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Pros and Cons of Exercising at Home

Updated on August 1, 2015
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A fellow human who loves his planet and beyond, with interests that match and never end. One life. One love. Appreciate everything.

Are you looking for some good reasons to work out at home or possibly why you shouldn’t? I will give you some great pros and cons to working out at home.

I have over 30 years experience working out at home and in commercial gyms. I have worked out in hardcore bodybuilding type gyms, boxing clubs and the local YMCA.

I have also purchased a large amount of exercise equipment to use at home over the years. Everything from exercise balls to treadmills heavy bags squat racks and weights. I have also had great success working out in both my home gym and a commercial gym but I want to share with you what I feel are the pros and cons to working out in a home gym.

After reading what I have to say I am confident your choice will become easier. Let’s get started.

The Pros of Working out at Home

Exercising at home can be a great experience and you can use a very small space or if you have the room you can purchase some exercise equipment to fill the room.

One of the biggest pros to working out at home is not having to pay a membership fee at a local gym. The average monthly gym memberships where I live are around $45 to $50 a month. In a year that could be $600 spent or saved if you decide to stay home.

Another pro that I think is very important and a great reason for someone to choose to exercise at home is the time you save in not having to travel to a gym.

You can stay at home and exercise and save travel time to and from the gym as well as not having to worry about packing a gym bag with your workout clothes a towel, your toiletries for after you shower and possibly a healthy snack to consume immediately after you exercise.

If you are at home you don’t have to worry about all of that.

One of my favourite reasons to stay home and workout is not having to weight to use equipment and not having to deal with the people that are there just to socialize.

Don’t get me wrong I like socializing but not when I am in the middle of my workout. I like to get into the gym and get it done and get out and call it a day.

There are also the people that go to the gym to show off their hot new workout gear or walk around with their arms flexed and lat’s flared out. I just don’t enjoy those people.

Another excellent reason to stay home and exercise is you will probably try exercises you are not quite sure of at home where if you are at the gym you might not want to embarrass yourself in case every single person in the place is staring.

Which of course they won’t be but that won’t stop you from thinking that way.

You will try more new exercises and you will actually work your body when lifting weights instead of getting caught up with all the egos in the gym and lift more than you should be to get a proper workout. I see it all the time, a skinny rail of a man bending and swinging the barbell upward to complete a barbell curl.

If he took about 40% of the weight off and used full range of motion with a squeeze at the top of the curl he would get way more out of the exercise and it would be that much easier for him to do.

I think those are some great reasons to work out at home. There are many more reasons a person would want to workout at home you have to decide why it would be a good idea for you.


Cons of Working out at Home

The first thing that comes to mind here is when you exercise at home you will definitely not have as much of a variety of equipment to use at home as you would in a commercial gym and if you live in a small apartment you might not really have any room that you can put aside as exercise space.

Sometimes working out at home is not such a great idea if you are constantly being interrupted by your family and if you have a problem with turning on the TV while working out you probably won’t get as good of a workout as if you were in a gym.

I know I said in the pros section of working out at home that the socializing at a gym is not a good thing but in some cases it is. If you have a hard time getting motivated then joining a gym is the perfect solution, well that is if you actually end up going after you join.

There is definitely a bit of comradery when being a member at a local gym. You will more than likely meet some people that will motivate you.

When you go to a gym you are going there to exercise and when you go home you might think you are going to exercise but it is very easy to be side tracked.


I have worked out at both my home and a gym for many years and I see the pros and cons in exercising at either. Ultimately you have to decide what fits in your life at the moment.

Just remember that your life will change over time so don’t think that just because you are working out at home you can’t quit that and join a gym or vice versa. Do what is best for you right now.

Most of all just make sure you are exercising on a regular basis and enjoy yourself.

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  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    9 years ago from Canada

    KBEvolve thinking is good. Thanks for commenting.

  • KBEvolve profile image

    Kenneth Brown 

    9 years ago from United States

    Hm, I've never given this choice much thought. There are just some exercises that I prefer to do at home, but this has made me think.

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    9 years ago from Canada

    see you have things under control. You know exactly what you are doing with your membership and you will be working out at home again after you move. :)

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    Stacy Harris 

    9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Ha ha - I don't know if I would call it under control. I got off the bandwagon a few months back and have been paying for a gym membership without actually using it. My husband works odd hours so that means I have the choice of not going or going at odd hours. We will be moving soon, so the gym membership is being cancelled and the new place has a great spot for my very own personal gym. And I will be able to pull out my videos again! :)

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    9 years ago from Canada

    barbergirl, sounds like you have things under control. I agree about not being able to get a good enough workout in when there are children around. In that case a gym membership makes perfect sense.

    Thanks for commenting.


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    Stacy Harris 

    9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I have worked out in both places... currently I have a gym membership because I have 3 kids and it is hard to get in a good workout with them under foot. Granted, it is good to see them try the different exercises and teaches them how to be healthy, but I find I slack sometimes around the house.

    However, one of the major bonuses about working out at home is the workout videos. I like variety and instructions. Therefore, I have P90X as well as Yoga Booty Ballet and Taebo. I also have a variety of other workouts like kickboxing and exercise ball workouts. I have so many workouts that I can do in front of the TV, that I don't even have to repeat the same routine in the same month. You just can't get a good workout video at the gym. Sure, they have classes, but if you take those, the class doesn't really change much after you have attended a few times.

    Great hub!

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    9 years ago from Canada

    Kashmir56 nice to see you.

    Thanks for the kind comment and voting up this hub.

    I am currently working out at home myself and am contemplating joining the gym early winter.



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    Thomas Silvia 

    9 years ago from Massachusetts

    All great information and advice on working out at home . I to have exercise equipment in my home .

    Useful and vote up !!!

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    9 years ago from Canada

    Reena I agree and thanks for the vote up and commenting. Cheers.

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    Reena J 

    9 years ago

    Voted up. Interesting but, it is true that, situations will differ for each and everyone and people have to take into count only the result and pick the place...


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