Working Out at Home vs. the Gym

Are you sick of getting up an hour earlier to drive to the gym? Sick of that monthly debit out of your checking account and spending money to get there? Ever thought about finding a way to workout at home?

There are lots of reasons to workout at home; privacy, less spending, less time out of your day etc.  The toughest part is finding the space in your house or apartment and committing to actually using it once you set up your home gym fitness equipment.

Commitment

The truth is, you probably won’t be any more committed than you are when you have to leave the house to workout. You’ll have ups and downs and times when your home gym gathers dust. You’ll also have times that you’re really into it and really appreciate its convenience and privacy. The commitment to work out comes from you and having easy access to home gym fitness equipment won’t make you work out, you still have to push yourself.

Fitness Goals

It’s helpful to make a list of your fitness goals before you decide to try a home gym. If your list is as simple as losing weight, be able to do 100 push-ups and sweat every day, you’ll probably be fine. If your goals are to be a great racquetball player, meet fitness friends and use a wide variety of equipment, you may want to stick to the gym. I realize that this sounds obvious, but when you’re growing tired of the drive the gym and feeling a money pinch, working out at home will sound great. After asking yourself why you go to the gym, it might not sound that great. If you’re the type of girl that meets friends the gym to bust out a half-hour on the treadmill while trading gossip or the type of guy that lifts with a guy buddy and enjoys your man time, you have to acknowledge what the value of going to the gym is for you before making a big change.

 Space & Finances

If you’re still on board with having your gym be within your home, you should also consider the space and financial requirements it will take. Where will your home gym equipment live? If you have a garage that can double as a workout area or a spare room that no one will miss, those are of course ideal. If you don’t, where would you put it? Could you get by without minimal large pieces and do the bulk of your workout with free weights, videos, and standard old school workouts. It can be done, you’ve all seen those MSNBC Lock-Up shows where the guys are ripped from doing pushups in their teeny cells, but is that the type of workout that will keep your fitness commitment on track? It may be, it’s up to you.

Those are a few considerations, more to come in my next post.