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Hi, so I'm looking to get a home gym setup (even just a really basic one)

I'm about 6ft and 73kg... is that overweight or underweight or normal (17 yrs old)

I would like to get some weights and what not/ a machine until i get the confidence to go to the gym :p Needs to stay pretty cheap though.

What would i need? Budget is say... $450AU --> ~$320USD for the weights/machines


reasons for doing it are basically confidence/health/strength + muscle bulk increase :p and for perhaps a way to relate with people (something to talk about haha)




Cheers!
 

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Well i don't know kg, but according to this conversion chart 73 kg is only 160 pounds. For 6 feet you're fairly small.

Until you can get to the gym, I'd recommend going to www.trainforstrength.com and doing workout 1 until it gets easy, then move onto workout 2. It's a very good full body workout that focuses on strength building and endurance. The only equipment you need is a pullup bar.

Buying equipment for your home is very expensive, I know because I too am looking into building a home gym, and the price of plates right now are ridiculous.

This is a good site for gym equipment : http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/chinning.html Despite the shady looking web site it's actually a good company.

For a good beginner's routine once you actually get to the gym or get some equipment, go to the bodybuilding.com forums, here's a good thread to get you started http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=115643271 I was doing starting strength by Mark Rippetoe before I stopped going to the gym. It's the best beginner's routine for weight lifting in my opinion. Stick to free weights and bodyweight exercises. Machines are only useful for very specific purposes like recovery of certain muscles after an injury. Don't use them. Especially the smith machine.
 

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A big thanks mate, really :)

I'm just gunna get the pullup bar and maybe get a boxing bag (?) lol really again thanks it just seemed so daunting....

also what foods would you recommend i eat for meals , like for example... for someone who is used to eating **** food? As in a transition like they taste nice but also good for you.
 

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http://www.absdiet.com/uof/absdiet/noemail/:

Keep five to six small meals every two or three hours for optimal fat loss and steady blood sugar levels. the Abs diet power foods will help you keep you satisfied and with plenty of energy. You can have one cheat meal a week if you can keep up with the abs diet for at least three weeks but its up to you which diet or lifestyle you want. I suggest this diet because it has worked for me and you dont have to count calories.

A: Almonds, nuts.
B: Beans and other legumes.
S: Spinach and other green vegetables
D: Dairy products
I: Instant Oatmeal
E: Eggs
T: Turkey and other lean meats
P: Peanut Butter
O: Olive Oil
W: Whole grain breads and cereals
E: Extra- Protein Whey Powder
R: Raspberries and other berries
 

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I know how you feel about the gym. I think most "normal" people probably have the same problem let alone those of us with SA hehe.

I recently started working out at home too and looked through a bunch of equipment. Here's a list of some of the things I've picked up relatively cheaply and have had success with so far.

Pull up bar: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Total-Up...e=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1240160255&sr=1-2

There's a cheaper version of this, maybe $10 bucks cheaper but it has one less hand grip position, I like this one because it has 5 different grips ranging from narrow to wide (wide grips are HARD, whew). Nice thing is it fits in a doorway in your house/apt and doesn't have to be installed, just put it up when you need it then take it back down.

Perfect pushup: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pushup-PP6000-Original/dp/B000KDM3BG/ref=pd_bxgy_sg_text_b

These are also good for upper body workouts just like the pull up bar, I actually use both, definitely makes pushups easier on your wrists. Takes a little getting used to the motion at first.

Gripmasters: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

I decided to pick these up because I felt like my fingers were wanting to give out before my arms did when I was doing pullups, so I plan to use these to build up the strength in my fingers to make sure I'm getting the most out of my pullup exercises.

Heart rate monitor: http://www.amazon.com/Omron-HR-100C-Heart-Rate-Monitor/dp/B000A5CEUO/ref=pd_sim_sg_13

Good cheap heart rate monitor, nothing fancy but it does the job.

I'm still looking around for a good cardio type machine. I live in an upstairs apartment so I can't be doing jump rope or anything crazy, so I'll probably end up getting something like http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance to work a little cardio into my routine. I don't have a lot of space so everything I get has to be compact and easy to put away.

Basically there is tons of good cheap equipment out there to get you going. Amazon is definitely my fav spot to shop that way I can read all the reviews and get an idea of whether somethings going to work for me or not.
 
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