I'd say you could go even simpler than that and way way cheaper. Less than $200 dollars if you're savvy.
Scrap the barbells, the fancy equipment, gym membership, and all the rest.
All you need is some chalk, a dedicated workout space, and some kettlebells.
Or, as they call them in Russian, girya
. If you master the kettlebells and become super strong, you are known as girevik
= "kettlebell man", or for the ladies, girevichka
= "kettlebell woman".
Just think, you could be like this guy, a true girevik
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[from "Enter the Kettlebell" from Pavel Tsatsouline
Sound like fun?
Start here: https://www.strongfirst.com
- this is Pavel Tsatsouline's international strength training academy. I'm currently on his "Simple & Sinister" program, which is a bare basics strength training course, where you start where your at strength-wise and, with commitment and focus, can go as far as you want. It takes you all the way to a certification but you stop wherever's good for you. I'm just at the beginning really, a couple weeks in but was playing with it for months before.
If you want strength that matters in the real world, that's affordable and easy to begin, look no further than the kettlebell.
...Obviously, I'm being a bit over-zealous here trying to showcase the power of this piece of equipment, and personally I'm seeking to move onto bodyweight and barbell fundamentals once I reach a certain level. But I would highly recommend anyone to invest in some high-quality cast-iron kettlebells, because they last a lifetime and it's pretty much a handheld gym you can take with you anywhere. The potential with them is endless. Just make sure they are high quality and in a couple years time, you'll be crossing yourself like your man Pyotr Kryloff here!