Working out in the basement....

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    Jun 14, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    Not sure if this falls under the category of "prevention" or not, but I am not sure. I moved everything I need to use for P90X into the basement because it's cooler down there (I don't have A/C). It's clean, it's roomy and it's decidedly cooler temperature-wise. My question is something along the lines of do I need to worry about working out down there affecting my respiration or anything? Any input welcome. Thanks.

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    Jun 14, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    As long as it's well ventilated, you shouldn't have any problem.
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    So, I'm needlessly worrying about things like mold or anything like that down there?
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    i would buy a radon home test, which you should do regardless of working out in a basement
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    Jun 14, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidAs long as it's well ventilated, you shouldn't have any problem.


    Repeat after me, AS long as it's clean and WELL VENTILATED icon_exclaim.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    I always workout in the basement and have never had a problem! play that stereo loud icon_razz.gif and good luck with the P90x is the GREAT program icon_smile.gif just make sure the ventilated!
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    Jun 14, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    SweatAndPain said
    paulflexes saidAs long as it's well ventilated, you shouldn't have any problem.


    Repeat after me, AS long as it's clean and WELL VENTILATED icon_exclaim.gif


    AS long as it's clean and WELL VENTILATED icon_exclaim.gif

    Got it. Thanks...
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:07 PM GMT

    I think the clean and well ventilated advice is right on.

    It's a good idea to check for radon. In New Hampshire lots of houses are built over granite ledge that sometimes emits radon. But it seems that, even when people find elevated levels of radon, the usual remedy is to increase the ventilation in (or under) the basement.

    Anyhow, in my experience, P90X is more likely to kill you than mold or radon. It's brutal !
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    I would be more worried about the wear and tear on your knees and legs if you are working out on a cement floor. There is no give and it could cause damage - you might want to get some of those thick mats from Lowes to put down just to help cushion.
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    The thing with basements is alot of them get pretty damp in there which does make breathing abit uncomfortable.
    The best thing to do is keep the windows open (if you have) so you can get some fresh air goin'.
    Also you might consider getting a dehumidifier if you dont have windows..
    But I have my tread mill and my Gold's Gym Smith Machine down there and had no problems where i work out once a week..the rest of the time i prefer to be at the gym for a change of atmosphere.
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    My gym is in my basement also. Before I put AC in there, the biggest problem I had was that after about 20 minutes of working up a sweat on warm days, the humidity in the gym went through the roof, making the floor damp and the gym pretty uncomfortable. On moderate days, an oscillating fan was ok, but the AC really became necessary for summertime, for keeping humidity levels under control.

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    Jun 14, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    I once had a house with a fully finished basement, and I installed a complete gym and stereo system down there. It was great to be able to work out anytime I wanted, and to invite friends over. Their were windows and plenty of fresh air. The one drawback was that there was no eye candy for me to be inspired by! I was the only guy there. For me, it is much better to have a few hunky guys working out around me.

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    Jun 15, 2010 12:10 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI once had a house with a fully finished basement, and I installed a complete gym and stereo system down there. It was great to be able to work out anytime I wanted, and to invite friends over. Their were windows and plenty of fresh air. The one drawback was that there was no eye candy for me to be inspired by! I was the only guy there. For me, it is much better to have a few hunky guys working out around me.

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    Jun 15, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI once had a house with a fully finished basement, and I installed a complete gym and stereo system down there. It was great to be able to work out anytime I wanted, and to invite friends over. Their were windows and plenty of fresh air. The one drawback was that there was no eye candy for me to be inspired by! I was the only guy there. For me, it is much better to have a few hunky guys working out around me.

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    Exactly right. And it's a big drawback. It’s just not the eye candy, although that helps, it’s the discipline of getting to a place where you really WORK. A home gym is ok, but it’s better to join a good gym where you can seriously work out, push yourself, and even maybe make a few friends with similar interests, and no, I’m not talking about hooking up, although that can happen.
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    Jun 15, 2010 12:29 PM GMT
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    Jockbod48 saidI once had a house with a fully finished basement, and I installed a complete gym and stereo system down there. It was great to be able to work out anytime I wanted, and to invite friends over. Their were windows and plenty of fresh air. The one drawback was that there was no eye candy for me to be inspired by! I was the only guy there. For me, it is much better to have a few hunky guys working out around me.

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    Exactly right. And it's a big drawback. It’s just not the eye candy, although that helps, it’s the discipline of getting to a place where you really WORK. A home gym is ok, but it’s better to join a good gym where you can seriously work out, push yourself, and even maybe make a few friends with similar interests, and no, I’m not talking about hooking up, although that can happen.



    I tried that, for years! I couldn't get motivated to go regularly enough. People annoyed me too easily, they always seemed to be in my way, or I felt I was in other people's way. The eye candy was always offset by something I would really NEVER needed to see. Since the home gym investment, I've never in better shape, and never been more motivated. It's my own personal escape from everything and everyone else in the world, for an hour or two a day.