Exercising at Home vs The Gym – Convenience and Personal

Going to the gym can be expensive, inconvenient and intimidating. These are a few of the reasons that people are turning to Home Exercising. The home gym is becoming more and more popular. I am going to help you decide which one is for you. I am a great advocate for home training due to many reasons. Of course, it is always a personal preference but nowadays you can have all your own equipment in the comfort of your own four walls.

Some will say that you have to be “really disciplined” in order to exercise at home. However, it is more of a question of being motivated. Due to our hectic lifestyles, having a home workout space is personal and convenient and saves a lot of money in the long run.

So, I will break it down into 4 layers. The first will be the importance of comfort, whilst exercising. The second will focus on how to choose your equipment, based on your goal. The third will be the bonus of exercising at your own pace. The fourth layer will explain how personal and convenient it is to train at home.

Importance of Feeling Comfortable whilst Exercising


When it comes to achieving anything in life, it is imperative to remain motivated. This is especially important with exercising. It is all too easy to put it off until tomorrow. When people take up a gym membership, they automatically think, just because they are paying for it, they will go. However, my experience tells a different story.

Working and running gyms in the past, I would see members come and go. Some of them would be paying for a premium membership, which was not cheap. However, they would not attend for weeks on end. When they did eventually return, I would ask them why they had not attended. More often than not, they would reply “just didn’t have the time”, or “didn’t fancy going through the whole process of traveling to and from the gym”. This is definitely where comfort comes in. Picture this…

You have just come back from work. You should be happy that you are on your way home. Instead, you know that you have to go to the gym, spend a couple of hours there and then go home. You know where I am going with this! However, imagine you had all the home exercise equipment you needed, as soon as you step into your abode. I need say no more.

Choosing your Own Goal and Equipment


This is the exciting bit! Planning your home gym for YOUR goal. Now when we talk about home gyms, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth. You could spend anything from £20 plus. It totally depends on your goal and budget.

First you have to decide how much space you have. For example, you could have a summerhouse, or a spare room. However, you could have just enough space to swing a kettlebell. If you are anything like me, you will make the best of the space you have.

When I first started exercising at home, I had a tiny landing at my disposal. However, I brought what I needed and made the most of my space.

Now you have your space, you have to decide what your goals are. Do you want to:

  • Lose weight and improve fitness – treadmill, cross-trainer, stepper
  • Tone up – yoga mat, yoga blocks, resistance bands
  • Build muscle – weight sets, benches, kettlebells
  • Strengthen – olympic barbells, medicine balls

The above are just a very small selection of what is on offer for your home gym.

Exercising at your Own Pace


The beauty of home exercising is that you can train at your own pace. Yes, many people love competing with their gym buddies, or some random stranger at the gym. However, more than often, individuals like to put their headphones in and train without getting disturbed.

By setting up you home gym, you can go at a pace that is realistic for you. There will be no one to compete with, which means avoiding injuries because there will be no ego training involved.

Personal and Convenient


Exercising in the comfort of your own space is nothing short of euphoric. This is how I feel when I start my training sessions. If you haven’t already, you set your equipment up, get your preference of music ready and begin your session. Knowing that you do not have to queue for treadmills, or wait your turn to use a bench is a magnificent feeling.

The convenience of jumping into a clean shower, is so psychologically satisfying! One of the worst parts of being a member of a gym is having to clean the sweat off the machines, before you sit down. Knowing that you do not have to do this is a relief (and hygienic).

Start your Home Fitness Journey


Now you know what it takes to start (or even continue) your home fitness journey, you can get all the equipment you need to reach your exercise goals. Making the switch from gym to home is quite an easy transition. Once you weigh up all the pros and cons, and realise how easy it is to purchase home exercise equipment online, the decision becomes an easy one.

Even if you feel the need for guidance from a Personal Trainer, they’re willing to travel to your home. It is a common misconception that you can only acquire the services of a PT via a gym. This is not the case, as most PT’s will come to you. They will tailor your program around the equipment you have.

So the bottom line is, don’t be afraid to try this approach because I can tell you from my personal experience that it was one of the best decisions I have made. Not only does it allow me to exercise conveniently in the comfort of my own home, but it also allows me to be able to spend a lot more time with my family. Enjoy your journey!

Remember, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to help.

8 thoughts on “Exercising at Home vs The Gym – Convenience and Personal”

  1. This is a good article and discussion. I have had this debate for years with others in our industry.
    I don’t think the big box model will ever go away but I believe people will continue to workout at home at a higher %.

    They can save money on the membership and the convenience frees up more time in their daily schedule.
    Also, the comfort factor. Many people who struggle with weight and maintaining a regular exercise program don’t feel comfortable within the four walls of a gym.

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  2. I always loved the idea of going to a gym and did so for over 20 years. It probably became a psychological thing because I felt like working out at home was not as effective and I would just not be motivated to do so. The environment of the gym, “got me in the mood”.

    Well guess what? Extreme circumstancing like Covid have force me to workout from home for over 2 months and even with very little space and equipment, I am realizing how effective they are. And as you said, it is so much more time efficient and less costly. It helps though that right now, many gyms are offering free workouts live on Instagram but this is great to open your eyes to the possibilities.

    My hubby and I are looking to buy a new home and one ofe the MUST HAVES, is the space for our home gym. I am very excited about this and happy I do not have to “depend” on going to the gym anymore…especially during the winter when it is -30 degrees here in Canada!

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    • Thank you Cynthia. I really believe that working out at home is something that many will be doing now. Covid has definitely pointed people in that direction. I, for one, believe it is the best way to go. I really appreciate your comment. Stay safe and Keep well.

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  3. I have to tell you that I am one of those people who has chosen home fitness over the gym and would do so any day of the week. It certainly hasn’t taken the pandemic to do that for me! I feel that as a husband and father of young kids, it is so important for me to be around rather than away at the gym for an hour. It also allows them to see me practicing healthy habits that I hope they will take on some day. Thank you for this great post, as I feel a lot of people would benefit from it!

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    • A man after my own heart! I definitely share your reasons for working out at home. It is such a time saver. Thank you Steve, I really appreciate your comment.

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  4. Hey u have a great article here. I would like to go to the gym and work out because there is more equipment to work with but I have done a pretty good job at home with the little equipment I have, a set of Bowflex dumbbells, and a pull-up bar. 

    And it can be a challenge to stay motivated but watching work-out videos on Youtube helps quite a bit. 

    Going to a gym may give me a change of scenery and motivation but what I love about working out at home is that I’m never under any pressure, I don’t have to worry about dirty equipment, no wasting money on a membership, I’ve gotten good results, and most definitely it is much safer in this present time.

     

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    • Thank you Johnny, really appreciate the comment. Yes, working out at home has so many benefits. You stay safe and keep well.

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