At the Coburn household there have been many new projects initiated this year. One of those was a bit unexpected to be honest… A makeover of my existing workout area!
Like many of you, I had just been working out in a underutilized area of our home. It was actually our formal living room/dining room. However, towards the end of last year, we moved our dinning room table out of the room and into our nook area, since we usually ate most of our meals there anyway. A few years prior to that we sold the couple of couches that we had sitting in the room that were collecting dust and setup a nice home office for my wife and myself!
The room was very functional as a workout area as it was, I had a space roughly 10′ X 10′ to utilize; more than enough for most of the the Beachbody workout programs. But it didn’t have the workout room feel.
We started with a fresh coat of paint and this immediately made the room feel brighter and a little bit more masculine when compared to the aqua/teal color was on the walls previously. We actually went with a paint scheme of colors that we later used to paint the majority of the walls on the first floor of our home.
We decide to purchase some of the foam flooring that is pretty popular these days with home gyms. I already had a few squares in my garage and so we just expanded on those. A total of 24 squares were used here. Each package comes with 6 squares and they cost about $20 at your local Wal-Mart.
These protect the carpet underneath from all of the sweat flying while hitting my favorite routines from P90X2 or Body Beast, Insanity for my wife. This also offers a great cushion for some of those same programs that include numerous exercises that require a bit of jumping. Soft on the feet and easy on the knees.
My only complaint is that they are quite a bit louder walking and jumping on than regular carpet, though that disadvantage does not outweigh the advantages.
I have been working out with various programs for going on 4 years, but have never had the advantage of working out in front of a mirror. Mirrors are great for ensuring that you have proper form when performing a particular exercise.
Due to some of the other home improvement projects we had going on, two mirrors from the two bathrooms in our home were available for recommissioning. BONUS!
The first few days that I had these in place, I was definitely more conscious of my form. This is good! Yeah, there might have also been a bit of that macho flexing in front of those mirrors, but that’s part of it too!
Med Ball Rack
Originally, I had planned to purchase one of these from my favorite online store; Amazom.com. I actually had the one I wanted in my cart and would have purchased it, but the day I was going to pull the trigger, it was out of stock…BUMMER!
DIY to the rescue!
I decided to make my own with some PVC pipes and a parts. The med ball tack I had planned to purchase was about $100 and this DIY project only set me back about $15. Perhaps not as cool looking, but hey I saved about $85! Here is a video that details exactly how you can also make your own medicine ball rack for about $15.
I am really happy with the new setup. It definitely feels more like a dedicated workout area and I don’t have to put everything away when my workout is done for the day. The kids love the area as well, the extra cushion that the flooring provides has them tumbling, flipping, jumping and cart-wheeling all over the place!
While my setup may be more than you can accommodate either from a lack of available size or a limited budget, it’s not super important to have a luxury workout space. Especially, if it empty most of the day. What is important is that you are getting in to your space, wherever that happens to be, and crushing your workout for the day!
What does your workout space look like?
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