Considering a Home Gym? Some Pros and Cons

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Like many people around the globe who are thinking about getting fit, you might be considering exercising in a gym. You could get yourself a gym membership, but it’s also a tempting idea to create your own gym at home. The fact is that home gyms are becoming increasingly popular these days, as a lot of people just don’t find the time to go to the gym, and feel more comfortable doing this at home when they have the time. A gym membership tends to be expensive, especially in the long run. However, a home gym comes with its cons as well.

The pros of a home gym

There is a variety of pros to having your own home gym.

  • Cut expenses. While it is a fact that that getting a decent set-up for your home gym will cost you from about $500 to $1,000, you will make that money back in comparison to the cost of a gym membership which is about $600 a year. It pays off in the long run.
  • No need to wait. You are the only person that is using your personal gym (unless you allow your family members in as well). This means that there won’t be someone waiting around for their turn and you can relax and do your exercise.
  • Even if you go to the gym not caring about what other people think about you, a home gym still offers you a lot more privacy to do what you want to do. You can wear what you want, play the music that you feel like listening to, and let out your loudest yell when you hit a personal record. No one is going to mind, and you also won’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t feel like it.
  • Save time. With a home gym, you don’t have to commute. All you have to do is walk to your garage and start exercising.
  • Open 24/7. There are no closing hours for your home gym so you can exercise whenever you want, even during the holidays.
  • Easy to store away. When you need your garage space, you can easily store the set-up away. Supercheap Storage Gold Coast professionals suggest renting a storage space where you can keep all your equipment safe and sound until you need it again.

The cons of a home gym

On the other hand, having a home gym comes with some cons.

  • Self-discipline. If you are working out at your own gym, you are left to your own devices. When you drive to the gym, you are definitely going to work out when you reach your destination. At home, you need a lot more self-discipline in order to avoid all the distractions such as spending time on the internet or watching TV and get yourself to properly exercise.
  • Limited equipment. If you don’t have pockets full of money, the fact is that you won’t be able to outfit your home gym with all the different exercise machines, and will only have to make use of the ones that you can afford. You will certainly have a squat rack, bench, dumbell, and plates at your disposal, but you will lack more choices.
  • No spotter. When you work out at a gym, there is pretty much always someone there who can spot you on heavier lifts. At home, this can present an issue. You can find a partner that you can lift with, or at least someone who can be there for you when you are doing heavy lifts.
  • Everything is your responsibility. You are left on your own to deal with the machines and equipment that you’ve got. If anything gets dirty or needs fixing, it’s you that has to do it.
  • If you’ve set up your gym in your single-car garage, it means that you’re going to have to park your car outside for the time being.
  • Change of temperature. The garage space that you have dedicated to your gym is going to get very cold during wintertime, and very hot during summer. The thought of going to practice in freezing conditions might make you want to rather stay in bed.

In Summation

Having a home gym provides you with complete freedom and cuts down on expenses in comparison to a gym membership. However, it also requires a lot more self-discipline, and the fact is that you won’t be able to afford all the machines that a local gym has. It is up to you to decide whether you want to build your own gym or go to a club.

About Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.
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