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Old 03-20-2007, 10:29 AM   #22
Allen Yeh
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I wish I was neighbors with Ronnie! sheesh!

Originally Posted by Ronnie Ashlock View Post
I take one Olympic weightlifting class a week in Sumner, WA under John Thrush. I'd go more often (every time I could) if work and location allowed it. So I sub my home and some other facilities as way-points to the Saturday class with Thrush. I've also hopped around to various CF affiliates around Puget Sound (Rainier CF, CF Eastside and now I occasionally show up at CF North for Olympic weightlifting with a few of my teammates who also train in Sumner). Other than that, it's all at home in my garage. Most of it started by combing through the CF archives and going by what was recommended. Here's the current toy list:

A Chapman Power Elite Olympic Barbell - Very nice
A Pendlay Men's 20 KG Olympic Barbell (on its way as I write this)
Homemade lifting platform
IronMind Vulcan II Squat Racks
IronMind Bench
4 kettlebells, of which, 3 are DD KBs (20 kg, 24 kg, and 32 kg) and one 32 kg competition KB from Valery Fedorenko's group (American Kettlebell Club)
1 set of cheap 35 # dumbbells from Play it Again Sports
2 20# Dynamix Balls
1 20# D-Ball
1 BFS Glute Ham Developer
A cheap, annoying BFS Barbell which I use for squats and the rare day I do bench work. I wish I had not purchased this bar, but it does have its uses.
A C2 Rower (in the house at the moment until things warm up)
Bumpers - BFS bumpbers in Pounds - 1 Pair of 10s, 1 pair of 25s, 1 pair of 35s, and 2 pairs of 45s
Eleiko Training Bumpers (look just like the certified bumpers used in competitions). in kilograms - 1 pair of 10s, 1 pair of 15s, 1 pair of 20s, 1 pair of 25s
Full 1-kilo rule Eleiko fractional weights
1 pair of rusty 5-Kilo fractional weights by Weider (Weider actually made weights in kilos?!) from Play it Again Sports
1 pair of 2.3 kilo weights, also from PiAS
1 Pair of Heavy Duty Lifting Straps from Glenn Pendlay and WFW
A tube of Nicoflex
A tube of Voltaren
A tube of Finalgon
1 pair of Rehband knee bands
1 pair of Adidas IronWorks II shoes
Home-Depot special pull-up bar

Had I to do it all over again, I wouldn't have bought the Olympic bar from BFS as I hate that thing - it's okay to use for squats, bench and deadlifts, but after about a month of trying to do real Olympic weightlifting training on it, I ponied-up and got the Chapman and it's been a really good bar. I also wouldn't have gotten my bumpers from BFS in pounds. In fact, if I had been smart, I wouldn't have bought any of my weightlifting gear from BFS at all. If I had waited about a year, I could have gotten a much better deal on all my Olympic stuff from Glenn Pendlay. He has the best deal around for folks wanting quality Olympic gear.

The Eleiko bumpers were a treat to myself for not having cable for five years, not going out and buying a new video game console (or consoles as the case may be with some of my friends) and paying off my car a few years ago (and not going out and getting a new one). I hemmed and hawed on them, because they were so expensive, but decided it was no more than some people pay on a set of golf-clubs or what not. I looked at a bunch of different vendors (Ivanko, York, Eleiko, Werksan) at the time and decided to go with Eleiko since the money wasn't drastically different. Real competition-grade bumpers by reputable companies are expensive no matter who you use. I lift with them just about every day, so I think I'm getting a pretty good return on my investment.
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