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Lifestyle 4 Members Share How They Fit Tonal in Crazy-Tight Spaces

If you live in a cramped urban apartment or a small home, you don’t need us to tell you it’s hard to fit all your stuff into limited space. When organizing your closet feels like a game of Tetris, you can’t even imagine finding extra space for another pair of shoes, never mind a piece of gym equipment. But with Tonal, making room for a personal home gym is easier than you think.

With one sleek trainer that sits low-profile on your wall, you can transform even the smallest of rooms and areas of your home into the ultimate workout space. Tonal requires minimal space in your home (a 7-by-7-foot area) and minimal needs (a reliable WiFi connection, a power outlet, and two wall studs), but it replaces entire racks of dumbbells and large cable crossover machines to provide full-body workouts in a compact package. You’ll be armed with more than 170 strength-training moves and a library filled with hundreds of workouts updated regularly: from cardio sessions like boxing and dance to essential recovery options such as yoga, mobility, breathwork, and meditation.  

Finding a spot for your Tonal when you’re low on square footage may seem tricky, but these four nifty installations will show you that with a bit of imagination, you can fit one in just about any space.

Turn a spare room into a stealthy gym space.

two images of tonal in a guest room set side by side

Nicholas Dutko of Tampa, Florida, and his wife Anna Dutko, installed their Tonal in a 12-by-12-foot spare room. “We decided on a pullout sofa bed for that room to give us extra space,” he says, adding that the benefit of having a whole gym on your wall is that it takes up very little space when not in use. “Our guest room doesn’t look like a workout room — it looks like any other room in our house, which is awesome.” 

If you have a spare room around this size, Dutko’s installation is an example of how you can transform a den, guest room, or small home office into a gym without Tonal getting in the way. “When you are using Tonal, it still doesn’t take up a ton of space. Certain moves require you to lay down or to take a few steps away from the machine, but hardly any space is needed,” Dutko adds.

Work around furniture with Tonal’s adjustable arms.

image of tonal in a living room adjacent to an entryway

Michelle Kenyon-Young, lives in a 1,100-square-foot apartment in San Francisco, California, and installed her Tonal in the living room on the edge of an entryway. “We had to squeeze Tonal into an 11.5-by-25-foot living room that already has a huge sectional couch and a large television in it. The actual workout space around the Tonal is 7-by-7-feet. I wish I had a larger dedicated workout space, but we make it work,” she says. 

Thanks to Tonal’s adjustable arms, Kenyon-Young can easily modify moves, which is why it works so well in her small space. “I do Pull-Throughs and Squat to Rows on the right arm of Tonal because there is a partial wall and my front door on the left side.” She also adds that there are two benefits to having Tonal in your living room: “The sleek and sexy design is aesthetically pleasing, [and] it’s hard to be a lazy couch potato when Tonal is right there next to your television.”

Work out comfortably in the smallest of rooms. 

image of tonal in a room surrounded by furniture

Joina Liao fit Tonal into the living room of her 900-square-foot loft in San Francisco. “I didn’t really have space anywhere else. I love how it looks. It’s like a piece of art and always a conversation starter. I have a workout area around the trainer of about five feet in width and seven feet in length,” she says.  

While the space around the Tonal is tight, Liao finds it pretty easy to work out and simply moves her coffee table out the way. “Having the arms positioned differently can overcome a lot of space issues. For [moves] where I need to extend my legs, for example, Pullover Crunches, I position the arms so I can lay my body diagonally for more space to extend my legs.” 

If you’re worried Tonal won’t fit because you have less than a 7-by-7-foot area around your trainer, Liao’s installation shows how you can work out in a more compact space. If you have questions about your specific space, you can always chat with our Customer Care Team or take our pre-installation survey.

Utilize unused spaces like entryways or small hallways.  

image of tonal in a hallway

Brian Oliver of Boston, Massachusetts, decided to transform a small hallway between his living room and kitchen into his personal gym. Oliver installed his Tonal on a wall that’s about 4.5-feet wide. “I don’t see the need for it to be in a bigger area; I can accomplish all the exercises without compromise. I like the idea of keeping [Tonal] front and center. I wake up in the morning, put down the mat, and pull out the bench. After exercising, I tuck the bench in front of Tonal and have a reminder throughout the day of what I accomplished,” he says. 

This Tonal installation is a great example of how you can make the most of areas that aren’t used for much but could easily fit a Tonal and quickly become a whole new space in your home. 

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