Gym Memberships vs Working Out At Home

Fitness at Home

If you're anything like me, you promised yourself to increase your fitness routine and get in shape this year. The issue I face is that gym memberships can cost a lot of money, and it's difficult getting into a routine. In the hope of setting the record straight, I will discuss all the pros and cons of working out at the gym versus getting fit at home. Hopefully, this will help you find something that works for you.

The pros of a gym membership

There is no denying the fact that most people benefit from paying for a gym membership or a fit camp. Some people might even argue that this is the only way to push themselves into a healthy lifestyle and workout routine. The advantages of using a gym every day include:

- Access to professional fitness equipment.
- Getting fit with others, especially if your local gym offers group classes
- Access to personal trainers
- Access to amazing extras such as steam rooms and pools

The cons of a gym membership

After trying it out for a few months, a lot of people might realize that sing the gym is not the best way to get in shape. These people might then change their workout routine, or try something else that doesn't require a monthly payment locking you in. Some of the downsides I've experienced when visiting the gym  include:

- Queuing for particular equipment. This can be annoying if you've found a specific routine that works well for you and you want to stick to it.
- Having to work out with others watching. Let's be honest, those sweat stains look good on no one...
- Substantial payments every month. Gym memberships are not cheap and they typically auto-renew every month and/or lock you in for a minimum period. I often feel guilty for paying monthly, but not visiting the gym very often.
- Having to travel. Just the thought of travelling to work out might be a deal-breaker for some.

The pros of working out at home

Anyone can workout at home without any fitness knowledge or experience. All you need to do is buy some basic equipment or a fitness DVD to get you started. There are some specialist lenders that offer same day cash and so funding these purchases is easier than most folks imagine. The benefits of working out at home include:

- Being in control of your workout from start to finish.
- Not having to travel - you could be up and running (pun intended) in minutes.
- The possibility of working out alone without strangers watching you.
- Not having to share shower facilities.

The cons of working out at home

It’s important to mention that some people struggle to get the same results when attempting to get fit at home. Also, the percentage of people who continue with their routine and achieve their fitness goals is lower among that group compared to those who go to the gym. The downsides of working out at home include:

- Difficult to avoid distractions.
- Easy to slack off because no one's watching.
- Not benefiting from the expertise of personal trainers and other professionals. You might shy away from certain exercises because there is no one there to show you how to set up or correct your posture.

There is no getting around the fact that working out at home is less expensive than spending time at the gym. However, there are many valid pros and cons for each strategy. So, it’s just a case of
you finding out which solution provides the best outcomes for you.


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