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  1. Tacitus is offline
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    Should I stay or go?

    So I'm moving this week to a smaller city for the time being. Problem is, most of the gyms arn't gyms at all, but 'health clubs', with, seemingly, more emphasis on yogalates than iron. So, I'm thinking now might be a good time to invest in home equipment. Problem is that I won't have any spotters, since I don't know anyone there. I'm looking to increase strength, so I need to use pretty heavy weights...so what do you guys think is best?
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    A power rack.
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    Use some dumbbells on the lifts where you might need the spotter. That way you can dump the weights and not hurt yourself if you get stuck. In addition, bumper plates such as those used for the olympic lifts would be better than iron plates. That way if you are squatting and get stuck, you can just dump the bar and not break anything.
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    I was thinking about a power rack...maybe one of those models that you lock the weight into while you lift. I just wonder how much this affects gains?
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    Bumper plates are a great idea!
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    I have a squat rack with power rack type safeties. I can go all out and if I can't finish the rep (has happened a few times), I just dump it and it never hurts me. When benching I had to slide out underneath it, but it's better than getting your chest crushed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ames
    I was thinking about a power rack...maybe one of those models that you lock the weight into while you lift. I just wonder how much this affects gains?
    You mean a smith machine? Most posters here feel they cause more harm than good. I can't say for sure, but I've avoided them out of fear and paranoia. I would just get a standard power rack. I lift at a gym, but I don't have any spotters either. I use dumbbells (like jwinch mentioned) on lifts where I would need a spotter for a barbell, or I use the power rack for squats.
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    What do you mean by 'standard powe rack'? Do you mean one that is only good for squats?
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    Racks are good. But a "smaller city" is still a city. There's bound to be a hard core gym around there somewhere.
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    You'd think so. But I've looked pretty hard and so far nothing. Lucky for me there was a good MMA place.
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