Rather than dip bars, if you have a tree or open joists in your basement I would get a set of exercise rings....you can do a lot more with them and they are very portable.
I hear you on the parts for the bars....i looked into here in Canada and ended up ordering the Rogue bars for almost the same cost.
Honestly, you need a plan, and you need to stick to it. Pick a plan that you can do, and follow it strictly for a minimum of three months. 6-12 is better. It barely matters what the plan is, but if you are jumping from one method to another to another, you are never going to get better, or you will never know that you are getting better.
Sandbag fitness, Convict Conditioning, You Are Your Own Gym, Fighter Pullup Program, Naked Warrior,... There's more than someone will bring out, I'm sure. Those are all good plans created by someone with more likely more experience than you or I, or most of the people on this board with regards to fitness. A friend of mine really likes [url=http://militaryathlete.com/]Military Athlete[/url], which is nice because the standards are based around the Army Physical Fitness Test (Aren't you joining the military?). Find a plan and stick to it. Test yourself according to what you are trying to improve.
some good ideas here. i don't have too much money so i don't think i'm getting too many weights :p i forgot to mention i have a 60 lb punching bag, 15 and 25 lb dumbell, speed rope and the toughest resistance band i could find at dunhams. i forget what they're called "saw horse" or something like that (the things you put a board on to cut it). i have to of those i suppose i could try to use for dips? thanks guys.
Convict Conditioning to get you strong sans weights. Then scrap some dough together for a kettlebell.
Get a kid's play ball. Cut a slice in it, fill with sand, wrap with duck tape. Instant medicine ball. Paper plates on carpet make good gliding disks. Flannel pieces cut a bit larger then the foot work for wood floors. Google or youtube homemade fitness equipment for more ideas.
You should be able to use 2 saw horses for dips like you mentioned - infact I think that would probably work really well, one would probably work well for your feet for doing aussie pull-ups to help up your pull-up reps.
I have a home gym as I don't have the time or the inclination to go to a gym (I'm an introvert).
I use daily:
1. Yoga Ball
2. 2 x medicine balls of varying weights
3. High Quality Tread mill
4. Chin up Bar
5. Assorted barbell weights
6. Weighted skipping rope
7. Various ground toys that promote core body strength (wheels, things that slide along the floor)
8. Stretchy Bands --- various thickness/weights
10. bike on an indoor trainer (I spin during the winter and cycle outdoors in the summer)
11. Yoga mat
12. Computer, wireless internet to view utube workouts to keep my workouts interesting
13. Two chairs with a broom handle between them -- I used for assisted pull ups from a lying down position
And while I am outside doing my hill runs, or sprints, I stop by the neighbourhood public school -- their outdoor monkey bars are excellent for assisted pull ups; jump ups and slow descends (I can't do a pull up yet), and rings (I hang like a slug still -- cannot get from one ring to the next -- yet!)
That's what I do for my workouts. I don't have a bar as I can't lift heavy weights due to a herniated disc, but I am getting pretty strong with body weight workouts only.
I also plan on making one of those water tubes for next summer probably a 6 or 8' PVC piping. (next summer's project)
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