Best 19 Compact Exercise Equipment for Small Spaces

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Do you live in an apartment or have only a little space to work out at home? Don’t worry. You can choose from a lot of efficient small exercises equipment for home. No matter if you want to have a cardio, strength training or fat burning workout, you will find gear from the list below.

You will see that most of the compact exercise equipment provides a full-body workout, so you will not neglect any muscle groups. And if I have not told you yet, these products are pretty affordable.

So, here the top 19 exercise equipment for small spaces that are suitable for both men and women. Find general items and compact exercise machines.

1. Dumbbells – Most versatile for strength training

bowflex selecttech 552 adjustable dumbbells

Best home workout equipment for both cardio and strength workouts

I start my list with hand weights since they are the most versatile pieces of equipment. They are suitable for both power and cardio training. With the help of a dumbbell set, you can train all your muscle groups. Do squats for your leg muscles, presses for your chest and shoulders, or extension for your triceps. There are numerous dumbbell exercises out there.

You can buy traditional ones. But the best buy is the adjustable dumbbells since you can increase or decrease the resistance by removing or adding plates. So, they provide more possibilities to perform various exercises with different weights. Also, they are compact and come with trays for easy storing.

2. Stamina 1690 Power Tower – Best for bodyweight training

Stamina 1690 Power Tower
Workout station

Well, this bodyweight home gym equipment requires a bit more space to use and store, but it gives an excellent workout experience. It lets you do the most beneficial bodyweight exercises for strength, such as pull ups, chin ups, dips and even push ups. Also, you do hanging knee and leg raises, that are killer exercises for your abs. More about power towers here.

3. Doorway Pull Up Bar – Great for upper body workouts

doorway pull up bar

Cheap home gym equipment for upper body

If you have such a small space that it is impossible to have a power tower, then the best alternative is the doorway pull up bar. You can quickly install one on the top of the doorframe and do the mentioned bodyweight exercises except for the dips.

The professional models provide different grips positions, and the maximum weight capacity is about 300 pounds. It is a very useful home gym equipment that is cheap but requires existing strength.

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4. Kettlebells – Combine strength & cardio


Just like dumbbells, kettlebells are very versatile weight training equipment. Their compact sizes make them an optimal choice having only a small space to work out.

Kettlebell training help to burn a lot of calories in a short time, and perfect for getting stronger as well. Plus, they are pretty cheap, and there are various sizes, so you can find one that suits your fitness level.

Tip: You can also get an adjustable kettlebell to save even more space.

5. Exercise Ball – Make your training more versatile

fitness ball

A stability ball is cheap but extremely versatile fitness equipment that you can use in your room. What makes it so useful is that performing the exercises is more difficult since you have to keep your balance and stability.

This way more muscles are engaged, especially your core muscles. For example, if you the push-ups by placing your legs on ball, it is much harder to press yourself up. Sitting on the ball is also great for your spine health. They cost only a few bucks.

6. Suspension Trainer – Versatile training using your weight

suspension trainer

If you are a bit interested in fitness, I’m sure you have heard about TRX. It is a small space exercise equipment that can be installed on the door and gives you numerous possibilities to train your body at home by performing various bodyweight exercises.

For example, make single leg squat for your lower body or chest presses for your upper body. The TRX is the best choice for sure, but there are other products at lower prices. You can check out our suspension trainer comparison here.

8. Ab Wheel – The advanced core training

ab wheel

Portable exercise equipment to shape your midsection

Simple, cheap and compact but one of the best gym equipment for abs that require only a small workout space. By rolling in and out the wheel, you will not only strengthen your entire core but also your chest and shoulders.

9. Resistance Bands – Quickly add  extra resistance to exercises

Resistance bands

Cheap exercise equipment for home

Do not underestimate the efficiency and versatility of the exercise bands. The advantage of using resistance bands is that your muscles are worked not only when you pull them, but when you let them back to the starting position. Plus, they are excellent tools to add extra resistance to you cardio workouts as well. Usually, they are sold in a bundle with different resistance levels and cost only a few bucks.

10. Bosu Ball – The stability ball alternative

bosu ball

This rather small fitness equipment is a must-have for balance training. As you see, it looks like a half stability ball installed on a stable basement, but it can be used at an upside-down position as well. It is an excellent tool to make traditional exercises more challenging for example, squats and pushes ups. Bosu is especially beneficial for plyometric drills and great for living room training.

11. Jump Rope – The simple fat burner

skipping rope

Cheap home gym equipment for home to boost your cardio

MMA fighters and boxers use the jump rope almost each of their workouts. And there is a good reason for that. This small workout equipment for small spaces boosts your cardio and endurance and helps to burn tons of calories in little time. Although, keep in mind that you’ll need to have a higher ceiling and bit more space to use it comfortably.

12. Push Up Bars

push up bars

Portable workout equipment for small spaces for better press up training

Push up is the most efficient bodyweight exercise for the upper body. With the help of the bars, you can go deeper, so you need more muscle power to press yourself up. So, it contributes to getting bigger and stronger muscles. Higher bars can also be used for L-sits that is great for your stomach. You can easily use it in a living room.

13. Ultimate Body Works – Small home gym machine

best compact exercise equipment

If you want to have a full-body workout at home, this home gym from Weider will give you that. It comes with a unique pulley system that transforms your bodyweight into resistance. It enables to increase or decrease the resistance by adjusting the angle of the board or by changing the bands. This compact machine supports over 50 workouts! It is foldable so you can store it for example under your bed. You can check out more small exercise machines for home here.

14. Compact Rowing Machines – For full body cardio workout

small rowing machine

Compact cardio equipment for rowing training

If you are searching for compact cardio exercise equipment, there are rowing machines that are small in size and folding. Of course, they are not as professional as the giants in the gym, but they still provide a good full body cardio training. Plus, compared to the most famous models such as Concept 2 they cost a just the fraction of the price.

15. Compact Treadmills – Best small exercise equipment

compact treadmills

Best exercise machine for home to burn fat

Running is the king of cardio activities. The folding treadmill is one of the best home exercise equipment you can have. The problem is that the professional treadmills are rather big and expensive.

On the other hand, some treadmills are manufactured for small spaces and a living room. They come with a shorter running area and can be folded. Of, course they do not provide such excellent user experience as the pro models, but they are still useful. These cheap workout machines let you have walking or jogging workout routine to burn calories while you watch TV, for example. Some machines are equipped with heart rate sensors.

16. Folding Magnetic Upright Bike – For low impact workout

magnetic exercise bike

An upright exercise bike is a useful workout machine to have your daily low impact cardio workout and to keep yourself healthy. Most of the upright bikes have a compact design and can be folded so suitable for a living room. They provide various levels of resistance, checks your heart rate and provides a lot other useful information about your training on the lcd monitor. A few products even come with a unique tray at the top that lets you read while cycling.

17. Vertical Climber – Tough workout for shaping and fat loss

vertical climber

Small home gym equipment for hard workouts

This foldable machine looks rather odd, but it is powerful compact exercise equipment for home that helps to tone those problematic areas such as the glutes, thighs, hips and the waist. And since you also use your upper body, it also works your back, arms, and shoulders. Finally, because it engages many muscles at once, it boosts your heart rate up, so it is an efficient fat burning, cardio training. The move is similar to the rock climbing. The most popular model is the Maxi Climber with a compact and foldable design that requires minimum floor space.

18. Thane Total Flex Home Gym

small exercise equipment for apartment

This is unusual small gym equipment for home that enables you to do about 50 types of activities. The resistance is generated by power rods, and adjustable. It allows to quickly switch from one activity to another by squeezing the locking pins. It comes with thickly cushioned back pad and seats as well as large hand grips for comfortable usage. Thane has a compact design, and after folding up, it takes just a little space. Unfortunately, it is more suitable for upper body workouts.

19. Mini Cycle – Small exercise equipment for office

mini cycle

This is a smart compact workout equipment for those who sits a lot. If you cannot afford an under desk treadmill, a mini cycle is the best option. It is portable and can be used in your office as well.


No matter if you live in an apartment, or just have a small space in one of your rooms or garage, there are many pieces of exercise equipment to work out at home. Also, the things listed above are not so expensive. With a proper diet and regular exercising at home, you can do a lot for your shape and health.

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James Wright

James (36) has been working out since he was 15 years old. He has a home gym where he pumps iron, does bodyweight workouts and boxing. He likes sharing his experiences with others who want to build a better physique.


  1. Casey Wheeler

    I’m going on a 2 week road trip. Do you think the mini cycle would work in a car?

    1. James

      It depends on if you have enough space to use it comfortably. If you are taller than average like me, it might be difficult to use it.

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