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CrimCrim 05-18-2012 05:48 AM

Is my gym adequately equipped?
 
It's a tiny one so I know it's far from ideal, but it has the following things

Machines
Exercise bikes/treadmills
Leg Extension/Hamstring Combo
Leg Curl
Ab Crunch/Back Extension Combo
Pec Deck
Leg Extension
Chest Press
Law/Low Row Combo
Leg Press/Calf Raise Combo (currently broken)
Shoulder Press

Others
I assume a squat rack
bench press
incline bench???
free weights (dumbbells)

Lacking
A place for pullups
other kinds of things such as ankle weights, resistance bands, etc.

Could I get a good workout here? How would you guys go about it? Looking for general muscle mass increase and strength increase in general.

This will be my first time working out with weights. I've always done calisthenics. I still want to do them, but how should I incorporate them? Could I do pushups/situps/pullups/hindu squats/handstand pullups/other stuff on my off days?

And would I be better off just doing my usual routine at home (my apartment complex has a place where I can do dips and pullups)?

I made a photobucket account with pictures of the machines and equipment the gym has in case they have non-standardized names

http://s1078.photobucket.com/albums/w497/winterbitten1/

Thanks for the help!

Commander 05-18-2012 02:41 PM

The older and more experienced I get, I firmly believe that the only thing limiting someone from getting a quality workout is their own desire and imagination.

So yes, you can get a quality workout in that gym. You can also get one with just your bodyweight.

Definitely incorporate both, and what is stopping you from investing in a few things to have at home?

Build some homemade suspension straps and you just opened up another area of exercises to do.

http://rosstraining.com/blog/2010/01...nsion-trainer/

CrimCrim 05-20-2012 05:51 AM

Ok. Is this a squat rack? Is it safe to use on my own? I never see anyone in the gym at the times I go, so I have to do everything without a spotter and I worry about hurting myself.

http://s1078.photobucket.com/albums/...=squatrack.png

Ratcat 05-20-2012 11:21 AM

That is a Smith Machine. You'll do well with what you have got there. :)

Commander 05-21-2012 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CrimCrim (Post 923479)
Ok. Is this a squat rack? Is it safe to use on my own? I never see anyone in the gym at the times I go, so I have to do everything without a spotter and I worry about hurting myself.

http://s1078.photobucket.com/albums/...=squatrack.png

That's a smith machine as already mentioned.

You can use it to spot yourself. There are hooks for the weight to rest on in case you push yourself to failure.

AndyMcInroy 05-30-2012 01:35 AM

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