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Compact gym equipment that’ll keep you working out at home

Many gyms across the country remain closed, and even those that have reopened aren’t quite back at pre-pandemic levels in terms of membership. Whether you usually hit the gym twice a week or twice a year, you’ve likely gotten used to working out at home. Home gyms are more convenient and often less expensive than traditional gyms, so you may be considering making your home workout space a little more permanent.

Fitting all your equipment in a small space can be challenging. Without the space for big exercise bikes or treadmills, you’ll need to invest in compact gym equipment. These exercise devices deliver a powerful workout despite their smaller size, so you can stay on track to reach your fitness goals without leaving the house.

Young woman riding stationary bike

The Exerpeutic folding magnetic upright bike is great for small spaces

If you don’t have a lot of space, you probably assume big cardio equipment like exercise bikes aren’t a possibility. That’s not quite the case, especially with the Exerpeutic folding magnetic upright bike. This collapsible bike is super sturdy and can accommodate a weight of up to three hundred pounds and heights between 5’3″ to 6’1″. In addition to its ability to fold, it has wheels to make transportation easier.

This bike also features a magnetic system with eight different levels of resistance so you can adjust the difficulty to match your workout. Moreover, it features a ‘high torque’ three-piece crank system, high pulse monitoring, and double drive transmission. Basically, every feature is adjustable to create the perfect workout session.

Finally, when unfolded, the bike measures 31 X 19 X 46 inches, making it ideal for people with limited space.

Use the Wonder Core for a total body workout

If you’re looking for a piece of compact gym equipment that will truly provide a complete, total body workout, you’ve found it in The Wonder Core. With one piece of equipment, you can complete crunches, tricep dips, planks, and countless other workouts. Plus, it has adjustable resistance levels, allowing you to increase your workout’s difficulty whenever you want.

The Wonder Core comes in at 20.5 X 21.6 X 15 inches, so finding storage space for this compact piece of gym equipment should be no problem at all. There’s no assembly required when you purchase it, so you can start your workout as soon as it’s out of the box.

Unfortunately, the piece doesn’t adjust to the size of the person using it, so it may not quite support you where you need it. However, its one-size-fits-all design has been pretty successful, as reviewers in a range of ages and sizes give the product high acclaim.

Young woman jogging on treadmill

Hop on the Sunny Health SF-T7603 Electric Treadmill to go for a jog

Like stationary bikes, treadmills are often bulky, heavy pieces of cardio equipment that aren’t ideal for snug spaces. However, you can fit in a jog right in your living room with the SF-T7603 treadmill. Its total size is 62 X 27 X 47 inches when open, so it can fit easily in tight spaces.

Like all your favorite treadmills, this option has features that manage your speed and monitor your pulse. Additionally, the electric treadmill comes with nine pre-programmed exercise routines and three levels of incline. With this treadmill, you get all of the benefits of a home cardio workout without sacrificing floor space. The best part is that you can simply fold it up when you’re finished working out. Then, you can put it away in a small storage closet or just leave it folded up at the back of the room.

Because of its lightweight design, it isn’t a very inclusive piece of equipment. It only accommodates individuals who weigh up to 220 pounds.

Keep on working out at home

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of heading back to the local gym, keep in mind that you can reap all the benefits of your exercise routine right from the comfort of your own home. While it’s always nice to have a dedicated space for it, it’s not a must. All three pieces of compact gym discussed above are small and portable but also functional enough to accommodate your exercise regimen. Embrace the home gym movement and set up your workout space in your home, regardless of its size.

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