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The Quest for a Home Gym

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I'm a researcher, writer, course designer and anything else I can cobble together to keep body and soul together. Since I live in the gray, I'm always stunned to realize how binary I am about my life.

My medical team suggested that my Schwinn-Airdyne was not the right in-house bike for me any longer 'cause using my arms and legs together like that pulled at the hip and leg I'm still rehabbing. So, I started a quest for a new bike. I found a new home for the bike and began the quest for a new bike.

A friend suggested that I not put this in my bedroom. Light bulb moment!

My 27-year-old daughter lived in England and is not likely to ever need her room again on a permanent basis. Why not make it into a home gym? Even better, move my office and use that room for the gym since the lighting is better.

Thus started the quest. What to include? A SparkPeople friend, Angela, suggested checking with a local uni that trained PT. Well, being me, if that's good, what's an even better idea?

I checked around (I am a researcher) and a sports medicine PT who also does personal training. He went through my medical records and we selected the gym equipment.

Love the new system. Will like it more when I'm allowed to use it all. But, the trainer comes twice a week for half and hour and we've worked out how I can use the rower with only my arms to give me more upper body workout.

He's also working with my massage therapist on the muscle groups that are still spasming and they both work with the kinesiologist. It's a medical team. Wow! I never get this type of cooperation from the true medical professionals.

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    Looks fab! Even sideways. LOL You'll be having a grand time at your home work outs.
    2668 days ago
    Looks great! What is that piece of equipment in the last picture?
    2694 days ago
    Um, Carrie, these ARE the true medical professionals...


    What is his name? I wonder if I know him (or of him). One of the guys I went skiing with in January turned out to be the IC professor who trained my PT here in Geneva! LOL

    Can't wait to come see your new workout space. I'll be in the Ithaca area on Sunday I think, if you'll be around...
    2694 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2011 4:57:58 PM
  • KIKI515
    What a great set-up!
    2694 days ago
    I am thinking you do truly have a medical team that can help you much better than many of the other so called professionals (they wrote me off in 1988, gave me 6 months, told my family) I said Bull hockey and got a kinesiologist to help me back to health. I am so glad I did because I had not yet met my current husband by then. emoticon
    2696 days ago
    I have slowly created a great home gym and LOVE IT!!! Way to go and enjoy.
    2696 days ago
    Whoa...! What a VERY cool home set up! Great job!

    2696 days ago
    Awesome!!!! You've got it going on, girlie!!!! So glad that you are figuring out what works FOR YOU and that you have a medical TEAM at your disposal!! WHat a marvelous & rare find!!
    2696 days ago
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