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Working out at Home Versus a Gym

Updated on March 1, 2019
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Erich is an Independent Beachbody Coach. It should be noted this article is not a Beachbody advertisement.

For a lot of people getting their workout in can be one of the most important things they do all day. One of the things that exercisers have to determine is whe

There are some who swear on going to the gym as if it's their daily ritual and others who would rather save the money on gas and membership fees and do it from home.

Neither one is necessarily right or wrong it all depends on your personality and lifestyle. One major perk a lot of employers give now a days is that it' offers its own company gyms which in most cases is free. However, that is hit or miss and not something one should rely on.

I believe there are some determining factors you should take into consideration before making such a decision. Here are five things to take into consideration: Can you motivate yourself to do the workouts or are you in a spot where you can get on social media to get inspired? 2; What type of working out do you want to do? 3. Where do you get your actual workouts from? 4. How much of an investment are you able/willing to make? 5. Do you need anybody to workout with? The rest of this article will talk about all of the above factors more in depth. We will start out with number five.

  • Do you need somebody to workout with

This depends on your overall motivation to workout in the first place and is more of a personal preference. However, if you plan on lifting super heavy weights it is always a good idea to have a spotter nearby. Without one you could be increasing your risk of injury.

One of the major advantages to going to gyms is that there are always be people there and in a lot of cases certain types of classes are offered to help build community. However, these classes are generally only offered at specific times and if it's a bigger class then in some cases you may pretty much be out for yourself if there is only one instructor and you have a large number of people. In addition, a lot of time classes can cost extra money while the cost of working out from home is somewhere between cheap and free. There are certain ways you can get more workout programs if you want to work out from home which leads into the next factor.

  • Where do I get my workouts from

If you go to the gym in the open area, more than likely you will find people mindlessly going from machine to machine who may or may not know what they are doing and are either bored or trying to inflate your ego. You may find a few others who have a personal trainer and are following a specific workout program and then the last set of people who take classes, hopefully with a purpose and eventually get results.

If you work out from home then more than likely you are either using DVD's which can be random or geared toward a specific program. Or lastly you could subscribe to an online streaming service of workout videos from companies such as Beachbody and However, the web site subscriptions do usually require a bit of an investment, which once again leads to my next point.

The types of DVD's and online streaming services vary greatly from weightlifting type programs such as P90X and there is also various types of Yoga, PiYo and Pilates. Whatever floats your boat. You can often buy the DVD versions of some workout programs and more often than not there is usually some type of meal plan involved.

What is your budget?

One of the major potential disadvantages to working out from home is the upfront or ongoing investment as every once in a while you will have to buy weights as you get stronger or the more involved workouts you get. At a gym you already have the equipment there and it is all included in your monthly membership. When working out from home, of course you also do save on gas and time as there are lots of workouts out there that you can do in the amount of time it would take for you to drive to the gym.

So I would love to hear, which would you choose?

Which one do you prefer

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