Help needed choosing a rack package

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  1. jakc

    jakc New Member

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    1st post. 35m, Melbourne. I want to setup a home gym for convenience which I am hoping will lead to better consistency this year. Will be continuing a SS 5x5 routine, but my lifts are definitely in the lower novice range.

    I was hoping to find something on ebay/gumtree but nothing has fit the bill over the last few months so decided to treat myself and start off investing in a basic setup, with the view that it can be extended in the future through finding items 2nd hand.

    Have heard many good things about Little Bloke Fitness which is local to me. The link is to the rack packages they offer, and I need some advice on what to get. I also know they are fairly flexible on adapting these packages.

    • I have minimal knowledge on quality of gym equipment/reputable names.
    • Happy to start off with the bar, basic weight package (would like to buy pair of bumpers later), a rack.
    • Ideally want to keep the price to under $1000 AUD, hopefully nearer $8-900.
    • Will be getting a bench, so a rack that lets me bench with safety bars as won't have a spotter. Not sure if my budget accommodates for a bench now.
    • My focus will be on the main SL5x5 lifts (squat, bench, OHP, DL) so not too fussed about any cable extensions.
    • However A pull up bar and dip extensions would be nice (either now or as an extension to the rack later).
    • I have room undercover in the garden and also a spare room. However I am renting, so something that can be taken apart and moved also a requirement.
    • The shop is also flexible, so the packages can be adapted.

    In short I would like some advice on which rack package looks appealing to you, with the above assumptions in mind.

    Thanks! Looking forwards to lifting at home!
     
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  3. countryboy

    countryboy Well-Known Member

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    What's your budget?
     
  4. StrungOut

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    First thing I noticed in this, is you are only looking at doing olympic lifts so are working around that with the rack etc. But what about in the future if you want to add something to do with cables?

    A few power racks (which would cover you for benching in with the spotter bars) also have an add-on for cables if you want later on. A lot come with other attachments as well like dip bars and the like. They also all mainly have a pull up bar on them.

    Find a good solid bench, appropriate in height for you as well, one that does incline is also a decent idea.

    You mentioned about bumper plates, what was the reason behind this, are you intending on dropping the weight from overhead? What are you dropping the weights on to, what type of flooring?

    Little Bloke Fitness, is good to go through and can be very helpful if you need it. Have used them previously myself and have always been happy, and would recommend.

    For the gumtree side of things, it is the wrong time of year for it, at the moment you have all the new year resolution people buying stuff, wait a month or so and they will stop using their expensive clothes lines and sell them at a lower price than brand spanking even though they are in good condition.
     
  5. jakc

    jakc New Member

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    Hey thanks!

    Im with you here. A reputable rack that allows me to 'extend' it over time is preferable, especially if the parts are easy to come by in Aus.

    Agree. My main conundrum is, with my 800-1000 of budget, should I try and and get everything with that budget (and likely less quality components) or just focus on spending that money on the core pieces which would be better quality (barbell, weights, rack). I can invest more money half a year later or find things 2nd hand.

    I think a big part is that its what my local gym had and they do look better than the others, but not a biggy. Not expecting to be dropping weights on purpose with SL5x5. Lets disregard bumper plates for now.

    Good to hear.

    Yea, I realised this. However, I have been keeping an eye out for last few months. The other minor aspect is i've only got a small car, so transporting a rack/barbell/weights limits me a bit as well. LBF deliver I also am a little wary of getting dud equipment off gumtree as I don't know much about the stuff. At least with the LBF packages, I know they are a good combo. I did contemplate building a rack, but decided I should spend the money.
     
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    grubeface Reborn AGJ Supporter

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    grubeface Reborn AGJ Supporter

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    oops just saw the budget. get the above rack with out any extras. then either;

    buy second hand weights.
    or the minimum to get started oly bar and 2x20kgs and 2x10kgs and 2x5kgs would be minimum id start with. Offer a place to pay cash and do you a deal? nearly always works.
     
  8. jakc

    jakc New Member

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    I wish. :O
    That one is $1650, I can only afford/justify starting off with a 800-1000 budget.
    Plus that one looks a bit overkill for me to starting off with a SL5x5 for at least the 4-6 months. By that time, I can start looking at bolting on extra stuff.
     
  9. Venkman

    Venkman Well-Known Member

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    Bit confused on your post so...

    Olympic lifts being clean and jerk & snatch? If you're serious about continuing with it then I would fork out for some decent quality bumpers and a good bar rather than buy crap now and have to spend more later. A quality bar makes a big difference for the oly lifts. A decent set of bumpers and a good bar is eeeeasily 1k though. I was super lucky and got mine quite cheap.

    But if you're doing standard squat/bench/dead and you need to stay around that price, then you could go for something like this
    http://www.gymdirect.com.au/shop/st...ks-and-cages/power-rack-with-high-low-pulley/

    And for the plates, you can get away with steel ones if you're not dropping shit from overhead. Not sure how strong you are, so you'll have to choose a package on your own.
    http://www.gymdirect.com.au/shop/weights-bars-dumbbells/weights/olympic-size-weight-sets/

    I don't know of any cheap places in Vic unfortunately, and the above are located in Sydney. They outfit some gyms in QLD and VIC, so you could give them a call and see what they could do for your postage wise.
     
  10. jakc

    jakc New Member

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    My bad entirely (noob). Although I will perhaps be looking at olympic lifts later down the line, this would likely be in a gym as no idea on form for the oly lifts. Yes, im a novice and expect to be doing SL5x5 to begin with, this worked well for me before.

    Ill contact that place now. Have also contacted Little Bloke Fitness with my requirements and see what he comes back with. Have been recommended them a few times before.

    No need for bumper plates, rubberised plates would be nice if I can stretch the budget. Will be buying some rubber matting as well.

    Thanks loads. If anyone knows of VIC options with cheaper delivery rates, let me know!
     
  11. grubeface

    grubeface Reborn AGJ Supporter

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    Fuk me you kents are slow.

    Now this is a rack......fn expensive to use it though. let alone own it.

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    Fek I should read proper what [MENTION=6124]Venkman[/MENTION] said. Buy a squat rack, just the adjustable uprights to get by, adjustable bench, spend the rest on bar and weights. your all set. Dont buy a cheap power rack they really are shit. save ya coins.
     
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