Steve C wrote:Nate that's a nice setup you have there. Did you get that stuff cheap on Craigslist?
I bought everything new. I need to take new pictures. I just bought a house and set everything up in the garage (different from the garage pics shown here from 2005).
I went to Play It Again Sports and had them work me a REALLY good deal on stuff. I started building my home gym in July 2004. I bought a Body Solid Power Rack, Flat Bench, 300lb Olympic Barbell set, Weight tree, EZ Curl Bar, Hex dumbbells (15-30lbs) and two 4'x6' mats from a feed store and some of those 2'x2' interlocking mats from Target. I put it in the second floor of my apartment and trained like that from July 2004 - February 2005.
The total cost of the equipment from Play It Again Sports was less than $600. The mats from the feed store were $75 (for both) and the interlocking mats cost me about $40. So I spent just a bit more than $700 on everything.
I already had a few OOOF med balls (4, 6 and 9lb), the Elite FTS dragging sled, a doorway chinup bar from Champs Sports, two kbells (16kg and 24kg), pushup bars and a jump rope that I had purchased starting back around 1999-2001.
Since 2005, I have upgraded my home gym quite a bit more. I purchased the Ironmaster adjustable dumbbell set with the rack and with the add-on kit along with the Super Bench and most of the attachments (~$900 for all + the cost of the dumbbell add-on kit). I also purchased the lat/row attachment for my Body Solid power rack (a great investment!).
I've also purchased sandbags from Josh Henkin and Iron Woody, the 40lb Xvest, Iron Woody Mini Bands, Elite FTS Boards (for board pressing), Jump Stretch bands and a few other attachments for my lat/row attachment.
I now have a total of about $3,300 invested in the entire gym (including the original $700 I invested that started things out).
If I did it over again, I'd make a few changes to save money and to also only buy what I really need and like.