fitness, health

The Gym vs.The Home Workout

There are several reasons people choose to workout at home, and several reasons other people choose to workout at a commercial gym.  If you are just embarking on a new fitness routine, you might not be sure what is the best bet for you.  Here’s a few things to consider, contrast and compare before you decide whether you’re going to invest in a gym membership or in equipment for your home:

Cost:

Gym memberships can be costly, and this would be an ongoing expense as all gyms have monthly membership fees.  Decide if you can afford the joining fee as well as the monthly fee.  Find out if that monthly fee is locked in for the life of your membership or if it is subject to increase in the future.  Take this into consideration when determining your budgetary constraints.  If you decide to go for the gym membership do some price comparisons before you commit to a membership.  If you like the gym and want to join but the price is out of reach, its ok to ask for a discount, and if the answer is no, ask when their next big promotion will be and buy then.  If its still out of reach financially, don’t hesitate to walk away.  There are other gyms out there, and likely they’ll offer some sort of incentive to get you to buy their membership rather than having you go elsewhere.

Home equipment can also be costly and possibly an even bigger investment right at the beginning.  However, once you’re fully equipped with the items you need to work out in the most effective way for you, this cost comes to a complete halt (barring minor repairs or replacements when equipment wears out or breaks).  Therefore, this can be a much more cost-effective way to better health and fitness than a commercial gym.  Definitely do some shopping around for the equipment you desire.  The prices can vary widely, especially for larger equipment like treadmills.  Be careful though:  the quality of fitness equipment can also vary widely.  It’s true what they say, “You get what you pay for”.

Functionality:

Commercial gyms usually have a lot going for them in this area.  They’re usually well supplied with all weights and bar sizes in the free-weights area, many benches, including supine and incline and in the majority of commercial gyms you’ll find a lot of many different brands of weight machines and kinds of cardio machines.  You won’t be lacking for ways to add variety to your workouts with all the equipment you’ll have available to you.

At home workouts, on the other hand, can also be well equipped, but that is entirely up to you and what you purchase for your home gym.  If you don’t purchase many pieces of equipment for your workout space or don’t have room for a lot of equipment in your space you might find yourself quite limited for variety.  Be careful of being able to change your routines often even …