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[Costco] Mileage Fitness BF-02 Bio Force Gym

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[Costco] Mileage Fitness BF-02 Bio Force Gym

Is this home gym any good?
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mike99ca wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 6:17 pm
Is this home gym any good?
None of the home gyms in that style are any good. Range of motion is too restricted, weight increments are too coarse, and total weight is too light eventually. Save your money and get a gym membership until you figure out what exercises you will actually use, and how.

If you want to invest in something, buy this:
http://www.costco.ca/.product.100095763.html

Add on an olympic bar + plates, and a simple, sturdy bench, and you have a hugely versatile, useful workout station that can serve you from beginner to advanced stages.

EDIT: For full disclosure, I'm not sure if that particular cage that I linked above is any good, my point is that buying a quality cage similar to that one is a better investment.
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I agree with you on that one...

This one will become a basement dust collector.


molo wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 6:32 pm
None of the home gyms in that style are any good. Range of motion is too restricted, weight increments are too coarse, and total weight is too light eventually. Save your money and get a gym membership until you figure out what exercises you will actually use, and how.

If you want to invest in something, buy this:
http://www.costco.ca/.product.100095763.html

Add on an olympic bar + plates, and a simple, sturdy bench, and you have a hugely versatile, useful workout station that can serve you from beginner to advanced stages.

EDIT: For full disclosure, I'm not sure if that particular cage that I linked above is any good, my point is that buying a quality cage similar to that one is a better investment.
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Galad wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 7:09 pm
This is the cage I bought: http://www.fitnessavenue.ca/item.php?id=581

With that and a 300lb olympic set, it was right around $600. Also added a set of rings for $30 that I use for dips, etc.
Hmm.. very tempting. So your overall impression for fit/finish/quality is good? Bolt-together design I guess?
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Geek123 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 8:06 pm
This one looks nice:

http://www.costco.ca/.product.100095763 ... ItemViewCP
Not a bad unit.

There is a fitness store I found off the Allen and Finch in an industrial area that has great prices on power racks.

http://www.fitnessavenue.ca/item.php?id=263

Initially, my wife ordered some equipment on ebay from them. She found out they were located in the GTA and right by my work. They have lots of professional grade equipment and better prices than the US I found. I paid $799 for a fairly basic power rack from fitness depot (Northern Lights brand) a few years ago.
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molo wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 6:32 pm
Save your money and get a gym membership until you figure out what exercises you will actually use, and how.
I never heard this advice before, but it makes so much sense. Thanks!
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Galad wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 7:09 pm
This is the cage I bought: http://www.fitnessavenue.ca/item.php?id=581

With that and a 300lb olympic set, it was right around $600. Also added a set of rings for $30 that I use for dips, etc.
I also have this exact rack. I bought it about 5 months ago and use it 2-3 times a week. It definitely provides excellent value. I have read some negative reviews online about people not trusting it because it's: too cheap to be any good, not a known brand, cheap materials, etc, etc. but I think it's excellent for your average person's use.

I have failed benching @ 185lbs and it caught the weight no problem.

I have failed squatting @ 225lbs and it caught the weight no problem.

If you are a serious powerlifter and need something that's going to catch 500+ lbs I dunno if it will be good enough for you (even though it is rated @ 700lbs). But if you're an average guy like me, who will realistically not exceed squatting 300lbs any time soon it's more than enough. I decided to get the Costco Olympic bar and mixed in some bumper plates with my weights because I do some Olympic lifts too. I also bought a bench. In total it cost me about $1000 including all taxes and shipping. You could get the setup for a bit cheaper if you don't need any bumper plates and are okay with a cheaper bar.

I definitely would recommend getting a power rack and Olympic weight set instead of a machine like you posted. Free weights will provide a much more effective overall workout than machines that target specific muscles.
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Fire Man wrote:
Jan 16th, 2014 8:37 pm
Not a bad unit.

There is a fitness store I found off the Allen and Finch in an industrial area that has great prices on power racks.

http://www.fitnessavenue.ca/item.php?id=263

Initially, my wife ordered some equipment on ebay from them. She found out they were located in the GTA and right by my work. They have lots of professional grade equipment and better prices than the US I found. I paid $799 for a fairly basic power rack from fitness depot (Northern Lights brand) a few years ago.
Just a note about this particular rack. When I was researching racks I read a review about this rack and the issue that kept coming up was the width. It is 51" wide which can be an issue for some people because the sleeves of the bar come right up against the j hooks. For some it wasn't an issue because they just grab the bar closer in but some people complained that their bar didn't even fit onto the rack so they had to measure and then buy another bar. Just something to be aware of.
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Yep, bolt-together design. I've been very impressed with it. It held up to a 305lb squat that didn't go so well. No issues at all with it.
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