I bought The Men’s’ Health Hard-body plan – The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle. I haven’t started the workout plan included in the book, but I’ve been reading the book for the last week. The reference section in the back of the book has a section called “How to Create the Ultimate Workout Space – The Perfect Home Gym”. I was really pleased that my home gym nearly meets their approval.
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This is what it says:
- A few full length mirrors on the walls. I have two.
- Boom Box. I don’t have this, but I listen to my MD player with wireless headphones.
- Six of your favorite enlivening, make-you-wanna boogie CD’s. I have about a dozen MD disks.
- Fan. I have an Air Conditioner.
- Fridge with case of sports drinks. This is not in my gym, but my fridge in my kitchen has this.
Hook for towels. Yep.
- Chair for rest breaks. Yep.
- Padded carpeting on floor, or rubber gym flooring. Yep.
- No Phones. Yep.
- Wall Clock with second hand. I have a large nuclear clock with a digital second display.
- TV and VCR. I have a 17” TV mounted on the wall with a DVD player and a DISH Network receiver. I workout watching MUN2. This is by far the best workout TV you can find.
- Jump Rope – Yep.
- Exercise Bike. I have an Iron man 220R.
- Stairmaster. I don’t have a Stairmaster, but I do have a Keys Fitness Health Trainer Elliptical machine.
- Concept II rowing machine. I bought this a year ago. Hands down the best cardio workout you will ever, ever, ever get. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
- Treadmill. This was the first piece of equipment that I bought. It’s now almost 10 years old, but works great.
- Swiss Ball. Yep. If you use the Swiss Ball right, it will really kick your ass. If you don’t have anything at all, I really believe that this should be the first piece of equipment you buy.
- Pull-up Bar. I have a vertical knee raise machine that includes a pull-up bar and a punching bag and Dip Bar.
- Dip Bar. It’s on the vertical knee raise machine
- Light posters on the wall. I don’t have anything on the wall.
- Good Lighting. I have good lighting, but I like to keep it dark when I work out. I have tube lighting running around the floor and walls.
- Whiteboard. Nope. I don’t have this.
- Air Filter – Yep.
- Water Cooler – Nope. I always have lots of water in the fridge.
- Scale. Yep. My scale also measures BFI.
- Extra workout clothes. Nope.
- Measuring Tape. Yep.
- Legal Pad for notes. Yep.
- Corner Sauna or hot tub. I have a hot tub in the back. I use it almost daily after I work out.
- Shower. My wife won’t let me use the bathroom connected to the master bedroom. That’s her bathroom. I use the guest bath and it is right next to the room I use for the gym.
Weight Training Equipment:
- One Bar. Nope
- One Set of Weights. I don’t use the bar. I have a body-solid home gym that I use for most of my resistance workouts.
- One easy curl bar. Yep.
- Two Collars. Nope.
- Six Pair of Dumbbells. Pairs of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35. Yep.
- Good Quality Bench. Yep.
- Set of Squat Racks. Nope
- Smith Machine. Nope
- Hyperextension Machine. Nope.
- Incline board. Yep.
I don’t have the heavy weights, but in place of that I have the home gym which enables me to duplicate almost all bar workouts with. It’s not the best, but I’m not a body-builder. I just want to look good and stay in shape. The machine works well for my needs. The dumbbells and easy curl bar meets my needs in regard to free weights.