Our house has been in a constant state of repair since we bought it, so I've been becoming a pro at working with small spaces. When I started working from home full time last Spring I started researching everything I needed to create a home gym but also not take up a lot of space - I have to share my gym with my daughter's play room and the family room.
After a few months of work I'm happy with how my home gym has turned out. It's a functional space where I have everything I need to do my workouts and can still be used by my daughter to play. Here's what I use to create my ultimate small space home gym.
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Adjustable dumbbells are a great space saver because you get a variety of weights to choose from in a compact design. The downside, however, is that the dumbbells can be a little bulky when you're using them to workouts and they can take a little time to transition between weights (not ideal if you're doing a workout that requires quick transitions, like a Peloton bootcamp)
My favorite pair of adjustable dumbbells are the ProForm SpaceSavers because they aren't overly bulky and feel comfortable compared to other adjustable dumbbells. The downside is that they only go to 12.5 lbs and can take a minute to change between weights.
If you're looking for a heavier option, the Bowflex SelectTech is a good option as the weights can adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs and are a little quicker to transition between weights. However with the extra weight there's definitely quite a bit of extra bulk that comes with these dumbbells. I also don't really like that the sides of the weight are rounded so it makes doing exercises like renegade rows a little tricky.
I got my Peloton bike last summer and am still so in love with it (so much so I ended up leaving Orangetheory!). The bike is super compact, doesn't take up much space and the classes are really fun.
If you're looking for an alternative to Peloton, Amazon has a ton of different highly rated brands like Sunny, Schwinn and Nordictrak. Even though they aren't Peloton bikes, you can still stream the Peloton workouts through the Peloton Digital app for $12.99/month.
Fold Up Treadmill
My treadmill is super old but gets the job done (and one day I hope to get a Peloton one!). The one benefit of my old treadmill is that it does fold up to give us some extra space - I don't really take advantage of that feature in my basement, but did when I lived in a condo. My treadmill is an old Proform from 2013 but Amazon does have a lot of compact treadmill options (like this one).
Since I'm limited on floor space, I use a 1Thrive Command Center to organize my Peloton accessories as well as plan out my workout schedule.
I use the Casey Command Center and found that it's the perfect size for holding all my essentials. The Peloton shoes fit perfectly on the hooks, and there's also an extra space to hold my heart rate monitor (I use a Scosche monitor). The bins that come with it are great for storing extra towels, hair elastics and other small accessories.
The top part of the calendar I use to plan out my workouts, make notes of any challenges and goals and other monthly events. My workout schedule is a mix of Power Zone training and Strength Classes/Bootcamps and planning them out in advance helps me make sure my training plan is well rounded.
Accessories, Mats and Miscellaneous
I've tried a lot of workout programs in the past and have ended up with a crazy collection of one off fitness accessories. Any equipment that I know I'm not going to use that month I'll pack into a storage bin and pack it away (tip: this is also a great way to declutter unnecessary equipment - if somethings stayed in the bin for 6 months or more it might be a sign you're ready to part with it). A few accessories that are must haves for me at all time:
- Yoga Mat - I got this cheap one from Target almost a year ago and it's held up really well.
- Foam Roller - I like this small foam roller because it's compact and easy to tuck away. This hand held one is also a great option and even more compact - I even travel with this one!
- Lacrosse Ball - This is a recent addition to my home gym after I learned about how to use it in a workout class. A lacrosse ball is great to use for stretching and working out knots that are too small that a foam roller can't work out.
I love how my home gym has turned out and am now excited to workout at home! It's compact, organized and has everything I need to get in a great workout! I've learned that if I want to stay motivated with my workout plans I need organization and my new workout space will definitely help with that.
Do you have an at home gym? What are your must haves?