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    Question one piece of equipment

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    I have a $100ish to spend on some equipment for the garage what would you suggest.
    Kettlebell, sandbag, dumbbells, medicine ball.....
    Or any ideas on making homemade stuff.
    Any suggestions?
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    Go to rosstraining.com for instructions on how to build useful workout equipment.

    Anyways the equipment you buy should be a reflection of you goals. If you want to get big and strong you should buy a squat cage, barbell and weights. If you want to become explosive you should buy a barbell and bumper plates for the o-lifts (maybe some other random stuff for plyometrics such as vertical jumps etc), if you want to look like a gymnast you should buy some adjustable rings and parralel bars, if you want "functional strength" or whatever a medicine ball, sandbag, tractor tire and hammer might be of interest. Likewise I would use kettlebells more as a conditioning tool (a fun tool at that) than a strength tool. I don't think dumbbells are as versatile as barbells unless you're in a wheelchair (you won't be able to load properly for leg and lower back exercises).

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    For $100 I'd buy/make:

    "Never Gymless" from rosstraining.com
    A place to do pullups
    A set of pushup bars
    A jumprope
    A couple of good resistance bands from ironwoody or resistancebandtraining.com for leg work

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    RINGS.

    Won't run you $100 (or shouldn't)

    Especially if you have high ceilings. Ring dips alone will make you appreciate the rings. With the rest I’d buy/make

    - PVC parallettes (these can also double as push-up handles, well sort of – google for instructions)

    - sandbag

    - weighted backpack. I haven’t done this yet but I saw at rosstraining.com sandbags filled with pea gravel and I think you could make a pretty heavy backpack using the same material, it’s dense so it takes up little space.

    - pull up bar (either door-frame or something you can attach to the wall preferably)

    - sledgehammer (and find an old tire)

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    Thanks for the responses! I'll check out rosstraining.
    @pandadude....sorry, I should have prefaced with what I want to accomplish. I am just looking for "functional" fitness.
    Keep the ideas coming!!

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    - Rings, cheap-ish and awesome for lots of different exercises/progressions including pull ups, dips, push ups, static holds, muscle ups, squats etc. (ever see a weak gymnast? didn't think so!)
    - Jump rope, so cheap and so great!
    - A great book on how to use your own body weight efficiently and effectively Books / Audio

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    I like rings myself... you can do dips and bodyweight rows on them to start... good stuff.
    What does functional fitness mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by denbro01 View Post
    I have a $100ish to spend on some equipment for the garage what would you suggest.
    Rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurb999 View Post
    What does functional fitness mean?
    You know...being fit enough so that I'm functional! ; )

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    Rings and/or a pull-up bar
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com


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