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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
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.
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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