So you want to start working out or you’ve been working out and you’re asking yourself, “Why can’t I just do this at home?” “Why do I need to go to the gym or studio?” The answer is that some people CAN actually do it at home. However, if everyone could do it there wouldn’t be so many treadmills and ellipticals being used as clothes hangers!
Before you make a decision, let’s evaluate some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Gym vs. Fitness from home:
Advantages Of Working Out At A Gym
You are in a “work hard” environment, and this should motivate you. You see others around you working hard and you’ll work harder.
You’ll never be able to replicate the hundreds of thousands of dollars on expensive gym equipment; gyms really do have it all for you. Whether you want a functional trainer or a hip abductor machine, the gym is going to have it. This greatly expands the list of exercise options you have when designing a workout program.
3. Spotters and Trainers
There’s always people at the gym and if you ever need a spot, there will always be someone to ask. In addition, trainers are always available for free advice on exercises, form or even your program.
It is far less expensive to get a membership to a gym for a year than it is to buy enough equipment to have your own home gym. The average cost of just a treadmill is around $8000. The average cost of a yearly membership is less than $60/month.
Gyms offer things like protein shakes, towels, daycare, tanning, massage, and steam rooms. These aren’t all necessary things, but they do make the exercise experience more comfortable.
6. Social Interactions
Gyms allow you invite your friends and family and get them involved with Fitness – which ultimately makes it easier for you come. Gyms are also a great way to meet like-minded motivated people.
If you a new to exercise, you probably have no idea what it is that you need to do to get results. Gyms have onboarding programs – usually starting with some sort of fitness consultation that ultimately introduces you to the programs and services that will most efficiently help you to achieve your goals.
Most gyms offer a wide range of paid and complimentary programs designed to provide direction and motivation for those who need it. (i.e. spin classes, Zumba, barbell classes, etc.)
Disadvantages Of Working Out At A Gym
1. Waiting In Line
A lot of gyms can get crowded during certain days and times and those times may be the only ones that you can get to the gym. In some cases, you may have to modify your workout because a specific machine is unavailable.
While most of the time you can find a gym within 5-10 minutes of home/work, you still have to make the effort to go there.
For the most part, gyms are pretty clean and most gym goers do wipe off equipment when they are done; but, you have to come to grips with the fact you are sharing a facility with other people.
Showering or using the facilities at a gym can sometimes be intimidating. Most gyms do provide adequate setups so privacy can be maintained but nothing is quite like home.
Advantages Of Working Out At A Home Gym
1. Your Own Personal Sanctuary
There is nothing like having your own gym. There’s are no lines and nothing to hide. This is your domain. You can play your own music, curse as loud as you want, and even cry if you want to.
2. No Membership Fees
Your home gym is your home gym. There’s no monthly membership fee.
3. Home Based Programming
There are many resources on-line that allow you to research and build a program that is consistent with achieving your desired results. The only thing these resources typically lack is the motivation and accountability factors.
4. Gym Hours Are 24/7/365
Your gym is open every single day of the year and that means you can workout on whatever day you have time.
5. No Intimidation
Working out at home comes with no intimidation factor. You can fail as bad as you want or look at silly as you want and there is no one there to notice.
Disadvantages Of Working Out At A Home Gym
1. Equipment Costs
This is the most obvious disadvantage to starting a home gym. It can be very expensive to set up a home gym that has everything you need.
2. Lack of a Spotter or trainers to help
Having no spotter can be very dangerous; being trapped under a heavy bar is deadly — literally.
3. Lack of Programming and Guidance
For newer exercisers, there is nothing but the internet to help. While there are many great online resources, for those that don’t have time to research, getting results can be a lot more complex than they expect.
It can be very de-motivating to have lonely workouts all of the time. There’s nobody there to push you to get your workout in or to get that extra rep.
In the end, for most people, going to the gym is about leveraging two things:
1. Professionals, whose job is providing accountability, instruction and motivation
2. Being around other people which can make your workouts more interesting
At home, it’s a lot tougher to get both of these things. That’s why gym’s and studios are still a viable business