Tuesday, February 21, 2017


This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness. All opinions are my own. If I hated it, I'd tell you. 

I love my home gym, better known as the ShredShed. It is quite literally a shed remodeled into a gym in my backyard. If you have some extra room in your garage or a spare room in your home you can enjoy the benefits of a home gym too.

The Benefits of a Home Gym


If you have trouble finding the time to go the gym, part of the problem may be the commute. If your gym is even just 10 minutes away, you need at least 20 minutes to get there and back. When you have a home gym you have a short commute. With just a quick walk to the garage or spare room you can knock out a quick workout. The cardio Sprint 8® workout from Matrix Fitness I share below can be completed in the same amount of time you would have spent in your car. 


With a home gym you never have to wait for a treadmill again. You have a life. Your workout needs to be as quick and efficient as possible so you can get back to the business of living your life, aka scrolling Pinterest. Maybe it's the middle child in me but I'm tired of sharing, I like to have my own things.


Speaking of sharing...When you have your own gym equipment at home you never have to wipe other people's sweat off the machines and equipment. I never want to wipe a stranger's sweat off of a treadmill console again.


In my home gym I never have to worry about other people. I am comfortable enough to get in and do my workout on my own terms without worrying about who may be watching. I can take unlimited mirror selfies without fear of judgement. (See:Instagram)


When you have your own gym, you make the rules. You can wear what you want, drop the weights and grunt as loud as you want (not that I do that, as far as you know). I might show up in my home gym with no shoes, in a sports bra and my music way too loud. As long as my neighbors aren't complaining, I'm good.


I think of having a home gym is like living in an apartment or owning a home. When you go to the gym and pay a monthly membership fee you are essentially renting the equipment. You can buy the specific equipment that you need one time and use it forever or you can pay a monthly fee to to have access to equipment in the gym. We built the ShredShed a couple years ago and have been enjoying the freedom of not paying a monthly gym membership. It's not for everyone and sure, there is some up-front investment required, but in the long run we are enjoying the benefits of having our own home gym. Now I just need to install a pool and sauna. Hah.

I believe in investing in quality equipment that is built to last. Check out Matrix Fitness to see the newest line up of home gym equipment. Matrix Fitness is the fastest growing commercial fitness equipment provider and they have now launched a line of luxury home gym equipment designed to give you the best possible workout at home. They're the best in durability, performance and functionality. 


In your home gym you can put on any show you want to watch and play any music. You can check in on Facebook during your recovery intervals to tell all 700 of your friends know how hard you are working. Matrix Fitness believes that if you are entertained while you are working out you are more likely to stick with it and achieve your goals. These treadmills have apps on the console that are available to use while working out.


Take your High Intensity Interval Training to the next level. As a personal trainer and a running coach I recommend that runners include 1-2 HIIT workouts in their weekly training plan. You can use this short and effective workout from Matrix Fitness to increase your fitness. Sprint 8 is available on Matrix treadmills to help you lose fat and boost energy. Try this 1-2 times a week for 8 weeks to help with your fat loss goals as well as improvements in running speed and efficiency. 

Always warm up before beginning a high intensity workout. This workout calls for three minutes, take longer if needed. 

Following the RPE (rate of perceived exertion) chart below your 30 second sprint intervals should be between a 7-9 RPE depending on your fitness level. The 90 second active recovery interval should be a brisk walk or slow jog at a RPE of 4-6. 

Do you have a home gym or are you considering it? Check out Matrix Fitness for their line of luxury home treadmills with all the bells and whistles. In the meantime, try out this HIIT Sprint 8 workout and let me know what you think! 

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Keep Running,


I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

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  1. I love your home gym! My "home gym" is the spare room which is also the room where everyone dumps everything. Oh, and the dog crate is there too! Luckily, I don't need to use it very often. My 20 year old treadmill is showing its age. I may need to look into a new one. Great review!

    1. I have a room in my house like that too - the dump room lol

  2. Your home gym looks kickass. I still need to work on aesthetics in mine. It gets the job done but it's small. I have home gym envy. 😂

  3. I love having a home gym for all of the reasons you mentioned. I don't usually do sprint workouts however I like your 30 second sprints that looks not too painful :)

  4. I would love to be able to have a home gym, especially a treadmill. As a mother, it would make is so much easier to get my workouts in. If only we had the space in our house...

    1. That's why I built the #shredshed in our backyard...we didn't have room on our small house!

  5. My 'home gym' consists of a treadmill, yoga mat and a few free weights, lol. I do most of my workouts at the gym because of the variety of equipment.

    1. yes! that is usually enough! I just went crazy and bought all the variety of equipment for home. Now I need a pool and sauna ha ha

  6. I had a great home gym before we shipped out an moved onto the sailboat. Now we are landbased again and apartment dwellers. We have a pretty-well equipped fitness room in our building and we do take our own yoga mats and occasionally our own dumbbells and kettle bells too... some darned residents moved and took equipment with them! But overall it is good as there is a tv with DVD player and I often take my own laptop with programs on it too. I love your shred shed!

  7. We don't have a home gym, per se, but do have some of the components. My treadmill gets little use, but she's there (her name is 'Milly LOL) if I'm desperate. I utilize my stairway almost weekly. I have an assortment of hand weights, a yoga mat, a kettle bell, and some DVD's.Never a dull minute!

  8. These are great reasons to have a home gym! I never really considered it because I don't know enough about proper exercises, and I also didn't want to give up a room in my house. My husband recently gave me his old office, and there might be some room for workout equipment, once I set it up for my writing needs.

    1. we didn't have enough room either, that's why we built in the back yard! But we went crazy! lol

  9. We call our basement gym Testosterone Zone. I think it's important to have a home gym for those times when you just can't bring yourself to drive to the gym.

  10. I'm a little jealous of your home gym! I have a few small pieces of equipment, but all my running is done outdoors. I don't have to wipe other people's sweat off that. ;-)

    1. Lol! Well technically speaking people should be wiping their own sweat off at the gym anyway lol

  11. I have a home gym with a spin bike, but no treadmill (yet)! I would love to get one some day. Having a home gym is so convenient!


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