Thursday, January 27, 2011

Basement Brick Workout

During the Christmas holidays Moe and I slowly began finishing the basement in our house. We are completing the project in stages. Moe had insulated and drywalled the exterior walls, and framed our recreation room when we moved, but we had left alone since then.

The Basement

We are fortunate to have a bright walkout basement in our home.  The area where the gym is located is a large rectangular room (approximately 14.5 ft by 34 ft) and has two large windows and a patio door.  I think when it is completely finished, it will be a nice bright spot to go and workout. For now though,  we achieved a rather basic but still functional set up that I think we will both enjoy working out in.

The Gym
We began by cleaning up our basement to make room for a gym.  We took 4 car loads to the Salvation Army and two loads to the dump and gave away various items to friends and family.  I do not keep much clutter, its amazing how easy it is to accumulate stuff!

 Our big splurge for the gym was a large 60 inch LED TV (Sharp Quattron) flat screen TV.  I Love it!  Now I can watch my bike videos or the Biggest Loser, or even the Bachelor while working out!  No more excuses!

We lined up our treadmill and my bike on the trainer to face our tv ofcourse.

Hubs even put a step stool for me to get on my bike... its really high when its on the trainer!

I bought Hubs this incline bench for Christmas, its not fully assembled yet,  but we can do ab work and chest press etc using the bench.  We can also eventually add to it to.  We also have some free weights.

Stretching and ab work out area. (sorry for the blurry picture)

I am going to pick up a large inexpensive area rug this week for this area,  and a large wall clock for timing plank, intervals, etc.

The Workout

I had my first brick workout in my home gym  this week.  Here's what I did:

 -Thirty minutes on the bike
*practice bike to run transition*
 -5K tempo run
-Ab work (leg lifts, 4 x 1 min plank, toe touches)
-Upper body weights (bicep curls, tricep extensions, and 10 push ups). 

It was an amazing time efficient workout,  and it was so nice to do it in the comfort of my home,  especially when the weather is so cold and yucky! 

I made a spinach smoothie after the workout (3 handful of spinach, 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries, 1 cup almond milk, 2 scoops chocolate amazing grass protein, 1 scoop hemp protein, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 banana, and a few ice cubes).  It was yummy,  unfortunately I forgot to take a picture.

Do you have a home gym?  If so,  what equipment do you have in your home gym?

Thanks for reading!


Stacey said...

Oh, I love having a home gym!! We have "the works." (:
Glad you had a great brick! I will have to try the smoothie..Frayed Laces posted a recipe to make nut milks. Have a great weekend Marci.

Lisa said...

Nice work on your home gym. I don't have a specified gym area, I have to move stuff around to make space when I want to work out at home, then move stuff back. :-(

Marlene said...

We are just starting to plan finishing our basement and a workout room is in the works! It will be a while yet, but I am going to LOVE it!

Your space looks great - awesome job on the workout!!

B.o.B. said...

Super cool! I wish I had room in my apartment for a gym. Alas the third bedroom is for random!

Marky Mark said...

That's something we should do--we have an elliptical down there but basically it's full of clutter (and my hockey gear)...

Teamarcia said...

A basement brick--you inspire me! We do have a home gym but it's mostly weight training stuff and a mill. I'd looping a bike trainer.

Lily on the Road said...

Sweet home gym!

I was down in the basement today starting to purge and get ideas on getting it drywalled and putting a floor down. Until then, I'm upstairs on the trainer, it all works!

Happy Brick workouts...

Marky Mark said...

Cold and snow are coming so prepare to use the home gym even more!

lindsay said...

Looks good! We sorta have a home gym in the 3rd bedroom/office. So far just a treadmill and weight bench. Well and bikes on a stacked rack and trainer. It won't grow much more bc of space but that's really all we need. Maybe if/when we move we will also get a "power tower" for pullups/dips.

Laura said...

Ooh, I am so jealous! My tiny Manhattan apartment has no room for a home gym. We have a gym downstairs but I have to pay $80/month for the privilege of using it... SO expensive, especially when I'm only home a few days a month!

Boris Terzic said...

I don't have a home gym but I a have a storage locker and it works the same and is full of Kettlebells!

You should get some kettlebells for your gym too!

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