|THE WEIGHT BENCH MACHINE AND BIG 50" FAN (19,200 CFM)|
|FORWARD AND BACKWARD LEG LIFTS, EASY TO CHANGE WEIGHTS|
Our weight bench machine is olympic size and handles the full size two-inch bars. This means we must be careful in choosing one-inch bars for use on this machine, the low priced one-inch bars are too short for this bench.
|THE BODY CHAMP, SQUAT AND KNEE-UP MACHINE|
|THE RACK, INVERTED SIT-UP BENCH|
|COLOR CODED WEIGHTS, NOTE QUICK-CHANGE COLLAR ON LEFT SIDE|
|MORE COLOR CODED WEIGHTS, NOTE QUICK CHANGE COLLAR ON RIGHT|
The Quick Change collars make changing weights fast and easy. They have an easy to open and close latch that causes them to grip the barbell bar firmly.
|WEIGHT COLOR CODE CHART|
DIFFERENT BARBELLS FOR DIFFERENT EXERCISES
|OVERHEAD PRESS BARBELL|
|MARY'S PERSONAL BARBELL|
|STANDING ROW BARBELL|
Our exercise sessions are divided into four-sets of 10-12 repetitions each. A set starts with the initial basic bar weight setup, then I add 2.5 pounds to the bar for each additional set so the weight gets progressively heavier by the set.
DIFFERENT DUMBELLS FOR DIFFERENT EXERCISES
We use dumbbells for curling exercises and others. Currently we're using four different basic weight setups. These are also held together with Quick Change collars.
The dumbbells with black handles are hollow pipes, these weigh virtually nothing and add nothing to the weight setup.
The dumbbells with chrome handles are solid steel and weigh three-pounds each.
We have our dumbbell workout station positioned directly in front of the Big 50" Fan. This blasts the person exercising with air to keep them cool.
|COLOR CODED WEIGHTS HELP IDENTIFY WEIGHT SETUP QUICKLY|
We've acquired weights from a variety of sources over the years which means a variety of shapes and sizes. By painting them with color coded markers it makes setting up various bars with the desired weight much easier. Color coding also makes it much easier to identify what weight a bar is setup with.
BUYING GYM EQUIPMENT
Weight lifting is affordable, you can start with a single dumbbell and add on from there.
Standard 1" bars are great for beginner to intermediate training, that will get you a couple of years down the road before you'll need to be thinking about olympic size 2" bars and platters.
Our bench will handle standard or olympic size bars and cost around $130 (delivered).
The Body Champ was on sale for $89+Tax at Academy Sporting.
The inclined situp bench was around $40 from Amazon. It's a very light duty model but it works fine for me.
The small plastic weight retainers came from Amazon for around $4 each, they are worth it because they make it so fast to add or subtract weights from a bar.
WALKING AND POWER WALKING
Power Walking is just walking longer strides more quickly and more forcefully. Some data suggests power walking doubles the calorie burn over walking leisurely.
I walk in-between my weight lifting sets and use a small monitor to help me keep my heart rate in the best zone for me.
4-LAP SETS = 600 FEET OF DISTANCE COVERED
I looked at running machines but these require maintenance and electric power plus they make noise. Instead I laid out a 150-foot long track around our screened-in porch. A walking set consists of four laps around the track and yields up 600-feet of distance.
I regularly do 10 to 20, 4-lap sets during an exercise routine.
20x 4-lap (600') sets = 12,000 feet of distance or 2.27 miles total covered in-between my weight lifting sets.
Good luck, happy eating exercise to all!