Some people go to the gyms and fitness centers in hopes of achieving their fitness goals. Some people would rather stay home and work out. For those of you who are unsure of which is better, I’d like to throw my $2 million in.
I joined a fitness center in May 2016, and have been going there 3-5 days a week since. I used to work out at home, mainly lifting weights and doing basic exercises. By far, I prefer the fitness center. There are several factors that contribute to my preference.
1. Fewer Distractions
There are endless things trying to grab our attention all at once. Those things may be family, TV, internet addiction, phone calls, and so on. Something as simple as changing the song on our laptop can turn into an intense need to Google the definition of “cousin twice removed,” which brings us to a headline about our favorite celebrity couple getting a divorce, which sends us to a “which Disney princess are you?” quiz, which brings up an advertisement for something we didn’t know we needed. Next thing you know, 5 hours have gone by, and we only did one push-up!
Everybody says that most people who join the gym quit within a month. I have more trouble working out at home. It’s just too easy to stop and focus on other things. Just being in a gym eliminates most daily distractions. Plus, there is the advantage of being surrounded by people who are working out. Everyone knows that seeing other people doing something often makes us want to do it. Which brings us to my next point:
2. Living, Breathing Inspiration
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t live in a house full of people who possess your goal body type. Gyms tend to be full of people ranging from those with slim, athletic bodies, to people who look like heavyweight MMA fighters. If your goal is to look a certain way, those people can serve as walking reminders of what you’re working for.
Also, gyms have trainers to help you. These people can work with you one-on-one to help you create a personal workout plan. They can also train you and a group of other people who are on your level.
Another benefit of being in a place full of people is that you can find workout buddies. You can ask someone to spot you so you don’t end up dropping a 200 pound piece of metal on your neck. If you’re the social type, you can make friends and hold each other accountable.
My fellow entrepreneurs who wear lapel pins and t-shirts for your business may find more benefits of being surrounded by people…
3. More Options for Less Money
The membership price for a gym or fitness center is one of the most common obstacles. However, some weight equipment costs a heck of a lot more than that price. Especially if you want to build a home gym. Between the two, you might as well get the membership. Especially with the previous two advantages in mind.
That membership gives you access to an abundance of diverse equipment. This enables you to target multiple muscle groups, and have a variety of ways to work them out. There’s no need to shell out a few hundred dollars for individual weight machines.
Like anything else, the best option for you is a matter of your own perspective. If you’re new to both home workouts and gym training, invest some time in both and make your own decision of which is best for you.
Make a nice day!