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Welcome to The Dungeon: (Creating A Place Your Workouts Can Call Home)

You know what’s awesome about P90X? Or Insanity? Or Turbofire? Or Slim in Six, etc.? You can go from workout to shake to shower in under 10  minutes flat. No driving. No getting the “You look weird doing Dive Bomber pushups on the gym floor” look from strangers. Yeah, working out at home has all kinds of benefits.

When I first started down the path of transforming from Chubby Dan to Fit Dan, I used our basement living room. For some of you, that may just be “living room” but we have a partially finished basement and that’s where I’d go so I wouldn’t wake the kids with all my jumping, grunting and crying for my Mama. Problem was, the floor is carpeted and while that works I’d have to lay out towels to catch all the sweat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sweating it out and leaving your carpet all juicy with perspiration, but having your “movie room” smell like a gym is kind of overrated.

So as I’ve been going through various iterations of P90X for the last few years I’ve slowly begun creating my own “place of workout Zen”… or as I like to affectionately call it: The Dungeon– an unused room about 10′ x 10′. It’s where I take all my “after” pictures with the studs and insulation.

As they used to say ad infinitum on “Cribs”…. “Here’s where the magic happens”:

As you can see, I’ve added a few “non-essential” items: Medicine ball (for core/abs and Plycoide), weighted vest (Push-ups/pull-ups), ankle weights (abs/legs) and wrist straps (puts the lifting focus on the bicep, not the wrists). As my body has adjusted to the program and I’ve gained strength, these items keep it tough.

Since the floor is concrete, we went to Sports Authority, bought a few sets of “puzzle” rubber floor mats and laid them out across the room. This was kind of a luxury because it allows me to workout barefoot, which is way more comfortable than wearing shoes and gives the added benefit of strengthening your feet and legs. The padding works as shock absorber and gives the room a certain “Gym”-ey feeling.

Using old furniture, I brought in a used DVD/TV combo and an end table where I can put my weights, etc. It’s not pretty but it’s definitely functional. I store my pushup bars, stability balls, leg weights, vest, lifting gloves and medicine balls that I’ve collected over the last year or so under the table.

And that’s pretty much that. You may not have a dedicated workout room… and that’s OK– multifunctional is awesome as well. The key is to simply have a pace–be in a place– where you can bring the focus and intensity. If that’s on the carpet looking at the mantle with Grampa’s ashes on it, that’s totally cool. Grampas can be a huge source of inspiration.

How about you? What’s your “dungeon” like? 

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2 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. carlos says:

    hi dan,
    Just wondering what ankle weights and how many lbs do you use?


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