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  Reply # 2109243 17-Oct-2018 08:34
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Aredwood:

I'm surprised that there are apartment buildings in tiny rural towns. Which are both big enough and modern enough that they have their own gyms. Unless that building is actually government related for a hospital, university, etc.

 

I may have caused some confusion ...

 

I currently work in Welly and have an apartment there that I stay in during the week.   That building has it's own gym and pool.  I've quit that job and I'm moving to Marlborough to take up a role with a different employer.





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  Reply # 2109255 17-Oct-2018 08:46
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I admittedly go to a gym that is a bit more on the expensive side. As I pay $18 per week. But there is another gym that only charges $7 per week if you sign a 1 year contract.

Even if you assume only a 3% rate cost for use of money. It will still take over 17 years to save compared to spending $5000 on your own equipment.

I have also made it my routine to just go to the gym on the way home from work. And I find that I get extra motivation from the other people at the gym, who have the same goals as you.







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  Reply # 2109333 17-Oct-2018 09:39
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Aredwood: I admittedly go to a gym that is a bit more on the expensive side. As I pay $18 per week. But there is another gym that only charges $7 per week if you sign a 1 year contract.

Even if you assume only a 3% rate cost for use of money. It will still take over 17 years to save compared to spending $5000 on your own equipment.

I have also made it my routine to just go to the gym on the way home from work. And I find that I get extra motivation from the other people at the gym, who have the same goals as you.

 

I have nothing against gyms per se.  I was a gym member for a while before we got the apartment.  It's about logistics.

 

'On the way home from work' for me will be driving past home by 15km and then driving back again. 

 

Assuming three of those trips per week wouldn't otherwise be required that's ~$75 worth of driving at IRD rates each week.  Or $3,375 per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2109337 17-Oct-2018 09:42
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Your alternative is to shift to gravity based exercises/training and then limit the required amount of gear you require.  For example we have Kettle bells, TRX (knock off version) and very limited free weights.  Of course its a big mind shift from traditional weight training, but if its good enough for the army....




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  Reply # 2109349 17-Oct-2018 09:54
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sen8or:

 

Correct, if you set the safety bars at the right height and using good technique, you can safely lower the bar to your chest and press, without bumping the bar on the safeties, but, you can also lower the bar onto the safeties without risk of injury

 

 

Thanks.  Those safety bars are much simpler than I imagined.





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  Reply # 2109384 17-Oct-2018 09:56
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Kiwifruta:

 

Make sure to buy a bar of at least 20kg in weight, avoid second hand, and buy quality, a cheap bar can kill you when it snaps and rips through your throat or nose.

 

 

Will do.  I dislike cheap low-quality gear as a general rule.

 

I'd be more likely to go cheaper on the actual weights.





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  Reply # 2109792 17-Oct-2018 14:44
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Can anyone recommend manufacturers who build good gear? 

 

I've been looking at Force and York.  I have no idea if they are any good to use, but they look structurally sound.

 

Also is a cage the same as a 'power rack' and is it worth having a lateral pull down bar?





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  Reply # 2111243 19-Oct-2018 21:44
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I can recommend these guys;

 

https://fitnessandleisure.co.nz/

 

I've bought a bit of stuff off Adrian for our work gym - the superbench and attachments are handy, space saving and have taken a hammering from our work team.

 

I'm also really keen on the adjustable dumbbells and kettlebells due to the amount of space saved over a tradition dumbbell/kettlebell set.  I haven't got these or used them but it's the way I would go if I was setting up at home.


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  Reply # 2111255 20-Oct-2018 00:11
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I haven’t dealt with these guys but they seem like the real deal,http://www.industrialathletic.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwgabeBRBuEiwACD4R5hI3kfxaqBjZ3FQdDkJV3hkqK18a6mzYCD_pk9GWJGFUx88GVK0T8xoCLV0QAvD_BwE

When I was competing there was an outfit in Auckland that made strength related equipment, I’ve been googling around but cannot find them. The owner/designer was either a power lifter or strongman competitor.

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