Club OTB


It’s now early December and the freezing weather has finally hit New Jersey, and that’s made the prospect of outdoor exercise now within the domain of the hardcore weather lovers or what I like to call “Crazy People”. Personally, I prefer to do my exercise in moderate temperature environments, and I like having the convenience of being able to do it all in my home without having to join health clubs.

For the last nine months or so, my basement — which includes the two offices that Rachel and I use for work — has been completely unusable. During the heavy rains of the April 2007 “Once in a hundred years” Nor’easter storm, the basement was flooded with six inches of water. Certainly, as damage goes, its nothing when compared with entire houses that were destroyed by Katrina, or the other houses in nearby towns that got several feet of raw sewage overflow, but it did suck big time. Our insurance didn’t cover it and we found ourselves having to take out a decent size loan and have a very expensive waterproofing system installed, and then having the basement refinished again. Its only been in the last week or so that we’ve had our washers and dryer back online, and that we’ve been able to move things back into our offices.

I had originally planned to put a nice home theater system down in the basement after it had been fixed, but plans change — I decided to turn it into a gym instead. A very close friend of mine wanted to offload several thousand dollars worth of health-club quality equipment that he had bought two years before sit and collect dust — a Parabody GS6 system with optional leg press and extra accessories, plus a dumbbell rack with a full set of weights. I was very happy to take it off his hands, for less than half the price he paid for it.

Here is the basement space, with plastic vapor barrier material that we bought from Home Depot being put into place, which sits between the concrete floor and interlocking padded flooring material which we bought on sale at Amazon. The padded floor will be a base for the gym set — and provides impact cushioning when walking and doing exercises on the floor.

Here’s the equipment all set up, with the padded interlocking flooring material in place, although we haven’t cut the material that will flush with the wall yet. I’m planning on mounting a LCD flat panel TV set on the back wall, so we can watch it when we are using the treadmill (which up to now has been collecting dust for about 12 years).

14 Responses to Club OTB

  1. fredlet says:

    so, what’s your gym membership cost? And does it come with dinner? :)

  2. TikiPundit says:

    Nice setup — I’m intrigued by the plastic vapor barrier. Why did you use it? I’ve thought about putting the interlocking pads in a workout room so would like to know. Thanks!

  3. You need to use the vapor barrier because if you are in a basement setup there are issues where water vapor can come up from the foundation through the concrete. If you live in a very dry area its probably not a big concern, but here in NJ we can get a lot of rain. So what the barrier does is prevent the interlocking pads from warping over time due to the water vapor.

  4. Robert says:

    I know the stress that water in the basement can cause. After 49 years, we just ponied up and put french drains around my mothers NJ house. I think I spent half my childhood stooped over in the crawl space pumping water, or worrying about it.

    Here’s hoping that you have solved the problem.

  5. Doug says:

    Nice little set up you got there. I’m jealous – I have to work out with meat heads at the gym ;)

  6. Rachel Perlow says:

    fredlet Says: “so, what’s your gym membership cost? And does it come with dinner? :)”

    Fred – Gym use is included in all guest visits, as is a complementary spa meal. If that doesn’t get you to visit, what will? :D

  7. Liz says:

    Sorry to hear about the flood/water damage to your basement.

    Very impressive equipment! I’d rather have my own gym than join one. Nice to have it right in your own home ~

  8. The plastic vapor barrier material gives me the greatest idea. i didnt know they had those. thanks!

  9. Fitness Buff says:

    Wow that is a nice set up. My home gym is much smaller with very different equipment – I have a power block weight stack so that my hand weights have a very small foot print [needed for my small living space!] and my long abused HealthRider which I love, a Swiss ball, Bosu and Step. I would love to be able to dedicate a whole room to a home gym like you have.

  10. Great set-up! Very impressive, im sure it will get great use!

  11. I know the feeling of a treadmill sitting around for years as with other equipment. It is easy to get motivated and then lose focus. At least you were able to get some deals and put together a very nice setup there. I hope you have used it over the last year!

    Hope it does not flood again!

  12. Daniel says:

    Good looking gym man. Job well done… I’m sure it was a hard decision

    Awesome home theater vs home gym…

    you made the healthy choice in the end… well done

    Stick with it!

  13. Lokes says:

    Good, it is really a homely gym. All are arranged in a systematic order without interfering each activity. nice looking.

  14. Jac says:

    Like what you did. Wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year !

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