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    How old school R U?

    How many, while growing up, used to look at bodybuilding mags, "wanna be buff", and played around w/weights? (Only to give up later as it was obvious you weren't doing it because you really wanted to, it was some other outside influence like friends, a bully, etc.)

    So, you went to your local K-Mart or other similar "all purpose" location, and proudly purchased a $69.99 bench press set-up, complete w/150 lbs. of weights, that were filled WITH SAND!!!!!!!!!!!?????

    Anyone use these archaic things??



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    yeah I had the cement wrapped in plastic weight set......I was so proud of my bench ...because it had Weider written on it vertically in red.....I had it sitting on my front porch like in "Friday"

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    been there ... done that...... but hell....... i'm old...er.....

    the bench with the narrow support bars..........
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    Yeah, my mom and dad bought me on those little sets with the grey concrete weights and the hollow bars. No one really showed me how to use it, gave me spots, or anything like that so it all just ended up in the shed drawing dust. Then I started lifting again in Junior High and stopped, then again in Highschol and stopped, college..stopped, etc. I didn't make any real gains until I learned about protein.

    If I had a dollar for everytime I've said, "If I only knew back then, what I know now.."

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    oh yes! did not even have a clue what I was doing......funny....!!!

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    Yeah, I got my first set back in 1979 it had a diagram with pics of a football player named Danny White who played for the Dallas Cowboys. I used to work out in the garage, we lived in Fla. back then it got hot as a mofo in the summer!

    Without that diagram I would have had no eartlhly idea what to do with them!

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    I had the sand filled weights and the rubber band machines... I wish now that I had stuck with it from the age of 12 instead of 23

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    Oh yeah I remember my old cement weights. Me and my friend would lift in the garage.

    The old days of knowing it all but doing it all wrong

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    LMAO.. yeah... lots of sand-filled weights for me hahha...

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    Guilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass junkie
    yeah I had the cement wrapped in plastic weight set......I was so proud of my bench ...because it had Weider written on it vertically in red.....I had it sitting on my front porch like in "Friday"
    oh hell yea...i think i had the same one!!!

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    I just gotta throw this in. Back then remember how just about everyone was ignorant as **** and talked about being "muscle bound" and " it will turn to fat once you stop lifting". Man that used to piss me off!

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    Been there. When I finally needed more weight, I went to the sporting goods store and had them order 2 50lb plates for a standard bar. That was like 25 years ago, but I still have those 50's in the basement on my lat machine.

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    BTW, remember Vince Gironda? I would write to him for training advice about once a month, and he would always respond. He would write a reply on the bottom of the paper I had written the original letter on. Finally there was a note in the PO box that we had a package too big for the box. Vince had sent me a ****load of courses and put a note in the box which said, "Now, please leave me the hell alone!!"

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    I remember people, even PE teachers at school spouting this nonsesnse when I was a kid. Nowadays the average joe is way more up on health and fitness so at least there is some relief (from their silly comments and observations) for us fanatics.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1victor
    I just gotta throw this in. Back then remember how just about everyone was ignorant as **** and talked about being "muscle bound" and " it will turn to fat once you stop lifting". Man that used to piss me off!

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    My old cement weights are still at my parents house. I think most of them are broken and the sand is half gone. Apparently the Weider bench was pretty popular. I thought I was "The Man"!

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    So, it sounds like I'm the only one that still uses these. Deadlift day's a mess

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    i still remember being told by some of the gym at my school that they get really fat in the winter and dont workout, and when summer rolls around they start working out again and turn all that fat into muscle

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    I had the old cement weights and the narrow little bench with the hollow cheap streight bar. You needed an freegin pair of pliers to change the plates on the piece of crap. I used to like it though, because the bar would bend for nothing. If a chick saw you lifting it, she thought you were mad strong because the bar would be bending and wobbling and crap.

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    Ba ha ha ha ha!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SwoleCat
    How many, while growing up, used to look at bodybuilding mags, "wanna be buff", and played around w/weights? (Only to give up later as it was obvious you weren't doing it because you really wanted to, it was some other outside influence like friends, a bully, etc.)

    So, you went to your local K-Mart or other similar "all purpose" location, and proudly purchased a $69.99 bench press set-up, complete w/150 lbs. of weights, that were filled WITH SAND!!!!!!!!!!!?????

    Anyone use these archaic things??



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    Unfortunetly I did this Did the sand start to leak out on you cuz you rolled em around like me???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbigdog69
    Unfortunetly I did this Did the sand start to leak out on you cuz you rolled em around like me???

    Yeah!! One side was always heavier than the other too.......

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    never lifted till i was 15 for football, never cared about bodybuilding till i was21..

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    From a skinny wimp on the left...

    To a sand filled weight pushin machine.

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    HAHAHHAHA, nice pics bdtr

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    Dude...That is hilarious...

    Quote Originally Posted by bdtr
    From a skinny wimp on the left...

    To a sand filled weight pushin machine.
    Not laughing at ya...but with ya...cuz you are a little stronger than me...wonder if its because you got your weights before me



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1victor
    Yeah, I got my first set back in 1979 it had a diagram with pics of a football player named Danny White who played for the Dallas Cowboys. I used to work out in the garage, we lived in Fla. back then it got hot as a mofo in the summer!

    Without that diagram I would have had no eartlhly idea what to do with them!
    dudes name was Randy White had the same set

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb25
    oh hell yea...i think i had the same one!!!
    i still got my red weider bench with the close bars ..... sitin in my basement right now... and its still good to go

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    did anyone else have problems with there clamps with the little bolt in them rusting. i remember my dad lubing that thing with wd40 to get the bolt out of there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    did anyone else have problems with there clamps with the little bolt in them rusting. i remember my dad lubing that thing with wd40 to get the bolt out of there.
    I had to use vice grips and a hammer to move mine sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    did anyone else have problems with there clamps with the little bolt in them rusting. i remember my dad lubing that thing with wd40 to get the bolt out of there.
    I can't tell you how many times I stripped those things, and busted my knuckles!

    That stupid plastic sleeve in the middle of the weights where you grip when you do curls, used to pinch the living sh*t out of my palms too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwoleCat
    I can't tell you how many times I stripped those things, and busted my knuckles!

    That stupid plastic sleeve in the middle of the weights where you grip when you do curls, used to pinch the living sh*t out of my palms too!!!

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    and that is when i got those sweet half finger mesh gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    and that is when i got those sweet half finger mesh gloves



    They always tore like a few days later!

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    ya but you looked like billybadass for 2 days those and the black biker shorts with the one neon strip on the left side but they fit lose cause my legs were so skinny then

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    Did anyone else but me do the stupid Rocky drinking the raw eggs thing?

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    Bwa ha ha ha hah ha!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    and that is when i got those sweet half finger mesh gloves
    I had those...thought I was a cool mofo!!! In my wife beater tee shirt..

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    ya but you looked like billybadass for 2 days those and the black biker shorts with the one neon strip on the left side but they fit lose cause my legs were so skinny then
    You lost me here bro, you're on your own!

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    I had em all

    I had the plastic weights too . with the red plastic clamps that would end up breakin off or sliding off doing something like hammer curls

    I still remember to this day not being able to bench 50 pounds on a non standard olympic bar .. one of those warped metal bars.

    fack was I weak...

    I took a mirror and string and eye hook screws and tied string across from one eye hook to the other ON THE CEILING ABOVE ME !!! and slid the mirror in place..so I could see myself benching..

    I am sooooo lucky that **** mirror didnt come down on my ass...

    i used to work out in my basement .. how many times I would have to tip the bar to one side to drop off some weights and then BLAMMO the other side from the uneven weight would STRIP off at like mach 2 and crash bang wake up my parents . .. they'd come down and be like WTF? ya alright?

    I was like yep ... no problems ..


    ehehehh yahp

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsaucedup
    ya but you looked like billybadass for 2 days those and the black biker shorts with the one neon strip on the left side but they fit lose cause my legs were so skinny then
    holy sh*t i forgot about those...guilty. my younger sister *still* makes fun of me for those!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdtr
    From a skinny wimp on the left...

    To a sand filled weight pushin machine.
    bro i had the same exact dumbells as u do in the picture. hahaha those things rocked

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