Help Desk: Setting Up a Home Gym in a Small Space
Get your workout in without ever leaving the house.
Working out at home is great. Being at home means no commuting to and from the gym, no spending time waiting for a treadmill to open up, and not being turned away from classes because they’re at capacity. You’ll also save money on monthly dues and a là carte classes.
Because you can get a great sweat session in at home, investing in equipment is worthwhile. You don’t even need tons of space to do it. Here are a few essentials to get started.
Yoga or Exercise Mat
If you’re working out at home, you should definitely buy a mat, even if yoga isn’t your thing. It’s great for warming up and cooling down, stretching, and weight-bearing and ab workouts. A mat is also great for cushioning your impact during a strength or cardio session. If you live in an apartment, it’ll help you make less noise while doing burpees, high knees, and jumping jacks (your downstairs neighbors won’t even know to thank you!). Best of all, it rolls up for easy stowing between workouts.
Speaking of equipment that’s easy to store, resistance bands take home the number one prize. Even if you have no room, you can get a few and store them practically anywhere. They’re pretty amazing in terms of versatility—this set comes with bands in five different resistant levels, and you can use them for a full-body workout at home or on the go.
For quick arm and ab workouts, and weighted squats and lunges, invest in some free weights or a kettlebell. You can add more weights to your collection as you get stronger, and because they’re key in back-to-basics exercises (bicep curls, rows, and the like), you’ll get in a quick and efficient session.
Balance balls are known for working your core, but they’re also great for balance, stability, and full-body strength. We like the BOSU® Trainer because it sits flat and stores more easily than other balance balls.