Over the last 6 months or so I’ve been working on building two separate workout areas – one indoor and one outdoor. More on the outdoor one later. The indoor one is in a small room in my basement that also houses our server and assorted computer-related odds and ends (some of them anyway). But I managed to chisel out a couple corners for some of my stuff so that I have a place that makes sense to do things like stretching, yoga, calisthenics, weights, etc. It also has my treadmill for days I can’t run at the gym and don’t want to run outside.

One of the programs I’m doing is a calisthenics program called Method Makia and some of the moves require something to stand or sit on and they always show using a plyo box. So I ordered one off Amazon and put it together! I will tell you that you get what you pay for – this is one the cheaper boxes and one piece was cut just a bit off and wouldn’t fit. But no worries, a simple sanding block (approx. $4) from Home Depot and I was able to sand down the pieces that were oh-so-slightly too big and voila! It all fit. 🙂 So the box really cost about $50 all said and done, but it feels sturdy so I’m happy. This one is a 12x14x16 and is the smallest one. As I improve I will probably start ordering the next sizes up!

The other new toy I got was a 15lb kettlebell and, believe it or not, is the first kettlebell I’ve owned. I got it to help me practice for the ball toss in the new Army Combat Fitness Test where you have to launch a 10lb medicine ball behind you a minimum of 4 meters (12 feet). My personal trainer recommended kettle bell swings to practice and to use a heavier weight so we are!

Lastly, I found this awesome workout motivational poster and poster frame at Walmart and just knew it would be PERFECT in my workout room! I place it where I could look at it while on the treadmill (I HATE running) but also where I could see it when doing workouts. It’s definitely better than a blank wall!

Now it’s your turn! Have you gotten any new fitness toys lately? Is there something you have your eye on? Tell me in the comments below!!

Author: Angela

Angela has worked with computer information systems since 1987 and is currently a System Administrator for Choose Networks, an Iconic IT company. Angela is also a Signal Officer in the Army National Guard and a Group Fitness Instructor. She participates in Kickboxing, bowling, and cyber security capture the flag challenges. Angela has lost more than 100lbs with the help of P90X and similar programs. She has one adult child, three teenagers, and a husband.

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