Do you have a gym membership and are thinking about alternatives such as your own home gym?
Maybe you have a home gym and are wondering if you should upgrade or try something else. It could be that you have neither and are stuck in a tug of war between the two ideas.
Which is better?
Which is more practical for gaining muscle and generally getting fit?
Let’s take a look and see.
The corporate run gym has lots of things to choose from:
There is no way you’ll be able to build a gym that competes with the corporate gym in terms of quantity. Because of the nature of their business, they are able to keep virtually any type of exercise equipment on hand that they want.
There are treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, and a few things you never even heard of. That means there will always be choice when you get there.
The home gym has just the equipment you want:
How many people actually do the rounds at the gym they’re a member of? Not many.
Most of them just stick to their regiment, and if that involves a few pieces of equipment only then putting those same machines in their own basement is no big deal.
Chances are it won’t be the same great quality, but it also won’t need to withstand a dozen different people trampling on it every day.
The corporate gym has classes and trainers:
Maybe it’s yoga or palates you’re after. Maybe the personal trainer is something you need to keep you in shape. Having access to those things at the corporate gym is one of the things memberships are good for. Sometimes these are even a bigger draw than the exercise equipment is.
The home gym doesn’t have to be your only exercise option:
Having a home gym doesn’t mean you have to do all of your workouts there and nowhere else. You could still sign up for things like yoga classes when you want, and usually at a price that beats a gym membership. What’s more, yoga doesn’t need to be a group activity, and instruction books and videos can easily find a home in your own gym.
The corporate gym gets you out amongst people:
Some people need to feed off the energy of others and going to a gym where they know other people will be working out just like them is a great thing. It’s also a good way to get them out of the house, if that’s something that they need.
The home gym is private and easy to get to:
There are no excuses allowed for missing a workout when the gym is right there in your home. Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter, the gym is just a matter of steps from the couch. It’s also private which is something some people actually prefer. Working out in front of an audience can be stressful and even work against you in that you keep judging your progress against others.
What’s this comparison tell you?
That each option has benefits for different types of people. Figure out what type you are and things should work out okay.