If you read my last post (My Life and Times as of Late), you know that I’m planning on moving into my first apartment sooner than later. And if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you also know that I am passionate about healthy living and fitness. One of the drawbacks of living in an apartment is that it is harder to find ways to work out. I won’t have the same easy access to a home gym in my basement. I won’t be able to do any loud exercises like Olympic lifts or plyometrics. So needless to say I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how I’m going to keep advancing my fitness during my life in an apartment. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Maybe it will help someone else who is or will be living in an apartment.
Dumbbells or Kettlebells. There’s no reason I can’t lift in my apartment. I’ll just have to stay away from explosive Olympic movements. But I can still do basic squats, lunges, rows, etc. with heavy dumbbells. If you don’t want a set of dumbbells to take up too much space in your apartment, you can buy adjustable dumbbells like these PowerBlock dumbbells. You can still use a lot of weight, but in the small, compact size of a regular dumbbell.
Suspension Trainer. Suspension training is where you do exercises with your feet or hands on something unstable, such as gymnastics rings or a TRX trainer. I really love this style of training because it targets your small stabilizing muscles as well as your larger, dominant muscles. Every suspension style exercise that you do really engages your core, which is really important for your overall fitness. There is no end to the variety of exercises you can do with gymnastics rings or a TRX. Just use your imagination! TRX style trainers are nice because you can attach them to a door and do an entire workout in a small space (like an apartment). If the TRX is too expensive (it’s priced at $179.95 right now), shop around on Amazon or Ebay for less expensive versions, like this one.
Calisthenics. There is nothing wrong with going back to basic bodyweight movements. Squats, lunges, pushups, tricep dips, etc. are all great for building strength and endurance. FitnessBlender and 12 Minute Athlete are two of my favorite websites for finding workouts that only require your bodyweight. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the exercises – you will find some seriously challenging workouts on both of those websites.
Gym. Of course, there is always the option of paying for a gym membership, but if you’re an introvert like me, you prefer working out in the privacy of your own home. If you do prefer working out in a gym or if there aren’t any other options, it’s really a great resource to take advantage of. Some of the apartments I’ve looked at even have a pretty decent fitness center on site, or are close to hiking and cycling trails, both of which are great options for working out.
Don’t let your living situation dictate how fit you will be. There are lots of ways to stay healthy no matter where you live. Prioritize working out above your comfort zone, and you won’t be disappointed.