We’re slowly starting to adjust to the “new normal” that COVID-19 has given us. As businesses reopen, I’m not as hesitant to go out – mask on, of course! – on any given day or time. However, after a lot of discussion between Ryan and I, we collectively agreed that there are some places we’re simply not comfortable going to right now or even in the long-term future.
Mainly, the gym.
The truth is I questioned our monthly gym membership fee long before coronavirus hit. Paying $60+ dollars/month seemed like a lot when I only was going to use one machine and the stretching area. Ryan wasn’t able to utilize the membership regularly because of his work schedule either. And, now in the middle of a global pandemic if I wasn’t hyper-aware of the germ-pool the gym already is … well, it just doesn’t seem like the place to be anymore!
So, we took the dive and invested in our own treadmill! Eek! To say I’m excited is an understatement. But, along with the treadmill purchase comes the semi-daunting task of transforming a corner of our unfinished basement into a functional and stylish at-home gym. Because I sure as heck don’t want to workout in a space that feels like a dark, dirty dungeon.
Plans for our basement gym
Flooring and lighting are two important components for a home gym. To keep things budget-friendly, we’re going with interlocking foam squares for flooring and utility shop lights that will hang from the ceiling rafters.
After perusing Pinterest for a few days, it became abundantly clear that I want a clean, modern look for the space along with some bold accents. Once we give the walls a fresh coat of white paint, I’m most-excited to paint an accent wall using Jessica’s tutorial. Along with wall mirrors, a bold motivational poster and some faux greenery I think this space will look and feel more like a fitness studio opposed to a basement!
Those are the basic plans for our basement gym right now. I can’t wait to get started!
If you have an at-home gym or work out at home, what are your equipment must-haves?
Duh, of course I also need to refresh my workout wear!