I’m going to give this age old conundrum my best shot and hope to convince you guys of the benefits of setting up a home gym versus going to the gym. However, before I go any further, I would like to state the obvious by saying that gyms are not what they used to be 10 or 20 years ago. They have changed and that change in my opinion has been for the worse. These days most gyms are stacked with more cardio machines than they can accommodate, and a vast majority have even decided to dump the squat/power rack only to replace it with the Smith machine.
While there might be several reasons for these unfortunate changes, the important thing to note is that gyms are no longer conducive to heavy lifting or even body weight training, barring a few crossfit gyms. If you’re into crossfit, then more often than not it makes sense to go to the gym, but even they release a WOD (workout of the day) almost of every day, which you can perform by adding a few essential to your gym at home.
The bottom line, it is better in the long run and for your fitness goals to setup a gym at home. Although it might take some doing, once it’s done and the gym is in place, you can enjoy it and use it for years to come.
The benefits of Owning a Home Gym
1) The Excuses Problem: Owning a gym in your basement, garage or even your room circumvents all the excuses that you could make about skipping your workout and cuts right to the chase of: I am going to do my work out or am I going to let this lethargy get the better of me. There is no room to hide behind, “I won’t be able to make the gym in time”, or “I won’t have enough time in the gym”, “the gym will be packed, let me forget it for today”, or “It’s just too far away and I don’t the energy to drive all that way”. With a gym in your house, you can get right too it.
2)Changing clothes: Going to the gym can become quite an ordeal, especially when you get back from work after a long day and realize that you have to change into your exercise gear and pack your back and make your shake. None of the problems exist if you have a home gym. You can wear whatever you want and just get right into your exercise routine. What’s more, you save a lot of energy, time and money on gas.
3) Your own music and you’re own pace: Having a gym at home allows the two greatest benefits: you can que your tunes and you don’t have to wait around for the rack to get free before you get your sets in. When you’re in the gym, you’re forced to wait and as a result you miss out on your intervals and achieving the goals of your workouts. It can even be hard to concentrate with people having conversations, talking on their phones and just yelling and throwing weights. At home you can put your head down and give your workout 100% of your attention.
4) The problem of Equipment: Like I said before, most gyms do not have the requisite weight training equipment anymore and even if they do, it is extremely likely that you might have to wait a while before it’s your turn to use it. At home you have the freedom of adding all the equipment you need and you don’t have to wait on anyone, expect your brother if you have one.
5) Cost: This is really a no brainer. Gym member ships cost way more in the long run than it costs to set up a home gym. Setting up a home gym is a one-time cost that will serve you for years to come.
No matter what your fitness goals are, having a home gym can satisfy all of them and save you the need to make tons of excuses as well as spend lots of money on gas and gym fees. You can come home from work, maybe rest a few minutes and without any hassle what so ever, begin your workout and enjoy it.