Whether you are just getting started with your workouts or a veteran looking for a change of pace, you need to weigh the pros and cons of exercising at home versus training at an athletic club.
One of the biggest problems people face when it comes to exercising is that they don’t have enough time. Our days are busy enough without having to spend a few hours working out. When you get back from work, going to the gym may be the last thing on your mind.
As a result, many people are confused as to whether they should get a home gym or actually join a local gym. Following are some criteria that can help you make your decision.
No More Excuses
You may have already discovered that the hardest part about exercising is not the workout itself, it’s actually getting up and going to the gym.
The majority of people who set up a home gym do so for the convenience. They can work out at any time they want, and the ability to exercise at home means no more excuses not to exercise.
The Motivation Factor
When a person works out at home, there is definitely a lot of comfort; however, there may be very little motivation. This is because no one else is around when you work out.
As humans, we are naturally social. Seeing other people doing the same thing and obtaining excellent results provides us with an incentive. It also gives us the opportunity to interact.
The gym has a completely different vibe. Staying in this vibe and observing other people working out can actually motivate you to exercise harder, longer and on a continuous basis.
Quality of Workout
The best home gym machines are designed to work out every muscle of your body, usually all at once. On the other hand, there are dedicated machines at commercial gyms that work on individual muscle groups for a more focused workout.
Which is better? Both a home gym and joining a local club can be effective in providing the routines you need. In the end, it all boils down to your dedication and motivation level, which will ultimately determine the quality of your workout—much more so than the actual equipment.
Consider the Cost
For many, cost is often the most important determining factor of whether to get a home gym or not. Comparatively, setting up a home gym can be more expensive than a one-year gym membership.
However, it should be realized that home gym equipment will probably last for around five years. It is a long-term investment.
In addition, everyone in the house will be able to use the home gym, whereas a local gym may limit access only to the subscribing member, not guests.
Those who are thinking ahead will likely find the home gym worth the initial investment. Those who are just looking to lose a couple of pounds will see joining a commercial gym to be a more cost-effective option.
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