since we replaced the carpet in our master bedroom with hardwood floors, this finally gave us the chance to set up a proper home gym. excluding the exercise equipment, we spent around $80 putting this area together in our master bedroom. and i’m proud to say we’ve already broken it in!
mirrors – Ikea: i’ve held on to these for years… i don’t even think they sell them anymore. they’ve been sitting in the garage for 8 years now. surprisingly, it’s condition has held up, but we lost the clips and had to buy new ones from Home Depot for ~$2 per pack per mirror (4 clips come in one pack).
floor mats – harbor freight: we purchased 3 packs at ~$8 each. they feel just like the floor mats at the gym, perhaps a lil softer. they work great and they’re water resistant too.
wall cabinet – target: we needed something with hooks and small compartments to store our gloves, HRM, and anything else fitness related. the cabinet also has hooks to hang resistance bands, towel, etc. and there’s a shelf above the basket cubby holes that’s big enough to place an ipod deck or water bottles.
larget basket – target: i added a basket to house smaller lightweight items so the space is more organized. currently inside are yoga blocks, footlog, massage roller stick, and balance disc.
some of our equipment includes…
kettlebells – wal-mart: we added these about a year ago for $79 (for the set) with free shipping to the store for pick-up. they’re 20, 25, and 30 lbs. we recently added a 10lbs kettlebell (for me) for one-arm kettlebell exercises.
barbells – sears: we added 2 barbells a year ago. they were on clearance at a sears store nearby. the black barbell weighs 45lbs (i think) and the silver/chrome barbell weighs 15 or 20lbs.
dumbbells: mike purchased these yeeeeears ago. up until we moved to the new house, they made great door stops.
resistance bands – target: this came as a set with 3 resistance bands of various levels and an ankle cuff. i don’t use them as often as i used, but i remember they were a great beginners exercise tool when i was just starting over again.
exercise ball – target: i’m pretty sure we got this from target (or was it wal-mart?) and it came with one of those exercise dvds, which is still probably in its same wrapper b’coz i’m not big on exercise dvds. possible white elephant gag gift?
foam roller – target: we looooove our foam roller. i invested in a foam roller after having major pain in my calves and feet when i first started taking Turbo Kick classes. a trainer showed me how to use it on my calves to loosen my muscles before and after workouts. it came with a DVD which had several videos on other uses for it. it’s truly heaven sent.
i’m currently in the market for a weight rack to get the kettlebells and dumbbells off the floor as well as a barbell rack, or maybe a squat rack and bench? if anyone has something they’d like to barter or sell or if you know where i can get something at a reasonable price, please lemme know! thanks!
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