Gear for working out in your tiny apartment
Turn your matchbox studio into a temporary home gym.
Chances are, you’re among the 80 percent of Americans who don’t exercise enough. Bringing the gym to you (and your TV) will help eliminate some of the excuses you might use to skip your workout. Plus, breaking a sweat in the privacy of your own home can be particularly enticing for people who are new to the lifestyle. It’s also a great way to work in quick bouts of exercise between everything else you have to get done around the house.
Some people really do have the space to designate an entire room to a pilates machine and full weight set. For the rest of us, these four pieces of workout gear get the job done without taking up valuable space.
Vibration platforms are like the 2019 version of those vibrating belts from the 1950s (kind of) and they’re actually proven to help you burn more calories during your workout. That’s because when standing on the wiggling plate, your muscles have to make constant micro-corrections to keep you from falling, so you work more of them. These plates make a lot of other claims, too, but the research on those is sparse.
This Ultra Slim Vibration Platform by Bluefin Fitness is much less expensive than other models and it’s short enough to slide under your mid-century modern couch. It also comes with two detachable fitness bands to work your arms while you squat, plus a book of workouts and remote control that adjusts the platform’s intensity. The LCD screen automatically counts you down from 10 minutes so you don’t have to fuss around with a complicated set-up, and a Bluetooth-enabled speaker connects to your tunes.
Jump roping got smart, and we should all be here for it. This Tangram Rookie version is around 9 feet long and comes with a carrying pouch in case this exercise is a bit too wild for your apartment and you need to take things to the park. It also connects to iOS, Android, and Apple Watch, so you can keep track of total jumps, calories burned, and workout time. Plus, you can add a bit of peer pressure to your workout by competing against your friends on the app. Heads up—it’s powered by a coin battery that is not included.
This adjustable ab roller has everything you need without the fuss. It has two wheels that you can adjust based on your workout goal—set them wide if you want to build muscle and closer together if you’re trying to trim. The wheels are also coated with non-slip rubber that actually grips hard floors instead of sliding across them. This roller comes with a cushy knee pad and is super easy to take apart and lay flat in your suitcase.
Keep a weighted hula hoop on hand for those days when you need a full-body workout but can’t seem to find the motivation. Weighted hoops tone the stomach, improve balance, and take up virtually no space. This hoop weighs two pounds, so it’s a great option to start with before potentially moving up to heavier hoops. It also breaks apart into eight curved pieces for easy toting and storing.