First off, it is worth noting that making the commitment to exercise is the most important first step to optimum health and well-being. When first getting started, we are bombarded with choices on just how to go about developing an exercise routine. The main question I’ve had to face over the years is whether or not to develop a home gym or to continue going to my local gym. From personal experience, I can say that there are advantages and disadvantages with both decisions. The following are the criteria we used when deciding on whether or not to install a home gym? Are there any potential issues we missed?
|Topic||Home Gyms||Neighbordhood Gym|
|Convenience||All you have to do is roll out of bed and work out (if you work out in the morning like I do). Advantage Home Gym||Definitely not convenient. You have to get in the car to go to the gym. If the gym has a shower facility, you also have to bring a change of clothes. If they don’t you have to drive their and back.|
|Crowds||Other than possible pets annoying you while you’re trying to work out and family members wanted to talk with you, it’s pretty crowd-free. Advantage Home Gym||At my neighborhood gym, it was always crowded! I went at 5am and had to change my workouts when people were using the equipment I planned on using. Nights were worse!|
|Instruction||Workout videos have gotten A LOT better than when my mom used to work out to Jane Fonda using a Beta Max. It appears that workout instructional videos have become more science based and safer. There are some exceptions that I can think of (yoga being one) where it may be better to have a live person making sure you’re aligned properly. Otherwise, I’d give instructional home videos high marks. No Clear Winner||I’ve seen good and bad personal trainers. Definitely do your homework before commiting to one. What are his/her credentials and reputation? They are also expensive (see below) and may not be convenient since you need to work around their schedule. No Clear Winner|
|Expense – Equipment||From personal experience, I can say that a home gym is defintely a more expensive way to exercise. Buying treadmills, ellipticals, weights, fitness programs, etc can eat into your pocketbook.||The gyms in our area are competing for members so we find that initiation fees have been lower lately and monthly dues have been pretty reasonable. One thing to consider is the cost of gas and the added wear-and-tear on your vehicle going to-and-from the gym. Advantage Neighborhood Gym.|
|Expense – Instruction||Once you invest in the instructional videos, they’re yours to keep. Our family have all enjoyed Insanity recently at different times of the day. I expect that we’ll be working out to those DVD’s off and on for years. The cost over time is much less than a personal trainer. Advantage Home Gym||Personal trainers can be expensive! Per Dr. Sal Arria, president of NBFE, the average hourly rate for a trainer is $60-$70 per session. That can add up very quickly if you’re using a personal trainer twice or three times per week!|
|Germs||Hopefully you keep a clean house. At least you know where the germs are coming from. Advantage Home Gym||100’s of people per day sweating on the equipment. Most aren’t wiping down effectively. Um.. EWWW|