On the SPARK-wide message board "FORUM: Fitness and Exercise / TOPIC: Building a small home gym, what is your must haves". Some answers where what SPARKER'S already had, desired to have, & some reminded us what we have is only as good as what we use.
Here's my post:
Following my 2010 heart surgery I was already half way through the construction of my own home gym.
I had been going to the area "Y" for decades, but I selfishly wanted THE HOME GYM. A place where I could role out of bed and hit it. Not matter the time of day OR NIGHT.
There was a time when I enjoyed a pre-dawn workout. Not so much today, but it's an option.
After rehab I came home and put the remainder of the plan into action.
Gleaning elements from stuff I had, shopping at thrift shops (Sal's Army, GW, area church groups), & with one of the branches of my "Y" closing, they were auctioning or selling it's equipment, I was able to get a great start.
My home visiting PT taught me how to use my health insurance $$$ for "select" big ticket items. It's all in the Dr.'s pre-auth.
Three of my nephews helped to convert two unused bedrooms into a good size (about 15'x40') workout room. Right next to a common bathroom.
They built a 3' high riser (8'x12') against the exterior wall, for exercises that necessitate getting down on the floor.
After the surgery, and still today, having to get down to the floor, or getting up, can make me dizzy. So the riser, covered in interlocking rubber matting, is the answer to the problem.
In return the guys get to use the room whenever they "NEED to get away from THE WIFE".
From a local bar, that was closing, I bought a (actually 3) flat screens (for around the price of one).
The screen is mounted to one of the 40' walls, viewable from the riser. The ONLY ALLOWED INPUTS to the screen is my Wii Fit and a OLD DVD player. You know it's old. It has no remote. You actually have to walk over to the player to PUSH the buttons. Who'da thunk it.
So after all of this economizing, gleaning, and basicly NO NEW SPENDING defecate budgetry, the workout room (nicknamed the VA-RO-OO-OM ROOM) is ?finished? with as follows:
Chris Downe's "SPARK" book.
An i-Home docking station, for my Nano, teetering on a ledge. That needs fixing before I lose my i-Tune's 'SPARK" Audiobook and music tracks.
The matted riser for above the floor - floor work
Flat screen with Wii Fit & DVD
EA's Wii Fit Trainer set
Biggest Loser Wii programs and DVDs
Spark's Coach Nicole's workout DVDs
two CrossCountry Bike riding DVDs along with a stationary bike that is somehow linked to the DVD player. As I petal the video continues. Pretty cool. Thank you insurance.
A recumbent Nu-Step StairStepper. Thank you insurance.
Four CyBex machines in each corner. Thank you YMCA.
A Bo-Flex variable weight dumbbell set. Again Thank You YMCA.
My original Weider free weight set. With additional weights from Sal's Army & GW. DIRT CHEAP.
A set of 5 - 50lbs. Kettle bells with rack. From Doors of Hope church thrift shop. CHEAPER THAN DIRT CHEAP. The lady there had no idea what they where, what they where worth, or how to use them. She offered me to take them away for $30.00. I gave her $75. and that's still cheap I think.
Even though I'm just outside a bathroom I do like PEBBLESGMC idea of a supply of towels nearby. Maybe even a vinyl clad wire rack system to hold towels & ancillary stuff, like my docking station. Also recently I was at an estate sale and found a mini-fridge with an external water tap (they used it as an outdoor beer tap). I bought it. But have been using it for outdoor summer parties with its original intent. Beer. Come fall the VA-RO-OO-OM ROOM may need an upgrade.
I'd love a stability ball if I only knew what to do with it. I have stored away these foam & silicon filled medicine balls which I used and dumped. Again no idea how to use them.
Maybe I should be part of the upgrade as well?
A heavy bag...that's what I want. YEAH. Gotta go gleaning.
I must agree with DOOGALOOPS what ever we have in our VA-RO-OO-OM areas IT MUST BE SOMETHING WE ARE WILLING TO USE THREE TIMES A WEEK minimum.
That's phase 2. How much will this co$t me???
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