Just because you live in an apartment does not mean you cannot have a home gym. With a home gym, you can squeeze in some exercise at your own free time instead of cramming in a session at the gym during the daytime. A home gym lets you check your fitness at a moment’s notice. Here are some ways you can get your house fitness even when you live in a tiny apartment.
Work with Limited Space
With an apartment, you will have limited space to work with so economy is the name of the game. Certainly you do not want to place bulky exercise equipment in your living room or fill up the limited space in your bedroom with a larger machine or equipment. The ideal solution is to use a spare bedroom as a mixed home gym/office. If you live alone, you cannot afford the cost of an additional room so think of other solutions. You can consider adjustable benches, adjustable dumbbells, or doorway pull-up bars.
Getting Started with Home Gyms
Before anything else, you should consider what exercises you are interested in so you can prioritize what equipment to buy. If your aim is to lose weight but are afraid to use free weights, you can consider cardio equipment like bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals. For muscle gain or fat loss, free weights are the perfect equipment for your house fitness regimen. Of course, you do not have to limit yourself to one or the other.
Free Weights And Barbells
Weight benches will consume floor space but you can economize with barbells with flat-plate weights rather than stocking up on bulky hand weights. If you are looking for the potential for limited weight training, consider buying hand weights or resistance bands. Another excellent alternative is adjustable dumbbells. The latter is the only equipment you need for training any muscle combination with the exception of heavy squats and barbell Olympic lift.
Cardio Exercise Equipment
If you are looking for cardio training machines, folding treadmills and mini-steppers are your best bet. They are light enough to move and small enough to fit in a closet. An excellent alternative would be workout videos like P90X, Pilates, Zumba, and others instead of the traditional equipment.
Body Weight Exercises
In place of exercise equipment, you can consider body weight exercises like hand stands, push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats, and others. You can try the tabata exercises which involve 20 seconds of fast exercise, 10 second break, and repeat 5 times.