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Alfster 01-27-19 05:24 PM

Getting serious about getting into shape
 
I want to be able to do some longer rides this summer, so I'm getting serious about some winter training. My wife and I cleaned out one of our basement rooms and converted it to an exercise room. Eventually the flooring will be replaced with black rubber mats, and we'll be installing new lighting, another fan for the bike and a couple of TV monitors. BUT, it's in pretty good shape to use now. A simple setup, but that's all we need. I was putting a bit more pressure in the front tire and blew the valve, so I'll be replacing it on Monday.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5c8e9d324e.jpg

These sarcophagi came from my wife's old bellydance studio she owned a decade ago. Now they guard the entrance to our workout room :)
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...03971fe49a.jpg

The trainer will move backwards about 2 feet.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6f0a6d8be7.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4530904bcf.jpg

Alfster 01-27-19 05:29 PM

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5fe49577c4.jpg

Alfster 01-27-19 05:30 PM

Let's see other people's areas they use for exercise in their homes :)

257 roberts 01-27-19 05:31 PM

very nice !

daoswald 01-27-19 05:52 PM

Forget skeletons in your closet, or bats in your belfrey, you have mummies in your basement.

My version of getting serious about not giving back too much of my riding season fitness gains has been to visit the gym in the evenings, and to install fenders on my hybrid and get cold weather gear so I can ride on decent days over the winter. The GP4Season 32mm tires and SKS Longboard Chromoplastic fenders are working out great on that bike.

Alfster 01-27-19 06:02 PM


Originally Posted by daoswald (Post 20767048)
Forget skeletons in your closet, or bats in your belfrey, you have mummies in your basement.

My version of getting serious about not giving back too much of my riding season fitness gains has been to visit the gym in the evenings, and to install fenders on my hybrid and get cold weather gear so I can ride on decent days over the winter. The GP4Season 32mm tires are working out great on that bike.

I've trying to gain back my fitness level from 15 years ago, let alone from last year LOL.

John E 01-29-19 04:44 PM


Originally Posted by Alfster (Post 20767013)
Let's see other people's areas they use for exercise in their homes :)

I merely covet ample space under roof, something I have always lacked. I exercise three times per week at the YMCA, and walking there and back (3.5mi round trip) in the predawn hours is part of my fitness routine. My bicycle "workshop" comprises pushing the cars back to claim some or all of the garage. My elder son's former bedroom is now my much-needed home office space -- empty-nesting is great. My younger son's former bedroom is now our younger grandson's nap room two or three days/week, when we provide daycare.

Love the decorating job, including the "guards" at the door. :)

Alfster 01-29-19 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by John E (Post 20770237)
I merely covet ample space under roof, something I have always lacked. I exercise three times per week at the YMCA, and walking there and back (3.5mi round trip) in the predawn hours is part of my fitness routine. My bicycle "workshop" comprises pushing the cars back to claim some or all of the garage. My elder son's former bedroom is now my much-needed home office space -- empty-nesting is great. My younger son's former bedroom is now our younger grandson's nap room two or three days/week, when we provide daycare.

Love the decorating job, including the "guards" at the door. :)

Thanks. I have some work left before it's complete. Today I installed two Smart TV's, one for the treadmill and one for the bike. My wife can now catch up on her Game of Thrones while working out :D

Alfster 01-29-19 11:35 PM

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...efade4450f.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b388e8e78f.jpg
In order to make the space as inviting as possible, so I actually enjoy exercising, I installed a couple of TV's for the treadmill and bike. I'll rotate them when I'm doing my fitness blender workouts in the middle of the room.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b7f17dc850.jpg

nomadmax 01-30-19 05:18 AM

Nice setup @Alfster. I would put you (and others here) squarely in the "Third Little Pig" camp, you know, the one who built things correctly. I on the other hand have always been a "First Little Pig" inasmuch that I'm willing to cut corners so I can start having some fun; this has bitten me from behind more times than I care to remember. My set up in the basement is a gym and a work area for my bikes, one day I'll have someone who knows what they're doing come make a proper gym out of it.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0243eb0c5a.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b8901c139e.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fe292c05f9.jpg
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Serottafan 01-30-19 09:17 AM

I have just also committed myself to getting back into shape. One of the bikes is on a training stand in the garage, and I have a Total Gym (strangely more effective than you would think) that I use when I don’t feel like going to the CrossFit box. I’m old and recently had to take a month off due to an accident. So starting from scratch.

rumrunn6 01-30-19 09:41 AM

impressive! I can not motivate at home, I have to be around other ppl doing it, so I pay $ for a gym membership that I have to drive by to get home

nomadmax 01-30-19 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 20771014)
impressive! I can not motivate at home, I have to be around other ppl doing it, so I pay $ for a gym membership that I have to drive by to get home

Whatever it takes to do it.

I like being able to walk downstairs, get it done and take one shower without driving. That said, it can test your resolve because there's no one there to motivate you.

rumrunn6 01-30-19 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by nomadmax (Post 20771118)
I like being able to walk downstairs, get it done and take one shower without driving. That said, it can test your resolve because there's no one there to motivate you.

gym is no picnic, just got back from my lunchtime workout. giant PIA with short drive, changing, shower, drying my hair (so I don't catch pneumonia) changing again & then another short drive back to the office ... easier in the warm months when there aren't so many clothes involved :(

wphamilton 01-30-19 04:13 PM

That looks pretty awesome, like you're illustrating "If you're going to do it, do it right!"

I live in an apartment, and have to walk down to the center about half a mile, which makes it real easy to just skip a workout some days. Just walk downstairs, no excuses. Nice.

Alfster 01-30-19 07:00 PM


Originally Posted by nomadmax (Post 20770759)
Nice setup @Alfster. I would put you (and others here) squarely in the "Third Little Pig" camp, you know, the one who built things correctly. I on the other hand have always been a "First Little Pig" inasmuch that I'm willing to cut corners so I can start having some fun; this has bitten me from behind more times than I care to remember. My set up in the basement is a gym and a work area for my bikes, one day I'll have someone who knows what they're doing come make a proper gym out of it.

That's a great space. I prefer it over mine. Nice to be able to have some space to work on your bikes. Is that a fan on the floor?

Alfster 01-30-19 07:04 PM


Originally Posted by wphamilton (Post 20771693)
That looks pretty awesome, like you're illustrating "If you're going to do it, do it right!"

I live in an apartment, and have to walk down to the center about half a mile, which makes it real easy to just skip a workout some days. Just walk downstairs, no excuses. Nice.

I'm sure there is positives and negatives to having a home workout area. Probably easy to just say "I'll pick it up tomorrow". So far I'm still in the 'very enthusiastic' stage of workouts. I'm sure it'll get more difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm in a few months.

nomadmax 01-30-19 07:32 PM


Originally Posted by Alfster (Post 20771912)
That's a great space. I prefer it over mine. Nice to be able to have some space to work on your bikes. Is that a fan on the floor?

It is a fan. I got it at Harbor Freight many years ago despite terrible reviews, haven't had any trouble with it and the knob acts like a dimmer switch. I can get as much or as little wind as I want on the rollers it's in front of. It has several legs so you can point it at about any angle you want (or moving it forward/back). If you don't have room to move it forward/back and the angle isn't just right, you can put a short section of 1x3 under the legs to get an intermediate angle (if any of that makes sense). Up near the overhead light, above the treadmill, I have a small thrift store fan hanging from the rafters.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...eca770942c.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...96ed97b618.jpg

nomadmax 01-30-19 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 20771393)
gym is no picnic, just got back from my lunchtime workout. giant PIA with short drive, changing, shower, drying my hair (so I don't catch pneumonia) changing again & then another short drive back to the office ... easier in the warm months when there aren't so many clothes involved :(

Understood :thumb:

TiHabanero 01-30-19 07:48 PM

My basement was suitable for trainer rides for a few years, but is now consumed with bikes, frame building stuff and work bench, drafting table, horse saddle, and a bed frame. No place to ride indoors anymore. No loss, as I hated it anyway!

Wildwood 02-02-19 03:19 PM

I've got to be outside.
I hike, ski, kayak, etc.
Luckily the far left coast is outdoor paradise.

Too many walls staying inside so much.

Alfster 02-02-19 04:55 PM


Originally Posted by Wildwood (Post 20776240)
I've got to be outside.
I hike, ski, kayak, etc.
Luckily the far left coast is outdoor paradise.

Too many walls staying inside so much.

Here's why I don't have much of a choice ...
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...828244dde6.jpg

Alfster 02-02-19 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by nomadmax (Post 20771956)
It is a fan. I got it at Harbor Freight many years ago despite terrible reviews, haven't had any trouble with it and the knob acts like a dimmer switch. I can get as much or as little wind as I want on the rollers it's in front of. It has several legs so you can point it at about any angle you want (or moving it forward/back). If you don't have room to move it forward/back and the angle isn't just right, you can put a short section of 1x3 under the legs to get an intermediate angle (if any of that makes sense). Up near the overhead light, above the treadmill, I have a small thrift store fan hanging from the rafters.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...eca770942c.jpg

Thanks for the info. I like the size/portability of your fan. I'd like to get rid of that tall fan I currently have.

nomadmax 02-02-19 05:03 PM

:thumb:

Wildwood 02-02-19 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by Alfster (Post 20776349)
Here's why I don't have much of a choice ...


Wonderful fitness center -
you should sell access to friends.


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