Designing Our Home Workout Room

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Recently, Our youngest son, Josh, moved out into his own apartment. That left us with a conundrum. What do we do with his bedroom? We are big time Sam’s club shoppers. (Seriously, we should take out stock!) I fancied lining the walls with shelves and turning it into a dream pantry. A really LARGE pantry.  We gotta do something with all that bulk toilet paper, right? However, when David suggested converting the empty bedroom into a home workout room, I readily changed my mind.

Why a Home Workout Room?

In the last year, I lost 50 pounds. Every day, I’ve been using my tablet to stream Daily Burn videos and doing my workouts in the bathroom. David works from home and I didn’t want to distract him by streaming them on the Roku in the living room. (Side note: If you’ve never tried Daily Burn, use that link and sign up for a one-month free trial. They have hundreds of videos for all levels and a new video every day for variety).

David’s suggestion made sense.  Working out daily became a habit that I don’t intend to give up.  Exercising in a cramped bathroom is difficult and the task becomes even more daunting as I grow into more advanced styles.  Additionally, David decided to try to lose weight, so we would each be tying up the bathroom.

Evaluating our Needs

Small, drab room photo before conversion
We needed to reach agreement on what to do with this drab room.

We needed to identify exactly what we needed.  The small, drab room needed repainting.  The uninspiring beige did nothing to make either of want to be in the room, much less work out in it.  Also, the hard concrete floor did not absorb any shock when we jumped around.  If you dropped a weight, you risked cracking the floor. (Yes, that’s raw stained concrete – not tile). David wanted to add jumping rope to his repertoire, which meant the low-hanging ceiling fan had to go.  We would need some other method to circulate the air – and replace the lighting.  Lastly, we needed some mirrors so we could check our form.   This exercise room became quite the project.

Planning it Out

Since we stream our videos from YouTube and Daily Burn, we needed a TV and someway to stream our content. The room space is larger than the bathroom and watching a 9 inch screen from the other side of the room was nearly impossible. We chose Vizio 43 Inch Smart TV.  We didn’t need a bunch of bells and whistles.  This TV was inexpensive, had decent reviews, and fit perfectly mounted in the corner.  We also got a Google Chromecast so we could use the tablet to cast videos to the TV. Hooking up an XBox to play active Kinect Games finished the AV part of the endeavor.

David and I wanted colors that inspired us and brightened our mood.  With a little research into color theory, we learned that green is a motivating color.  Yellow speeds up the metabolism and orange brightened moods.  We chose Behr premium paint colors Bicycle yellow for the ceiling, Chameleon Skin green for most of the walls, and Joyful orange for the accent wall.  I like to jokingly say that the room is so colorful and energetic that the calories just jump off when you walk in.  Of course, if you are doing your own home workout room, you’ll need to find colors that speak to you.

The room’s one small window lets in only dreary light and we wanted to maximize light.  We wanted curtains, but opted for sheer.  We live in the middle of the woods, so privacy in the workout room isn’t really an issue.

We installed sheer yellow curtains and these sweet little sunflower tie-backs.  A good workout room has mirrors so you can see yourself move.  It’s a safety thing.  You want to check your form.  Incorrect postures are ineffective at best and can cause injury at worst.  To our chagrin, wall mirrors are expensive.  To combat this, we hit Target and bought 12 of these $5.99 mirrors.  We lined them up and used some 3M strips for mounting mirrors to place them on the wall.  We added the horizontal one of the bottom so we could still see ourselves for floor exercises.

The Kinect does not respond well to mirrors, so we installed matching curtains with tie-backs over the mirrors.  If we are playing the Xbox, we just draw the curtains closed.  I thought they dressed the mirrors up quite well, too.

As an additional safety measure and to protect our floors, we got some horse stall mats from Tractor Supply Company.  These mats weight 75 pounds apiece!  We had an unused shoe storage rack that was the perfect size for our small number of hand weights and 2 yoga mats.

A wall-mounted oscillating fan to keep us cool and a flush mounted light fixture (to keep our jump ropes and fingers out of the ceiling fan) completed the room.

The Finished Room

The weight storage isn’t visible in this photo, but you can see how the whole room comes together.  We went from a drab little bedroom to a bright, cheerful workout room that motivates both of us.

Our workout room - before and after
Our workout room – before and after
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It’s just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I’m loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

14 Comments

  • Emma Spellman

    February 24, 2016 - 2:26 pm

    It looks so nice!! My toddlers are about to share a room and you have really inspired me on what to do with our extra room. We originally were going to make a workout room in the basement until a friend pointed out that the ceiling was to low for an elliptical. Now for plan B.

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 24, 2016 - 2:44 pm

      I don’t have an elliptical and didn’t realize they took up that much space! The only equipment I really use are some hand weights – and David wants room to jump rope – just in case. The ceiling fan had to go.

  • Amanda Cross

    February 22, 2016 - 4:07 pm

    Such a creative and fun gym look. I love the bright colors and I know that would definitely help drag me to the gym!

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 22, 2016 - 4:28 pm

      I like to say the calories jump off as soon as I walk in 🙂

  • Nicole Escat

    February 21, 2016 - 8:40 pm

    Wow. Such great room :)I would love too decorate our workout room too. Love the color of it.

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 21, 2016 - 10:29 pm

      Thanks 🙂 You can’t really see the orange in here (or the yellow ceiling). It’s energetic.

  • Toughcookiemommy

    February 21, 2016 - 6:52 pm

    I wish we had enough room in our home to make a workout room. It would be very convenient to be able to stay fit right at home.

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 21, 2016 - 10:28 pm

      Yeah – I’m actually agoraphobic, so leaving the house to go to a gym isn’t really an option. My son moved out and we had an extra room. It’s definitely been handy.

  • Emily S.

    February 21, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    What an inspiring room! Way to make your workouts a priority – love the new room.

  • Vera Sweeney

    February 21, 2016 - 3:43 pm

    What an amazing room make over!! I love the colors it looks like the perfect room for a home gym setup

    • Alicia

      February 21, 2016 - 3:52 pm

      It sure is more room than the bathroom I was working out in!

  • OurFamilyWorld

    February 20, 2016 - 2:11 am

    I love how it turned out. I also love the colors you chose for the room.

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 20, 2016 - 9:46 am

      Thanks! It was a joint effort between David and I. Unfortunately, you can’t really see the orange wall in any of the photos. I may have to add to the gallery

  • OurFamilyWorld

    February 20, 2016 - 2:10 am

    I love how it turned. I also love the colors you chose for the room.

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