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Best Fitness Tech for Small Spaces

15 Space-Saving Workout Machines Ready to Modernize Your at-Home Workout

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In most people’s minds, the number one obstacle to having a comfortable home gym setup isn’t budget but space. Maybe you’re confined to a small apartment or not looking to give up too much rec room real estate to gym equipment – there’s no shortage of good reasons why you may not want to invest in a bulky elliptical or treadmill for use at home. However, a lack of square footage doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome home gym setup of your own.

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You might belong to a gym or enjoy hitting Barry’s Bootcamp, but the truth is, the easier it is to get to that workout, the more likely you are to do it — and it seems as though easy is more often the preferred method anyway. According to a 2020 survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 63 percent of regular fitness enthusiasts prefer to hybridize their workouts, splitting their time between commercial gyms and their homes.

So what do you do when you have limited space and want to get the most out of your workout? You invest wisely in the right kind of fitness equipment. If you don’t know where to start, rest assured, you’re in the right place. We have rounded up 15 of the best fitness tech for small spaces — but they’ll work for medium and even big spaces too.

Tempo Studio

Tempo Studio

Dimensions: 6’ x 2’2” x 1’4”

What does it do: Tempo is the first A.I.-powered home full fitness system. It features 3D sensors and proprietary motion-tracking technology to actually count your reps, recommend weights, and provide real-time corrections on your form and technique while you work out. It includes a 42” touchscreen HD display with a free-standing industrial design, a competition-grade weight set that runs from 7.5 to 100 pounds, a heart rate monitor, a workout mat, and a recovery roller.

Tempo’s classes combine traditional weight lifting with HIIT for a full-body workout based on sports science principles. Not your speed? Go with a more structured approach and use the trainer-curated programs to deliver a progressive sequence of classes designed to target different muscle groups each day.

Who is it for: It covers a lot of ground, so it’s a good pick for anyone who wants to learn more about weight training and improving their form and mobility. It’s also a great compact exercise equipment option for free weight enthusiasts with limited space.

From $2,495, $69/month with financing, $39/month subscription at Tempo.fit

Crossrope

Crossrope

Dimensions: From 8’ to 9’6” long depending on your height and one-fourth to two pounds depending on rope weight

What does it do: Jumping rope is excellent for training and keeping in shape, and it’s even better when you add some weight — then it becomes a strength training and cardio machine. The Crossrope is a weighted jump rope that when paired with its free app is a low-impact, portable, full-body workout that combines strength, cardio, and muscle building into condensed HIIT, strength, and endurance workouts. The rope itself is tangle-free and you can clip and unclip the handles to the rope to go from a lighter weight to heavier and back again.

Crossrope also sells jump rope mats for those who plan to tackle their skipping indoors.

Who is it for: True fitness buffs who want to have the biggest bang for their buck or enthusiasts who need an easily packable cardio workout. Crossrope is suited for all fitness levels and workouts range from 11 to 22 minutes.

Bundles start at $99 at Crossrope.com

Power Plate Personal Power Plate

Power Plate Personal Power Plate

Dimensions: 27.5” x 18.7” x 6.2”

What does it do: By adding intense vibration to workouts — thereby decreasing stability — you are able to maximize fat loss. Just about any exercise you’re familiar with can benefit by adding the Personal Power Plate. It uses technology that is precisely engineered to activate your own natural reflexive response to vibration. The surface vibrates 35 times per second moving up and down, side-to-side, and front-to-back, destabilizing the body and promoting the engagement of soft tissue. This involuntary muscle activity promotes quick, reflexive responses in muscles so they work harder while doing the same exercises.

Who is it for: Since it is so easy to use, it is safe for just about anyone. It is a great addition to anyone who has hit a plateau in their workouts or weight loss efforts and wants to bump up their results without modifying their routine too much.

$1,495 at PowerPlate.com

NordicTrack Complete iFit Connected Home Gym

NordicTrack Complete iFit Connected Home Gym

Dimensions: 72.65” x 14” x 24.25”

What does it do: This thing looks like a mirror and a bank vault combined, but open up the iFit door and you’ll see dumbbells, bands, a yoga mat, two yoga blocks, kettlebells, and even a cleaning towel. The front-facing screen is gigantic and touch-sensitive, allowing you to choose what kind of workout you’d like to perform and at what intensity. The world-class personal trainers then guide you through your exercises, and you can compare your form against theirs in the combination mirror-screen.

Who is it for: People looking for an all-in-one piece of home gym equipment and guided digital training experience but don’t want ugly, unsightly equipment lying around their home

$2,999 at NordicTrack.com

TONAL

TRX HOME2 SYSTEM

Dimensions: Width: 21.50″ and height: 50.9″ and depth: 5.25”. It is recommended you have 7′ x 7′ floor space, 7′ unobstructed wall space, and a ceiling height of at least 7’10”.

What does it do: This is one serious piece of fitness gear. It might just be the most technologically intelligent home gym and personal trainer that combines expert coaching with equipment, providing world-class workouts. The system offers expert coaching and personalized instruction that takes the guesswork out of strength training. Tonal’s A.I. Coach software is intuitive and learns from you to adapt guidance in real-time providing a highly personalized and curated workout that’s effective. The maximum tension is 100 pounds per arm (200 total) and you can tackle more than 170 different moves. It’s WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, is equipped with 15-watt stereo speakers, and can be connected to your Apple Music account.

Who is it for: The gym rat who happens to also be a homebody.

$2.995 or $149/month with financing, $49/month subscription at Tonal.com


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JAXJOX KettlebellConnect 2.0

JAXJOX KettlebellConnect 2.0

Dimensions: 15” x 17” x 15”

What does it do: This isn’t your ordinary kettlebell. It’s a six-in-one adjustable smart kettlebell designed to help you achieve any fitness goal right at home. You can add or drop weight in seconds, ranging from 12 to 42 pounds, and connect it to the JAXJOX app to track reps, sets, weight, and rest time. The lithium-ion battery polymer battery lasts up to 14 hours on a single charge and the bell features an LCD display.

Who is it for: Kettlebell enthusiasts who live anywhere from a studio apartment to a sprawling estate.

$249, $12.99/month for unlimited workout access (after 30-day free trial) at JaxJox.com

FightCamp

Fight Champ

Dimensions: The maximum area taken by the rubber workout mat is 8’ x 4’ — this allows for enough space for the bag and to perform all bodyweight exercises.

What does it do: This punching bag of the future blends body punches, defensive moves, plyometric sprints, and bodyweight exercises to build unique combinations to keep you on your toes. There is a selection of specially curated music stations to help you find a groove that keeps you moving. By following trainers — who use years of expertise, individual personalities, and unique teaching styles to develop motivating workouts — you can literally forget how long you’ve been punching. The good thing is, you don’t need to remember, because Punch Trackers show you real-time progress and stats. Once you’re ready to show off, chime into the Leaderboard and see how you stack up to others.

Who is it for: This is the perfect addition for those who are looking for a workout that’s out of the ordinary. It’s easy to lift weights or go running, but getting expert boxing lessons? Now that’s not something you see every day.

From $1,219 to $1,349 or from $51/month with financing, $39/month membership at JoinFightCamp.com

Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells

Dimensions: 15.8” x 9.3” x 8.6”

What does it do: Integrated Bluetooth tracking combines with the Bowflex SelectTech App to track weight, count reps, and sets, and provide advanced video coaching to ensure great form every time. You can set each adjustable dumbbell to as low as five pounds or as high as 60.

Who is it for: This is perfect for the guy who wants to bring his classic bicep curls into the 21st century.

$1,250 at Amazon.com

eufy Smart Scale P1

eufy Smart Scale P1

Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 0.9”

What does it do: This pretty much does a little bit of everything short of cleaning your house (but eufy has plenty of options for that, too). This smart scale provides you with 14 body health measurements including: weight, percent body fat, BMR, BMI, muscle, muscle and bone mass, body age, and more. It also syncs up to allow you to track measurements on Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.

Who is it for: Up to 16 users who each weigh less than 396 pounds.

$44.99 at EufyLife.com

Activ5

Activ5

Dimensions: 3.8” x 3.2” x 1.2”

What does it do: Focuses on isometric pressure to create intense workouts with virtually no space needed. By placing the device in your hands or between your knees, and following one of more than 100 possible workouts, you can actually achieve highly efficient results by sustaining muscle contractions for an extended period of time. Using the app helps track your progress and even has games to help pass the time.

Who is it for: The person who wants to tackle a fitness goal wherever they go or someone who likes to have a no-impact workout in between harder, more intense training sessions.

$113.03 at Amazon.com

MIRROR

MIRROR

Dimensions: 52″ x 22″ x 1.4″

What does it do: MIRROR is a nearly invisible, interactive at-home gym that streams live and on-demand fitness content, as well as personal training sessions, in a variety of workout genres. It can be installed as a low profile and adaptable wall mount or it can stand alone with a clean carbon steel stand. Also hidden in this compact home gym are two high-fidelity stereo speakers, mic and camera, power and ethernet cords, and syncing ability with your Apple Watch and Apple Music. Still need more? MIRROR also offers one-on-one personal training, with sessions starting at just $40.

Who is it for: Basically anyone with a wall.

$1,495 or $42/month with financing, $39/month subscription at Mirror.co

JAXJOX Foam RollerConnect

JaxJox Foam RollerConnect

Dimensions: 13.85” x 5.75” x 5.75”

What does it do: Another JAXJOX fitness invention we would be remiss to not mention is the new Foam RollerConnect — yes, a smart foam roller. It features five vibration intensity levels for faster recovery, pre-programmed activities to match your workout, and three different massage zones to help alleviate muscle soreness and improve range of motion. JAXJOX uses a proprietary algorithm to recommend duration and intensity based on completed activity. It will automatically predict the duration and intensity level to maximize recovery.

Who is it for: If you are looking to make your recovery modern, this is the tool for you. With pre-programmed recovery activities to match your workout, use the JAXJOX app for a guided recovery and feel like a true pro — even if you are just a rookie.

$99.99 at JAXJOX.com

Nordic Lifting Mini Stepper

Nordic Lifting Mini Stepper

Dimensions: 7.9” x 11.5” x 16.5”

What does it do: There are obvious space-saving solutions for people who want to lift weights, such as an adjustable kettlebell or pull-up bar, but how can you get a great, heart-elevating cardio workout in at home with major space constraints? The Nordic Lifting Mini Stepper is a perfect compromise. It’s easy to use and set up, and can be stowed under a bed or in a closet when not in use. And the workout? After a few minutes, you’ll forget you’re not on a multi-thousand-dollar piece of workout equipment.

Who is it for: If you love the elliptical trainer or StairMaster but can’t justify the space or the expense, this miniature model is for you.

$79.99 at Amazon.com

KINGSMITH Folding Treadmill

KINGSMITH Folding Treadmill

Dimensions: 5” x 21.5” x 56.5”

What does it do: Although this is technically a “walking pad,” you can in fact jog on this foldable treadmill. Either way, if you want an easy way to burn some calories in your living room, using an exercise machine that folds and stores up easily, this compact treadmill should be your go-to option. The included remote control makes it easy to adjust the speed or shut it off in a pinch.

Who is it for: People who want to get a LISS workout in from the comfort of their living room

How much does it cost: $399

$399 at Amazon.com

Iron Gym Workout Bar

Iron Gym Workout Bar

Dimensions: 12.99” x 36.61” x 11.02”

What does it do: Pull-ups and chin-ups are phenomenal compound exercises that train your upper body with maximum effectiveness, but they’re not easy to do in most homes. Enter the Iron Gym Workout Bar. For a pull-up or chin-up workout, simply place it inside a sturdy door frame and voila – you can crank out a few sets before storing it again. As a bonus, though, this Iron Gym version also enables you to place it on the floor for a greater range of motion during your push-ups.

Who is it for: Getting a pull-up workout in at home

How much does it cost: $24.32

$24.32 at Amazon.com


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