Livekick Team | Jan. 25, 2018

Whether to train in a gym or at home is an age old fitness conundrum and it’s vexing for those who are new to fitness as well as habitual exercisers alike. Being that there is no one answer to fit all exercisers, knowing pros and cons of gym and home training may help you decide what’s best.

Gym advantages:

  1. Professional equipment.
    • Fitness centers offer a range of training machines which would be a huge investment of money and space for a home gym.
  2. Motivation.
    • Gym proponents find the atmosphere inspiring. Belonging to and paying for a gym membership might be the extra external motivation needed to stick to fitness commitments.
  3. Safety & advice.
    • It might be easier to find a spotting partner or a more experienced person for advice at a gym which makes free weight lifting safer plus they can help spot errors in form. 

Gym disadvantages:

  1. Commute, lack of convenience
    • For some, the nearest gym is 30 minutes away which is not convenient and makes gym training nearly impossible.
  2. Hygiene.
    • Any fitness center worth its salt follows standard cleanliness regulations. Nevertheless, visiting a public place like gym is always a risk, especially during flu season. Solid immunity notwithstanding, you may think twice if you're in contact with young children or elderly relatives who are more susceptible to infections. With shared weights and equipment and the public showers, exposure to new germs is enevitable.
  3. Crowds.
    • Working a typical 9 to 6 job, you are most certainly doomed to visit the gym during peak hours. Waiting in lines or working in on a machine can be really irritating and feel like a waste of time.

Home training advantages:

  1. It’s cheap.
    • Training at home saves money. From the gym membership to the gas in the car plus the likelihood of grabbing a post-workout meal on the way home, all that cash stays in your pocket. 
  2. Any time of day.
    • Irregular work hour or getting off late prevents many people from exercising. A home gym is available 24/7/365 so a job never has to come first before health.
  3. No one to judge you.
    • Insecurity and self-consciousness about appearance are among the most comment barriers preventing someone from starting to exercise. Training at home allows for solitude.

Home training disadvantages: 

  1. Easy to skip.
    • The advantage of flexibility and convenience of at home training is a double edged sword. Without accountability, whether it’s paying for a gym membership or employing a trainer, many find themselves putting endlessly off their workouts. Exercising at home means being much closer to temptations and distractions like the TV or the kitchen.
  2. No help.
    • With no one to help support correct form, home exercising can potentially lead to injuries. 

Is working out at home really effective?

Fitness training at home can be effective. There is no doubt it is more flexible and convenient, for better or worse, and a home environment offers ample time and space to discover your individual style of exercising. However, there are additional factors to consider. How will you combat distractions? Will you persevere the entire length of the workout or give up halfway through ? It is important to face these barriers upfront so your fitness goals can be achieved.

Training at home with a personal trainer or a partner may provide the extra incentive to build and keep sustainable, fun habits. Using a combination of both trainer and solo workouts is most effective, both economically and in regards to saving time. With this blend, some days will be with a mentor who coaches and guides and others will an personal challenge, testing will power and learned moves.

Whatever location is best for your schedule, figure out your favorite exercises and your exercise style. Your valid effort will ensure you reap the benefits of creating a health habit.