Space-Saving Exercise EquipmentAugust 6th, 2009 by Emily Gojko
You may think having exercise equipment in your apartment takes up too much space, but you are wrong. In today’s fitness market, there are many space saving equipment options available. Owning your own exercise equipment doesn’t have to mean giving up extensive floor space in your apartment.
Treadmills can be purchased at most department stores or sporting goods stores, and are generally priced from as low as $130 to as high as $2,500. Now you may be thinking, how is this huge piece of exercise equipment going to fit in my small space? The answer is that most treadmills now fold up. The base of the treadmill folds up to be parallel with the console. If the treadmill you purchase is lightweight enough, you can accomplish even more space saving by pushing or rolling it out of the way once it is folded up.
Elliptical trainers, like treadmills, can be purchased at many department stores and sporting goods stores. They are in about the same price range as well. An elliptical trainer is a great choice of exercise equipment for a small space or apartment. The amount of floor space that an elliptical machine takes up, when ready for use, is less than that of a treadmill. So, if you find that even though many treadmills fold up, you don’t have the space when it is unfolded, then an elliptical machine might be the choice for you. In addition, elliptical machines also fold up. The base folds up to the console, and the arms may fold in towards the console as well. Like the fold up treadmills, if you choose an elliptical machine that is lightweight, you can achieve additional space saving by pushing or rolling it out of the way.
Steppers are another great space saving exercise equipment option for your small space or apartment. You can purchase steppers that, like the fold up treadmills and elliptical trainers, also fold up. Many fold up steppers, however, will fold the opposite way with the console and arms folding down towards the base. This means that these steppers can be pushed or wheeled underneath your bed for storage. You can also purchase a mini-stepper. Mini-steppers are simply the pedal portion of the stepper. The mini-stepper may come with an attachment for your arms. Space saving in your apartment is super simple with a mini-stepper because they can fit in almost any closet, under almost any bed, or on almost any storage shelf. Mini-steppers are also super inexpensive. They cost around $50.
Free Weights and Exercise Bands
Some people say you get the best workout with just some free weights and exercise bands. These are a great on their own, or in addition to your treadmill, stepper, or elliptical machine. You can purchase as many or as few dumbbells as you have room for. Exercise bands can be folded up and stored anywhere.
With space saving being a key concern for most everyone, exercise equipment companies have come a long way in designing equipment with storage and convenience in mind.