A trainer gave me a program, which I'm doing. But I don't always feel like going to the gym now that I have my workout room all set up and I have most of what I need to do the workouts at home. I've bugged the trainer with a lot of questions lately and I'll ask him about this stuff when I see him, but for now I thought I'd ask here.
After all those posts about gym equipment, I bought this used:
Love it! It came in about 600 pieces, so just the fact that I managed to assemble it by myself was a huge ego boost.
However, it's a pain to move the bench and put the triceps rope on after doing the exercises immediately prior, which use the bench. So:
Are triceps dips off the weight bench a good substitute for using a triceps rope (20 lbs) on a cable machine?
Another is the chest press. Can I sub push-ups and get the same results?
I have a Total Gym that I use for seated rows because the big machine has upper and lower pulleys but no mid-level pulleys, so I'm hanging onto the Total Gym just for seated rows and for working up to a pull-up. I don't really have space for it, though -- would kneeling in front of the big machine and doing seated rows off the floor-level pulley be as good as a seated row on a regular machine, do you think? The angle of the cable will be a little different.
On a related note, I am loving my home gym. It has a concrete floor, which I covered in indoor-outdoor carpet (the dog is not allowed in there alone! She can't be trusted on new carpet). There is a big window that looks down on the street, which I like because I'm nosy and my neighbors are always up to something odd and interesting, plus there's a long-haired, shirtless hottie across the street who hangs out in an inflatable pool in his yard, sometimes with his long-haired, shirtless hottie buddies. It's a small room and the machine takes up most of the space. I'm keeping the Total Gym folded up when not in use; otherwise, there'd be no room for bodyweight exercises. The only other things in the room are a small TV and a big stereo. I have an Olympic bar and a standard bar, a couple of dumbbell handles, and an assortment of weights, plus some odds and ends (xertube, stability ball, and I'm picking up foam rollers and a balance board this week). All it lacks are mirrors, which I'll put up as soon as I find some big cheap ones on Craig's List.
It used to be a junk room that bothered me every time I walked by it. Now, it's the calmest, most organized and peaceful place in my house. I love my new room! It's the GlamaZone.