My Dedicated Workout Space


My husband and I moved into our house just over two years ago. Since then we’ve been busy with house projects, adding kiddos to the mix, and arranging and rearranging rooms to get them to work for us.

Up until we moved into our house, my workout space has always been the living room. Typically the most spacious room, it was also set up conveniently for doing my DVD thang. In our house, though, the living room is narrow, and I’ve never had a good dedicated workout area. Until now.

When we moved in, we had a “finished” basement. But it wasn’t finished in a good, usable way. Gross carpet, a musty basement smell, paneling and unorganized boxes of junk made it unappealing. In recent months we’ve had it waterproofed, recarpeted and painted. Now it’s fixin’ to be the most amazing family room and my

basement workout area

The workout zone in progress, because paneling inspires no one.

dedicated workout space. It’s really coming along and with a little more work, it’ll be ready for sweat.

Having a safe, kid-proofed area will be the key to me having the ability to get exercise that’s not chasing the kids around. I have visions of the little ones being occupied while I’m fitting in a quick 15-minute workout (or maybe 30? Eventually 45? Could I get so lucky one day?). I’ll also have my own TV, so I won’t have to worry about working my exercise around anyone else’s schedule. And I’ll have a place for my yoga mat and all of the workout goodies that I currently have scattered around the house.

After an exhausting and painful pregnancy where I didn’t feel like doing much of anything other than surviving, I’m excited to be back in business in more ways than one. I’m ready to kick ass.

Do you do most of your workouts at home like I do? Do you have a spot dedicated to all things fit? —Erin

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  1. Kristen says:

    Oh, I am so jealous. We have two guest rooms, one of which we don’t use all that much, and I’ve thought about whether we could turn it into a workout space, but really, we can’t. We just can’t. And in Florida, you can’t have basements. So, short of installing AC in the garage and clearing that out (which is NOT going to happen anytime soon), I’m stuck with the living room. It could be worse, of course, but man, I’m just so jealous of your fabulous space.

  2. hakirby says:

    I workout in my bedroom. It’s so set up as a gym that my family joke I sleep in my gym

  3. Dona says:

    Maybe someday when I get all the extra crap out of the spare bedroom, but until then I use the living room. It’s a little inconvenient, especially if someone comes home in the middle of my workout. I’m a little funny about people watching me exercise. Someday I’ll have my own space!

  4. lifeisgood04 says:

    Just converted our living room into a gym…a real gym. Treadmill, weights, bosu, step, TRX and bands and a super awesome foam floor that looks like a wood floor. My mom’s first comment was “But that’s the first thing you see when you walk into the house!” My response…”It’s been the dumping grounds for all of the odd bits of furniture and things that we couldn’t find a place for. So when you walked into the house you would think…these people are a mess. Now you walk into the house and think, Damn…these people are committed to health!” The only cons are…I do miss the social aspect of the gym so I still do a least one work out there a week. The other con (that isn’t really a con unless you are my husband waiting for dinner) is that sometimes my workouts last forever because I’m like a vegan at a vegetable stand with all this equipment for my own private use!

  5. such a cool experience. meanwhile, i prefer to do in my garden.

  6. Jen says:

    We had one huge room in the basement … it’s still unfinished. Just a carpet scrap down. But it’s my gym and I love it. We have an elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike and full weight set. A tv/dvd/roku (for Netflix/AmazonPrime and PlayOn) and spot for my Ipod too. I’m know I’m totally spoiled and I never take it for granted! I’m down there multiple times every day. No excuses for me! http://jenbsjourney.blogspot.com/2013/07/j-gym.html

  7. I workout in my living room. I have a corner that is all fitness related(weights, step, mats, squat rack, resistant bands). It is an eyesore but it is the only space I have.

  8. Nina Buongiorne says:

    I turned my two car garage into a great workout space, complete with a rower, barbell set, dumbbells, kettlebells, treadmill, battle ropes, AOS bandit loops, bosu, stability balls, two benches and a chin up bar. I used stall mats for the flooring. So much more convenient than getting in the car and having to drive to the gym!

  9. Karen W. says:

    We have a dedicated workout room in our basement, and it is in the process of getting a makeover. I had a torn labrum and hip surgery to repair it in January, so I’ve been out of commission with workouts for a while. I’m looking forward to getting back on track soon & hope the newly revamped workout space will be an inspiration!

  10. Jenny says:

    This is a great inspiring article. I am pretty much pleased with your good work.