How To Create The Perfect Small Space Workout Area

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Does your workout area feel a little tight? Struggling to find the perfect workout room? Here are some tips on how to create or find the perfect small space where you can workout.

Due to the change in times, going to the gym or working out in a park is not always possible. It is time for us to rethink the traditional ideas of working out and embrace the home-workout scene. 

Popular home workout programs such as the Beach Body On Demand or online fitness instruction companies such as Fitness Blender have made it possible to complete your workouts from the comfort of your home. But no matter what your preference of fitness program is, you will need to create a designated area in your home for the magic to happen. 

If your home is not that big, or you live in an apartment, finding a space that you can designate as your workout area can be a struggle. This is especially the case if you have children or roommates whom you share your living space with. Here are some tips on how to create or find the perfect small space where you can workout. 

Figure Out How Much Space You Need

You honestly don’t need that much space to create a workout area. As long as you can take a step forward and backward with your arms stretched out in front of you, and side-to-side with your arms stretched out to your sides, then that is enough space for you to make a workout area.

Of course, some exercises that involve vigorous and high impact moves, such as kickboxing, will require more space if you don’t want to destroy any of your personal belongings. To get some ideas on what exercises would be best for small spaces, read 15 Simple Exercises for Small Spaces.

Find a Designated Area

Have a spare bedroom or a guest room? It can serve as your workout area (as long as you don’t have any quests in there at the time). If you don’t have access to extra space, you can also find a space within a space, such as an area in your living room that does not have furniture or a corner of your bedroom that you don’t use. 

Still can’t find a space within a space? You may need to move some furniture out of the way, or declutter unnecessary things, in order to create the space. Just make sure it is something that can be easily moved and returned to its previous location if that is what you wish.

Some of you may have onlookers as you work out, or the occasional child sitting on your back in the middle of your intense push-up session. If you like a little privacy when you workout, you may want to consider using a home office or a foyer.

Be Considerate of Your Neighbors

Here’s the scenario… You are getting a really good workout in and have been doing a lot of plyometric exercises that involve and a lot of jumping and quick movements. That sounds great! What doesn’t sound great is your downstairs neighbor screaming outside your door.

If you live in an apartment, jumping up and down on hardwood floors while wearing shoes is not a great idea. Instead, you may want to cushion those footsteps with a yoga mat or carpet to muffle the sounds. Yoga mats are also a must for floor-based workouts like sit-ups and planks. 

If your small space workout area has a hard floor made of a material such as concrete, you may want to consider a thicker floor mat for additional cushioning. A compact folding gym mat would work best if you have space for one.

Get Your Gear Together

Now that you have your designated workout area and have neighbor-proofed your floors, you need to get your workout equipment together. The best workout equipment for small spaces are items that can be easily picked up, rolled up, and stored away. 

I highly recommend investing in a set of dumbbells, a yoga mat, and resistance bands. For a list of additional workout equipment for small spaces, read 9 Budget Worthy Workout Essentials for the Home Gym.

Create a Storage Plan

So, remember when I mentioned that the best workout equipment for small spaces are items that can be easily picked up, rolled up, and stored away? Well, this is true. In order to keep your workout equipment from overtaking your home, there needs to be an easily accessible place where you can store it. 

A great suggestion is storing your workout equipment in a storage container in your closet or under your bed. If you don’t have those spaces available, consider investing in a storage bench that can double as seating at the foot of your bed or in your foyer.

The Take- Away

The creation of small space workout areas has gained momentum as traditional views on working out have changed. More people are moving towards creating home-gyms because of their accessibility and convenience. Determine what works best for you before making any home improvement plans or investing in any workout equipment. Also, if these tips were not helpful for you but you feel they may benefit someone else, spread the word. Sharing is caring!

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