Home Gym Vs Gym Gym – Which is Best For Helping You Meet Your Fitness Goals?December 9, 2014
At this time of year, many of us turn our thoughts to New Year’s resolutions, and if you are anything like the majority of the population, these resolutions are going to involve losing weight or improving fitness. It can be an appealing idea to get started by investing in a gym membership, but the other alternative is to buy some gear and create a home gym. While there are other options that are cheaper, such as starting to go running around your neighbourhood, here we are just going to compare these two options.
Both have a sizable cost outlay (though not huge if you seek out a budget gym membership or try and get a good deal on home fitness equipment), and so it is important to get the most out of your investment by choosing the one that will best keep you motivated and help you reach those new year fitness goals without too much hassle. So, which is best for you, home gym, or ‘gym gym’?
The Pros and Cons of a Subscription Gym
Many people already do some exercise in their everyday lives, for example walking the dog every day, walking further than required to catch the bus, and occasionally going swimming. And many people also have a few fitness DVDs and some weights at home. This may seem like enough of a solution until you actually look at your level of activity – while you may walk a lot, anything beyond that, as in anything that will truly boost your heart rate or help increase your muscle strength, may not be happening. Many people find that they have more success when they sign up to a gym subscription, such as at the gym Camden by thefitnessmosaic.com. This way, you can use whatever equipment you want to, and that there are also instructors to help advise you on the best type of activity to help you reach your goals. You may also find you love the classes and the social aspect. The only downside to using a subscription gym is having to travel there every day, and it can dampen your progress.
A home gym gives you the option to work out whenever you are at home and have some free time, which is very good in fitting the activity into your life. However, with this option you may find that you are more limited in the machines you can use and you may also lack the motivational support from the trainers and other gym goers. It can be too easy to put off working out when you don’t have to really do anything beforehand, and just have to get changed and start using the gear.
In short, there is no easy option to which is best out of working out at home and going to a dedicated gym. While it is the more expensive option, many people find it’s best to visit a subscription gym, but also keep some gear at home so they can still work out even when they’re busy. If you are planning to get fitter and lose some weight in the New Year, it is worth considering these pros and cons before you decide which route to take, but a compromise between the two is a good choice!