11 Pieces of Gym Equipment You Won’t Believe Fit in Your Tiny Apartment
We love a killer workout class as much as the next girl. (Voga? Dance party? SoulCycle? See you there!) But sometimes the cost of a studio class is just not worth the gains, which is why it’s great to have a secret weapon (read: exercise equipment you can hide in your coat closet) for squeezing in a few home workouts. There are a bunch of ways to fit a home gym into your apartment with options like collapsible equipment and pieces that utilize your body weight and then disappear into a drawer. Whatever your fitness goals are this year, here are 11 pieces of equipment that will fit into your workout routine and your studio apartment.
2. Ab Fitness Roller Wheel ($23): It doesn’t look like much, but your abs will be crying for mercy after just a few reps. You can work everything from your upper arms to your core muscles with this wheel, and it’s small enough to stow away in a cupboard.
3. Indo Board ($160): Improve your balance, core strength and posture with this rolling board. All you have to do is stand on the board and see how long you can keep it from touching the ground. And it’s the perfect size for whipping out during commercial breaks and practicing right in front of the TV.
5. Yoga Aerial Silks ($140): Master yogis can practice their inversions with these hanging silks, while beginners can use them to increase flexibility. Attach the silks to clips and eye sockets so you can easily remove them when you’re finished.
6. Weighted Jump Rope ($15): Jump roping is amazing cardio, but this weighted rope will take your jumping game to the next level. The weights will help tone your arms and upper body, and the adjustable length means you can work on your coordination without worrying about falling on your face.
7. Folding Magnetic Upright Bike ($200): Exercise equipment is definitely the ugliest home accessory, which is why it is wonderful to have pieces that fold up and disappear when you’re done working out. This one’s super easy to assemble and comes with a heart pulse monitor so you can reach your cardio goals.
8. Resistance Bands ($18): This is definitely the smallest piece of gym equipment you’ll own: You can literally ball them up and stuff them in a drawer. That said, they are made out of extremely durable rubber and will provide you with a killer strength workout in addition to your Pilates or Crossfit routines.
9. Bosu Ball ($130): When it comes to space, the only thing better than an exercise ball is half an exercise ball, otherwise known as a bosu ball. The boss ball is the thing to have for your toning goals, improving core strength and increasing balance.
10. TRX Suspension Kit ($200): Use the power of your own body weight to give you an intense workout with a piece of equipment that takes less than 60 seconds to put together. You can literally work out in any room in the house and then fold it all away in less than a minute.
11. Mini Cardio Cycle ($55): This portable mini cycle is small enough to take anywhere and weighs less than 12 pounds. You can sit at a chair and train your legs or set the cycle on a table and use it to work out your arms and shoulders.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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