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What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Post by tvubpwcisla » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:49 am

I am looking at Dip Bar Stations as they look pretty versatile and you can do a lot of different exercises on them.

What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Also, maybe comment on what you would not buy?

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Post by Triple digit golfer » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:52 am

That's a tough question because it depends on your goals and preferences.

Currently, the single best would be my elliptical trainer simply because it is the only equipment that I really use besides a pull-up bar, which is attached to my power rack but easily could be replaced by one of the varieties that hangs in a doorway.

Five years ago I would have said my power rack and free weights, although that is more than one piece.

A dip bar station with a pull-up bar would be a good choice. My two favorite upper body exercises are chin-ups and push-ups, but if I had a dip bar I would probably incorporate some dips too. I have to be careful because my right shoulder gave me some problems in the past and dips and standard, palms-out pull-ups sometimes aggravate it.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:55 am

A Collings Axe splitting Maul. It's held together nicely, has a nice edge that's easy to sharpen and has served to allow me to exercise and strengthen a variety of muscles while generating cords of split, stacked fire wood. I paid $27 for it at the local hardware store.
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Post by jaj2276 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:55 am

Hydrow. It's incredible. Hearing about the dedication people have with the Peloton made me want to try and find a "connected" device that was more than legs. The rowing machine supposedly works 86% of your body and Hydrow seemed to be the Peloton of rowers.

It's going on 6 weeks and I've done a row every day (even weekends). It's super expensive (upfront + monthly) but I've wasted a lot more money on other purchases (both exercise and non-exercise) without getting anywhere near the benefit I've gotten from Hydrow.

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Post by livesoft » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:58 am

My running shoes.
My road bike.
The stairs in my house.
Some dumbbells.
A sport watch that records runs, walks, bike rides, heart rate.
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Post by UpperNwGuy » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:02 am

Dumbbells.

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Post by Slacker » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:07 am

My power cage with close spaced holes.

I can do dips and pullups in it while also safely doing barbell exercises. I've put extensions allowing me to mount pulleys to give me all the exercises and capabilities of a functional trainer.

Close second to the power cage would be the barbell.

Third is my adjustable dumbbells.

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Post by Nowizard » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:08 am

Good pair of walking/running shoes and enough reading to convince that using those shoes is about all that is required if you are generally active in other areas such as yardwork, home projects, etc. Might be different for younger folks.

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Post by buckeye7983 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:17 am

Concept2 Model D rowing machine. It is the rowing machine used by essentially all rowing teams, but can be used by anyone, including beginners with no prior rowing experience (like me).

It is built like a tank, doesn't have a bunch of electronic parts to break (simple performance monitor that runs on 2 batteries), and is easily stored out of the way if necessary. Reasonable price and no monthly fees.

Great aerobic or anaerobic workout. Particularly useful for low impact total body workout (including core and upper body) as compared to treadmill, elliptical, etc. Very active user community with lots of challenges, rankings, etc.

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Post by runner3081 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:20 am

Running shoes.

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Post by Chicken Little » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:21 am

4-way tie;

1. Stationary bike (for 10 minute warmup before real exercise begins)

2. Power blocks

3. Pull up bar

4. Jump rope

In market for dip stand as well.

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Post by Sandtrap » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:23 am

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Post by ncbill » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:27 am

I bought an inexpensive stationary bike.

Kid (slender frame) bought free weights and also uses hand weights while out running.

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Post by alfaspider » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:49 am

Rogue squat rack with spotter arms. Between that, a barbell, and bumper plates, I can pretty much do everything I need from a strength training perspective. Total godsend given the COVID lockdowns.

I would put strength equipment well above cardio as far as home equipment. Cardio is pretty easy to get without equipment. A pair of running shoes or a jump rope will give you all the cardio you need. If you don't have running shoes, you can do jumping jacks and burpees barefoot. There's some strength training you can do without equipment, but it's much more limiting as you get stronger.

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Post by Millennial » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:57 am

A smart trainer for my road bike.

This has allowed me to use a virtual cycling platform (RGT, Zwift, BKool, etc) which I have found way more interesting than just cycling in the basement... The workouts, challenges, and especially races against real-world competitors, make me want to use it every day.

I also have a treadmill and erg that I use, but they certainly don't have the same draw for me.

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Post by stoptothink » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:58 am

Depends on your goals. If you are a strength trainer there is only one answer: a rack. I can no longer put direct loads on my spine due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, so a lot of my equipment is collecting dust. But, my sled/prowler gets a ton of use now.

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Post by 7th_Diagram » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:59 am

Squat rack
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Post by Carguy85 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:02 am

A weider power rack (squat rack) and adjustable bench...has a pull up bar as well. Got on sale for under $300 before sears went out. A tremendous amount can be done simply with body weight. Many seem to think machines are needed when in fact they are a big waste of time...we got a treadmill for free because the previous owners of it needed one with a TV/internet.

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Post by KlangFool » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am

My electric bike.

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Post by Themiscyra » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:09 am

#1. a subscription to Beachbody app. Can stream new workouts with new motivational trainers all the time. Weights, yoga, cardio, you name it.

#2. A massage gun. In my 40s. Use it to warm up my muscles before workout and for recovery after workout. Exercise in your 40s has to include a good warmup and recovery plan or the fun ends soon with recurrent injuries.

#3. Foam Roller

#4. Dumbells

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Post by sailaway » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:12 am

Yoga mat

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Post by jaap24 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:13 am

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Post by Chrono Triggered » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:14 am

Adjustable dumbbells that range from 10lbs to 90lbs each. Combine that with an adjustable bench and a pull up bar, and I can do pretty much any workout I want. Benching 80lb+ dumbbells can be tricky though.

I also have a Concept 2 rower and it's an excellent machine.

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Post by h82goslw » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am

KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?

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Post by jabberwockOG » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am

1. High quality shoes designed for specific sports.
2. A set of prescription swim goggles.
3. High end racquetball, pickleball, and ping pong racquets.
4. High quality yoga mat.

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Post by KlangFool » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am

h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

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Post by hicabob » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:06 am

h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
You can, and most people do pedal also. It gets people who wouldn't want to bike under their own power out and exercising.
Sort of funny yesterday when I was pedaling hard on the bike path and an older fellow sitting up straight and pedaling gently goes by me at 25mph.
I saw him later happy and smiling.

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Post by alfaspider » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am

KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am
h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

KlangFool
I've ridden centuries (100 mile rides) with 80+ year olds on non-electric bikes. Wouldn't it be better to just do those very same rides with a good conventional bike?

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Post by corn18 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am

a kettlebell. Between kettlebell swings, pushups and pull-ups, I can get a great all body workout. Add a treadmill and you never need to go outside :mrgreen:

Second bst would be my power rack and weights. But I got into competitive powerlifting, so might not be suited for everyone.
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Post by kelvan80 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:06 am

Walking/running shoes

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Post by ponyboy » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:07 am

Unfortunately, not many are commenting on the single best piece of equipment. Most would say a squat rack with an oly bar and olympic set of weights...but thats more than 1 single item. If you want to build strength, thats all you need.

If I had to pick 1 single item, it would probably be my rowing machine. Cardio is much more important that strength building...not to mention you do build strength with a rower.

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Post by stoptothink » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:12 am

ponyboy wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:07 am
Cardio is much more important that strength building.
You just opened pandora's box...

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Post by Sandtrap » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:19 am

stoptothink wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:12 am
ponyboy wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:07 am
Cardio is much more important that strength building.
You just opened pandora's box...
Is construction work cardio or strength building?
Mini ranch chores?

Recent Doctor’s advice was to “avoid inactivity” and less intense focus on “adding or ramping up gym work and PT rehab”.

Do you need fitness equipment to avoid inactivity??

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Post by Mr.Chlorine » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:20 am

As someone who sees cardio as more important than strength training... stair stepper or rower are my go-to's. Both keep me more engaged than other machines.

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Post by azanon » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:20 am

A TotalGym. If i didn't have a real gym, I'd probably just use that. Does everything but cardio.

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Post by h82goslw » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:24 am

alfaspider wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am
h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

KlangFool
I've ridden centuries (100 mile rides) with 80+ year olds on non-electric bikes. Wouldn't it be better to just do those very same rides with a good conventional bike?

Agree with alfaspider. As one who has ridden many, many miles on a bike I’m not sure why someone would consider an electric bike a true form of exercise.

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Post by Northster » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:27 am

azanon wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:20 am
A TotalGym. If i didn't have a real gym, I'd probably just use that. Does everything but cardio.
+2

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Post by CrossOverGuy » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:36 am

Nordictrack ski machine bought in the 1980s -- still works. No electric parts, gives a very good aerobic workout. I don't know why they stopped making them though, since years ago there were studies that cross-country skiing gave the best cardio workout.

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Post by montanagirl » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:41 am

In 1986 I bought a good sturdy Schwinn DX900 spin bike like I had been using at the gym. That solved the problem of exercising during the worst of winter snow and also when it was too hot for me in the summer. And I dropped the gym membership.

Still use it a couple times a week, along with my outdoor bike, walking, and free weights. :beer

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Post by Cycle » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:44 am

Pull-up rings or bar hanging from rafters. Dip station.

A heavy kettle bell
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Post by pahkcah » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:44 am

DW - Landice L7 Sports Treadmill

Me - Precor EFX 5.35 Elliptical

Helps a lot when it's icy/snowy outside in winter. :happy

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Post by KlangFool » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:50 am

alfaspider wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am
h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

KlangFool
I've ridden centuries (100 mile rides) with 80+ year olds on non-electric bikes. Wouldn't it be better to just do those very same rides with a good conventional bike?
alfaspider,

If you can, good for you. But, it is not possible for me. I do not have the right genes.

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Post by Carson » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:52 am

I agree with dumbbells.

I started with an adjustable set from the sports authority and used that for about 12 years. I recently 'upgraded' by going out to DH's garage where he has a full set of DBs and we now have from 1-100 lbs. I'll be good for quite awhile now!
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Post by KlangFool » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:52 am

h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:24 am
alfaspider wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am
h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

KlangFool
I've ridden centuries (100 mile rides) with 80+ year olds on non-electric bikes. Wouldn't it be better to just do those very same rides with a good conventional bike?
Agree with alfaspider. As one who has ridden many, many miles on a bike I’m not sure why someone would consider an electric bike a true form of exercise.
h82goslw,

Why is it hard for you to understand that some folks may not have the right genes to do that?

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Post by quantAndHold » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:53 am

In the inexpensive category....jump rope. Great for HIIT training in the basement in bad weather.

In the expensive and takes up a lot of space category...power rack and free weights. A set of adjustable dumbbells would work, be cheaper and take up much less space, but having the power rack and barbell is so much nicer.

In the multitasking category....bicycle. I get cardio going to the grocery store. What’s not to like?
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.

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Post by gasman » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:56 am

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Post by lightheir » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:58 am

h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:24 am
alfaspider wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am
h82goslw wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:00 am
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 am
My electric bike.

KlangFool
How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment?
h82goslw,

A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike.

B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking.

KlangFool
I've ridden centuries (100 mile rides) with 80+ year olds on non-electric bikes. Wouldn't it be better to just do those very same rides with a good conventional bike?

Agree with alfaspider. As one who has ridden many, many miles on a bike I’m not sure why someone would consider an electric bike a true form of exercise.
And someone who races bikes and rides them very hard, I disagree completely.

Electric bikes flatten out the large effort required to crest even small hills and make cycling much more enjoyable and not as extreme an effort for those who can't handle the hills or the effort.

I have a powermeter on my non-electric bike so I know full well exactly how many watts it requires to climb even small hills, and I routinely see 250+ watt efforts even for short roller hills. For the non-bike-nerds out there, 250 watts is probably the upper limit of what recreational cyclist who isn't a serious athlete, will be able to hold for < 1-2 minutes.

For senior citizens especially, but even for young folks who don't ride regularly, that kind of effort really sucks the fun out of cycling. Throw in a 'real' hill, and it's game over for most of these same folks. E-bikes allow you to stay in the game, even if you are putting out less effort. And staying in the game >>> being out of it and and doing nothing at all.

You better believe that when I'm too old to crest the hills with vigor, I'll swap my racing bike for an e-bike.

And of course, if you are a healthly (likely young) person who's out to hammer your workout and you can handle the hills, then of course it makes zero sense to choose an e-bike. Duh

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Post by simplesimon » Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:00 pm

Another vote for power rack + barbell.

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