Sunday, October 21, 2007

Home gym

Here are a few pictures of my home gym. I have been collecting pieces of equipment over the past five years or so and now have quite a good collection. The nautilus equipment came from Costco and it offers a huge range of exercise activities. The other equipment that I use consists of free weights, mats, ab roller, step and stability ball. Not very high tech but you can do an amazing range of exercises with these few pieces of equipment. I don't have any powered cardio equipment such as a treadmill or stairmaster because the park is so close that I can walk to it from my house and do my cardio outside.


Chris said...

you've got a great set-up! I love the colours in your home and the flooring looks beautiful. But, where's the beefcake posters on the wall? (jk!)

Balcony Babe said...

I carefully edited the beef cake posters out of my picture. I also edited out the wall of mirrors which make me look like a poser instead of the "high performance athlete" that I intend to be. Someday. Don't laugh, it could happen.

However....there is a great beefcake website with some useful fitness info. Pass this URL to your lady friends and they are guaranteed to take an immediate interest in fitness websites.

See you at the gym.

Balcony Babe said...

Thanks for your comment about the wall colour. This is the first time that I have ever painted my house with a red colour and I am quite pleased with it.

If you would like to try this, here are some tips that worked well for me.

1. Choose good quality paint. Dark colours need several coats and cheap paints will not give you the coverage that you need to hide the lighter colour underneath.

2. Use a tinted primer. The paint colour that I used required a grey primer under it. The reason is that the red paint is slightly transparent and picks up the colour underneath. The tinted primer works with the transparent top coat to create the final colour.

3. Use red as an accent, not as the primary colour. These photos don't show the rest of the walls, but the remainder of the basement is brown. Too much red would make you crazy.

4. Use a matte paint finish. I opted for a matte finish which does not give off any shine or glare. The reason is that shine would have drawn attention to wall imperfections. This basement has low light conditions and it was tempting to bring in a shiny paint but I think that the matte finish is more pleasing to look at.

5. Low odour latex paints are your friend. I always use low odour paints and recommend them to everyone to avoid headaches and breathing problems. Latex paints are easy to clean up and dry quickly. The only exception to this advice is that oil paints are more durable and would be a better choice on kitchen and bathroom cupboards. (and on painted fridges).

Happy painting.