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Looking to make the most of your space at home? Here are some tips to help you create a functional at-home gym.

1: Designate a space

The first step in creating an at-home gym is to identify a space. Pick a room that meets your needs and can accommodate all of the activities you plan on doing. For instance, if you’re planning on doing movements like burpees, dancing or swinging kettlebells, it may be a good idea to find a space with ample room and high ceilings. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Working out at home isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Consider how you can create a space for yourself outside, whether it’s on your deck, on your lawn, at a local park or at the outdoor Fitness Court.

Remember to be mindful of where you choose to workout, especially if you’re in a residence hall or apartment. Be respectful of your neighbors, especially in terms of noise (equipment, music, stomping, etc.). You can help reduce noise by wearing headphones, cushioning equipment with mats or pillows and working out on carpeted surfaces. If you live with roommates, talk about your plans and try to workout around everyone’s sleep and study schedules.

2: Gather your equipment

Don’t worry, you don’t need expensive or high-end gym equipment to get a good workout in. In fact, there are a ton of free and low-cost equipment options available. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:




  • Practice yoga poses or follow along with a virtual stretching session
  • Invest in a foam roller to roll out major muscle groups
  • Get a lacrosse or tennis ball to help release tension from plantar fasciitis 

      3: Join a group

      If you struggle to stay motivated or workout by yourself, don’t be afraid to look into group workout options. Here are just a few:

      • Virtual fitness classes: The Rec Center offers a variety of virtual fitness classes, including dance, strength training, yoga and more. Workouts are available as pre-recorded sessions, or you can join a live version. Check out the full schedule.
      • Virtual personal training: If you’re looking to improve your form or follow a customized workout plan, consider signing up for virtual personal training sessions. A certified personal trainer will work with you one-on-one to reach your fitness goals. Learn more about personal training at The Rec. 
      • Outdoor Program: The Outdoor Program hosts a number of outdoor classes, trips and adventures ranging from avalanche safety and hiking to climbing and fly fishing. Their programs not only prepare you to plan your own trips, but they also allow you to enjoy group activities outside. Explore outdoor activities.

      Health and Wellness Resources

      There are a number of resources available on campus to help you improve your physical health and fitness. 

      • Physical Therapy: Students can access physical therapy services through Medical Services at Wardenburg Health Center. Physical therapy is a great option for students looking to maximize movement, prevent and recover from injuries and avoid opioids or surgical interventions.
      • Massage: Certified massage therapists are available to assist with relaxation, stress reduction, sports recovery, improved circulation, pain management and decreasing muscle spasms. Massage services are available for students, staff and faculty.
      • Acupuncture: Licensed acupuncturists use tiny needles to stimulate points along the body’s energy flow channels to improve health. Acupuncture can be useful for back or neck pain, fatigue, digestive disorders, stress and more.
      • Recreation Injury Care Center: Certified athletic trainers provide a number of free services, including evaluations and referrals, first aid and emergency care, baseline concussion testing, performance and recovery strategies, taping, stretching techniques and more. RICC is open to Rec Center members who are injured while participating in programs or at Rec Center facilities. 

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