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Keeping up with your workout routine during the semester can be really challenging. Between finding the time, motivation, and maybe even a workout partner, it may feel like it’s not worth the trouble.

It’s especially difficult to find a place to workout since gyms aren’t yet open in New York City. But don’t let COVID-19 stop you from staying in shape! There are tons of fitness routines that you can do in a small space, so whether you’re learning on campus or remotely, you’ll be able to do these workouts.

MadFit Workouts

Maddie Lymburner is a 22-year-old health and fitness YouTuber with over 4 million subscribers. She offers recipes, lifestyle tips, and apartment-friendly workouts! She even has a playlist devoted to workouts that can be done in small spaces on her channel. Her videos range from cardio to arms to yoga to full body, so she offers some of everything. My favorite videos on her channel are her dance party workouts, but they will definitely leave you sore for a couple of days!

Dansique Fitness

Dansique Fitness was started by Desiree Errico in 2017 and now has nearly 60 thousand subscribers. Desiree focuses her videos on pilates, ballet, HIIT, and barre, so if you have a background in dance, these videos are for you! Most of her workouts are dorm friendly, and she also posts some that aren’t time-consuming, which any busy college student would be grateful for.


Pinterest is a really good place to find workouts if you don’t want to use videos. It’s ideal if you already know the difference between fact and myth when it comes to exercising because anyone can post anything on Pinterest and make it seem factual. If you have an idea of what kind of workouts you want to do, but you want to find specific routines that take up less room, Pinterest is a great place to check.

Yoga with Adriene

If yoga is more your speed, consider trying this dorm room yoga by Adriene Mishler. Her videos were awarded the most searched workout on Google in 2015, and Adriene has a ton of experience with yoga and the many ways it can affect the body. Not only will you be exercising, but you’ll be learning how to make your body relax which is a great skill to have in college.


CosmoBody is the official workout channel of Cosmopolitan magazine. In this article, they list a few different exercises that you can do in a standard dorm. They don’t require a lot of room or any equipment– just your desk chair! They demonstrate different ways that you can use the chair to improve your workout, which is pretty innovative. Your roommate might think you look crazy, but at least you’ll be fit!

Working out can be a stress reliever, and given the current state of the world, I think we could all use one! With these small space exercises, you can definitely find a way to work out in your dorm or apartment. I hope these help keep you in shape and stress-free this year!

As always, feel free to contact me at jbarrett02@manhattan.edu or via Instagram @jilleenbarrett.

Jilleen Barrett is a communication major with a minor in women's studies at Manhattan College. She is a member of various clubs, such as the school newspaper and Sigma Delta Tau. She loves running, baking, and going on bike rides around her neighborhood on Long Island. She is excited to be writing for HerCampus!
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