Turn your Bedroom into a Workout Space!
So you are thinking about turning a room in your home into a workout space. (maybe a bedroom, …. or a family room, part of a garage, whatever.)
What are the pros?
- Convenience. You can work out whenever is convenient because you never leave your home. Work out during a snow storm, rain storm, heat wave, traffic jams, etc. No worries. You can always work out at home when you would otherwise skip it because its very convenient.
- Save time. You will save a huge amount of time if your alternative is to go to the club. No more packing a bag , driving to the club, changing and showering at the club and driving back home. How much time would you save per workout? Per year? If you save a half hour per workout and you work out every other day you would save almost 100 hours a year!
- Save money. No club fees. No gas or parking fees. Only the cost of equipment. Prorated over time how does that compare to monthly club fees, gas, parking?
What are the cons?
- The workout environment isn’t as motivating . You don’t get the same workout vibe as you would get by going to the club. No energy from others working out at the same physical space .
- Less social. No friendship or camaraderie from others you may meet working out at the club. No esprit decor.
- Boring. Working out alone at home can get boring .
Question: Can you mitigate or minimize the cons? Yes! Bring a computer into the room for workout music, online videos, workout classes, virtual trail workouts, hiit workouts, etc, (maybe interactive to get back some of the workout atmosphere and camaraderie) or just good workout music.
After weighing the pros and cons if it makes sense to workout at home and you want to give it a try and turn a room into a work out space how should you go about it?
1. Completely clear out and clean out the room.
2. Measure the room dimensions (eg 12x10 feet).
3 Buy a big mirror so you can see yourself workout to check your form. (Look at those abs…yeah baby!)
4 Buy a whiteboard so you easily can put up and erase workout routines, personal bests, goals, etc.
5 Bring a computer into the room for workout music, online videos, workout classes, virtual trail workouts, hiit workouts, etc, (maybe interactive to get back some of the workout atmosphere and camaraderie) or just good workout music.
6. Put up some inspiring art or photos so its not boring (or travel destinations to look at while your working out).
7 Get a rotating floor fan.
8 Get a workout mat (with good traction, comfortable., big enough for cardio class, yoga, pilates, dance, workout whatever)
9 Get a BOSU bqll for balance, stretching, crunches, as well as cardio and strength workouts.
10 Get workout elastic bands. Maybe a jump rope.
11 Cardio: Purchase your first piece of cardio equipment. Choices: bikes, ellipticals, stair steppers, treadmills, rowers, or cross trainers. Pick one. Consider a piece of equipment that has versatility (works out upper or lower body or both). Takes up the least space and fits your budget. Make sure to measure to make sure it fits.
12 Strength: Purchase a piece of strength equipment. Free weights:dumbbells or barbells or both and a small workout bench.. (recommend dumbbells that easily add on or take off weight and take the least space. Or a standalone piece of equipment. Consider a floor Power Plate vibrating machine for strength and flexibility.
11 Buy some kettlebells.
Start working out at home! Enjoy!