Get Fit: 14 Creative Home Gym Small Bedroom Ideas

Are you looking for ways to turn your small bedroom into a home gym? So, is everyone else! People spend about $1.5 trillion a year on consumer health and wellness products and services—and they plan to spend even more in the near future. Whether you want to set up a weightlifting station, or create a space for yoga and meditation, there are plenty of ways to make your small exercise room work for you. Keep reading for some inspiring ideas and then go hit those fitness goals in your own home!

How Do You Make A Home Gym In A Small Room?

The key to making a home gym in a small room is to make use of vertical space. Try investing in wall-mounted racks for weights, adjustable racks for dumbbells and barbells, or even wall-mounted pull up bars. You can also use the storage space beneath your bed to store small exercise equipment. In addition to making use of vertical space, try to keep your workout area as neat and organized as possible. This will help maximize your space, while also making it part of your decor.

14 Home Gym Ideas For A Small Workout Space

1. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a great way to get a full-body workout in a small space. You can use them for various exercises like squats, lunges, bicep curls, triceps extensions and much more. 

2. Use What You’ve Got

Chair Office Dip Exercise Triceps Dips At Desk

Working out at home doesn’t mean you have to buy more stuff! With a little bit of MacGyver-like ingenuity, you can use furniture or ordinary objects like books or chairs as makeshift weights and obstacles. For example, try bodyweight squats while carrying a backpack filled with books as “weights” or do tricep dips on chairs.  This means any room can be your workout room. 

3. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are a must-have for any home gym. They come in various weights and sizes, so you can find the right set for your needs. Dumbbells are great for exercises like bicep curls, triceps extensions and shoulder presses.   We have a very small home workout room so my husband got a compact adjustable set– all the different size weights him or I could need in one dumbbell (5lbs to over 50lbs).

4. Jump Rope

A skipping rope, a tape measure and a glass of water on a mat at home in the living room.

A jump rope is a great tool for cardio and conditioning exercises. It’s light, portable and can be used in a small space. You can use it for interval training, skipping and various other exercises to get your heart rate up and burn calories. 

5. Yoga Mat

A yoga mat is an essential piece of equipment for any home gym. It’s great for stretching, yoga, Pilates and core work.  And it’s a space saver since you can just roll it up when you’re done.

6. Virtual Reality

I’m a huge fan of working out with my kids’ Oculus Virtual Reality headset.  I discovered it last year and let me tell you.  It’s so fun and they make exercise “games” and have subscriptions for adults including boxing, dancing, and other styles strength training and cardio.  I actually got a little fit and lost some weight! So, technically, you don’t even need a decked out garage gym or home gym equipment.

7. Pull Up Bar

A pull up bar is another great option for your home gym small bedroom. You can use it to work your arms, back and core muscles and it doesn’t take up any space hanging above the door.

8. Stability Ball

 woman exercising on an exercise ball in her bedroom

A stability ball is a great tool for core work and balance exercises. You can use it for various exercises like crunches, planks, bridges and more.  You can even swap one of your chairs for it as you work or read on your laptop (obviously could work in a home office too).

9. Ab Wheel

woman using an ab wheel in her living room, home gym small bedroom ideas

An ab wheel is a great tool for targeting your core muscles and developing strength and stability. It’s lightweight and easy to store, so it’s perfect for small spaces.

10. One Piece of Cardio Equipment

man on treadmill in his bedroom

If you can, invest in just one piece of cardio equipment instead of worrying about having an entire home gym filled with tons of machines.  By 2024, treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes will make up 65% of the fitness market.  And I can see why because they are great even if you only have a small spot in your bedroom.  Most treadmills and row machines can be folded up to save space!  

11. Shelves

A wall shelving unit is great way getting things off the floor. You can hang jump ropes, shoes, and place other workout equipment pieces on there.  

12. Kettlebells

close up shot of a man's hands holding kettlebells in bedroom home gym

Kettlebells are another great option for a home gym. They come in various weights and sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your space. Kettlebells can be used for exercises like squats, deadlifts and swings to work several muscles at once.  Efficiency is key when looking at small home gym ideas.

13. Tiny Home Exercise Room

Here’s a picture of our tiny basement gym.  I keep my treadmill, weight bench, weights, yoga mats, and other home gym accessories in here.  We did have a stationary bike, but we never used it.  So now my kids gets an area for their gymnastics bar.  We also store the gymnastics mat underneath it and they pull it out for tumbling when they want. If we didn’t have her gym stuff in here, we were going to hang a punching bag there in the corner from the ceiling (hence, why we have the gloves).  

14. Dollar Tree Over The Door Coat Rack

I’ll admit; this isn’t pretty! But, it was $1 and holds my resistant bands, yoga mats, and foam roller because I have no shelves yet. This is also great if you live in an apartment and can’t put holes into your walls.

So, hopefully that gives you a couple more ideas to see a home gym small bedroom IRL!   P.S. I didn’t include any pics of my workout routine or me with sweat.  Ha! You’re welcome! 

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