My Top 5 Tips for Working Out in Small Spaces
- START WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Let’s be real, you can’t get very far with a negative mindset. You’re already faced with a challenging situation in your tight space so let’s just go into it together with positive vibes and know that we CAN do this!
2. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
If you have a small/limited space to work out in, look around and analyze the area. Are there any easily movable items or furniture that you can move to the side? Make sure the floor is clear, even if this means stacking things up on a nearby couch or chair. Do it. This is important. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked out in a tight space and neglected to move something (like a pair of shoes) and twisted my ankle. Or that cute little side table that I ended up kicking and bruising my foot. Both of these incidents could have been avoided if I would have just taken a quick second to prep the area for shenanigans.
3. CONTAIN YOUR PETS
If you have pets, make sure they are in another room or blocked off from entering the danger zone while you work out. I have found that making sure my pets are secure saves us both from getting hurt. You don’t want your beloved fur child to get under foot while you’re pumping iron. I have never dropped a weight on either of my animals but I HAVE roundhouse kicked them across the room because I failed to make sure they were out of harm’s way. Let’s be real, we get into our workouts. We get IN THE ZONE. It’s easy to block out what’s happening when you’re focused. Better safe than sorry.
4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MODIFY
Real talk: you’re in a small space, so you’re not going to be able to do the full on suicide burpees. MODIFY. Don’t be ashamed just remember you are doing YOUR best and that’s all that matters. You are still going to get AMAZING results. No more skipping moves because “you don’t have enough space.” We both know that’s an excuse. If you run out of ideas, just give me a shout.
5. FOCUS ON YOUR FORM
Just because you’re in a small space doesn’t mean you get sloppy with your weighted rows. Make sure you focus on your form, even prop a small mirror up if you can to watch yourself and really focus on “the squeeze.” This means pinpointing the muscles you want to work and really engaging them as you move. We want to be mindful and aware of our bodies through our limited space workout. Don’t just go through the motions! We want RESULTS, right?!