There are a lot of good reasons to join a gym, but there are a few drawbacks as well. Perhaps these drawbacks have made you consider losing weight with a home gym, but would that be better or worse than actually joining a gym? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision.
Pros: More than anything else, a gym gives you access to a wide variety of equipment and other exercise choices. There should be treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, free weights, and more. Most gyms also offer aerobics, yoga, and other group sessions to help you burn off extra calories. Personal trainers are often on hand (though you may be charged extra for their services) to make sure you are getting a good workout and exercising properly. Some people also find that working out in front of other people serves as motivation to get fit.
Cons: Some people dread the idea of working out in front of people. Virtually every gym requires you to sign a contract of some kind, which means that you end up paying for it whether you use the gym regularly or not. Gyms are businesses so they will usually try to sell you other things such as supplements or special offers. While more and more gyms are have around-the-clock access, it’s still a hassle to go to the gym.
Losing Weight with a Home Gym
Pros: The biggest benefit of having a home gym is convenience. Imagine being able to exercise any time the urge strikes and not having to worry traffic or how you look; you can just work out whenever you feel like working out. You also don’t have to deal with people competing for the same machine as you often have to do at a gym. While the upfront cost of a home gym may be higher than a few months at a gym, the ongoing cost will be much lower.
Cons: Home gyms tend to take up space, but if that’s an issue for you, then you want to buy a unit that can be folded up or rolled out of the way. If you want to do a wide range of exercises, then look for a home gym that is more versatile. You will also need strong self-motivation to get the most out of your home gym, as there won’t be any trainers on hand to encourage you (unless you choose to hire a personal trainer to visit you at home).
So, what is your best option? If there is any possible way for you to do both, then go for it! By joining a gym and having a home gym you will be able to get the benefits from each one. Even if you already have a gym membership, losing weight with a home gym is a good addition to that membership. Whichever you choose, getting in shape is worthwhile and rewarding experience.