Creating a home gym with the help of friends

When the COVID lockdown was first implemented, I realized I needed to make some changes.

I decided to convert my garage into a home gym.

If I was going to be stuck inside for any length of time, I needed a means of keeping fit and healthy. When I talked to my friends, I realized we were all in the same situation. After discussing all of our various concerns and needs, we agreed that we could work together and turn the garage into a complete home gym we would all then share. I have plenty of space in the garage and a complete sound system, which got us started. However, I needed more fitness equipment. Combining our resources, my friends and I managed to put together a really great area for weight lifting. We invested in a weight bench, dumbbells, hand weights and kettlebells. All of us also added a treadmill and an elliptical for cardio training. Some smaller equipment, such as a yoga mat, jump rope, wobble board and resistance hands helped to complete an enjoyable and well-rounded setting to target an all-around workout. We were careful to schedule our own times to use the home gym. Although there is enough space to accommodate enough people at once, we were trying to be conscientious about the restrictions of Covid. There is an attached bathroom that allows people to workout without ever needing to enter the house. Now that restrictions have eased up, we have started to workout in the garage together. It’s been a really great investment and beneficial to my whole group of friends. We chat while we workout and motivate each other. We hold each other accountable and enjoy friendly competition.

 

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The gym helps me maintain my fitness level

When I was in high school, I participated in a lot of different sports. I ran track and cross country and played on the softball, volleyball and soccer teams. I took lessons in gymnastics and figure skating. In college, I continued to play volleyball and had free access to the sports complex. I was able to utilize a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment to optimize my training and conditioning. I benefited from the knowledge of seasoned trainers and nutritionists. After I graduated college and entered the workforce, I was unwilling to give up on my physical fitness. Keeping in good shape and a healthy weight are important to me. I don’t want to lose my flexibility, strength, muscle tone or stamina. Because of this, I joined a gym. I am happy to pay the fees to have round-the-clock access to such a wide range of equipment. I have a key card that lets me into the facility at any time, day or night. I typically workout at odd hours so that I have the place to myself. I never need to wait in line to use my favorite equipment. Along with rows of treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes, there is specialized strength training equipment, speed bags, heavy bags, free weights, battle ropes and even an indoor track. At the end of the workout, I just love relaxing in the steam room, sauna or hot tub. I sometimes sign up for group fitness classes that are available on the weekends. A guided workout is a great way to try something new, meet great people and push myself out of my comfort zone.

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Personal trainer gets results

Sometimes it pays to get professional help. When it comes to mowing the lawn, I can manage that myself. But if there was a problem with the septic, I wouldn’t dare tackle that problem myself. I would hire a licensed plumber. The same is true for taking the best care of my body. I often think that my body is the most important piece of equipment I have. Taking the best care of it only makes sense. I attempted to lose some weight, and I had no success. It was frustrating and depressing. So I decided to reach out for some professional advice. I signed up with a personal trainer. He has been just wonderful. I never could have gotten the same results on my own. Whenever I would visit the gym, I would feel a bit overwhelmed by all the equipment. I might walk on the treadmill for twenty minutes or read while pedalling the stationary bike. I never had any kind of plan or focus. I didn’t push myself to extremes. I spent an hour at the gym, made sure to work up a sweat and then went home. My personal trainer has created a custom workout program that targets my weightloss goals. The training sessions focus heavily on cardio but also include weight lifting. At first, I was sure the personal trainer was going to kill me. The sessions are always exhausting and push me to my limit. At the end, I am drenched in sweat, struggling to catch my breath and exhausted. I get sore but I always feel fantastic. I am seeing improvement already. Looking in the mirror and seeing the muscle tone and weight loss has been a great motivator.

 

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Getting in shape for my wedding

Two years ago, when I got engaged to be married, I was at least ten pounds overweight.

I’d allowed my sedentary lifestyle to lead to unhealthy habits. I was snacking at my desk, eating a lot of fast food and no longer working out. By the time I arrived home from work in the evening, I didn’t feel like doing much besides sitting on the couch, watching television and having a glass of wine. Since I had a year to get in shape before the wedding, I assumed it would be no problem. I figured I could manage to lose the weight on my own. I tried making changes to my diet and going for runs but didn’t accomplish much. I lost a couple of pounds and ended up with sore knees and feet. I then decided to join a gym. I was conscientious about working out at the gym several nights per week. I got some results from the combination of cardio and strength training, but not enough. I started getting worried that I wouldn’t be ready for my special day. I noticed a flier on the bulletin board advertising the services of a personal trainer. Calling the personal trainer made all the difference. I’ve never worked out so hard in my life. The sessions were grueling, and I was tempted to quit. However, it didn’t take long to drop weight and start toning my muscles. With the help of the personal trainer, I felt good about myself at my wedding ceremony.

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Figuring out a new workout routine

The biggest difference between living in the country and living in the city is the noise.

  • In the city there is constant noise from vehicles and people.

It’s difficult to find peace and quiet. I now live in the country, where there is space and quiet. After living a more hectic lifestyle, the slower pace can be a little boring at times. I now wear headphones the majority of time. I like to have some music playing. I miss the amenities of the city. I had easy access to the gym. In my new location, there are no nearby fitness facilities. The closest one is more than a 45 minute drive. This was difficult for me. I was accustomed to working out at the gym at least four times per week. I took advantage of the treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines and stationary bikes. I used the strength training equipment and dumbbells. With no gym equipment available to me other than some free weights, I struggled to figure out a new workout routine. I realized that I needed to change my focus. There was a lot I could accomplish without having all sorts of specialized gear. I could go for runs and hike. I could ride my bike and run the stairs. The investment into some resistance bands, jump rope and a medicine ball was minimal. I’ve gradually added more and bigger machines such as a stationary bike and a treadmill. I now prefer working out at home. I can exercise at any time of the day or night for as long as I feel like.

 

Training methods

My workout takes an hour

For me, a thorough workout takes approximately an hour.

I start with a warmup.

I tilt my head back and forth, look left and right and then circle my neck in both directions. I rotate my shoulders forward and backward. I then swing my arms in a clockwise and counterclockwise circle and then circle my hands to warm up my wrists. I move on to the lower body, bending my knees, shifting my hips side to side and touching the floor with feet apart and legs straight. I hit both lunge positions and stretch out my calves. I bring my feet together, keep my legs straight and place my hands flat on the floor. I slowly walk my hands out to the push up position and then walk them back in again. Once I’ve loosened up all of my various joints, I lightly jog for a couple of minutes to get warm. From there, I head into high intensity cardio. Most days, I jump rope for approximately half an hour. This burns calories, works my heart and lungs and gets a good sweat going. I follow with some weight lighting, squats and lunges. I sometimes include static hold. I elevate one leg and hold it parallel to the floor for a minute. I might also maintain the plank position for a minute. I usually leave abdominal crunches for last. I target both upper and lower abs with different types of situp positions. I finish with a deeper stretch that includes splits on both sides.

 

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Working out during vacation

I tried to head to the gym at odd hours to avoid the crowd.

Last week, my wife and I spent the long weekend at the beach. It was the perfect getaway. The location was pure paradise. The hotel is situated right on the beach, just steps from the ocean. We loved looking out at the waves, sunning on the white sand beach and breathing fresh air. The hotel included all sorts of amenities, including four different swimming pools, multiple hot tubs, swim up bars, restaurants and nightclubs.One of my favorite features was the fitness center. The area was spacious and included a huge wall of glass looking out over the ocean. I spent a lot of time running on a treadmill and enjoying the view. There was a selection of state-of-the-art ellipticals, rowing machines and stationary bikes. Along with a collection of dumbbells and weight benches, the strength training area provided hand weights, kettlebells and resistance bands. There were a variety of machines to target specific muscles such as biceps, triceps and abdominals. The upkeep of the gym was fantastic. There was free bottled water available, fresh apples and pristine sweat towels. Connected to the gym was a sauna and steam room. My only complaint with the facility was that it was often crowded. It provided such a great place to workout that everyone wanted to take advantage of it. I tried to head to the gym at odd hours to avoid the crowd. I was also reluctant to spend an hour of the beautiful day inside. I made an effort to get up super early in the morning. I’d get my workout completed before my wife got up and then we’d have the whole day to relax and enjoy.

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Became an HVAC professional rather early

I graduated high school way back when I was only 14 years old.

After graduation, I decided to go to university… You cannot imagine the experience being 14-years-old and sitting in university classes with 18, 19, and 20-year-olds! By the time I actually became 18, I not only had a university degree, but I also was getting an advanced degree in Heating plus A/C machine technology and design.

I was barely 20, when I went to the local Heating plus A/C machine contractor and asked if they would supply me with an apprenticeship. The owner of the HVAC contractor offered me the whole thing about how I had to get my Heating plus A/C machine certification and that I needed to take odd classes in order to get that certification. I sat there basically just smiling and I told him I had taken care of everything, and he looked at my paperwork and he said ‘but you’re not even 20 yet’. I guaranteed him that I was relatively close to being 20 but that I had all my certifications and I was also a university grad that had the advanced expertise and a degree in Heating plus A/C technology and design. All I truly needed was the experience of particularly working a Heating plus A/C task so that I could earn my Masters and be a Heating plus A/C machine specialist. I’m not sure if the owner of the Heating plus A/C contractor believed what I was saying, so I brought all of my paperwork with me to prove that I wasn’t lying. He seemed delighted to welcome me into his Heating plus A/C machine contractor. In two years, he is hoping that I become a Heating plus A/C machine contractor, and that I should actually work for his contractor.

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I was advanced for my age

I graduated high school way back when I was only 14 years old.

After graduation, I decided to head to college! You cannot easily imagine what it was similar to being 14-years-old plus standing in college classes with 18, 19, plus 20-year-olds. By the time I was 18, I had a college degree, but I was also getting an advanced degree in Heating plus A/C technology plus design. I was close to being 20, when I chose to go to the local Heating plus A/C equipment corporation plus asked if they would supply me with an apprenticeship. The owner of the corporation gave me the whole thing about how I had to get my Heating plus A/C equipment certification plus that I needed to take a good amount of classes in order to get that particular certification. I sat there smiling plus I told him I already had everything he was speaking of. He looked at my paperwork plus he said ‘but you are not quite 20’. I guaranteed him that I was turning 20 soon however that I had all my certifications plus I was also a college grad that had the comprehension plus a degree in Heating plus A/C technology plus design. I basically just needed the experience of absolutely working in a Heating plus A/C task so that I could get my Masters plus be a Heating plus A/C equipment specialist. I’m not actually certain if the owner of the Heating plus A/C equipment corporation believed what I was saying, so I brought all of my paperwork with me to easily prove that I wasn’t lying to this guy. He shook my hand plus seemed more than happy to welcome me into his Heating plus A/C equipment dealer. In approximately two years, he is hoping that I become a Heating plus A/C dealer, plus choose to work for his dealer.

 

 

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I was able to become an HVAC expert at an early age

I guaranteed him that I was practically 20 however that I had all my certifications and I was also a college grad that had the knowledge and a degree in Heating and Air Conditioning appliance technology and design.

I graduated from private school when I was merely 14 years of age. After graduation, I decided to head to college! You can’t easily imagine what it was like being 14 years of age and resting in college classes with 18, 19, and 20-year-olds, but by the time I was 18, I not only had a college degree, however I was getting an advanced degree in Heating and Air Conditioning appliance technology and design. I was barely 20, when I went to the local Heating and Air Conditioning company and asked if they would provide me an apprenticeship! The owner of the company offered me the spiel about how I had to get my Heating and Air Conditioning appliance certification and that I needed to take a bunch of classes in order to get that certification. I was just there smiling and I told him I already had all that taken care of. He looked at my paperwork and he said ‘but you are not quite 20 yet’. I guaranteed him that I was practically 20 however that I had all my certifications and I was also a college grad that had the knowledge and a degree in Heating and Air Conditioning appliance technology and design. All I needed was the experience doing work for a Heating and Air Conditioning business so that I could get my Masters and be a Heating and Air Conditioning appliance specialist. I was not truly positive if the owner of the Heating and Air Conditioning company believed what I was saying, so I brought all of my paperwork with me to show him that I wasn’t lying to him. He shook my hand and seemed more than ecstatic to welcome me into his Heating and Air Conditioning appliance company. In so many years, he is hoping that I become a Heating and Air Conditioning appliance professional, and work for his company on top of that.

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