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3 Pieces of Equipment for your Ultimate Home Gym

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been waiting for this post all week. Today I have three pieces of equipment that, if you choose to purchase, will put your home gym firmly in the “awesome” category. Don’t worry, all three of these pieces are relatively affordable.

1) Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

I thought I would start with an affordable but high quality piece of equipment in the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym. At approximately $450, this is less expensive than other machinery you could buy, but still is a highly popular item. With over 30 strength exercises, the Bowflex PR1000 offers resistance that ranges from five to 210 pounds. One limitation is that it has a three hundred pound maximum user weight.

Some of the workouts include:

  • Bench Press
  • Decline Bench Press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Seated Shoulder Press
  • Front Shoulder Raise
  • Crossover Seated Rear Delt Rows
  • Scapular Retraction
  • Narrow Pulldowns
  • Stiff-Arm Pulldowns
  • Seated Lat Rows
  • and more

    2) Body Solid Dual Weight Stack Cable Crossover Machine Functional Training Center GDCC200

    Crossover machines allow for a large number of workouts, and the Body Solid machine offers 20 independent height adjustments and 180 degree cable positioning. There are two 160 pound weight stacks to offer you whatever level of resistance you need. Another nice asset of this machine is a dual position pull-up bar. This machine isn’t cheap, though, as it is currently priced at $1,775.

    Last but not least…

    3) Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings

    What I love about the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System is that it isn’t a cheap piece of equipment at $899.99, yet is still affordable for most people. With the Smith Machine people can safely do lifts at home that otherwise carry a risk when a spotter isn’t available. Adjustable bar catches and safety stoppers provide that security that many people who work out alone are looking for. Included in the Elite Smith System is the multi-function bench that has a built-in preacher curl and leg developer. Along with a treadmill and elliptical machine, this machine is a must for any complete home gym.

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    Fight Night: 5 things you need to get started

    While it’s perfectly fine to have the basics in your home gym, such as a treadmilll or elliptical machine, it’s always nice to have something a little different to spice up your workout. So today I have five things that will help you get started on your boxing or MMA career, or at least get a fun workout in 😉

    1) Everlast Mixed Martial Arts Heavy Bag Red, 70-Pound)

    First is the Everlast 70 pound punching bag. At just $59, this is an affordable (and fun) piece of equipment you can add to your home gym or workout room. Constructed of polycanvas, this bag also comes with an adjustable bag chain so that you can punch the middle of the bag no matter what height you are. This bag currently has a 5-star rating by all 12 people who reviewed it on Amazon.

    2) Century BOB XL with Base Unit

    If taking out your anger and frustration on a punching bag just doesn’t do it for you, meet BOB, your new training opponent with a lifelike torso. This freestanding bag holds up to 270 pounds of water or sand at the base, allowing plenty of support for your jabs. Multiple height settings allows the same adjustments you’d expect out of a regular heavy bag. BOB runs a little more expensive than regular bags…it’ll cost you approximately $275 to have him in your home.

    3) Everlast Train Advanced MMA 7-Ounce Striking / Training Gloves

    While the heavy bag mentioned in #1 does come with a free pair of gloves, the Everlast Train Advanced MMA training gloves come in small/medium or large/x-large. The heavy bag in #1 supposedly comes with an extra-large pair of gloves, so if you are looking for a smaller size grab this pair for approximately $26.

    4) Everlast Punch Mitts

    While these may not be too useful if you are working out alone, if you have a workout buddy consider the Everlast punch mitts. Currently listed at approximately $21, these punch mitts are relatively cheap for the amount of use you can get out of them.

    5) Everlast Everfresh Head Gear

    Finally, the most “optional” piece of equipment I am listing here is the Everlast Everfresh head gear. If you really are serious about using fighting as a training technique, buy two of these and two sets of gloves and do some actual fighting one-on-one with a friend. Of course, you can get a fun workout without these. BOB (mentioned above) won’t hit back 😉

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