I was sixteen when I started lifting. I got two dumbells and a barbell for my 16th birthday. I used to train at a small town gym too.
At nineteen I finally left home and started training at Youthtown gym in Auckland. At that time & for many years it was a power lifters gym & many competitive Olympic lifters trained there.
I’ve trained at this same gym for 23 years now.
At Home I have a bunch of stuff:
2x Fat grip dumbells
So although I hit the gym 3-4 times a week if I am not sick or busy with work I can still squeeze in a decent workout at home.