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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/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/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/sixout · 1 pointr/homegym

I started with about the same budget as you. This is what I did (minus the flooring because I'm in the garage and just threw down mats). 6 horse stall mats - 35 bucks a piece. $220 - Titan short rack, because of the clearance thing. I wish I would have gotten the taller one so I could OHP in it, but it's not a big deal. $269 Power tower, on sale still. $129 - Ironmaster dumbbells - best purchase ever. $499

Found 205lbs of rogue bumper plates, and a flat bench on craiglist for $300 Had another 175lbs of bumper plates previously. If you don't want bumper plates you can find metal plates for much cheaper on craigslist.

That had me at about $1600 after taxes. I also got a Xebex rower/decline bench/med ball from GetRXd on a special for $800 but that was bought because it was a great deal. Awesome rower btw.

If you want a good incline bench instead of flat, go with the ironmaster one. It's $299 I believe and very solid. Ironmaster dumbbells are way, way better than the Bowflex ones. They're solid metal. I toss them around and they're fine. They also don't rattle.

I also got the Cap bar from amazon for $160. Awesome 1000lb rated bar.

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/Tofinochris · 1 pointr/homegym

Here's the details on the stuff:

Power Rack. Had this about 6 weeks and I'm extremely happy with it. Looks fine, feels very sturdy, no feeling of tipping or instability even when I hang from the bar at front. Paint scratches when you move and insert the spotter bars but what do you want for $350 shipped. It's held 215 on multiple occasions with no issues. If you lift significantly heavier than this (300+) you may want to read reviews first, or invest in a less-starter rack, but for many/most people this will be fine forever. It's dead easy to assemble if you have a socket set and if you don't, great opportunity to get one, they're cheap! Assembly can be done mostly solo but the final bits really need a second person to hold stuff in place while bolts are inserted. Rack comes shipped in 2 or 3 (can't remember) boxes which are pretty unwieldy and heavy.

I went with this CAP barbell. This suits my needs very well with great knurling and came without bend, and I'm unlikely to put a bend in it with my sub-300 deadlifts. The barbell ships in a fun 7 foot cylindrical tube which caused the dude at the mail place to nearly topple over because he expected it to be light for some reason.

I also got this plate tree which holds 2x 45# bumpers, 2x 45# plates, and 2x 25#, 2x 10#, 4x 5#, and 2x 2.5#. Does the trick but paint scratches off the pegs like crazy but is easily cleaned up. Single box, about 30 pounds.

The bench is this one by Marcy. I wanted a simple bench and that's what I got. Great bench for the price and I haven't had any instability problems. Had this for a year and used up to 70# dumbbells and 215# barbell with it (I'm 215). Most weight total that's been on it was a 270# friend benching 185# for sets and he found it fine.

Assorted stuff: got these puzzle mats which do the trick for the right price and are stowable unlike a permanent mat. As I mentioned elsewhere the 45# bumpers are meant to mitigate any floor impact, and I'm not terribly concerned with keeping this floor perfect anyway (it's 10 year old laminate on top of concrete, and the "path" is linoleum). The plates were from a sale at the local FitnessDerp store (not its real name) and were 85 cents a pound -- I never saw any on Craigslist for less than that in the month I looked. Finally just some collars.

The cat in the picture highly recommends this crinkle tunnel.

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/theking4u · 3 pointsr/homegym

All this advice applies if you live in the US (don't wanna waste your time).

For a full power rack, I would recommend just waiting for a good deal on craigslist. Even this rack on amazon is pretty good deal

I'm sure if you look long enough you can find a better deal on craigslist. I bought that weight bench a few years ago, but if I had known better I would have just gotten a power rack. As a beginner (less than 300lbs on squat), this solution works for me. Also, try to find one with a pulley system if possible, cause I love some of the exercises that are only possible with a pulley system, especially if you are beginner. Also, remember if you decide to upgrade you can always sell something professionally made and get most of your money back and even make money if bought from a really good deal. Of course, void all this if you love building stuff and have the time.

u/druunavt · 2 pointsr/homegym

I got the Titan HD rack and love it. I won an auction on eBay for it for $326; they run one at a time, it seems, so you might want to see if you can save some dough that way. Some are listed w/dip bars included.

What about the adidas flat bench? Solid weight limit, gets great reviews for sturdiness. You can get an adjustable later; do you even need it for 5x5?

I also just snagged a CAP OB-86B barbell and man, that thing is nice. I would definitely spend the $142 on it.

I have gotten all my Oly weight plates on craigslist for cheap so you might find that works for you to save some money.

Have fun!

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/easye7 · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm 6'1" but with a 7" basement ceiling, I don't see pullups happening unless I'm gonna stick my head between the joists each time lol. Same with OHP unfortunately.

I'm looking at normal height racks now, I assumed that with only 2-3" of clearance I would have trouble assembling the rack, but it sounds like that isn't the case. The Powerline PR200X is the current frontrunner.

I don't have a fear of falling backwards or anything, I've been lifting for quite some time and I know my limitations. It looks like I could certainly get a squat stand for much less than a full cage, but I still have concerns about stability. However, I am fairly certain I can just bolt a stand into my basement slab, which would cure stability issues I would think. Also, a cage would allow for some attachments, like dip bars, which would I would definitely want. I'm wondering if I can actually get a good squat stand with safety arms for less than 400 shipped, which is what I'm looking at for the Powerline.

u/butka · 9 pointsr/homegym

An unintended beauty I found with building a home gym is that because of budget restraints for most of us, you're often forced to boil down your routine into the basics early on. To me that's a wonderful thing. I've been a far more productive lifter focusing on more basic lifts and forgetting about all the ancillary isolation exercises. Granted, your lifting routine doesn't seem to get cute with the iso work. So I guess my point is, get what you need for the big lifts now. You can figure out alternatives to your complimentary lifts with what you have. For example, using different pull up grips, or using inexpensive bands as support in your pullups if you need to go high reps (in place of lat pulldowns) are possibilities.

In time, you'll get pieces here and there to add further variety. Many of these gyms you see here have evolved over time. Be patient, you'll be accumulating complimentary pieces in no time.

My advice is to put money in:

  • a decent rack that has a lot of supporting accessories (Titan is a good brand for this)

  • a sturdy bench (I like my Rep Fitness adjustable bench)

  • some horse stall mats - I personally think a platform may not be necessary unless you're doing olympic lifts, and dropping from up high. I've deadlifted 500+ on 3/4" horse stall mats alone, with no damage to the concrete beneath.

  • Dick's runs great deals for 300 lbs olympic weight sets (I've seen as low as $179). The bars that come with this are crap, but could last you 6 months if you're not going to heavy or beating on it until you get a good bar. Some people have been able to flip the bar immediately for money on Letgo or Craigslist.

  • Solid barbell... look for deals, I got this one for $80 after some weird instant rebate on Amazon last July. It was posted in this forum. There's plenty of good barbells out there, just a little research should land you a decent one.
  • Landmine - Best bang for the buck in my gym. I got one like this for ~$23 around the holidays. You can add a ton of variety to your workout. Just google 'landmine exercises'. You can put that cheap bar that came with the Dicks' set in there.
u/MagesticSSS · 1 pointr/homegym

Wow, thanks, this bar looks awesome! I'd just gone with the one recommended in the FAQ, but this is even better!

What do you think of this bench? It costs $150 + $15ish for tax/shipping/etc. Though it says it's rated for 300lbs on Amazon, the company site says 600, and it's been tested for up to 1000. Also, it has plenty of reviews so I'm pretty confident about it. Just wanted to see if you got a better deal :)

u/HeroboT · 1 pointr/homegym

I would suggest building a platform for deadlifts - my top sets right now are around 330, I don't drop the weight and use bumpers and I don't feel like the stall mats are gonna be enough for too long.

I don't see a weight limit on that bench, but most of the Marcy ones I have seen are pretty low, like 300-500 lbs. If you're gonna be deadlifting 500 I assume you're gonna be benching at least half that, added to your bodyweight will probably exceed the weight limit, especially under a dynamic load.

Instead of the bench and rack you have chosen, I'd spend a little more and get something like this rack and maybe the Titan fitness flat bench, which has a 1000lb limit.

And the link for the Olympic bar you posted doesn't work.

Edit: that fitness reality cage has an option with a bench too, that might be a good way to go too because it's adjustable and I think it has a pretty high limit.

u/Rhynegains · 4 pointsr/homegym

So, why all the dumbbells?

The price depends on the stuff you want. There's plenty of cheaper options. I spent around $650 to start and did fine. My current set up now may be $3000.

Here's the beginner sets I usually recommend:

  • Dicks Sporting Goods 300lb Weight Set which is currently at $199. It also includes a bar. I do not recommend dropping these for Deadlifts, though. Decent price for weights, but the bar isn't great. May want to pick up a Rogue bar but isn't necessary. I love the Chan Bar.

  • Fitness Reality Full Cage which is currently for $234. I have this cage and love it. Only thing I dont like are the chrome attachments. They run off on the knurl.

  • Fitness Gear Bench which is currently about $90. That is a budget bench, so if you want to spring for something better, that's a good idea. I have this bench and it works fine, I just have to tighten the bolts every couple months.

    That'll probably run you about $650 after taxes. Other supplies:

    Additional items:

  • Weight Storage Tree which should hold everything from your set.
  • Bar Weight Locks currently $9.
  • Floor Protection which are for walking around, not weights to land on. Make a platform for your cage.
  • Pull Up Bands
  • Back Extension/Sit up Bench
  • Platform: 5 pieces of plywood (1 of those can be "pretty" to be stained and coated), 1 4x8 horse stall mat, 1-1/4 in wood screws, wood glue, stain of choice, polyurethane, brushes.


    For the other questions:

    Mine is set up in a spare bedroom. I love it. I dont have to deal with temp swings. Just protect your floor and make a platform.
u/Jami3San · 2 pointsr/homegym

I am a big fan of the Ohio Power bar, and I went ahead and picked up one from the USA. you're right, its $$$$ but IMO worth the money.

if you are looking for a cheaper "Canadian" alternative you could try this bar it's from Bells of Steel and has great reviews. This is their last gen bar, but reviews are saying its better than their "new and improved" version. its comes in at $370 shipping and taxes inc. the Rogue bar comes in at $390 shipped so its a no brainer to go with the OPB.

the only other option I found to be cheaper was the Cap Power Bar from Amazon (Free ship with Prime)

currently at $193 ($218 taxes in and free ship) is your cheapest option for a decently reviewed power bar.

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/elementwrx · 1 pointr/homegym

Not sure what you plan on doing and how much weight you'll be using, but I'm finishing up assembling my frugal low-space garage gym. I got a few new items because they were not too expensive and hard to find on Craigslist (squat stands and bumper plates namely).

  • Beater barbell off Craigslist ($45)
  • Squat Stands new off Amazon ($70) - if you're doing a lot more weight and/or space isn't an issue, I'd recommend something like this or this
  • Bench off Craigslist ($50)
  • 180lbs Diamond Pro Bumper Plates from Walmart 160lb set + 2x10 set ($227) - with free shipping, it's easy to add on in the future
  • 4x5lb + 2x2.5lb steel plates off Craigslist ($20)

    Total Cost: $412 (or 3.2 months of my CrossFit membership)

    It's not the most awesome home gym, but fits in the corner of my garage, and is heavy enough for me to do my Starting Strength routine and progress a bit before I need to add on.
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/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/netlo · 3 pointsr/homegym

You should be fine then. I've been looking around at a setup for myself and this is what I'm seeing (just some choices, not necessarily the right ones).

If you're interested in a platform you can build your own:

For a rack you might as well do a full cage, it is more safe. I used to own a squat rack with safety arms and it was fine. But a full cage allows you a bigger safety net.

Buget cage: or something like a T-2 from Titan. The T-3 or X3 will be going on sale tomorrow (4/4/2017).

Midline cage:

More expensive cage:

For the bar I think starting in the mid 200-300 range will be sufficient for a long time. and seem to be good choices. are slightly cheaper, slightly defective (scratch, paint, etc.) if you go with Rogue.

For a bench if you go flat you will find a lot of decent ones for $100-200. It seems all of the sites selling the flat benches around $115 are currently out of stock. in stock (600 lbs rated) (1,000 lbs rated) out of stock in stock (1,000 lbs rated).

For plates you can buy used locally. There it seems $0.50/lb is good for steel plates, and around $1/lb for bumper plates. New you can try a local sports store for steel plates. For bumper plates you can get them from a lot of sources (fancy).

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/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/NotChristina · 1 pointr/homegym

Since I have my home gym in a second bedroom, I have issues with height and overall footprint (small room). I bought one of these earlier this year and have been quite happy with it. Natively takes 1” plates but bought adapters and it’s all good.

It’s definitely on the shorter side so I do a lot of exercises seated to get better ROM, but it’s been perfect for the limited amount of vertical (and horizontal) space I have.

u/WhatTheFawkesSay · 1 pointr/homegym

I made a thread, check my post history. The rings I do push-ups, fly, row, dips, etc etc.

I got my barbell from Rogue in their clearance area. It's the B&R bar since I like the feel of raw metal. The knurling isn't too bad.

Editing to add more: Here's a link to build your own platform that I followed. It would be better to have a helper with the materials because they're kinda heavy to lift/position by yourself. Especially the horse mat. I used 3/4" plywood and 3/4" MDF for the top part so I used 3/4" horse mat to try to make things as flush as possible.

I got this flat bench from Amazon. I'm happy with it. An adjustable would have been preferred but this serves it's purpose just fine and didn't break the bank.

Here are the rings I have, also from Amazon. I compared them to my friends Rogue rings and the differences are minimal. They might be a little "rough" but after using them for a bit, they'll break in and be fine.

All said and done, my whole setup was right around $1500 and I can do almost anything I want.

u/Jamieson22 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have this one, which looks very similar but without the spotter, etc:

While bench itself is good quality, it is > 21" high from floor to top of pad. Makes it hard to get feet down where I want them for bench (I am 5'11"). I bought a Titan Fitness flat bench recently as it is only 17" tall.

I use mine with the Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Cage that has been great:

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/homegym

I picked up a 300lb oly set with a 7' bar for $150 on sale at Academy Sports about 6-8 weeks back. Normal price is $189 (well, site says $199 now). A decent bar will run you $100+ anyway and expect to spend nearly $0.80-1.00 per pound for individual plates, so this is an incredible steal of a deal. This is a starter set to be sure, but it's great for what it is. If you get it just make sure all the plates fit on the bar properly once you get it home. One of mine didn't and I had to take it back and have them swap it out -- there was a glob of metal in the hole that kept it from going on the bar.

To be honest, spend $200 on this set, then spend $300 (total shipped) on this power rack and you are golden for years. I just got that rack about 2 weeks ago and love the hell out of it.

u/playingwithdice · 2 pointsr/homegym

I don't have a homegym yet but I have my eye on this rack. From the few I've talked to on this thread who have it, it seems like a solid rack. I do like doing most of my workouts inside the rack so I do like a deeper rack though. Good luck in your search.

u/Chernoobyl · 1 pointr/homegym

Yeah, some areas just never seem to have good stuff. Good luck with your search, if you remember I'd be interested to see what bench you end up with (I'm in the market for a bench upgrade with a similar budget). I was looking at this one, mostly because it looks more like a commercial grade bench, which is what I want. -

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/rach8223 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Valor cable rack . For the price (~$270 with free shipping on amazon) I had low expectations but it actually works really well! Pulls smoothly and can take a fair amount of weight. Has a small footprint as well. Hope this works for you!

u/deiselaewireless · 2 pointsr/homegym

I don't like how the bench is attached to the rack.

You might like something like this that adds the possibility of doing squats:

I have one of these for my home gym:

I like it a lot since I can do pretty much any compound exercise and having the safety pins is a huge plus. Im not sure how I would feel benching heavy weight with the adidas bench when there is no safety mechanism.

u/beowulf_71 · 1 pointr/homegym

The CAP bar is $166 with free shipping on amazon. As far as I could tell from many other threads, this was the best affordable bar to get. I got this as a second bar to do cleans, dead lifts, etc. Though I am reading the replies here and seeing a different CAP bar (which costs more, but doesnt hold as much weight.. and doesnt show on not sure it is a better bar).

I dont quite know why center knurling is needed.. and let it be known that I am just getting back in to weights, so if I can clean the bar alone I would be happy at this point!

u/_kc_mo_nster · 1 pointr/homegym

does anyone else have this power cage? I recently picked it up and really like it but would enjoy more options on the pull up bar like what's available for the Titan cages. just wondering if anyone has seen or know of options out there i can look into that'll fit properly.

u/blamblampow · 1 pointr/homegym

I have this one @ 107 from amazon prime.

It's... ok. Not bad. I bought it to get started. It's narrow through the shoulders, but it works ok. Doesn't wobble, easy to move around. My next bench will certainly be nicer, I have my eye on the rep fitness FID, but it's a bit more than 100$.

u/HighSpeed556 · 1 pointr/homegym

On Amazon. After tax, it cost me $99 to have this thing shipped right to my door.

And, I'm not gonna lie. It's not the sturdiest rack in the world. I can easily make it sway side to side (albeit not much; it still feels decently solid enough). And I can do chinups and pull ups, but I wouldn't be trying to fucking swing from the pull up bar. But...for $94, you're not going to beat it! I've racked up to 250 lb on it, and it seems to have been fine. It's rated at a 300lb max, and I'm sure if I actually get to the point where I can consistently bench/squat that much damn weight, I'll actually invest in something more robust. For my current fat out of shape ass, I'm benching 110 5x5, so I have nothing to worry about for a little while.

Also, for what it's worth, it has holes that allow you to bolt it down to a platform if you wanted to.

I'm happy with the purchase, for $94!

u/thirdmanin · 1 pointr/homegym

I just bought this CAP bar that comes highly rated and at a fair price if you don't feel like dropping $250 or beyond on a bar. CAP makes some gear many people would scoff at, but this is a quality piece. You can fit a power rack under an 8' tall ceiling, you'll just have to shop around. Do some research, read a bunch of reviews, check out the Workout Equipment forum at As some others have said, you get for what you pay for, so if this is something you are serious about, don't be afraid to invest a little money upfront for quality equipment. I'm in the process of upgrading a lot of my stuff and I wish I just did it the right way from the get go. That being said, Craigslist is a great resource, you just have to know what you are looking for.

u/Gym-gineer · 2 pointsr/homegym

Hi. Thanks for the effort of sending a picture. BUT I'm sad to say that is a FITNESS GEAR bench. The bench I worked on is under the FITNESS REALITY Brand, which is not the same company as the FITNESS GEAR bench.

I can see what you going for with your modification. That back rest on the FITNESS GEAR bench is tapered, and you wanted the wider part for your shoulders. That pictures does give me and idea for making a bench accommodate the needs of different users for a new bench I am working on.

For your reference, this is the bench I thought you had:

u/SawBo · 2 pointsr/homegym

Check out this post I wrote up
and this

and This for a bench if needed. Cheap combo IMO, but I can't bench 500 lbs yet, so I can't tell u max weight on this bench.

I bought this mat from Amazon

I probably would end up buying 2 if I did it again, but honestly the horse stall mats are probably going to work best. The tiles keep coming out when I do some aggressive lifts or HIIT. I'm yet to get a rack, but I'm certain I'll be getting a Titan 21.5" rack for my garage since I can put it back into the wall when not in use and can park my car.

u/krissycole87 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Here Is the squat rack, brand is Golds Gym
And here is the bench! :)
edit: Editing to say that I reeeeally enjoy both of these pieces of equipment even though they are on the 'cheaper' side. I have zero complaints about the quality or effectiveness of both! Home gym doesnt always have to be super expensive!

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/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/joshharoldson · 3 pointsr/homegym

I'd look in the Rogue Boneyard
(if you want one of their bars on a budget).

Otherwise if you can find the CAP OB-86PBCK for around $110 - $130 you're good to go (Walmart | Amazon). I own this and for $112 (the price I paid) I am MORE than happy with the finish / knurling, etc. for doing SS (I'm only 9 weeks in). It will do it's job just fine for a long time.

Just make sure you get a bar with Center Knurling (like the Ohio Power Bar, Chan Bar, the CAP one listed) if you're getting this for SS / SL.

u/j3631061j · 1 pointr/homegym

before I read your review I ordered Rep Adjustable Bench – AB-3000 FID

I think I will love this one as there are many positive reviews on amazon/youtube, returning that bench thru UPS pick up lol

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/thejoefletch · 2 pointsr/homegym

This is my main barbell. It doesn't have the knurling in the center, but it still works for me.

This one showed up on SlickDeals the other day for just over $100. It's much higher in price now, but it may come back down.

For mobility take a look at Got ROM and Alan Thralls YouTube channels.

Farmers bars are great for grip strength. My shoulders were consistently giving my troubles and I tried a ton of different things. One thing that appears to have helped me big time is to strictly use an overhand grip when deadlifting. So I continue up with deadlifting weight until I cannot hold it anymore. Right now I'm at a 2-3 reps with 290. Then move over to straps. The hook grip is also an option.

u/WatermelonRhyne · 2 pointsr/homegym

Just wanted to add on, if he can't find a good used rack this one often goes on sale for $180, but is $250 outside of sale times. It's pretty well liked as a starter cage.

u/catfield · 2 pointsr/homegym

these are probably going to be your 2 best options:

I have the valor one and its pretty good, if I were buying again tho I might go with the archon

u/refotsirk · 2 pointsr/homegym

Yeah, I took my squats up to 315 lbs in this:

Cap Barbell Deluxe Power Rack (FM-CB8000F)

It is solid and goes on sale for 160 usually on black Friday. Rack is rated at 600 lbs but safeties only to 300 lbs, and I bent one of the safety pins a bit rowing 250ish dead stop kinda hard. Still I think you'd be better served with a titan T2 or Fitness Reality 810XLT full cage with the Amazon essentials flat bench (look up coops somewhat humurous review of it) at ~350 total cost racks and bench) as a starter IMO and get a good adjustable later as an upgrade.

u/LiquidMotivation · 1 pointr/homegym

I have a rack of the same design, commonly called the "Atlas" rack.
Amazon Link - Bonanza Link

I just bought this on Bonanza a week or two ago. I believe that this is the best power rack deal on the net right now, and that many of these brands are getting the same overall design manufactured. There is a bit of variation, however, and my rack didn't match their pics exactly:

  • Some versions have J-hooks, others have pegs. Mine has chrome pegs.
  • Some have pegs on the safety bars, others have rounded handles. Mine has chrome safety bars with rounded handles.
  • Some variants have the pull-up bar attach to the front posts, others just behind them. Mine is just behind.
  • Other superficial differences like paint color and hole markings. Mine is a dark, blueish grey finish with no markings.

    The rack is solid, I recommend it. The only downside for me is that I'm too tall to overhead press inside of it. No biggie, I just move the bar out and the pegs forward to press.
u/rREDdog · 1 pointr/homegym

How are the fitness reality?

850lb - $175 with coupon. Fitness Reality 2000 Super Max XL High Capacity NO Gap Weight Bench with Detachable Leg Lock-Down

800lb - $90 Fitness Reality 1000 Super Max Adjustable Weight Bench, 800 lbs

u/natdm · 1 pointr/homegym

Just installed this yesterday. I would squat and think “is my ass going to hit that bar in the back? Am I going to hit the rear bars?” Every time. I’ll get used to it. It’s fantastic for the price.. and fantastic regardless of the price.

Edit: actually I got this: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with Optional Lat Pull-down Attachment and Adjustable Leg Hold-down

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/dejtat · 1 pointr/homegym

> ...which I guess is kinda useful for a rack with multiple users

And single users. I imagine most people bench and squat with the safeties at different heights.

You might also want to consider the Atlas:

It's a bit between the two you listed. Nicer finish and a little heavier than the Titan. A little lighter than the NYBB. It has weird hooks though.

If you can swing it I'd save a little more for the HD though:

u/kiffren · 1 pointr/homegym

I've read a ton of reviews of power racks recently and think I've finally narrowed it down. Right now I'm using a shitty bench with vertical bars that I'm pretty much at the weight limit for.

I'm looking at getting the Rep PR 1100 with dip bars and this bench. I live in colorado so I can in person pick up the power rack and not have to pay shipping.

My budget is right around $300 and since it's probably not safe for me to use my current bench much longer I can't really afford to wait and save up for a really nice power rack.

Is there any reason not to get this combo? I weigh 145lbs and I'm currently benching 150lbs. It looks like this combination will last me a good while and meet all of my current needs.

u/zarakand · 2 pointsr/homegym

I did the Dick's 300lb weight set, this squat rack and bench from Amazon (watch it on camelcamelcamel) Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with The 800 lb Capacity Super Max 1000 Weight Bench Combo, and the horse stall mat.

Total came to right around $600.

u/sin-eater82 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I think they had a Christmas sale last year, but I'm not certain.

With that said, if you check the price history of it from the amazon posting, it's actually down right now to what it has been for a good chunk of the past year.

Edit: The pricing on Amazon includes shipping with Amazon Prime. So don't let that throw you off. I know that for me, shipping for a bench from them is about $45 (have their flat and just bought their AB3100 v2 -- should be here tonight). From what I've seen, the Amazon pricing is basically the as what's on their site with shipping included.

u/magicomiralles · 2 pointsr/homegym

Edit: I just placed my order, and decided to switch to an adjustable bench instead.

I'm about to buy some things off from amazon to start doing stronglifts. I would be really thankful for any input before I place my order:

  1. Olympic plate rack
  2. Adjustable bench (1,000 lbs)
  3. Power rack (1,000 lbs)
  4. Barbell clamps

    I already bought a 300 lbs olympic barbell + weight combo from Dicks. And I also plan on buying a better barbell, and more weight in the future.
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/kenp2600 · 4 pointsr/homegym

I have the Valor Fitness BD-62 Wall Mount Cable Station

I like it a lot. It is about a 2 foot square footprint so it doesn't take up much space at all. It comes with 2 individual handles, but I ordered a rope, a curl bar, and a wide lat bar as well. The only 2 issues I had with it was

  1. When repositioning the height of the cable, you can't use the highest settings or the pulleys bump into each other. This hasn't been an issue for me. 2) I had to bolt the base to the floor with a small angle bracket from Lowes. The top bolts to the wall, but the bottom doesn't and when doing exercises like curls that lift up on the cable, the base wanted to slide around.
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/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/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/WolfHawkfield · 1 pointr/homegym

Thanks for the reply. I wonder if the assembly instructions are unclear? Here's some of the other reviews saying the safety bars don't fit:

As I looked into this more, I see that actually most reviews aren't about the safety bars not fitting -- most reviews are about the safety bars being difficult/time consuming to adjust.

It sounds like that is a different issue, and by design.

u/ChicagoDogEater · 1 pointr/homegym

I’ve owned this one for about a year, highly recommend it. $300 and free shipping right now, rated for 800 lbs and has a nice varied grip pull-up bar.

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/TheSlowestBr0 · 1 pointr/homegym

This is the first time in months and months I've ever seen it out of stock, but the Valor Fitness BD-62 generally retailed for $225.00 on Amazon. I hope they get more in stock soon.

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/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/gooberfaced · 0 pointsr/homegym

We've been very happy with this one from Amazon, but I haven't any idea of it's tensile strength.

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/alexk218 · 1 pointr/homegym

Shipping was really good. It's a bit wobbly but I didnt drill it into the ground yet, im not sure if it will fix it though. It has a capacity of 300lbs so for now it will work for me. I plan on buying a better rack eventually once I start getting stronger. Also it doesnt have safety stands.

u/nednobbins · 1 pointr/homegym

That's good to know. I will almost certainly never lift 500 but I'm a fan of some amount of over engineering.

While looking for horse stall mats I came across these:

It looks like it's basically the same thing at the same price but without the smell. Any reason not to use them?

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/MountainOso · 3 pointsr/homegym

The bench you linked and the squat rack probably only have a weight limit of 300 pounds.

Not worth buying.

For Deadlifts to protect your floor you need something like horse stall mats and a lifting platform. Or horse stall mats and bumpers. (I got horse stall mats and the diamond pro bumpers from Walmart)

This rack gets good reviews (
Look at Rep Fitness (better quality) or Titan (cheaper) for actually equipment that can handle lifting heavy

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/batardo · 1 pointr/homegym

I have a studio apartment and use a half rack (something kind of like this but not exactly). Then I have an adjustable bench that goes under it. It's great for squats and benching. Then I have a custom-built narrow deadlift platform made of plywood topped with foam. You don't really need a huge platform unless you want to do Oly lifts, which probably isn't happening in your apartment.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably go even smaller (and cheaper) by getting squat stands like these. A rack is probably a little sturdier, but the stands are more versatile. You could probably rig them up to do dips off of, which is something I don't currently have equipment for.

u/RezzBanz · 2 pointsr/homegym

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

u/Drazon · 2 pointsr/homegym

Nice catch. I think my PR bench is 135 lbs so I would be going right to the weight capacity. Actually the more I look at the bench, the less I like it.

Something like this has a 500 lbs capacity:

u/throwaway20131103 · 1 pointr/homegym

Are you sure you can't find room inside? It'd be a shame to keep expensive gear like that outside.

If I had to keep gear outside I'd probably go cheaper. Something like:

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/Palmer165 · 1 pointr/homegym

It’s an inexpensive foam (not rubber) puzzle piece mat that I ordered off amazon . This is 3 sets shown.

It’s actually very warm to stand/lay on, even on the cold basement floor. If you leave weights on it (like overnight), it will leave an indentation, but it’s always popped back up. I’m happy with it so far, but it’s too early to give a proper review of its durability.

I’ll upgrade to a plywood platform with rubber mats once I’m in the new house and have a rack, but I’ll likely keep this for floor work (stretching, yoga, etc.).

u/ubdead5x · 2 pointsr/homegym

The Atlas Power Rack is also great (it is very similar to the Titan Power Rack, but has better reviews). It'll cost you about $400 after shipping and taxes.

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/Leaf_CrAzY · 1 pointr/homegym

If you're looking for a budget bar set a notifcation on camelcamelcamel for the Cap OB-86B
Well regarded as the best budget bar, routinely goes on sale for $100.

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/xastey_ · 0 pointsr/homegym

May want to look into this one as well

This is the one I have, dip bars, safety rack, and 2 pull up poles as well as a pull system .

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/tdellaringa · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm actually finding almost nothing on Craigslist. You mention Fitness Reality - something like this would just barely fit in my basement:

Are their comparable ones of less price? For example, I don't need 800# capacity, and I actually don't need a pullup bar. In fact one that high in my basement, I would not be able to get my head above the bar (I have 85" of room - this one goes to 83.5" apparently).

u/Me_Like_To_Pew_Pew · 1 pointr/homegym

I stated buying things as I found them on sale. The bar and weights I bought on sale from Dicks Sporting Goods a few months before I finally bought the rack. The bench can be removed and I have attachments to do leg extensions/ leg curls and preacher curls. It’s just an ok bench that is affordable.

The rack is this rack from amazon. Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage

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/wildcrazyhungry · 1 pointr/homegym

This set is a good starting point. Allows you to get a bar and weights fairly cheap. Then you can focus on a rack and bench. Also browse amazon for other things. I bought my landmine on there as well. Much cheaper then rogue and other places.

Cap Barbell 300 Pound Olympic Set, Grey

u/mac28024 · 1 pointr/homegym

I recently upgraded my home gym with the following:

Power rack


I can do any lift that does not require specialized equipment, and it cost me just around $500. Both are well built (IMO) and sturdy. You would also need a barbell set with weights which you can also find fairly cheap; I got mine from Craigslist pretty cheap. But whatever you get make sure you have enough clearance in the garage for it. Some power racks are built shorter for low ceilings.

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/snigles_in_your_area · 1 pointr/homegym

This one here? That seems like a good price.

u/daddyscientist · 1 pointr/homegym

I have these laid on on my garage gym where I don't have plywood or horse stall mats. They're a great value for what you get (6 large tiles).

u/peginus · 3 pointsr/homegym

Here's what the garage looked like last week.

The only decent gym in my area charges $50 per month and it's always packed, so I figured i'd try building a gym for the price of roughly a one year membership (~$600).

Here's the rundown:

  • Standard weights (220 lbs), dumbbells, ez bar and standard bar on CL - $100
  • Olympic weights (400 lbs), olympic bar and pair of 35 lb hex dumbbells on CL - $200
  • Olympic bar from Amazon - $70
  • Power Rack from Amazon - $200
  • Bench from Amazon - $100
  • Floor mats - $80
  • Weight stand from play it again sports - $25
  • 5 54x24 mirrors on CL - $40

    Total - $815

    I went a bit over my budget, but I might still end up selling some of those Olympic plates. I justified the extra I spent by telling myself I can always just sell most of this stuff on CL and still end up with a relatively minimal loss compared to what I originally bought the stuff for.

    I'm also probably going to buy a pair of dip handles and something to tag onto the side of the cage to hold the rest of the weights i've got stacked in the corner.
u/soundbytegfx · 1 pointr/homegym

What bench did you get? I'm contemplating between that rack and this one:

Trying to decide what to go with budget wise, as I'd also need a decent bench, preferably FID. The IM Superbench looks awesome, but a little pricey for me since I don't want to drop more than $350 for a rack. In the meantime, my CL searches continue...

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/OPs_Mom_and_Dad · 1 pointr/homegym

If you want to look another route and if you have the room for it, I've heard great things about this cable crossover. If you don't have the room but do have a wall you can bolt into, there's also this one from Valor. Neither is much more expensive than the Rogue Pulley, and you might get more bang for your buck.

I don't own either, but I did a lot of research on these over the last few months. I was debating between one of these options for a while before I ended up scoring a half cage/smith on craigslist with a top crossover and top/bottom lat pulley system attached.

u/ilikeCRUNCHYturtles · 1 pointr/homegym

Just pulled the trigger on this guy: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage. Anyone here have one?

u/stickerless_cubes · 1 pointr/homegym

I was looking at the fitness reality rack, seems to be good value given it has decent reviews. there's a bundle with a bench priced at 310 right now here, apparently rated to 1000 pounds

Walmart also works as well. there's this cheapass shitty gold's set that I was looking at.

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/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/goldenglove · 1 pointr/homegym

I use a version of these by Valor and they are quite sturdy as long as you have at least a 25lb plate on the peg, preferably more. I don't have any stability issues with bench, and the price is great.

u/zo1d · 1 pointr/homegym

I was considering using the bar included in the Dick's set at first, as the reviews are decent and I'm a beginner so the weight wouldn't be too great. Then I thought I could get this CAP bar soon after (as I've read a lot of good comments about it), or just go all-in on a Rogue bar or something for $200-300. Do you have any suggestions for good bars in that range? I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the variety.

u/NuclearCouch · 2 pointsr/homegym

It does not come with a barbell, it comes with a chin up bar that mounts to the top. Still a great price IMO for beginners, I've heard nothing but good things about this company.

I have a small cheap setup currently with a shitty benching rack with the built in bench. I want this rack so I can squat without almost dying.

For a bench if you're just doing something like normal stronglifts with normal flat bench go with: a Marcy Flat Utility Weight Bench, Black Really cheap and well built.

When you start getting into the adjustable type of bench, that's when it becomes bitch. The prices shoot up. For adjustable I'd go with this guy: adidas Utility Bench Cheap and not too badly built, it's only weighted to 300 pounds so it's obviously not gonna work for long (if you're getting strong and bigger ;)) it's pretty stupid that it has a leg attachment but you can most likely get away with just skipping it's installation.

For a bar, you want Olympic. Look on Amazon, CAP makes cheap stuff that will work until you get big enough to go model and make money.

u/mindftw · 1 pointr/homegym

I got this bench off Amazon - can't remember if Titan didn't have their benches when I ordered it last fall or if I just went with this one since it was cheaper and had a higher weight capacity.

I've done 225 at ~190 bw on it and it felt fine - stores flat too just by removing one pin if you need that. I just roll mine up to a wall and store in vertical but not folded. Is a normal bench height too, sounds like the Titan ones are higher than normal.

u/johnnybh · 1 pointr/homegym

This is the basics of my current set up. I recommend all these products.

Titan T-3 squat stand with dip bars and spotter arms

Titan plate storage

I bought my bumpers off craigslist but Titan has theres out now at a reasonable price.
I use 6x45lbs, 2x25lbs, 2x10lbs

Cap 2x45lbs 2x5lbs 2x2.5lbs iron plates

Cap OB-86PBck Barbell

Valor Fitness DA-6 Flat Bench

u/othersteve · 1 pointr/homegym

Was about to invest in this myself until Amazon's price unexpectedly jumped $190 to 789. Not sure what's up, but neither Fitness Reality or Amazon was willing to help. Guess I'll wait and see if it drops again, as the previous price held for 6 months, practically the entire life of the product under the FR brand name...


u/HomeGymOKC · 1 pointr/homegym

Get this one. Those have iffy reviews. This bar is universally well liked. And in expensive

u/The_Rick_Sanchez · 1 pointr/homegym

It was that set but it's $300+ right now. 2 Christmas' ago it dropped to half price when I bought it and it randomly does this.

I think you may be able to get a better deal by just going to a used sporting goods store. Playitagain near me sells weights at 40cent a lb.

Edit: Seems that it went on sale again last december too for $175. Just wait

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/panaceator · 2 pointsr/homegym

This rack is cheaper and amazing. I have it. The cost belies the quality. Check out the reviews.

u/SunknLiner · 1 pointr/homegym

I like the set just fine. I weighed the plates when I got them, and they weigh evenly to one another and within an acceptable range, e.g. the 45's both weighed in at 44.25, and the 25's both weighed in at 23.75. The sizes are fine, although something is a little off - possibly with the tree I have and not the weights themselves. I have this tree and I haven't been able to get all of the plates on the side pegs without one set butting up against another. Right now I just have the 5's on the bottom crossbar peg, and it's fine that way. Until I worked up to more weight, I bought a set of these 10lb bumpers to raise the bar up to the right height when doing deadlifts etc. The clips that come with the bar work, but are very bare bones, so I upgraded to these.

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/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/oldwoodstud · 2 pointsr/homegym

I just purchased myself a starter home gym for around 1500 after lurking here for a while. I stayed away from Titan because of all of the shipping issues and shitty welds posted here recently. Here’s what I got:

u/btothefifth · 3 pointsr/homegym

Can someone critique my plan for creating a home gym:

I am going to get 3 of these mats and get 18 2'x4' pieces of plywood. I'll lay the plywood 2 pieces thick in this formation and put the mats on top. I'll place a power rack in this formation such that the entrance is facing to the right. This will be done in a room on the second floor of my house--will this be enough to dampen the impact of deadlifts (up to at least 400 lbs)?

u/AppleTreeShadow · 2 pointsr/homegym

Is the rep bench this one? Where did you buy it?

I'll have to research Titan safety issues especially since that coincidentally coincides with all their cages being out of stock hmmmmmm.....

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/wuigukin · 1 pointr/homegym

I got this slightly cheaper one.

Though they both say 600lbs so the bench material might be similar. As long you keep your weight over the legs it's probably fine? Just wanted to recommend some caution.

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/aesics · 2 pointsr/homegym

I assume you mean this one?

If so, I think that's comparable to the ones in the CL links. Thanks for the suggestion.

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/david-w-144 · 1 pointr/homegym

Cap Barbell 300 Pound Olympic Set, Grey

A little cheaper with free delivery.

u/RogueDragons · 1 pointr/homegym

This one is pretty decent. Sometimes it goes on sale for around $100 bucks

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/WildBlack · 1 pointr/homegym

So far so good, but only been working on it for a day ha.

ProSource Puzzle Exercise Mat High Quality EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles - Covers 24 Square Feet - Black

u/phoq5 · 2 pointsr/homegym

The titan bench is the same design as the bench sold at Dicks Sporting and if you search Amazon, CAP re-branded it as well if you want reviews, I personally have never used them:

u/trudesign · 1 pointr/homegym

The half rack I bought, ( while it is working out really well, sadly has a good amount of side to side sway. Bolting it down to my platform, seems to of helped that quite a bit, although it still has some moevment at the top (+/-1.5" sway)