Home Gym Vs. Gym Membership
When it comes to fitness, there is always a question that looms on everybody’s mind. Should you go to the gym and pay a membership fee every single month or should you invest in some home gym equipment to avoid paying the monthly fee? Hopefully, this article can help you decide one way of the other.
Benefits – Well, first of all, with a home gym, you don’t have to pay a monthly fee. You don’t have to waste gas money to go to the gym. You don’t have to stand in line to get on a machine. You don’t have to wear proper gym clothing if you don’t want to. You don’t have to worry about being quient (unless you have unpleasant neighbors!). Simply put, you don’t have to worry about gym etiquette because you are most likely one of the only few users. Also, if you are planning to be consistent with fitness for years to come, having a home gym is cheaper in the long run. And, of course, you are free to buy whatever piece of equipment that you want.
Drawbacks – The initial cost of building your home gym can be substantial. If you live in a nice neighborhood with a nice climate, you can skip the treadmill and go for jogs around the block. Cardio equipment is easily replaced with going to the park. The free weights and strength training machines are the things that can’t really be avoided. You will need to buy a complete bench, barbell(s) with weight set, dumbbells, and a power tower if you expect to do any chest dips and pull-ups. Or, you will have to buy a complete home gym machine like the ones advertised on TV (Bowflex, etc.). Even with buying these, you will still be limited compared to going to a fully equiped gym.
Benefits – There is obviously a lot more variety in a real gym than you can fit into your home. There is tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars worth of equipment that you cannot get with a home gym. The best gyms also have snack bars where you can just order a protein shake or anything like that and have it in an instant. Many gyms also have sports courts in them as well, and the usage fee is already covered in your monthly fee. If anything breaks in the gym, it is easily replaced. If something breaks in your home gym, you may not be able to afford to replace it quickly.
Drawbacks – If you are going to be going to the gym for years, a home gym does end up being less expensive. Unless you are on the same street as the gym, you are probably going to be spending a lot of money on gas alone over time. If you go the gym on a crowded day, you will have to wait for your favorite machine. You have to have the right gym etiquette instead of exercising however you want in your home gym.
So, hopefully this article helped you decide one way or another. Our recommendation: invest in a home gym if you are going to be dedicated for years to come. If you are just testing the waters and don’t know if you are serious about it quite yet, go for a monthly gym membership.