I’d been thinking about it for a few weeks now and when that happens, it usually follows with about 20 hours of homework for options. It doesn’t matter what it is that I have my mind on, I am thorough. This time it was replacing my home gym equipment.
Swapping from this
It was far from useless, in fact I was using it every other day for quite a while. It just limited my movements and isolated muscle groups. Even though I was getting better at the exercises on the machine I felt I was losing in regular day to day activities. Compound exercises are the way to go, and you need free-weights. So I’m selling the above and swapping to the below.
That’s a power rack and bench I got from Treadmill Express. Buying fitness equipment in Canada is not the easiest…holy cow. There are at least 10x the providers in the states and usually the shipping is included. Anyhow, I bought on Sunday, it shipped out on Monday and was at my door Tuesday. That’s impressive.
I spent about 2 hours Wednesday putting it all together. That was a workout in itself. Now I need to go and get an Olympic weight bar and some plates to complete the gear swap. That’s also something that’s not the easiest to come by, since you know, shipping 300+ lbs isn’t cheap. Thankfully there’s a store in town I can get a set for a good enough deal. Then I can enjoy squats, lunges, benches and lifts galore. And unless my math is wonky, all for under $1000. That’s about 15 months of a gym membership. Or half a gaming PC, hah!
That should set me up for this weekend and getting really into the stronglifts 5×5 program. I’m much to rusty to lift anything more complicated. It’ll be sore but it’ll be fun.