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Weightlifting at Home?

Joffrey

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Moved apartments nearly a year ago. Switched from a building with a full gym to one without a gym and don't want a membership. Therefore, considering setting up a [limited] home gym in my apartment bedroom. Right now I'm looking at a bench (something like this: http://www.amazon.com/TRION-Fitness-...389169&sr=1-6).

Haven't looked at weights much though someone told me to expect to pay a dollar per pound and I want to [eventually] get a range between 25 and 50 lbs. Kettle bells will be added to the mix as well.

Anything I need to know? I don't do power lifting, as I weightlift to tone up.

Don't worry about Cardio as I do my running/biking outside.
 

Nouveau Pauvre

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How come you don't want a membership?

I think the place by my Barneys in Friendship Heights is decent. Considering it might cost a few g's for a good home setup and sort of tie you down to your current place you might want to reconsider joining one....
 

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The bigger fitness centric stores will sell you weights for like 60 cents a pound too, if I remember correctly.
 

blazingazn

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i dont recommend working out at home.

unless your highly motivated it's tough to keep it up.
just doesn't have that same feeling.
 

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How big is the apartment? Do you really want to have a bunch of workout equipment in your apartment instead of going to a gym?

Furthermore, at least in my experience, I always found it more difficult to get a full workout in when having equipment at home because you can be so nonchalant about lifting. When you actually make a trip to a gym, you're there for only one reason until you go home.
 

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Depending on your goals, its feasible. If you're interested in serious weightlifting, you're going to need a squat rack/cage, bench, and an oly bar with enough plates. If you buy all this stuff at retail you're already in the 1000$ range, plus the issues with getting it set up in your apartment.

If you're doing more conditioning/cardio stuff, I'd just get a few kettlebells and be done with it. A bench wouldn't hurt, but KBs would be your best option. Far more portable, too.
 

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I'd just do weighted push-ups and save the money and space. Make some cheap parallettes to get that deep push-up. Mount a pull-up bar and call it a day.

If you are in it for "toning up," meaning you aren't interested in getting strong nor tons of muscular hypertrophy - then low body fat and diet are going to be more key than doing bench press.
 

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Basically, if you're benching to "tone up," you'd be just as well served with weighted pushups, since they also hit the core (assuming you do the normal BP technique, not a PL bench). Those + chins + kettlebells and you should be decent.
 

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Fucking son of a
, I really really really hate the phrase weightlift to tone up. That's like saying you want to cure constipation by getting a gay guy to fuck you in the ass.
 

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seriously, if people just said i want to lean out it'd be that much better. sounds like he just wants to do conditioning; you could do all kinds of awesome stuff only with kb's, and a dip/pullup bar. Off the top of my head...

pushups- weighted, incline, deficit
dips- high, low, leaning forward/back, weighted
pullups - narrow, wide, commando, chins, weighted
kb stuff - floor press, a million awesome ab exercises, cleans, snatches, press, all of these mixed together...

honestly i think investing 100% in kbs would be the best option. a bench would let you do pullovers, flies, etc etc. but like other people have mentioned you can smoke your chest by only doing weighted dips/pushups.
 

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