Fitting the home gym

Something happened about a month ago that was the final straw for me and my journeys to my local gym. I don’t want to go into detail too much, but it seems many people lack common courtesy and it was beginning to irritate me and cause me to have negative feeling towards working out, which isn’t something I had ever experienced in the past.

So what I have decided to do is build my own gym full of cardio equipment right here in the house. It’s going to help me in more ways than one. For example, saving made on gas, saving made on time, and savings made on gym membership. If all goes according to plan, and nothing breaks early on, it should pay for itself within a year.

We are still in the process of renovating the old garage, and turning it into this fitness playground idea I had, and the other DIY tasks I’ve got going are eating into time I would otherwise be dedicating to this, but it’s moving in the right direction.

I’ve been looking at several elliptical machine reviews online on, which has helped me out in picking one for my needs. The Schwinn 430 does look promising and although I’ve heard conflicting views about the striding position one takes when training on it, there is enough resistance and programs to keep you challenged, which is just what i’m after.

Then in addition to the elliptical trainer, I’m going to want to look at getting some weight plates, a flat bench, and a barbell for heavy lifting, and potentially a rowing machine. That’s not 100% guaranteed yet, as I may decide to conduct my cardio outside in the great outdoors. There are plenty of good trails to run through in this area, and it would be a shame to let them go to waste. Maybe indoor cardio will be something I end up doing in the winter months.

However, before I can actually fit my first workout session in, i’m going to have to work towards finishing the lounge and bathroom, which are arduous tasks themselves, and proving difficult and time consuming. But hey, I’m up to the challenge, I’m really looking forward to my very own man den, full of fitness equipment.

Who wouldn’t want a massage chair?

Evening all. Well, after some though and discussion, we have decided to make the next step of our home improvement journey. This will involve careful planning and special attention being paid to user comfort because it’s one of the only places in the house that is made for relaxation. If you take that away, your house isn’t going to feel very homely.

We will be sorting out the under flooring, simply because there seems to be too much heat lost and we feel like there is a draft that needs to be handled. So we will be doing our best to insulate this as a base layer to improve upon.

Then, we will be worrying about the look and feel of the lounge as a whole. We will be doing away with the wooden floorboards, then putting in a new navy blue carpet. It’s much better to walk bare foot on carpet than it is on wood, and it’s warmer and comfier.

We will then be painting the walls a certain color. Which I hear you ask? That’s still undecided and something we will be looking into further as we go along. We don’t want it to clash with the colors already in the room, so we want to ensure we’re making the right choice before we make any kind of decision.

Then finally, we will be getting the right sort of furniture and couches in the room. The basics will include a coffee table, lamps, and sofas that are leather and stylish. It’s a throw up between brown and black leather currently, and that’s also dependent on the color we paint the walls.

We’ve also been looking into a few other ways to make the lounge a bit more homely. One of these ways discussed is getting a good massage chair. Paying a masseuse can get a bit expensive, and it’s nice to know that you’ve got something like this at home to go back to. We’re looking at several of the mid range massage chairs, like those listed on They have some helpful reviews that are helping us choose. We are not certain, but we think we may end up getting a Panasonic. It’s zero gravity and has all kinds of heat therapy options and rollers that work your whole body. Sounds like my idea of heaven, especially coming in from work.

A few other things being discussed involve letting more light in through a bigger window, and heating options. The plans are coming together, the shower is looking great and once we know the colors for this room, work begins! I also have plans in motion for building my own gym too, so that will be a nice challenge.

New shower head came today

For the past few years myself and the wife have been talking about improving the interior of the household. So that’s something I have been working on. I say I, but what I mean is talking a few friends into helping me out too. And it was well worth doing that as the bathroom renovation has proven tricky and expensive so far.

The floor used to have a carpet, which as you can understand is pretty unhygienic for such a room. We ended up tearing that up and putting in some tiled flooring that are going to be much easier to clean. They look pretty good too with a hexagonal shape and a cream finish.

Another suspect bit of decorating for this room was some old fashioned wallpaper that didn’t match anything in the environment. We spent a day peeling it off, and added several licks of white paint over the coming days. The result? A beautiful, bright bathroom that looks fantastic. As a bonus, the wife is happy.

bathroom-blindsNext up was the shower. Whilst we wanted to get one of the best shower heads on the market, like one of those professional ones over on, we just don’t have enough space to do that. So we had a look at some reviews for some of the leading brands including Speakman, Delta Faucet, and KOHLER. After much research, we ended up choosing a Moen shower head, which looks great and has some great spray settings that will boost our apartments lower than average water pressure.

Now that it’s been fitted, i’m quite impressed with the variety in power you get through the jets. For such a small head, it’s quite high performance.

We have a few finishing touches on top of this to do over the next week or so, namely the bathtub and sink installation. After that, we should be able to get an idea of what the finished product is going to look like. We also have a blind installed that lets us have more control over the amount of light being let in and privacy.

Currently we feel we’ve got the colors right, it just looks more friendly and inviting as opposed to the old style carpet and wallpaper. The upgrades made to the shower and bath will, of course, improve our experience and bring it all together hopefully.

It’s been quite a long time in the making, but we believe we’re finally getting towards the end of this project which is a great feeling. It was getting expensive anyway! Onward and upwards towards the lounge, and that ever elusive gym.