Should you have a home gym or buy a gym membership? There are pros and cons to each, so let’s break them down.
The Advantages of a Home Gym
The convenience of being able to work out whenever you please is a plus. Because it is your own home you are free to play whatever music you want and enjoy your privacy. As an added bonus, there is no travel involved.
You never have to worry about how clean the equipment is or when the last time the showers were cleaned.
Home gyms can be pretty inexpensive. Many items needed can be found at yard sales or through online sites, second hand. In the long run, even buying a home gym new will save you money verses a gym membership.
Disadvantages of a Home Gym
Some people just do better in a social setting. It motivates them and it kicks their completive streak into high gear. If this is you, then a home gym may not work well.
Having a home job is a great idea; if you can handle it. It is so easy to get distracted when your home. The laundry needs doing, a quick check of the email, the kids want to play. Unless your highly disciplined, distractions are easy.
Advantages of a Gym Membership
Range of weight training equipment
There is more equipment to work with, to cover a larger range of exercises and training a wider selection of specific muscles and muscle groups
All gyms require certified fitness trainers to supervise and safety check exercise execution but also to provide advice on how to use weight training equipment properly and avoid injury. Having that expertise available to you if you are a beginning to intermediate weight training enthusiast can be worth the expense of a gym membership
Besides having the usual changing rooms and showers, a lot of gyms also offer amenities such as a sauna, and indoor pool with a Jacuzzi pool as well. It can be an added benefit if you like to relax that way after exercising
Disadvantages of a Gym Membership
Although gyms have a large amount of equipment, it is useless if the gym is overcrowded and your spending more time waiting for a machine then on the machine itself.
Every gym has them and everybody hates them. People with poor hygiene in the changing rooms, people who hog the weight training equipment and people who are there because they have nothing better to do.
Renewing a gym membership year after year can get costly.
Everybody is different and while one may love the idea of a home gym, the other may know that the only way exercising would work for them is if they joined a formal gym. Do what suits you and your personality best and you can’t go wrong.