New York apartments are notoriously tiny. Some don't even have space to spare for closets. But that doesn't mean you can't save yourself some time and money and build an at-home gym. We talked to Nigel Anderson, manager for Gym Source (40 E. 52nd St., gymsource.com), to find out what are some at-home gym essentials that can be easily stowed away -- perfect for small apartments.
“There isn’t a gym that doesn’t have these somewhere,” said Anderson.
With a set of your own, you can prop it in front of your TV and do your aerobics workout at home for those days where you can’t make it to the gym. Try: SPRI Step Platform, $84.99.
For a full-body workout, just invest in a few kettlebells.
“It’s a terrific workout that takes up no space,” said Anderson. “You’re working out your entire body with one of these silly-looking things.”
Since they can range from 5 to 100 pounds, it’s also more cost-effective to skip on shipping and pick up one in-store. Try: Hampton Fitness kettlebells, $8-$145.
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You may last used one in gym class, but Gym Source sells thousands of jump ropes a year.
“It sounds old school, but you start doing it and go, Wow, that’s really tough,” said Anderson. All you need is a little bit of ceiling height — and a forgiving downstairs neighbor. Try: SPRI Deluxe Adjustable Speed Jump Rope, $20.98.
Strength, or resistance, bands provide a lot of power in a small amount of space. You can use these rubber bands for resistance during stretching, lifting and weight training exercises. They’re great for traveling, too, recommended Anderson. You can buy them individually or as a set with varying resistance. Try: SPRI Xertube, $$16.98-$20.98.
Yoga, or stability, balls are great to have because they’re multi-purpose — they can be used to work on posture, balance or core strength.
“You can make your workout as grueling as you want it to be,” said Anderson. “We also sell these to guys in offices who use them as chairs. You can’t slouch on a ball.”
They are more affordable and take up less space than benches, though can be a tad awkward to store, if you don’t plan on using it as a chair, that is. Try: SPRI Xercise Ball, 55 cm, $46.98.
The dumbbell needs no introduction. They come in a range of sizes and materials to fit any workout and training. For the enthusiast, you can even find blocks of dumbbells that neatly stack on top of each other. Do sets on your yoga ball, or invest in a bench. Try: Hampton Fitness Jelly Bells, $23-$62.
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