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Old 01-07-2020, 05:15 AM
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I've been doing some at-home strength training. I have 2's, 5's, and 8's. I need to go up. I'm debating about 10's or 12's. My problem is that they are $$ and take up room. Normally I'd go up to 10's and I feel like that's realistic for where I am now. But then in a few weeks, I think I'll be ready for 12's. It's getting pricey! Should I go straight to 12s?


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Old 01-07-2020, 05:16 AM
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At some point it may make more sense just to join a gym. But for now Id probably go up to 12 and do fewer reps.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:39 AM
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Definitely NOT a fitness guru but I have read that you could fill up empty milk cartons with water and use those as a substitute for real weights.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:02 AM
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A gallon of water weighs about 8#, so that hack (while legit) won't really help OP.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:45 AM
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Just want to say congratulations on your terrific progress!


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Old 01-07-2020, 07:31 AM
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Look at FB marketplace or OfferUp. People are always selling exercise equipment. You might even have a consignment shop in your area.
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Old 01-07-2020, 08:17 AM
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My thought was to check the Goodwill type stores. People have good intentions but don't follow through or move on up.
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Old 01-07-2020, 09:01 AM
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Definitely check around for "used" weights. You might even try posting that you are in search of weights--on Facebook, NextDoor, etc.

Any chance you can hold both the 2 and 8 (together?) to make 10? And then buy 12s (or use 8+5 ?).
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Old 01-07-2020, 11:10 AM
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How about jugs of kitty litter? Then when she finds real ones the litter could help if she gets stuck in snow.

Now I think I better go and put together the exercise bike I purchased with good intentions.
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Old 01-07-2020, 11:41 AM
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Definitely check around for "used" weights. You might even try posting that you are in search of weights--on Facebook, NextDoor, etc.
You'll have great luck in February--wait out the resolution-ers!


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How about jugs of kitty litter? Then when she finds real ones the litter could help if she gets stuck in snow.
There ya go! Excellent idea!


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Old 01-07-2020, 12:24 PM
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Check into a set of adjustable weights.
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Old 01-07-2020, 12:34 PM
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I went from 8's to 10's. It may not seem like a lot, but it was difficult!

When we averaged the cost of getting heavier weights for both DH and I , it was far more economical than buying a gym membership. We found weights on Marketplace from people, and from gyms that were upgrading their equipment. Our initial investment of about $1,000 for everything has paid for itself twice over!

It really depends on your goal as well.

Lighter weights with more reps will help to increase your endurance more so than your muscle mass.

Fewer reps with heaver weights helps to increase muscle mass.
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Old 01-07-2020, 03:30 PM
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Wow, thanks everyone! I hadn't thought of going to a resale shop, but I have a sports resale shop nearby. I will check there first! I'm tempted to go with 10s, but we'll see.

I started beachbody 2 months ago and have been very happy with it. I'm truly getting a full body workout and am really enjoying not going to the gym. I didn't know how this would work for me, but I know that I would never go to the gym 5x a week, especially before school. It's working for now!
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Old 01-09-2020, 06:34 PM
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I mostly workout at home. I have these dumbbells and love them. They don’t take up too much space and they are adjustable so my DH and my boys can use them for heavy lifting and I can use lighter weights. The lightest is 5lbs and they go up to 55lbs- I have used them for lots of beachbody workouts.
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