The time is nearing for when I quit the free fitness center (graciously provided by my work) and setup the home garage with the right equipment to facilitate Olympic weightlifting and general metabolic conditioning for me and my wife. This solution will include 15KG and 20KG bars, KG bumpers, a squat stand, pull-up bar, bench, dip station, and some plate storage. And eventually I will build a platform to round it out.
All of this is contingent upon selling our house in FL to free up the cash. And it will be completed in phases to allow for training as equipment is slowly purchased.
Phase 1: Kettlebells
My original plan had kettlebells as an afterthought. But they are the cheapest means of achieving fitness at home by incorporating them into simple workouts by way of KB swings, cleans, snatches and presses. For my wife who has no CrossFit or Weightlifting experience teaching the concepts and movements with kettlebells might be an easier transition into full blown Olympic Weightlifting.
Phase 2: Bars
Back to basics. Keep it simple. A bar each for me and my wife. Hopefully this phase will not last too long before we can move to the bumpers in phase 2. But I do not mind spending time on the fundamentals.
And I don’t care who you are enough bar-only overhead squats focusing on form will do some work.
Phase 3: Bumpers
Phase 4: Rack
I did not move the wooden squat rack when we relocated to NC a few months ago. It was donated to a good friend. I can live with knowing my buddy is able to do some squats at home. AND… it was one less thing to move. Win win.
After reading the official power/squat stand review, I have narrowed down the perfect solution that will facilitate add-ons instead of separate pieces of equipment.
I almost went with the power rack for more stability and less depth. But I would have to deal with mounting it in a rented garage or build a sub-floor to mount it on. Besides I will not be moving that more weight than the s2 can handle. And I would not have the option to move it outside on a nice NC day.
Phase 5: Plate Storage
This will allow me to keep the bumpers off the floor AND provide more support to the base of the rack while doing pull-ups.
Phase 6: Dip station
This would be a nice to have. It certainly has proven to be a staple by the leaders of the sport.
This is a good start. I will post updates as equipment is purchased and setup.