Hello Gang! Lorne here from Provision Athletics -I hope you are all having a great day. I wanted to answer a question that I get almost DAILY-
“is it better to workout at home or at a gym”.
In my personal opinion- this all comes down to your goals and your preferences. But let’s look at the Pros and Cons of each of these:
- Wide selection of equipment, tools, and spaces to exercise in or with. This makes it so that you always have easy access to what you might need
- Can be a supportive and motivating environment if you like to be around a lot of people
- Day Care can give you a break from your little ones while you get your sweat on
- Can have educated professionals to help direct you to your goals
- Price- it can be cheaper to get a gym membership then to buy a LOT of equipment if you require it
- Gyms tend to pack as any people as possible into them to help reduce costs and maximize profits
- Equipment can often be taken
- You get strangers pre-soaking your equipment for you (could be a PRO if you are into that sort of thing)
- You get all walks of people in the gym from grunters, to yellers, to moaners to screamers,….. you get the idea
- You do not get to choose the music, and have to wear ear phones
- Staff can be poorly educated, “creep” or obnoxious
- You have to travel to it
- Sometimes hard to bring your kids
- Can limit you to things that you do not want to do if front of others
It all depends on what you view as a Pro and what you view as a Con, and what “weight” you put on each item. If you are a heavy body builder or you require lots of weight or special piece of equipment, the gym would be your best choice.
- Can do it on YOUR schedule
- No need to travel
- No embarrassment or pressure
- No membership fees
- No day Care Costs
- Less Confusion
- Can be distracting
- Lack of self motivation and accountability
- Have to be in charge of your plan
- Lack of a spotter
- Lack of equipment
Doing your workouts at home can be a huge benefit but can also be tricky. Once again it all comes down to the individual.
One thing to be aware of is what your goals are and what works best in your life. If you are looking for the ability to use machines and get out of the house then the gym is best for you.
Me personally, I do a mixture of both. Working at home has its advantages and disadvantages. I found that I was working, eating, sleeping, exercising…….. doing everything under one roof and it made me miss the outside world. So, I went out and got a gym membership just so that I could get up and leave the house for an hour or two. It was great. I could walk in, say hello to people, find a space and go to work. However, now with a little one, I find it is difficult to just get up and go again, so I am finding myself doing more and more workouts at home.
No matter what we decide to do- we need to find a balance that works best for us. Whatever works for you, has to be able to work at least 3 days a week. Your body will not care whether it is in a gym or at home, it only cares that allow it to move. Perhaps a blend of both works for you as well. Either way, lets make sure we get our 3 days a week in and we eat healthy 80% of the time.
Thanks for reading!