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Wed May 09, 2007 12:59 am

I was putting our garbage out to the curb this morning when I spotted an exercise bicycle in my neighbour's trash. It looked remarkably like the $400 unit my wife insisted we buy. It has languished in the basement for more than two years after a very brief period of enthusiastic use. I see it going to the curb in 2009 or 2010.

I've never seen the point of these things. Doing solitary boring exercise inside the house to shed pounds and build muscle has got to be an impossible dream for most people. I think there has to be some social aspect to exercise for it to really catch on.

Or, maybe if they could hook up these contraptions to some kind of a basement generator/battery so you could convert your fat to kilowatts, they might serve some real purpose (the high tech equivalent of chopping wood for your fireplace!)

My uneducated guess is that more than 90% of basement exercise equipment starts collecting dust before two or three months have passed.
 
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Wed May 09, 2007 1:01 am

Yes, right now as a dust collector. It works brilliantly.  Wink
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Wed May 09, 2007 1:05 am

I have a treadmill in my bedroom, and I run on it every day for an hour. 4.5 miles and straight up a 15 degree hill (according to the machine). I enjoy not having to go to the gym publically, that way, I don't have to be intimidated by Mr. Muscles running at 10 mph on his treadmill. It has worked wonders for me. I have lost 50 lbs in the past 7-8 months.  biggrin 
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Wed May 09, 2007 1:17 am

Well, I have a weight bench - being a student not in my basement (no space there) but in my living room. I have been using it 3 times a week for more than 6 month now. I have it for quite a few years but I didn't use it regularly before these 6 month. It's not in heavy use - it's just an addition to my running, because I want to do something for my upper body, too.
So I do all of my sports without company.

I have never really understood the purpose of an ergometer. A real bike is much better - it's not boring and once on tour you aren't tempted to stop early. But if you have to use an ergometer at home do it in front of a TV - so won't get bored.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):

I've never seen the point of these things. Doing solitary boring exercise inside the house to shed pounds and build muscle has got to be an impossible dream for most people. I think there has to be some social aspect to exercise for it to really catch on.

Than buy a second one and use it together with your wife - it would be a bit like spinning

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Wed May 09, 2007 1:58 am

Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):
My uneducated guess is that more than 90% of basement exercise equipment starts collecting dust before two or three months have passed.

I agree with you there.

I also think if you are going to get a bike, it shouldn't be stationary. I find it much easier to ride one when I'm outside rather than in the same rooms in the house that I always see. And I seem to ride farther when there is no screen right in front of my face telling my exactly how far I've gone, down to the last foot. Just get outside, start riding and don't come back until you are tired. You'd be amazed at how far you can go.
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Wed May 09, 2007 2:11 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 1):
Yes, right now as a dust collector. It works brilliantly.

Oh come on! What a waste! It makes for a much better place to hang various types of garments!
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Wed May 09, 2007 2:43 am

I have a treadmill,Couple of 10 & 20lbs dumbells & a Rowing machine.Use it when its raining outdoors or atleast 25% of the time.Outdoor sports & environment is def better.
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Wed May 09, 2007 2:52 am

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 4):
Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):
My uneducated guess is that more than 90% of basement exercise equipment starts collecting dust before two or three months have passed.

I agree with you there.

Actually that is a fact verified by a survey I recently saw, over 90% not used after 1 year. That is why most of this stuff is so cheaply made, they KNOW you wont use it long enough to wear it out or break it.

We are an exception, my wife religiously uses our elliptical, and I use it several times a week also. After paying all that money for a gym membership, we realised about the only thing we used that we could not find a substitute for was the elliptical so that motivates us.
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Wed May 09, 2007 3:24 am

In my opinion buying exercise equipment doesn't make financial sense versus going to the gym. I ran the numbers and came up with the following:

I pay $35/month for my YMCA membership. If I instead used that money to pay for my own equipment, I could spend just over $1700 (borrowing $1716 for 5 years at 8.25% (prime rate) gives you a $35/month payment). For that $1700, I couldn't come close to replacing everything I get at the gym:
-Treadmills and elliptical machines (professional quality ones, which cost thousands and are much nicer and sturdier than the "consumer grade" versions sold in infomercials and at retail stores)
-Dumbbell sets from 5lbs to 130lbs
-Olympic barbells with plenty of plates from 2.5lbs to 45lbs
-Flat, incline, decline, and adjustable benches
-Cable machine with all the attachments
-Smith machine
-Squat rack
-Leg press machine
-Hack squat machine
-Dip/pullup machine
-Circuit machine set

I worked out that at a minimum, if I bought used and substituted or cut out certain exercises I do now, I'd be in for at least $3-4k to "replace" what I use now. That's not even counting the things I don't use, like the pool and the stationary bikes. Plus it's their responsibility to fix or replace broken or worn out equipment, and if I'm out of town I can use any Y as a guest, which is way better than the crappy "fitness center" in most hotels. After looking at that comparison, I can't see how one could justify "home gym" equipment unless you really live in the middle of nowhere with no gym around.

Of course, it's all money wasted if you don't go. I'm in 6 days/week first thing in the morning, when I'm still too tired to think of an excuse not to go.
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Wed May 09, 2007 4:40 am

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 8):
(professional quality ones, which cost thousands and are much nicer and sturdier than the "consumer grade" versions sold in infomercials and at retail stores)

Its not like you cant go and buy one exactly like at Golds, we did for less than 2K. Actually going outside and walking replaced the tradmill just fine too. IMO everything else can be done with weights.

Not that a gym is bad or anything, the motivation there is much easier to come by as are convenient machines, but either way works as long as you actually exercise.
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Wed May 09, 2007 8:06 am

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 9):

Its not like you cant go and buy one exactly like at Golds, we did for less than 2K. Actually going outside and walking replaced the treadmill just fine too. IMO everything else can be done with weights.

Of course, you can get gym-quality equipment at home; it's just not cost-effective in my analysis. And for me it's not a choice of running in an air-conditioned gym while watching TV or running outside in ATL in the summer; it's running in the gym or not at all. Others may have more heat and humidity tolerance  Wink

As for weights, a quality set of dumbbells and an adjustable bench will get you a very long way (although they're of course not free either), but you lose a lot of variety and there are areas (especially the lower body) where you miss out with just dumbbells IMO.

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 9):
either way works as long as you actually exercise.

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Wed May 09, 2007 11:29 am

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 8):
In my opinion buying exercise equipment doesn't make financial sense versus going to the gym.

See I ran the numbers and came up with the exact opposite conclusion. My gym membership is running me about 86 a month. Mainly because the gym I joined has facilities that I will never use (pool). But it is the closest one to work and they say that you should try to join the one closest to your home or work (Actually I can use the same companys gym near my home too)

But I just paid $215 for a hyperextension/roman chair. Or about 3 months of dues. My curling bar was probably about a month of memberships. My guy in town charges .70 a pound for plates currently. I got my dumbells on a 2 for 1 deal.

You can find even cheaper stuff if you buy peoples unwanted gear (There are some buisness that specialize in reselling that, why didn't you wife drop the bike off there?"

If you are willing to pick up items piecemeal you can make a decent set in a year and a half.
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Wed May 09, 2007 10:07 pm

Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):
Or, maybe if they could hook up these contraptions to some kind of a basement generator/battery so you could convert your fat to kilowatts, they might serve some real purpose (the high tech equivalent of chopping wood for your fireplace!)


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Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 8):
After looking at that comparison, I can't see how one could justify "home gym" equipment unless you really live in the middle of nowhere with no gym around.



Quoting Thepilot (Reply 2):
I enjoy not having to go to the gym publically, that way, I don't have to be intimidated by Mr. Muscles running at 10 mph on his treadmill.

This is a major reason for many people just starting to work out.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
You can find even cheaper stuff if you buy peoples unwanted gear (There are some buisness that specialize in reselling that, why didn't you wife drop the bike off there?"

http://www.2ndwindexercise.com/
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Wed May 09, 2007 11:11 pm

Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):
Or, maybe if they could hook up these contraptions to some kind of a basement generator/battery so you could convert your fat to kilowatts, they might serve some real purpose (the high tech equivalent of chopping wood for your fireplace!)

Off topic but related. When I still owned my stage lighting company we did a lot of work with radios Bob and Tom. One of their acts is called the "Electric Amish". When we did concerts we had an old exercise bike on stage and we attached a couple jumper cables to it.

We had volunteers from the audience ride it and if they slowed down we would dim the lights and the sound man would bring down the mains and the crowd would boo.

This was so the band would not have to buy electricity from the "English heathens" like one person could generate 300 amps 3 phase!

It was pretty funny. Not hard to find an exercise bike no one was using either.
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Wed May 09, 2007 11:21 pm

I use my excersize equipment nightly:





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Wed May 09, 2007 11:25 pm

@ Home Excersize equipment is a waste of just about everyone's time. What it really comes down to is dedication. Either you have it or you don't.

Personally, my problem is that while I like to take the odd bike ride, the only excersize I REALLY LIKE is swimming. That is something I rarely have access to do.
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Thu May 10, 2007 12:23 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 14):
I use my excersize equipment nightly:

Sexercise is a great way to burn calaries, and the great thing is my wife cant argue the point!

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 15):
Personally, my problem is that while I like to take the odd bike ride, the only excersize I REALLY LIKE is swimming. That is something I rarely have access to do.

Me too, I would love a pool in the back yard.
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Thu May 10, 2007 12:48 am

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 16):

Me too, I would love a pool in the back yard.

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