Designing an Apartment Workout

Are you looking for a workout that you can do in the comfort of your own apartment? Seattle apartmentsaren’t known for being particularly large, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to design an effective apartment workout.

Gyms and personal trainers would have you believe that you need a bunch of big, bulky, and expensive equipment to get a good workout, but that’s just not true. Here are some ideas for working out in the comfort of your apartment.

tricep dips at home

Workout Equipment

Obviously apartment workouts can’t require too much in terms of equipment. Most apartments for rent do not come with a lot of floor space and all items that are used to supplement a workout must be easily stored when not in use. Luckily there are tons of different options.

First, yoga mats and workout mats can help add some comfort and support to your workout (especially if you don’t have carpet) and they are quite easy to store by slipping under a bed or behind a couch.

Another great type of equipment is exercise bands, also called resistance bands. You can use these bands to do many of the same exercises you would do with weights. They’re also great if you travel because you can easily slip them into a suitcase or duffle bag.

Other smaller items that those in Seattle apartments may have to supplement a workout include a small set of weights, jump rope, medicine ball and even an exercise ball if you have the space.

Exercises with Little or No Equipment

Many Seattle apartments lack space, but with these fun and effective exercises you can get a blood-pumping, sweat-inducing workout in the comfort of your own home.


Yes, good old fashion pushups are still one of the best upper body exercises. Point your elbows out to work on the shoulders and back or tuck the elbows in to focus on triceps.

Tricep Dips

Find a sturdy surface such as a table or bench. Face away from the table and reach back with your arms, stabilizing yourself on the surface. Slowly bend your elbows and dip down.


Simply stand with arms stretched out in front. Then act like you’re sitting in a chair, leading with your hips. Squat down as far as you can, keeping your knees over your ankles. Consider doing squats over a chair or couch.


Lunges are a great lower body exercise. Stand with feet together, then step out with the right leg into a lunge. Make sure your knee stays in line with your ankle.  Repeat with the other leg.


Start laying on your back with two legs on the floor. Press up through your heels until your body is straight. Next try it with one leg or even put your feet up on a chair or couch to really work those glutes.

Consider doing exercises that work your arms, legs and abs on different days, giving each muscle group a chance to rest. As you get stronger, add to this list. Look online for even more ideas. There are lots of good exercises that can be done without much space or equipment.

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