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New and Improved Home Gym Set Up

January 8, 2009

So my home gym has new additions that I’ve been talking about recently. These new additions are… KETTLEBELLS!!! I have an 18 lb and a 26 lb. Hubby is currently using the 26 and we’ll be upgrading him (and I’ll be taking his) very soon!

But I was reminising over all my home gym purchases. What I got first:
I got my power tower first when I was still into the women don’t lift more than 10 lbs (yet we still do pull ups, push ups, and sit ups). I am cured I’d like to say. But I still have that power tower and though it hasnt been used recently it will be being used very soon for pull ups when I finish the push up challenge. The power tower was from Dicks and it was 90 something dollars.

Then once I was cured I got a bench with squat rack. It’s a combo deal I guess. Brand name is Golds Gym and I got it from Walmart for about 100 dollars. I also got weights at the same time. Olympic bar and weights total of 300 lbs. Also for 100 dollars. So my initial “weight room” (which I had origionally set up in my bedroom) cost me a tad over 200. The weights were from Dicks. I shop there a lot.

Then I decided I needed a punching bag because I miss kickboxing. That cost me less. I think around 50-70 dollars but I could be wrong. Plus gloves so another 20. I love my bag and my pink boxing gloves.

Shortly after that I decided I needed dumbells because doing a bulgarian split squat with a barbell is not (for me) safe at all. I’d be dead if I had tried that. Those were the most costly addition at about 450 for a set of 5-65 lbs.

Then there was the decision that I needed something with a cable and I bought my Body Lift by some bankrupt company that went out of business 20 plus years ago. Pacific Fitness, that’s it :). I knew I’d think of it. That was a bit less than 300. I think. I love that machine and it works great for any exercise needing a cable including twists for abs either from above, mid range, or below.

Somewhere later I decided I needed yet more equipment and have added in… Kettlebells!!! The cheapest, so far, of everything. My small one was 30, the other was slightly more. Forget the dollar amount.

In conclusion, if you’re setting up a home gym and have no space and no money, go for the kettlebells :). And buy Enter the Kettlebell to go with it for a great routine.

So, today was 10 min “warm up” followed by 12 min of swings with active recovery.
Also, today’s veggies were baby carrots and cucumbers. Today was a raw day. I still want another potato since I overcooked mine yesterday with steaming. Steaming IS quicker when you chop it up first. I totally misjudged the time it’d take and ended up with mashed instead of smashed.

Happy lifting to many of you and happy kettlebelling to some of you :).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2009 8:08 PM

    Sweet. Wish I had a home gym. I got an outdoor fireplace instead, and burned my yard.

    It wasn’t a very nice yard.

    I also organized the tools in my garage on a pegboard. That, and the 12 ounce curls over Christmas, was my exercise program.

  2. ladlam permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:31 PM

    Wow, that’s quite a home gym!
    I have to agree, kettlebells are an awesome addition to any gym. As much as I love my medicine ball, you can use kettlebells for pretty much any exercise you can do with a bar or dumbell, and many more.
    Gotta love those 12 minute swings! Keep it up 😀

  3. January 9, 2009 12:08 AM

    Wow, can I come over to your house to work out? You must have a pretty big space to store all that! Kettlebells are fun. One of my friends is a certified kettlebell instructor, and his tagline is “Don’t fear the bel1!” 🙂

  4. January 9, 2009 6:44 PM

    Bruce, save yourself! I burned my carpet once with hair mouse and lighters. Not badly, all in fun. Then of course the infamous mixing of hair supplies in the sink and lighting that. Not as fun as it sounds. But never, never did I start a yard on fire. 12 oz curls sound pretty darn good though ;).

    Yep, Luke, pretty good gym. Built up slowly over time so it doesnt seem like much. Saved me a ton on gym membership fee’s, drive time, changing, finding equipment…

    Julie, at first my bench and squat rack, olympic size bar and plates were in our bedroom in a small 800 sq ft apartment. 100 of those feet were for my daughters room so more like 700 sq ft. Our bedroom was 11 by 13 and my husband hated that I had my weight equipment in our room (and the power tower). But he loved me enough to stay living with me anyway :). Now I have about 700 ft of space in our basement to do with whatever I want. I absolutely love it. One side is basically empty so I can play tennis off the wall down there. Our kettlebells are on that side since they don’t take up any space and we need space to move and swing :). The rest of my stuff is on the other half and lined up as tight as possible.

  5. judie611 permalink
    January 11, 2009 4:36 PM

    I am DYING to try kettlebells!!!!!

  6. January 11, 2009 7:39 PM

    Judie, firt shance you get, try them! They’re fun and challenging all at once.

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