I have gained ALOT of weight over the last nine months of traveling. I am also totally out of shape. Despite having a LA Fitness membership, and at all times being within 5 miles of a LA Fitness, also despite staying at hotels which have a decent range of gym equipment. Basically my lifestyle broke down, not that it was any good to begin with. As any engineer would, I built a project plan to help me deal with this. Basically, with help from my wife, was persuaded to turn my would-be home office/man-cave into a home gym. We had an extra room in our house we just stored junk in, it was really a waste of a perfectly good room.
So, the room is not that big at all. In fact its the smallest room in my house, its like 10×10 or so. I decided on going with a Powertec Power Rack, Powertec Lat Attachment, Powertec Utility Bench, Powertec Weight Tree, and a Powertec Leg Curl attachment. I also added wall to wall 3/8″ rubber gym flooring, Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbell set with stand and a True PS300 Treadmill which I found a great deal on, on Craigslist. I put a small fridge in the corner and have plans to add a small flat screen in front of the treadmill. In this room I hope to begin my transformation!
I have always lost weight pretty easy, sometimes as much as 2.5-5lbs in a week. I like to run, but I have bad knees. I previous had meniscus surgery on one of my knees, and I am prone to injury, so I try to stick on treadmills. In my past running routines I was not really aggressive with getting my distance up. I will try to expand a quarter mile each run or so. This True PS300 is really nice and running will be a key part in my weight loss.
The Powertec equipment is unbelievably well built. It has bars to do pull ups and dips as well. I can do rows, squats, lat pulldowns, deadlifts, presses (incline/decline/overhead), etc. I can pull the bench out of the rack (it has wheels) and set up with the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells and do a lot of exercises with those. Plus the floor is all rubber so I can do situps and other floor exercises and stretching comfortably. The room is very cramped however, it should prove functional.
I still plan to keep my LA Fitness. Its a good place when traveled which I often do, and there are some really cool machines in there as I start to get more involved for specific training. In the past I would take Hydroxycut, Creatine and Protein. I will likely do the same this time, with a vitamin. I plan to follow the 12-week transformation by Kris Gethin at bodybuilding.com. My goal is to lose 30 lbs and gain some muscle without injuring myself. I also plan to step up my fitness and do more mountain biking and other activities, where I will get the time I have no idea.
Pictures to follow of my gym!