Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fitness Room

Good morning.   We have "sprung forward" and turned our clocks ahead for another hour of daylight.  But Old Man Winter will pay one more visit it would seem.  Today it is chilly and gray, with the threat of a cold winter storm on the horizon.  That is okay with me, since I love the rain.  But I have had the taste of Spring, and find myself dreaming of all that comes with it.   So hopefully this last storm will be brief!
A few weeks ago, our youngest moved out of the house.  He has circled the nest once before, but we are feeling pretty certain he is out on his own for good this time.  So what did we do?  We turned his room into a fitness center.  This bedroom is the smallest one of the house.  When we bought it, one of the walls was completely mirrored.  We left it because originally this room was Erika's, and what teenage girl doesn't love a wall of mirrors?  I was convinced this would make the perfect room for a little fitness center.  We have tried before to get the treadmill into the house and it just wouldn't go.  We got it in through the double front doors, but could not get it into the bedroom.  But I was convinced to do it somehow.  So, with some careful measuring, and planning, and the help of our friend Tommy G, we did it!!!  The  doors and trim may need a little love, but it is in!!!  We also put the Nordic Track in there, and even with both pieces, I was still left with enough floor space for yoga and Wii Fit.   We still have things to do in here.  There is more signed sports memoralbillia to hang.   And I need to make new curtains, and touch up the paint.  But for the most part, it is functioning just the way we wanted it to.
With the two pieces of equipment situated that way in an L shape, it allowed for plenty of floor space to still do yoga and fitness DVD's, as well as use the balance ball and hand weights and stretch tube.
When my girls were little, my Dad refinished some high school gym lockers for each one of the grandkids between my brothers and I.  Some were not yet born, and didn't get one.  When Drew was little, he was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and we ordered this gym locker for him and it stood in his bedroom for many years.  But the others have been in the garage forever.  I took those out yesterday and scrubbed them clean, and put them in the fitness room to hold our gear.  I LOVE them.  Especially the fact that my dear Dad made them for his grandchildren.  I love that I kept them, and now have the opportunity to use them in here.
Each of them has their name on the front.  And they are perfect for keeping weights and mats and such out of sight when not in use.
They are not color coordinated, nor bright and shiny, but I love them.  To me, they are perfect!
From the treadmill or nordic track, you can watch the telly to help pass the time.
The telly is on a wall mount and can be tilted and moved to any area of the room for easy viewing.  The file cabinet in the corner will be going to the closet as soon as we find the appropriate piece to take that space.  For now though, it has to be in here.  The top of the cabinet holds some of our collection of signed baseballs.  Behind that is a basketball signed by Michael Jordan.  And above that is a print of our friend who spent most of his career as the Montreal Expos third baseman, and ended his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  We had such fun following his great career and watching him play.   He now coaches for the Dodgers.

On another wall is a jersey signed by LA  Lakers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neil.
After getting everything in it's proper place for best utilizing the room, I decided it was missing something.  A nice comfy place to sit, for anyone who may not be exercising, but just wants to sit and watch the telly, or watch the exercisers!  So I ever so sweetly pleaded with Greg to help me move the LARGE chaise lounge chair I recently bought  and placed in the guest bedroom, to the fitness room.  It was Drew who went with me to buy that chair and he helped me move it into the guest room.  We had to squeeze it through the doorway, but somehow we did it without too much trouble.  NOT the case with this move!!!!  SO not the case!  Luckily Drew showed up just as we were about to abandon the idea.  So Greg took the door off, and then they were able to maneuver it through.  I tucked it up into the farthest corner of the closet, and it works perfectly!
After Drew goes through his book collection  and things on the shelves in the closet, I will have Tommy G put an electrical outlet in there, and we can put a reading lamp behind the chair.  I am going to make a new valance for the top of the closet to hide the shelves like I did in my sewing room.
So, there you have it.  No excuses now to not work out.  I ran a brief 1/2 mile on Sunday.  Then last night, I did a little over a mile, and played with the incline and pace.  I have a LONG way to go, to get back into shape. Today after I take Noah to school, I am going to do my yoga DVD.  And tonight Eri is coming to use the gym. 
Wish us luck!!!
XO  Kris

26 comments:

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

Now, this is a room I could and should hang out in. I so am going to work on creating one of these around here soon. But, for now I'm out the door for my power walk. Can you believe I'm up to 3 miles in an hour. And my BP is now good to go, but meds still at least for 3 monthes. Then she just said we shall see.

Bethany said...

Yeah, I'd totally be plopped on that chair with my knitting or something, watching What About Bob....

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, I love your new exercise room-I think it is perfect. We used to have a Nordic track but sold it because we didn't use it enough. I would love to have a treadmill but our basement isn't finished and it wouldn't get used either-so I'm good with going to a cheap gym. I understand WII dance party is so fun, I think it would be a great way to exercise. Thanks for sharing, I'd love to come work out with you.
Hugs, Noreen

by Teresa said...

Kris.. you are amazing!! Just putting that room together was a lot of exercise! LOL! How cool is it to have your own home gym? And a pool. You're living the dream, aren't you? Lucky girl! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Debbie Kay said...

Wow Kris, well done! I love how you made it all yours!

Those lockers are ever so cute and sentimental.

Smiles,

Debbie

corners of my life said...

WoW - your own little sports arena/gym. How fun!

Connie said...

What clever use you have made of the room and putting the things in it. Enjoy your viewing and workouts! Looks great!

Maryrose said...

You ran!!! Yay! Hope it all goes well.

Love the new gym, it looks like many happy and sweaty days ahead.
Everything fit into the room perfectly.

And see Drew showed up when you needed him most.

Happy work-outs.
M

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

What a great space. I need that room. No space here for many years. I love it all except that Packers locker. Booo! Steelers rule!!

Tammy said...

I'll pay ya $20 a month to come use your gym. =P

Genn said...

Looks so great! I love it!

Makes me want to come over and drop my kids in the daycare program and workout.

How much does the kids club cost at this gym??????

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Way to go with all the exercising, and the space is just perfect to keep you motivated. Love it all:)

Lauri said...

What a great room for working out. Wish I could stop by for a little workout with you.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Kris, Love your exercise room. Everything all in one beautiful place and a big screen too. Happy fitness to you. xoRobin❤

Mereknits said...

Kris, great make over for the fitness room. We are huge Green Bay Packer fans, my husband and family are from Wisconsin. We have a signed Brett Carve jersey up on our office wall. I am starting to do yoga so that space sounds just perfect. Good luck with the exercising.
Meredith

Beverly said...

Your workout room reminds me of ours...except for the fact that Hubbs is a Steelers fan! Lots of baseball paraphernalia here, too!!

Holly said...

Well, I could either join a gym or just drive to your house every day. It's a coin toss. The deciding factor is, do you have any cheeseballs made? By the way, I'm doing Paleo. Feel so much better not having the grains. Long story, tell you later.

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your fitness room looks great! You are one busy lady; pass on some of that motivated energy to me. :-) Sounds like you are having a productive week. I enjoy watching all your projects progress. Blessings. Heather

Kristen said...

Oh wow, that is so fantastic! I love that you had the mirrored wall already--this room was totally meant to be a home gym. You don't have to go to the Y and sweat in front of all the 20-year-olds! I'm so jealous. :)

Cathy said...

I might actually work out if I had such a wonderful place to do it. Love that you can watch TV while you are on the tread mill. I really like what you did to that room, Kris. Just perfect.

Pam said...

I love your new room! You gave me lots of ideas as my son just moved out last weekend and I am hoping this might be his last move out as well! You have given me a lot of ideas. So maybe we can workout together in our newly vacated son's rooms!! We are expecting cooler weather over the weekend. It was 82 yesterday. Nice, but tooooo early!

Jill said...

Your room looks great and good for you taking time for yourself and working out! You will feel amazing! Love those lockers they are just darling! Special too :-)
Have a great week!!

blessings,
Jill

Debbiedoo's said...

That is awesome to have in the house! Actually looks fun!

annielizabeth said...

What a great room, lucky you! Those lockers really make it special. You should be fit in no time with a work out room esp. when your daughter can come work out with you. The buddy system can be so helpful. Beautiful blanket for your mom, it turned out lovely. I'll have to stop at a Mother's on my way to my sis' next time I go, sounds like a great health store. Fresh alfalfa sprouts are the best. We're gonna get some rain (hopefully) this wknd and that will probably be the last for awhile. So enjoy!

Val said...

This room would inspire me to workout. Very cool.

Kerri said...

what a great room to workout in! The mirrors are awesome...the t.v., the lockers with your gear....I have a feeling people (your kids!) will be stopping by to workout!