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Good headphones and a subscription to Audible. It makes long walks (2-3 hrs most days) and yard work something I can look forward to every day.
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Books. The most helpful books are on yoga. Other books provide good advice on general principles of fitness, body-weight exercises, breathing, and other matters.

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Adjustable dumbbells
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I bought exercise bands to use at home while my gym was closed. You can buy a set that is stackable. You can easily exercise biceps, triceps, shoulders and legs. That plus body weight exercises like pushups and squats are all you need. If you have a pull up bar even better. And nothing special is needed for abs. Even with the gym open I use the exercise bands and do body weight stuff.
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corn18 wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:31 pm
SmallSaver wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:58 pm
fatcoffeedrinker wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:50 pm
simplesimon wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:00 pm Another vote for power rack + barbell.
+1. No better exercise than squats.
Deadlifts?
If I had to choose which one is better, I would say squats. Just because Rippetoe told me that. I like to deadlift way more than squat, though. And straight bar bench press should be banned. Shoulders aren't meant to do that.
While I agree it's #3 behind the squat and deadlift, there is nothing wrong with the bench press. However owing to it's undeserved ascension to the throne of faux masculinity (aka bro-lifting aka what do you bench bro?) it is seldom done correctly by your average user, including myself by the way for about the first 10 years of my lifting career. Most people lay down flat on a bench and bounce a bar repeatedly off their chest with a wide grip, flared elbows and a touch point at the upper chest. That will tear up the shoulders eventually. Done properly as explained by a typical powerlifting tutorial, with a modest lower back arch, retracted scapula/tight lats, tucked elbows, a touch point in the lower chest or upper sternum, avoiding overextension on the lockout, and it is among the best movements for upper body strength.

Also regarding the post about a chin/pull up bar being more ideal then weights as we age...the compound lifts will load the body in natural human movements (and the squat and hip hinge are each as natural a human movement that there is, whereas the pull up is less natural for us and more natural for our primate relatives) that will best preserve both muscle mass and bone density as we age. It's also worth mentioning lower back problems tend to be prevalent with age driven by weakness in the posterior chain, and the pull up does nothing to address this yet the squat and deadlift do.
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BroIceCream wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:57 am exercise wheel. cheap. effective
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NHRATA01 wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:11 pm
corn18 wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:31 pm
SmallSaver wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:58 pm
fatcoffeedrinker wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:50 pm
simplesimon wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:00 pm Another vote for power rack + barbell.
+1. No better exercise than squats.
Deadlifts?
If I had to choose which one is better, I would say squats. Just because Rippetoe told me that. I like to deadlift way more than squat, though. And straight bar bench press should be banned. Shoulders aren't meant to do that.
While I agree it's #3 behind the squat and deadlift, there is nothing wrong with the bench press. However owing to it's undeserved ascension to the throne of faux masculinity (aka bro-lifting aka what do you bench bro?) it is seldom done correctly by your average user, including myself by the way for about the first 10 years of my lifting career. Most people lay down flat on a bench and bounce a bar repeatedly off their chest with a wide grip, flared elbows and a touch point at the upper chest. That will tear up the shoulders eventually. Done properly as explained by a typical powerlifting tutorial, with a modest lower back arch, retracted scapula/tight lats, tucked elbows, a touch point in the lower chest or upper sternum, avoiding overextension on the lockout, and it is among the best movements for upper body strength.

Also regarding the post about a chin/pull up bar being more ideal then weights as we age...the compound lifts will load the body in natural human movements (and the squat and hip hinge are each as natural a human movement that there is, whereas the pull up is less natural for us and more natural for our primate relatives) that will best preserve both muscle mass and bone density as we age. It's also worth mentioning lower back problems tend to be prevalent with age driven by weakness in the posterior chain, and the pull up does nothing to address this yet the squat and deadlift do.
I don't think you can really say any of the "big 3" are more important/better than the others. They all have different benefits.

I've always thought you need the yin and the yang for each exercise. Don't just do squats without deadlifting or your hamstrings will be underdeveloped. Don't bench without a pullup or row or your lats will be underdeveloped. A push should be balanced with a pull to prevent imbalances. I think one reason people advocate for squats as "king" is because it's probably the most physiologically difficult major exercise. A squat day is almost always the most taxing day in the gym. Deadlifts are a close second, but I definitely feel squats the next day much more.
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alfaspider wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am
NHRATA01 wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:11 pm
corn18 wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:31 pm
SmallSaver wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:58 pm
fatcoffeedrinker wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:50 pm

+1. No better exercise than squats.
Deadlifts?
If I had to choose which one is better, I would say squats. Just because Rippetoe told me that. I like to deadlift way more than squat, though. And straight bar bench press should be banned. Shoulders aren't meant to do that.
While I agree it's #3 behind the squat and deadlift, there is nothing wrong with the bench press. However owing to it's undeserved ascension to the throne of faux masculinity (aka bro-lifting aka what do you bench bro?) it is seldom done correctly by your average user, including myself by the way for about the first 10 years of my lifting career. Most people lay down flat on a bench and bounce a bar repeatedly off their chest with a wide grip, flared elbows and a touch point at the upper chest. That will tear up the shoulders eventually. Done properly as explained by a typical powerlifting tutorial, with a modest lower back arch, retracted scapula/tight lats, tucked elbows, a touch point in the lower chest or upper sternum, avoiding overextension on the lockout, and it is among the best movements for upper body strength.

Also regarding the post about a chin/pull up bar being more ideal then weights as we age...the compound lifts will load the body in natural human movements (and the squat and hip hinge are each as natural a human movement that there is, whereas the pull up is less natural for us and more natural for our primate relatives) that will best preserve both muscle mass and bone density as we age. It's also worth mentioning lower back problems tend to be prevalent with age driven by weakness in the posterior chain, and the pull up does nothing to address this yet the squat and deadlift do.
I don't think you can really say any of the "big 3" are more important/better than the others. They all have different benefits.

I've always thought you need the yin and the yang for each exercise. Don't just do squats without deadlifting or your hamstrings will be underdeveloped. Don't bench without a pullup or row or your lats will be underdeveloped. A push should be balanced with a pull to prevent imbalances. I think one reason people advocate for squats as "king" is because it's probably the most physiologically difficult major exercise. A squat day is almost always the most taxing day in the gym. Deadlifts are a close second, but I definitely feel squats the next day much more.
I agree. All three plus pull ups (both grips) are really good. I had a shoulder issue when I was competing. Went to see the PT and she recommended upper back pulling exercises. I thought she was nuts. But I did it and I'll be darned, the shoulder issues were cured and as long as I keep up with the upper back exercises, I am cured.

I will say that my shoulders will never allow me to do straight bar bench again. I use a Swiss bar now and it is sooooo much more comfortable.
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Anyone have one of those pull up devices that are made to hang in a doorway? Do they work ok without wrecking the doorway?
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No question about it: Peloton. Thus far this year, I’ve exercised ~3,000 minutes (as measured by progress towards the Peloton annual challenge), and have completed 562 total workouts since 1/1/2019 (when I started). I’ve purchased other devices/equipment in the past but, for whatever reason, they just haven’t “clicked” with me. Since starting, my resting heart rate has dropped by about 20 BPM, and (counterintuitively) I’ve gained a little weight. That said, since Jan 1st of 2020, I’ve incorporated weight training on M-W-F-Su and have dialed back my aerobic (Peloton) workouts to 60 minute sessions on Tu-Th-Sa. So, I’ve lost a lot of fat and have gained muscle. Could something else work as well? Yes, but this worked best FOR ME and, if I had to do it all over again, I’d go with a Peloton.
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Slapshot wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:27 pm Anyone have one of those pull up devices that are made to hang in a doorway? Do they work ok without wrecking the doorway?
They work ok, as long as you have decent trim surrounding the door. One thing we've found on the model we have is that as the pullup bar ages, the rubber bumpers that rest against the frame may leave a black mark/smudge. Other than that it is fine.
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Surprisingly, for me - it’s been a wooden plyo box. It’s come in handy for so many things outside of its intended purpose. I use it for a step to reach up for pull/chip up’s, dumbbell stand, landmine rest, etc. I use it everyday, paid $50 came in a flat pack ready to assemble.
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tvubpwcisla wrote: 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?

Thanks!
For "Dip Bar Stations", you might be referring to a "power tower" which is a combination of (dip station, vertical knee raise, pull up bar,...). Some towers have accessories allowing you to do angled push-ups,... Combine that with some resistance bands with handles, and you'll have a nice set up workout equipment, especially if space is an issue.
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If I had to only have one the rest of my life: Concept2 rower. If I could have 2 more: kettlebell and a sandbag (workout style). The next two would be my powerblock adjustable dumbbells and a slam ball. I have other gear but there is plenty of versatility with this small set.
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I have two pieces of equipment that compete in our home. The first is a Peloton, which is great for daily cardio.

The second is a set of Ironmaster dumbbells with their "Super Bench". Combined with the Peloton, I get a great workout and spent less than $5k on all of it. This covers all the workouts I'd want to do at the gym, and it all takes up hardly any space.

Well worth the investment on your health.
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I went off the deep end 25 years ago. Olympic weights. Full power rack with cable and stack of weights. Even had a leg press machine with 2,500 lb capacity!
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The best: A NordicTrack cross country ski machine that was $20 like new off of Craigslist a few years ago. I use it for 30 minutes every day. It replaced a NordicTrack cross country ski machine that was $80 at a thrift store and lasted 15 years with daily use. I love it so much I’d pay full price for one if I had to.

The worst: A Peloton bike that I bought (off of Craigslist) because my wife wanted one. I used it for a year (about 300 rides of 30 to 60 minutes), but grew to hate the constant din of the instructors and ended the subscription since my wife had lost interest.

With the NordicTrack, I listen to news, podcasts, language lessons, lose myself in thought, whatever. It also gives my arms a little workout.
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Also have a treadmill.
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Well, not technically bought for my home, but my fav exercise equipment is my scuba gear. Not as good a workout as some here can do, but wonderful...
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Getting close to pulling the trigger on a Hydrow (although I may wait until Black Friday since they were $1k off last year). Any more thoughts or advice? Yes, I know it's pricey but we can afford it and I figured a rower takes care of both the cardio and strength part. And, yes, I also considered the Concept 2, but I love the screen/display and variety available with the Hydrow.
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MDfan wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:25 pm Getting close to pulling the trigger on a Hydrow (although I may wait until Black Friday since they were $1k off last year). Any more thoughts or advice? Yes, I know it's pricey but we can afford it and I figured a rower takes care of both the cardio and strength part. And, yes, I also considered the Concept 2, but I love the screen/display and variety available with the Hydrow.
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Maybe. But I’m confident there will be something on Black Friday and I can wait.
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A10 acre piece of land surrounding the house. I (we) get plenty of exercise.
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BH_RedRan wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:22 pm A10 acre piece of land surrounding the house. I (we) get plenty of exercise.
Yep if you are working the land outdoors you may be getting better exercise than many home gym enthusiasts.

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lightheir wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:58 am

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.

250 watts is 1/3 of a horsepower - not too shabby for us recreational cyclists. Pro cyclists can apparently produce 1200 watts of power in a sprint.
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I answered power rack and barbell upthread, but after 3.5 months on the waitlist I was finally able to order a Concept2 indoor rower to supplement my lifting. I used to just crank on it hard for sprints at the gym, but decided to follow a more structured program and learn how to row well. I'm pretty impressed with the machine, the support the company provides, and the community. Keeps things interesting at least.
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A yoga mat and some 30 minute yoga videos.
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MDfan wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:25 pm Getting close to pulling the trigger on a Hydrow (although I may wait until Black Friday since they were $1k off last year). Any more thoughts or advice? Yes, I know it's pricey but we can afford it and I figured a rower takes care of both the cardio and strength part. And, yes, I also considered the Concept 2, but I love the screen/display and variety available with the Hydrow.
We got a hydrow and love it. It actually makes me look forward to exercise which is pretty rare for me (outside, say, of a bike ride on a beautiful day). Really great workout, really great product (both the rower and the programming).

FWIW they are running 4-6 weeks behind in shipping direct (can get it quicker from some best buys) so I agree I think things are a lot different from last November when they were still trying to make a name for themselves. At this point they have been favorably reviewed by a number of publications and rowing sites and of course demand for all home equipment is through the roof. OTOH they did have a pretty good discount deal with Amex over the summer so who knows.
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I have built myself a pretty respectable garage gym during this pandemic, complete with a power rack, several bars, 450lb worth of plates and some dumbbells.

But my favorite piece of equipment is my Concept 2 rower and let me throw in a pair of kettlebells to go with that.

If you exercise regularly like I do but somehow had to choose one piece of equipment, get the rower.
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Iorek wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:34 pm
MDfan wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:25 pm Getting close to pulling the trigger on a Hydrow (although I may wait until Black Friday since they were $1k off last year). Any more thoughts or advice? Yes, I know it's pricey but we can afford it and I figured a rower takes care of both the cardio and strength part. And, yes, I also considered the Concept 2, but I love the screen/display and variety available with the Hydrow.
We got a hydrow and love it. It actually makes me look forward to exercise which is pretty rare for me (outside, say, of a bike ride on a beautiful day). Really great workout, really great product (both the rower and the programming).

FWIW they are running 4-6 weeks behind in shipping direct (can get it quicker from some best buys) so I agree I think things are a lot different from last November when they were still trying to make a name for themselves. At this point they have been favorably reviewed by a number of publications and rowing sites and of course demand for all home equipment is through the roof. OTOH they did have a pretty good discount deal with Amex over the summer so who knows.
Thanks. I am trying to hold out for a price drop/deal, but it certainly seems like they really don't need to at this point. I'll probably wait until November to pull the trigger to see if that changes at all.
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CoAndy wrote: Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:36 am For me, hands down it would be the Assault Bike.
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A proper ITTF certified STIGA table tennis table for our game room. We used to use it about twice a week prior to Covid, but since March or thereabouts of this year we have been using it 4-5 times per week.

It is in keeping with our personal philosophies regarding exercise, which is to never exercise just for the sake of exercising, i.e., it has to be a byproduct of something other primary goal/outcome. And to never spend money on anything where exercising is the primary goal/outcome, so, like, no gym memberships, etc. Club memberships are fine if the clubs have tennis/squash/badminton courts, table tennis tables etc.

Following this philosophy, we can only exercise by playing some sport where enjoying the sport and having fun are the primary objectives.
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I have two items which are used - bicycle and kettlebells.

Biking 4-5 x per week during good weather (inside to Y for stationary bike in winter). I have been using the Kettlebells about 2-3x week.

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tvubpwcisla wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:49 am What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
My Pickleball paddle.

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My old treadmill, I try to walk 2 miles a day in about 34 minutes, at least 5 days a week.

Second piece is my old TotalGym for about 15 minute worth of resistance workout after the walk.
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Black iron pipe, elbow connectors, and flanges to make a pullup bar attached to the ceiling in my garage, about $50.
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I have a full blown power rack with a pulley system and stack of weights. Olympic weights. Was a Mr. Olympia Lee Haney system and purchased about 30 years ago.

At one time I also had a Leg Press in my basement! Seriously who has that? Then again that was using over 1,400 pounds for leg presses.

I used to compete in powerlifting in the 242 lbs. weight class.

The equipment served well and now my kid is using it to train for football.
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Another vote for power rack with barbell and bumper plates. (Technically, this makes the single best piece of equipment a barbell.)
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Most aspirational exercise equipment eventually ends up as garage clutter, before being sold/given away. I've also heard that any kind of weights or other equipment is difficult to come by now.

My sophisticated weight training equipment consists of canisters of cat litter from Target and Fred Meyer, as well as a couple of push up bars that I put near the bathroom so I'll use it in the morning and before a shower. Otherwise I go for 2-mile walks every day or a 10-mile bike ride, all in parks where I can be around people and enjoy nature safely. I have two electric bikes, which allows me to explore more without struggling too much on hills and to have funner rides. If it's raining too hard I might do a half-hour dance session to fun music in my garage, utilizing the cat litter containers for some weight training. No reps, no equipment, no clutter or equipment or Peleton subscriptions. Just move and make it varied and fun and social. I'm inspired by Zen Habits and Mr. Money Mustache, who bikes year-round in Colorado weather, does building projects for exercise, and also does low-tech strength training. Jeff Yeager, who writes personal finance books as The Cheapskate, would do book tours on a bike, and had a personal rule to spend at least an hour a day outside, which makes a good goal. The Apple Watch rings are my fitness coach, with a simple 30 minutes a day of active exercise and 500 active calories--step trackers are deathly dull and boring.
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Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

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I was forced to bicycle trainer because of the air quality resulting from the fires. And although I've used it only twice, I expect I'll need it from here on in so I won't return it.
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