LOWER EAST SIDE — The gym isn’t always an option for busy New Yorkers.
While most of us cannot count ourselves rich in square footage, it is possible to get your workout done in as little as a 4’ by 4’ space. Trainers refer to a routine in a space this small as a cellblock workout.
Trainer Edwina Ritchard knows all about making a small space work for exercise. Her gym, Ludlow Fitness, is roomy enough, but the Lower East Side where the gym resides is packed with cramped apartments that are often not much larger than those miserly dimensions.
“All you need is a mat, a resistance band and a chair,” said Ritchard. “Everyone has a front door, so if you have to, you can do your resistance bands into your corridor. Everyone will get jealous of your amazing bod as you run up and down your stairs.”
Below, Ritchard details a half-hour routine, featuring stretching and then 10 exercises that will get you toned at home.
Begin by stretching out your main muscle groups — quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves — holding each stretch for at least 20 seconds at a time. Stretch each muscle group twice.