So you decide that you want to lead a healthier lifestyle and start exercising. Great! But should you sign up for a commercial gym? Or try working out at home?
I decided to lay out some pros and cons to each. For the purpose of this particular post, I’m going to focus on signing up for a commercial gym as opposed to small boutiques or personal training studies. Also, when I talk about working out at home, I mean doing exercise videos or using dumbbells/other small equipment (as opposed to building your own home gym).
Working Out At A Gym
Since I work out at my local YMCA, it was easy for me to think of a lot of the benefits of this. However, there could be some “cons” that may deter you from joining a gym.
- A lot of different equipment, so it’s easy to switch up workouts.
- Options to take classes
- Personal trainers and wellness coaches to help you and give you tips.
- Seeing other people working out may motivate you.
- You’re changing your setting so you get out of the house.
- The thought of having to drive to the gym could mean skipping a workout more often.
- A lot of different equipment could be confusing and overwhelming.
- Gym can get packed which could be annoying if you need specific machines or equipment.
- Gym membership could be expensive.
- It may be intimidating to workout around others.
- Take a gym tour of equipment before starting.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a trainer to show you correct form or spot you.
- On days you don’t feel like working out, take a class instead. The group atmosphere helps a lot.
- If possible, go at off peak times so you can use the equipment you need. Going during times that are less busy will also help if you’re intimidated of the weight room.
Working Out At Home
Working out at home has a lot of its own benefits. When I first started exercising in college, I did a lot of workout DVDs in my room. I loved Jillian Michaels! This is what inspired my recent post where I listed out my top workout videos on YouTube.
- It’s convenient.
- Even when you have no energy you really have no excuse, since you don’t have to go anywhere to work out.
- You can multitask (workout while waiting for dinner to be ready).
- You can vary your workouts by doing different workout videos and DVDs.
- Less intimidating because you’re working out alone.
- Great way to get family members in your house involved in fitness.
- Unless you have a home gym, you may not have a lot of equipment to use.
- You may not be as motivated because you’re working out alone.
- Family could be a distraction/interrupt your workout.
- Set up a time that you WILL do your workout. Think of it as a meeting that you can’t skip.
- Let your family know about your time, so that way no one will distract you.
- Make a YouTube playlist of workout videos, so you always have a selection ready.
- Just as you would have a gym workout schedule, make an at-home workout schedule with what videos you will do each day
- Try a new DVD each month to switch things up.
- Get a friend or two to come over and workout with you!
So as you can see, there are great things about both options! Some days I’d rather workout at home with my mom or dad than go to the gym. It’s just more convenient and after a long day of work, I just don’t feel like getting ready and driving another 15 minutes to the gym!
What pros & cons did I forget about?
Which do you prefer? Working out at a gym or working out at home?
Do you have a personal trainer?
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