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1/28/13 11:24 A

You can attempt to build a room which mimics your local Gold's Gym or Snap Fitness by spending an excessive amount of money or you can accomplish the same thing for much less. A cable machine is nice but a set of resistance bands with several anchor points will serve the same purpose (Check LifelineUSA for suggestions) You can invest in Kettlebells in lieu of free weights and benches, You can invest in some form of suspension training apparatus (think TRX), I got two of them for $40 each from different vendors. A quality adjustable jump rope will set you back under $10. Why the TV and the sound system are you there to be entertained or to workout? For the floor in my workout area I use the link together anti fatigue mats sold at places like Harbor Freight, the same things at a fitness store cost more.

I think taking a minimalist approach will serve you better in the long run.

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1/28/13 11:16 A

If I had a fitness room, I probably would not have much! I agree with the flooring and mirrors. I would have a few adjustable weights, a box (box jumps), jump rope, ladder, and a tv to do workout dvds!

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1/28/13 9:39 A

Just wanted to chime it to say I agree 100% with NAUSIKAA. The flooring is critical as is a power rack. I converted a spare bedroom to a weight room and it has served me very well for 2 years. I probably spent a grand total of $800 for the flooring, the power rack, the weights and the barbell.

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1/28/13 9:06 A

As our children moved out an we gained their bedrooms we do now have an exercise room.

The walls have a baseball/football theme. They are painted Dallas Cowboy blue and silver. Dallas Cowboy curtains and Cowboy and Houston Astros decals on the wall. Since it is a bedroom it has carpet.

We have a TV hanging up in the corner with wireless headphones for when I want to use it when DH is sleeping.

The exercise equipment I have is a treadmill, elliptical bike, gazelle, weight bench, free weight and kettlebells.

There is no reason you need to buy everything at one time. Build the room with it's use in mind and then you can add things over time.

Edited by: VICSAC at: 1/28/2013 (09:09)
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1/27/13 8:53 P

a very nice sound system as I need my music. A weight bench and weights. A bicycle. a treadmill. A good floor and some motivational pictures and sayings for the wall.

1/27/13 11:17 A

A set of dumbbells.. probably the adjustable kind, to save money.

A cable machine, for standing exercises (chest press, rows, chops, flys, etc). I don't do bench exercises since they're not as functional as standing exercises. But i'd have various benches or steps to do step-up exercises.

Sandbags of various sizes & shapes.

If funds allow, a variety of cardio equipment - treadmill, rower, bike, elliptical.

A bouldering wall would be fun!

Edited by: CHERIMOOSE at: 1/27/2013 (11:17)
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1/27/13 7:42 A

I agree with NAUSIKAA. particularly wrt the floor.

If you want bang for buck a power rack, bench and free weights is a must.

As a priority for cardio I'd lose the treadmill and elliptical. These can be prone to breaking down.

A good rowing machine (e.g a Concept 2) a good stationary bike are good value and robust. They can also be used for true HIIT.

Mix it by running outside in the nicer weather.

I'd lose the tv and spend the money on a Zumba class.

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1/27/13 5:20 A

I would set aside a nice portion of the funds for a very good floor. Proper flooring is essential in a weight room.

I would have a power rack / squat rack or something of that sort. With a good pullup bar along the top. And some barbells and plates. But it's all personal preference and what you'd use.

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1/27/13 2:08 A

We are seriously thinking about building our next house, and my hubs suggested that I take a portion of the finished basement and make my own fitness room (love that man!). So what all would you put in an entire room of your house dedicated to fitness?

Here is what I would do: have a mirror along one wall, hard wood floor, a hand weight rack and/or my adjustable weights, its own AC system and plenty of fans, high ceilings, a Bowflex weight bench, my elliptical, treadmill, a TV on one wall with DVD player, up high, for workout DVD's, a built-in stereo with speakers in the ceiling. Did I leave anything out? Oh, and a couple windows for natural light.

Would love to do this, but we will be on a budget and it all sounds pretty extravagant doesn't it? Still, a fitness room and a huge kitchen are the only things I really care about in a newly built house.

What would you all do or how would you design your room?

Blessings, Michelle

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