The new year is when a lot of people begin thinking about making changes in their lives. Around this time is when many make new years resolutions to lose weight and get into the best shape of their lives. If you have considered joining a gym, you are likely wondering whether or not it would be beneficial versus working out at home. Below, we will be going over some of the pros and cons of each.
Pros of Working Out At Home / Cons of a Gym Membership:
1. Save Money.
Perhaps the biggest thing you end up gaining from working out at home is the ability to save money. While you will likely need to make more significant investments up front for the gym equipment, you will end up saving a lot of money once you recoup the initial investment and break even which shouldn’t take long depending on what you get.
Over the long haul, building out your own gym is always going to be cost-effective in comparison with a gym membership.
2. No Waiting.
Another significant benefit from building out your own home gym or investing in your own equipment is the ability to avoid having to wait to use the machines and weights.
Because you will be working out at home in your own gym, you will not be required to wait for others to finish their repetitions and workouts prior to beginning your own. This can be a very significant benefit if you are someone with limited time as it is.
3. Save Time.
Not only will you end up saving time being able to avoid waiting for others, but you will end up being able to save time not having to commute to the gym as well.
This can be significant depending on where your closest gym is located and/or where you would choose to workout if you were to sign up for a gym membership. This is especially true if you are someone that tends to use not having enough time as a valid excuse for avoiding your regular workouts.
4. Always Open.
Another good thing about having your own gym is the ability to have a gym that is always open. This gives you fewer excuses to avoid working out even on holidays or at odd times during the day.
5. Own The Equipment.
Instead of paying a monthly fee to ‘rent’ the use of equipment, you are going to be able to completely own the equipment that you end up investing in. This alone will allow you to make some of the money back if you were to sell it once you were finished with it or when you want to upgrade to better or newer equipment in the future.
Cons of Working Out At Home/ Pros of a Gym Membership:
1. Limited Equipment and Space.
If you are going to be working out at home, it is very likely you are going to be limited in both equipment and space. Unless you are willing and able to dedicate a lot of financial resources and space to your home workout gym, you are likely going to have limitations that you simply wouldn’t have a gym membership.
Another negative associated with having your own gym is having to bear the sole responsibility of cleaning up, organizing, and everything else. These things might keep you from wanting to workout if you are lazy.
When you make the decision to invest in a gym membership, you will be able to lean on the employees of the gym to bear the responsibility of cleaning up after you and the other members of the gym. You are paying for convenience.
Overall, there are plenty of pros and cons associated with both. Choosing the best option comes down to what you are looking for, what your goals are. The most important thing here is to chose one and that you start working out as soon as possible! Why? The hardest part for a lot of people is getting started, but once you get into a routine this gets easier. So whatever option you choose, just take action!