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New basement gym, and how I'm approaching the investment.

Ben Halpern 🌱
Software developer by trade, founder of Forem. Former college athlete wanting to make fitness a lifelong pursuit.
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I recently bought my first home, and have gotten the opportunity to start building my home gym. The pandemic made the choice of whether to invest in the home gym or the gym membership easier, though when it's all over I think both makes sense.

home gym

That is the whole set up right now. The bench is high-end quality second-hand and the rack and weights are pretty far from commercial quality.

I want to keep investing in the home gym, but my plan is to do so only when I hit some milestones. My next purchase will be after I hit a 275 pound bench press. My all-time PR is 400 pounds, but I'm not anything close to that level of strength these days, so I really have no idea what I can do. It's been a few years since I've attempted anything over 250β€” but I think I'll get back to 275 soon and then upgrade to another milestone.

I'm, of course, looking forward to new records in other lifts, but I feel like I'll want to be even more gradual with deadlifts, etc. as I rekindle my fitness lifestyle.

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Lee Wynne

400 pounds. That’s some serious weight.

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Ben Halpern 🌱 Author

Here's 385 on video...

Please don't mind the mohawk mullet I was rocking at the time.

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Lee Wynne

There is lots of interesting stuff going on in this video.

The inner desire to want to be able to push against that level of resistance, speaks volumes, I bet the ability to beat your PR is bubbling away inside and you know you could beat it. It feels like you are all in that lift together, it's a team effort from beginning to end.

Bring the mohawk back, it's incredible.

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Keith

Wow...I got some work to do to catch up!

Keep at it, you'll get the strength back!

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Lee Wynne • Edited

Wow. I can see the bar bending on the lift.

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Lee Wynne

400 pounds