The Gym vs. At Home Workout

Gym vs. At Home Workouts

If you aren’t motivated you won’t have incentive. A lot of people go to the gym because they ‘buy into’ the idea that going to a gym makes you fit. This is just not true. If you are dedicated to your gym routine you will be fit. If you are dedicated to your at home routine you will also be fit. It’s all about your incentive and purpose to do it.

I’ve tried the gym workout routine. I was lucky, my local gym had a two week sale. I received an all access pass for two weeks for $30! Not bad. Me and my boyfriend used the gym and it was really fun. It was at the gym that my interest was peaked for weight lifting. For that reason, I am eternally grateful for those two weeks. But I am here to tell you that you don’t need a gym membership to be fit. If you don’t believe me, check out my pro and cons lists for both and you can decide!

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Gym

|Pros|

Machines Galore!

  • there is a plethora of equipment to chose from. In this way you will never have to say “oh dang, I can’t do THAT exercise” for lack of a machine.

Expert Advice

  • You can ask questions to the trainers or attendants at your gym. 

Accountability

  • I mean you might not usually press that extra weight or run that extra mile; but when there’s someone beside you sweating it out you gain determination and PUSH yourself further! 

|Cons|

Not Convenient

  • You have to schedule “going to the gym” pack your gym clothes + work clothes + shoes + lunch + towel NOW that’s a heavy bag! Also the commute doesn’t help.

 Expensive

  • $50 registration fee, $100 a month plus gas money and cute gym outfits it all adds up.

No Free Space

Some gyms have a free space but a lot are just full of equipment and weights. I personally prefer to jump rope, do awkward and fun cardio videos. Gyms are just lacking that “personal space” I really like.


At Home

|Pros|

It’s Cheap

  • Minimal cost. The startup might be equivalent to 1-2 months gym membership. But after that initial cost you won’t have to recur the costs.

Freedom

  • I mean do you get energized by lifting weights or doing squats in front of your gym companions?! If so, great. But for me I feel out of place squatting and sweating in front of “Hank the body building champion” Sorry, Hank.


More Flexibility

  • You can do it around your schedule (this will also be a con).
  • You have access to your PC at all times, so you can google ‘how to do a kettlebell workout or that bent-arm weighted row’.
  • You can sweat it out in your undies. No paparazzi or buff girls to dress up for.



|Cons|

Motivation Precedes Workout

  • If you aren’t motivated you won’t have incentive. A lot of people go to the gym because they ‘buy into’ the idea that going to a gym makes you fit. This is just not true. If you are dedicated to your gym routine you will be fit. If you are dedicated to your at home routine you will also be fit. It’s all about your incentive and purpose to do it.

You Gotta Plan It

  • You have to ‘create’ your own workout. If you don’t have a specific machine you will have to alter your workout plans to find alternatives for that exercise. This can be time consuming (at first)

No Financial Commitment

  • It’s easy to cop out because you aren’t financially tied to the commitment.



After reading these lists don’t panic I do (as the title indicates) believe that at home workouts are just as effective as gym ones and here’s why.

You should never go to a gym to become fit. Save your money and get fit at home. When and if you have committed to a strict workout regime then that’s when you should consider attending a gym. I know a lot of people swear by going to the gym and that’s really great. But if you’ve tried it before or you are hesitant I am here to persuade you to do it at home. So if you agree with me, follow on to the at home basic equipment.

At Home Basic Equipment

https://unraveltyblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/essential-at-home-equipment/

No Excuses At Home Workout + A Full Body Workout Plan

https://unraveltyblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/no-excuses-at-home-workout/

 


 

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