Well, here we are – the latest blog update from Planet Smoot! It’s been a crazy week (when is it ever NOT a crazy week though!) but it’s been a good week. I may have mentioned it before but we have been expanding our home gym. So now we can actually call it a home gym! What would we have called it before than!? I think – a man cave! A TV, a punchbag and an old treadmill does not a home gym make. I think my husband used to just go in there to get a bit of peace and quiet from the family, ha ha, but we have called his bluff and spent the last few weeks renovating and upgrading his space into a place where we can actually get a real workout!
Thanks to everyone who has recommended different gadgets and machines – it’s been a real godsend having you all commenting and to friends and family that I’ve badgered over the last few months about it all, thank you for your patience. Even more so, thanks to those who came around to paint, decorate, lift and put together machines.
What did we keep from the original man cave version? The punchbag, and the TV, only we have since connected it up to a speaker system and placed it in a position that might actually be useful if you are on the treadmill or the elliptical (spoiler: we bought an elliptical machine!). Before this, it just sat in front of the old sofa, almost as if my husband just came through here to watch TV and not exercise!!! Hmmm, what you do think?!
Well, anyway, I have already given away the main new purchase – an elliptical machine. We spent a few weeks arguing about whether to get a new treadmill (the old one was seriously done! It felt as safe as running across an old rope bridge!). In the end we couldn’t decide, so instead of buying the absolute best of one of them, we decided to get a new treadmill AND a new elliptical, instead opting for more affordable versions of them. So far they seem well up to the task in hand, so in hindsight I’m glad we didn’t spend too much just on one. Now of course we have both, so my darling husband and I can exercise side by side at the same time! Ha ha that poor man, I don’t know how he puts up with me!
We also installed a chin up bar, bought a yoga mat and ball, and a new weights bench, and added to our collection of free weights. The kids are already super excited about using it all, and you better believe I am going to make sure we all stick at it! The Smoot family are going to get fit and healthy, and we are going to stay that way.
My husband wouldn’t budge on just one thing thought – the old sofa! It’s still there, and still within eyeline of the TV, so I guess when he’s in here, I’ll never be too sure if he’s exercising or just getting some ‘me’ time! Ha ha I wouldn’t blame him either way!
Til next time!