Cool Home Gym
Wow! You'll be so jealous you
won't know what to do with yourself
when you get an eyeful of my incredibly
tricked out home gym. You should
be so lucky as to have an awesome
set of equipment. Obviously, I'm
kidding. The weight machine was
around $800 - bought a few years
ago instead of rejoining the gym.
My bike, a Schwinn Air dyne, was
$550 in the late 1980's and I
think they are still priced about the same. The 110 pound weight set was less than $100 and you can find them even cheaper used.
The step bench couldn't have cost much because
I was poor when I bought it.
Bear in mind, it's taken
me decades to amass this amazing
collection of serious gym equipment, LOL.
as one pair of 2 lb. dumbbells
has now grown to the magnificent
proportions you see below. [Update: New photos of my home gym 2006 are below.] Nice
decorator touch with the Arnold
poster too, if I do say so myself.
Check my 2005 video, "Week 1" at YouTube.com. I posted it as a joke. The joke is: there's never a Week 2. Sound familiar?
Procrastination can really make things harder. Just one day at a time, and eventually I'll get to week 2. LOL
If I were a movie star they'd claim I was pregnant because of that friggen "tummy bulge." Crazy times.
Here I am on April 30th,
2004 doing a amateur bathroom
shot and wearing my usual
uniform. I make no apologies
for my bleak appearance,
no makeup, and no effort
at better posture or "sucking it in" to improve
You can take before
and after pictures on the same day.
how you pose can make a
dramatic difference. Try
it yourself. First stand
slouched over, stick your
gut out, throw your shoulders
forward. My what a pretty
picture that would make,
right? Now, stand up nice
and straight, pull those
shoulders back, pull in
those ab muscles, and Wow!
what a difference it can
make. That's a trick they
use in many weight loss
magazines showing before/after
pictures. If you look closely you can tell when they've done this. Especially check the hair lengeth and style. If they are identical, likely they took the pictures on the same day but made the model stand better and used better lighting.
I'm 47-years old in these photos, so this
is my proof of the result of consistent
exercise and a basically
I say basically because
if you read The
Daily Bites, you know
I'm no longer living like
Fitness but I have figured
out this "how to stay
in shape and live a real
life" lifestyle. I
anyone follow a plan that I don't do myself.
Update: Fast forward, it's now late 2006. The gym has expanded, recently I added a Gravitron (yipee!) so I could do assisted pull-ups, and a leg press. The Olympic Bench Press was actually added right about the time I took the other photos.
Looks a bit messier now too
Awesome! Check out my Gravitron (back corner) and Leg Press!
Snagged them on Portland's CraigsList
Use whatever space you have, whether it's a room in the basement, or a space in your narrow hallway. Even body weight exercises on the floor (no equipment needed) is better than nothing. Wanting exercise equipment is fine, but not having a fully loaded home gym isn't a good excuse for never getting started. Now, compare the pics taken in September 2006 to those in March 2004 and you can see how slowly you accumulate more and more equipment until one day you too have a fabulous home gym.