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Old 02-11-2020, 07:57 AM
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I have a family membership to the local gym, and despite New Year's resolutions and promises over the years, nobody is using it. I really have no excuse personally, aside from the times I can go. The place is so packed that you have to wait for machines, so 1 hour spent waiting, 1 hour spent working out, and I just don't have that kind of time. Not that alone, but I really don't need to be lifting free weights anymore. The last time I got into a routine at the gym, I ended up with a frozen shoulder, which wasn't fun.

Anyway, I'm thinking of putting something in my office, which is a small third bedroom in our home, roughly 10x12. Something my wife and I can use that takes up minimal space. Anyone have the Bowflex PR1000? I guess that's their entry level model. I just need something to regain a bit of strength, and redistribute things, if you know what I mean.

I'd like to keep it under $500 if possible. If I find it's being used, I wouldn't mind an upgrade, but I don't want to go in big out of the gates. Recommendations greatly appreciated!!
Old 02-11-2020, 08:08 AM
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The total gym with chuck norris works for the old people. It’s small easy to use, uncomplicated.
the bigger bow flex systems are ok but take up allot of space. Everything is a trade off. That’s why gyms do as well.
Old 02-11-2020, 08:26 AM
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Push ups, sit ups, squats, planks take a 5 mile walk. Rinse and repeat. You don’t need machines for functional strength.
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A treadmill and what livingoverseas said with a few dumbbells. Home gyms are super boring and not fun and usually end up not being used.
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If your just getting started you don't need a machine.

Start a simple morning routine and build from there.

Stretching, push ups, squats, sit-ups, crunches, planks, lunges, etc.
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If you're beyond the simple exercises and ready to move to weights I use a Powertec multisystem.

It's a lot more than you stated but it's a great machine.

https://www.powertec.com/workbench-multisystem
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Most exercise machines become clothes hangers. People see ads on TV where someone is exercising and having fun while making it look easy. Beneficial exercise is not easy so after a few halfhearted attempts, the machines sit idle.
Go onto craigslist and see what people are selling. Buy someone else's misplaced ideal.
I got our elliptical for free. It had a bad control board which I replaced for $50.00. Works great.
I got a nautilus style weight gym for $100.00. They guy could barely give it away.
I still have an old rowing machine that we use regularly.

I put a Roku capable TV on the wall and watch Haulover videos. Tool concerts. Black smiting demos. Or whatever trips my trigger. Makes working out great.

My wife gets on our exercise bike and pedals away until I come through and increase the resistance. She balks at it but I throw out the 70-30 number and she quiets down. She loves riding our tandem but it is usually 70% me and 30% her. Sometimes worse. I told her that I will not ride with her again until she can get it to 60-40.
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Originally Posted by living overseas View Post
Push ups, sit ups, squats, planks take a 5 mile walk. Rinse and repeat. You don’t need machines for functional strength.

this. The bowflex stuff just become clothes hangers.

IF you can stick to a body weight regimen then add small pieces- dumbells, resistance bands.


Amazon prime video has LOTS of free total body work outs.
and or:

we make up our own sets
10- burpees
10-jump squats
10-shoulder touches
10-sit ups

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9
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9

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all the way down to 1

then the next day another family member gets to choose the 4 exercises


Don't fall for "home gym"

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Peloton
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Originally Posted by matthewmon View Post
A treadmill and what livingoverseas said with a few dumbbells. Home gyms are super boring and not fun and usually end up not being used.
I'm trying to loose weight and have lost 40lbs on Keto and Treadmill. Keto really just allows my appetite to be suppressed and stay on the diet which is just 1100 calories a day.
The Treadmill is accelerating the loss as well as keeping my cardio good for Adult Ice hockey I play 1-2 days a week.
I truly believe that if I want to stay fit, its the treadmill that I need. For me, bikes don't burn enough calories fast enough and don't get my cardio up high enough for what I want. I tried the elliptical, but I can't watch TV on that thing. TV is what gets my mind off the work out and keeps me going longer.
My thing is I have a Treadmill and a TV with Netflix in front of it. Wife wanted the Nordictrac but we did not subscribe to the video service. I'm on it 3 days a week and she's on it 1 day a week but 3 days on the Peleton.
My home gym in my loft is just taking up space. I have instead as mentioned, do squats, push ups, sit ups and curls with dumb bells. You can do a TON of work outs with just dumb bells. I'm using my son's set that he used while in H.S. Sports but if I were to do it all over again, I'd get one of those space caving dumb bells where you select the weight, then say a 35 or 40lb set if they dont' go up that high.

Hey, to each their own, what works for some does not work for everyone though
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OP I don't know how old you or your exact ambitions are but I can get your home gym up and running for $0.00.

Wake up, pee, small drink of water and then 100 pushups and 100 setups, do this every other day. On the off days when you get home from work do squats with a 5 gal bucket in each hand custom weighted with water or spring for a couple of 40# dumbbells. Rig a pull up bar and spend a year working your way up to 15+ in a session.

If you are 23 and trying to be Mr.Fitness the gym works, the rest of us need strength maintenance and conditioning. Favor high rep count over anything else, eat halfway right, hydrate effectively and you will get great results with this simplistic approach.
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I love a kettlebell. Lots of exercises you can do with 1 50lb bell. 2 hand swings, goblet squats, push presses... the list goes on and on. Total cost for one bell is aprox 60-100 dollars, and you can keep it in the closet.
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Calisthenics, a pull-up bar, and a rower for rainy days (or, use it every day).

Nothing else needed.

Kettlebell is a good addition though.
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Originally Posted by tangledline View Post
If you're beyond the simple exercises and ready to move to weights I use a Powertec multisystem.

It's a lot more than you stated but it's a great machine.

https://www.powertec.com/workbench-multisystem
I got this both wife and I use it. I like it because it has no cables makes it a lot safer.
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we were enjoying our gym membership quite a bit for a few years but every Jan dealing with the "new year new me" crowd was becoming a PIA.

we purchased a Lemond bike for cardio and a bench and free weights for strength training. I Much prefer working out at home. miss out on some scenery and some BS time with the guys but no longer wait for machine or weight use. no longer deal with idiots who are too lazy to wipe down machines. no longer waiting for the "power set" crew to get done

so much better.

the bike was $1000 half the price of a peloton and just as nice. doesn't come with a monthly fee though.
the weights and bench we got at a local sporting good store. (not Dicks) since starting we have added medicine ball and dumb bells.

if you have the space I highly recommend it over a gym membership.
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See if you can find a Pacific Fitness Delmar on Craigslist or something near you. I have one that I bought new. It's the best multi-gym out there. They were bought up by Precor in the late 90s and phased the Pacific Fitness line out (no idea why, probably because it was more expensive than others).



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Thanks guys, and I know what you're saying about it becoming a clothing rack! Kind of like the jet-ski syndrome. Fun for a while, then, well you know.

I'm pretty sure my wife will use it (sorry, no picture ). She's not really comfortable in the gym, and really wants to do more than basic exercises. I've been in and out of the gym since I was 14, so I need more than push-up's and sit-up's to motivate me. I work from home, and this thing would literally be sitting within reach of my desk, so I'd have no excuse not to use it, as I'll have to look at it every day. Maybe the guilt alone will motivate me!

I'm just not sure if a Bowflex is the way to go, or something like a Body Solid gym with a more traditional set-up.
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Look into TRX straps. Hang from ceiling. Great for home strengthening.

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