Granted, my “crib” is not star-worthy, but I like to think I have all the comforts of a home that I could want: the hubs, Prince Mario, a comfy bed, a walk-in pantry, and a home gym.
We have a 4-bedroom house – the first being the master bedroom, then the guest room, then the computer room, then a catch-all room. When we first moved in, we had the bright idea of using the last room as our work-out room. Little did we know just how much we would enjoy having a home gym…and working out together. You see, in our tiny California apartment, we didn’t have much spare room, so we bought two stationary bikes that we could store out on the balcony. So when we found out we were moving to Louisiana and buying our first home, we splurged on an elliptical! After we bought our first elliptical, the hubs realized that he enjoyed it as much as I did! So…six months later, we purchased a second one! By this time, we realized that the 4th bedroom wasn’t quite large enough to lay out the equipment the way we wanted it. So…we moved everything to the “dining area,” a closed off section nestled behind our kitchen and living room. It has wooden floors, tons of natural light, and is HUGE.
As I may have mentioned before, I would like to incorporate a series of weights/resistance exercises to my training. This type of training targets some of the secondary muscle groups: abductors, adductors, calves, obliques, lower back, etc. So in the coming weeks, I will add a few new things to my home gym to help inspire me! So now, let’s move on to the tour of all my toys!
1. Dumbbells. I bought a set of 5 lb and 8 lb dumbbells about 5 years ago when I wanted to tone up my arms before the wedding. I like these because, again, they don’t take up too much space and can be used during toning exercises such as bicep curls and squats.
2. Stationary Bike. We picked up this baby (for the low price of $88) with a Wal-Mart gift card we received. This had saved me on so many rainy days! It uses no electricity, is simple, and gets the heart pumping when you aren’t in the mood for Jillian or a run.
3. Ellipticals. (These are our pride and joy.) Elliptical trainers allow you to burn a similar number of calories as jogging…but without the risk of injury to the back, knees, hips, or ankles. I was first introduced to the elliptical when I re-injured my IT band in college. We quickly became best friends! In today’s world, it is a great alternative cardio workout!
4. Wii Fit. At $90 – plus $150 for the basic console – Wii Fit is not cheap, but it still costs less than an actual gym membership. And since it’s in the middle of my workout room, it’s harder to ignore. Wii Fit offers fitness training of four types – aerobics, strength training, yoga, and balance games. Most of the exercises are fun, and all of them increase your heart rate or muscle tone while helping develop “core” muscle groups that aid balance and posture.
5. Motivational Pictures. The hubs and I bought these a few years back because we liked the prints. They are the kinds that change depending on where you are standing – i.e., “Change” is represented by a tree going through winter, spring, summer, fall. “Determination” is represented by the waves crashing up against the rocks.
6. Foam Roller. “The Grid.” You can read my review HERE – but this Trigger Point Foam Roller is ah-maz-ing! It is designed to withstand more pressure than a traditional foam roller, and the grooves allow you to get a little bit deeper into the muscle. There are 3 zones designed to put varying pressure on your body: one feels like fingertips, one feels like forearm/palm, and one feels like fingers and a thumb.
I also think these things are essential to any successful home gym:
- TV/DVD Player
- Workout Videos
- Yoga mat
- Jump Rope
- Resistance Bands
And at the top of my wish list sits a room with mirrored walls, but for now that will have to wait…
Ok so that’s it! Thank you for joining me on the tour of my home gym!
What equipment do you own that you believe is essential to your workouts?