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Home Gym 2.1




Since 2010, I have managed to assemble a $7,007 home gym.  

In 2010, I started with a $25 Cybex Flat Bench that I bought at a yard sale on a whim. 

In 2015, I bought a beater bar to practice Crossfit movements at home and a Gymnastics Mat for my then 6 and 8 year old daughters. ($226)

In 2016, I cancelled my MBS membership and set out to supplement the Oracle Gym and bought bumper plates, a technique bar and plates, some Crossfit stuff (KB, plyo boxes, wall ball, climbing rope), sand bag and a GHD ($1,537)

In 2017, I added stall mats as I intended to train at home during days off so that I could still watch my then 8 and 10 year old daughters. ($165)

In 2019, I added some Atlas Stones, Parallettes and a Folding Rack as they showed up on sale and on secondary markets ($320)

In 2020, I sold the GHD, some standard plates and a kettlebell.  I made a big investment due to the pandemic with new bumper plates and dumbbells, the Rower, some Crossfit stuff (pull-up bar, plate carrier and med balls), the Yoke, and some misc items (timer, silencer pads, squat box) (net $2,588)

In 2021, I just grabbed odds and ends that I found interesting.  None of these items were essential to my training.  I bought a 15kg barbell, some more stall mats, change plates and dumbbells.  I also invested in a storage system and back extension.  I grabbed some more weight, chains and accessories. Most recently I sold some dumbbells and my folding rack and purchased a new 20kg barbell ($1,786)

From the humble beginning of a $25 Cybex Flat Bench, I have built up a reasonable array of powerlifting, Crossfit and Strongman equipment.  I am a fitness enthusiast and I believe in the Crossfit methodology of stealing best practices whether they come from gymnastics, weightlifters, martial arts or anywhere else.  

As odd as it may seem, I still have a short wish list of fitness items.  I would like to get a Crossover Symmetry Pro System for $295.  

Basics ($2,829)______________________________________________________________

Flooring - $265
  • 4 Horse Stall Mats from Murdoch's 8/27/2017 - $165
  • 2 Horse Stall Mats from Facebook Marketplace 1/14/2021 - $100
Soft Flooring - $135
  • Gymnastics Mat from Great Mats - $135
  • 2'x4' Foam Mat from StorageTek - $0
Rack - ($160)
  • Rep Fitness PR-3110 from Rep Fitness Clearance Sale 11/16/2019 - $190 [sold 12/26/2021 - $350]
  • Rep Fitness Spotter Arms from Rep Fitness Clearance Sale 11/16/2019 - $50 [sold 12/26/2021 - $50]
  • Dip/Pull-up Station from yard sale 6/6/2015 - $20 [sold 4/1/2017 - $50]
Barbells - $1,226
  • Eleiko Hybrid Bar 20 kg from Eleiko 12/30/2021 - $699
  • Rogue Beater Bar from Craigslist 4/15/2015 - $80
  • Rogue Bella Bar 15 kg from Rogue 1/28/2021 - $215
  • Rep Fitness Technique Bar 12/3/2016 - $100
  • OSO Custom Barbell Collars 2016 - $67
  • OSO Magnetic Rogue Barbell Collars from Facebook Marketplace 3/16/2021 - $65
  • Spring Collars - from Larry 12/4/2021 - $0
Plates - $1,139
  • 2 Pair Rep Fitness 45# Color Bumpers from Rep Fitness - $278
  • 1 Pair Rep Fitness 25# Comp Bumpers from Rep Fitness - $125
  • Hi-Temp Bumpers 190# (45-25-15-10) from Wod Weights 4/24/2016 - $285
  • Hi-Temp Bumpers 90# (45) from Larry 12/4/2021 - $100
  • Eleiko Change Plate Set 37.5# from Facebook Marketplace 3/16/2021 - $230
  • Rep Fitness V2 Rubber Coated Change Plates 45# (10-5-5-2.5) from Rep Fitness 1/16/2021 - $81
  • Weider change plates 15# from Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Rep Fitness 5# Technique Plates from Rep Fitness 12/3/2016 - $40
Benches - $125
  • Cybex Flat Bench from Garage Sale 2010 - $25
  • Rogue Flat Utility Bench 2.0 from Joseph (Facebook Marketplace) 10/15/2021 - $100
Dumbbells - $99 - (15-20-27.5-30-35)
  • Rep Fitness Rubber Coated 65# pair from James (Facebook Marketplace) 12/19/2021 - $53 [sold to David 12/22/2021 - $160]
  • Rep Fitness Rubber Coated 50# pair from Rep Fitness 6/29/2020 - $119 [sold to David 12/22/2021 - $140]
  • Poly Coated 35# pair from Sean (Facebook Marketplace) 11/15/2021 - $65
  • Rep Fitness 30# Rubber Grip from James (Facebook Marketplace) 12/19/2021 - $24
  • Rep Fitness Rubber Coated 27.5# pair from Rep Fitness 7/11/2020 - $41
  • York Roundhead 25# single from Eric (Facebook Marketplace) 1/4/2022 - $50
  • York Roundhead 20# pair from Eric (Facebook Marketplace) 1/4/2022 - $80
  • Neoprene Dipped 15# pair from James (Facebook Marketplace) - $7
  • Standard Bar and Plates 200# 4/23/2016 - $20 [sold bar and 100# to Ivonne 3/28/2020 - $120]
  • Golds Gym spinlock dumbbell handles from Walmart 5/27/2016 - $12
  • York Standard Curl Bar from York Barbell 8/31/2020 - $40
  • GWTech 1 inch collars from Amazon 11/25/2021 - $8
Cardio Equipment - $990____________________________________________________ 
  • Concept2 - Model D Rower from Concept 2 7/28/2020 - $990
Crossfit - $871_____________________________________________________________

Abmat - $29
  • Abmat from yard sale 6/6/2015 - $1
  • Rogue AB-2 from Margrith Wolf (Facebook Marketplace) 4/13/2019 - $10
  • 2 Rage Fitness well worn abmats for $5 each from CFG 11/30/2021 - $10
  • 1 Rage Fitness abmat from Rich (Craigslist) 12/4/2021 - $4
  • 1 Yes4All abmat from Rich (Craigslist) 12/4/2021 - $4
Jump Rope - $32
  • Ultra Speed Cable Jump Rope from buyjumpropes.net
  • Jump-N-Rope 98" R3 beaded rope 11/27/2015 - $12
  • Jump-N-Rope 106" R2 training rope 1/26/2016 - $20
Kettlebells - $129
  • Rep Fitness 53# from Rep Fitness 7/23/2016 - $60 [sold to Ivonne 3/28/2020 - $60]
  • Simpson's Fitness Supply 44# from Simpson's Fitness Supply 10/5/2020 - $89
  • Rep Fitness 35# from Rep Fitness 7/23/2016 - $40
Parallettes - $20
  • Custom metal pipe parallettes (previously from Crossfit Gym) from Margrith Wolf 4/13/2019 - $20
Plyo Boxes - $140
  • J-Box box set (12", 12", 8") from Robin Burke, Penrose, CO 8/8/2016 - $140
Rings - $80
  • Rep Fitness 1.25" wooden rings 2016 - $55
  • Hanger, self constructed 2016 - $25
Rope - $74
  • 12 foot 1.5" manila from Knotandrope.com 8/17/2016 - $74
Wall Ball - $167
  • 20# from Dynamax 11/27/2020 - $83
  • 14# from Simpson's Fitness Supply 9/18/2016 - $42
  • 6# (10") from Dynamax 11/27/2020 - $42
Wall Mount Pull-Up Bar - $145
  • Rogue P-4 Pull-up System from Megan (Facebook Marketplace) 11/6/2020 - $145
Weighted Vest - $55
  • Weight Vest with Rogue Plates (14# and 20#) from Bria (Facebook Marketplace) 10/24/2020 - $120 [sold 8.75# weight plate pair to Chris Dudley 5/2/2021 - $65]
Strongman - $750__________________________________________________________
  • Atlas Stones - 70 and 95# stones from Danielle Crossfit VIM 4/6/2019 - $60
  • Axle Bar - 60" Axle Bar from Rep Fitness 2/28/2020 - $40
  • Sandbag - 25-75# bag from Brute Force Sandbags (filled to 50#) 4/18/2016 - $125
  • Tire - ~250# grader tire from GCR Tire, Denver CO 6/10/2020 - $0 [sold to Jeff (Facebook Marketplace - $40]
  • Yoke - Custom Cut 84" La Yunta Strongman Yoke with Spotter Arms from Raptor Fitness Supplier 10/30/2020 - $565
Martial Arts - $146__________________________________________________________
  • Battle Rope - SPRI 1.5" x 40 feet from Frank Knappe (Facebook Marketplace) 10/24/2021 - $30
  • Battle Rope - Rep Fitness 1.5" x 30 feet from James (Facebook Marketplace) 12/19/2021 - $16 [sold to Linda (Facebook Marketplace - $40)]
  • Bulgarian Bag - 8 kg Suples Original from Frank Knappe (Facebook Marketplace) 10/24/2021 - $100
  • Steel Mace - 10# Onnit 8/19/2020 - $40
Misc - $1,421_______________________________________________________________

Ab Bench - $130
  • Universal Fitness rescued from neighbor 9/17/2021 - $0 [sold to Jenny (Facebook Marketplace -$20)]
  • Hoist Fitness CF-3264 from Tiffany (Facebook Marketplace) 1/11/2022 - $150

Bands - $51
  • Functional Fitness #2 Red 20-35# from Amazon 2016 - $10
  • Functional Fitness #3 Black 30-50# from Amazon 2016 - $10
  • Rep Fitness XXX-Light Yellow Band from Rep Fitness 9/8/2020 - $6
  • Rep Fitness Heavy Blue Band from Rep Fitness 9/8/2020 - $25
Chains - $23
  • Pair of 25# unbranded chains from Rich (Craigslist) 12/4/2021 - $23
Clock - $188
  • Rogue Home Timer from Rogue Fitness 6/9/2020 - $150
  • Muscle Driver USA Clock Gone Bad 12/4/2021 - $38
Decorations - $79
  • Rep Fitness 3x5 Colorado Flag 9/8/2020 - $19
  • NeverSate 3x3 Start Somewhere Banner from the Loyal Brand 11/24/2020 - $36
  • Team Gupta 1.7 x 3 Banner from Vistaprint 1/13/2021 - $24
Glute Ham Developer - $0
  • Powerlift Fixed Pad GHD from F.I.T. Loveland, Stephanie 8/10/2016 - $400 [sold to Victor 1/26/2020 - $400]
Hip Extension - $160
  • Roman Chair from Joey (Facebook Marketplace) 4/11/2021 - $40 [sold to Orlando 11/11/2021 - $60]
  • Tuffstuff Hip Extension from Spencer (Facebook Marketplace) 11/10/2021 - $180
Silencer Pads - $150
  • Titan Silencer Pads from Titan Fitness 9/14/2020 - $150
Squat Box - $150
  • EliteFTS from EliteFTS 11/2/2020 - $150
Storage System - $490
  • Titan 42" wide by 73" tall system from Eric (Facebook Marketplace) 9/2/2021 - $180
  • Titan Rotating Shelf from Titan Fitness 11/19/2021 - $100
  • Rep Fitness Change Plate Horns 9/8/2021 - $40
  • Rogue Multi-Use Hanger from Rogue Fitness 11/11/2021 - $31
  • Rogue Multi-Use Hanger from Rich (Craigslist) 12/4/2021 - $19
  • Rogue Rower Hanger from Katie Bender (Facebook Marketplace) 8/19/2020 - $20
  • Cybex Weight Tree from Mike Clayton (Facebook Marketplace) 1/13/2022 - $100
I have been performing strength and conditioning workouts since 1985 (at the ripe age of 14 years).  My home gym started with a DP bench and 110# of standard iron plates.  I bought some plastic encased concrete plates from yard sales.  I had access to the Germantown High School weight room.  My programming was from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.  

Since that time, I have always owned a bicycle and a pair of running shoes.  For the vast majority of the intervening years, I have had access to a commercial gym (Purdue, StorageTek, Sun, Oracle).  My programming and technique was always a combination of bro science and the occasional article in Muscle and Fitness magazine.  Since 2015 I have been smitten with the Crossfit methodology and have sought technique improvement and high intensity interval training.

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