How to build a home gym

No waiting for a treadmill or weight rack. Cranking the radio or tv as loud as you want it. Honestly, there are a ton of pros to a home gym.

For me, it was about cost and convenience. Gym memberships have gotten to be outrageous. While I don’t have a pool at my house, I have basically gotten everything else for my home gym. I love that I can get a workout in any time of day and in any weather and I don’t have to worry about what to do with Murphy, driving in bad weather, or if the gym is open.

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BE FREE
To me, one of the best things about a home gym is you don’t have be self conscious. You can wear what you want, sweat and stink the place up and don’t have to worry about looking ridiculous. The only there to see me is my dog.

In a commercial gym you’re going to be surrounded by obnoxious bros, loud frat boys, and chicks who can currently lift more than you. Or on the other hand, people who don’t care, take up machines with texting and little kids running around.

Not everyone in a commercial gym is like that, but they are there… trust me.

FIND A SPACE
Are you going to use your basement or garage for your home gym? Neither one of those an option? Find a space that suits you and your needs. Clean it up, make sure there is plenty of space for equipment and movement and get started building your own home gym.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Put up some inspiration (motivational posters, floor length mirrors, race medals, etc). This space should be designed to help YOU reach your goals.

When we first got out treadmill we actually wanted to put it up in our basement (air conditioning! tv!) But once we started putting it together, we realized our ceilings were too low for Ryan to run on the treadmill (I had no problem, but I’m short)

So then we had to move it to the garage and I think it works much better out there! I have plenty of room to move around and I can crack up the radio and open the garage doors and let all kinds of natural light in.

START SMALL
Dumbbells
If you’re doing a programs that calls for you to add non-bodyweight focused resistance training to your regimen – such as 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X, or Body Beast, you’ll need to pick up dumbbells or resistance bands.

Jump Rope
It’s simple and cheap and doesn’t take up any room. Trying jumping rope for five solid minutes. It’s harder than you think.

Pull Up Bar
We scored one at Academy Sports for less than $100. It was the last thing we added to our home and it has made such a difference in helping me improve my upper body strength.

Foam Roller
Owning a foam roller is like having a personal masseuse on call whenever you need relief from your soreness. Foam rollers can help ease tension, improve mobility, and reduce muscle pain in as little as five to 10 minutes.

Treadmill
We have a treadmill in our garage, but that’s because I am a runner. You absolutely do not need a treadmill to have a great home gym. While it was an investment, it has paid off in the long run, because I get to use it every day, Murphy gets to hang out in the garage with me and I can run rain, shine, sleet or snow.

My review of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750.

Agree with this list? Disagree with anything on this list? See a reason for working out at home that needs to be added?

Comment in the section below and let me know if these reasons ring true for you, or if you think there are any other reasons why people should train at home.

Kentucky Summer

This week has been a hot one. With temps in the high 90s and a ton of humidity, running in the weather has sucked.

*I’ve been running in super hot garage with all the doors open, the treadmill fan and a standup fan blowing on me. So basically lots of hot, sticky air being moved around.*

Props to you all who is hotter places than me. I know this weather isn’t even the worst of it and I’m complaining. Yesterday, I did a 20 minute treadmill workout and I’m going to be honest, it was HARD.

And I hate that it was hard.

It’s only 20 minutes. How in the hell am I going to run a half marathon, if slogging through 20 minutes on the treadmill was enough to kick my butt?

But I read something the other day that has stuck with me: “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”

YES. YES. YES. LOUDER FOR THOSE IN THE BACK.

This training is worth it. These terrible hot and slow runs are worth it. 

I’m sweating now, to kick butt later.

That’s my mantra for this week.

20 minute treadmill workout

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday. This week has already started off super busy and I felt like I was the energizer bunny yesterday. Between work, getting in a quick workout and cleaning house + fixing dinner — I basically fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

So today, I am just checking in real fast with a fun treadmill workout. I love that it constantly changes pace — it keeps me from getting bored!

I plan to follow this workout tonight for my run. Let me know if you like this workout!

20 minute treadmill workout

Advice for summer training

Hi guys! Happy first day of summer!

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am eyeing a fall half marathon, which means I am training all summer. In the heat and in the humidity.
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While I know what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I want to be smart about training and running lots of miles in the heat.

So I went to The Loop for some advice on summer training. I got a lot of great responses on this post, so if you need some help I did, check it out!

While it sucks, running the heat only makes you stronger for the fall. Drink lots of water, wear plenty of sunscreen and take breaks when needed! If you put in the work, the results will come.

45 minute treadmill workout

Happy hump day! This week already seems to be dragging, so I am trying to switch things up with an intense fat-burning treadmill workout.

While this workout looks like a killer (let’s be honest, I’ll probably have to take a few breaks) I am excited to give it a try!

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Come hell or high water: treadmill running

You know what is longer than microwave minutes? Treadmill minutes.

I hate running on a treadmill. When I was first starting my running journey, I was a sophomore in high school and was on my school’s track team and we ran outside EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

My coach was a former Ironman and standout runner who worked in a factory and now coached high school girls. And like I said, we ran outside. Every. Damn. Day. No matter the weather. Come hell or high water, you would find 10 high school girls bunched up and shuffling down the sidewalk on a daily four mile run.

His two favorite sayings were, “I’ve learned to enjoy ALL types of weather” and “if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger and if you die, then it must have been your time to go.”

Now, nine years after I began running under his direction, I still think of those sayings often. So after running outside every day for three years, now when I’m forced to run on the treadmill due to working late or terrible weather, I dread it. While I am thankful to have a treadmill at home, I still much rather run outside. But life doesn’t always let us do what we want, so every day Monday – Friday after work I am on that treadmill.

Sometimes I take the easy way out and skip my run all together. But then I feel sh*t, so I usually, I suck it up, stand on the treadmill cursing my decision and begin my run.

*Fake it til you make it, right?!
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While I don’t always love having to run on the treadmill, I know it makes me a better runner. Treadmill miles are better than no miles, right?! Plus I’m slowly but surely building up my mental game.

With that said, I am still so grateful that I am able to run.

I don’t have to run, I get to run.

There are so many people in the world who would love a chance to walk, much less run, and here I am complaining about something I choose to do. But I love to run. I also love to eat chocolate chip cookies. Another incentive to run? You better believe it.

Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.

WHAT IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
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Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

OTHER IDEAS:
Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!
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#RWRunStreak

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So I’m sure many of you have heard of run streak before, but those who haven’t, it’s basically where you commit to running at least one mile every day for X amount of days.

The current run streak being promoted by Runner’s World started on Monday. Here is a list of FAQs if you’re interested in learning more. (This post is NOT sponsored by RW, I just really like what they are promoting and hope you will join me in streaking!)

From RW: “The run streak is designed to keep you running through the summer, and to bridge the gap between spring races and training for the fall. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal.”

Post your successes online (or even comment on this post!) and use the hashtag #RWRunStreak. I love looking at other people’s accomplishments — it pushes me toward my own goals.

They also have this neat shirt for sale if you want to display that you’re a streaker 😉
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The idea is to run one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.That’s 37 consecutive days of running.

I’m two days in, but so far so good! Murphy and I ran on Monday and yesterday was a quick 9:48 mile on the treadmill.

I love the idea of the streak because it keeps me accountable and it makes me run every day.

So even if you missed the last two days, get out there and start running. It’s never too late to start a run streak.

Run happy, friends!

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Good moves + eats

This week has been bananas.

So I’m popping in a quick hello and some of my recent workouts and eats.

Our home gym is coming together nicely! We’ve always had some random free weights and I got a treadmill for Christmas, but now we have an entire corner of our garage dedicated to our gym space.

A couple weeks ago we also bought a pull-up bar and cage (?) (similar to this one) for bench pressing and squats.

I’m so happy to have a place to workout at home. While it’s a large upfront cost, we’ve spread it out over the last two years and are able to use it a lot more than we would an actual gym due to our commute (we live out in the country) and wanting to be home with Murphy.

Also, I’ve been trying to complete this workout and it’s a killer. BUT I can tell I am getting faster (even if I do have to take some walking breaks every now and then)
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Now onto some food. I picked these up at Aldi while I was grocery shopping. Something small to crib my hunger + penguins are my favorite. 😍

Also. I have recently discovered Suja juices. OHMYGOSH, guys. I am in love. Like why did I not try these before?! I picked up the sweet beets and the strawberry/cherry vibrant probiotic Sunday when I was Kroger and now that I have tried them both, I want to shout it from the rooftops. (This post is in no way sponsored by Suja. I just really like this product and want to share with you all)
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That’s all for today. Happy hump day!

Friday Favorites v.48

It’s birthday month! I am someone who loves birthdays, so birthday month is a big deal to me! Plus Ryan and I take our yearly trip to STL in May. Go Cards!

This week was my first full work week in more than two weeks, so it felt super long — but also super productive! This time of year is super busy with my job, but I love feeling accomplished after a long day at work.

Before the weekend can begin let’s talk Friday Favorites and get through another work day.

1. I get to meet one of my best friend’s baby! My very first best friend had her first child a little more than a month and I get to meet him for the first time tomorrow. I am so excited for some baby snuggles and quality time with my friend.

2. This drink looks like perfect addition to any outside party! Sparkly and refreshing! Raspberry Lemonade Fizz recipe.

3. Is there really such a thing as too many shoes?! Even with running shoes, I like to have several pairs to rotate (plus I like to match my outfits) Currently eyeing these bad boys.

4. This was from @pbfingers insta story several days ago. These snack balls look delicious. Check out her blog if you haven’t already. 

5. Breaking 2. (which has a neat hashtag emoji on Twitter) The world attempt at breaking 2 hours in the marathon is taking place tomorrow morning in Italy (or roughly 10:45 p.m. Friday where I’m at in Kentucky)

Runner’s World has an entire page on their site dedicated to all the info you need to know for the sub-2 attempt. It’s pretty interesting stuff. Check it out here.

6. 2016 Road Race Trends. I love looking at all the nuts and bolts of running. Like how in 2016, there were 16,957,100 finishers of 30,400 running events in the U.S. So neat! How many did you finish?

7. YES YES YES. I am in love with these sandals from Draper James + Jack Rogers.

8. I love afternoons with Murphy. He still sucks at fetch, so I usually just end up chasing him around the yard while he holds a ball in his mouth. #dogmom