Deciding whether or not to invest in creating a home gym, or instead to carry on with a gym membership is a major decision with both options having a number of advantages and disadvantages. Much of the decision will depend upon being realistic over aspirations and personal discipline/motivation to stick to a schedule.
Let’s take a look through the merits of both options.
The Merits Of A Home Gym
This is without doubt the massive advantage of having a home gym. To put it simply, you can work out exactly when you want for as long as you like. Many people who install a home gym use their equipment on a ‘little and often’ basis, even just a few minutes here and there while waiting for dinner to cook or a favorite show to begin.
Such brief and regular sessions are a great habit to get into, especially for those looking to lift weights. However on the other hand you could perform a set of push ups without needing expensive machinery!
It’s unusual for many people who use their local gym to work out with more than two or three regular machines. Some people with a particular focus – swimmers and rowers for example – may only use one machine with any regularity, so bear this in mind when weighing up the potential for installing a home gym. One excellent quality machine may be a better investment than three or four average pieces of equipment.
There’s little sense installing a home gym unless you intend on using it! The classified adverts of any local newspaper are always packed with unwanted adverts for second hand gym equipment, usually bought on impulse. As a general rule gym equipment is similar to cars in regards to their monetary depreciation in value – brand new good quality devices are uniformly expensive, so take the time to search locally for the occasional bargain or two.
Smarter For Hygiene
Without doubt one of the biggest bug-bears that people have, especially when attending a busy high-volume gym is that it can be difficult for staff to keep with ensuring machines are clean and hygienic. Using your very own equipment is good for personal hygiene, and there’s also the advantage of being certain that bathing facilities will always match your standards.
The Downside Of A Home Gym
Will You Use It?
Without question the biggest issue of having a home gym. It’s all well and good shelling out thousands to build a home gym, just to ignore it and/or lose motivation to get in shape. There’s always the risk of the project becoming what many personal trainers label a ‘vanity gym’ that serves more to advertise a lifestyle image than provide any help with personal fitness.
Moving on directly from the above point – working out alone is really difficult. At a gym there’s countless classes included in your general subscription – and it’s crazy not to try these out because of the supportive community spirit that is essential in sticking with a fitness plan over the longer term. There’s also the fact that over the months and years working out can become repetitive and stale, while well equipped gyms are always going to have plenty of alternative fitness equipment right on hand.
For many people home is a busy place, and what’s to say you may not get interrupted in a casual workout – especially when working towards a target strength/distance. Going to the gym means you leave domestic notions in the locker, something which is next to impossible at home!
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