Ways To Use A Small Workout Space

In our new place, we have a lot more space than we used too (YAY!) but unfortunately, this does not include a home gym (boo!) and means I still have small workout space.

With increasing house prices, the trend towards confined living space increases and when you have children it starts to get smaller and smaller. When maximizing available space for living essentials, there may not be a whole lot left over for exercise equipment and quite honestly it can be expensive. Having a fully furnished home gym for many (including us) is an impossibility and let’s be honest, a membership to a gym isn’t for everyone, so if you are trying to get fit from the privacy of your own home, a little research and creativity can make it happen. Here are some of the ways I try to workout at home with small workout space and make the most of what I have!

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Skipping Rope

Skipping is a great calorie burner and HIIT exercise, plus practice makes perfect and simply using a skipping rope can give you a brisk and effective cardiovascular workout. This simple and affordable piece of workout equipment can also be stored easily and won’t take up any space. Watch out for light fixtures and remember that you don’t need a lot of slack, if you are hitting the ceiling with the rope then you have too much left. 

If you are of the very tall variety, unlike me, you may find it best to jump rope in the garden or just outside or instead you can even replicate the cardio workout of jumping rope without needing an actual rope. Ghost jumping can have the same workout benefits as long as you commit to jumping you don’t need the actual rope, although if you have downstairs neighbours you might want to reconsider until they have gone out!

Foldable Workout Equipment

Turns out if you have the budget but not the space, foldable workout equipment such as this stationary bike and rowing machine are the way forward because they can be more easily stored and put away afterward. Although they are not usually something you would associate with conserving space in your own home, if you are looking for a long-term budget friendly option and you enjoy using the machines then this is for you. Some of these models can easily be folded up small enough to fit in a cupboard or under a bed so you can fold it away once you are done. You could even invest in a pedal exerciser that fits under your desk so you can pedal while you work.

Bodyweight Exercises 

If you have absolutely no weight or storage space and very small workout space, then for the time being, you can use your own bodyweight and turn it into a decent workout with power combinations. You can also try adding in some cardio moves to create excellent HIIT workouts without any equipment at all. For example, jumping squats, walking lunges, burpees or press-ups can all help you to maintain your physique without costing anything, and you can do them on your living or bedroom floor!

Free Weights and Kettlebells

In the middle of this spectrum is using free weights and kettlebells which allow you to intensify any given workout and only require the space to move about during those workouts. Even if you have a tight workout space, moving with these weights and kettlebells should not be a problem and most can easily be stored out of sight when not in use. Kettlebells, when used correctly, provide a full body workout.  Just be sure to use a rug or workout mat to possible avoid damaging your flooring.

free wights or kettle bells ways to use a small workout space


If you have stairs or steps, use them. They are great for cardio and leg workouts and can also help your co-ordination while stair workouts have been known to benefit runners too! You can go as slow or fast as you like so in the beginning, practice them first and if you have a railing, ideally go up and down alongside so that if you trip you have something to catch you. Rocky didn’t run all those steps for nothing.

Yoga or Barre

Yoga or Barre is an ideal solution to working out it an enclosed space since the only room you’ll need is the size of your yoga mat. You would be able to get the physical activity your body needs without occupying more than the size of a doormat. If you are tall just watch out for light fixtures or ceiling fans when stretching in a small workout space. 

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Workout Videos

There are an array of workout videos online or you can buy exercise DVD’s that accommodate a variety of styles and interests such as dance, body combat, pilates, yoga and many more that range from beginner to expert which means you will be able to find the ones that you need.

Ultimately, there are quite a few ways to get your workout on regardless of the space you have available and this just depends on how creative you can be. Just remember to keep your workouts varied so that you don’t get bored, simply figure out which one you would like to start doing and get motivated!

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Unless you have a home gym you need to make do with a small workout space and here are the tips, tricks and exercises you can use to do it.

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • CourtneyLynne (#)
    March 6th, 2017

    Ooo so many great tips!!!! I really should step my fitness game up with some folding equipment!!!!

  • HilLesha (#)
    March 6th, 2017

    I live in a small home, so I can definitely use these tips! I’ll definitely have to keep them in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  • Rachel (#)
    March 6th, 2017

    I love kettleballs. I’ve tried jumping rope in the house before and it hasn’t really worked. Low ceilings in the basement and feeling like I’m goign through the floor on every other level. lol

  • Reesa Lewandowski (#)
    March 5th, 2017

    We have a very small condo, so these are great tips for me. Thank you, I am getting ready to start a new workout regime.

  • Dawn McAlexander (#)
    March 5th, 2017

    I used to workout in a small space. I tried to take advantage of all the things that I had in the area to workout with. I can appreciate this post and what you are talking about here.

  • Lydia (#)
    March 5th, 2017

    Such great tips lady! I love yoga and barre, they are one of my favorites!

  • Heather (#)
    March 4th, 2017

    These are great tips! We don’t have a designated work out room but have a treadmill in our bedroom. These tips will help us stay motivated to actually do it – you can work out anywhere!

  • Michele (#)
    March 4th, 2017

    I love your dedication to your workouts. I do a modified zumba with my iPod music. It works when I can’t get to the gym.

  • Tabitha (#)
    March 4th, 2017

    These are all great suggestions! I like to use a chair for my workouts because it’s totally multifunctional!

  • Angela Ricardo (#)
    March 4th, 2017

    Thank you so much for this incredible and helpful tips. Yes I absolutely agree that you can workout even in the comfort of your home. No excuse not to workout.

  • Anvita (#)
    March 4th, 2017

    These are some really good ideas here. I need to use the stairs more often. Reminder to self haven’t worked out today.

  • Holly (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    I wish I had a small workout space. I have very little space. I belong to a gym that is right down the road so that helps.

  • Kim (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    Great tips! I love to use my stairs too. But these pieces of equipment are great because they are so cheap and small. I have it all!

  • Cara (@StylishGeek) (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    I just joined an online Barre class so I am thinking this is really one way for me to practice healthy habits in a small space, just as you suggested.

  • Belle (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    These are such great tips for making what you have work, and not have excuse for not working out. I need to have the same mindset as yours lol!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Anna nuttall (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    I *must* find my skipping rope as I miss using it when i’m at the gym. Thank you for this handy blog post. xx

  • Amanda Love (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    You don’t exactly need a huge space to workout although it’s definitely more convenient. These are really great ideas to maximize the space that you have!

  • Melissa (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    I have always said you can get in shape without an actual gym or a lot of equipment. You have once again shown this to be so possible and you do look to be in good shape.

  • Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    These are great ideas Charlotte. Good to have the attitude of making good with the space that you have and not giving up. I had not seen the peddles before. They would be ideal for bloggers who sit too long.


  • Sue (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    Great tips Charlotte. My PT used to work on luxury sailing ships and she is the ‘Queen’ of small space workouts. You really can workout anywhere can’t you? It is just a matter of know what to do.

  • Terri Steffes (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    Those were some great ideas. No excuse for not working out now! Not enough room won’t work!

  • Roxanne (#)
    March 3rd, 2017

    My yoga mat and workout DVDs are my go to for at home workouts. Definitely easy to store and take up little space.

  • karen (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    Skipping rope is something I always forget about, what such a calorie burner. And I’ve always wanted to try out kettlebells. How should I start?

  • Kindness in Demand (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    Love all of your ideas. Jump roping and weight lifting are my favorite activities to do at home. Plus nothing beats a nice run outdoors.

  • Janel Berchielli (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    Great tips. I know we all wish we had the space to have our own personal workout room but in the real world with families and space limits we know that isn’t possible!

  • Angela (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    I must say that I’m not much of a work-out-aholic (I just invented a word didn’t I?) but these are great tips and make me want to give those kettle bells a try.

  • Reshama (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    i am such a gym rat! therefore i will procrastinate if i dont get to go to the gym with its big wide spaces. Thanks for the recommendations here, definitely helps to broaden your thoughts around getting workout no matter where!

  • Daria (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    You’ve highlighted some really great products. I do belong to a gym but sometimes it’s too hard for me to get there. I think with the addition of a jump rope and kettle bells I can have a workout right here! Thank you.

  • robin Rue (#)
    March 2nd, 2017

    Love all of these. There are so many options to be able to workout, so no one really has an excuse not to.

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