The Gym vs. Home Gym: The pros and the cons of each  

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Intro

Hello reader, welcome to my article. I’ll be discussing the never-ending debate about the gym vs. home gym. The discussion is an appealing topic for enthusiastic individuals who love fitness. You have a group of people who side with one over the other for various reasons. I also have my reasons for choosing one over the other. No side is objectively better; it’s just a matter of personal preference. If one is globally better, then everyone would be choosing one side. In this article, I’m going to give my opinion and why I think one is better than the other. Let’s dive right into it.

What is the gym?

The Gym vs. Home Gym

A gym is a facility where people go to get in shape. Getting in shape is developing muscle growth to increase your livelihood. The gym provides the right equipment to work out various muscles if you want to grow a strong body. It’s also a social facility to bond with new people or bring a friend to elevate the friendship. The gym can also be a place for those who prefer to work alone. Gyms were around during the era of the Persian empire to what we know as modern gyms. Modern gyms were established around the 19th century in Europe. Then, in 1827, the first gym establishment began in Portland, Maine. The man who established the first American gym was John Neal. Because of John Neal, we have gyms across the United States and worldwide.

Pros of the gym

Since this is my opinion and preference, I only have a few reasons why the gym is a great place. There are not too many reasons, but a few I believe are spot-on to convince you to try the gym.

Equipment

The Gym vs. Home Gym

The equipment at the gym is a crucial reason why the gym is a must. The gym has equipment to use, like hand-held weights, weight machines, and aerobic and bodyweight equipment. Hand-held weights are barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells. Barbells are 5 to 6 feet long and weigh 15 to 25 pounds. The purpose of the barbell is to insert weight plates on it and perform compound and a few isolation exercises. The dumbbell is a smaller version of a barbell but has short handles to hold onto each hand, and you can do isolation and compound exercises. Weight machines are equipment that take up space, but provide functionality to perform compound and isolation. Kettlebells are similar to dumbbells, except for appearance and use. You can perform isolation and compound.

Aerobic equipment includes exercise bikes, treadmills, and elliptical trainers. The last is wall-mounted pullup bars or bodyweight towers that allow you to perform pullups, pushups, dips, and knee raises.

Spotters

The Gym vs. Home Gym

These individuals provide safety and security to the lifter who’s lifting heavy. Say you’re doing a bench press or squat with a barbell that exceeds what you are capable of lifting. The spotter can assist in helping you put the barbell back in place when you’ve reached your limit to lift. They also provide feedback on correcting your technique when lifting heavy so you won’t hurt yourself. A spotter can be a professional trainer or a friend or group of friends. Spotters are there to assist you so you can better yourself when using heavy equipment and prevent injuries.

Cons of the gym

Now, the cons outweigh the pros of the gym based on my personal preference. The debate between the gym vs. a home gym will be an acknowledgment to those who share the same opinion as I do.

Distance

If you live in the northern regions of the United States in the Northeast, Midwest, or Northwest, it’s frigid. It’s cold during the winter, and I dislike the feeling of being cold. Driving to the gym is unappealing during the winter because of the things you need to do. First, you put on layers of clothes, then prepare a set of gym clothes in your gym bag. Then you start the car and wait between 5 to 10 minutes to warm up. You begin driving and have to deal with traffic. You get there, and you get to the restroom to take off those layers of clothes to put on your gym clothes. After your workout session, you take off your gym clothes and put on layers of clothes. Then you start the car again and wait until the engine is warm. After that, you drive back home.

All of this is annoying because it’s a bunch of steps towards getting ready to exercise. The same applies when spring, summer, and fall arrive, and you have to do almost the same thing. It’s a drag, and that’s the first reason why I don’t go to the gym any time of the year.

Membership

Paying a yearly membership to exercise is not appealing to me because you are essentially paying permission to exercise. That’s how interpret this and I don’t like that.

People hogging the Equipment

The Gym vs. Home Gym

One of the most annoying things to have ever happened to the gym is lazy people hogging the equipment. As a former gym goer, I saw many people taking out their phones and not using the equipment. When that happened, I got angry when I wanted to use equipment involving weights. I couldn’t because I was shy in my younger years. I didn’t dare to stand up for my right to use the equipment since I was paying to attend the gym. Whenever this happened, I did something else and discarded what I wanted to do. After over a decade of not attending any gym, the same bullshit still happens everywhere.

Attention Skimpy Girls

The Gym vs. Home Gym

This is a new phenomenon that’s been happening since the late 2010s. Every time I would go on YouTube, my feed would show videos about skimpy women at the gym. These women now record themselves exercising but with the attention of supposedly capturing a man looking at them the wrong way. When they do, they call him a creep to get views and sympathy from others on the internet. They also intend to ruin a man’s life, but it often backfires. Now, I don’t have anything against hot women wearing skimpy clothes because I love it, and it arouses me. It makes me want to do a cold approach, be Rico suave, get the number, go on a date, and seal the deal. But it’s very distracting if I was back at the gym and these women were roaming around like that.

What is a home gym?

A home gym is your temple to workout in peace without all the bullshit that comes with the gym.

Pros of a home gym

On the opposite side, there are more pros than cons when you turn your home into a homegym. The debate between the gym vs. a home gym will be an acknowledgment to those who share my opinion.

Serenity

The Gym vs. Home Gym

There’s nothing more important for an introvert than serenity. This means peace overall and not getting distracted during your workouts. Working out alone outdoors or indoors provides a sense of autonomy and I love this. Nobody is hogging your equipment. You don’t have to pay a membership or permission to exercise. Putting on layers of clothes and packing your gym wear isn’t necessary because you are in your own house. You don’t have to drive to the gym in any season of the year and deal with traffic. The last is no hot woman is distracting me.

Cleanliness

A big con about the gym was the nasty sweat and odor left by gymgoers. Benches would be soaked in sweat and left unattended to be sanitized. In my home gym, I don’t have to worry about cleaning someone’s mess. I pick up and clean after I finish my workout session.

Equipment/No equipment

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The amazing thing about working out from home is you don’t need equipment to exercise if your discipline is calisthenics. However, equipment does help to elevate the learning process into becoming an expert in calisthenics. Either is optional, but I strive to become an expert and understand calisthenics. If you don’t need equipment, all you have to do is focus on the basics. But if you want workout equipment, you want to do advanced calisthenics in the future.

Indoor/Outdoors

Indoors is the best all year round, but outdoors is great during spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, I despise being cold, so I prefer indoors during the winter. When the other seasons arrive, I enjoy, especially the summer. During the summer, I love to exercise in my backyard and local park. My local park is only a 30-second walk.

Cons of a home gym

There are only two cons to a homegym. The debate between the gym vs. a home gym will be an acknowledgment to those who share my opinion.

No spotter

When you’re an autonomous person working out from home, you don’t have a spotter, and that’s ok with me. The plus side is I don’t lift weights, just my body weight. Bodyweight is less dangerous than weightlifting because the heavier you lift, the more you are likely to injure yourself. With bodyweight, your bodyweight doesn’t fluctuate but remains consistent most of the time. When performing calisthenics, the best spotter is your phone, gym mat, and resistance loop bands. These tools are helpful when you see your errors on the phone and feel the difficulty increasing. When the movements become difficult, you use a resistance loop band to help with the progression.

Buying equipment

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We live in the age of the internet. You can purchase all of your workout equipment without going to the gym. Your equipment gets sent to your house, and you are complete. No more gyms, just your home gym. It will cost you at least $2500 to buy all your weight equipment, but calisthenics equipment won’t. An estimate of everything in the photo is between $500 and $250.

Conclusion

I enjoyed sharing my opinion on the debate between the gym vs. a home gym. I’m sure many will acknowledge and share the same opinion as I do. A home gym is far better than dealing with all the bullshit included in going to the gym.

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