Well, my man, you've come to the right place. IM me on AIM: Thepaintedballer. I do a lot of work with a personal trainer, do a little personal training on the side, and work out five days a week. Between the two guys that I consult on every client and myself, we've got 68 years of experience.
Really, I started three years ago with 105lbs of weight and 3 bars. That was sufficient for me. I use a cheap competitor home gym system, and for leg workouts I substitute cross-country runs of about a mile and a quarter. Don't knock the homemade machines- I'vefound them to be darn good.
As for commercial cable jobs... I kinda shy away from them because they don't give an accurate representation of your strength. However, the homemade cable machines I've used are without a doubt my favorite.
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