With the majority of us continuing to work from home, we’re also still working out from home. In our bedrooms, tiny living rooms, and maybe even a hallway or two (hi, walking lunges). It’s not easy — there’s not much space and #tbt to actual equipment.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way. And we’re determined to make home winter workouts doable. And actually enjoyable. So we rounded up things that don’t hog floor space, but will help you reach your fitness goals. It’s time to sweat.
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Say that five times fast. You may not have enough space for both pieces of equipment. No biggie. This grip locks onto dumbbells so that you can grip them in the same way you’d grip a kettlebell. Psst...it works best on dumbbells under 55 pounds. ($34.95, Amazon)
So when you’re working out in your bedroom, you can make sure that you’re activating the right muscles. It works via wearable motion sensors that sync with an app on your phone. So you can get personalized feedback. You may not be returning to group classes anytime soon, but you can still get the most out of your session. ($299, Yoganotch)
These can go from 5 1/2 pounds to 27 1/2 pounds with the push of a button. So you won’t need to collect an entire set that requires a stand. Aka, they’re ideal for those living in small spaces who still wanna lift. ($144.99+, Amazon)
Yellow provides 3 pounds of resistance, blue is 5 pounds, and red is 8 pounds. So you can work up a sweat while doing squats, lunges, or focusing on your upper body. There’s also a bunch of training videos you can follow if you’re at first unsure how to take advantage of the system. ($69.95+, The Grommet)
Just because you’re typing away at a computer doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your daily movement. This one will keep your legs going as you take calls or jump into a Zoom meeting. Just don’t forget to mute if you’re out of breath. ($249, The Grommet)
It can be used for ab routines, or upper + lower body exercises. To up weight, add an iron plate to the bell. It’ll max out at 40 pounds and it has a locking feature so none of the plates move around while you’re in motion. ($119.99, Titan Fitness)
The phone mount goes directly onto your cell's case. The larger magnetic plate can be slipped into the side of leggings (or really any clothing). Now you don’t have to place your phone down if you don’t have pockets. The magnetic bond is even strong enough to hold larger devices (like iPads). And with two free hands, you can do a full set of reps without worrying about your device. ($38, EZ Reach Apparel)
Turn the dial up a notch. We’re talking mountain climbers, pushups, and lunges. With the sliders, you’ll be challenged to keep yourself stable and engage your core. And yes, they’ll move easily across carpets, tile, and wood floors. ($9.99, Target)
Don’t be fooled: foam rolling can be painful for newcomers. Especially if your muscles are tight. But regularly doing it after you work out can greatly help with muscle recovery, increase circulation, and increase flexibility. This one is unique in that it can collapse down when not in use. Easy peasy storage. ($68, The Grommet)
Because sometimes coming up with your own routines is a bit overwhelming. And sometimes you need something pushing you to stay dedicated. We get it. This app allows you to choose the length of your workout and the type - from yoga to cardio to strength training. You can customize and save workouts, too. Just in case you wanna return later. (Free to download from the App Store)
It can be used by those of all fitness levels and can provide a total body workout in as little as 15 minutes. The idea is based on body weight. So you won’t need extra dumbbells or heavy equipment. And it can be set up indoors or outdoors, depending on what space you’ve transformed into a gym. ($99.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods)
The temps are dropping (in most places). And that means your morning walk will be a bit chilly. These leggings are dual-layer with a brushed inside and quick-drying outside. They’ve also got a pocket in the back and have a high-rise waist for full support. You = covered. ($50, Under Armour)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return.
PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.
Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Jessica Kelly
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