Been talking with a few of my mates, and they all think I'm an idiot for joining a gym. They claim it's a waste of money, and that you're better off buying the equipment yourself, and doing it at home.I was thinking about it, and my membership costs about... $600 (AUS) a year, and I reckon I could set myself up with a more than decent home gym for about $1000 (AUS). Was wondering whether anyone else out there has had much experience in the difference between home and the public gym, which they found more useful, motivational, and economical. All my mates have shitty bench presses, a bar, weights, two dumbells and maybe a lat pull down attached the bench. Personally I was looking at something like this:http://www.gymandfitness.com.au/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/45/products_id/205or this one, I don't like the smith bar, but the pull up bar appeals to me, plus it's by far the cheapest thing I've found so far:http://cgi.ebay.com.au/BRAND-NEW-MULTISTATION-SMITH-MACHINE_W0QQitemZ7245755925QQcategoryZ48848QQcmdZViewItemPlus a seperate adjustable bench (which I'd place in the squat rack), bar, dumbells and weights. Would this set up be enough to give my entire body a good workout? I'm looking at my legs mostly, I mean I can the main workout squats done easily enough, but are squats alone good enough to build strong legs, or are the minor excersises such as leg press, curl and extention required also?Another thing, most racks come with or without the lat pulldown cable. Of all the racks I've seen, it costs quite a bit more to get it, is that cable really needed? I hardly ever use it at the gym, but I'm looking down the line the future when I need to mix my workouts up to shock the body. I'm afraid with a limited home gym my body will grow used to the routine.Thanks for any input guys, I'm really confused on this one.
Found out some answers to my own questions, thought I'd post them here incase anyone else was interested. I remember some guy in the past saying he couldn't reach a gym.
These two articles are by the same guy, has lots of good advice on what equipment is needed, home safety and where to find the best bargins.