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My At-home Workout Setup

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Most days I work out at the gym, but on Friday I was doing my "Strong Curves" workout at home. I have a rather unconventional set-up to make it work, and thought I'd take some pictures to show that you don't need extensive equipment or copious amounts of space to get a good workout in.

My exercise equipment has migrated it's way into my son's room. (Looks better in a boys room, as I am a very aesthetic person.) We have a "no shoes on the carpet" rule at our house that I try to follow. This wasn't a problem, since I rarely worked out at home.

When I started the "Strong Curves" program earlier this year it occurred to me that many of the workouts could be done at home. This was a savings in both the time and gas money departments. The only problem was, how was I going to manage without walking on the carpet much in my workout shoes?

Finally it hit me: The entry way! We have a pretty large entry, and it's accessible to my son's room though French doors. (His room is technically a "study".) Moving the weights (which only go up to 30 lbs, but can be a real hassle when I have to tote them), out to the entry isn't much work at all. For floor work where I need some "cush" under my upper body I lay on the carpet and put my feet on the hard floor. To keep the bench from scooting in moves that would push it around, like bench push-ups, I put it on the carpet. Additionally, there is a mirror in the entry that helps with checking my form.

Here's my "workout room" on Friday. Note the exercise ball peeking out from behind the hall table:

And here is the view from the entry into my son's bedroom, where you can see the positioning of my weight rack and it's adjacency to my "workout room":

And lastly, his room re-assembled with the bench holding his "stuff" and the weights all in place. The ball is kept in the closet:

With the glass panel in our front door I feel sorry for the UPS guy if he ever shows up while I'm lifting........

This is not my dream home-workout set-up. I'd like to have dumbbells through 75's, a barbell, weight plates, and a classic bench-press bench, at least. Oh, heck... The fact is that I wish I had an entire basement to set up a complete home gym with all kinds of equipment. Dream on, eh? But it's what we have space for, so I make it work.

The point is that you don't have to have an "ideal" set up to get fit. Maybe you don't have a space this big. I haven't always. In my house in Ohio, which was 1200 square feet with four bedrooms (yes, you read that right), I only had weights through 10 lbs and a very small living room. I scooted the coffee table out of the way and got busy exercising in that very limited space. Before I had weights, I worked out with cans from the cupboard.

Did you know that rear lunges, push-ups, and bicycle crunches makes a full-body workout in a 3x6-foot space? Try doing a circuit of those, 10 per set, 5 or 6 times and tell me you didn't get a great workout!

Here are a couple of blogs I did years ago about getting started with a home workout, if you want more:

This one is on Equipment To Start An At-Home Exercise Program:

And here is one on Getting Stared Lifting Weights:

You don't HAVE to have formal weights, a bench, and an exercise ball to get a good workout. You DO have to have a little ingenuity and determination. Look at it as a game. "How do I make this work?" instead of "This just can't work!".

As my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Ladd, used to say. "Can't means won't".

Will you? Or won't you?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SWEETLIPS 3/26/2014 10:01AM

    I also had a teacher tell me that and will revive it again. I loved reading this and glad I stopped by. Today, I am visiting folks that I are my Spark friends. Have a wonderful day.

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ALANDSE 3/19/2014 10:17PM

    Your looking great! Keep it up. I like your weight room. U.S.Marine emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 3/14/2014 6:01PM

    It looks greT!! WTG using the space you have!

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BOLDLYVENTURE 3/11/2014 9:00AM

    I have that dream too but it is true that you can get a great work out in a very small space. I knocked a shelf out of a closet under the stairs- no I don't work out in there emoticon but I was able to put my ball and things in there and bring all that out in the living room instead of going down into the basement. It has made a difference in that I am ready to go. I am following along with some great DVD's but I know at some point I would like to have a personal trainer check what I'm doing to see if it is right
NOW- emoticon I have a Cory Everson workout that my son has put on my computer in the kitchen and I was home doing that and the fed ex guy came up to the stairs and knocked at the door and looked in...and well I was sweating and braless- er so next time I will make sure I have a curtain in front of the door or get that workout on a DVD. Love Corey- used to have a Rachel McLish years ago too....

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RGOCEAN 3/4/2014 9:41AM

  When you need to do it your figure it out and make it work as you did for Friday. If I was the UPS guy I would drop the package off fast and go to after seeing that you are in better shape than me!

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HUSKERLAND3 3/3/2014 10:17AM

    Nice set up

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    Sounds like a great space you have there when you need it.

Planning a home workout today too as we are snowed in:)

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HDHAWK 3/2/2014 6:59PM

    I only work out at home. We have an unfinished basement which isn't that pretty but it's a good place for a gym!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/2/2014 6:55PM

    Where there's a will there's a way!! Sounds like you've got a real nice set-up (is that a glass door to the bedroom?)

I have been keeping a running log of my ideal home gym set-up. Once SWMBO and I settle down and figure out where we want to live for the rest of our lives, my dream is to have a home gym set-up somewhere....either in the basement, the garage, or a shed in the backyard. To help me plan, I have a whole Pinterest board set-up with ideas;


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MISSYGEEN 3/2/2014 2:05PM

    Great idea. I have a closet where I put my workout equipment (weights, resistance bands, tennis rackets, etc.) oddly enough, it is the most organized closet in the whole house. thanks for the ideas.

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IDICEM 3/2/2014 1:26PM

    What a great use of space! Thanks for sharing your solution. It gives me ideas.

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    Sounds awesome. I am thinking that boys do not need that big game room upstairs completely for their entertainment, I can sneak in some at-home goodies. Right now all I have are DVD's, hand weights up to 10 lbs, and a yoga ball. I want to invest in some resistance bands and learn how to use them properly.

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BEKESGIRL 3/2/2014 1:22PM

  I appreciate you sharing how you make exercise work. I'm encouraged by the idea that 3x6 is all that's needed to do a full body workout.

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FLYER99 3/2/2014 1:20PM

    What a wonderful blog. This gives great insight into how things can be done with a little "thinking time" and planning. I applaud you for that. Two years ago I sold my home and moved into an apartment. My apartment is fairly large with two bedrooms and I don't have as much space as you, but I turned my smaller bedroom into kind of a workout room.

I can't do many exercises due to some osteoarthritis. I have a list of exercises to avoid. But I work around that. For me, I do a lot of walking and weight aerobics. The point being, I guess, is that not only do we have to work within limitations of space, but also of what our bodies are capable of enduring.

I love reading your blogs and thank you so much for the effort you put into writing them. They are very informative and encouraging.

Have a beautiful day!


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