So you’ve decided to start working out but not sure if you should join a gym or workout at home? There isn’t a universal answer. Find out what you need to consider before you make your decision.
[pull_quote_center]To join a gym, or to workout at home, that’s the question.[/pull_quote_center]
The gym is temple for many while others avoid it at all costs. There are many types of gyms to suit every taste and help you achieve every goal. There’s also a growing trend of home workout programmes designed to shape your body in the comfort of your own home. So what’s best for you?
Join a gym
Almost everyone who bothers with a New Years Fitness Resolution includes “join a gym” clause. There’s no surprise that January is the busiest month for any gym. Fear not, the enthusiasm of those who want to burn the extra festive calories quickly wears off and in the coming months things go back to normal.
ADVANTAGES OF JOINING THE GYM
The equipment is one of the gym’s biggest advantages. They are packed full of machines designed to exercise every part of your body. Whether you are a complete novice or a professional bodybuilder, there is a machine to suit you and help you sculpt your body.
The environment makes you focus on your routines. You could have a pretty intense workout in half an hour and be on your way home (or to work).
DISADVANTAGES OF JOINING THE GYM
Joining fees and memberships are worth looking into especially if you are on a tight budget. You need to make sure that you get value for money. If you plan to only go to the gym a couple of times a week, then perhaps a pay-as-you-go tariff would be better for you. In the UK you can expect to pay an average of £450 for annual membership and £5 for a one-day pass (The Gym Group, easyGym) at a reasonably equipped venue offering good quality support.
Many people are put off by the fact that gyms are only for those with perfect bodies. Others feel embarrassed by their bodies and think they’re going to be judged or laughed at. That’s the stereotype. The truth is that everyone is focussed on their workout and not many people will pay attention to the other members.
Workout at home
Most body transformations start with a workout at home. It’s free and convenient but it could be limiting as you progress.
ADVANTAGES OF WORKING OUT AT HOME
Working out at home is convenient. You can do your workout whenever you have the time and will to do it. You don’t have to worry about others watching you or waiting for machines to become available.
DISADVANTAGES OF WORKING OUT AT HOME
Lack of space and machines could be a problem as you progress. You need to keep challenging your muscles if you want them to grow. If you rely on home workouts, you need to be very creative with introducing heavier weights and new exercises.
The bottom line is that both options have advantages and disadvantages. Deciding on which one to go for is a personal matter. It depends on what you want to achieve, your fitness level, financial status and your lifestyle.
If you are not sure you can afford to join a gym, you can start to workout at home. Follow a simple bodyweight routine and see how it goes. Don’t be discouraged if you struggle to complete every rep of every set. Take it easy and increase the intensity as you progress. That will improve your body strength and confidence without upsetting your bank manager.
[quote_box_center]If you are past the “workout at home” stage and you need heavier weights and more equipment to achieve your goals – join the gym.[/quote_box_center]