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When it comes to working out and staying committed, you’ve got to find what makes you tick. For some folks, that’s being in a gym around others who are pumped and eager to work hard. For others, it’s in the privacy, peace, and quiet of their own home.

If you’re new to the workout scene and weighing your options, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both modalities.

Joining a Gym vs Working Out At Home:


Gym Pro: If you’re the type of person who loses interest quickly in a type of exercise or is always look for variety, a gym can be a great resource. If you find a fitness facility with a variety of amenities, you may have found your perfect match. You can play racquetball, hit the pool, take an exercise class or lift some weights. If you like cardio, you can spend one week’s worth of workouts on a treadmill, then change to a stairmill, and so on.

Home Pro: If you’re a neat freak or know that you just need one or a few pieces of equipment, this may be your best bet.

Gym Con: Belonging to a gym means everyone is sharing everything. So if you were planning on a thirty-minute run but all the treadmills are taken, you’ll have to adapt. This can be a real pain, especially if you work out during “rush hour.” Also, gym equipment isn’t always the cleanest. You may be more likely to get sick as you are exposed to lots of other peoples sweat and germs.

Home Con: You’re basically stuck with what you have. You can go outside or to a playground to spice things up but at the end of the day, you have to make it work with what you have.


Gym Pro: Investing in gym membership often makes people feel more accountable. When others know you belong to a facility, you may feel more motivated to show up. Plus, seeing that money come out of your bank account every month can give you that extra push.

Home Pro: By investing in equipment for your house, you can be sure it will be taken care of and last much longer than equipment at the gym that’s being used all day long like a revolving door.

Gym Con: Prices can go up and oftentimes facilities will hit you with a yearly fee. Plus, canceling can be a real pain not only time-wise but also financially (cancellation fees, etc.).

Home Con: Guilt doesn’t sink in as much about a treadmill at home that now serves as a coat rack because hey, who’s going down in your basement anyhow?

There are many different things to consider when deciding what the best thing is for you when it comes to working out. If you are someone who needs motivation, being around a gym full of people may be best for you. If you would rather watch a TV show or sing out loud to your iPod tracks, maybe home is best for you to get your workout in.

Consider finances, time (traveling to a gym obviously takes time while working out at home is much more convenient), goals, equipment needs, and motivation. Whatever you choose, stick to it and believe in yourself and your goals.

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