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Q: did anyone have any locally made gym at home?

can a carpenter in china make a gym bench and can i get someone to make a local iron and bar for me so i can push at home. Anyone  done that before?

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I saw lifting bench on outside 'gym' in Dalian in front of the housing complex. There is one in Fukang, Xinjiang park, also.

 

Take carpenter to any outside 'gym' in front of the apartment complex or park, and ask him to make you one. You might need Chinese English translator.

 

When I talked to my ex-Chinese GF about using shoemaker or tailor for hand-made stuff, she would always say: 'I don't trust Chinese hands', and she was right. Hand-made shoes were finished too small. Same happened with tailor in Shanghai Silk Road.

 

Final 'gym' product might be dangerous to use. Be carefull!

Spiderboenz:

Ex-chinese? As in, she used to be chinese but now she isn't? Or did you mean chinese ex-girlfriend?

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Yes, correct. 'Chinese ex-GF'.

I get confused by 'directions', after looking at Pashti whole night.

 

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Why bother, im sure you can find one on taobao.

nbmlord:

yeah  you right. i saw a complete set  for  240rmb on discount.  do you think it will be good based on the price

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Gyms in china have the unappealing combination of being over priced, overcrowded and under equipped.  That being said if you look hard enough you may be able to find one less frequented by locals.   I have never found home gyms appealing because home is for rest and nothing else.  It's hard to get a real workout just because you know the couch and fridge are nearby.  Plus just benching and curling doesn't sound like  enough to produce any results.  I'd always recommend gym memberships but in the case of china it comes begrudgingly. 

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I bought a cheap barbell set on taobao. The rubber tends to be a bit dirty but it does the job. The metal ones are much better if you have the money to spend. To be honest the difference in price is not that big if you search around. I picked up a bench cheap as well, and a squat cage, but they don't sell that model anymore. The cages seem to be a bit expensive now.

 

Gyms in China suck. If you're lucky they might have free weights but they're usually attached to a smith machine which you should NEVER use. So just taobao it all.

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Oh yeah, obviously you won't be having any spotters in your home gym.  Even pro football players have died from accidents in the privacy Of their home gyms...  Usually on bench presses too.  I had an awesome rack at home for many years but was always reluctant to max out on it just because there was nobody else around just in case.  And what about squats?  

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They have a safety bar so you don't need a spotter. Squat racks are pretty safe so long as you know what you're doing.

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I have a gym at home, my apartment has 2 bedrooms but I have no children, only me and my partner. I emptied the second bedroom and bought a bench with weights and a treadmill, it's not as good as a real gym but at least I don't have to deal with the wankers who go to gym and do nothing but sitting on the machines without using it, and the room has a much better view than the local gyms I have checked.

 

All you need is motivation, as said above, with the fridge and the sofa nearby it can be tempting.

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Why bench or squat dangerously? Buy a Smith type squat rack, put it in your bedroom or where ever. 

Why risk it?

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.498.lfMcAJ&...

xunliang:

Don't use Smith machines. They restrict your range of motion to an unnatural range and will f up your knees. You should ALWAYS squat with free weights.

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Okely dokely.

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Yeah, 

 

I got a bench and some dumb bells that go up to like 150 kg. I got a gym membership too but... sometimes don't have the time to make it to the gym. 

 

Plus people stare, lockers stink, insecure men try to compete.... and all that jazz. 

 

All you really need is a good bench, a set of dum bells that go up to a decent weight and you are pretty much set for 80-90% of the workouts you need. 

jetfire9000:

Hahahaha, yeah gotta hate all that unwanted competitiveness!  And they're only competitive in their own minds,  usually they're getting blown out of the water 

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Yeah, most guys don't even try to compete... 

 

I mean, the weights I grab at the gym usually have dust on them. 

 

And with the machines, the pegs are always near the top.

 

If there was any competition I think they were killed in a horrible gym accident by trying to bench like 500 Kgs without a squatter. 

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