15 apartment-friendly pieces of exercise equipment you can actually fit through the door


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Having apartment issues? Like, serious “I spend-my-whole-paycheck-to-rent-this-tight-space-and-can’t-afford-a-gym-membership” type issues? You’re not alone.

Don’t think that you can’t work out at home in your small apartment; you just need to be a bit creative. Luckily, there are many ways to exercise in your apartment, and there just so happens to be a bunch of exercise equipment you could actually squeeze into it. Here are our favorites:

1. Adjustable dumbbells

Want to change up your weight training with different weight but don’t want to keep a pile of dumbbells in your closet? Adjustable dumbbells are the answer. The BowFlex SelectTech 52.5 lb dumbbell set replaces 15 sets of weights and allows you to adjust them from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs as you gradually increase your strength.

2. Resistance bands

Tone up and get sweaty with resistance bands. They easily stow away into a drawer and are very cheap, so there are no excuses.

3. Pull-up bars in doorway

Work your shoulders, back, arms, abs and core with a single pull up attached to your door frame. Pull-up bars are cheap and effective!

4. Rebounder

Trampoline exercises — or rebounding — are not only super fun (we loved this class) but it is a low-impact full-body workout that’s nice and quiet so you won’t upset your cranky neighbors. Best of all, just remove the legs and shove it underneath your bed when it’s not in use. Just make sure your ceiling is about 13.8 inches high!


5. Mini cycle

Pedal while you’re watching TV or working at the mini office you created in your studio apartment. A mini cycle will raise your heart rate, burn some calories and keep the circulation flowing. Put it on the table or desk for a good arm workout.