You can’t wait to start training at home, but the problem is there is little to zero space to work with.
Should you abandon all hope, then?
While space can be an issue when working out at home, home workouts offer something an actual fitness center or gym might not: flexibility.
Flexibility can come in the form of “making do with what’s available” so you can work out. If it works in your imagination, chances are it’ll work in real life if you’re that determined.
It is very much possible for you to set up a home gym even with limited space. Granted, it may take some work, but it’s possible either way.
Ready to find out how? Let’s get started!
Setting Up a Home Gym When You Have No Space to Work With
Having limited space doesn’t mean the end of your dreams of having a home gym. With the following solutions, you can still make it a reality:
1. Use Foldable/Collapsible Equipment
There are all kinds of gym equipment available, including some that are specifically designed for areas with limited space, like your home. Some of these even come in collapsible varieties to make them more space-saving.
Regardless of the kind, gym equipment is expensive. Ideally, you’ll want to focus on cardio equipment like stationary bikes or row machines first. These have foldable models you can easily stow away after use.
2. Use Anchors and Resistance Bands
If you’re talking about pieces of equipment that take up zero space, these are it! Pieces of fancy gym equipment are not necessary to have an actual gym at home.
You decide what your gym looks like or what it includes. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, consider going for resistance bands. Not only are they convenient space-wise, but you can easily store them in a drawer too.
And before you think of these pieces as one-dimensional, think again. They actually have a lot of variety, as you will probably see when doing your research on resistance band exercise programs. Yes, there are entire programs dedicated to these powerful and versatile bands!
Dumbbells are bulky and heavy, and you’d need a lot of them to meet the requirements of your program. Or so you thought.
Firstly, working out at home doesn’t always mean lifting heavy. Secondly, should you decide to have a more intense weightlifting program at home, an all-in-one, the adjustable dumbbell should suffice.
Sure, it may be heavy and bulky, but it’s just one piece of equipment that shouldn’t take up much space both in storage and when you’re actually using it.
Like resistance bands, dumbbells also allow for a lot of variety in your exercises. From dumbbell presses and back rows to dumbbell squats and lunges, dumbbell exercise programs cover all the bases.
Kettlebells and dumbbells are quite similar in that they are both space-saving, versatile, and awesome! You can do a range of exercises with just one kettlebell, and some even find them easier to grab onto.
Kettlebells are designed with a hand-style grip for more even weight distribution. The design is ideal for beginners, as it helps them work their balance apart from their strengths.
With kettlebells, you can perform more explosive movements with relative ease. They’re most advantageous when incorporated into compound exercises like squats and deadlifts.
5. Medicine Balls
This piece of gym equipment might not sound too beginner-friendly, but it’s actually great for when you’re working with limited space.
Medicine balls offer a new way to work outside the traditional gym setup at home. They offer a kind of versatility that other types of training equipment don’t: unique movements, partner exercises, and passes or throws, among others.
They’re also designed for the more explosive range of exercises, so prepare to get your sweat on!
Who needs gym equipment when you can work with your own body weight?
Calisthenics is about using your own body weight to build muscle or lose excess fat. We are talking about push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and dips, all done using nothing but the body you were given.
The best thing about calisthenics programs is they require little to no space to perform. A small area in your backyard close to a wall (where you can attach your pull-up bar) or your bedroom should suffice in most cases.
As for core exercises, you can use a yoga mat to do planks, crunches, bicycle kicks, and other ab workouts.
If you’re hesitant to start your health and fitness journey at home because of limited space, know that there are ways around this, and space should never be allowed to come between you and your health.