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Needing to set up a home gym

After quite a few years of living in the city, my husband and I were anxious to move our family to a more rural community.

We wanted our children to have a yard to play in, the opportunity to have a dog and access to a good school.

We found a farmhouse with a great deal of property that was perfect for our size of family and needs. Moving offered us more space and privacy. The kids each have their own bedrooms. I have a big kitchen and plenty of closet space. My husband is thrilled with the two-car garage and workshop. We love living in the country. However, there are some amenities we miss. We now need to drive a considerable distance to go out to eat, buy groceries or attend the theater. I no longer have easy access to a professional gym. I used to walk to the fitness center to workout whenever I wanted. I took advantage of rows of treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines and stationary bikes. I used strength training machines targeted at biceps, triceps and all the different muscle groups. I could choose from all different types of dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls. There were incline benches, jump ropes, mini trampolines, speed bags and even tanning beds. Now that we’ve moved into the new house, the gym is a thirty minute drive away. I don’t have time to include the commute to and from the facilities into my workouts. By necessity, I’ve created a home gym in the basement. I started small, with just a few hand weights, a yoga mat and a jump rope. I’ve gradually invested in more and better equipment.

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