Home exercise - what equipment?

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby Phileas » 2 Oct 2020, 3:42pm

whoof wrote:
mikeymo wrote:
Phileas wrote:

They look like the most stupid design ever, to me. The point of the architrave is to cover the join between plaster and frame, it has no structural purpose at all. You can't tell what it's fixed with or to. In these days of no-nails glue and suchlike that may be the only thing holding it.

But lots of them seem to be advertised, so maybe nobody has broken their back using one. Yet.

I daresay if it's going to tear the architrave off, yours would have done so already, so it must be secure.


This is a resurrected thread. After five years their door has either fallen down or they have probably given up.

I switched to a different arrangement several years ago - a bar supported by cargo straps secured inside the loft hatch. I also have gymnastic rings hanging from this bar.

The architrave attachment works ok. Because of the way it’s designed, it clamps the architrave to the frame at the same time as hanging from it. Nevertheless, I’m much happier with my current arrangement.

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby drossall » 2 Oct 2020, 6:33pm

Faced through lockdown with the loss of my commuting mileage, and for the early stages being confined to barracks, I've become a convert to Zwift with a basic wheel-on trainer. It's not a smart trainer in any sense, just a fixed level of resistance. I'm getting rather to enjoy it. It also replaces the gym, which was also barred in the early months, and even now seems a higher-risk place to go.

I tend to feel that, going out on a bike, I want to do so for several hours at least. By contrast, a session of well under an hour on the trainer can feel worthwhile. We don't have a lot of space, so keeping it and an old bike in the shed, and fetching them out at need, works for me. And a basic Android tablet running Zwift, so really nothing fancy at all.

So far, I've used our patio. As the weather closes in, it may have to be the kitchen. But I could never persuade myself to do much on my wife's exercise bike. It's the use of Zwift that makes the difference. There are alternatives - Rouvy for example uses real-world videos, as opposed to the virtual reality of Zwift.

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby Mike_Ayling » 3 Oct 2020, 5:13am

If it is too cold/wet to get the trainer out of the shed:
Squats, lunges, push ups and some hand weights for upper body work.
Running on the spot is good aerobic exercise as well as the skipping rope mentioned earlier


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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby Bonefishblues » 3 Oct 2020, 10:43am

Water rower. A lovely thing. Not so good with a case of piriformis, mind :?

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby foxyrider » 4 Oct 2020, 4:06pm

Grand children? mine always gives me a fair workout when i go to visit :D
Convention? what's that then?
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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby fausto99 » 6 Oct 2020, 8:16am

RickH wrote:The snappily named Kinetic Rock and Roll Control Trainer T-6500 :wink: (Wiggle link simply because it was the first one I found) links to Zwift, etc AND has sideways movement. the price doesn't seem too bad for a smart trainer either.

Looks good. I see that Wahoo do a Climber gizmo which raises or lowers your front forks according to the gradient but that is fixed side to side. Seems like nothing let's you do it all.

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby Nessie23 » 6 Oct 2020, 8:01pm

Paulatic wrote:Ive a turbo sitting in the shed, thankfully bought it 2nd hand, just used for setting up gears now. It's the most boring bit of kit imaginable.

That’s a brilliant idea. I too dislike the turbo but have decided to persevere with it over this winter. I will deffo use it to set up gears and can’t believe i have never thought of that use before.

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Re: Home exercise - what equipment?

Postby ossie » 7 Oct 2020, 4:41pm

I've been using a turbo trainer for years( winter months). I think its now called a 'dumb trainer' with the advent of these smart trainers.

Its permanently set up in the garage so I'm lucky in that respect, it faces a TV which I cast youtube videos to whilst listening to music. I've actually watched numerous Netflix series whilst peddling away but for more structured stuff its the 45 min / 1 hour you tube sessions, coupled up with a heart rate monitor.

I've researched the hell out of numerous smart trainers, Wahoo Kickr , Tax Neo, Elite and they all have one thing in common it appears and its lack of reliability across the board. If anyone's been using a smart trainer for five years or so without any issues I'd be interested to know what make etc.