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Friday, October 15, 2010

Introducing ... Our New Home Gym

A couple of months ago our treadmill (whom I knew for 10 years and only had a relationship with for the past five years!!) finally called it quits. RIP.



We kept our old treadmill in the lower level of our home that is unfinished and used for storage. There were no windows, no sunlight and the walls weren't drywalled. So, we were running next to insulation. We were inhaling all that icky stuff, it was starting to stink down there and those long (and even short) runs felt even longer. The kids enjoyed coming downstairs with me to exercise, and we kept toys down there. However, it was a job just to get everyone situated down in the "dungeon" with snacks, drinks, toys, etc.



We purchased a new treadmill a few weeks ago from Sears. I will be posting a review on my new NordicTrack T5 zi Treadmill (HERE) really soon. It was a sensible purchase. Reasonable amount of bells and whistles. It rocks.



My dad suggested that we move the treadmill upstairs. We have four bedrooms, but three rooms were taken as bedrooms. The fourth was used as our home office and toy room. I decided to clear out some of the big toys and get rid of things they've grown out of. After that was done, I cleared out our home office. This mongo-desk takes up two walls in the room. We purged a ton and packed away items that we wanted to keep, but didn't necessarily need to access.



The result is a nice, multi-functional space: a home office, a toy room ... and a new home gym!!



I now have sunlight and am able to open up the windows and air out the room and keep it cool. This has made such a difference!










My new view from the treadmill:
TV (visual entertainment), computer (iTunes!), windows (sunlight)


Where I blog!!
The kids can play on the computer while I run, too.

The desk is filled with cabinets, shelves and under-lighting. These cabinets use to be filled with books, junk and more junk. Now, they are a great way to display all of our race photos and memorabilia.







My assortment of headbands

Tons of toys to keep the kiddos entertained while I workout. (Sadly, this is only one of three rooms that houses their toys!).

Since Wisconsin Winter is right around the corner ... I have a feeling that we'll be spending a lot of time in this room (for several reasons). I am looking forward to lots of fun times ... and lots of calories burned ... in our new space.

30 comments:

  1. Yeah, that's about a million times better than the old workout room pics, good decision.
    I'm sure the kids appreciate it as well.

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  2. That's a wonderful new gym! I love all the running related photos, medals, etc.! Too cool!

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  3. You have just inspired me to move the treadmill up from the dungeon.

    Thank You! :D

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  4. Holy crap! What an amazing set up! I'm so inspired to do that at our house. We have the dungeon right now. It does have one small window - but I LOVE what you have now!

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  5. This is SO nice! Upgrade, for sure! You put a lot of work into making it not only functional but very welcoming. Have fun in it!

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  6. Wow..really nice space! Lots of work i bet..worth it in the wisconsin winter!

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  7. Cleaning out our home office is the task that I manage to put off each and every weekend. Congrats on getting yours cleaned up. It looks like a great use of the space!

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  8. That looks great! I bet you guys are going to enjoy it with the cooler weather ahead!

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  9. very nice space. very inspirational!!!! good work! love it!

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  10. Looks fantastic! I love the decor and how you surround yourself with run inspired items. :)

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  11. Looks great! I'll be watching for your treadmill review. We're in the market (RIP to ours too) by the end of the year. I've been contemplating putting ours in an extra bedroom instead of the unfinished basement too.

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  12. Looks like a great space! I like how you're able to display all of your photos, medals and other inspiring stuff.

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  13. That looks great! I really wish we didn't have to put the treadmill in our bedroom and the trainer in our living room. I am starting to think the boys can sleep in the garage so we can have room for our toys :)

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  14. Just found your blog! It's great!
    I love the display of achievements - and that your kids are included. Rockin. Can't wait to read more!

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  15. Wow, I love it! Once we get our garage gym cleaned up a little more, I will post pics of it too. =o)

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  16. Love it! Great way to repurpose the space!

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  17. completely awesome.

    quite the set up!!

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  18. WOW! You upgraded your treadmill and your workout room! No more dungeon. :)
    Love your set-up! Now, you make me wanna clear my desk and make a room cleaner. :)

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  19. Awesome! That is going to be so much nicer for you than the basement!

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  20. Looks great! And it's great the kids can hang out while you run!

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  21. LOVE the new multi-function room! It's very cute! :D

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  22. Oooohhh, nicely done! Come I come run at your place? It's beats my treadmill in the garage hands down!

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  23. That seems so much more inviting than a stinky basement. May you enjoy many happy hours there.

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  24. I love that you keep yourself motivated by hanging your running medals and photos!! I bet you'll enjoy being out of the basement once the colder weather and winter come to WI!

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  25. You're workout room looks great! I feel like I'm trapped in a closet (a men's closet) during the winter.

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  26. Yay for a new workout room! It looks like a great space!

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