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February 1, 2013 7:49 AM
The bench I've been working with is about 20 years old. It's always been sort of rickety (not solid) but I liked it because it had a Lat tower built in... But the lat tower goes in the front between my legs when I'm lifting which makes it awkward to get on/off the bench with dumbbells in hand. On top of that, it's designed so that the "rack" for the barbell is bolted to the bench so I can't use this for squats.

I'm ready for a new bench and I don't see a lot of options around. I don't want a Smith machine setup and I really want a design where the lat tower is BEHIND me instead of in front of me. Can anyone recommend a good place to get a home gym like this?

I've thought about getting a Bowflex but they're expensive and I'm not sure if it's worth it. I don't like the Power rod design but I think the spiral flex is brilliant but $$$. I wanted a Bioforce but it looks like the company has gone belly-up and not being made anymore. Any recommendations?

(please don't tell me to get a gym membership. I haven't been able to go since I picked up noro-virus and thought I was going to die)
Edited by tomomatic On February 1, 2013 7:51 AM
February 1, 2013 7:58 AM
if you are in australia visit , We picked up a 140 pound gym set and a short bar for $125 AUD.
February 3, 2013 7:52 AM
I have a golds gym weight machine XR45. Still putting it together lol. Would have been done awhile ago but a part was missing so my husband is running back to the store now to pick it up. But....I've used it at a friends house and loved it so I bought it. I just don't have time to run to the gym. Look it up and see what you can do on it. I've been using some smaller free weights but can't do the exercises I want to do with free weights because of my back. I can however work with a machine and do similar exercises without pain to my herniated discs. Plus I don't need a spotter with a machine. Our son uses a bench and has all sorts of bars and weights to add to those bars. His favorite exercise is called the skull crusher aka nose breaker. After I saw what he did I know why they call it that. OMG!! His football coach has him doing these work outs that would make me cry lol

Adding: I'm putting this machine together myself. My husband is totally useless when it comes to assembling things. So if I can put it together anyone can. I just get my husband to come i later and tighten everything up since my hands are very painful and I can't grip the tools as well as he can.
Edited by fit4lifeUcan2 On February 3, 2013 7:54 AM


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