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I65Stang
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Posts: 6792
From: Sacramento, CA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 08-26-2006 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang        Reply w/Quote
Even though I have touted real gyms for so long it became apparent to me after last year that I just didn't have the time to go to the gym along with studying, etc so I made the ultimate choice and cancelled my gym membership (after 6 years) and decided to set up my home gym. I only have a 10X11 room to work with so my options were limited (as was my wallet lol).

I ended up getting a leverage gym which although safe (no spotter needed) actually puts your body in a really natural position with a fluid range of motion while using Olympic plates. The one I really wanted was $1100 but it really wouldnt have fit in the room so this is what I ended up with:

I also picked up 300 lbs of Olympic weights, an easy curl bar, dumbbell bars for the olympic plates, and interlocking rubber mats for the floor (dont want to mess up the harwood).

Dont laugh, but for cardio we picked up a Gazelle Power Plus (has the option of resistance). Even though Tony Little is annoying the machine is actually really effective with very low impact. Ours isnt that flimsy thing that fold up for "easy storage."

Next on my list is a 45 degree hyperextension Roman chair (great for your lower back). I'm sure I will think of more . I'll take some pics once it is all set up (its my workout/Mustang room ).

What do you all have as home gym setups?

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Tim

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1965 Mustang coupe, 200 I6, Holley 2300, Clifford header, true duals w/ 26" Smithys
1988 Mustang GT AOD vert, 15.810 @ 88.871 mph 100% stock w/ no traction
1991 Ford Festiva, 30+ mpg, enough said
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indyphil
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Posts: 3394
From: Senoia, G.A. USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 08-26-2006 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil        Reply w/Quote
I have a bench, and free weights, but to behonest I dont use them. There is something about working out at home that isnt the same. So many distractions. Be VERY Careful I slipped away from lifting by trying to do it at home. I couldnt possibly build my entire gym routine with what I have.

Id love a smith machine and a dip/chin up station. Maybe then I would go back to lifting.

65darkhorse
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Posts: 1282
From: east coast
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 08-26-2006 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65darkhorse        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by I65Stang:
What do you all have as home gym setups?

Beer.

tsmith
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Posts: 158
From: Gloucester, Va. U.S.A.
Registered: Jun 99

posted 08-26-2006 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tsmith        Reply w/Quote
Beer, Two dogs, Wife, and the entire Kathy Ireland VHS workout series.

I can sit and watch it for hours.....

kwazykat
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Posts: 8279
From: ...a wonderful place to be.... orange county... NC!!!! M&M member #92 .... a blue-oval GRRL-deluxe.....
Registered: Jun 99

posted 08-26-2006 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kwazykat        Reply w/Quote
maybe we should start an M&M workout-coaching-support crew!!

we have 7.25 acres and keep a bike riding path mowed through the fielded areas....

we also have a great walking path that adjoins the riding path and continues through the wooded area of our property.... we need to clear a few storm-fallen trees in the woods to open it in a spot or two.....

both of them are great ways to keep moving....

i have a variety of handheld weights, dumbells, soft weights and a medicine ball.... i just do not have the discipline to use them like i know i should.... i have my yoga routine and equal lack of discipline in doing it at home.....i also have tapes of my aerobic classes i used to teach and even more lack of discipline to push the furniture out of the way and hold session .....

we both use excercise balls as our computer "chairs"..... i occassionally roll mine out from behind the desk and ab on it.... but again... that discipline word thing happens more often than not.....

bottom line, i feel much more focused with my routine in the gym.... and i am much more competitive ..... and i mean competitive with myself.... unfortunately my gym membership expired just before my employment did so here i am.... sigh....

i do think if we had a dedicated room with the proper appointments for a great workout i would be much more inclined to close myself off for an hour or so and work it hard.....

i still have buns of steel.... they are just a little padded right now.... teeheeee

maybe i can become re-inspired to incorporate an at-home regimen with the tools i have.....

tim, enjoy your new toys!! i know you will

kk

exlocal
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Posts: 1552
From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 08-26-2006 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal        Reply w/Quote
I use a curling bar with 60 pounds of weights for 10 repetions every morning. I also use a stepping/climbing machine for lower body workout a few times per week. On weekends I use my non-power steering 4-speed toploader coupe.

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mustangs68
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Posts: 27681
From: Hampton Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
Registered: May 99

posted 08-26-2006 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68        Reply w/Quote
Mouse..right click..left click...right click..left click...right click..left click...

7 bowling balls,,15-6 each
1 bowling balls 13-8

Loaded 4 ball bag 120 lbs
Loaded 2 ball bag 42 lbs

2 nights a week 630 to 915PM

Max ball speed 17 mph
Total number of strikes in a row 17
7200 feet/season during approach with 15 pound ball in motion.
Have 20 pound dumbells I use during of season.


Sold the Treadmill and the Bike to nowhere
Sam

SteveLaRiviere
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Posts: 48752
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 08-27-2006 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
My home gym is three Mustangs in various states of restoration.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

Moneypit
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Posts: 167
From: Sacramento CA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 08-28-2006 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneypit        Reply w/Quote
Soloflex, Soloflex Rockit and a treadmill.

The Soloflex is the only thing that gets used regularly.

IIGood
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Posts: 3919
From: Arnold, MD, USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 08-28-2006 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood        Reply w/Quote
No home gym setup here...but I'll usually do some crunches and push-ups at night for about half an hour.

I have a membership to one of the Gold's around here. I've been going since March '06; when I first started, I also quit sodas, and within 2 weeks I dropped 10 lbs. Kinda the opposite of what I was going for, but I understood why. I was 155 when I started going...dropped down to 145, and now I'm up to 149. I'm also 6' tall...so I'm a friggin' beanpole.

I hope the gain-back is in muscle. I can't actually see any physical difference, but it seems that I'm able to push more weight after a couple weeks of the various routines. I briefly thought of a protein supplement, but dunno if that'd help. I really don't eat much junk, if any.

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Frank S.----MCA Member 40390
'03 Mustang GT coupe
'77 Ghia--"II Good"
My GT on MMS

Fastymz
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Posts: 22791
From: Reno Nv M&M #1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 08-28-2006 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz        Reply w/Quote
I find it more easy and fun just to go to the gym. Everything is ready to use. I go 4-5 days aweek for 30min to an hour. So I feel like I get my moneys worth.

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indyphil
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From: Senoia, G.A. USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 08-28-2006 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IIGood:
No home gym setup here...but I'll usually do some crunches and push-ups at night for about half an hour.

I have a membership to one of the Gold's around here. I've been going since March '06; when I first started, I also quit sodas, and within 2 weeks I dropped 10 lbs. Kinda the opposite of what I was going for, but I understood why. I was 155 when I started going...dropped down to 145, and now I'm up to 149. I'm also 6' tall...so I'm a friggin' beanpole.

I hope the gain-back is in muscle. I can't actually see any physical difference, but it seems that I'm able to push more weight after a couple weeks of the various routines. I briefly thought of a protein supplement, but dunno if that'd help. I really don't eat much junk, if any.


Frank
You sound like me, in a word "skinny"
Im sure the weight you put on was mostly muscle. When I was lifting it took me a year to gain about 25 pounds - went from 145 to 170. It was possible to see the difference in the end, I was actually quite buff for a while (im only 5'9"). I was lifting regularly and using whey protein shakes.

I heard that you need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight - but when you do the math you realise thats huge. Many believe its possible to get buff without that but it takes longer.

Protein supplements are expensive, cynics suggest its just a big money industry, and not to believe the hype in magazines.

remember though that if you ever quit lifting, that the muscle will drop off faster than you can put it on. I quit lifting and in 6 months I was back where I started.

My advice is choose a pace that you will be comfortable sustaining for the rest of your life - not a frantic "I want to look like the guy on the magazine" pace.

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