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    Which piece of workout equipment really makes your workout?

    This question is directed mainly to home gym types, but every perspective is welcome.


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    For almost two years I lived in an apartment where going for a walk or run (or any outdoor exercise) wasn't exactly an option. During this time, my mini-trampoline (I think "rebounder" is the proper name) was indispensable. I still use it when it's raining or I am pressed for time to do some quick Tabata sprints. Of course, it can't compare fully to the benefits of outdoor sprinting, but it is better than nothing. (Here is a great online Tabata clock for when you are stuck inside doing sprints: http://www.beach-fitness.com/tabata/ )


    Also, medicine balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands are great inexpensive choices if you are stuck inside for a work-out.

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      due to lack of space: BOWFLEX SIMPLETECH DUMBBELLS!

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        the only piece of equipment I want is a power rack so I can safely do squats and other presses...if I got one I'd cancel my gym membership immediately.

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          I have a bag of sand that I walk to the park almost every day and do squats with. I add a handful or two of sand to it when I think it is getting too easy.


          It's now up to about 140lb.


          I also like my kettle bells and sledgehammer.

          The "Seven Deadly Sins"

          Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
          Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
          Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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            kettlebells

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              Kettlebell. Hands down. It's a great complete workout and it goes anywhere.


              That said, if you snatched away my Kettlebell today [NPI] any stretch of floor/ground will do for most of my exercises.

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                barbell, weights and and squat stands. You can get a great full body workout with just this. Squats, presses and rows-cant beat it.

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                  bigbeck ;;;the only piece of equipment I want is a power rack so I can safely do squats and other presses...if I got one I'd cancel my gym membership immediately


                  whats a Power rack - more info please ?

                  Cheers

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                    It's a box made of bars that is open in the front, back, sides, top, and bottom with hooks on the side bars to rack your barbell.


                    You have about a 2 foot range of motion forward or back so if you sway forward or back in your squat the barbell taps the bars and you don't tip over. It lets you squat heavy loads without needing a spotter.


                    Some of the fancier models include a pull-up attachment and dip/leg lift handles.


                    This is a Power Rack (does not link to porn, I promise):


                    http://www.robbinssports.com/sporting-goods-store/images/powerline_fitness_PPR178_power_rack.jpg


                    Okay, well, maybe soft girl-porn.


                    I mean you can't sell exercise equipment without showing your buyer what he/she will look like once they've used it, right. That would just be crappy marketing.

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                      you can also slide a bench in and use it to spot you on that, and if you have two sets of rack pins you can set one high and one low to help spot you so you can go heavy....it really is the only reason I joined a gym, so I could lift heavy.


                      I mean I don need the gyms pool for swimming, I live right by lake Erie.


                      I don't need the gym's track, There are highschool tracks by me and my yard is a few acres, perfect for barefoot sprinting.


                      I don't do any cardio that would require me to have any of the hundreds of fancy machines at the gym.


                      Wow...I just realized I really am paying every month just for squats

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                        Ever consider building one? Use 4x4s sunk a good 2-3 feet into the ground and braced with concrete for the frame.


                        Just make sure your rack pins, whatever you use, are mad sturdy.

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                          Olympic bar and plates as long as I can do my deadlifts I am happy, also means lifting from the ground up so no extra equipment needed.

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                            Sorry, I have to cheat a little and put 3 pieces. But, in order:


                            1) Pull-up bar

                            2) Sandbag

                            3) Sledgehammer + Tire combo


                            I really love making my own equipment as much as possible. Ross Enamait's site is a GREAT resource.


                            Another piece of equipment that I could live without but it's still a huge asset is my Gymboss timer. That thing is awesome!

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                              Door gym, no question:


                              http://www.mmagearguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/door-gym.jpg


                              I bought the absolute cheapest one ($23, I think?) and coupled with adjustable gymnast rings and a weighted vest, it's super useful. No drilling holes into doorways- that was the selling point for me.

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