Unfinished Basement v. Gym

Thursday, February 06, 2014

At this point in my life, the unfinished basement wins, and this is why:

11. I am not surrounded by mirrors on every side.
10. The drops of sweat that rain off of me can stay exactly where they are and dry up, without my concern for wiping it up for fear of offending another patron if I don't.
9. I can look as gross as I wanna look, and smell as bad as I can't help but smell and offend no one but myself and my angrycat in the process.
8. I use the workbench for my push-up modifications, which gives me about a 45-degree angle to work with. And when I'm ready for a steeper angle, I can use the old stereo console, then move down to the old angrycat-hair covered chair.
7. I can rewind my workout when I need a bit of a break or need to start over.
6. I can breathe as heavily as I need without offending others.
5. I can count, groan, grunt, and laugh at myself OUT LOUD and the only sideways glare I get is from...yes, my angrycat.
4. I can strip off sweaty clothes immediately upon completion of said workout and put them in the washer. I don't have to pack a bag of clean clothes to change into.
3. The unfinished basement gym is open 24/7.
2. To stimulate my intellect, I can take a rorschach test using the sweat drop patterns left on the mat. See images below.
Do you see the same image I do?

It's a sweaty smile! See???

Okay, I realize it's gross, but "face" it (pun intended), I've been snowed in, and I could use SOMETHING entertaining and funny to keep my spirits lifted when I'm trying to do push-ups against a plywood workbench!

And the #1 reason the unfinished basement wins: The only membership I pay is included in my monthly mortgage payment.
Best wishes to you all in giving your basement a good workout!

Peace Out,
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  • KATHY47802

    You can also dance dance dance and not care because no one is looking. I actually like to have a mirror to make sure I have proper form on some of my exercises like down on floor - lifting leg up behind you towards the ceiling type exercises. I like to watch my form so I don't hurt my back. I work out at home because I love the freedom of doing it when I want, not driving 20 minutes or more, spending 10 minutes getting in the gym and set up and then driving 20 minutes home - during that time, I could have completed a great workout!

    The sweat thing was kind of gross, but funny as all get out - you find humor in everything you do and that is great fun.

    1891 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    Keep burning those calories. It is so worth it. emoticon
    1892 days ago
    Love the happy space. I'd love a basement gym!
    1893 days ago
    Love it love it ! I love my home workouts for the same reasons ! LOL My dog thinks I'm nuts, but he stretches with me sometimes.
    1894 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    awesome reasons. I go to the fitness room at work after hours for many of those same reasons, but mostly because no one is there
    1894 days ago
    Love it!
    1895 days ago
  • KAREN608
    This was true and entertaining.
    No excuses when we exercise at home!
    1895 days ago
  • ABAKER34
    If you are making happy face sweat drips you know you are working out hard! I have the same dungeon basement in my house and it is the best, I wouldn't trade it for any gym, too much time wasted in road travel to a gym, plus I can't account for my kids running circles around me!
    1896 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I love it! I do the same thing with spots too.

    PS- you can talk yourself through a workout and the only one who notices is - yes, the angrycat.
    1897 days ago
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