Setting up a home gym in a condo or an apartment can seem nearly impossible. Since moving into my current condo exercising at home is kind of difficult since I no longer have two stories and there is someone below me who can barely tolerate my kids walking across the floor. Therefore, I had to get creative to have a home gym that wouldn’t cause too much ruckus when working out and could also work without having an room to dedicate to solely working out.
Today, I am sharing what I have found to work for me.
Find a Dedicated Space for Your Home Gym
The first step to setting up your home gym is to figure out a location for it. For example, you may have room in your closet, or if you’re like me, you have enough space in your bedroom to dedicate a corner to it.
For large exercise equipment, you want to make sure it can be folded up so it doesn’t take up a ton of space. For other items such as abdominal mats and yoga mats, you can store them compactly as well. Overall, you should have some space available to store fitness items so they can easily be accessed when not in use.
Have a Hidden Gym
You may want to store the items in your ottoman, chest, or even in one of your dresser drawers. My personal favorite is to keep all of my smaller items like my resistance bands and ankle weights in a bag hung up behind my closet door. That way when I need those items, I can easily access them, but when I don’t need them, they are all grouped together in a tidy space that is out of sight and out of mind.
Work Out in Your Living Room
If you decide to have a hidden gym because you don’t have space for exercise equipment, make it a habit of working out in your living room. Whenever I’m doing something that’s based on an instructional that has to be watched on my tvs such as yoga or Pilates, I always go to my living room to do it because that is where I can make the most free space. It prevents me from accidentally hitting my hands on the ceiling fan in my room and simply allows me to get the most from my home workouts.
Keep Some Workout Items in Plain Sight
If you’re like me, some items such as weights and massage balls can be left in plain sight to serve as my daily reminder that I need to work out. I like to keep my smaller weights and my massage balls on my dresser so each morning when I take my vitamins, I have a mental note that I either need to get my butt to a kickboxing class or do some sort of exercise at home for 45 minutes to an hour.
Use Equipment that Can Be Taken Down
Last, but certainly not least, if you are really cramped for space or just don’t feel like reorganizing to make space for a home gym in your condo right away, go for items that can easily be taken down and put up when you want to use them. For example, I have a pull-up bar above my closet door, which is usually up the majority of the time but can be taken down when I move without having to worry about doing heavy repairs.
See Also: 5 Workout Must Haves
Final Thoughts – Making Fitness a Priority When Living in a Condo
Overall, if you want to work out you will find the space for a home gym regardless of where you reside. It can seem hard to find the space when living in a condo, but with these different methods making a home gym so you can make fitness a priority becomes a breeze (at least for me).
How did you create your home gym?