Why people choose home strength training workouts over working out in a gym
Is strength-training at home better than joining a gym? The answer is – it depends. There are several factors to consider when leaning towards home exercise:
- Your schedule. If you have some crazy schedule and either need to sleep or work when gyms are open – your options may be limited, although 24-hour gyms keep popping up everywhere. Granted, if you have a crazy – and unhealthy – schedule like that, it needs to change in the first place, but if you are limited in time you can dedicate to your training, you would probably like that time to be spent efficiently and exercise at home, as opposed to having to wait in line until your chosen exercise machine becomes available;
- Your finances. Some gyms are ridiculously expensive – mostly because they offer some additional amenities (most of which you will never use). It is nice to have access to multiple pools, rock-climbing facilities, rec rooms, shake bars, wet and dry sauna, squash, tennis and basketball courts, group exercise classrooms, cycling rooms, babysitting staff and personal trainers all in one place, but those mega-facilities usually cost a pretty penny. If you realistically assess how many of those you truly need (and use), you might realize that you are paying for all of them, while using only three. Finding a low-cost gym that only offers what you need may significantly cut your expenses. At the same time, most people who quote high cost of gym membership as the reason not to go join one, usually don’t do exercise at home either – it’s just a convenient excuse;
- Your self-consciousness. Sometimes people absolutely refuse to work out in public. Some are extremely conscious of their bodies. Some are just generally very shy. Some ladies only want to work out in women-only gyms which they don’t have in their area. Some have strict religious beliefs that forbid working out in gym clothes among other men. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes the privacy of your own home makes all the difference between doing at least some kind of exercise and not doing any exercise at all.
- No gym nearby. If you live in a community of a decent size, chances are – there is probably some kind of a gym around, even if it is not accessible by foot and requires some driving (if you are motivated enough – you will find a way). But if you live in rural surroundings – finding a one might be tough. I’m not talking about your typical hotel gyms that have a tiny room with a couple of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and a couple of inflatable balls. I’m talking about real weight rooms. If you have no access to one nearby, exercising at home may be your best and only option.