Home gyms have gained popularity in recent times, as more and more people are concerned about their wellness and health during this pandemic. Are you trying to decide whether you want to set-up a home gym, or whether to get a new gym membership?
Both options have their pros and cons. Most gyms have a wide variety of equipment so you can get a complete full-body workout and would be less likely to get bored. Exercising with others is also a great social activity, especially if you find a tribe.
The trainers at gyms can also teach you to use the equipment properly, which is helpful if you are new to fitness. However, maintaining a gym membership can be costly as the monthly subscriptions have been increasing. Many gyms also require you to commit for at least a year - or pay for memberships upfront. The misleading sales practices and closure of some of the larger fitness chains like California Fitness has led to the rise of boutique gyms which focus only on one specific area of fitness. However joining many boutique gyms to get a well-rounded fitness routine can get costly.
Another downside of gym memberships is that no matter how motivated you are at the beginning, you may not go to the gym as often as you intended. Work & social engagements get in the way. You might start making excuses, saying that the gym is too far or that you don't have enough time to go. Gyms also tend to get crowded because most people go around the same time - before or after work and during lunch time. This can mean that you might not get to use the machines you want to use.
Advantages of Home Gyms
- Exercising whenever you want and not being subject to the opening hours of the gym.
- Freedom to listen to any music you like, as loud as you want.
- Complete privacy for those who either are not comfortable with their bodies or simply would rather exercise in their own space.
- Although the initial investment is relatively large, it would cost much less in the long run if you choose high quality equipment.
- You can tailor-make the equipment to your fitness needs and goals.
- Saving of commute time, and if you forget something like your water bottle, you do not need to go far to collect it.
- Even when the weather is bad, you can exercise at home.
- You do not need to share your equipment with others, so you can spend as much time as you want on the equipment, and you won't pick up any germs (especially important in this post-Covid world!).
- You can avoid the experience of touching strangers' sweat or getting a whiff of their body odour.
Disadvantages of Home Gyms
- You might get distracted from working out at home by family members, or the TV and the comfortable sofa.
- Going to the gym can be motivating as there are other people working hard to reach their fitness goals.
- Fitness equipment can take up a lot of space, especially if you live in a small area.
There are quite a lot of factors to consider, when you are trying to decide between a home gym or a gym membership. What we have noticed is that those who purchase home gyms tend to stick with their exercise plans longer and are more likely to reach their fitness goals than those who purchase gym memberships. Many trainers are also now working freelance and would be happy to train you in your home gyms. Some have both a home gym and a gym membership so they can mix things up and enjoy the best of both worlds.
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