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Since the pandemic, the gym I use has either been closed or limited to 25% (now 10%) capacity.  In order to be able to workout, you have to call and make a reservation.  I did that up until November, when it became harder to reserve a workout time.  

So I ended up buying a home gym set with weights, cage, and a bench.  Now I workout at home without any hassle of putting on a mask, making reservations, and wiping down the equipments.

Anyone else end up buying a home gym set due to Covid?

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1 hour ago, Yukari said:

Since the pandemic, the gym I use has either been closed or limited to 25% (now 10%) capacity.  In order to be able to workout, you have to call and make a reservation.  I did that up until November, when it became harder to reserve a workout time.  

So I ended up buying a home gym set with weights, cage, and a bench.  Now I workout at home without any hassle of putting on a mask, making reservations, and wiping down the equipments.

Anyone else end up buying a home gym set due to Covid?

We didn’t buy anything new, but set up a room to workout in. We already had some weights, resistance bands and other stuff. 

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6 hours ago, Yukari said:

Anyone else end up buying a home gym set due to Covid?

No. Quite the opposite, actually. I had designs on building a weight room in my basement last winter. Was going to buy a 300lb Olympic barbell set and a power rack. Then COVID hit and weights became more popular than front row tickets to a Ariana Grande concert. I refuse to spend $600 on a set of weights that normally cost $300-400.

I have adjustable dumbbells that go up to 50lbs so I have something, but I’m currently back to body weight plyo and calisthenics stuff again anyway.

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2 hours ago, billchao said:

No. Quite the opposite, actually. I had designs on building a weight room in my basement last winter. Was going to buy a 300lb Olympic barbell set and a power rack. Then COVID hit and weights became more popular than front row tickets to a Ariana Grande concert. I refuse to spend $600 on a set of weights that normally cost $300-400.

I have adjustable dumbbells that go up to 50lbs so I have something, but I’m currently back to body weight plyo and calisthenics stuff again anyway.

How was the concert then?😜

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16 hours ago, billchao said:

No. Quite the opposite, actually. I had designs on building a weight room in my basement last winter. Was going to buy a 300lb Olympic barbell set and a power rack. Then COVID hit and weights became more popular than front row tickets to a Ariana Grande concert. I refuse to spend $600 on a set of weights that normally cost $300-400.

I have adjustable dumbbells that go up to 50lbs so I have something, but I’m currently back to body weight plyo and calisthenics stuff again anyway.

That was the worst thing about setting up the home gym.  The cost of weights has sky rocketed.  I looked at the CraigsList and people there were also price gouging.

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I'm really bad, I have a full set of free weights in the basement that I haven't touched in years. Between the winter, (I live in NY), and COVID I haven't done a damn thing. I really need to get my ass in gear, sitting around all day watching CNN just doesn't get it.

Then come spring I'll complain about my lack of distance again. When will I ever learn?

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I've been working out more since I got the home gym set.  I used to go to the gym everyday.  Up at 4:45 AM, in the gym by 5:30 work out for an hour or so,...

But since I am saving time on driving, I tend to workout a little more.

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I have enough home equipment where it would take me two years of working out 3-4 times a week to reach a point where I would need to join a gym to keep gaining. So that's my long term goal. Hopefully covid is gone by then.

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I've not been to the gym since last March and really not eager to go back.  We have barbells, a bench, a treadmill and a spinning bike and they have been getting more use than the gym membership ever did.  It is so easy to do a short workout in the AM, then hit the computer with no commute to work.  Then do a short stint on the treadmill over lunch to stretch my legs and then a bigger workout after I log off for the day.  I'm often done before I would normally get home from the office.  Now, if I would just cut down on the beer, pizza, spaghetti, etc. I might actually lose some weight.

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