squat towers with a bench under them would likely be exact same footprint as a power cage like this:

And a cage will offer more safety and flexibility with lifts.

u/madbeetzyo · 3 pointsr/Guitar

Something like this perhaps?

u/BrianPurkiss · 3 pointsr/CompetitionShooting

Gripmaster 14003-BLK Hand Exerciser Black, Heavy Tension (9-Pounds per Finger)

u/tonytaylor85 · 3 pointsr/Glocks

Wimps! Get one of these if you can't handle the snap!!

lol jk 9mm is cheap

u/finzwake · 3 pointsr/sysadmin
u/a5tr0cr3ep · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/Sababa_Gump · 3 pointsr/Trichsters

You and I have had virtually identical experiences. Granting that I still struggle with getting my trich under control, here's the humble advice I can offer:

  1. Identify times/situations when you tend to pull more frequently and then if possible, create uses for your hand(s) that prevent them from automatically migrating to your face. For me, driving is a big auto-pull time. With one hand on the wheel and my mind wandering, my left hand will find its way to may beard and start wreaking havoc. What I did to combat this is is buy a hand strengthener like this one which I keep in my car. When I recognize that I'm pulling, I'll grab this thing instead. I also keep silly putty in my car for the same reason.

  2. Medication/therapy can and does help. Though I personally haven't yet had much luck in this department, trich is an anxiety-based behavior for which treating the underlying causative factors helps significantly. In fact, we've all tried willing ourselves to just stop and we've all seen just how effective that can be. Getting to the root (so to the speak) is the sustainable way to rectify this destructive behavior.
    On that note, try to take note of when you tend to pull more and when you tend to pull less. That is to say, try to pay attention to what else is going on in your life when your trich gets worse. Are there possibly certain triggers that are influencing the rate of your pulling? Become more mindful of how you're doing generally and how that relates to your pulling. Creating these links are important in coming to understand the behavior and ultimately stopping it.

  3. Lastly, eye-shadow. Yes that's right. Go to a beauty supply store or Walmart or whatever and find a color that closely matches your beard color. I have a dark auburn/copper colored beard and ended up with a color called "latte". It's not an exact match but its close enough to where it fills in the hole(s) and blends everything together fairly seamlessly. Oh, also pick up an applicator. You can either get a small paint brush type thing or the eyeliner applicator itself (which is what I use and is pretty effective).

    That's all I've got. Best of luck man, I wish you many full bearded years ahead!
u/owen099 · 3 pointsr/climbing

Buy this in the green color. I had issues for a while and since getting this, they are all gone. I have a few buddies who have had the same results. The exercise is super simple and not strenuous. Buy it.

u/Ez215 · 3 pointsr/golf

Thera-Band Flexbar, Green, Medium

This is what I used. I forget what the exercises are called but there's one or two specifically for golfers elbow. Buy this, Google the exercises and play pain free. I used to have pretty bad tendinitis, couldn't throw a baseball more once or twice, by the end of the round my elbow would be burning and I could barely get through a workout. Fast forward to after I found this thing and I'm good for a round and a range session in the same day pain free and 99% pain free workouts also. Can't recommend it enough.

u/JeffreyCho · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I've had tennis elbow, so not exactly golfer's elbow, and I tried stretching, rubbing, resting, etc. but the only thing that helped me was when I bought and used this

I went on YouTube to know what exercises to do with it. I watched a lot of videos but only found this guy to be helpful link

Hope you get better soon!

u/whiteman90909 · 3 pointsr/powerbuilding

This thing helped me. I do the exercises and it stayed helping within a few days.

Biofreeze FlexBar Resistance Bar For Medial Epicondylitis, Prevent Tendonitis and Improve Grip Strength, Relieve Pain From Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, and Tendinitis, Medium, Intermediate

u/homegymstuff · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have the Titan multigrip and like it most for close grip bench. I don't use it a ton but I like having it for something different and so that I can use it whenever I have a wrist problem. It arrives with a ton of metal shavings inside the bar though, and they will fall out of the Titan logo that's cut into the middle of the bar. It'll go over your face when benching, so you'll want to spend time emptying it before use, or covering the logo. It's an annoyance but the bar itself is good, and I think the inexpensive option is the way to go with a bar that will only be used here and there.

I also had golfer's elbow for a while so I bought a TheraBand FlexBar. I can't say for sure that I got better because of it, but I can definitely say that I got better after using it. I can also say that it hasn't come back. Whenever I start to feel that tightness again I do the golfer's elbow exercise and the tightness has always improved. Before the FlexBar I worked out using a golfer's elbow strap that sits below the elbow and allowed me to work out with less pain.

u/StPierreB · 3 pointsr/loseit

Good question. For one, I stopped doing the lifts that were hurting it - mainly bicep and upper back work. I had to rest for a few months just to do the rehab exercises without pain. Then I bought one of the TheraBand Flex Bars and Grip Strengtheners. Both exercises strengthen your forearms and within a couple of months of those exercises I was pain free and lifting again.

u/JerkoMcGee · 3 pointsr/golf

Buy a Flexbar and do this exercise three times a day or so. It helped me out after only a few days.

u/resetallthethings · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

no, nobody here ever gets elbow tendinitis!

Yeah, I'm just getting over it actually. saw on here one of these recommended

and damned if it isn't a miracle

u/loseitbetty · 3 pointsr/loseit

Another treadmill is an option, or a stationary bike (I have this one and I like it, it's nothing fancy though), an elliptical, or a set of dumbbells that you can use for both strength and for added weight when doing an aerobic workout.

Of course there are others, but those are my suggestions. Look on Craigslist or something similar and see if you can get something for free or cheap, then you might be able to get more than one! Unless you're well off, then go straight for more than one from Amazon. ;)

u/0000GKP · 3 pointsr/homegym

I use CAP adjustable dumbbells with 10, 5, and 2.5 lb plates. These can go from 7.5 lbs to 85 lbs per dumbbell (that's the limit unless you add 25lb plates which is awkward). Just like with a barbell, it's easy to start with whatever weight you need now and pick up extra plates later as you get stronger.

u/lahecalnxa · 3 pointsr/Fitness

These have worked great for me the past couple years:

2x20 pound (adjustable) dumbells (or up to 35 pounds on one), and you can easily buy more weights to add if you want/need.

u/konaitor · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Yeah, it helps to have a routine. I found it easier after forcing myself for 2-3 days, the 4th/5th day got easier to do. I also have a hard time keeping myself motivated day after day.

I got these last summer:

It was like $7 cheaper than. But I find I can have each dumbbell with a different weight, allowing me to work on different muscles without needing to swap weights, making it easier to stay motivated as less work is needed. The point of this for me was to just get my body to wake up in the morning and to kick up my metabolism early in the day, before eating anything.

Also, doing this in the background helps too. Like I wake up and often watch last nights daily show or some late night thing. So instead of just sitting there and watching the 20-30 minutes, I will stand and do the weights while watching it.

As for the eggs and sausage, The night before, cut up a regular sausage (the ones that are just a bit bigger than a hot dog). Cut it in half length wise, and then into cubes. And put them in a small tuperware into the fridge. In the morning take it out and throw it on a pan that has heated up a bit. Toss the sausage around until it starts to cook and sizzle. While it cooks mix 2 eggs, a pinch of salt/pepper, and a tablespoonish of milk. Add a tad of oil (if needed, depends on your sausage) and pour the eggs over the sausage. Cover for ~ 2 min.

On a plate put some mixed greens, I like a 50/50 spinach/Lettuce blend, with a balsamic vinaigrette drizzled over. When the omlet can slide around the pan: flip it, sprinke some shreded cheese, and slide off the pan onto the plate, letting one half flop over the other. Sprinkle with more salt/pepper as desired.

Takes about 5 minutes to do, and is really tasty. cleanup is a plate, bowl, Tupperware, pan, spatula 2 forks and a knife.

u/angeluscado · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

Ugh, my husband does this too. We have this set with a few extra plates and he leaves his weight on there and screws them in so tightly that it's a struggle for me to get my (much, much lighter) weight on there.

Argh! Silly husbands.

u/homejimjitsu · 3 pointsr/homegym

Body-Solid Powerline Power Rack (PPR200X)

Titan 6' Technique Olympic Bar

Titan X-2 Power Rack Dip Bars

CAP Barbell Olympic 2-Inch Plate Rack

PROCIRCLE Wood Gymnastic Rings -...

Harbinger Polypropylene Weight...

PowerBlock Elite Dumbbell 70lb Set

About 500lbs of random plates I got cheap. Most of it was bought used but in good condition. Took me a while because I was really patient so I’d find what I wanted.

I’m pretty happy with all of it. I was most concerned with saving space and getting stuff that had high enough weight capacities. I’m not lifting really heavy weights, so it’s all good for me but might not work for everyone.

I’m considering getting a stand or some matts, or maybe a few kettlebells.

u/ITNinja · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Keep your eyes open for a used squat cage, olympic bar, weight plates and a padded bench. With just those things you can get an excellent workout without taking up a ton of space.

u/Aarontj73 · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/awolfoutwest · 3 pointsr/Fitness

A set of Olympic weights, a power cage, a bench and a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. I got all but the book second-hand, so it can be pretty affordable and safe. (All links except book are for illustrative purposes only, not necessarily recommending those specific units)

u/HukIt · 3 pointsr/homegym

It looks like a good deal, I have that rack, I like it, it gets the job done. With the money saved you can buy the lat attachment for it.

The Power Rack

The BowFlex Dumbbells and Bench

The weight set with Bar

u/bacon- · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Get one of these. You won't have to worry about spotters for a long time that way.

u/fitzgerh · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have the SuperBench. It is great. It is a little pricey, but I love the space-saving attachments that you can buy for it. I have the situp, dip and GHD extension.

I have the PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack, which may be better suited to your needs. I know you said that space is a concern, but you get a lot out of this piece of equipment. It comes with a pullup bar and the safety bars adjust easily for squats and bench-related activities. The weight limit is a bit low, but that won't be a problem for a while (in my case, at least). I built a rack plate holder last weekend and now my weights hang conveniently from the back of the rack.

u/Pseudo_Stratified · 3 pointsr/homegym

Sometimes the PowerLine PPR200X goes on sale on Amazon for about $377. With this you also get a pull up bar built into it and the ability to add a great pulley system further down the road.

I mulled around getting a half rack for a little while and I am so glad that I opted for a full rack instead. It is very quick to adjust, sturdy, and I love the small foot print it takes up, yet with the pulley system there are so many exercises that you can do. If lifting weights really grabs hold of you, you'll be glad you went with a full rack instead.

u/OMGitisCrabMan · 3 pointsr/gainit
u/ccampbellsos · 3 pointsr/ketogains

My initial set up when I didn't want to spend a huge amount, but wanted the capability to do any major lift was as follows:

Bench and Rack

Barbell and weights

Plate Rack


Plate compatible dumbbells

I highly recommend buying a few extra plates if you plan to go heavier, I picked up 2 more 45's, 2 25's, 2 10's on top of what that set comes with. I was happy with it until I upgraded the rack and bench as my gym grew.

u/kenelbow · 3 pointsr/P90X

Something like this will expand to fit in a larger than average door opening. It's what I use.

u/Brain__Dead · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

You could try this one. Or if you want something a bit cheaper try this one here.

u/Regannnn · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Most people would recommend the Iron Gym, but I personally didn't have a doorframe that would work with it so I got one of these:

I actually think this kind is better, installation is almost as fast (no screws or anything), and you can easily adjust the height to do rows

u/EldieTurner · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I have large molding also, so I bought This one

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u/Breaking_Bad909 · 3 pointsr/homegym

Nice setup! I'm not sure what your fitness goals are, but I would look into getting an EZ bar, and maybe even some dumbells. I've always wanted these bad boys, but they probably arn't cost effective.

Edit: deleted extra letter.

u/lookalive07 · 3 pointsr/P90X

If you get those, you limit yourself to a certain weight and you also don't, since you can adjust them, but it takes time.

If you're serious about it, you may want to consider investing in something like these:

Because you can change them super quickly in between workouts. It'd probably be really helpful during incinerator, where you're moving from curls to triceps back to back.

Or just do a mix of bands and dumbells. Nothing wrong with that.

u/throwawayninety9 · 3 pointsr/progresspics

Nice progress man!

Make sure not to do ONLY targeted exercises like bicep curls. It looks like your deltoids haven't made as much progress as your biceps. Chin-ups would be great for working out both muscles as well as your lats and others in your back and core. I got one of those chin-up bars that you stick in the door without installing and love it! It literally just takes a second to put up or take down.

And don't forget your chest! If nothing else, throw some push-ups into your routine.

u/AtomicDynamo · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I have been working on pull-ups for a while at home with one of those bars that hangs in a doorway. Despite what the product claims, I would not use it for anything other than pull-ups/chin-ups.

This is what I do. I plan to move on to the /r/bodyweightfitness program once I can do more than 2 pull-ups.

u/tiara733 · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

Definitely look into body weight exercises. There are a ton you can do at home without any equipment.

Some examples: pushups, planks (for core), dips (on a chair), inverted rows (on a table), body weight squats, lunges, etc.

One piece of equipment you may want to purchase is the Iron Gym pull up bar. It installs easily into most doorframes and won't damage anything. Pull ups are a great exercise for arms/back. Bear in mind that unassisted pull ups are quite hard if you don't have much upper body strength, but you can start out with hangs/negatives and work from there. You can also use the pull up bar for pushups, crunches, and dips too. I know I sound like one of those infomercials but this pull up bar is actually pretty useful. Hope this helps!

u/drjkiel · 3 pointsr/Fitness

This is what I have. I've also seen the same or similar model at places like dicks and target

u/chibi_rosie · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I don't know what your doorway looks like, but I use an Iron Gym. It does come with a tiny metal hook/clip thing that you have to insert between the top of the door frame and the wall so you don't crash, but it's a very thin piece of metal and you could easily caulk where the clip was if/when you move out (or don't since I doubt anyone under 7 feet tall would notice a thin 1.5 inch long hole in between the moulding and the wall). I like it because I don't have to have my pull-up bar in the doorway permanently, and as far as damage done to the door way is concerned, it's really pretty minimal.

u/sithyiscool · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I have a home gym that I built. I have been searching for equipment for a long time that can handle a good amount of weight, and is minimalistic. The pieces of equipment I own are:

u/nailz1000 · 3 pointsr/P90X
u/cipherovich · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

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You can hang rings from pullup bar for rows, dips, pullups, holds. And you can dip on tables, chairs, boxes until you get to your ring dips. So you dont really need anything except pullup bar and rings to complete recommended routine.

u/JustARogue · 3 pointsr/Fitness


Also, mountless pullup bars don't leave marks on doors. Alternatively, find a park with monkey bars and use that.

u/Pretty_Swell_Guy · 3 pointsr/Fitness

you'll need some equipment but I've found this the best routine.. 1-2 times a week.. Equipment needed: [ab wheel] (, [pull up bar] ( & [resistance band] (


  1. 30 reps Ab wheel
  2. 30 hanging leg raises
  3. 30 twist? each side.. put one handle in a doorway and close the door.

u/vagif · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

If you have a door frame you can buy a pull up bar. No need to mount or anything, it just hinges on the door frame.

And then you can buy rings and attach them to that pull up bar.

And now you can do all kinds of pull ups and push ups.

u/Sloppy1sts · 3 pointsr/pics

Not that I can think of. But you can get a pullup bar that hangs in your doorframe for pretty cheap.

u/maiusmadness · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I like the Iron Gym Pull Up Bar on Amazon, works great for me and seems pretty durable so far. Just make sure it will fit your doorway and wont damage the door frame!

u/southern_rooster · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding
u/thesilverleo · 3 pointsr/1200isplenty

You've come so, so far already. Congrats on that! Things that I might consider if I were you:

  1. Reverse dieting for a bit - that is slowly adding calories back in and seeing how your weight responds. More information here
  2. Substituting morning yoga or evening yoga with a walk outside instead
  3. Strength training exercises like step ups, pull ups (bar here, good video on how to regress here and here), push-ups, squats, and lunges. The great thing about resistance training is that you can take it slow and it doesn't lead to the same hunger after an intense cardio session.

    Don't try too many things at once, and be patient. So much easier said than done, I know.
u/fsacb3 · 3 pointsr/climbing

There are many variations, but you need to hang on something. Figure out a way, depending on what your living arrangements are. You can attach a pull up bar to a doorframe. You can hang from the door frame itself. You can find a tree or monkey bars or ledge of some kind outside.

Once you've found something to hang on, it'd be best to attach something to it. Hangboards, rock rings, pull up bar, homemade contraption. The device is not important, but preferably you can grip it in different ways. Open hand, sloper, two finger, crimp, side pull, etc.

Step three is to do pull ups, hangs, lock offs, and levers. Google hangboard workout and you'll find something. Use a chair if you need to reduce your weight, wear a backpack to increase it. Work out 3 times a week or so.

All the other fitness stuff you can do is great, but won't help your climbing as much as this. You have to hang, and you have to pull. This will keep in you decent shape.

Some links:
The above can be modified to make it more climber friendly. You can make your own one of these:
Or you could hang some rock rings.

u/uufo · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Half a hour a day is plenty, but you really need a pullup bar (buy a bar like this instead of the pressure-type, it won't ruin your door and it's just as cheap).

Alternate one day when you do a push progression (ex: HSPU) + a pull progression (ex: pullup), one day when you do a core progression (ex: toe-to-bar lift) + a leg progression (ex: pistol squat), and one rest day. 3 sets for each progression. This should fit into the 30min. Skip the warmup , the body drills and the mobility exercises. If you are afraid of working out without warmp up keep it to a minimum (like 2 minutes jumping rope).

If you discover that the above suggestion doesn't fit into the 30 min (for example because you need too much rest time between sets), try something even simpler: one day push progression, one day pull progression, one day leg progression, repeat for other three days, and then take one rest day. Core will still be trained effectively.

u/drunkenknitter · 3 pointsr/YAYOG
u/AnonymousWritings · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Not an expert, so take these comments with many grains of salt.

Two things:

  1. Doing something is far superior to doing nothing

  2. Balance push and pull.

    Taking these things together, I would say that if you have no pullup bar, skip the pullup + dip pair, and just do rows, pushups, squats, and L-sit until you can get yourself a pullup bar. This has you doing one push and one pull exercise.

    This pullup bar will be like 30-35$ after shipping + taxes. Skip the daily starbucks coffee for a week or two and you can afford to buy the pullup bar.
u/R0FL_LAUNCHER · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The bar is probably the Iron Gym one, I was thinking about buying one today. I'm curious about the rings though, I was considering building my own dip bars but if the rings work just as well for $40 I'm going to spring for those. I'll edit my comment if I find the rings.

Pull-up Bar ($23.99):

Rings ($32.99):

u/recordman94 · 3 pointsr/P90X

I'm using these to replace pull-ups. I have a set of weights, but I can't use something like this because my ceiling is too low (I'm doing P90X in the basement)

u/2edgee · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Here it is on Amazon. I'm not sure what you mean by weird three piece thing... but I'm guessing it's that because there were three pieces that needed to be assembled.

u/Firefoxx336 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I'm 17 so I built my set up knowing I'd have limited space and even more limited funding. For building your own gym the most important thing to remember is that there are tons of people out there who have given up on exercising and have unused equipment lying around. You can take advantage of this by checking craigslist and helping other people reclaim space in their garages.

Remember, your body is an organic system, it doesn't care about the condition of equipment, as long as provides resistance and is safe. That is to say, new weights at Dick's will run you $0.89/lb, potentially lightly rusted weights will run you $0.40 or even less on craigslist. They go fast though, so jump on a deal if you see it and refresh a few times each day. I 250lbs worth of dumbells + a storage rack for $150 a couple days ago. In my area, that's a steal.

Craigslist also graced me with a 4 month old Bowflex Blaze for $150. 79 exercises and about 24 sq. feet taken up by its footprint. I'll take that ratio. The Blaze has a flat bench that can be set to a 45 degree incline for lifting even without the bows. Dips can be done off the side of the bench, toe-raises can be done off of the supporting floor bars. The Blaze is a monster tool. If you're going after a Bowflex (they're the safest apparatus if you're working out solo) I'd keep an eye out for the Revolutions. They run a bit higher but they use real weights and are supposed to be pretty spectacular.

Other than that I bought one of these for pullups in a doorway, and just picked up a speed jump rope for $4/free shipping on Amazon. Cheap cardio. If you've got some more cash though you can pick up almost any common exercise machine for ~$80 on craigslist. Bikes/Treadmills especially.

If you're into the protein/supplements thing give a look. I have yet to find a cheaper place to buy (60% off retail) and they have an enormous selection with fast shipping. From the research I've done (my uncle co-founded the Taro drug company, he knows his shit, and I've done a ton of anecdotal reading on the forums) the best protein available is the Optimum Nutrition Pro, which packs 60g/serving with a mess of aminos. The best creatine supplement is Gaspari Nutrition's SizeOn. And the best nitric oxide is Gaspari Nutrition's Superpump250. My uncle says there isn't nearly so much credible research backing nitric oxide as the other two, and my family doctor advises against using it because it quickly dilates your veins, which means sudden lower blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack. Both endorse protein and creatine though. Creatine has also been credibly linked to increased mental capability. Can't go wrong with fish oil for brains and joints and a solid muti vitamin either. ;)

u/SuperDuperCereal · 3 pointsr/loseit

Make your body straight and stiff as a board (or plank) and hold yourself up off the ground.
Here is a great explanation:

You could get one of these pull-up bars to work those lats, arms, and back better at home. You can even hang and get some core workouts in by lifting your legs. Cheap and very useful.

You absolutely can bike for 30 minutes instead of walking daily! That's probably better than my 2 x 1mile walks, actually. Keeping that heart rate up for 30 minutes daily will REALLY help your metabolism.

Be very strict about your diet and workouts. Force yourself to hit that bike daily and get those workouts in. Also, try to stay active at least one day on the weekend. You can do this shit, man! You don't have to eat like a rabbit on keto, just NO CARBS. You are the only one you can count on to shed that weight... nobody else will help you. STAY DISCIPLINED! Even when the office has donuts, pizza, etc... don't give in with "just one".


u/ninjamike808 · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Yea, it has a lot of different positions and you can take it off easily and set it on the ground so that you can go down as far as possible, pretty much. This is it and you can get it at target for like $30. It's convenient, more convenient than the ones you have to screw into your door frame, unless you don't have any door jams for it to hook onto.

u/platoprime · 3 pointsr/gifs

You are not misunderstanding me and the caps sleeves on the end of many weightlifting bars spin independently of the bar to avoid torque on the wrists.

>Q:how easily do the sleeves spin?

>A:Very smooth and spins longer than a not-so-cheap Rogue bar I have.


I could upload a video of my bar sleeves spinning if you still doubt me.

u/nmopqrs_io · 3 pointsr/homegym

I can't agree more with your gym sentiments. Walking through a sea of resting bitch faces at the gym just to see that two people were already waiting for the squat rack tended to ruin my somewhat fragile motivation.

I would recommend against the FT2, having an enforced straight up and down bar path will not help your form and will make your workout less effective for your core/stabilizing muscles. If you're thinking you want something safe for home workouts alone, you can still do that with a free weight barbell setup, spotter arms are wonderful thing.

I haven't tried that many options, but I can tell you what is working for me. I got the titan T3 squat rack and I love it. I highly recommend the spotter arms, I try for bench personal records all the time by myself and I've never had issues when I failed. This rack is stable enough for pull ups but you don't have to screw it to the floor to install. I did have to take off both the weight storage arms so that the plates on the storage arms didn't impede my bench press.

For the barbell I got the CAP OB-86B, it's reasonably priced and I'm not doing anything too fancy with the olympic lifts. I expect to get another, better bar and keep it as a beater bar eventually.

My plates are a mix, I recommend getting some bumper plates off craigslist or a local shop to get started then adding bumper and iron plates as needed. Another option is to get the $300 iron set from Dick's as a starting set, but from what I've heard the bar is fit only to trash/resell.

For bench I'd recommend getting something strong and adjustable. I got the flat Adidas bench and it's fine, though I now want an adjustable bench so I can do incline/decline.

Appropriate flooring, resistence bands, and dumbbells are also incredibly helpful.

u/New_mom_and_dad · 3 pointsr/weightroom

This cap barbell is generally considered an all around decent bar and its cheap.

Peraonally i recommend the rogue ohip power bar for all purpose lifting.

For olympic lifts ive heard great things about the rouge ohio bar.

u/d5cf9 · 3 pointsr/homegym

>Is a cheap $300 300lbs Olympic Weight Set and $250 Power Rack a waste of money?

Absolutely not! I find this sub hilarious sometimes with people spending a small fortune at Rogue so they can deadlift 225lbs in their garage. I went even cheaper than you, I have these, a 300lb cast iron set, some more weights and a bench off kijiji and I'm just now upgrading my bar to this for Christmas. Unless you're planning to set some world records what you're looking at will most likely last longer than you do.

u/TheMadPeterson · 3 pointsr/homegym

If you want to save money, go the Craigslist route.

For new stuff?

The best "cheap" barbell is the CAP Barbell's OB-86B. Anything cheaper and you run the risk of getting a shitty, rusted out bar that will fall apart as soon as you put more than 100lbs on it.

As for weights? The cheapest are CAP's 300 lb Olympic weight sets. They weights are crappy, and you may have to file down the holes so it doesn't scrape you bar, but it's the cheapest you'll find brand new. Take the shitty bar that comes with it and sell it on Craigslist for like $50 (if it doesn't arrive already broken).

I've heard mixed things about the Titan rack, but it's probably the best of the budget racks. Supposedly, the quality is improving.

u/mels543 · 3 pointsr/homegym

lol didn't know it was a low quality bar. it was my fave and allowed me to lift the most on all lifts... just due to the diameter...I would actually wait until someone was done just to use that bar because I didn't like any of the other bars....

I am considering this bar
it has good reviews on forums and all over online... my needs are just a 28mm 45lb standard men's bar... for squat, deadlift, bench and press.... I'm a small female but have no need for a womens bar since i won't be doing snatches and jerks.... i doubt i will be going over 3 plates on deadlift... only deadlifting 200 lbs at the moment... so not that strong... genetic potential is probably like 280 max.... I just want a basic olympic bar with a 28mm diameter.... other than that not picky.

I've lifted with a mens bar all my gymlife and its fine... tried a womans bar once and don't have a need for one.

u/bonehead5550123 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

This is the one I have at home right now. I got it about 7 months ago and it's been working great for me.

The absolute best bar I ever used was an Eleiko Weightlifting Competition bar. So nice. Extremely pricey though($1000+).

u/thejoefletch · 3 pointsr/homegym

> Nice buy.


> Are you planning on taking steel wool to the bars and cleaning them up? I'd like to see some pics if you do that.

I just bought a new bar before getting this haul. My old bar was pretty much the same as this one and I had issues with the bar being balanced; they're technically the cheap ones that come with a set. So I put a few bucks into a new one. So far well worth it.

I do not plan on cleaning them up too much. But steel wool is a good idea, but I have other plans for the bars. The list includes the following ideas.

  • New Farmer's Bars
  • Circus Dumbbell with Concrete ends
  • Dumbbell Row Handle like this so that I can load up over 100 pounds.
  • Weight tree, since I have my weights all over the floor of the garage!
u/telematic_embrace · 3 pointsr/P90X

I highly recommend this one.

I got mine at Winners (of all places) for around $25 or so. I like it because it has a lot of grip options, and the wide grips come out a bit so you're not rubbing your elbows along the wall.

u/Skwyre7 · 3 pointsr/rva

I have a door frame pull up bar (like this) with some ab straps. The pull up bar is excellent at hanging clothes on. I'm guessing it could also be used for exercise.

$20 OBO. Please don't make me move this to the new house.

u/cforres · 3 pointsr/leangains

I use this one. I've only ever had 115 on it so I can't speak for more than that. I've been using it for 2 years now.

u/frostflithbm14 · 3 pointsr/weightroom

Anyone have any recommendations for a first dip belt? I'd like to stay between $25-60 or so and don't need anything too special. HUUUGE plus if it's on amazon prime. Please and thanks Here's what I'm considering now:

u/Nicky4Pin · 3 pointsr/Fitness

this is the dip belt I have.

this is how you use it.

u/morris1022 · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

I got [this one] ( on Amazon for ~$26 and it works great

u/Jutt24 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

this one works perfectly for me:

People will say leather is better but mine is holding up very well. I put as much as 70 lbs on it for doing dips. Works great

u/litea11111 · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I'm currently using the [harbinger dip belt] ( for my weighted dips and pull ups. They're of really good quality, although you might want to use a stronger carabiner when you're going very heavy. In general, dip belts are not suitable as weightlifting belts because they do not provide support for your back when doing deadlifts, squats, etc.

u/ItsFuckingPaco · 3 pointsr/Eve

Well it depends how creative you want to be.

When I lived with my parents (still do) they have these rafters outside which are perfect for doing pull-ups and pushups on. I have adjustable straps to change the height (which should come with most).

When I used to lifeguard I would just hang them on a nearby tree during our mandatory PT break.

When I was in college I would just no shame hang them at the gym in between the pully tower with rows / tricep extensions at the end.

Right now My garage door has an extra half foot on the outside of it and I hang it on my Pull-Up bar on the metal bar that crossed the U kinda further away from the door sill so you don’t bump into the doorsill. And right now it’s perfect for me, my knees miss the floor by a few inches and I can do L sit pull ups fine. As in with enough slack to let the rings rotate without pressure from the rope.

If you’re looking to do pushups with it you should easily be able to hang it on your pullup bar. I’d suggest the chin up section of it so you don’t bump into the door and so the straps don’t move sideways, with your feet elevated on like a chair and the straps at the same height or below for that upper chest activation.

You should have enough room for dips with bent knees with that setup which is a nice step up from push ups.

u/saraerial · 3 pointsr/Aerials

Even the kind you don't have to screw in can damage your door frame. If you're really worried about it, you could try a pull-up stand like this.

That being said, I have this pull-up bar and it works for me and hasn't damaged my door frames yet.

u/TheBertinator3000 · 3 pointsr/fatlogic

This one has worked really well for me. It lets you get a much wider grip than most doorway bars because it doesn't constrain you to the width of the doorway.

u/Pr0phet · 3 pointsr/insanity

My journey so far is:

  • Power 90
  • Power 90 Master Series
  • P90X
  • Insanity
  • P90X/Insanity Hybrid

    I moved into Asylum from there. My impressions after two weeks is that it's insanely hard. Jumping into the Asylum feels like the difference between month 1 and month 2 of Insanity, given how I came to it. BUT! It's a lot more fun. I never once forget that I am in the middle of an Insanity workout during an Insanity workout. But it never fails that I forget that I'm working out during an Asylum workout because I'm actually having fun.

    Of all the workouts I've done, Asylum Vol. 1 is at once the hardest and most fun. Rock on.

    This is the same as BeachBody's pull-up bar, and far cheaper. You'll want dumbbells, any kind will do; just go for lighter weights. I hurt my wrist recently doing the Strength routine, so be careful. The exercises are very crossfit, and you can hurt yourself if your core isn't in great shape.

    Rock on! Enjoy it. :)
u/silasmoon · 3 pointsr/houston

It's this pullup bar

I assembled it, don't have the box, but honestly just never got around to using it since I was rock climbing. I can post pictures of the weights when I get a chance. They're just your standard hexagonal grey weights, no padding. The 10lb ones are padded with sort of a silicone wrap all the way around.

u/zackwcote · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

yeah they're great, provided it fits on your door it'll leave scuff marks/ slight indents at worse. I got this one on amazon; it's got much wider grips than they usually do, and it's been awesome so far. much better quality than the usual iron gym one.

u/leducdeguise · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

There are pullup bars that go on top of doorframes like this one, maybe you can find one and settle the bar issue. As for bands/rings, I bought 2 lashing straps so I could do rows. I just put them around my pull up bar so that the bottom part of the loop is at arm's length when I'm lying on the floor.

u/foopmaster · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Get some of these.

u/arrozconplatano · 3 pointsr/Fitness
u/ducksauce · 3 pointsr/homegym

This machine will not mimic free weights. But depending on your goals you might not need or want free weights - a machine could definitely get and keep you pretty well toned.

If your concern is space, there are lots of options, though. For example, I have a system that totally slides/rolls/folds away out of sight when I am done: dumbbells, a standalone bench, etc. There's even for example these things.

u/jenobles1 · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I have this:

I only use it to do squats, I don't do bench press. I think it could work well. I am only 5'1" and the smallest setting works perfect for me. I don't go anywhere close to failure either so I don't worry to much about the safeties

u/thekillerlama · 3 pointsr/videos

It was like this one:

I feel I may have really crappy genetics when it comes to my tendons though. Keep getting lots of tendonitis issues from lifting weights even do I do it very conservatively.

u/riches2rags · 3 pointsr/guitarlessons

As others have stated, try barre chords further down the neck... F barre in the 1st position requires a good deal of finger strength. Try B barre in 7th pos, then A at 5 then G at 3. Work your way up to F at 1st.

Having good position/posture well help - (assuming you play right handed) left leg up a bit using a foot rest, guitar resting between legs, neck of guitar angled up about 30ish degrees, left palm on the side of the neck, thumb directly behind frets on the back of the neck - like youre trying to pinch the strings down between your thumb and index. Dont try to wrap your thumb around the neck, unless you have crazy monkey hands having the thumb out of position makes barres a lot more difficult .

Look into buying something like this to build finger strength

I used these exact ones and they helped a lot with finger strength and dexterity.

In short: practice.

u/batmanandrobyn · 3 pointsr/calmhands

I struggle with the same issue, and I'm the same age as you! I've picked at my cuticles/hang nails since I was a kid and also pick my lips.

Therapy is a first great step. Your therapist might notice, but that's good. There's times where I'll be talking to my therapist and not even notice I'm doing it. She will point it out and ask what's going on in my mind that I defaulted to that.

I found when I got started into nail care (cuticle oil, pushing back my cuticles, painting my nails) that there was less dead skin to pick in the first place, but also I didn't want to ruin my hands because putting acetone on open wounds hurts very badly.

I use this for when I feel especially frustrated, I find being mindful of my actions and closely observing how I feel while I pick has helped me to decrease that a lot. I'm like you where I can absentmindedly do it. I also try to keep extra tubes of chapstick, I'm much less likely to pick if my lips are moisturized(which seems like an uphill battle at times).

Speak to those in your life if you feel their suggestions aren't helpful, because I experienced resentment towards partners who cast a 'well just stop' attitude to the situation.

If you ever need support or someone to talk with, feel free to PM me!

u/Jehovacoin · 3 pointsr/wallstreetbets

I recommend purchasing one of these to help strengthen those weak hands

u/scorpionMaster · 3 pointsr/Fitness
u/risumon · 3 pointsr/coolguides

I would not recommend the iron gym pull up bar. You will leave black marks on the frame which can be a pain to get out if you are renting. I ended up cutting up a white t-shirt to cover the parts that touch the frame and that worked well.

I recently upgraded to the Perfect Pull up bar and really like it. I can do wide grip now, which I couldn't before. The foam on the front of the frame offers good protection, but I am still using a t-shirt to cover the back bar. Also the construction is more heavy duty than the iron gym was and it is a similar price.

u/nikuryori · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

This is what we have in our apartment! We leave it up on the bathroom and if we have guests we just take it down :)

u/NightLessDay · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I've been using this one. It's nice because it allows you to actually have a somewhat wide grip. It's also quite stable for one arm stuff as long as you're somewhere in the middle between the support bars.

u/Yarrok · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Apologies for the delay.

Here's the one I got, and it fits perfectly. Make sure to get the original model, if you do. I read some reviews of people getting a different model than they ordered, but I got it through the seller "GDN14" and got the right one, with the adjustable depth (also has adjustable height).

Overall I've been quite satisfied, although it does seem to be rated at a max weight of 220lbs (I'm not even close, so not a problem for me, but something to be aware of).

u/krallfish · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

This is how I got my chin ups and pull ups, too! :) I ordered my bar off of Amazon for $25 at the time ($30 now)

u/spbx · 3 pointsr/Fitness

You don't need much.

I built my home gym for maybe $600~ and I run a 6 day PPL routine. My numbers aren't anything insane, so I didn't go all out on rogue/big name brand equipment.

Bench $150~ (

Rack $100-$300 (

Barbell + Weights $200+ - Check craigslist first, otherwise you can find some killer deals online. ( - Everybody is going to suggest getting an olympic bar, but if money is tight and you're a novice lifter, there's nothing wrong with going standard. Just remember that, once you do break out of the novice category, for safety reasons, Olympic is eventually the way to go.

Dumbbells - I literally bought the $20 dumbbell set from wal-mart that's adjustable, and I just swap standard plates on it. I go up to 50lbs with no problems on each db.

Over time you can add other things, such as a dip bar. I bought one for $90 on Amazon.

If you want to do pulldowns, check out this:

Remember, you don't need any crazy equipment or anything, and most of the cheap stuff will get you started until you start lifting REALLY heavy. At the end of the day, weights are weights.

A lot of people like to talk down about cheaper equipment, especially bowflex equipment (such as the bench I linked), but unless you're pushing a 300lb bench press, or squatting over 300lbs, this is going to be fine. No need to break the bank on a $300 bench or $600 rogue fitness rack right off the bat.

If your budget is even more limited, get a bench, adjustable dumbbells, and additional weights. Throw in a pull-up bar you can put in a door frame for pull-ups, chin-ups, and knee raises. That's a decent start.

u/OryxCrake · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness
u/Lynntropy · 3 pointsr/Fitness

"Reasonably priced" is..well..relative. I love Rogue products and I respect their American-made ethos greatly and I love how flexible all of their systems are, but you are paying for all of that. You can't get a squat rack under $345 from them (S-1). And, per context of this conversation, that doesn't have the pullup bar; you have to go to the S-2 at $425. Don't get me wrong, that rack is fucking tough, but the price is too.
If you pay less you will get less, but you might not need something as bomb-proof as Rogue.

Here is an off brand on Amazon at $89 dollars. It's all relative...

Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

u/Sir_hisfavoritetoy · 3 pointsr/BDSMcommunity

It looks like a regular work out rack for doing squats. I imagine you can find one just about any place that sells work out equipment. Here's one right off Amazon.

u/cmasterflex · 3 pointsr/P90X

if you have room in your house for it, I got one of these it is awesome! I use it for gymnastic rings also

u/yaffe192 · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I got this from amazon and they are very steady with the rings. I have had no issues doing the RR on them.

EDIT: Updating answer to help out OP with an alternative.
OP, you can try out rows with towel and a door similar to this till you gain the strength to do the rows with your body directly below the bar.

u/DoomGoober · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

You could, theoretically, rest a bar on the squat rack of this power tower: The squat rack goes "low enough to do bench press" which should be low enough to do rows. The only risk, of course, would be that the bar rolls off the rack while you're doing rows -- but the rack looks pretty deep so that shouldn't be a problem.

u/steverbeaver95 · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/PeeKerXXL · 3 pointsr/homegym

Cap barbell half rack $205.79

  • spotter arms
  • plate storage
  • 600lb weight capacity(300lb on safety catches, and 300lb on J cups)
  • band pegs

    Adjustable bench $89
  • incline, decline, flat positions
  • 800lb weight capacity

    York Barbell 300lb Olympic weight set+ Barbell SALE $199.99(Originally $408)

  • 300lb weight set
  • York olympicbarbell, 1000lb weight capacity
  • York

    Rogue Lacross Ball $2.99

  • had $5 left over.
  • why not massage yourself after workout?

    TOTAL: $497.77

    I'm trying out a bunch of text formatting. Let me know if you have any problems
u/TitaniuIVI · 3 pointsr/homegym

I would go for the rack since it's a lot more versatile than any individual piece of equipment. Also 8x8 isn't very big so you'll want to eliminate as many unitaskers as possible. With a budget of $600 you should try and look at used equipment on OfferUp or Craigslist to get better quality equipment, but new is not out of the question.

Here's a list of what you can get for a pretty decent setup at $600...

(Prices are sale prices. Sign up for CamelCamelCamel or Keepa and set alerts for the items on Amazon. The frequently go down to the prices listed)

Item | Price
Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Rack | $150
Fitness Reality Adjustable Bench | $85
CAP Barbell 300 lb. Olympic Grip Weight Set | $180
4 ft. x 6 ft. x 3/4 in. Thick Rubber Stall Mat | $40 x 3
Valor Fitness MB-A BD-7 Dip Handle Accessory Set | $35
CAP Barbell Olympic 2-Inch Plate and Bar Storage Rack | $30

That gets you to the $600 budget on the dot.

This should cover most of your needs. You can replace the plate tree with some Titan weight pegs to hang from the rack if you want that instead. You can also just throw some plywood on the floor instead of the floor mats or mix and match plywood and floor mats.

This is almost the same setup I have except I was able to pick up some dumbells and plates off OfferUp so it came out a little cheaper. So far my home gym setup is at $520 and all I'm missing is the stall mats so I should be hitting the $600 goal myself once I get those.

u/tge101 · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have this Fitness Reality bench. It's ok. It's solid and adjustable but a bit narrow. I also don't like how high the back goes when it's upright, I can't move my head if I want to do seated OHP.

u/cheald · 3 pointsr/homegym

I got this one on sale for $75. It's not the fanciest bench ever, but it was inexpensive and it's sturdy and easy to handle.

u/flanny0210 · 3 pointsr/homegym


  1. Don’t buy standard weights, you’re limiting your gains.

  2. That setup will make you top-heavy (bench only and is more geared towards upper-body)

    What’s your budget? You should mainly be looking at a bar/plate weight set, power rack, and bench. Those are the essentials to get you started

    Edited with examples:

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    [Bar/Plates] (

    [Bench] (

    Those are just examples of what you should look can adjust according to your budget, and of course always scout out Craigslist/FB Marketplace/any second-hand sites in your area.
u/Victarias · 3 pointsr/Fitness

It's back to full price now, but they typically go on sale pretty often, i got mine for about 185 if i remember correctly. It's a decent rack compared to the $400-$1000 racks.

Check out /r/homegym for ideas and possible deals! I highly suggest setting up a home gym if you're able to and most important, if you're committed.

u/Moneygrowsontrees · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I have this one and it suits my needs fine. I bought it at Play it Again Sports rather than Amazon, though.

I have it on a flat cement floor and I've found it to be sturdy even doing hanging leg raises (I can't do pullups because it's in my basement with a low ceiling) and it doesn't get bolted down or anything.

I'm 5'-1", for what it's worth.

u/becoming_alpha · 3 pointsr/marriedredpill

I got the full power rack in the garage, it's $225 on amazon. I love it.

u/Sit-Rep · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You need to strengthen your wrist and workout dude. I used to have shitty issues with my wrists before the military. Once I started working out all my wrist/elbow issues went away.

  1. Get a grip trainer
  2. Get a power ball/Gyro
  3. Start working out. Pushups, situps, squats. Hell, do Yoga.
  4. Once you are out of the cast, lay off the damn games for a couple weeks, or you're going to have the same issues.
  5. Make sure when you DO play games, you have your desk, chair, and wrists at the proper position. Having kinked wrists will cause most carpal tunnel issues that I have seen and experienced. If you can afford it, a standing desk is best, period.

    I guess these are just my views, but getting a standing desk (the apex pro one from costco is great) and working out lessened all my wrist issues, and now, 10 years after the military I have zero wrist/elbow issues even when I play games for 5 hours after working for 8 hrs at a keyboard.
u/Jackson024 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I run into the issue with dumb bell shrugs, I fell my grip is going to give before I fatigue my traps. I try not to use wrist wraps but they help. I have seen an improvement by using this gripmaster when I'm in traffic in the mornings.

u/turtlenecksandshotgu · 2 pointsr/Bass

There's a good chance that you need to keep your thumb lower on the back of the neck, it gives you much more mobility. If your pinky isn't strong enough, either use it a lot or get one of these to work out your pinky. I definitely think it's your grip, though. Slide your thumb , it should help.

And to get a clearer tone, make sure your fingers are as close to the right side of the fret as possible, it eliminates buzz and gives your tone more clarity. Obviously, make sure you push the string all the way down and don't mute any other strings.

Good luck!

u/ccwilcox · 2 pointsr/bouldering

My brother uses one of these things
And I use the kind that looks like a doughnut.. couldn’t find a good link but I bought it at my climbing gyms little store. I keep it at my desk and start squeezing it when thinking through a problem or stressing out

u/leonard71 · 2 pointsr/Guitar

A few tips for getting a clean bar chord:

  • Make sure your thumb is behind the neck, not over the top. Improves your leverage on your bar finger.
  • Make sure your bar finger is as close to the fret you want to bar as possible.
  • Try a lighter gauge string, it'll reduce the tension on the strings and require less hand strength for a clean bar
  • Make sure your guitar is properly set up where the string heights are even and your action is correct. Also try lower action as long as you aren't getting a lot of fret buzz.

    If none of those work, you just need to keep practicing and develop your hand strength. Bar chords take a fair amount of pressure from your hand to get them clean, especially on acoustics. I used to use one of these things when I was a beginner and they seem to help.
u/Bakkster · 2 pointsr/Bass

Finger strength.

Gripmaster 14003-BLK Hand Exerciser Black, Heavy Tension (9-Pounds per Finger)

u/myers__ · 2 pointsr/guns

save you and her a lot of headache with this and many other areas in your life, and buy this, keep it by the toilet to use during bowel movements.

u/Heptite · 2 pointsr/popping

Mine never hurt me. I had one almost identical to this one--same place on the same wrist. It just didn't bother me but it slowly got larger and larger until I asked my doctor to drain it. He did it almost the exact same way as on this video too...

...Then he said, "oooey-gooey, thick and chewy!" just before he injected a steroid into my wrist to try to prevent it from recurring.

Edit: It did recur, but I got rid of it by using one of those hand strengthening things:

My theory is that it forces the joints to "open" enough that the synovial fluid can very gradually redistribute.

u/somermike · 2 pointsr/golf

Buy a TheraBand Flex Bar. They're basically magic.

u/super_soaker_sheriff · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

I suffered from RSI for a time after I started working (mainly ulnar nerve entrapment). I switched to Dvorak about 4 years ago because of the reported RSI relief. I also own an ErgodoxEZ which I use as my daily driver.

Overall I'd say that the switch to a more ergonomic keyboard was a bigger factor in minimizing RSI than switching keyboard layouts. It'll be much less of an adjustment as well, and you keep the portability of QWERTY. It took me close to a month and a half to get back to a proficient typing speed after switching, which may be a deal breaker for you.

I'd also recommend a TheraBand FlexBar to help with the wrist issues. It's really helped me out and I still use it whenever my wrists act up.

Good luck!

u/5isoutofthequestion · 2 pointsr/powerlifting

I also get mad forearm tendinitis from lowbar, so much so, that when I still squatted, I almost exclusively did front squats after I didn't find a way to adjust my lowbar form to compensate. You could try Ben Pollack's talon grip though, it definitely helps relieve the stress, I was just never able to make it that stable, but I have super tiny hands, so that could've been related.

I find using this to help me the most :

Looks like a floppy green dildo, but it really helps stretch/strengthen the muscles affected by tendinitis from lowbar. That plus extensor training as /u/bigcoachD suggested, is really what will help you the most. I also use the therabar for my carpal tunnel that I developed from my typing intense job haha.

u/DragonsExMachina · 2 pointsr/climbing

Get one of these...yes you'll be embarassed when you open the box, yes you'll have old ladies scowling at you if they see you using it, but it really helps warm up the forearms, shoulders, etc. It also cured (or helped cure) my climber's elbow (medial epicondylitis).

u/uofapeter · 2 pointsr/surfing

I've had some chronic right elbow issues that were just nagging the hell out of me. I bought a green theraband flexbar and did the tennis elbow exercises a few times a day at my desk and within about a month the pain disappeared. Worked really well for me.

u/xscientist · 2 pointsr/tennis

I use a very heavy frame that is headlight and plush, and still have elbow issues at times. I find using a Thera-Band and employing the Tyler Twist exercises keeps it in check nicely. Highly recommended.

u/liamkelly66 · 2 pointsr/bjj

You need one of these I had the same problem and bought the green one after advice from my coach. just look at videos online on how to use it. Seems to have worked for me so far.

u/PM_A_Personal_Story · 2 pointsr/gifs

From a comment above

> For tennis/golfers elbow, you should try out a flex bar. They are no joke. There's different strengths, this ones intermediate and it worked well for me (lifter)

u/lizardhindbrain · 2 pointsr/orangetheory

I have this too. Work on not gripping too tightly. And as others have said, stretch, and stretch, and stretch some more. I also use one of these: TheraBand FlexBar

u/Diablo-D3 · 2 pointsr/bigdickproblems

Honestly, why aren't you building a gym at home? All you need is two dumbbell bars, an olympic weight bar, a pull up rack, and enough space to do pushups comfortably and sit all the gear so its not in the way. It is cheaper to own these than paying the gym membership.
For the dumbell parts and smaller plates
For larger plates, individual
1 inch threaded bar

And for a pull up rack, get a Stamina or XMark power tower. They have a bunch of different models, get one that fits your needs.

Unless you're a body builder, this is all most people need unless they're focusing on very specific things.

u/manhatinglesbian · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I would buy cast iron plates, if you're looking to get a set that will last you a while. I would consider this over this. The advantage of cast iron (aside from durability) is that it will be easy to find additional plates as you grow.

To me, there is no reason to buy new weight plates. In the US we have a used sporting goods chain where you can easily get used plates for $.59/lb. If you get a good deal on weight plates, you could get new dumbbell handles with spin-lock collars. For dumbbell handles, look for heavy, all metal construction with collars that spin freely.

u/haterade_clicktivism · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've been using Phrak's GSLP, just with adjustable dumbbells, plus a few sets of 1" weights at 1.25lb, 10lb, and 25lb, also from amazon.

Basically you can put this together just with amazon.

Here's the replacements I used:

  • Upper body:
    • one-arm DB OHP
    • one-arm DB bench press, using a couple floor risers similar to this as a bench
    • one-arm DB rows
    • DB curls, or chinups (if have chinup bar)
  • Lower body:
    • DB swings
    • DB clean and push-press
    • DB reverse lunges


  • for upper body, since all lifts are one-armed, just increase the weight by 1.25lb plate each time (instead of 2.5lb on a bar, it's 1.25lb on a dumbbell). Yes, this means you'll have a slightly unbalanced DB, but 1.25 is very low; it's easy to balance by gripping close to that side
  • for lower body, increase by 2.5lb per DB (instead of 5lb on a bar)

u/nymeatball · 2 pointsr/90daysgoal

I have no shame - I got mine from either Target or Walmart I think. I'm not talking about one of the nice "block" sets where you can snap them in and change them easily. These are basically two threaded handles with weights and spin-collars to lock them on. They take an extra 20-30 seconds to change, but it's worth the several hundred dollars you mentioned.

Something like this:

u/belikethefox · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I started SL about a month ago -- also almost no upper body strength. No shame in the dumb bells. I'll see if I can find it, but there are some posts about it around here. It only took me a couple weeks to work up to the bar on almost all of the exercises (still using dumbbells for Overhead Press, though).

I started with the dumbbells that you can load weights onto: something like these. at a home gym to get comfortable building some weight.

It wasn't long at all until I moved to the bar (and it did get easier once I could use the bar.) Seriously, you'll be surprised at your progress in just a couple weeks. I still think that SL is a great beginning programming for learning form and incrementally building strength.

In just a couple weeks, I noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference in my upper body/core strength when I went to pick up my was like "oh this used to be hard/impossible" now I felt like "what, did someone switch this thing out for a lighter one?" Have fun!

u/raijba · 2 pointsr/4chan

I was in the same boat. I got a set of these from amazon for like 50 bucks. I've been doing like 20 mins a day alternating between arms exercises and weighted squats and I'm already seeing an improvement after ~10 days. Let me know if you want info on my routine. I'm only doing smalltime stuff now, but it's right for my level and you gotta start somewhere.

u/krissycole87 · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I got these two adjustable kettlebells to use at home and they are amazing. This one adjusts from 5lb to 8lb to 12lb, and this one starts off at 20lbs and you can add up to 3 plates to it (5 or 10lbs) to make varying sizes. I also got this adjustable dumbbell set. Those 3 things along with a few sizes of resistance bands and I can do pretty much any exercise I want at home!

u/madplayshd · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I have this one:

It is really sturdy and has spotter bars. Also it allows you to do L-Sit pullups et al, without tipping, as long as you put some weights on the back. Stations with smaller footprints always tip. It is also wide enough that you can do all sorts of ring work. So if you really want a power cage, this might be a good investement. If you don't want to do a lot of barbell work it is probably not worth it.

Get an olympic bar right away. The cheaper bars will probably hold up during private use but they have a different diameter since they don't have sleeves.

Get good rings - the cheap ones don't hold their height setting - they slip over time. Rogue rings are supposed to have really good belts.

u/nilhaus · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bought this one and like it.

I just bought some pads to put under it. If you have the money get one with a dip station.

u/Insamity · 2 pointsr/Fitness Power rack for $350. I found A barbell with 300# of weights for $210 at a local store. I already had a bench so yeah I forgot to include that but you can easily get a basic bench for cheap or there are tons on craigslist. So thats $560 + a bench.

u/ph1sh55 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

$250-350 is general price range I found for starting NEW power racks. Used isn't much cheaper from what I saw.

I settled on this one and it's been awesome:

Has pullup bar on it as well, then I just got 2 4x6 horse stall mats for to lay down underneath and an addidas flat bench to go with 300lbs olympic weight set I had gotten earlier and boom, home gym!

The bench was like 80 bucks, and I had paid ~$200 some for the weights + bar. From scouring reviews and different sites I felt like these were the 'best bang for the buck' purchases for a full setup.

u/Spartacus777 · 2 pointsr/homegym
u/Fenix159 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Well, you can build your own I guess?

But it doesn't cost $500+ for a decent one. How much are you squatting?

Assuming you're in the U.S. (not sure about elsewhere)...

You could get this cage,

I'm guessing you want something that will allow you to fail without smashing yourself into the ground. So that cage is a good option. Alternatively could be a good option.

They aren't cheap but they aren't $500+ either.

Also, craigslist. Might luck out.

u/sjthree · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

This is what I have: PowerLine PowerRack

I bought it based on price and the favorable reviews. I also got the Lat Pull down attachment. I've had it for almost 4 years. My husband and I assembled it in a couple hours. We did have one screw hole that was slightly out of alignment so we drilled it a little bit larger. The biggest challenge I had with this was that one of the boxes was missing. A few phone calls with Amazon and it eventually arrived. Rack has held up great!

u/Pubic_Lice · 2 pointsr/steroids

The cheapest rack would probably be this one for $320, although it is def. not my first choice due to its size. If I had to get something, I would probably get the Rougue RML-3 w/ arms for the height, arms, and the westside hole pattern. Pretty damn expensive, but high quality.

u/SagansTurtleneck · 2 pointsr/homegym

My personal opinion: you're better off getting a cheap cage; it's not that much more expensive than these uprights, it's more versatile and if you upgrade later, you won't have to worry about selling your old equipment. This one is good and you may be able to find cheaper ones or get them used through Craigslist:

u/cosplayerkyo · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Hi, I bought most of my stuff on Amazon.

Squat Rack:

Flooring are horse stall mats from a tractor store

Weights, look on craigslist.

u/PolyGrower · 2 pointsr/homegym

Thanks, I expanded my craiglist search and found this rack+ 400 lbs of weights, dip tower+barbell+adjustable bench for 300 dollars, downside is I gotta drive acrossed the state. (about 4 hours round trip)

u/Lincoln_Hawk · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This power rack is £299.00. If you can save up a little bit more it would be very much worth it, especially if you plan to be working out long term. They don't take much space, they look deeper and wider in the photo. It's not the size of the commercial ones in the gym. If you get dizzy and need to dump the weight, you can fall asleep mid rep and wake up on the floor fine. If the bar slips for a freak reason above your head during a heavy bench, your face is safe. All that protection for not much more money. You'll lift harder too mentally knowing you can go to failure and be fine.

u/KorinFox · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You're best off getting a power cage, adjustable bench, and olympic barbell and weight set. You can (and should) probably find all these things on craigslist where they will be cheaper, especially the weights.

u/Mun-Mun · 2 pointsr/Fitness
u/random19 · 2 pointsr/AskMen

He's 16 and 6'1, as long as the gym has a squat rack and a bench press area, he should be able to do a very good workout uninterrupted. He doesn't need a trainer.

Have him look into some programs, like Starting Strength, Westside for Skinny bastards (excuse the name, it's a really good program) or something like that.

Depending on cost, you could probably buy a decent squat rack

And used weights online (~50c per pound of plates).

Add a bench to that and he can bench in the power cage without needing a spotter.

It may end up being cheaper than a years subscription to a franchise gym, and he won't have to worry about feeling embarrassed. (Although going to a gym regularly is a good way for him to eventually feel comfortable with his body).

He's 16, and pumping with testosterone, he can really take advantage of it, and even if he won't be "amazing" looking by the time high school is over, if he keeps up with it he can start college fresh with a body he will love. And the confidence that comes with being happy with your body.

u/echoes12668 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I'm going to make the assumption you want to start lifting. It may be wrong, but I'm building off that. So here's the setup I made for about $700. All the racks hold way more than I ever plan to lift, so I should only ever have to buy a few more weights as they wear out over the years.


This thing is wonderful. Sturdy as hell, cheap for what it is, and has a pullup bar!

Flat bench:

Least expensive flat bench I could find. It's a little short, but really you only use like 2 feet of it anyways.


300lbs with an olympic bar. You could easily get your deadlift past that as a novice, but most everything else will probably stall out well below that. The weights are kind of cheap, but 45 lbs is 45 lbs.

That's literally everything you really need to get started doing some nice big lifts. The next thing I'd look at is a cable machine for some iso stuff, but really you can sub in most of those for barbell exercises and such. These 3 items basically make up a whole gym and will last you're whole lifting life unless you get fairly intense about it.

IMPORTANT: The bar you get with the Dick's weight set is kind of crap. It'll hold the 300 lbs probably, but some of the reviews claim it fails around that weight. If you hit the 300 lbs, I would go ahead and buy a nicer bar for about $100 somewhere and use the weights on that. It's a bit of a pain, but it's better than the bar bending and breaking during a 350 lb deadlift on your floor.

u/EtherGnat · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You can find deals on power racks if you're patient. I got this rack for $245 shipped from Meijer's earlier this year. Plus there's always Craigslist.

u/cowpict · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I have this one which appears similar. It is perfect, never had an issue with it and very solid. Highly recommend.

u/Capps14e · 2 pointsr/lifting

I never liked this style of dumbell personally. I highly recommend these as they use standard clips and barbell plates.

u/McCloudsZJ · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have these. They’re neat.

Cap Barbell Solid 20-Inch Dumbbell Handle

u/Brendan123746 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Alright well I've looked up some stuff, your going to want a power cage with olympic weights and a bench at the bare minimum.

Some stuff I've found about $950 before shippping:
cage 390:
Titan cages aren't as nice as rogue, but they are still very nice cages that has a wide variety of attachments you can have. Since your on a somewhat limited budget and this will save you $400

weights/bar 190:
This is a very cheap set, but this will get you some starter weights and a starter bar. Since your a complete beginner, this bar should be fine for a while. Most bars will bend before they break so you'll know when you need to replace it, but probably around a 315 squat or deadlift.

bench incline/decline 300:
I don't know a lot about this bench, but I like it because it has a high weight capacity and it is incline and decline. This will give you a much wider range of stuff to do vs a flat or just an incline bench.

landmine attachemnt for cage 30:
A landmine is super nice for rows and I even use it for shoulders

adjustable dumbbells 41:
Adjustable dumbbells, more inconvenient than individual weights or the quick change sets, but this gives you a lot of flexibility for very cheap and you can re use the weights you already have.


Since I'm still about 800 short I'l throw some more suggestions:

Maybe upgrade the bar - this way you don't need to worry about it bending on you or you growing out of it while your in college. The rogue bars are suggested a lot on here because they are good quality for their price. They should hold up for a very very long time and be a nice bar. When looking for a bar, the only thing you really need to look at is weight capacity and the knurling (groves in the bar for grip). You probably want center knurling for your squats. There are other factors with bars like the amount of whip, how much the collars spin and such but you'll pretty much want a good quality general purpose bar.

Lat pulldown / cable row machine $200
I know nothing about this particular machine, but it looks like it has decent reviews. This will allow you to do rows and pull downs.

You may want to build a platform for your cage, you'll want to do this with plywood and horsestall mats so that you can do deadlifts without breaking your floor. This will probably run you 300, probably less, but lets go with 300.

u/putterbum · 2 pointsr/homegym

If you're using olympic style plates I would just suggest getting these.

u/purplespengler · 2 pointsr/Fitness

$800 for only 180lb of weight? Fucking lol no it's not worth it.

You can spend maybe $150 on a plate loaded DB and 180lbs of plates. Fuck off and die Jeff Cavaliere.

Edit: Shit, you don't even need 180lbs. One DB is all you actually need. One DB handle and 90lbs. $90-100 absolute max for exactly the same equipment. 25 bucks for a handle. Buy a bunch of 10lb plates on CraigsList for $7-$8 each.

u/bigsley_vonlargehuge · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I just bought two of these and they're fantastic. Get yourself some 10, 5 and 2.5 lb plates (any sporting goods store should have them, or check Craigslist) and you're good to go.

u/CalmSpider · 2 pointsr/Fitness
u/xkcdFan1011011101111 · 2 pointsr/homefitness

Doorframe pullup bars

screw in to doorframe. I don't like this one because it cracked the molding on my door frame.

no screws required. I don't know if this is the one you had, but I just got one and I love it.

u/everybanana · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Would I be able to use a telescopic pullup bar like this for Nordic curls without actually mounting the brackets to the door frame? I live in an apartment and can't have a door dedicated to mounting it. I'm only 5'8 143lb, and I've read mixed reviews with/ without mounting it so I wanted to see if any of you have tried it out. Thanks.

u/joboscribe · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

If you mean something like this guy then i can tell you i've been using one for years (long enough that i don't even remember exactly what brand/model it is) and the only issue i've ever had is that it leaves black smudges on the white paint of the doorframe. It doesn't stay in the doorway all the time; i put it up and take it down every time i work out.

Are you worried that it's going to fall or that it's going to break?

u/MassivelyMini · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I want one too. This one. For the price it would be worth trying, and if it didn't work for your door then it isn't like throwing away money like the other pricier options.

u/PrinzessinZaubermaus · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A chin-up bar! Because all athletes need to work on their sweet bods!

u/zaybecampin · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way Chin Up

I use this bar to work on my muscle ups, they work great and are sturdy, here's a short vid, you can place it lower to fully engage the straight bar dip, just a clip to demonstrate the bar and MU

u/fromCovington · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way Chin Up

u/6553321 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've heard good things about these: . It's a complete set so not the solution you were looking for. But it takes away all excuses, if the set is by your bedside.

u/emmygurl09 · 2 pointsr/pelotoncycle

My husband and I have our DIY setup in our garage and absolutely love it! I was hesitant to purchase a new Peloton since I had never been the workout-at-home type and was worried this expensive piece of workout equipment would become a dust collector in our garage. We decided to try the DIY workaround before investing a lot of money into the "real" thing.

We use a Sunny B1805 with the Wahoo Cadence sensor attached to the crank arm. I really wanted a magnetic belt drive and this one was probably the most affordable we found. I wish we had spent a little more and invested in a bike that comes with SPD pedals since I know we will be upgrading those in the near future. Other than that the bike is great and I highly recommend it!

We live in CA where the weather is mild pretty much all year so we decided to put the bike in our garage. We screen cast the classes to a TV we have hung up on the wall using an AppleTV and use our phones to view cadence in the Wahoo app. I also have a FitBit Versa that I use for HR purposes, though it does not sync with the Peloton app (huge bummer).

Other odds and ends we have in our setup: WiHoo Mini Handheld Portable Fan we attach to the tablet holder, floor fan, a set of Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbells for strength classes (we don't do weights on the bike), and a basic Yoga mat.

It has surprised me just how happy I am with this setup! I thought I would feel like I was missing out by not having the leader board and not being able to track my stats. But I have yet to take a live class since the times don't work well for us west coasters with 9-5 jobs and commutes. And while I would like to be able to see output and resistance, I don't feel like my workout is suffering for not having them. I used to take spin classes regularly and most of those were about feel rather than exact numbers.

We've been using this setup since July and, honestly, I don't see myself buying a Peloton now. If anything I may upgrade to a better bike at some point. But for $20 a month I am getting an excellent workout that dips and sways with my schedule. I don't think I could justify being locked into $40 a month when I don't feel I am missing out much on the extras that come with the full price.

Here's a pic of our setup.

u/pj530i · 2 pointsr/oculus

Yeah, I was thinking something like these:

It would be like a tracked "dock" that you'd set your controllers in and attach different weights to simulate different objects

u/psychometry · 2 pointsr/P90X

If you want a complete weight set but don't have room to store it, buy some Bowflex SelectTechs. I completed p90x with these and they worked great (and quickly).

u/TheRealBigLou · 2 pointsr/P90X

Others have suggested PowerBlocks, but to me, they were far too bulky. I instead have a set of SelectTech 552 dumbbells and love them for P90X!

They have a dial which lets you switch between 5 and 52.5lbs in 2.5lbs increments for the first 25 pounds, and 5lbs incremements after that. They are very quick to switch the weights so I never have to pause the workout to go from 45lbs to 15lbs.

u/Rawtashk · 2 pointsr/movies

1: pullup bar. You don't need some fancy $50 one.

2: Pushup stands. Again, you don't need to spend $40 on 2 pieces of angled plastic or metal. (don't use the pushup stands to start with. Do the first 3 weeks without them, then step up to them after your chest has built up a bit).

3: Weights. If you have some money, I would suggest the select tech dumbells. They're $300, but you'll save time by being able to easily adjust them for every workout.

Or, get a starter weight set like this. There's probably something like that at walmart too. But, DO NOT GET THE SET THAT HAS WIDE PLASTIC WEIGHTS!!!! You won't be able to use them for anything else because they take up the whole bar. After you get the weight set you can buy individual plates like this.

But, if you really have the money, then I would really suggest the select tech ones. When you have you 1 minute break between sets you'll want to sit down and rest for a second, not sit there and have to take the collars off, put on new weights, then collar them back on every single time.

4: Take a "before" picture while shirtless from the front, and from the side. Take one while flexing as well. In 3 weeks you're going to be tired. You'll want to stop. You won't think you've made any progress. That's when you pull out that picture and compare it to yourself now. You see yourself every day, so you don't notice the gradual changes. You see that progress with your own eyes....and then you get excited. "I did that in 3 or 4 weeks?!? Holy shit! I can't wait to see what the next 30 days brings my way!!!". That's going to be your reward, and it will keep you motivated.

5: Download a calorie counter for your phone. I used the one by Fat Secret. TRACK WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU EAT! It's really not that hard, and you can simply scan in most labels on things you eat, or look them up in its database. THIS IS CRUCIAL! 80% of your results will depend on what you eat. If you eat shit, you'll look like shit, even if you workout every day :-/

But, the MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED is self-will. You will not want to do it. You will be tired, you will be sore, you will want to quit. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF. You're tired, yes...but I promise you that you'll have more energy AFTER a workout than you did before it. You're sore? Too bad, still do a workout. Working those muscles drives blood to them, which is crucial to getting that soreness out.

I give you this 100% promise....If you eat right and if you exercise for 90 days, I PROMISE YOU that you won't look at yourself in the mirror and say "damn. I wish I'd never exercised". I promise you.

u/Coffinspire15 · 2 pointsr/homefitness

I've been working out at home for 6 months now with, IMO, significant improvements. I'll mention that my goal is to gain muscle, not lose weight, but you should still be able to take away something from my advice. I get a lot of my cardio from the youtube channel fitness blenders. They are super nice, easy to follow, and they have a ton of videos. I owe my budding ab definition to their videos. Secondly, I use resistance bands for all sorts of different exercises. I bought these specific ones for $25 and they're still going strong. You can double them up for added resistance as you progress. Lastly, I wound up buying adjustable dumbbells recently. They are costly, but are compact and I can change the weight in a flash. These may not be needed right away. I personally waited to get this 5 months in to make sure I was persistent with working out, so I didn't waste the money. I hope some of this helps! Good luck!

u/goaliegirl42 · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

We sell these at the sporting goods store that I work at. I've never used them myself, but people come in asking for them all the time. They've got a pretty decent range of weight, but they're pretty expensive.

u/MizarsAsterism · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

What gymnastic rings are those, and do you think they'd work alright if I combined them with this pull up bar I've got? Not sure how adjustable the straps for rings tend to be but I could swing the money for a decent set of rings if they're going to be useful.

u/mand0calrissian · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Do you have molding/trim on top of your door? If so, I think any of the over-the-door bars such as this one should work so long as the door frame is an appropriate width.

u/Stickit · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Here is a good, cheap pull up bar. Put it in a doorway and do a few everytime you walk through it. Do some every day, along with some push ups. If you can't do any pull ups, which isn't uncommon if you're pretty out of shape, then jump up to the top, and control yourself down slowly. (This is also called doing "negative" pull ups.) Once in a while, see how many you can possibly do. (this is the fun part!)

Enjoy your new strength.

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u/ItsACharlieDay · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

cheapest $.37

something I want under $60 or a gift card would be lovely to save for a computer.

Either way. Great contest!

u/blackeagle613 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Any reason why you cannot use this bar? It works very well and is removable.

u/driftw00d · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This fits the bill. You can get it online of course or at your local sporting goods store (Sports Authority, Dick's, etc.) for the same price, about 30 bucks.

Quick warning, if you pick this up and you have light colored doorframes, do yourself a favor and wrap something (such as an old sock) on each of the arms that is in contact with the molding around your door. The black on the grips will leave a stain on the paint.

As far as using it I recommend figuring out your max set of reps to failure for varying grips (overhand, underhand, wide grip, parallel grip) and then do ~75% of your max reps for several sets, think 8-10+, throughout the day. Each time you walk past the thing throw down some reps and vary your grip from time to time.

u/UnclaimedUsername · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Pushups with a bar are good for keeping your wrists straight. It's kind of like doing pushups on your knuckles. If you have wrist pain, it might be a good idea. However, if you're going to get a bar for pushups you may as well go with something multi-purpose. You could get a pullup bar like this, you can do pushups on it as well. Or you could get a couple hexagonal dumbells. Either choice will allow you to work your back, which you don't really hit with pushups. I doubt using bars will help you do more pushups, unless it's a psychological thing.

u/Defaultv1 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

2 Questions:

  1. Is it better to pause at the bottom of a squat or do one continuous motion?

  2. Thoughts on this pull up bar?

u/Duze · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

If you search pull up bar on amazon, this is literally the first result:

I have yet to find a better bar. It requires no setup, can be stored away in a second, and it's relatively cheap. 100% recommended. It has a bigger version also, but you might not have room for that.

u/kayetech · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Well, if you are able to modify/hang things on the walls and doorframes where you live, then getting a screw in one is a good option. If you aren't allowed, or don't want to, you can get ones that work by leverage. This is an example:

Pros and cons for each style. Freestanding rigs also exist, but tend to be much more expensive. If you are totally new to body weight, get a basic bar and you will be good to go for the time being.

u/iams3b · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Iron Gym (doorway pullup bar) pull up bar is pretty much the only major requirement. You can probably start the recommended routine after that.

I also purchased this dib bar to make doing dips easier, but it's not necessary

u/sanchostache · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Can someone recommend a cheap pair of rings for me (US)? I currently have a one of these to hook them to.

u/adventuringraw · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I like this one. It can do a little damage to the trim though so I always fold two socks in half and put them down between the bar and both sides of the trim. The main thing I like about this one... see those neutral grip deals? You can hang rings on them really easy... so there you go, dips, rows, pullups, whatever. I've got a friend who ordered his rings from here. He got the black plastic ones, and they work just fine... so there you go. Rings + pullup bar for $57... a little over your budget, but pretty close. Sometimes you can find those iron gym bars locally for cheaper if you hunt around a bit too. I'm 200 and a training friend of mine is 230, and it's held up fine so weight-wise you're good to go.

u/thisaccountmaybemine · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I recommend using this. It's basically the same routine as you posted but has warm ups included and videos, so it's a little better. :) It's what I've been using for the past two months.

Anyway, your questions:
/u/ideograph is right for 1 and 2 Except that rest periods should match your goals. < 90s rest is best for endurance, < 3 minutes is best for hypertrophy and 3-5 is best for strength.

For 3. The video is what you should be doing. You can start off by using doors - the /r/bodyweightfitness FAQ has a fair amount about that. A pull-up bar can also be used like the one you linked. Or, if you get one that doesn't need to be attached to the door frame like this then you'd need something tall to put your legs on.

u/SquatzOatz · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Do you mean something like this?

u/modestfish · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'd add a pullup bar to this. You can get one that slips easily into a door frame for not to much. The Iron Gym works well for me (granted, I weigh about 120 pounds--I'd advise against this for a heavier person). It's pretty difficult to access a lot of the muscle groups you can target through pullups from using just floor upper-body excercises.

u/cgo435 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This is the one I have. Got it on Amazon (it has Prime if you're wondering). Removable, installs in seconds, assembly will probably take you all of 5 minutes. Put it somewhere where you pass through a lot, and then do pull-ups every time you pass.

u/minitrip · 2 pointsr/Fitness

well its not one of those that you install. Its one of those that uses your body weight to cling on to the wall, so when you jump up to do negative pullups, at the very top you can make it fall off.

like one of these:

u/thelaughingcactus · 2 pointsr/progresspics

Great investment for when I was getting started. You can snag it for ~$25 on Amazon. Multiple grips and you can use it for pull ups, chin ups, crunches, dips, and push ups.

I would put it in the doorway for my room and every time I go in or out of the room I did pull-ups until failure. Now that I'm at the gym often I don't use it as much, but it will definitely last.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

u/JoeMarron · 2 pointsr/gainit

Pull up bars are dirt cheap, buy one. Good lighting or not I can see your abs. I bulked with pretty much the same body fat as you, 30lbs later and I'm still relatively lean. You have nothing to worry about.

Also, keep in mind that body weight training is less efficient than lifting weights so be patient. You can still build plenty of muscle but it won't be as fast as a good weight training program.

u/satxmcw · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Just get any bar that hangs on the lip of the door frame like this one. They're all the same, you can probably get a different brand for $20, and even cheaper on Craigslist.

u/ArcTruth · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I just got this one. Works beautifully, doesn't require any screws or installation stuff.

Fits quite well in the doorway of my apartment, which was formerly a dorm room. Very small. Should work in pretty much any size doorway, though.

u/sm0gs · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Can you get one of these movable doorway pull up bars? My boyfriend has one and it’s surprisingly sturdy

u/3xperience · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Most BWF folks around here recommend AGAINST starting with rings, due to the instability and risk of injury for a beginner. Get a pull up bar.

u/AmuseDeath · 2 pointsr/StopGaming

I think the best advice to be given to high school people is just to CHILL. When I went there, there was a lot of social pressure to fit in and get to know whatever. But I think the best thing I could have done was not care. And I say not care meaning like okay, so you have more friends... how does that then make me inferior? Yea, you can meet girls there, but you can also meet girls after high school. If you know you are cool, then you don't really have to worry about these other things.

I didn't have many friends in high school. My friend pool actually vanished and I had to move into a new group. I still keep in touch with some of these guys to this day. It was cool to have a group, but life moves on and changed a whole bunch after high school.

I don't think you should see games as an enemy or an obstacle that prevents you from having a social life, but just think of it as something you do. What makes you social is really who you are and that is a sum of everything you do and believe in. The other half is who you are interacting with. They might not be social... then it's not really you then.

I guess I feel like the odd one here because I still do play games, but I'm subscribed to this forum. I play games and 99% of the people I run into do not know what I play or don't play games. That's fine. It's an activity that I enjoy that makes me competitive or enjoy content. I don't see it that much different than say being stuck on a good TV series like Breaking Bad. I don't think it's really playing games that is bad, but an addiction to it that is the case. If you are pushing away friends, family and opportunities to game, then it should be a concern.

So I would make sure you have your basics down. Get your grades up, eat well and keep it cool with parents and such. I would go ahead and buy these:

These are one of the best purchases I have ever made. Just buy them and use them time to time. I do pull ups and push ups here and there and I look pretty decent. I'm not a walking bulge of muscle, but it builds some and I don't look lanky. BUY THEM. They last a long time and are so much cheaper than a gym membership. You also want to throw in some running and squats as well.

It's pretty terrifying at lunch time when you go out to recess and there is nobody you meet with. Then you start freaking out... man I don't have friends... man I'm a loser, etc. I would try to find groups that you see people that share your interests with or find school clubs you can be around and hop into. One of the better things I found out was that in reality, EVERYONE is terrified at this age. When you realize that, you realize everything you fear is constructed and that it's really up to you to care or not. I still think having friends is better because it's more fun. Just calm down and be smart. Before you know it, you'll be the coolest guy you know.

u/WanderingJones · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Maybe your left wrist is too weak to do them properly? You aren't really supposed to be resting on your wrists during push-ups, you are supposed to be on your hands/fingers. That's the issue I have with one armed push ups at least.

If that's the case you can either do them on your fists, put one of these on the ground and do them using that, or get something like these until your wrists are strong enough. BWSG989 posted a good link to look at, wrist push-ups should help a lot.

u/mum_spaghetti · 2 pointsr/DIY

I was wondering why you wouldn't rather get a door hanging pull bar? It states it supports up to 300 lbs.

It's smaller than what you're trying to build, you can put it away when needed, and it's probably only a few dollars cheaper (you can probably find it from craigslist/kijiji as well).

u/awesomeintrovert · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Have these, love these: - make sure you read the FAQ in it's entirety to see if your doors will work with it. You need a specific kind of door, watch videos for examples.

u/andrew650 · 2 pointsr/PKA

for those saying they have no equipment.

dropping 25 bucks for a piece of equipment that can get every part of your upper body ripped is a great investment.

u/jwesters · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I just bought this and it can be easily brought down after use. Only thing is there is a small metal piece that you put behind the upper door jam. Hope this helps

u/darien_gap · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Here are a couple of data points:

I bought an Iron Gym (one of those as-seen-on-TV things, except it doesn't suck), ~$20 from Amazon about two weeks ago. It's solid. My wife could only do 1.5 pull ups when it arrived. Now she can do five. I could do 15 reps when we got the bar and I can still only do 15 in good form, but my recovery is much faster and I can do 3 sets of 15,13,12 reps every day, no problem now (whereas earlier I would be sore the next day, but not now). I'm definitely getting stronger and expect to be able to do 16 soon. My goal is 20.

u/skipsmagee · 2 pointsr/Fitness

16kg kettlebell (start with swings)

Door frame pull-up bar (start with negatives)

And two chairs on which you can do dips and decline push-ups

u/Yeahnuld · 2 pointsr/homegym

Not sure what the availability/pricing/shipping will be in Greece but I'll give it a shot and try to fit your budget or come close

Most of the Squat stands on Amazon have a 390 lb capacity, this one claims to have a 200kg capacity for $65.99 (USD) :

You could probably save some money if you get just a flat bench, I can highly recommend the rep fitness one(this one is a bit more expensive) , but if you want incline I'd say the titan adjustable bench is good for the price $114 and a 650 lb capacity

Pullup Bar for $25 with a 300 lb capacity

As for a barbell, I know you are into powerlifting, so if you are willing to raise your budget I'd recommend the Rouge Ohio power bar ($250), it's solid and will last. If the budget is tight, and since plates haven't been factored in yet I'd look for a weight set that comes with a barbell and then buy some extra 45s after. Might come with a shitty bar but if you're careful with it it might last for a while. This is something I'd recommend buying in person since shipping will kill your budget.

I left out the dumbells since Olympic pairs are kinda expensive and i wanted to leave plenty of room for plates, but if you need them there are a bunch on Amazon for $30 per db.

Also I'm not sure if Craigslist exists in Greece but if it does or if something similar exists I'd look for some good deals on there. Good luck

u/Tz-Top-Kek · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

This is the one that I own and it works well. Just make sure it's secure when you mount it, and try not to swing around too much. It doesn't cause any damage to the doorway, but it's less secure than bars that screw in.

u/StreetMailbox · 2 pointsr/loseit

Advice: do some minor resistance/endurance stuff even at home. Pushups, situps, and pullups using a bar like the one I have.

Your head, neck, and shoulders will have angles you never knew existed in a few weeks, not to mention the benefits to your arms, back, and core.

Good luck, and congrats!

u/meeshkyle · 2 pointsr/Military

Everyone always asks what is the best workout that can help with doing pull ups. And honestly, doing pull ups is the best way to work out to get better at pull ups. I would say just go buy a cheap pull up bar and throw it somewhere in your house. Like the entrance to your room. Do a couple pull ups every day. Hell, if you really want to be a pull up master, follow the Armstrong Pull Up Program.

u/sdub86 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

well worth the money. 5 minute install. hang it on your door.

u/theresnoproblem · 2 pointsr/ultimate

Hand-eye coordination

-In a distance of 30 yards, push off as hard as you can the first 5-6 steps before jogging the rest out, do this 5-10 times.
-Jump rope, fast, high, doubles, one foot, switch foot, just jump the rope
-Run as hard as you can for 1 minute, walk 1 minute, rinse and repeat for 20 minutes


Last golden eg! Everytime you workout, no matter what you're doing, perform this cycle 2-4 times as fast as you can- it'll make your body much more prepared to be a badass:

10 push-ups
10 standing squats
10 crunches
5 pull-ups

And get yourself one of these so you can do many different push-ups and pull-ups:

u/Thezealot · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I have both, the one op wants and this top voted one

both are good, but the one that you want, op, I like much better, as it has the perfect width for me.

u/cy19 · 2 pointsr/P90X

I think I'm understanding the question and I'm in the same boat. I workout in my unfinished basement and have no access to doors there. So what I did was get 2 of these hooks (you can get nicer colors than red if you want).

I got a pull-up bar that looks like this but was under $20 at Walmart. I put the hooks so they hook under the horizontal bar that you don't use to pull-up on (the part that's supposed to go behind your doorframe), on the inside as far apart as they go. Then you can easily take the bar down when you're not using it. It works great but I'm not sure if it will be cosmetically pleasing to you, having 2 hooks there when you're not using it, it's not an issue in my basement for me.

I hope that helps, if it sounds even remotely like what you're looking for I can take a picture when I get home if my explanation fell short.

u/DarkwingDuc · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Any way to mount a pullup bar (like this or this) in your home? Back in college I mounted one in my apartment in the frame between the kitchen and living room, and would do pullups each time I passed. I went from only being able to do a few chinups to knocking out 20 pullups in a set. I don't remember how long it took me, but I was only in that place for about a year. So it wasn't long.

Now I only do pullups a couple days a week in the gym, and even though I'm overall stronger than I was back then, I can't do nearly as many.

u/Vock · 2 pointsr/weightroom

Honestly, what's worked for me is Pavel Tsatsouline "Greasing The Groove" technique. I have one of these and used to walk by it and just do a couple chin ups/pull ups and hanging inversions. After a few months of just mucking around on it, I wanted to see what I could do, and am now capable of doing 5 sets of 12 chin ups, and 5 sets of 9-10 on pull ups. Slowly working up to 5 sets of 20 on both, but it is coming.

u/peaches017 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bought one of these a few years back and would just do pull-ups / chin-ups every time I came back to my room. Within weeks, I had gone from 1-2 reps to ~10. Greasing the groove definitely works and is endlessly satisfying as you continue to improve.

u/kuroiryu146 · 2 pointsr/martialarts

I used this for a long time.

LPT: Just use it for pullups, not the other crap they try to claim it does.

u/phrakture · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Inverted Rows and pullups are some of the best upper body exercises you can do. If you don't do them, you CAN create muscle imbalances. You can buy an Iron Gym bar for about $25 for pullups. As for inverted rows, you can do them under a table or a desk, or you can hang straps from the pullup bar to do them

u/myrandomname · 2 pointsr/USMC

There are usually pull up bars you can use at schools or parks, but if not, get one of these.

u/txking12 · 2 pointsr/NoFap

I realized I needed more discipline in the gym, so I found this suggestion from someone over in /r/fitness: Jim Stoppani's 6 Week Shortcut to Shred. I've basically been doing that for the past month minus the cardio in between sets because I'm already skinny. I have also started working out with a buddy so that we can hold each other accountable. If you are struggling to gain weight check out /r/gainit. I honestly don't pay super close attention to what I eat, I just try my best to eat healthy, and lots of it. I do suggest getting some protein powder, I'd say that's probably the most important thing to supplement. I use the chocolate Gold Standard by Optimum Nutrition. I also throw in some peanut butter because its a really cheap source of calories, and sometimes a banana. I try to have at least two shakes a day; one right when waking, and one after my workout. I also bought this and highly recommend it. Seriously, whenever I felt the urge I would do pull ups/push ups.

I know how hard it can be to gain weight. I graduated high school at around 120lbs. I've gained since then and my normal weight was low 140s naturally. I still lose a few pounds if I don't eat properly for a day or two which is really frustrating. That routine is pretty strenuous. If you want something that requires less time check out starting strength in /r/fitness. It's basically squats, deadlifts, and bench press. I also started working out legs, which I never did before, and I think that has helped me a lot. All in all I spend probably an hour in the gym 5 days a week.. So I'm there frequently, and luckily I'm at a point in my life where I'm able to take an hour out of each day to do this. Let me know if there is any other way I can help or elaborate on. Feel free to pm me if need be.

u/tmweth22 · 2 pointsr/LAlist

No worries.

My advice:

invest in

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar


TRX Training - Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor, Complete Full Body Workouts Kit for Home and on the Road


URBNFit Exercise Ball (55 CM) for Stability & Yoga - Workout Guide Incuded - Professional Quality (Pink)


A pair of 20 pound dumbbells.

My apartment doesn't have a gym either, so I just work out in my room with these. There are a ton of resources online for workout routines so Google and Reddit are your friend.

If you can't drop 150 on the straps, just buy the other 3 items. That'll get you started. And remember...

u/spigotface · 2 pointsr/Fitness

\u\polynesianenglishman, he's referring to one like this. I have one of these as well, and it's amazing. Just keep at it and you'll be doing big sets eventually. I was able to go from maybe 2 in a row at the beginning of a semester to doing 3 sets of 20 by the end of the semester, by making sure I hit it every other day. It's all just consistency, perseverance, and understanding that almost imperceivably small day to day gains add up to big progress over a couple of months.

u/louieblack · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Get a pullup bar and do toes to bar and L-sits and pullups and planches hanging from the bar. The "captains chair" involves isolating a portion of your body. If your goal is bodyweight ability, compound interaction is going to be better than isolation, in most cases.

u/TheOneKnownAsMonk · 2 pointsr/Tools

I have that pull up bar you need to attach the brackets to the door jam to make sure it's secure. I used a drill to make it easier and faster but I can imagine you can do it with a screwdriver it's just going to take quite a bit of effort. 3 screw's on each side about 1.5 inches each. You may get away without screwing it in but i wouldn't do it. Why not try this if your worried about holes

u/Kurt422 · 2 pointsr/USMCboot

I was in the same wagon as you in my senior year, I could bench 295 but could barely do 4 pull ups and couldn't run a mile and now I can do 13 pull ups. When I went to MEPs they didn't even do the partial IST on me because the liaison "just wanna go home man", and just asked me how much I think I could do. Correct me if i'm wrong but you only need 2 pull ups and 44 sit ups to enlist into the DEP. But really pullups are easy to increase. Buy this:

and also here you go

u/Dying_Daily · 2 pointsr/leangains

You've made some really good progress. Here's what I would do if I were you:

  1. Target the abdominal muscles directly (to failure) at least twice a week. Sit-ups and variations are very effective in building and tightening up the ab muscles. This will give that area a more muscular appearance while drawing in your waist size. Plus, you'll put on more muscle mass which will burn more calories, which will burn more fat. :)

  2. Cut down on your calories a bit (maybe 200-300 per day). This would make your rest days very difficult. In my opinion I'm not a big believer in huge daily calorie fluctuations. I think it makes things more difficult than needed and hard on the body. So I keep my daily caloric intake the same every day and still see results. You could also keep your calories the same, and just fast for 24 hours one day of the week. It won't hurt your gains and is an easy no-fuss way to shed a pound or two a month.

  3. For traveling, pushups, chinups, pullups, situps/crunches are very effective. You'll need a portable chinup bar for travelling. Here's the one I use and it works fine. You can even add weight by wearing a backpack with heavy books or buy one of those weighted vest things.

    Hope this helps.
u/FleshyDagger · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I'm using Iron Gym on a very weak frame and I've found the bar to have surprisingly little vertical pull. The majority of the force is pushed towards the doorframe (beware of dents).

u/RSHeavy · 2 pointsr/gainit

Agreed. I have an pulled bar that works as other stuff too, but I noticed that pullups/chinups give great defining results. That with dips and pushups gave me a good defined back and chest, but I think hitting arms and legs is much harder without using weights.

u/MrLordG · 2 pointsr/veganfitness

Buy a pull up bar. This one works well assuming you have a regular door to hang it:

Start with the inside grip where your knocking knuckles will face towards each other and then experiment with the other pull up grips later, ultimately doing a combination of all different pull-ups during your workouts. After you complete a set of pull-ups, move to a set of pushups. You're going to do three sets to fail. You may not be able to do one at first. Just get used to pulling up and trying to get your body a bit higher each time. The most important thing is to DO THESE TO FAIL. Afterwards have a snack or a meal. I like to line up my workouts right before dinner.

u/adrun · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Get a pull up bar!

And I second both recommendations made by /u/I_am_the_Batgirl.

u/SleepEatLift · 2 pointsr/homegym

It's silly to spend extra for a beater bar with the Rogue name. Just get a regular beater bar.

The Cap OB-86B on Amazon is pretty reputable at $140.

u/Kronen · 2 pointsr/homegym

Edit: missed the section about preferring a women's bar... My bad! The following is the general consensus of this board from previous posts...

The best budget bar is the cap ob-86b, especially if you can get it for south of 100 bucks.

u/talldean · 2 pointsr/homegym

For a rack and bench, I don't know, but the bar and bumpers, yup, I gotcha. If you're only using bumper weights, you might not need the stall mats.

I have this barbell. Works just fine. Doesn't have a center knurl, if that matters to ya.

I went with these bumper plates, which have held up well. $80 for a 45 lb, shipped; they were the cheapest I found, as well.

u/Yobby · 2 pointsr/homegym

If you're not looking to purchase second hand, I would recommend this rack:

It's probably the cheapest rack with acceptable gauge steel among the crap being sold in Canada right now and the configuration of it being a Rogue clone is superb. $550+tax.

If you don't plan on doing olympic lifts, I would recommend the CAP OB-86B. Great beginner bar and probably the only one worth getting in the price range. Placed in high regards among many home-gymers. Otherwise, drop $300+ for a higher end bar that will last you a long time. This bar will be good up til 500lbs.

u/everygoodnamehasgone · 2 pointsr/Fitness

If you find a decent barbell let me know.

I want the American Barbell california bar, they ship to the UK but it doubles it's price and I can't really justify paying that much for shipping.

Rougue have a distribution center in Europe so the ohio bar is an option, might go this route.

Hell, I think even this is better than the crap that's easily available in the UK.

u/TheIronPotato · 2 pointsr/homegym

A great beginner bar for $200 or less is the CAP OB-86B. It's actually on sale right now on amazon for $109.

u/escapistnet · 2 pointsr/homegym

If you're in the US you can get a decent beginner squat rack from Amazon or Walmart for $250-350. Building your own only to replace it will cost a lot more in the end and take an awful lot of time.

As for the bar, if you buy a decent one now you can keep it forever, or until you become a hulk. From what I can tell, the CAP OB-86B seems to generally be considered the best bang for your buck. It's currently available for $138 shipped at Amazon.

u/Supernovav · 2 pointsr/homegym

How far are you from Calgary or Edmonton?

I'd highly recommend calling both stores getting quotes and seeing what they can do for you.

For $850 I'm sure you can get the squat stands with safeties. And at least a set of 405Lb.

I think this cap barbell - CAP OB86 is the go to starter for more people on the sub

If you want a full rack check out Bells of Steel u/kvgravy

u/thirdmanin · 2 pointsr/homegym

No need to drop $250 right now, this bar from CAP will suit your needs just fine. There's no better value out there right now.

u/scienceandmathteach · 2 pointsr/funny

I got 480 lbs of weight off craigslist for less than $100.

I paid about $130 for this bar.

u/buyers-remorse · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have both the valor bd-7 power rack+dip handles as well as the FG pro utility bench. They're solid, budget pieces of equipment, offer good bang for your buck, and get the job done. Both the rack and bench are more lightweight than other options out there, but as long as you won't outgrow their weight capacities, they should be fine (I think 500 lbs for the rack and 600 lbs, weight and user combined, for the bench). Keep in mind, the lat pulldown gets in the way of incline benching inside the rack. If that's going to be a problem, you can elect to get just a rack without a lat pulldown and attach something like this for pulley work. There are definitely more luxurious options out there in terms of racks, like ones from Rogue (and they have the option of a bunch of cool attachments) but it all depends on your budget and goals. There are some flaws to the rack, like the storage pegs getting in the way of benching inside the rack when loaded with plates (I ended up removing the top pegs and am thinking about moving the pegs to the front by switching the front and back posts so I can actually store plates on the pegs). Overall, the rack gets the job done for me and I like having the option to do pulley work. Here's a thread on the bench that helped me decide on buying it. Definitely happy about it, especially at the price I got it for. Dick's always has 10% off when you sign-up for emails here. At the time, I was able to stack the 10% with a 20% off coupon to get the bench for $140.77 after tax and free in-store pick up.

I got a package that included the triceps rope and single handle here for $21 that are working fine if you want to save some money on attachments.

If you're interested in doing olympic lifts farther down the road, this barbell is generally considered the best bang for your buck barbell and comparable to more expensive options out there. It all depends on your needs, the Dick's set might work just fine.

Let me know if you have any questions.

u/Nizidramaniiyt · 2 pointsr/homegym

As far as cheap bars goes, it's hard to beat the OB86B. It's a standard 7' bar, but I doubt that a 5' bar would fit in your rack. You might want to try to rearrange your rack to give you more width.

u/MadDuck- · 2 pointsr/homegym

That bar is pretty junky, but you're basically getting it for free with the weights. It'll get you started and you can upgrade that later if you get serious about it. It'll also give you a beater/landmine/superset bar in the future if you upgrade.

Chances are, if you got the $95 one you would probably end up wanting to upgrade it anyways.

this one is is a decent starter bar (they have one for $120 as a warehouse deal, which is how I bought mine). It has decent, but not great bushings and ribbed sleeves so the plates and clamps stay on better. The sleeves are also held on by a circlip instead of pinned like the cheaper ones. The bar isn't nearly as strong as some of the better and newer bars, but it's still pretty good and a lot better than those cheaper ones. The knurling isn't that aggressive, but it's much better than most cheap bars. It also has a black oxide finish on the bar.

Black oxide is one of my favorite finishes. Unlike Zink plated, chrome, or ceratoke the black oxide doesn't take away from the sharpness of the knurling. They dunk the bar in a bath of nitrates ect. and it creates a very thin (I believe only a few millionths of an inch) oxidized layer that does an ok job of warding off rust. It can still rust and it's not as durable as other finishes, but it'll feel very much like a bare steel, or stainless steel bar, which imo are the best feeling.

You should also check out titan fitness and maybe rep fitness. They might have comparable bars.

u/Jteague101 · 2 pointsr/homegym

That power rack is a really solid choice. It should be compatible with most of Rogue's accessories/attachments because it has the same dimensions as a certain Rogue rack. I would stay away from that bench and purchase a used one from a better brand (Body Solid, Parabody, Parabody Serious Steel, Body Masters, etc.) on craigslist for the same price or way cheaper. I'd also recommend purchasing all your plates used through craigslist for 50-60 cents/lb. The CAP OB-86B is a good choice for a barbell.

u/3delta · 2 pointsr/homegym

Mmmm, this is again exactly why I made this post.

I was on the fence about the 31mm thickness as well.

Thanks for the input =)

I'm constantly changing my list and Im saving so much money and the quality of product is also staying where I want.

u/-Knurdy- · 2 pointsr/homegym

T-3 squat rack? Yes. Their adjustable bench is fairly new, but just like every other product they sale, it's a clone of someone else's product, in this case it looks like a clone of an already fairly cheap cap barbell/fitness gear bench. Like I said it's fairly new to market so there's not really a consensus on wether or not it's worth having. Even if you do go with the bench ( how bad can it be? ), I'd avoid the barbell, even though it appears to have snap rings, I can't imagine them making a quality bar. Here's my next purchase : , 28mm, hard chrome coating and free shipping. Or if you're looking for more of a power bar, this one is fairly popular value choice:

u/rsguide707 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Currently just started working out again recently. I currently have

fitness reality squat rack/bench

CAP 7ft Olympic bar

powerblock elite dumbbels

CAP ez curl bar

Goal: I'm skinny being 6'2 and weighing 140lbs. My goal is to get calves and biceps. When I used to go to the gym all the time. I used to enjoy using their cables to do lat pull downs, standing pull downs etc.

So I'm stuck between a cable machine or maybe something that can workout my calves like a sitting calf raises matchine

u/tostilocos · 2 pointsr/homegym

I literally just bought the Titan Rack w/ dip bar - very happy with it and with free shipping you can't beat the price.

You can skip the spotter arms since the rack comes with safety pins - as long as you squat in the rack the pins will have your back.

I wouldn't get that bar from Dick's due to the low weight limit. I bought the $150 CAP bar from Amazon (

I sourced all of my weights from Craigslist as I didn't want to spend more than $1.25/lb for them and many places bumper weights go for $1.50-$1.75/lb. I spent $1.25/lb for a few bumper plates and < $1/lb for some steel weights.

I got four 4'x6'x3/4" horse mats from a local feed store for $40/each.

With weights and everything I'm in for $900 but I haven't gotten a bench yet.

u/liquidarity · 2 pointsr/ultimate

A barbell, bumper plates, and a rack will break that couple-hundred bucks alone. You'll definitely need those. I suggest building your own plyo boxes if you can, the standard ones are surprisingly expensive.

u/jacobheiss · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

Okay, so you already have a bike that you're using to commute. If that takes you 20+ minutes in one direction, that's enough to get rolling. Otherwise, I suggest working in some dedicated cardio time. Even though your challenge physically is not to lose weight but to get stronger, cardio is great for your heart, your metabolism, your hormonal balance, and basically your overall health.

Depending on which way you swing, you may or may not benefit from working out in your dorm. Personally, I want to go some place where I can just cut loose and totally focus on the workout. Plus, I find that I begin to hate the place where I live if I do too many different things there. Perhaps when you get to the point that you own a house or something where you can partition off a work space over there, a hanging out space over there, etc. exercising in your home can work optimally. I just go to a park about a block from my flat since there are some bars there I can use for pull ups. I haven't decided yet whether to do this straight through the winter, get a gym membership, or purchase a relatively inexpensive door mounted bar like this one. But in your case, you're already paying fees for the upkeep of your university's gym; so, why not get some use out of that?

And not to sound like a broken record, but the FAQ over at r/fitness would probably give you a bunch of great ideas. Go get 'em, bro!

u/uberhappyfuntime · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Lost 75 lbs a few years ago with no gym, trainer, etc. The only equipment I had was some free weights (for curls and things like that) and eventually a pull-up bar (I'd recommend this one ).

I managed to go from 5' 8" 215lbs to 140lbs (pretty small at this point) over the course of about half a year. It can be done without anything other than motivation and willpower. To be honest, I kept thinking I'd plateau around 180lbs, then 170lbs, etc. Once you get your lifestyle changed, the weight won't stop dropping. I realize I started at a lower weight than you are, but the only real difference is the length of time it'll take you to get where you want. Once you get through the first few months, it won't be "losing weight" anymore, it'll just be living your life.

I posted what I did to someone else earlier today. It's a long post, but I tried to give as much advice as I could.

Sorry about the length, I'm just trying to say every helpful bit of advice I can think of. I really hope it helps. In short, just do little things like eating less, snacking less, and being more active.

My advice to you (and how I did it):

Pay an extreme amount of attention to what you eat. Eat slightly smaller meals (assuming you're eating too much like I was).

Whenever you find yourself wanting something to eat, drink water. It doesn't matter how you feel. Refuse to be controlled by hunger. Just drink water and eat food for nourishment when you feel it's necessary. (as a note: make sure you're still eating enough, obviously. But don't eat more than enough.)

Get into some small amount of exercise, but nothing super extreme. The exercise is a good way to keep your body healthy and a really nice way to see your progress (that first pull-up is really satisfying).

For about one year, eat NO sweets. Not a single one. There are certain foods that are unquestionably unhealthy/unnecessary (cake, cookies, etc). When you want some, drink water. You can even imagine eating it as you're drinking the water if you want. But nothing more than water. One thing that helped me is the realization that the taste of that cookie only lasts for a little while, but your health will last for the rest of your life. After the cookie is gone, it's gone; it becomes just another memory (of which you most certainly have plenty). Try to think long term.

Generally, I'm just suggesting a lifestyle change. Even if you're eating a little healthier than before, you'll get healthier and lose weight. You don't need to go run a mile every day to get healthier. A little bit every day will add up, and eventually, you'll be feeling and looking healthier. Think about whatever there is that will keep you motivated (the ladies, kids, wife, yourself).

Good luck!!!

u/HuggableBear · 2 pointsr/Fitness
  • Buy a bike
  • Cycle to the gym. Nice warmup. 5 miles isn't too bad on a bike unless it's crazy hilly.
  • Squat
  • Cycle home. Good cooldown.

    Crunches are pretty much useless and will make your back hurt easily. Same with supine leg lifts. If you want a six pack, do hanging leg raises to build up those muscles and control your diet to get rid of the fat covering them up. Even if you don't end up going to the gym, get one of these and do the HLR's on it. It will let you add pull-ups to your at-home regimen, too.
u/frozetoze · 2 pointsr/Fitness
u/Zachariahmandosa · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Ah, I have a doorway-hung pull-up bar, this one, to be precise. It's too low for me to attach the rings to and not touch the ground.

I would imagine it would increase grip strength, just as it does for other pulling/lifting exercises. I want to increase my grip strength, but haven't really been in the bodyweight fitness community long enough to have experience with equipment specifically designed to do that.

u/rocksouffle · 2 pointsr/climbing

A few years ago, I crafted a couple back boards (+ simple mounting hardware) that quickly attach to and detach from this type of Iron Gym with ease. I no longer use the first back board (the second one is just a larger WxH/thicker/more meticulously planned version of the first). The back board has T-nuts in a grid pattern and honestly works really well with just climbing holds instead of a commercial hang board, but you could screw a hang board into the back board if you desire.

I no longer use the first board, so I'm looking to pass it along to someone who might breathe new life into it. It's gratis aside from shipping, unless someone feels generous. I sent you a PM with some information about it in case you would like to use it.

u/hollowgram · 2 pointsr/Fitness

These kinds of pull up systems work really well with minimal risk of falling.

Of course having your own backyard is a blessing that should be utilized to its fullest ;)

u/onthejourney · 2 pointsr/Fitness

First thing that comes to mind is getting a pull up bar (especially one like the this one with multiple grips):

Between chin ups and multiple arm position pullups (and dips using a chair), you'll hit the majority of your upper body. You can even use your back pack to increase the weight.

Also, have you checked out the side bar at /r/bodyweightfitness ?

You can also get a resistance band set that would allow you to workout your chest standing up. Something like this: (very versatile and affordable).

I actually own both of those so feel free to ask me about them.

u/BrettTheGymGuy · 2 pointsr/GYM

Oh my haha, ultimately it does the same thing!
Check out the link below ($27 on amazon)

Harbinger Polypropylene Dip Belt with Steel Chain, Black

u/CalvinHobbes · 2 pointsr/Fitness



I think these are what you are looking for?

u/jhowlett · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I bought this about 6 months ago
AMAZON harbinger belt

its held up well, the only thing is the chain is a little short, but I'm able to fit a 35lbs plate no problem (Not sure a 45lbs would fit, maybe a 35+weight).

u/FolkSong · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You can also buy pullup belts that will probably be more comfortable than just a rope.

I use this one.

u/RhinoMan2112 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I got this Harbringer on amazon a while ago and it's been great. I usually try to get the best quality everything but like you said I didn't wanna break the bank on a dip belt. Definitely recommend it!

u/Tree-eeeze · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I got this one from Amazon about 8 months back.

Never had any issues with it, and have had up to 60lbs on it but I'm sure it could handle more.

u/spectre02 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

There's one on amazon for $27 that I have and it works really well. Ive used up to 75lbs so far with no signs of wear.


u/GT4NE1 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Bought my first one last week, used it for the first time today. Very solid. Used it for pullups (10 lbs.) and dips (45 lbs.). Worked great.

u/iceduck · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I totally agree with you. I personally use a Dip Belt to lift 45lbs for dips and pull-ups.
My backpack didn't feel as secure and I'm pretty sure the mass distribution of a 45lbs weight in a bag isn't optimal and could rip the bag off.

u/LeaningOnTheSun · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Okay! I'll give these a go one by one;

  1. You need almost nothing to do bodyweight fitness. If you have a place to do pull-ups and dips you're all set. Most stuff with the door is effective enough but I would recommend getting a door frame pull-up bar and some gymnastic rings so if the weather sucks you won't have to miss your workout.

  2. Weighted jump ropes are a great start. Some resistance bands like these are great for mobility work and adding assistance or resistance. I like to use a basic pair of push-up bars like these because they're easy on the wrist and add some range of motion to your push-ups.

  3. Super useful! Check it

  4. If you eat right and stick to your plan you'll get stronger and add muscle mass. Cut properly and do cardio and you get easily get a very defined physique. If aesthetics are your main goal though you should stick to a traditional bodybuilding routine.

  5. Supplements aren't necessary. I like fish oil though. As far as protein goes as long as you eat meat and eggs you'll get enough to build muscle.

    Good luck! Calisthenics is super fun. I still do weightlifting when I find myself at the gym but bodyweight fitness has become my primary goal.

    Check out these channels/sites for tons of inspiration and info.

    Gold Medal Bodies
u/lurkrer · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I have this style which is very similar. I like it for pull ups and frequently use it for push-ups to change angles and positioning from my regular push-ups.

The thing that may or may not work for some people is the distance between the curved bars. As you can see in this photo, the bars are quite close together which does not make them ideal for an L-Sit. That means most probably need to buy push-up bars or something similar to get the angles right.

u/ilykdp · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I wouldn't recommend doing it on any surface that isn't the right width - just a little wider than shoulder width.

I have this pull up bar and these olympic rings that I do dips on.

This way you can do dips with proper form and will make it easier to do negative training.

u/generousheart · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I have this one and am quite satisfied with it. I would caution you to measure your doors first, and also check the strength of the molding. This type of pullup bar puts weight on the frame above the door, so if you have cheap molding it's coming down.

u/P-K-One · 2 pointsr/spartanrace

...So if you have a backyard with a rig you can train for the rig? Who would have thought? When people say "You can't train for that" what they usually mean implicitly is "unless you literally have one in your backyard". :)

For those expecting something different from this video, I can recommend you one of those:

They really fit into every doorway. I put a towel on it and do towel pull ups which are great for grip. If you want more versatility in objects there are also various special grip things that you can attach to any bar/rig:

It's not the same as having a rig but it's the closest you can get in a small apartment.

u/elchupinazo · 2 pointsr/P90X

I also have extremely wide doorframes, and I finally found this guy that fits all the way across my doorframe (with room to spare).

u/kevmo77 · 2 pointsr/P90X

Price of ultimate plan: $370

P90X base plan: $140

Pull Up Bar: $30

Push Up Bars: $10

Chin Up Assist $35. This is a handy tool but a chair will suffice.

The recovery drink, while not a total waste of money, can be replaced with much cheaper supplements. I do stuff like protein powder and a frozen banana in a blender. Equivalent cost $40.

The real issue with ultimate package is the bands. You're going to want real weights. I went to a second hand sports equipment store and got a set of free weights at $.50 a pound. A nice full set will be in the $150 range.

Total: Around $400.

So for around $30 more, you can buy a much better set up than what's offered in the ultimate package. If you stick with it, you're going to replace the bands anyway.

u/AdvocateReason · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Shoulders are what you need. You'll see results in two weeks, man. Get a copy of P90X through whatever means you have at your disposal ::cough::torrentifyou'vegotnomoney::cough::. Purchase these and this. Do not let that pull up bar intimidate you, man. You will be able to do pullups if you go the 90 days. Shoulders and Arms is the best routine. Stick with it for two weeks and that t-shirt will look a LOT better on you - of course it's way too big in the first place, but you don't want to go spending money on fitting clothes that you're going to shrink out of (if you stick with the P90X). You're also going to want something like this and maybe a few free weights if you're planning on getting serious with it, but really all you need right now is the bands to bulk those shoulders up. Get the resistance bands and do either the shoulder/bicep/tricep workout or get all of it and do the full workout. That will make you look better than any clothing you could purchase and make you feel better about yourself. Also post fashion pics of gf.

EDIT: Uhh...I just looked at your GW posts. You OWE it to your gf to buy those resistance bands. Forget the clothes, do the P90X routine!

u/SullyMac98 · 2 pointsr/Fitness
u/Cobolock · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Ehmm... yeah, I wasn't clear enough. What I mean is normal wide pull-up bar versus narrow doorway pull-up bar. I've called the latter 'chin-up' because I can't make a real pull-up on it - it's too narrow for me, I need more space between my wrists. Sorry for misleading.

u/BiologyIsHot · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

So apparently I was wrong. The doorway itself is ~36.5 with about 1.75 inch trim around it. I was measuring trim-to-trim. Still fairly difficult to find, but I think this one will work and it isn't 30% 1-star reviews saying it smells like petrol and broken in 2 days

u/forgot_again · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I'm using this one for tuck front lever and tuck front lever rows:

It has not made me worry at all. (It does dig into the doorframe a little though)

u/vauge24 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Fat Gripz. They will destroy your forearms, so simple yet so effective.

Makes the bar diameter bigger and so much harder to grip.

u/mercuryfx_ · 2 pointsr/homegym

I got you buddy.


I recall getting 2 pairs for $40 on a sale from the main site.

Have had them for years. 10/10

Fits on almost everything I could need it for.

Cannot think of a con.

Except maybe realizing how much of a little bitch I am with the grips on.


u/SonicBoom16 · 2 pointsr/GripTraining

static holds (or anything else) with fat gripz.

u/WiderstandATCS · 2 pointsr/GripTraining

I would say some Fat Gripz, they are $40 on Amazon and if you have Prime you get free shipping. They are a good start for most people, pretty much you put them on dumbbells and the added thickness to hand handles make them much harder to hold when your working out, they are also small and light and easy to take with you if you go to a gym.

u/cjk813 · 2 pointsr/gainit

You can try out these. Just Incorporate them into your regular lifting routine and they'll boost your grip strength pretty fast, or you can do forearm isolation work. There are a lot of grip strength articles on

u/kingmondayy · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Get a pair of Fat Gripz. I used to have the same problem as you but I got a pair and started doing farmers walks and wrist curls with them, I've noticed a definite size gain with them.

u/JasonL82 · 2 pointsr/strength_training

Check this out: Fat Gripz - The Ultimate Arm Builder, Blue Fat Gripz

u/Mapes · 2 pointsr/homegym

Yeah definitely. Fitting in some grip work here and there wouldn't hurt!

One way to add some grip with lifts is to add Fat Gripz to your bar lifts. Those are killer... If you do pull-ups, try throwing a couple towels over the bar and do pull-ups on them. Also check out /r/GripTraining for some tools you can use in the car, at work, watching TV, etc.

u/dannyapplesauce · 2 pointsr/crossfit

in addition to all the things DerfuhrersStache recommends you can add a pair of these to help build your grip strength as well. Anytime you increase the diameter of what you're holding you're going to have work harder to hang onto it. Also wrapping a towel around the handle will suffice if you don't want to drop the cash on those grips.

u/afton · 2 pointsr/Fitness

That weight bench: "It has a 250-pound maximum user weight and a maximum combined user weight and lift load of 430 pounds." I don't know what you weigh, but I'd be pushing up against that limit really fast. Heaven forbid you want to do some very heavy partial reps.

But right now, you're limited to 300lbs by the bar, which is just to low. I would buy less, but buy better (to keep money the same)

Buy the bar new, and get something that can take up to 1000lbs. You won't need it, probably ever, but it will last and last, and you can sell it when you're done.

Buy the weights off of Craigslist. You can usually find them for $0.5/lb. YOu can also optimize, buying more 5s and 45s, fewer 35s.

If money is really tight, consider getting squat stands (like the BD-9). You can bench just fine, as long as you are sensible. Also they are stowable, unlike the powercage.

Head on over to /r/homegym for some more ideas.

u/Rhode · 2 pointsr/homegym

I bought these squat stands and I love them.

u/kansasgeo · 2 pointsr/homegym

I bought these Valor squat racks:

But I'm also use it for benching. The room I have it in is way too small for a 7' bar. I think 5' is the longest that could fit in there without putting holes in the walls.

u/ReddGold · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have the Valor Fitness BD-9 since I’m very tight on space and constantly need to move it around. While I recommend it, I am looking forward to upgrading to a full cage when I have the space

u/eraserman · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I have these squat stands:

I paid $150 for them, apparently they went up in price since then.

These stands have some pros and cons.


  • Relatively inexpensive (at least when I got them)
  • They are easy to move, in case you decide to rearrange or relocate your home gym.


  • You need to have at least 25 lbs of weight on each storage peg at the bottom to provide stability
  • The safety catch is kind of small, not much of a problem for bench press but for squats it may be an issue.

    I also have a bench that I bought years ago (I used to work out with dumbbells until I got the barbell and stands 6 months ago).
u/jaedaddy · 2 pointsr/Fitness

is there any way you can spend 180 to get squat stands? If so there are some great squat stands on sale for 180 that can hold a lot of weight. and it takes up no room. the one i have has a safety catch too.


now if youre squatting heavier than 550 or benching more than 300 or close to those numbers, this isn't for you, otherwise its really great.

u/Spartan940 · 2 pointsr/GripTraining

It's going to be pretty general unless I know what kind of instrument you play. However, I find that the gripmasters help a lot with individual finger strength. An exercise i would do for this would be 30 reps, then hold for 30 seconds, repeat.

If you want overall hand strength, false grip farmer walks, or anything false grip really.

u/lobobricord · 2 pointsr/Guitar

If your finger strength is holding you back, I've found grip trainers like this to be helpful, especially since you can use them during non-guitar time.

u/tomnason · 2 pointsr/Bombing

You might be able to find one of these types of things that allows you to grip it like you do a can. The higher tension ones certainly would be enough to train with.

u/Flickstro · 2 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

> I'd like some kind of spring loaded pinky finger exerciser so I can fire my Limitless with my pinky

Check out the Gripmaster. It comes with a myriad of exercises, one of which is bound to be for the pinky.

u/Ashenfenix · 2 pointsr/ADHD one of these things. I love mine and have managed to not lose it over about 4 years!

u/birdy9221 · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I have one of these To keep my strength up and keep me occupied.

u/huggyscolex · 2 pointsr/rocksmith

I recommend the purchase of a gripmaster

u/ReverendEntity · 2 pointsr/Learnmusic
u/IMongoose · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards
u/gridirongamer · 2 pointsr/homegym

I finally got fed up with going to my overcrowded gym that only had one squat rack and decided to join the home gym club. This room was previously a home theatre room but we weren’t watching much TV in there anyways. I figured a home gym would be a better use of the room and our time. I had considered a garage gym but didn’t want to lose our covered parking spots or deal with extreme temperatures. The room was completely open on one side so the first thing I did was build sliding barn doors to cover it up and keep the kids out. This was my first ever woodworking project so I’m pretty proud of myself! I laid down the stall mats directly over the existing carpet. They felt a little springy when I first put them down but two weeks later, they now feel much firmer. I taped them together with gorilla tape but it isn’t staying down quite as well as I’d hoped (if anyone has any other suggestions for keeping stall mats in place, please let me know). All in all, am loving my decision. I spent a little over $2K but that will pay for itself in about 4 years now that I have cancelled the gym membership. I plan on working out much longer than that anyways!

Rep Fitness Home Gym Package Comes with rack, bench, barbell, bumper plates, dip bars and rings. This thing is solid and doesn’t take up a lot of space. I also got the adjustable bench upgrade and extra bumper plates. Bumper plates: 8x45, 2x25, 2x10. Change plates 2x 5, 2x 2.5. I had them swap out the 35 lb plates that came with the package for 45s. Total olympic weight: 445 lbs (490 lbs with 45 lb barbell) Total price $1450

200 lb adjustable dumbbell set. $173

15 lb aluminum training barbell (for my wife) $119

Rowing Machine (Goes for $300, purchased for $150 on Craigslist)

5 horse stall mats from Tractor Supply Company, $200

The resistance bands set is from Bodylastics and was purchased years ago for around $50 I think.

For the barn doors, I bought a track kit for $135 on Amazon and the lumber, screws and stain was around $150.

u/GhostBond · 2 pointsr/Fitness

What that is missing is any pulling motion. Shoulders stay much healthier if you also have pulling motions in your exercises. Here's one other program suggestion:

You definitely can get bigger with dumbbells. Technically the first thing you'll max out on is legs (dumbells only go up so high), but most people are looking to look good and don't care past a certain point anyways.

Make sure to get some sort of adjustable dumbbells, fixed weight dumbbells are not the best option. Here's one of the cheapest suggestions (though they flake paint):

You might also checkout the bodyweight fitness routine.

u/Takabletoast · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness
u/MarrusAstarte · 2 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

I'm talking about something like these.

I can't comment on whether these are the best (or best value) out of the various options available, so do your research if this is the way you decide to go.

u/101ByDesign · 2 pointsr/Fitness

My friend got 2 dumbells that adjust from 5 to 100 lbs each on Amazon for under $200. They come with a total of 200lbs of weight.

I'd highly recommend not buying individual weights if you can and save up to buy an adjustable set. Otherwise you'll end up with a lot of weights you rarely touch with a few you use often.

As you get stronger, you'll continually have to buy heavier dumbbells to progress. In my case, I'd need a new 5lbs heavier dumbbell every month or two based on my current progression. I go to a gym though so it's not a problem. (when I bought my only dumbbell, it cost me roughly $1 per lb at Walmart) This is especially true if you're following a primarily dumbbell routine.


I found the set my friend uses:

If you don't already have one, I'd recommend getting an adjustable weightlifting bench to give you access to dumbbell chest pressing, incline dumbbell rows, lying dumbbell incline kickbacks, etc.... I've seen good ones go for around $100-$150.

u/pdgx · 2 pointsr/homegym

I looked at those, too, but ended up buying these because I just couldn't justify the cost, esp since I would have had to buy additional plates.

I'd be comfortable using them for snatches but you'd probably have to retighten them/check tightness after a few reps.

u/LumberJackMan · 2 pointsr/homegym
u/SSMFA20 · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

if you can't get to a gym or anywhere else..
It's a bit expensive, but I bought this to use since it can be taken apart and set up quickly for dips and rows.

Ultimate Body Press Dip Stand

I've returned a few pull up bars and this one worked out the best for me (doesn't damage my doors).

Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym

u/toocasualforthis · 2 pointsr/P90X

I don't know specifically why yours wont fit, but I had the same issue with my old pull-up bar, did some research, and found out that this one ( is adjustable to accommodate higher and deeper door frames. Best of luck!

u/ColoredMarxers · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I do not want to devalue dumbbells, however, if you are interested in bodyweight fitness, I would suggest investing in a solid doorway pull-up bar and trying out our beginner routine located in the FAQ.
EDIT: This is mine and it has served me faithfully for the past 5 months at a decent price link

u/ruacomic · 2 pointsr/homegym

You mean the squat stand? Supposedly its the same as the Fuel performance one they sell at walmart. I've seen some people post it on here. 300lb weight limit.

u/PJLFit · 2 pointsr/Fitness

How's that more affordable than $250?

I have this and this

You already have the weights.

u/trustmeguf · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Hey, i'm kinda in the same boat as OP. I live in an apartment where all my doors meet with corners so I can't put up a door frame pull up bar. Do you think this would work?

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I thought it was an option... this would allow me to hang rings, do pullups and use my TRX.

Any cons you can see, or better solutions?

u/papaotter · 2 pointsr/nfl

[Cap Barbell FM-CS705 Power Rack...]( Barbell FM-CS705 Power Rack...

Pretty stable, although for me (6'0'') the bar holders can't fit where I want them to due to the bolts holding it together. End up having to start a little short on press.

u/pharmacist10 · 2 pointsr/DIY

This power rack is pretty good and usually on sale for <$200

I've been able to test it with a full Olympic set (45x2, 35x2, 25x2, 10x2, 5x4, 2.5x2) on each side with no issues (300 pounds including bar). I don't know if I would be loading much more than that, though.

It also doesn't have a bail-out safety for squats.

u/krazy_karl_was_taken · 2 pointsr/homegym

This guy is all you need. I used it for years with upwards of 300# when doing squats and it never failed me. Actually sold it to my buddy who still uses it and loves it as well.

You could get a separate dip station or something I guess

Depending how tall you are will depend on the viability of the pull up bars being tall enough too

u/PM_me_your_kitty_pix · 2 pointsr/LAlist

I was talking about the dumbbells, but bowflex products are not that good overall IMO.

For benches, the important thing is to check the total weight capacity they have. A lot of benches you’ll see only have 300-600lb total capacity (your weight + dumbbells/etc) and that is very limiting especially if you decide you want to do powerlifting in the future.

I built myself a powerlifting homegym so I have a Repfitness bench which incredibly sturdy at 1000lb capacity rating and $219.

If that is too pricey, I would recommend something like Fitness Reality with an 800lb total capacity at $99 prime. The guy who owns that is a redditor who posts at /r/homegym I recommend going there to ask as well.

u/mindftw · 2 pointsr/homegym

Fitness Reality adjustable for ~$60. Been using it for ~9 months, completely solid with me (~185) and 225 on it. Seat adjusts to two positions with a pin, so not quickly. Back quick adjusts.

u/-dsmvwl · 2 pointsr/homegym

According to camelcamelcamel's price tracker, that's what the original price was. This product has only been out for several days though. I would wait until the price lowers. The Ironman bench seems to be a more expensive dupe of Fitness Reality's bench (Thanks, /u/zo1d).

u/HornsOfApathy · 2 pointsr/marriedredpill

> What are you doing for the home gym? I pulled together 300lbs set, power rack and bench for around $650. Works great and doesn’t take up that much space.

Found this rack on Amazon with good reviews that includes both high and low pulley systems: $449

300lb weight set and bar at Dick's with instore pickup (save on shipping): $200

Basic bench from Amazon: $89

Total: ~$750

I'll likely add some sturdy J-hooks and dip bars, a horse stall mat and build a deadlift platform. All in it will be around $1000, which isn't bad.

I could likely do it cheaper off craigslist or used, but it won't have everything that I think I need - specifically the low row.

>“The real me isn’t afraid anymore of who I am and from what I see… that is really fucking attractive.”
>This is what I’m starting to find as well. It’s liberating.

Yes, it's awfully great and comfortable with exactly who you are and kill Mr. Nice Guy.

u/username2446 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I guess it all depends on what you are trying to accomplish but I would get something like this and add on weights and a bar

u/Berkamyah · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Not sure what your price range is.... but if you can swing it, get a cage.

I've got the fitness reality power cage as I lift at home alone. Of course it's great for safe squatting, but if you're also gonna lift alone like I do, a cage will allow you to push yourself harder on bench and other push exercises knowing you're not gonna kill yourself if you slip up. Biggest detrimate to progress is injury and we're doing this for our health in the first place right?

u/MikeGolfsPoorly · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Weight Rack

Weight Set I got this when it was on sale.

u/GmoneyShoes · 2 pointsr/gainit

This is what I bought a while ago , but when I got it came with a nice adjustable bench for an extra $50 that was normally like $100 by itself - Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

u/SubjectiveHat · 2 pointsr/homegym

I own this:

It's been great to me so far. I hope that the 800 lb. capacity becomes an issue for me some day. I really do.

I also bougt this dip attachment:

Works great with this rack even though it wasn't designed for it. Not going to lie, though, I did put a couple bags of cement on the back "feet" of the rack to reduce the shakiness when using the dip attachment.

u/N0kout · 2 pointsr/homegym

to piggyback off of /u/HomegymFriend

This is my setup and a little less expensive option:


u/Coniglio_Bianco · 2 pointsr/homegym

Yep, this is the one i got. I really like it.

: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max...

I was looking at a yellow hulk fitness one too, but i don't have any regrets.

u/Sluisifer · 2 pointsr/powerlifting

The Titan stuff is pretty good. /r/homegym likes too.

I think it's important to realize that cheap shit can work just fine if you're willing to baby it a bit. Getting a good barbell would be the best place to spend your money, but something is better than nothing.

u/irememberyou2 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You can get a fitness reality power rack for around 230 at times.

You can get a bar and 255 lbs of weight 300 total for $180 at dicks sporting goods (200 right now but they have coupons all the time.

Boom, home gym for about 440 after tax, all new! you can find better prices used on things like facebook marketplace and craigslist.

Source: I have this rack and weights, a cheap fitness gear bench, and some super cheap adjustable yes4all dumbells in my homegym

u/DitchWitch13 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Especially when you can get something like the 810xlt for the same price, or PR-1000 for slightly more. I considered DIY but found the pricing to be not so different from a cheap steel rack, and ended up going with the 810xlt.

u/RezzBanz · 2 pointsr/homegym

FITNESS REALITY 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

u/-Kaneki- · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Thanks, I actually just ordered some wooden gymnastic rings a couple days ago. I did a shit load of looking around, unhappy with all the dip and pull up equipment that required tucking your knees and then I found this. The pull up bars are 7ft high, (PERFECT for me), you can buy a multi grip dip attachment that can mount from any height, put your gymnast rings on it, do your rows on the safety bars, it allows for every possible calisthenics workout you could imagine, save for human flags. I think it's funny that I'm buying a squat cage for a butt load of things except it's primary function (squats). So I think it's safe to say I'm set on equipment haha.

u/Zweems · 2 pointsr/homegym

I've seen this guy recommended by homegym in the past, and it happens to be $150 today (down from 250 yesterday)

Fitness Reality Power Cage

u/kram115 · 1 pointr/bouldering

I used to get a lot of finger injuries. I read on some pro climber's blog that they use one of these to warm up. He would just squeeze it the whole way while driving to the gym. I started doing this and my fingers have been feeling much better.

u/slanktapper · 1 pointr/motorcycles

The lever is never going to change regardless of what you buy.

However if you get something like this, and keep at it at work you'll be fine

u/rivalarrival · 1 pointr/Firearms

While good technique and a carefully selected gun can go a long way, I would also strongly recommend a grip strengthener. If she has problems racking the slide, I'd recommend starting with the blue (5lbs/finger), or maybe even the yellow (3lbs/finger).

Even just a couple minutes a day can considerably improve gun handling, tighten up groups, etc.

u/dinoherder · 1 pointr/sysadmin

See your doctor/physio. Try exercising your wrists and hands in different ways. I find pushups, a powerball hand exerciser (example: and a squeezy hand exercise (example: with a spring for individual fingers fixes the problem and stops it coming back.

u/maumacd · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm a big fan of things that you can set up, and then as you walk by them in your house like do a rep just because. Much better than free weights which as you said, just gather dust!

Pull up bar (that has other useful uses)

Gripper (Can use at your desk!)

listen to music while you exercise - regardless of what mp3 player you use Music makes workouts fun!

u/WolfyB · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Quick question for you. Do you have any experience with these grippers that are supposed to work the fingers individually? I'm not sure whether to get that or just one of the more traditional adjustable ones like this. Or even one like this? Thanks :)

u/ZubinTheKing · 1 pointr/Tribes

Make sure you have a good mouse/mousepad(would recommend EC2 Evo [or DA4G if you're 1.83+ meters tall] and Allsop XL Raindrop mousepad) and a high framerate config like this:
Using eagle pistol and nova colt(you can try going for max accuracy with nova colt and shooting each shot with long pauses inbetween like you would with a sniper rifle) will warm your fingers up better than using chain since the hitboxes for chain are bigger. Something I found that helped me both in getting my fingers ready and in relieving some stress(in general not just for games) is using handgrips:

u/MustardCosaNostra · 1 pointr/guns

Seriously man best $10 I ever spent They also make an even heavier one which I have never seen.

It fits into a pocket, just keep it around and use it when you have a spare moment. It also helps in bowling.

u/tarbis · 1 pointr/Fitness might help. My experience is the one i linked is a little to easy for me

u/Gadaeus1 · 1 pointr/FidgetSpinners

I disagree emphatically. The heavier the better. If I could get it 5lbs I would.

Then again... I play guitar so my fingers are quite strong. Maybe that is why I feel like I do. Also this

u/MakeYouAGif · 1 pointr/guns

They need to get one of these

u/jubsy · 1 pointr/graphic_design

Exercise and ibuprofen for any inflammation outbreaks. Increasing my hand strength and stretching my fingers out after a long day at the desk has worked wonders for me.

u/dave_kash · 1 pointr/climbing

Okay, thanks for the tip! It would at least be something for me to do at my desk, and make me feel like I am doing something that will help me improve haha. Do you think that something like this or this would be more beneficial since it seems to be targeting the fingers more, or are they all exercising the same muscle? I'm not really a workout person, so my terms are probably all off haha.

u/vrillusions · 1 pointr/Guildwars2

I bought one of these a couple weeks ago to help with the carpel tunnel / RSI I get in my left hand. I bought the red (medium tension) one and while I could use it I couldn't get many reps which is recommended over strength so I bought the blue (low tension) one as well. It's easy for my index and middle but then my ring finger and pinky get a workout. Now instead of twiddling a pen or something I'll use this throughout the day. Goal is to get all fingers to the same strength and then go back to the red one. It's definitely worth the $10.

Also as much as you don't want to. If you start to notice tingling in your fingers STOP PLAYING. That's a sign that you're getting carpel tunnel / rsi and you MUST STOP. Trying to get this message out to as many people as I can because I didn't stop and I've been dealing with this carpel tunnel stuff for a couple years now. If you have one of those foam stress balls squeeze that while you look over your battlestation. If it's the hand you're using the mouse (which apparently is more common but it wasn't for me, but also I got it while typing a lot) see if one finger bothers you more than others. If it's the finger you use for your right mouse button don't blame having to hold it down constanly, shift things around so it's easier to hold it down.

u/TheCraftyWombat · 1 pointr/Guitar

Good advice in here about calluses and playing a lot. But many of us don't have 2 hours per day! I wish I did though.

THIS is a big help in the beginning. Get the red one.

u/whitefalconiv · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Grip exerciser - I'm trying to recover strength and dexterity in my fingers so I can play guitar again. I haven't been able to play since I had an accident a few years back.

u/dustinsjohnson · 1 pointr/golf

Try this for your tendonitis:

Worked for me. There's some good exercises on YouTube if you just search "flexbar"

u/NuunEnergy · 1 pointr/orangetheory

Good luck. That injury is slow to heal... The brace didn't really help me. Yes, it felt sort of nice to have the pressure, but it didn't seem to solve the problem. I found that strengthening with the Theraband Flexbar (green) was the single biggest factor in my recovery.

u/hva_vet · 1 pointr/nfl

Here's the one I have from Amazon

There's a couple of exercises that really stretch out tight forearm muscles. There's one for medial (golfer elbow) and one for lateral (tennis elbow). I do them both to keep it all nice and loose.

u/cartman630 · 1 pointr/Fencing

It depends on what the problem is exactly. I had patellar tendonitis, which responded well by doing quad stretches. Using resistance bands can help strengthen them also. Although I've never had elbow tendonitis, many people who have tennis elbow use this:

u/DavidAg02 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

TheraBand FlexBar:

Heard about it on Rogan's podcast. It's amazing. Start with green or blue depending on how strong you are.

u/codeman336 · 1 pointr/discgolf

Get a green Theraband flexbar and do the exercises for tennis elbow. Best thing for it. For healing and prevention

TheraBand FlexBar, Tennis Elbow Therapy Bar, Relieve Tendonitis Pain & Improve Grip Strength, Resistance Bar for Golfers Elbow & Tendinitis, Green, Medium, Intermediate

u/JAnwyl · 1 pointr/climbharder

I don't know how effective this is from practical experience. The videos on YouTube make it sound as though its an incredible solution. (Spend some time on YouTube viewing reviews by professionals)


u/Parisinthethespring · 1 pointr/steroids

Take a look at the theraband flexbar. Bought one 4 months ago because of elbow pain and after daily exercises my tennis elbow has gone away. I keep it at my desk and throughout the day will do elbow exercises.

u/katakura_silky · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

amazon has a lot of things you can try including this:

i've had it so bad it hurt to hold a cup of water in my hand. in that case, it was rest and time that fixed it.

you also might want to look into bpc-157 if you are peptides-inclined.

u/bbfan23 · 1 pointr/Tendinitis

I've had tendinitis for over a year now. About 8 months ago I got a cortisone shot that lasted for about 6 months, and I felt great to the point where I just forgot about it. When it started creeping back, I started to research as I didn't want to get a another shot (it was excruciating for two days) and saw that it's just not a good long term solution anyways. My pain is on the inside arm bend through my lower arm and on the outside tip of my elbow. This was caused from excessive mouse work/clicking, which unfortunately I cannot just quit doing. Making a fist and extending my arm while flexing at the wrist is very painful.

I read about people having good luck with the Therband and immediately ordered one. The results have been mixed as I was starting to feel better after about a week, but has fluctuated as I may have over done the exercise to begin with. I'd recommend giving it a try, but GO SLOW!

Good luck.

u/Ionlife1 · 1 pointr/cscareerquestions

I had a lot of wrist pain when I was in high school due to excessive gaming and ignoring my wrist pain while playing (a couple times playing LoL my wrist went numb and I just shook it off and kept playing).

It was a major problem for me and doing wrist exercises has been the greatest help. I bought this wrist exercise bar off amazon and do exercises 3-4 times a week. I rarely worry about wrist pain now.

u/tydirod · 1 pointr/nSuns

I've been dealing with golfers/tennis elbow for years, focus on your form and try not to do movements that aggravate it. For me, flys and bicep curls are the worst so i try to do them slowly and stop if it flairs up. The best relief is lots of stretching, I use this and the steam room.

u/blahdot3h · 1 pointr/climbing

I was running into this same issue about a month ago, purchased this and have been using it daily and it's been doing wonders. Feeling full strength in my left arm that prior had been battling carpal tunnel and climber's elbow for months.

u/savemejebus0 · 1 pointr/bjj

I stopped at Thanksgiving. It is better but not great. I don't want to go back and go back to square 1. I went to one doctor and he didn't do shit! Basically told me that I have tendinitis and have a good day. Nothing to help. I got one of these. It seemed to irritate it then help. I forgot about it actually. I am going to get a second opinion. Some people train through it. I don't think that is wise since you don't know exactly what is going on and you may be out longer than if you just sucked it up and stopped.

My school suspended my account. I get videos every morning and people getting stripes and belts and it eats me up inside.

Good luck!!!!!!

u/ColbertHuckabee2020 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I would strongly recommend something like this:

You can then also use the plates with something like this: (For legs, even /r/bodyweightfitness will tell you bars are useful for legs. With a bar at least you can deadlift, at least easier than with DBs -- if you try DL with DBs, don't smash your junk!)

Note that those are all "standard" (ie 1in) bars, vs "Olympic" (2in) bars. Standard are cheaper, but barbells for standard tend to only go up to ~250lbs (decent but not super heavy for legs stuff. You'll have to do volume if you max out at 250+). On the plus side, standard 1in dumbbells have "spin locks" which I find super useful for home gym things.

Going from 30lb-40lbs with those is just the cost of 10lbs worth of plates (which can often be found for $1-1.50 per pound), much less than the cost of a new set of 40lb DBs. Plus, bar if you want one.

Also, 1in plates and handles/bars are almost always, everywhere, for sale on craigslist, often for very cheap.

I have a similar set as the one on Amazon and bought plates as I needed them. I can currently load up 90# on each handle. (Can't do much with it - I use that weight for deadlift progression..)

That's a reasonable start to a home gym -- inexpensive, compact, versatile.

u/squid1178 · 1 pointr/Frugal

Bulking is all about moving heavy objects. You can find heavy things anywhere, sometimes for free.

This set of dumbbells would be a good start for a small investment.

You can take a cheap yoga ball and fill it with water up to a weight that's heavy for you and use it for a lot of things. Then fill it up a little more every few workouts. Look up slosh ball exercises.

Call around to some local tire shops and see if you can find a large used tire to take home for free and use that for tire flips.

Make your own atlas stones

Resistance bands are cheap and can work well

The trusty iron gym you can find at WalMart

Single bags of sand or concrete are the best bang for your buck for heavy and cheap I'm not sure how durable sand bags are but you can try making some and using those for modified dumbbell exercises

You can also find great deals on used weight sets on craigslist which can sometimes get you a good sized set of plates, a bar and dumbbells. You can get a set of 1" plates and a bar and still do a lot of things with them without needing a bench. Typical used pricing for these is less than $0.25/lb so you're looking at $50 for 200lbs of weight.

u/TammyGnosis · 1 pointr/Fitness

Sure, though you might want to invest in adjustable dumbbells which will "grow with you" for a while, so to speak.

u/SeafoodDuder · 1 pointr/Advice

I felt the same way like last week. I would suggest thinking about your future or things that make you feel good. For some ideas, how about:

A) New clothes. Shirts, Pants, Shoes, Jacket? :)

B) Bathroom. a Body Brush, Shower Gel, Lotion, Shavers, Bath Salts/Gel.

C) Personal entertainment items. Video Games, Books, Movies, Microphone for your PC, MP3 Player. Could be anything that you've been thinking about.

D) Self-improvement. Barbells, Medicine Ball, Aerobic Stepper, Protein Powder, Running Shoes, Water Bottle.

Hope this gives you an idea :)

u/ImNotKennethAndrews · 1 pointr/Fitness

Running shoes and a running app if you have a smart phone. May not be available depending on the weather.

You can get a 40 pound adjustable dumbbell set (20/20 or ~35 on one) on Amazon for $40-$50. (I used this when starting out, it's cheap and fine quality.)


Maybe a pull up bar if you can install it wherever you live.

Also move away from the second-hand-smoke-source if at all possible.

u/Kaywinnit_Lee · 1 pointr/xxfitness

You could try secondhand stores or gym equipment resalers for dumbbells. Something like this would take up a lot less space than individual dumbbells, and may be cheaper than Bowflex-style adjustables (depending on your needs, obv).

I own a flat bench like this that stands up in the corner when I'm not using it. I use a stability ball if I want to do something like an incline dumbbell press at home, but a foldable incline bench like this might also work well.

u/IamanIT · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  • These Bluetooth Headphones. - Bluetooth is awesome, and you don't know what you're missing if you don't have them. And these have over the ear hooks so ear shape doesn't matter!

  • This Dashcam - It is the best recomended overall at /r/Dashcam and i think everyone needs a dashcam these days. or this one, which is the recommended dual cam by the same subreddit.

  • These Dumbbells - Because why have a huge rack of different weight dumbbells for working out when you can build your own from this set.

  • This Jacket - Because any woman could use a heavy duty utility jacket that is cut for her to wear during yardwork, hiking, or other outdoor activities.
  • This Knifeblock - because the traditional wood ones take up a lot of counter room, are usually specific to the knives that came with them, and the knife you want is hard to locate without a few guesses.

  • This Car adapter Outlet - because between the cellphones GPS units, Bluetooth adapters, and whatever else you use in your car, you know 1 (or maybe 2) USB outlets isn't enough. And you know your car has extra cup holders.
u/Travie6492 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This whole wishlist is health items because I work out to P90X.

Sadly I cannot afford my weights or yoga mat yet so I make due; but some day I'll be able to work out and truly lift weights (instead of bands) during the lifting days, and do the yoga days at all (no mat = no yoga).

Well anyway this is a cool contest :)

u/weightfitthrow · 1 pointr/StrongCurves

I'm only on the first month, but I've found that (at least at this point) I can successfully modify "The Booty-ful Beginnings". I'm pretty weak though, so I won't need to worry about reaching the limit of my dumbbells for a bit. There is a section of Strong Curves for at home, so that might be what you're looking for.

I use an exercise ball, yoga mat, [these dumbells] ( - I found them for under $50 not so long ago though - and my couch. I think I'll grab a chin-up bar soon though. Working well so far, and will until I need more than 40lbs... After that I might just have to go to the gym, but depending on your goals it might not matter as much.

u/under_analysis · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I bought these on Amazon:

It comes with the plates to take a single dumbbell up to 30lbs, or do two 15s. You can also purchase additional plates if you need to go higher.

I haven't experienced any clanking with this set so far. I make sure to set the rubber stoppers at either end of the plates and screw the cap on as tightly as I can, and I've had no issues at all.

u/ilikesleep · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Girlsplaywow is a jerk

u/1chemistdown · 1 pointr/Stronglifts5x5

I assume you're in the USA for all of this. First, I recommend looking around your area for a farm/stable/tractor supplier. You can get a couple horse stall mats for cheap. These will be 5'X7' thick (3/4") rubber mats (warning, they're heavy. get help). This will make a great flooring for you gym and they're relatively inexpensive. Next, I highly recommend you determine now what you want out of a rack. Are you someone who is pulling a lot of weight? Will you be? Be honest. The reason I bring this up is something like the Titan T-2 is know for tipping when failing at larger weights. It's rated to 700 lbs but failing a 350 squat can nock the whole thing down. If you never plan to be pulling higher weights then something like that works great. Trust me, it's cheaper to save up for the system you need than replacing. Once you've determined your needs I highly recommend going over to the forums at bodybuilding(dot)com and searching for power racks and reading through the latest stuff. Many of the sellers of this equipment are there and throw up deals. Before you purchase your equipment, check your city or the nearest city's craigslist for the equipment. Often there is a crossfit gym going out of business or some person unloading their stuff and you can get things on the super cheap. When you decide where to put your money, don't skip on safety. Make sure the rack will support what you're doing and you get a decent bench. Those two items are expensive. Next, make sure your bar will support the weights you pull and much more. Also make sure the bar spins well. Last thing you want is sudden torque while lifting. Usually a bar and weights are the easiest to get on the cheap from craigslist. Just make sure you check the spinning and weight rating.

Now that I've given you some generic guidelines, here are some specific examples:

500 lbs rating for $237. This is 14 gauge steel.

This powerline for $342.61 is one of the best entry level racks. It is 12 gauge steel which makes it more durable to drops than the previous one or the Titan T2. It's rated to 600 lbs and has an overall good review and many years in service.

After the cheap ones recommended, you're going to head into the 11 gauge steel racks and better. The price of these start at ~$600 and go up. The list of brands to look at Body solid, Body Craft and Powertec. They all make very solid systems.

For home, avoid systems that need or should be bolted down. Also, avoid a system that is not at least 12 gauge steel. You really do not want soft steel. A final note, make sure the bench is rated for weights you're at and going too. Don't forget to add your body weight to this. Unlike the power rack, you are on the bench.

u/toomanytoons · 1 pointr/Fitness

I was looking at this one and this one myself. I haven't looked too closely yet, just saw good reviews so tagged them for a closer look at a later date.

Good luck with Prime Two-Day shipping on an inexpensive power rack. The cheapest Prime eligible power rack (like above, full cage, not half racks) that I saw was just over $650 from Amazon with free Prime. It was available for almost $200 less w/ free shipping from other vendors.

u/bliffer · 1 pointr/weightroom

This is the one I got:

PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack

I really like it. It's very sturdy and doesn't seem to shift or sway at all. I'm a big guy (6'5" 260#) and it doesn't move much at all even when I'm doing pull ups.

u/digitalfrost · 1 pointr/homegym

This squat rack is actually really small while being big enough.

If you combine this with 1.8m bar, it doesn't use that much space.

Maybe get some rubber bumber plates so you don't damage the floor.

u/acus · 1 pointr/Fitness

try craigslist. In my area there is usually a good selection of second hand gear to be found there. If you are lifting alone you might want to consider a power rack also.

Example power rack (I had no idea what one was until someone told me about it):

u/screwyoushadowban · 1 pointr/Fitness

Hey! I know this is old now, but:

As others have said, it depends on your goals. But it also depends on your mindset and habits.

Minus a two year period in college where I went to the university gym I've always had a home gym and I love it. I don't have to worry about "getting motivated" to jump in the car and go to the gym. It's right there! And what if it's the middle of the day and I feel like doing power cleans for no reason? Hey, my barbell and bumper plates are in the next room.

But that's what works for my mentality. Other people think, "Well, the weights are right there, I can go any time, I might as well lift tomorrow". Then there are also people who can't stand working out alone for whatever reason. If you're one of these people a home gym is probably a terrible idea for you, and a gym membership would be better.

Oh, and I recommend scrounging up some cash or getting a part time job and buying a power rack (like this one, try to get it on sale. It's a decent but very basic rack. I don't know if it's available outside the U.S.). A power rack is more versatile, you'll outgrow just a bench press very quickly (I sure did when I was a teen and got one) and a power rack is much safer (especially if you bench at home without a training partner).

Have you checked out /r/homegym?

u/ScatterbrainAtheist · 1 pointr/Fitness

Thanks for responding, so I looked a little more, so I can get this rack with the fitness bench it suggests, and the barbell set and that would be a good start? I also looked at this power rack, but I don't need to be dealing with serious weight, as I'm just starting out, and going for muscular endurance.

u/ciera22 · 1 pointr/weightroom

that looks like it would be wobbly. look for something with corner braces and if you're buying off amazon get something shipped and sold by amazon (i.e. not marketplace) so you can take advantage of amazon customer service if something goes wrong. this one is priced less after free shipping:

u/durable · 1 pointr/DIY

Will you be doing any other forms of weightlifting? Buying a used power rack, or building one yourself from the many plans online, is totally worthwhile if you get into any barbell training at all. Plus you have an awesome free standing pull up bar.

u/Wootbears · 1 pointr/Fitness

I was in the same boat as you. When I was in high school I was 135 at 6'2". I tried going to the gym but i felt way too self conscious and discouraged because everyone was so damn big. I ended up buying a couple dumbbells and did push ups, curls, chair dips, and air squats every other day while eating a lot. I gained a good amount of strength, then I had a roommate move in and he had a power rack . I did flat bench, overhead press, lunges, squats, incline bench, dips, etc in my garage 4 days a week until I finally built up the strength to not feel so bad at a gym. Finally I got a gym membership and at first I only went late at night to avoid the large crowds. Now I'm 6'2" and 195 and look way more natural for my height. It took me two and a half years altogether

u/AwkwardCow · 1 pointr/Fitness

Let's take the typical 24 Hour Fitness membership. $30 initiation, $30/mo.

30x12 = 360 + 30 = 390 for one year.

30x24 = 720 + 30 = 750 for two years.

Power rack [$350] + Weight set + barbell + clips [$210] + Bench [$175] + mat for deadlift [$40] = 775.

So for just a little more than a 2 year membership, you get a home gym with no one to tell you what to do, no waiting for racks or bench presses, no going around searching for weights, and the convenience of working out whenever you want without taking a step outside your home. Plus this equipment is all new. You can bring down the cost even more by buying the equipment used or even just the weights.

Definitely worth it if you're serious about the gym and are not stopping any time soon.

u/nx25 · 1 pointr/Fitness

That Titan rack appears to only be $289 right now. Looks exactly like the Atlas Power Rack people seem to rave about as the Powerline PPR200X killer. That rack tends to sell out and I'm thinking this might be the same manufacturer by a different name. Atlas -> Titan ...
Atlas Rack
Powerline Rack

This Titan rack sells on Amazon for more.
Titan Rack on Amazon

Seems to be really good reviews by people who put it together correctly. I wish I had personal experience but I'm shopping this right now too.
Main complaints seem to be people having trouble putting safety bars in. If you don't put the vertical posts all the same direction the holes won't line up, according to reviews on Amazon.

u/timeproof · 1 pointr/xxfitness

This is probably overkill, but since I started the Starting Strength lifting program, I decided to go ahead and buy a squat rack, barbell, etc. so I wouldn't have to drag myself to the gym. This is the rack I went with, and it's absolutely fantastic. It's $350 on Amazon right now, which I think is a great price:

u/Bobsutan · 1 pointr/Fitness

Power rack: $350

Adjustable bench: $50

300lb Olympic set: $125

One thing I found is that weight sets skyrocketed in price since I last bought any weights. My 300lb set cost a little over $100 back in 1993-94, and dumbbells were about $.50/lb.

u/ScrumpleRipskin · 1 pointr/Fitness

So glad I have a garage and one of these:

Bonus: I can lift heavy on bench by myself and not risk crushing my trachea and I can do pullups without a janky door frame bar.

u/samiwillbe · 1 pointr/homegym

Used would be a great way to go if you can find something you like. This PowerLine rack plus lat attachment would also be within your budget. I'm guessing most people on this sub will recommend a "clean" rack for basic barbell lifts rather than something like that Weider with all the gizmos, but it really comes down what you want to use it for.

u/Enphuego · 1 pointr/gainit

Can you store a power rack? Not recommending that particular model, just found the first one on Amazon. If you need it smaller, you can probably build one.

The benefit of the power rack is that you can safely get out of a squat and you can put your bench inside so that the safety rods keep you from getting caught underneath. If you can't store that, then you could do use a regular squat stand and practice safely dumping the weight off your back, preferably with a platform and bumper plates.

If you don't have protection for your bench press, I'd recommend that you not bench by yourself.

u/EyeLurkaLot · 1 pointr/Fitness

Take a look around. There are good racks in the $300-$400 range. Amazon sells almost all of them which means free shipping.

Here are a few examples:

u/harmburger · 1 pointr/Hawaii

These ship to my zip(96814). Just add a bunch of different ones to the cart then proceed to checkout to see the ones that do(and do not) ship here.

u/jacobi123 · 1 pointr/homegym

So jealous of people who have ceilings with that type of clearance. Mine are barely 80, which is very limiting.

ETA: Apparently there is an answer for me. And a cheap one!

u/easye7 · 1 pointr/homegym

Unfortunately, that is pretty far out of my price range for now. I believe my basement height (from joists) is 84", so I'm looking at the Powerline PPR200x which comes in at 82". It's a small margin of error, I'm trying to find out whether assembly would be difficult/impossible.

u/ms4720 · 1 pointr/kettlebell

this is mine: Solid and rated to 500lbs or so. $339 shipped

u/Bullwinkle1983 · 1 pointr/Fitness

About 3 months ago I built a home gym consisting of a power tower, dumbbells, bench, and Olympic weight set.

This is the tower I went with. Very happy with the quality and sturdiness. Wish it was a bit taller, but that's about it.

u/ryeguy · 1 pointr/Fitness

Well, you need to make a decision. How scalable do you want this to be? This is fine for a beginner, but you'll eventually have to ditch it.

Gold's Gym is a kind of lower end brand. It's sold at walmart. In addition, I wouldn't really recommend this kind of equipment. If you're working out alone, the safest, best bet is a power rack (that particular one is a great beginner's rack).

His price on the weights + bar is good though. But same story here - you'll eventually have to buy another bar once you go above 300lbs.

u/toadstyle · 1 pointr/Fitness

thanks guys. going with but just found
I feel the 2nd is much better quality. Any reason not to go with the second one? any recommendations on where to buy weights? Im excited to join this reddit. I finally feel motivated!

u/TheCrimsonGlass · 1 pointr/Fitness

Yep, even if you have to save a little longer, it's worth it in the long run (as long as you've got the space for it). If you're willing to save longer/spend more, you can get a squat rack with adjustable hooks, pull up bar, and dip stand. Get yourself pair of these, and now you can do basically any non-machine exercise that exists.

This is my setup, so Bias/10.

u/bonestobuff · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

Build a home gym. A couple plate loaded dumbbell handles, an olympic bar, power cage, adjustable bench, and enough plates for your current strength level. For barbell exercises you can get away with 2 25lb plates, 2 10 lb plates, 2 5lb plates, and then enough 45's for whatever you need at your current strength level and just buy more as needed. Might be a big initial cost but I'd rather spend $500 on enough equipment for my own workout equipment than spend $10 a month to make 0 progress.

just an example of what you'd need for a basic home gym setup. For $400 you can get a bench, squat rack, and the dumbbell handles, another 100 bucks will get you enough weights to be able to do pretty much any dumbbell exercise and you could use the same plates for the barbell as you do the dumbbell so you wouldn't need a whole lot of plates. considering my golds gym membership is $40/month that means for roughly 15 months of a gym membership you can get enough equipment for bodybuilding at home any time you want without having to drive to the gym or wait for equipment to open up or worry about getting kicked out for working too hard. If you find the stuff on craigslist im sure you can do it for even cheaper.

u/starwaves · 1 pointr/531Discussion
u/awesome_shtein · 1 pointr/Fitness

Like someone else said, I got these and just slowly added plates as I needed, usually off Amazon. Have used them for 4-5 years now, they work great.

If I had to go back and do it again, however, there's a reasonable chance I'd use these if I could find them. They are a little more expensive, but they let you use 2'' plates, which means if you ever get a bar you can just buy a nice one and use the same plates.

Of course you can also go dig around Ross Enamait's site and get his training books to DIY build your own 1'' bars when you need to carry a lot of weight. That's also pretty inexpensive, but you really gotta do a little work for it, and may hurt yourself, so be careful (and of course "I am not a professional and only provide this as educational, etc, don't blame me if you break yourself")

u/dpgtfc · 1 pointr/homegym

I got a pair of these and stocked up on extra 5 and 10lb weights. It's a pain to switch them out sometimes, but it's a space and money saver.

u/Draqur · 1 pointr/Fitness

yeah, I have the handles but they're really awkward.

u/da_russian_bear · 1 pointr/Fitness

2in plates? You mean plates with 2in bore (hole) aka olympic-style plates?

Is 20in too long?

If that doesn't work, you could always ask a local welding shop to make something for you either from scratch or by welding on to existing short handle.

u/dennis_matthews · 1 pointr/crossfit

If I had to pick only one, dumbbells, hands-down. And for a started pack of weight selection it will be the same as kettlebells. Get pairs of 20,35,50lbs. About 1$ per pound is a fine price for buying new. Look closer towards <0.60 cents per pound on the used route.

If personal budget is the lead to your question, go with a blank dumbbell handle. It has practically infinite loading & mirrors compatibility with your plates. The one draw back is that it doesn't lend itself to the speed of conditioning. However, the versatility for accessory work is through the roof in weighing pros v cons.

Link SFW:

u/wildshark · 1 pointr/Fitness

why not buy [olympic dumbells] ( and not need two kinds of plates ?

u/ksafrost · 1 pointr/overcominggravity

I wouldn't say that my doorways are that solid. If I were to try a pull up with the upper ledge of the doorway, it would creak and you could see it bend slightly... I just don't know what to do in that situation.

This kind of pull-up bar would not work

Been looking into these kinds of bars

Ceiling and Wall mounted pull up bars are even more expensive, and I know I cannot progress to where I want without a pull up bar.

Edit: Forgot to mention I live in a very rural town, more specifically my house is pretty much in a secluded woodsy area, and there are no playgrounds near.

I could try to use a tree for the rings, but I still would not have a pull-up bar.

u/rhondevu · 1 pointr/confession

OP, I want you to follow this routine:

It's all body weight fitness and you don't need any weights. What you'll need is fitness rings and a pull-up bar you can hang in the door way. Those two items are inexpensive and I think both items are 25-30. That routine takes about 45-1hr and it starts off light. If you use your knees, I would suggest getting a gym mat or use pillows.

But very important all this means nothing if you do not have a good diet consisting of lots of protein. And it also helps to walk/jog 30min a day.

If you have any questions, PM me. Sorry, I'm at work spitballing what I know.

Last, checkout r/bodyweightfitness

Wacces Exercise Fitness Gymnastic Rings $20

Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way Chin Up $12

u/patrick_okc · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

As /u/Beazer says, if you have rings and place to hang them, you're good. If you need a place to hang them, something like the setup in this video would get you a long way.
Here is the bar.
And here are some wooden rings. Have fun!

u/SkippingLeaf · 1 pointr/Fitness

This compression-mounted baby spans over 3 ft. With a sturdy metal frame I am able to chin with 195 lbs.

u/Flavikov · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Well, personally strength training is a big thing for me when I work out, and being able to get a pullups, is just as exciting as getting 10 pullups.

This, is cheap, and can be used to train your biceps and triceps. Plus, you can use the bar for sit-ups as well.

u/ferrar1 · 1 pointr/P90X

I use the pull up bar which does hang from the door frame, however you can buy pull up bars which fit in between the door frame, hence aren't hanging from the top part, I personally haven't used these kinds before, but might be worth a try to get you started.
Or you can invest in some sort of power tower, however these may take up space you don't have.
But if you are fairly unfit/don't have much of a back, then resistant bands could work to get you started, these can just be jammed into a closed door.

u/smithysmitherson · 1 pointr/P90X

I had the same issue and I ended up getting this. It fits pretty much any door and easily supported my weight (230). It's also quite cheap :)

u/sirdudethefirst · 1 pointr/DIY

It's not very likely that your closet molding will hold the weight of a TV plus whatever you're planning on mounting the TV on.

What I would do is get 2 of these [exercise bars] ( (or similar) and make a mount for your TV to hang on both of them. Depending on how deep your door frame is you can even tilt it down a few degrees. The concept is based on this sort of mount.

The bars are going to be placed across the door frame, one higher than the other to allow for the TV mount to be hang on them.

If you're experienced enough to build your own mount for the TV, go for it (it can be a bit tricky especially if you want to tilt, rotate and reposition the TV), or you can get something cheap like the link above and use only the part for the TV and store the part that is bolted to the wall for when you can drill holes to the wall.

You can also use this sort of mount to mount it on the exercise bars.


Edit: more clarification.

u/yoodenvranx · 1 pointr/Fitness

A friend of mine bought it years ago and I then bought it from him. I don't know the manufacturer but it looks very similar to this:

I think those will only work on a wooden door frame because of the screws.

As OriginalSyn said: install it in the door you use most often and then do some pull ups every second or third time you use this door.

u/socceric17 · 1 pointr/Fitness

You should get a pull up bar! I just max out 1-2 times per day and play soccer 1/week and I look like this.

u/throwaway76-8 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Continuing with more specifics:

> And this is a post asking for help, which I have a habit of not doing.

Mate, asking for help is awesome - it gives you a lot of input from other folks, some of which might be useful. Btw, you're way ahead of me in that regard (I'd use that as a source of pride).

> I don’t really know where to start (other than looking at the sidebar) but I’m desperate and definitely in need of motivation and advice.

Looking at the sidebar is a good first step. But if you're prone to getting overwhelmed and stuck in analysis paralysis (I know I am), a good fallback strategy is to dump all your impediments and ask for advice. The community can help with organizing them and figuring out how to work around them.


  • making things easier: are you OK with the journey being long (but showing consistent and measurable progress)? That makes most strategies much easier. If not, list why not, and we can see if there are ways to gradually change your way of thinking on the matter.
  • When reading your post, it looks like the goal of getting fit is overwhelming. You list several impediments, concerns and areas where you feel you lack knowledge. If we can address those, the goal can become more manageable (you'll know more about it), and then a strategy can be created to start tackling it.

    >I’m tired of telling myself I’ll start tomorrow

    Can you start right now? Let's say with losing fat. What do you think you can do right now (within the next 30 minutes):

  • create a MyFitnessPal account
  • get/order a kitchen scale. Digital's great, but the cheapest shittiest analog one is still better than nothing.
    • not enough money right now? See when you'll have saved enough. Set an alarm to order it then. If you don't mind waiting 2-4 weeks for delivery, grab one for 10-15 bucks from (e.g. this one)
    • don't know where to buy one? I used cause I'm a finicky cheap bastard, but the local *-Mart should have 1g-resolution ones for 10-20 bucks
  • track the next meal you eat
  • calculate your TDEE, so you know what's a safe daily calorie target (general consensus: 500 kcal deficit)
  • take front and side pictures of yourself, so you can see how much you've progressed in the future

    If you can do at least the first, that's awesome - you've made progress. Trivial, but progress is progress. Next time you'll have one less impediment on your journey to getting fit. On the other hand, whenever you want more, you can continue with the meta-task of generating and tuning your strategy:

  • optional: add the calorie/weight data in a spreadsheet (e.g. Google, or beeminder), if MFP doesn't show you fancy graphs to motivate you
  • if you choose bodyweight fitness for exercise somewhere along the way, buy a pull-up bar or figure out what you could use for pull-ups. I use something similar to this $14 one. Bam! You've got all your exercise equipment ready.

    > I’m tired of feeling weak and waking up aching and depressed. Tired of binges, of fried food, of everything. I honestly feel like I’ve been wasting my life by not being physically well enough to enjoy the time I’ve been given so far and I want to change that. I’m at the point where something needs to change because there’s no point in me living like this anymore. I can’t fake anything anymore. My personality doesn’t match my body. I hate everything.

    Shit sucks, mate. But you can do it. If you've been sabotaging yourself, you can try with smaller and smaller goals, until you start making progress. You can gradually train your ability to put in more and more consistent effort into your goals (and start going for slightly larger goals), and you can get on your way to getting fit. The fact that you're making progress can be a source of motivation, and you can start feeling less unhappy. Then that stuff starts feeding on itself, like the downward spiral of depression, but in reverse.

    > I’m not sure where I’m going with this post other than ‘help.’ I’m looking for a friend or someone I can just talk to to help me get on track or at least help me start to figure out what to do.

    Right here for ya, pal.

    > I don’t know what a dead lift is.

    Starting Strength (the book) gives a lot of technical detail on the big compound exercises - squat, bench, deadlift, etc. Since StrongLifts was based on SS, let's see if they have something... Yup, the guy has full videos showing the big exercises, including the deadlift at 20:56 (the guy should've provided timestamps in the vid description, but whatevs). Related: the 'how to get started' section there seems very clear.

    > I don’t know what exercises are good for my body, as a beginner.

    The few exercises in SS/SL as far as I'm aware, but I'm a clueless guy and I'm just beginning the beginner routine in /r/bodyweightfitness. But let's see what the sidebar says:

  • beginners should go full-body for a while
  • examples of routines are shown in the linked resistance training section. These include SS, SL, a few other ones I have heard about, the BWF ones, and so on.

    My suggestion? If you've got access to barbells, go for SS/SL. SL looks nice, since it's got videos, a spreadsheets, free apps that tell you exactly what to do, etc. If you're like me and prone to postponing at the slightest chance of inconvenience, go for the BWF one. It's got fewer extras, but still got videos and form explanations, and doesn't require me to go to a gym.

    > I don’t know what cheap and healthy foods I should be eating.

    It seems like your priorities would be:

  • avoid malnutrition
  • lose fat
  • do not lose too much muscle


  • Avoiding malnutrition: get your RDA for macro and micronutrients. Too much research required? You betcha. Eat the usual crap you ate, but throw in a multivitamin just in case. Just the generic supermarket stuff.
  • Losing fat? Track calories, eat less than your TDEE.
  • Not losing muscle: eat enough protein. 0.82 g / lb of body weight is more than sufficient. Check out IIFYM as a nice continuation.

    But back to your original concerns:

  • cheap: when going on a caloric deficit, you have at least two goals:
    • get your daily calories cheap enough. Carbs (pasta, potatoes, etc) are the cheapest. But you also need your protein, in which case chicken and eggs are probably your best bet. I eat the deli slices shit, because I lack the willpower to invest time in cooking, but will be graduating to cooking skinless boneless breasts later.
    • get enough volume to not feel too hungry. Vegetables do a good job here, see what's a cheap filler - cucumbers, lettuce, carrots in my case. Fruit is great too, but watch out for the carbs/calories there.
  • healthy: lots of broscience and back-and-forth bullshit here. E.g. is a great source maintained by /u/silverhydra My current guidelines:
    • avoid trans fats. (Partially) hydrogenated vegetable oil; palm fat is also similar in effect.
    • saturated fats ain't that bad, but maybe still kinda bad. But I eat plenty of them at the moment.
    • dietary cholesterol largely has no influence on blood cholesterol. Which allows me to consume huge quantities of eggs (which are an excellent and cheap protein source)
    • nut fats are generally healthier (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, etc). Peanuts also happen to be cheap and high in protein, so they're a good cheap healthy snack to use to reach your daily calorie goals.
    • carbs - higher glycemic index ones are better (i.e. the ones that take longer to be digested). In practical terms, complex carbs and carbs in food with more fiber. Brown rice instead of white, brown bread instead of white, you get the picture. Whole fruit instead of juice and so on.
    • fiber. Keeps your digestive systems running better. 14 grams per 1000 kcal. Low on my priority list, but brown bread (and flax seeds) are a good source.

      But in general, just make the first step, and don't go into analysis paralysis. If you start getting weird symptoms, consult with a doctor.

      Still, the FAQ diet section describes a very good mindset for dieting, and dispels quite a few myths.

      To be cont'd.
u/Freedom_Fighter_0798 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I bought this one:

Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way Chin Up

Unfortunately it only fits up to 35 inches. It doesn't use any screws and so far it's been great for me. I was thinking maybe you could place something between the doorframe and the bar but I don't know if that would work. Hope you find something.

u/tootlintinker · 1 pointr/GripTraining

I would say the best pull up bar to use would be the one that extends and wedges itself between each side of the door frame like this. The one you're talking about would probably be fine because it spreads your weight across the architrave.

PS I'm glad to hear I've enlightened someone!

u/rolepolee · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I've used this for tons of body weight exercises because the only door frame in my place did not have space for the Iron Gym with all its extra stuff going on. It worked really well and has solid reviews. Take this with a grain of salt because I'm only 125 but I didn't use the brackets nor screws. Here

u/kerbuffel · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

You'll probably want to look at bars that can be mounted to the actual doorway. I have this one. I've only used the friction setup, and I haven't done any lever work, but it comes with mounting brackets you can install into the doorway with screws to make sure it doesn't move at all.

u/awasteoftime · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I bought this and like it a lot. According to this review you can install it simply without having to do anything permanent to your door frame. I have the Iron Gym bar and it just doesn't fit my frame correctly.

u/Noob_Korean · 1 pointr/climbing

I only have length adjustable pull up bar

Can I still able to set up a hang board?

PS I can't drill holes in my apartment wall or adjust any building structure (this includes setting up a plywood support)

PPS, I can't get door frame pull up bar, because the door frames in my apartment is weird and there is no place to hang the pull up bar

u/Khoa-leanh · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

You can work out without any equipment, like all bros here already said. But if you can, buy one of this pull up bar
It will save you alot of headache and a lot of time to set things up for pull up, row, etc.

u/SkinyFatBoi · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

You can't even get a bar to hang on your door like this one or this one

u/velodev · 1 pointr/DIY

I don't see your pic, but have you considered one of these?
I bought one for 14$ back in 1999 and it still works great, used it in several different apartments and homes. 4 wood screws go into the door casing, 2 per side, and it's enough for my 200lbs to bang out 10 chinups at a time.

u/staringispolite · 1 pointr/Fitness

tl;dr: Here's a dumb one. Given the equipment I have at home (below), what are the best exercises to work in some total-body / complex lifts to my weekly schedule?

  • 2x Selectech dumbells (up to 55lb each)
  • Misc resistance ropes
  • Parallette bars (small parallel bars ~1ft off the ground)
  • Std size exercise ball
  • Destabilized pushup bar (it sits on a ball, so it requires stabilization)

    Details: I quit the gym a couple years ago in favor of martial arts and bodyweight exercises. I'm happy with this in general, but I want to maximize gains/growth with exercises LIKE squats, deadlifts, OHP, etc. How can I safely/effectively do this at home. (For instance, do squats have a dumbbell equivalent?)

    Ideally looking to add two 30min sessions per week. My other routines would still be the majority of my workout schedule.
u/pelvicmomentum · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals
u/Exiled_In_LA · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I have used 2 different kinds of adjustable dumbbells. At home I have a York set - the smallest version of these:

Super simple, it just takes a minute to put the plates on and off. I really like them, they're pretty basic but they get the job done.

For a while I shared a tiny weight room with some workmates and they got a super swoopy high-tech set, I think they were these Bowflex ones:

Much easier to use, but after a few weeks they were constantly broken! Much more expensive too.

One down side of adjustables is you can't do supersets that require different weights, so you have to plan your workout accordingly.

Good luck, I hope this helps!

u/The_Comma_Splicer · 1 pointr/nsfw

Bowflex Selecttech 552. I've got the 1090 that goes up to 90 lbs and would definitely recommend them.

u/_fat_guy_ · 1 pointr/Fitness

Long story short.

I got a treadmill.

A bench

pair of dumbells

all brand new.

I was gonna sell all of this. But I just got out of school from the summer, and now with work all day I feel like I could get into fitness. I'm 200lbs 6' so not terribly overweight, but I don't really know what I'm doing. I don't know any workouts besides picking up a dumbell, but I don't want to be that guy that does 1 workout, has massive biceps, and is tiny everywhere else all around.

I guess what I'm asking is... what kind of workouts should I do so that I'm all-around fit. I'd like some muscle, but nothing crazy.

Also, if anyone can recommend what kind of weights/bar to get for my bench let me know as well. Thanks

u/cjbest · 1 pointr/running

Yeah, we definitely haven't let it gather dust. I did have to scrape off some built up rubber from the rear roller last year, as I recall. We just give it a vacuum inside the front housing, oil it up once in a while and that's about it. I think we got it on deep discount at the time - maybe $999? But if you count on ten years with it, that's a hell of a deal for a ready-when-you-are gym.

We also picked up the Nautilus dial-up weights at that time. I can't recommend them enough. We got a stand for them that fits into the corner of the room and our second, unused bedroom is now a full gym and gaming room. Treadmill, weights, room for yoga and crunches, etc, plus an Xbox. It's heaven compared to a gross, expensive gym.

u/recurrence · 1 pointr/vancouver

Loads of people swear by this

Cuts the cost down dramatically and there are even better prices online. :)


u/90Days_Lex · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

PS: I am seriously coveting these dumbbells, wondering if I should ask for them for Christmas or something... if anyone has any experience with them please let me know!

u/FatBaldWhiteMan · 1 pointr/steroids

I'd rather have a complete set from 5 - 50 lbs, but those are really expensive, 90% would not be used most of the time, and they take up quite a lot of space. At first I got a pair of those shitty ones with a a screw on the end. They do what they are supposed to do, but if you have to change the weight between sets / workouts, it gets tedious quickly. Then I got me some of those beauties (different brand though), used. They are a lot better with changing your working weight in between sets. Look for them on craigs list or ebay, used are good, no need to buy new.

If you use them daily, (or at least regularly), they are worth their money. Just watch a bit after them, and they will last you a lifetime.

u/Pancakes_Plz · 1 pointr/BustyPetite

nah they're adjustable, ya can keep adding more weights on to like.. 50lbs or so. Took a sec but I found the ones she's using.

u/edu723 · 1 pointr/Destiny

These are great dumbbell sets, good price for the pair if you cant get them used: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

What do you plan to do for your workout routines?

u/Semiao91 · 1 pointr/Destiny

I have a small gym at my house that i use for working out in the holidays when im bk home so ill share with you my personal experience and lay down some advise.

1 - Make sure u either buy good quality metal weights or go for rubber protected ones. Reason beeing if u invest in sht quality metal weights they will start degrading super fast and will stain ur shirts and floor.

2 - You will want to always do that last bench press repetition, so get a self spoting bench since u dont wana rely all the time on Erisan or someone else to help u. I prefer the type of power rack that has the bar fixed to the cage, the ones that only let you move the bar in a vertical axis wich makes ur movement for either squats, sholders, arms and chest super clean. The same cage contains 2 security pistons that you can set for self spoting. Not neceraly this model or price but jsut to give you an ideia of wat im talking

3 - You can try these weights wich will save you some space and time, i have worked with them before and personly they fell a bit wierd in the begining but once you get used to them your set.

u/browneyedgirl79 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
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  • UNREALISTICALLY I'd love to have either these for my husband or this for me. Those are both on my Only In Our Dreams list. Because who REALLY wants awesome dumbbells and a FitBit scale?!?

  • KINDA REALISTICALLY are these for me because who really needs that many Sharpies? I LOVE Sharpies. I WANT ALL THE SHARPIES, pleaseandthankyou. They are on my 'Coloring is Calming' list.

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u/GrassStained · 1 pointr/FemdomCommunity
u/Flipinoy · 1 pointr/Philippines

I'm a 5'10" guy trying to get in shape and lose around 15-20 lbs at the moment. I've taken up running the past few months and was able to lose about 10 lbs already. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a pair of adjustable dumbbells thinking that weight training will better help me reach my goals. Another reason why I bought these is so I can workout at home (wife's pregnant and don't want to really spend a lot of time away from home). This is all the equipment I have though.

My questions: How far do you think will these dumbbells get me? I mean, do you think my gains will be limited with just these? Or do you think they're probably good enough with the right set of exercises. What other home exercise equipments would you suggest (something that doesn't occupy a lot of space)?

u/mantis-_-tobogan · 1 pointr/homegym

We have the rep fitness equipment pckg and upgraded to the adjustable bench and added dip handles. Really great quality and def recommend.

We have 2 other random bars and weights for lighter lifting that my dad gave us. Not sure they're a necessity, but they're nice to have.

For dumbbells, we have adjustable to 50 lb bowflex and a smattering of smaller weights mostly for drop sets. (Adjustable weights during a drop set is a bitch unless you have 2 sets, idk.) The misc dumbbells were almost all garage sale finds and for their purpose I'm glad I didn't buy new.

Bowflex has adjustables that go up higher (to 70lb), and in less than a year of lifting my husband thinks he needs the upgrade. Either way we need 2 sets since we overlap during our workouts, but...$500 makes me queasy.

Overall, I like the bowflex compared to some of the other adjustable weights, but they are also weird and clunky. I'm short, w t-Rex arms though, so...

u/DynoMenace · 1 pointr/homegym

I just ordered a set of the Bowflex version. You can get regular weights cheaper, sure, but I wanted something that saved space and required a little less hassle to adjust.

Looks like the sale is still active at the time of this writing.

u/meggielifts · 1 pointr/xxfitness

These go up to 52.5 and adjust in 2.5 increments. They are priced between the Sport 24 and Sport 50. Seems like a good compromise for you. (amazon, free shipping) Not an Affiliate Link

u/sh6 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I weight in at 150 lbs and 5'10" and I've used mine without a problem. A smaller friend of mine, however found out that swinging on the bar can have some painful consequences. Here's the one I use: Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

You could probably find a better one but this is just the one they had at my local sporting goods store.

u/Vizen · 1 pointr/Fitness

I've been using the bar for probably 8 years now. It has really been a trooper.

u/dan820 · 1 pointr/Fitness

You can buy one of these doorway pullup bars from Amazon, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, basically any department store for about $30.

Very easy, works great.

u/Aust1e · 1 pointr/climbing

I bought the hangboard via craigslist, so I have no idea where you could get the hangboard itself. Everything else though you can get through Ace Hardware (or Lowes etc.) besides one of these

u/scr33ner · 1 pointr/GYM

I don’t think it’s worth it.

This was worth it though.

That pull up bar will work muscles better than that device (more muscles used = more caloric burn).

Chin ups work biceps & your back muscles.

Push ups with the bar works your chest/triceps.

You can also use it for tricep dips.

This was one of the best fitness buys I made.

Anyway, my 2¢.

u/bdorn14 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I've got a pullup bar that hangs from the doorframe, haven't experiecned this myself yet. Been doing the RR/pullups, dips, rows, invert hangs ect. for almost a year now. Haven't experienced any doorframe cracking from that, just when I try doing fingertip grips/pullups on another frame. I've read a bunch of comments from people on here that are using a bar that screws into the frame. So that's one option, but based off of your post it sounds like you don't want to do that.

> Are there any (door frame) pull up bars that do not damage my door frame or the walls in any way?

If you're having an issue with the hanging bar, and don't want to put screws in your walls, I'd recommend investing (around $80-110 USD) in a power-tower which is basically a small station that you can do dips and pullups on.

u/gwillad · 1 pointr/Fitness

fwiw, pull up bars aren't terribly expensive. as long as you have a doorway with a lip, you should be good.

u/hypergolic · 1 pointr/crossfit

I use the iron gym in my apartment, works pretty well.

u/deburn81 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Here's the Amazon link. It has far less reviews than the one from Iron Gym, but I have both and the Perfect Pullup is much better construction, imo, plus you can close the door with it installed.

One of the things I didn't like with the Iron Gym was that you had to take it down if you wanted to close the door. It only takes a few minutes, but sometimes that can make a difference, especially if you just want to knock out a couple aka greasing the groove.

You also have the option of doing Australian pullups and standing rows which is great when you've maxed out on pullups for the time being, or if you have an SO or someone else who cant do pull ups.

I got mine from Dick's Sporting Goods and I think it was 20 bucks

u/Lightning14 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I recommend getting a pull up bar (it's great for pull-ups, chin ups, push ups) and doing 3 sets of this workout, with pull ups added in. Starting out, you won't be able to do all the reps recommended, but just find what your limit is and do that. As you get stronger then you can increase. This regimen got me into pretty good shape before I recently started going to a gym and doing Wendler 5/3/1. And as /u/requires_distraction said, read up on /r/bodyweightfitness.

Edit: Also, diet is just as important as exercise. Make sure you're getting about 1g of protein for each pound of body mass, and you can calculate your approximate caloric needs here. I don't know how much detail you want to go into in tracking your diet, but using myfitnesspal to track macronutrients and calories has done wonders for me. Lastly, consider supplementing with creatine. It's a very cheap supplement (4 month supply for $16 on amazon), and has been proven to provide more energy during workouts (resulting in more productive workouts) with practically no side effects, other than the need for increased water consumption during the first week of loading.

u/MrSamster911 · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

pushups, hell yes. get yourself to the point where you can do at least 100

pullups are great as well. get a pullup bar, the one i linked is great, and lasts forever.

you should be able to do at least 10.

u/kaukev · 1 pointr/P90X

I'm sure there will be some repeat answers here:

i) I noticed weight loss after 3 weeks - I wasn't "fat" per say, but I had a little tire. With weight loss will come the definition in your arms, shoulders, chest, etc. (keep in mind that there is fat covering all of these areas to one extent or another) Then...if you work hard enough and follow the diet - the abs.

ii) I, too, started with the bands on the door. Hated it. You can get this: will do the trick and it's cheap. Never had a problem marring my door frame. I bought a "tower" set up though later on for ~$75.

iii) I've never used any of the Beachbody supplements. I've heard Shakeology is incredible, but I just use Whey Protein and take a daily multivitamin.

Long story short, eat clean and by phase II you'll be impressed.

u/Jewelzy · 1 pointr/xxfitness

The Iron Gym is decent and you can find it anywhere.

But after owning several pull up bars, I have to say the Perfect Multi-Gym is the best I've owned. It's more adjustable (I have very small door frames in this apartment, it's the only one that fits) and it's cushioned on all contact points. It hasn't left a scratch on my door frame or the wall above it.

u/recoombe · 1 pointr/Fitness

I suppose if you had a sturdy door frame, but a pullup bar is fairly cheap.

u/Baron_Rogue · 1 pointr/weightroom

Just so you know, CVS and other pharmacies sell doorway pull-up bars for $20 in their miscellaneous sections. Amazon has them for slightly more. I have one and it works like a charm.

u/CandiedColoredClown · 1 pointr/Fitness

i just did tons of negatives and I have the Iron Gym pull up bar

i was around 250 when i started as well, i couldnt even hold on to the bar. Just keep doing them negatives.

I can now do 5 consecutive pull ups, but I also weight 180 now.

u/GloryFish · 1 pointr/loseit

I love this bad boy. So convenient and you can do a lot with it.

u/Karnadas · 1 pointr/loseit

Someone posted pictures of it damaging parts of the doorframe. I've had no issues with mine, and I see almost nothing but positive reviews so idk. Maybe extra padding like a washcloth to be safe? Either way that looks to be one of the best and most portable on Amazon. Good luck!

u/roflmustard · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

BB Pullovers

These are pretty good at hitting your lats.

You could also buy one of those pullup bars and just hang it in a doorway, alternatively. You can also do pullups on a smith machine with the bar locked at the highest point.

As for the creatine, it's up for you. It's not like it would hurt or anything. But then again, it's not necessary, either.

In regards to the routine - I don't know if you would need to do forearm work or calves everyday. Some people don't even work their forearms directly until after they have been working out for awhile, since they receive work during deadlifts (and pullups, though, as you mentioned you are unable to do). It also says to do either bench press or dips....Though dips can work your chest if you lean forward, I would definitely opt for bench.

By the way, what the hell kind of gym does not have a pull up bar???

u/SgtOScrotBags · 1 pointr/Fitness

You need to bulk. If you don't have access to to the gym do pullups/chinups, and dips to start. Eventually when you get better and stronger, start using weight.


Dip Belt for using weight:

You're too skinny right now.

u/Kopiok · 1 pointr/AskReddit

These things are pretty boss, if you have sturdy door frames. Since he already works out mostly at the gym I assume he doesn't really need the weights. This is good for in the mornings, or in between trips to the gym.

u/sharxattack · 1 pointr/ftm

My thoughts exactly; I have an Iron Gym, and it is by far the single best purchase of my life; you can do wide-arm pull ups, close-arm pull ups, chin ups, palm-facing pull ups, stick them in a doorway for sit ups/crunches, dips, modified pushups/planks... The possibilities are endless. And you can move it to wherever you want to go, which is another benefit that you don't get with a regular bar that you have to fix in place.

My personal opinion is that the human body was designed to get in shape on its own and also develop a level of muscle that correlates to its own bodyweight; equipment is nice and all (especially for those hard-to-work-out areas like lats), but bodyweight exercises are hands-down my favorite kind of workout. Other equipment is superfluous.

The same goes for supplements/powder; if you eat a good diet with enough protein in it (especially things like nuts and eggs; those are pretty much the food of all good muscle), the supplements become sort of just an added expense. Sure, they help you get built super quickly, but why bother? Why not just have a good diet? Just my opinion; I'm a big fan of all-natural.

Now if anyone has any tips to get rid of this damned beer gut... It seems I do cardio and ab workouts like none other and this fucker still refuses to let go of my abdomen.

u/jetsuo · 1 pointr/Fitness

As brandon7s stated, the Iron Gym variety seems to be the most popular.

phrak's suggestion sounds good too

u/How_can-iDoit · 1 pointr/P90X

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

I have it and it works for every exercise you'll do. You can also use it for push-ups, dips, and sit-ups/crunches. No nails just assemble the bar like it says on the instructions, and set on the door's top frame/trim.
Seems weird at first but it works. In Tony's voice I highly recommend it.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

u/kevlar00 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Pulling work: rows, pullups, front lever, etc.

This is $30 and is literally all the equipment you need to progress for a long time, but if $30 is really too much, use a table or put a board between two things about 3ft off the ground and do row/lever progressions on that.

u/AngelicBabyGirl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This and this looks fun! :3

This is also great for cooling off after a workout!

u/drobecks · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Nah they probably won't care but I'd ask first. You could also just get one of these if you have a door frame that would fit it - which is is almost every door frame. Pull Up Bar

u/dreuchdail · 1 pointr/Fitness


Ultimate Body Dip Press Stand - $103

  • Dips
  • Inverted Rows
  • Bunch of other stuff like handstand work.

    30 lb Kettle Bell - $30
  • Can do basically any one handed dumbbell exercise.
  • Can add weights to squats, sit ups, dips(with a strap or something), pull ups, chin ups, whatever really, just be creative.
  • Kettle bell-specific exercises(There are a lot more).

    Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar - $30
  • Chin ups.
  • Pull ups.
  • Random other stuff(pushing, situps, dips, crunches, etc...)

    This is a decent starter kit for about $163 bucks with free shipping. Allows you to do a lot of different exercises and a lot of different routines. You'll be able to get all around fit and healthy for sure with some dedication, good routines, and a good diet.

    In terms of muscle mass gains, it won't exactly get you massive. No 40 inch biceps or anything crazy. However, you can add quite a bit of muscle mass and strength with this kit and a body weight routine.

    Body weight training and kettle bell training are very effective and a lot of people have had success with them. It's geared towards more functional fitness rather than purely aesthetics though. Not really what everyone would want, but it's cheap, effective, and portable.
u/transcensionist · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

To start out you should be able to do everything without equipment except rows. You can try using an edge of a table but personally I found this really strained my hands. Maybe I wasn't doing it right. You could also try a (sturdy!) broom handle between two chairs. I did this with an aluminum broom and bent it in half. Today I use my kids' swingset with my wife's trx straps.

When you advance to pull-ups consider picking up the iron gym pull-up bar. It's inexpensive and easily attaches to and removes from a doorway, so long as your doorway has a piece of molding across the top.

Dips will also be tough. You could try the corner between some counter tops but I found this tough. I use two chairs. It was pretty sketchy until I started to build the strength to stabilize myself on them. It's still somewhat sketchy. Here's a video from the other day - nsfw-ish, have my shirt off, though I'm a guy :).

u/growingupsux · 1 pointr/Fitness

Less than 3 pounds, can be disassembled to fit in a suitcase.

u/UCB1984 · 1 pointr/P90X
u/Trom · 1 pointr/P90X

Just how wide are your doorframes? Would an Iron Gym suffice at all?

If not, see if there's anything outside you can grab onto/safely hang on. It's most likely going to be a hassle until you find a solid solution, but you can always press pause when the time comes for pullups and run out to find your ghetto pullup bar.

u/LewisMogridge · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Regarding pullup alternatives, it is very difficult to mirror the exercise. You really ought to see if you can get something like this. Its a bad exercise to leave out.

u/BrawndoTTM · 1 pointr/masseffect

210 at 6'5" is really pretty good. But if you want to get faster/stronger I'd recommend pull ups instead of push ups. I'd recommend getting one of these. If you are finding yourself having difficulty assuming control over your grip on the bar, you can grab a pair of these to help with that.

u/BaconCat · 1 pointr/Fitness

If I were to get one now, I'd get one like this that uses tension, rather than screws to keep it in.

u/commodore84 · 1 pointr/P90X

Do you not have door frames? I have this pull up bar which is only $22. It's hard to do back exercises without a pull up bar or resistance bands. I would get it and use a chair. You'll surprise yourself with what you can do in a few weeks' time.

u/snowclimber · 1 pointr/alpinism

Maybe not absolute max effort, but try hard. The important thing is to do the assessment in a way that's repeatable so you can track your progress later.

They sell pullup bars that fit your doorway and you don't have to mount or screw into your wall for $16 on Amazon. I'm not saying buy this exact one, but just as an example, look at this one:

u/talahrama · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

It's SO helpful to have a community here that I can talk to about running or general fitness stuff. I go on and on so much to my family and friends that I need to actually consciously rein it in so I don't seem like a nut or self-absorbed. I'm very grateful. And I'm looking forward to hearing tomorrow how you kicked pull-up ass!

I started doing leg lifts! Abdomen hurts, B- experience. For pull-up bars (I saw you mentioned on the BW thread), as long as you have a door jamb, you can get something like this, which is what I have. Super convenient, sturdy, easily tossed in a closet when you're done using it.

Good luck with those cookies. I believe in you. If you need help, you can just send 'em to me and I'll take care of them for you.

u/HustlerPornabc · 1 pointr/normalnudes

yea man, I dont have the body of a god by any means, and I dont go to the gym. But I do have a weight bench, a curl bar, some dumbells, and I bought one of those door frame pull up bars off amazon. I go HAM with those whenever I can. Also, I try to eat healthy. One thing I do is take frozen fruit from the grocery store, put it in a blender with a banana, milk, and some protein isolate. Also, do planks and other ab workouts. Seriously a guy with your build you'll start seeing a little more ab definition in a few weeks and when you start seeing that it's really exciting!
EDIT - this is the one I bought, I love the damn thing

u/jasonfifi · 1 pointr/swoleacceptance

yeah, it goes in any door frame.

it looks exactly like this, but all black.

u/arbetman · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I have thin plastic tubing (for electrical wires) for my doorframes. Won't hold anything, but I screwed a small wooden plank on the top. A pullup bar now works perfectly.

One like that, would be the cheapest option.

u/Untiedshoes · 1 pointr/Aerials

I have this pull up bar The cushioning on the sides of the bar sit against the sides of the door frame, and the top plastic bar sits on top of your door frame. A small metal clip slides between the back of the top door moulding and the wall. The clip keeps it all in place. I haven't had my bar very long, but unless you are really bouncing off the thing, I highly doubt it will do any damage. May get some marks from the foam resting against the door frame, but that can be fixed with a magic eraser/paint. Worst case, the clip may dig into the door moulding, but unless your landlords are walking around with a stool and checking a few inches on the very top of the door moulding where it sits flush with the wall, I think you'll be fine.

u/poop-in-the-tub · 1 pointr/pics

Somebody needs to tell Mustang that he doesn't need to bend over backwards for a good upper-body workout.

u/EZMONEYSNIP3R · 1 pointr/Fitness

I mean i'm sure your back receives some benefit from push ups because it's a body weight exercise, but no i don't think they'll help much as it's mainly for chest.

had that when i was younger and it was great, lasted for years until i moved and got rid of it.

u/energexer · 1 pointr/AskMen

Consider getting him one of these because it was cheap and relevant as the conversations have been going:

Much cheaper on EBay IIRC

u/spikebaylor · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Oh thats a different kind of bar. Mine is more like this. The bar itself will sort of push into the door frame so can do dmg.... i just out socks on the end.. its enough to stop any wear and tear

u/juranomo · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Yes. The one in referring to distributes your weight two both sides of the doorway. One point of contact sits above the threshold while the other points of contact are on each side of the opposite side.

If that doesn't make sense here's a link: Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

u/NarcissaMalfoy · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

I got [one of these for six bucks] ( which you just pop up when you want to use it. I was dubious (which is why I didn't buy it new) but it's fantastic. (The one I got looked brand new, which happens a lot with fitness equipment. People buy it and then don't use it.)

I wrote to [Dana Jeri Maier] ( who is an illustrator whose work has just a great biting humor to it. I follow her on Go Comics and Instagram and I really admire all aspects of her work. I think I may make it a goal to write a "fan letter" once a week in the next round. It's an interesting way of expressing gratitude for people's work and finding connection.

u/eaglessoar · 1 pointr/Fitness

This seems to be recommended in the thread on the front page about pull ups:

u/thedannmann · 1 pointr/spartanrace

AH. in THAT case:

That guy is clutch. Doesn't damage the door/walls. Get up to doing as many pulls up as you can in the AM and as many chin ups as you can in the PM.

u/vampirewknd · 1 pointr/Fitness

Get a belt for weighted dips/chins

Pull up bar

Kettlebell (start off somewhat light, not sure where you're at in terms of strength).

u/stinkycatfish · 1 pointr/Fitness

This is popular at /r/bodyweightfitness.

u/ktt4186 · 1 pointr/loseit

If you can, get some pull-up assist bands like the ones here and pick up a pull-up bar for your door frame like this one

Lat pulls will help, but since they aren't really training the exact movement, you will still struggle with pull-ups. Getting the first pull-up is the hardest as you are trying to figure out the motion and the coordination. Also, training negative pull-ups will help. Use a chair or jump up and then slowly lower yourself down.

Good luck on your quest for pull-ups!

u/tapehisss · 1 pointr/Fitness

not sure, i rent too and i use one that pushes on the door frame, just like this one

haven't seen any damage yet with moderate use while weighing from 150-180

u/derek121314 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I have this bar for my door and it works very well

u/Thomaskingo · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Rings: well gymnastics rings typically comes with straps to easily hang and adjust them. The only real choice is whether you want them in wood or plastic (I prefer wood. It just feels better in my hands). Gymnastics rings are so simple in design and concepts, that I'd hazard the assumption that quality is mostly the same. Just find a cheap pair on Amazon.

Pull up bar:
I would personally prefer one, that is fixed in the ceiling, but many use the one, which is supposed to be put up on a door frame satisfyingly.

Look around for the best deals. The ones I've listed are just cursory searches.with rings and pull up bares you can do all sorts of rows, push ups, dips, pull ups and lots of other stuff.

u/david-w-144 · 1 pointr/homegym

Stick with the gym.

Figure out what kind of lifting you want to do (powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman), if you like lifting, or if you go at all.

Also check out r/bodyweightfitness -- push-ups, squats, pull-ups, etc can be very effective as a complete beginner or for days you can't make it to the gym. I think there is a recommended routine floating around.

Something like this would be a decent addition to your home setup. And a skipping rope for conditioning.

u/KeronCyst · 1 pointr/Exercise

I do not like push-ups anyways because they crush the wrists, and I'm very efficiency-minded, too. You only have two things to buy:

  1. a thick (yoga?) mat (unless you already have one, or have a thickly carpeted floor)
  2. an Iron Gym for pull-ups (believe me, this awesome tool is worth every penny for spinal decompression alone)

    Do these whole-body exercises to hit every single muscle core in your body:

  • planks (this video shows many kinds, but just plank #1 is all you need; the rest are for variation if you get bored) – hold the pose for just one minute (if you have low back pain, you can also try wall planks, though these are not for strengthening)
  • pull-ups on the Iron Gym (gradually work your way up to 10 pull-ups within 10 minutes over the months)
  • reverse sit-ups (this is just an example; you can play around with how/whether you bend your legs at all)
  • run in place on the mat for 50-100 steps (very little movement; no need to lift your legs wildly), for cardio between reps of the above exercises (just pick 1 a day; you don't need to do all 3), and you will eventually be super-buff in <10 minutes a day!

    Warning: this is an exhausting exercise regime (it's as close as you can get to your magical workout), but it takes very little time per day. Do it just before you shower each night so you can get the sweat off quickly if you prefer. I need to exercise more as well (and I really, really, really dislike sweat, lol). Maybe we can be accountability partners in our weekly regimes! Lastly, other than the running/whatever you'd like to do for cardio, none of these motions should be quick. Take your time.
u/rhinofinger · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas
u/milenmic · 1 pointr/tall

Dude, ever heard of putting something under the bar? I was too weak to do deadlifts with any weight on the bar, so no 45lbs plates to lift the bar to the correct hdight (for average people). What did I do? I grabed a case of beer, the plastic kind that you use to carry returnable glass bottles, stacked a couple of plates on top of that and went at it, As I got stronger, I started using weight, and thus removing plates from the stack. I'm still far from strong, but now I use 25lb plates and just stack 3 45's on the ground. Soon I'll be at 45lb plates and 1 plate on the ground to lift the bar to a correct height for me. Do the same!
As for chin-ups/pull-ups, there are bars that you put in a doorway, workout and then you can easily remove them

Stop making excuses and just go, or live with the body you have now.

u/SmellsLikePoor · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness
u/svb688 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Has anyone successfully installed a pull-up bar one of these to a skinny door frame like this one? Pic If yes, how did you do it? The pull up bar keeps slipping off of the thin door frame.

u/monkd · 1 pointr/AskMen

there is no lack of place to do pullups

but I love my Iron Gym for doorway pullups.

u/Cant-Find-Username · 1 pointr/AskMen

I have this one. It rests on the top of the frame and pushes on the front. feels pretty sturdy, but I'm not very heavy.

u/averagetoabs · 1 pointr/Fitness

So, you have a couple of options here. I presume you don't want to have to buy gym equipment, but just know that if you buy used you can get a squat rack, barbell and some weights for a couple hundred buck. If you do that, you'll have a much easier time. Learn the squat, deadlift and overhead press, and that will provide an amazing foundation for you.

If you really can't do that, then at least invest a chinup bar. Something like this It's like 20 bucks. If you have that, you can start with a basic program of pushups, chinups, and bodyweight squats. For chinups and squats, try to build up to 3 sets of 30 with a minute rest in between.

Once that gets too easy, try making the exercise more difficult. Put your feet up on the coach for pushups. Work up to a one armed pushup. For bodyweight squats, try doing a bulgarian split squat

As for chinups, depends on your body weight, but i'd say once you can do 3 sets of 12 with a minute rest in between, you're probably in pretty good shape.

Do those 3 exercises 3 times a week.

u/EfPeEs · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Mostly just your own body weight. Very little else is required.

You do need some way of doing pull exercises, but that can be found anywhere. You can throw a towel over a tree branch. Or you can buy [a bar to hang over a door] (

u/tabassman · 1 pointr/Fitness

Having a pull-up bar is amazing! You can leave it up and bust out a few reps whenever you damn well please. Have a minute before work? Jump on the bar and kill some time. Your date taking too long with foreplay? Blast out a few reps on the bar to get things going. Truly the duct tape of the fitness world.

u/Therealcodyg · 1 pointr/keto

> onederland

That's awesome.

>Do you do most of your workouts at the gym or home?

I do most toning at home now, with a few visits a week to the gym for sauna, treadmill when weather is bad. Otherwise, the pull-up bar goes up in the morning for a few sets and then again in the evening for a few sets. Other than that it goes into the closet.

The bar I have is here, pretty cheap for the amount of work I have done with it.

u/Animostas · 1 pointr/AskWomen
u/blckhl · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/hawaiizach · 1 pointr/Hammocks

Depending on the layout of your apartment, if you have doors near each other within hammocking distance you can use this:

While it is made for pull ups, it holds fine (speaking from experience). I am 200lbs and it has worked, you will need two of them though. Then just attach your slap straps to it.

u/JamesJuggernogg · 1 pointr/gainit

Here this one you just let it hang from the doorway it's built so it won't fall.

u/Super_Zac · 1 pointr/Fitness

People who have that home pull up bar that uses leverage against your door frame, is it normal to hear a lot of creaking in the frame? I'm worried the trim is going to get ripped off so I don't want to use it...
This is the kind of bar I'm talking about:

u/s1403 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Try bodyweight exercises, especially Hindu squats, pushups and pullups. Been doing these for years and they've kept me fit and very strong.

For pullups, I now use the Iron Gym pullup bar. My hands are dry and callused, so for Hindu pushups I use weightlifting gloves (like these) so that my hands don't slip.

No other equipment is required. These are zero impact exercises and so you don't have to worry about disturbing people downstairs from you.

EDIT: please be careful starting these exercises, especially squats. I remember when I first started several years ago my legs were very sore the first few days, and had a tough time sitting down or standing up, getting into or out of my car, etc. So start with perhaps 20 squats/5 pushups/1 pullup per day and then gradually build it up.

u/Ali2475 · 1 pointr/teenagers

1.) buy this

2.) do 12-15 pullups, 40-50 pushups, and 30 squats a day, for a month

Obviously you'll have to work up to those numbers, but once you're there you'll be perfectly okay with going to the gym haha

u/Dtigers35 · 1 pointr/gainit
u/Shut_Up_And_Train · 1 pointr/bjj

Got you. But yeah the best way to do pullups is by pulling up. These are awesome and you can do complete workouts that are only body weight. If your shoulders are hurting definitely stretch it and tissue smash it with a lacrosse ball. The joe rogan podcast with kelly starrett talks about the lacrosse ball smashing and i've tried it on myself as well. It works extremely well

u/tach · 1 pointr/Fitness

I was thinking something like this, which won't need installation work.

I have no experience with resistance bands.

u/Un_focused · 1 pointr/Fitness

This kind of bar sits on the doorframe and does significantly less damage. Just don't be too ballistic because it can slide around and I have knocked it off the doorframe at least once by pulling at weird angles.

u/splendidtree · 1 pointr/Fitness

Well P90X has it down, but if you don't have it (or can't, you know, acquire it), then the one thing my girlfriend (kinesiology/Athletic Training grad student) said that's best for working on overall back strength is a pull up bar. For lower back, try stuff like this (and the video), this, and this (from P90X).

u/elzeardclym · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

If you get something like this, which is extremely common now, you can hang it when you need it and take it down when you don't.

u/jnauman · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I have the same problem. I live in an apartment so no drilling into the doorways and no room for the full stand.

I got the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar ( without really thinking I had wide doorways. I looked to get extenders for it but they have been unavalible on amazon for months now. :/ (

u/cfaaccount1234325153 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Ha. "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

But really, I have no idea what that thing is all about. I looked at the owners manual and it seems to have a lot of different functions, but nothing that's really that relevant to bodyweight workouts. The lat pulldown feature is relevant if you can't get a pullup, but I think everything else, you can do without equipment. Consider just getting something like this. Doesnt require installation. Maybe something like this as well.

u/EmeryXCI · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am so sorry to hear that you were affected by that tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

You may sort my priorities. I dislike how anything with "medium" priority appears as if it has not been prioritized at all. I have only completely sorted through my default wishlist and ranked everything from highest to lowest. I have several wishlists. In the others I have simply marked the items of highest priority.

I am currently overweight (shocker, most of America is) and really need to get in shape. This would help me do that, and in turn greatly improve my life not only now, but in the long run.

Thank you for the contest. :) I hope that you get your debit card soon!

u/therm0pyle · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Sorry, missed that somehow.

I'm assuming that the issue with the pullup bar is the hard parts, correct? This one, for example, has the hard bar and then other areas are padded: ( )

Any chance of picking up some foam or something to attach to the hard bar and avoid damaging the wood that way?

u/Still_Wind · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Your training will make you strong. Pull up bar will make me strong

u/daemonpie · 1 pointr/Wellington

If you haven't find a suitable one, maybe one of these could be a possibility?

u/saladpower · 1 pointr/bikewrench

Iron Gym pull up bar - the horizontal handles that stick out can be used to stick your frame on and work on your bike in the doorway. I've been using mine for a year or two. Plus, it's a pull up bar.

u/cultivating_mass · 1 pointr/Fitness

This website (and this program) is frequently used by beginners to train for a 5k. Also, most parks have jungle gyms with bars or just a metal bar to do pull ups. If you have the money, a home pull up bar works extremely well.

u/celticfan008 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Here's what i did. Get an Iron Gym Pull Up bar And just try and push out a few pull-ups, crunches, and push ups whenever you can. Its what i did and I'm really liking it, (though I've kind of fallen off the horse a bit) Start small, then slowly build up other things.

u/chrismowgli · 1 pointr/Fitness

do you have a tree you can do pull ups off of? Find a sturdy branch, throw a towel over it, grab it and do pull ups/chin ups. Thats what i can think of if you have no equipment.

you could buy this too:

u/jackaloper · 1 pointr/climbing

I'm nervous about your door mounting system. Something like this is what most people use and seems safer:

u/papahance · 1 pointr/Fitness

Just read up on the frequency method; looks perfect for me. My birthday is on Wednesday and I'm asking for one of these, so I'll be able to do chins and pull-ups whenever.

u/dontforgetpants · 1 pointr/Fitness

Seems like a good plan if your schedule won't allow for consistent gym time. I would recommend getting a removable pull-up bar like this rather than a screw-in one, if you don't already have a bar, and then get a ring set that you can hang off of it for your lying-down rows (and dips!). Also, if you have the money to spare, you can do a lot with an adjustable dumbbell set - lots of upper body isolation work obviously, but also things like dumbbell snatches, lunges, bulgarian split squats, single leg deadlifts, etc.

u/bobthebobofbob · 1 pointr/Fitness

Have you looked into one of the removable ones like this? You could just throw it up and do a set then take it down. That's what I used to do when I had one. I only weighed like 160lbs when I used it though so I don't know how much I would really trust it now.

u/miaret · 1 pointr/UIUC

sell yours on craigslist and acquire the following:

"somewhere to go to get out of the house, during the summer."
specifically to do pullups? o.o that strikes me odd, but different strokes, I guess.

u/eviltoiletpaper · 1 pointr/keto

This is a good cheap option for home pull ups, been using one for over two years now:

u/OuchMyBrain · 1 pointr/Fitness

> That and its hard for me to practice straight pullups since I lack a bar outside of a gym, and doing 3-1x5 looks pretty lame :(

  1. For $22, you can have your very own pull up bar in your bedroom. It will also allow you to do a handful of other exercises too.
  2. Who cares what 3-1x5 looks like? Are you going to improve by doing 0x1-5?
u/d1deonly · 1 pointr/Fitness

will it fit my 35 and a little inch door?, i had the iron gym one and it did not fit.

u/shenaniganns · 1 pointr/Fitness

If you have $30 to spare, workout bar, fits on your door frame.

u/Plant_41 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I realize it's getting late, so I really hope someone is still here that can help! Thanks in advance!!

I want to start doing the recommended routine in the Bodyweight fitness /r/. I'm a complete newbie 100% and I don't know how to do any of stretches/exercises included in the routine, however I have no problem learning. I have some questions regarding it, tho.

1)) Is there a newbie "recommended routine"? I see there is an intermediate routine, so is there a even more, basic one?

2)) I realize I do the workouts every other day. One day do the routine, the next day rest, one day do the routine, then rest, etc. Currently I run lightly every day for 30 minutes. Should I stop running completely because it would hurt my progress? Or is it okay if I run on my "days off"?

3)) Do I have to eat any differently? That might seem really, REALLY stupid to some of you, but I'm genuinely curious. Right now, if I continue my running and eat the way I do, I will lose weight. If I continue that, yet still do the recommended routine, will I not benefit at all? Must I eat at a surplus while on the routine if I want to gain muscle? (If so, is there any sort of cheat sheet in regards to what I should eat?)

4)) The routine needs me use a pull up bar and exercises that are called dipps (whatever those are?) I don't have a pull up bar at home but I'm interested in buying one. Any recommendations? Would one like this work?


u/gonewild9676 · 1 pointr/BdsmDIY

Is there an access panel to an attic or anything else in the ceiling? How about air vents? You can pull the panel up/down/whatever and put eyelets in sideways into the ceiling joists. When you leave you just remove the eyelets and nobody is going to notice the holes. Not good for suspensions, but good enough for restraint.

For the hanging key you can try 3M command adhesive. You put them up and they stick, and then you pull the adhesive the right way and it magically comes off with no damage.

If you have windows you can try an expansion rod, though that might damage the window. There are door frame pull up bars you can try, like this thing:

u/fatalbinoninja · 1 pointr/fatlogic

Dooo it! It's such a fun thing to see yourself getting better at. I used this one for the longest time and really enjoyed it.

u/hoogityboogitiesRIP · 1 pointr/adderall
u/nthiogen · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I hung these rings on this pull up bar mounted in a door frame for well over a year of regular use. All still 100% usable. The pullup bar's spongy center grips are starting to fall apart (again, after over a year of pull ups and weighted pull ups), but the rings and straps look brand new. Highly recommend both.

u/boxidea · 1 pointr/Fitness

Weight bench:



Additional plates (45 lb):

Pull up bar:

I actually bought the dumbells at Walmart. They had a better price at the time.

That was enough equipment to get me up and running for all the exercises that I like to do.

u/CuriousCursor · 1 pointr/Stronglifts5x5

I would recommend


Barbell for beginners

The knurling on this is pretty great. Been using this for more than a year.

Also lock jaws instead of clamps.

u/deeetsss · 1 pointr/homegym

The standard recommendation here is usually this bar its the best bang for your buck bar. A lot of people start out with it and if you outgrow it it makes a great beater bar.

u/Tritonis · 1 pointr/homegym

Where did you see it for 100$? Best I can find is amazon for 130:

u/smittycw · 1 pointr/homegym

The reason most people don't like squat stands is that they take up the same space as a cage while not being as versitale, and for not much less money. That said if height is a problem you can find shorter cages, such as

Also, why the C-70 bar? It won't rack properly on any full size stand/rack. If price is a concern this bar is full size for quite a bit less

As far as space for everything, if you don't mind deadlifting in your power rack you will have plenty of space

u/longdayes · 1 pointr/crossfit

Save your money and get this: CAP Barbell Olympic Bar, 2-Inch, 1000-Pound Capacity, 7-Feet Read the reviews. People like it better than the rogue, which you should know are inherently overpriced due to their partnership with crossfit

u/spitfire9107 · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/ahthefloorislava · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm still just starting up with the home gym. So I don't yet have much. But here is what I have:
Power Rack: -- got this for $229 though it is backordered at the moment.

Bar: -- got for $165

3/4 inch Rubber mat from fitnessdepot for $50

I'm currently looking out for plates from kijiji and the likes. Hope this helps.

Edit: I also bought a 4' x 8' piece of plywood from home depot which I'll cut to size as the rubber mat and just lay it underneath the mat for additional cushioning

u/infamousdx · 1 pointr/homegym

FringeSport for bumpers and barbells.

CAP's OB-86B, OB-86PB, or OB-86PBCK are supposedly very good for the price.

I'd get 2 pairs of 5s and one pair of 2.5s.

u/greens11 · 1 pointr/homegym

You can wait for the CAP barbell to go on sale for <$130. It's one of, if not the best budget bar around. Buy something else if you need it ASAP. But, if you can wait, I would personally setup a deal alert and buy when it goes on sale.

Link to bar

u/Toadkiller_Dog · 1 pointr/crossfit

The CAP O-86B retailing at $110 is a very well respected general purpose bar. It will last you a healthy amount of time until you decide to spring for a more expensive Oly or Powerlifting focused bar.