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Looking to elevate your home fitness game but short on space?
Never fear, there’s plenty of space-saving workout equipment options.
Confession – I’ve turned into somewhat of a collector of exercise equipment over the years. Although, that shouldn’t be surprising. I can confidently say, I didn’t need everything, contributing to an eclectic fitness inspired donation pile.
In a small space, workout equipment can’t be a one-trick pony. It needs to provide a lot of value to earn its keep in real estate.
Craft a fully balanced fitness routine from the comfort of your own home with this round-up of useful workout equipment for small spaces.
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A Good Quality Mat
Whether it’s yoga, Pilates, or stretching, treat yourself to a good quality mat that provides padding, traction, and stability to support your joints.
Nothing ruins a yoga practice faster than slippery palms.
Quality mats may appear pricey upfront, but excellent cushioning and traction will change your practice to a point where you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, they last for years. Think of it as an investment to ease that initial sticker shock.
Here are some cult favorite mats that have passed the tried and true test:
Grab some blocks while you’re at it for a fully functional home yoga practice.
If you’re looking for a mat for cardio activities like burpees or push-ups, look into a padded workout mat that doesn’t mind taking a beating from your sneakers.
(So you don’t end up like my husband, who nearly choked when he found out he ruined an $80 yoga mat.) – Just a heads up fellas!
Shop workout mats at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
TRX is a type of suspension trainer, in which you perform various bodyweight strength exercises anchoring yourself with straps. The angle of your body determines the level of difficulty.
Don’t let bodyweight foot you, TRX workouts are no joke. A Navy SEAL invented TRX as a means to get a full-body workout while saving on space.
With some basic hardware, TRX can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, and it can be easily detached to travel with and use the door anchor option.
Any fitness level can use TRX by adjusting your body angle to make strength moves easier or harder. Suspension trainers provide a full-body workout, including some higher-level options for core strengthening.
Instability provides a unique challenge but may be too advanced for beginners with some exercises.
Anything you can do with weights, you can do with resistance bands.
They are inexpensive, lightweight, come in graded strengths, and don’t take up a lot of space. They can neatly tuck away in the drawer or your suitcase.
The downside of resistance bands is that they don’t last forever and need to be periodically checked for cracks to avoid injuries. Another drawback is that beginners may find it challenging to control the band’s path, which results in poor form.
If investing in resistance bands, grab a few different strengths to cover all your bases.
Don’t have room for a bunch of mismatched weights hanging around?
Get your hands on some adjustable dumbbells – the nesting dolls of fitness equipment.
They come in a variety of strengths and fit neatly into each other, only taking up the space of two dumbbells.
Check out adjustable dumbbells at Dicks Sporting Goods.
If you don’t like the style of adjustable dumbbells or the weight selection doesn’t suit your needs, I recommend getting three different sets of weights – a light, medium, and heavy weight – whatever this means for you.
With these three options, you’ll be able to do most strengthening exercises with plenty of modification options.
Shop dumbbells at Dicks Sporting Goods.
Foam rollers have become a staple in most gyms, and you can usually find people rolling away (often incorrectly) in the corner.
Foam rolling is essentially a tool to give yourself a cheap massage, with the hopes of feeling less pain, tightness, and increasing overall mobility. Your body weight is used to apply pressure and slowly roll over an area to mobilize tissue.
Foam rolling can be a great adjunct to a stretching and mobility program when appropriately used.
Don’t worry; you won’t be one of those people using it wrong because you’re going to read Foam Rolling 101 to get all the details on this crowd favorite.
Shop foam rollers at Power Systems.
Check out the exercise library for more foam rolling step by step.
Whether you’re doing step aerobics, agility drills, or weight lifting, a step can really up your home fitness options for a reasonably light footprint.
Aerobic steps have adjustable risers to change the height, usually between 4 – 8 inches for cardio and step aerobics.
For those looking for more agility and balance training, a BOSU ball might be for you.
Shop BOSU at Power Systems.
If you do a lot of strengthening at home, a small weight bench might be just what you need.
Perform a variety of exercises, including dips, elevated push-ups, and chest work. It can even serve as a convenient place to store other equipment underneath.
Check out this awesome combo step/ weight bench, the Reebok Deck!
One of the issues with home workouts is it can be tough to maintain motivation, especially if you love fitness classes. While it’s not exactly the same, I can say that streaming workouts have saved some of my sanity during this pandemic.
Are you still sporting a mega fitness DVD collection?
Cut down on that space and start streaming workouts! Not to mention, there are tons more variety than the same old DVD.
Here are some popular favorites.
Aaptiv is super affordable and offers a variety of guided audio workouts.
I mostly use Aaptiv to keep me engaged on cardio equipment, but you can get a full fitness program from this all in one app.
Pick from different workouts, including treadmill, stair climber, strength training, elliptical, indoor cycle, Yoga, Pilates, guided meditation, and more. There are even programs for guided outdoor walks.
Customize workouts by length of time, music genre, trainer, and fitness level. You can even schedule workouts, so you don’t forget.
Can’t make it out to the studio? No prob.
Yoga Download has thousands of streaming classes for all levels at an affordable price. (There are even free classes!) which is a great way to check them out before committing.
They have plenty of beginner-friendly resources, including yoga classes, yoga pose videos, and printable pose guides to help you practice yoga safely and confidently.
Yoga Download also offers Pilates and meditation.
My Fitness App
The My Fitness app allows you to customize workouts based on your level, area of focus, and what equipment you have.
If you’re trying to do more foam rolling, there’s a section for that too!
Modifications for all levels are offered.
Beach Body on Demand
Beach Body on Demand has P90X, Insanity, 21-day Fix, and much more.
With over 1100+ workouts to choose from, you’ll never get bored. They offer fitness options for all levels, from beginner to well, insanity!
Want more? Check out the resources page for a list of my favorite YouTube workout channels.
Nothing gets the heart rate up quite like a jump rope.
Great for infecting cardio intervals into your weight training, a jump rope makes the list of space-saving fitness equipment.
You can always toss it in your bag and take it to the park or any other outdoor space to workout.
Shop jump ropes at Power Systems.
Space Saving Cardio Equipment
If you’re looking to add a piece of space-saving cardio equipment – look into a spin bike.
Indoor cycle bikes are pretty sleek and take up less room than treadmills or ellipticals.
Home spin classes are becoming a thing, but you can buy any bike that suits you and stream spin classes from many different services, including Aaptiv. You don’t have to shell out for a Peloton to get a great spin workout at home.
Shop spin bikes at Dicks Sporting Goods.
What’s the best exercise equipment for small spaces?
A small space doesn’t mean you can’t build a well-balanced fitness routine.
While these are all great options, the best exercise equipment for you will depend on your needs and goals.
Consider these space-saving workout equipment options to add some variety and get a great workout – from the comfort of your own home.
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