Tips for creating a workout space in your apartment
Fitness centers are a popular amenity at apartment complexes, with many of them offering 24/7 access and extras such as CrossFit workouts and yoga classes. The selection of equipment available will vary widely in different communities, which can influence if and when you choose to work out there. If you have a specific fitness regimen, don’t feel like going out in inclement weather, or just prefer to work out solo, then, you can set up a home gym in your apartment.
Your setup can be as bare-bones or as elaborate as you like, but before you hop online to start shopping for gear, first check your lease or with your apartment manager, especially if you live on an upper floor. There may be limits on equipment weight and concerns about possible noise.
Room and storage of workout equipment
If you have a two-bedroom or larger apartment, you may be able to convert one bedroom into a workout room. You can store your equipment in there. If you don’t have that luxury, then you’ll need to get a bit more creative. If you have any furniture, such as an ottoman, that doubles as storage, then you can stash small weights, bands, and yoga straps in there. If your furniture isn’t super-heavy and better yet, on casters or wheels, then you can easily move it out of the way when you want to exercise. You can also stash workout equipment under the bed or in closets.
Standalone workout equipment
If you have the space and budget, you can look into one of those all-in-one machines with an adjustable bench, weights, bars, and more. Other options include a Peloton, elliptical trainer, or other cardio/weight equipment. Before you make the investment, make sure you’ll actually use the equipment, otherwise, you’ll end up with an expensive catch-all for dirty clothes! If you’re uncertain, then think of using the apartment community’s fitness center.
Three pieces are all you need
If you are serious about working out in your apartment, you can get your weight training in by investing in three pieces of equipment. First, you’ll need a collapsible RID (rest, incline, decline) bench. These are specifically designed to fold flat to store under a bed when not in use. Next, you’ll need weights. If you don’t have room for a full rack of weights, try adjustable weights. You can easily move up or down in weight and they are easy to store. Lastly, install a pull-up bar over one of your doorways. (This is another case when you should check with your property manager before installation.)
Explore a Vision Community Apartment
At Vision Communities, we have an onsite gym at all of our communities. If you prefer to work out alone in your apartment, you’ll have plenty of space to create your own workout space. We work hard to create a community where you feel at home and want you to enjoy your space. We have floor plans that provide your personal space and spacious common areas for you to hang out with your roommate and friends. Our spacious, studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartment layouts provide cozy space. Check out our luxurious apartment floorplans in one of our communities and enjoy life at the VC.
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