Should I join the gym or workout at home? It’s actually a pretty tough question – there are pros & cons of each – which can make it difficult to know what’s best!
If you need external motivation, have time & money to spend, want more equipment or hoping to level-up your training – join the gym. Whereas, if you’re self-motivated & disciplined, limited on time & money, are happy with limited equipment or are lacking self-confidence – workout at home.
We’ll be weighing up the pros and cons of working out at the gym and from home in greater detail, and how you can harness the power of both for long term fitness success.
Let’s dive right in.
Should I join the Gym or Workout at Home – Key Takeaways
⇒ The best workout is the one YOU can do consistently, whether from home or at the gym.
⇒ If you need external motivation, you may need to join a gym whereas if you’re self-disciplined and motivated, you may thrive from home.
⇒ Due to the internet, it has never been easier to workout from home. However, a gym allows you access to trustworthy coaches who can call out BS and outline what is worthwhile listening to online, helping you save time and effort.
⇒ Joining the gym can be intimidating at first. Working out at home is an excellent way to build confidence, coordination, and understanding in a convenient and comfortable environment, reducing feelings of stress and intimidation.
⇒ Working out from home is, for the most part, free, which is important to many people. However, joining a gym and investing money in your health is one of the most important things you can buy.
⇒ You can certainly still see results from home without equipment, however, the variety and breadth of equipment and coaching at a gym will enable you to take your training to the next level.
⇒ Follow our 5-step plan to utilise the power of both home workouts and the gym.
Consistency is Key
What is the best way to workout? Should I join the gym? Can I afford it? Can I get the same benefits from home?
These are all questions you may be asking yourself!
Perhaps you are trying to look our best this summer, fit into that dress, or simply just trying to get the doctor off your back. At the end of the day, there is no perfect formula and many people overcomplicate it. You just have to find out what works best for you, your personality and circumstances.
In reality, the best workout is the one YOU can do consistently, whether that’s from home or at the gym. We hope this article can help get you thinking about which option is best for you.
Motivation dictates everything we do… Am I hungry enough to go to the walk to the fridge? Do I want that promotion enough to work double shifts? Do I need to make that bus so badly that I run instead of walk?
Exercise is no different. Whether you are working out from home or joining a gym, you need to consider how you are motivated and what makes you tick.
Why the gym?
Joining a gym allows you to have access to a range of equipment, experienced trainers, and a community of people on the same journey as you. This environment is extremely motivating and most people find that once they’re at the gym, they have no choice but to put in a good session.
If you instead workout from home without having some sort of plan, accountability, or dedicated workout area in place, your home will continue to feel like…your home. The place where you love to relax and rewind at the end of each working day, rather than the place you sweat and burn.
Many people struggle to find the motivation to workout from home and therefore thrive in a hands-on gym environment instead.
Why from home?
If you have little to no motivation to handle the inconvenience of traveling to the gym, working out at home might be for you. If you live far from the gym, are short on time, or hate the hassle of extra travel, you might find the gym experience demotivating. You might say, ‘by the time I travel to the gym and back, I could have done three workouts at home’.
If you are someone who can easily motivate yourself and don’t need a ‘working-out’ atmosphere to make you tick, working out from home may be for you! Just be sure to have a plan in place and we also highly recommend a dedicated workout area to get in the zone of hard work.
One of the most difficult parts of starting your health and fitness journey is knowing what to do and how to do it. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know.
Why the gym?
Investing in a high-quality gym membership will give you invaluable information that is extremely difficult to learn online. It takes months, if not years to even begin scratching the surface of all there is to know about fitness.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to know everything to perform a high-quality workout… however…
…an experienced coach can take one quick look at you performing a squat and know exactly where you’re tight, weak or strong. They can analyze how you move in seconds, and provide critical feedback you may have never ever discovered. They can learn about you and what makes you tick, providing motivation that gets the most out of you.
Of course, you can certainly find coaches online that can use platforms such as zoom to coach you, however, being coached in person certainly makes this process easier. We highly recommend group fitness gyms such as Hurt Locker and Barbell Samurai, as these gyms have high-quality coaches who are extremely generous in sharing information and expertise.
These coaches must have certificates and degrees to be able to train you, whereas anyone online can write a program. It can be difficult to decipher through the many different online resources and opinions and know what’s right and wrong. A coach whom you trust can tell you what BS and what is worthwhile listening to online, helping you save time and effort.
Why from home?
In this day and age, information at our fingertips makes working out from home the easiest it’s ever been. It doesn’t take too much time or effort to find a workout or video to follow online. In previous years, we would have had NO IDEA where to start!
You can have perfectly mapped out meal plans and exercise programs in a click. You have thousands upon thousands of free apps, videos and programs to choose from. In reality, this information is more than enough to get you to hit a vast array of fitness goals from home using your own body weight and everyday household items.
Confidence & Intimidation
For many, the idea of facing your fears and starting on your fitness journey can be extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing. You may feel paralyzed into doing nothing at all.
When we are just starting out in our fitness journey, we may feel like baby animals preparing to be released back into the wild. We may feel timid, anxious and the smallest of knocks or bumps to our confidence can derail the entire adventure.
So where should you start to make the transition as smooth as possible?
Why from home?
Working out at home is an excellent way to build confidence, coordination, and understanding in a convenient and comfortable environment, reducing feelings of stress and intimidation.
As we mentioned earlier, there is so much information on the internet to help get you started. You can practice the movements in your own home without worrying about social pressures.
Going to the gym for the first time can certainly feel intimidating if you’re not in the right headspace. In our experience, we’ve observed many people worrying about their appearance, standing out, looking foolish or inexperienced among other things. In reality, these are only perceptions not reality, but to someone whose confidence is down, it’s a very real feeling.
Get started from home and kick some serious goals first before taking your training to the next level joining a gym.
Why the gym?
As soon as you’ve built up some confidence, joining a gym is a fantastic way to take your training to the next level, however, if you’re lacking in confidence, we suggest starting off from home.
The one we were all thinking of……MONEY!
What everyone wants to know before they do anything – what is it going to cost me?
Why from home?
This is one of the best parts of working out from home – it is completely FREE. You won’t have to worry about committing to ongoing payments or contracts.
A common mistake people make is thinking that they have to look the part or have the gear before they start. They go out and buy the latest clothes and equipment before doing any workouts.
You probably know someone who went out and bought a thousand dollar treadmill that they swore they were going to use religiously. But all it seems to do is take up space in the spare room.
In reality, you really don’t have to invest any money into a home gym before investing some time into your fitness. Just get started doing something and invest little bits along the way as you prove to yourself you can be consistent.
Why the gym?
Although the gym does take money out of your pocket, investing in your health is one of the most important things you can do. Many new gym-goers find that this financial investment is an effective form of accountability, which you won’t get working out from home. It keeps you on track and you feel like you have a responsibility to make the most of your membership and your investment.
A gym membership ranges between $10 a week for general access to $100 a week for unlimited classes. If you’re tempted to believe that this is a little pricey, consider the following:
Let’s break it down.
- $15 a week: 3 large coffees on the way to work OR a general access at a chain gym membership
- $20 – $30: Takeaway on a Friday night OR 24/7 access at a private gym.
- $75-$100 per week: Dinner and a few drinks on the weekend OR Unlimited classes.
These are all small things that we perceive as NEEDS not WANTS.
In reality, there is always an option that can fit your budget, you just have to decide what is more important.
How highly do you value your health? Will the financial commitment to a gym membership be the form of accountability and motivation you need to really see some life changes?
Why from home?
We often get asked – will I still see results from home?
If you are just getting into exercise again, after weeks, months, or even years on the sidelines, a small increase can make an enormous difference. We’ve seen countless clients achieve a variety of goals, including weight loss, muscle growth, increased strength, and fat loss using tools such as bodyweight strength training, HIIT and cardio.
Remember that ONE is infinitely bigger than ZERO. With the right motivation and determination, you can launch yourself towards your goals without investing thousands of dollars in equipment or membership fees.
Why the gym?
The more experienced you become the more creative you will need to become to keep progressing and avoid a plateau in adaptation. The benefit of joining a gym is that you have access to a range of equipment, training methods, and coaches that will increase the challenge, variety, and progression to your sessions to keep your body on it’s toes.
Exercising from home is a great way to start your exercise journey, and gain that initial boost in strength, knowledge and coordination. But at the end of the day, there’s only so far you can get from home without purchasing some equipment or getting a gym membership. This will help you move forward beyond your initial goals.
So what should I do? The next steps
Joining the gym and working out at home are both great tools to achieving your health and fitness goals.
You should use them both to fit your lifestyle. If you’re just starting out, we suggest following these steps:
Step 1 – Get Started from Home
Begin your exercise journey at home for 4-12 weeks. Build up your confidence, strength, and ability using online resources. In particular, we recommend prioritizing Functional Training Exercises to build your movement foundation.
Step 2 – Get Accountable and Committed
Find someone or something to keep you accountable, whether an online trainer, friend, or family member. At the very least, write down some goals or commitment to yourself.
Step 3 – Research Gyms near You
Use this time to research gyms in your area, trialing different types of gyms and structures to get a feel for the type of gym that suits your personality type and circumstances.
Step 4 – Join a Gym that’s the Right Fit
When you feel ready, join your favorite gym. Signing up for introductory classes/PT sessions to get an idea of how to use the equipment and a new program that you can complete at the gym.
Step 5 – The Next Level
Plan out the set days you are going to get to the gym and workout from home. Use these cohesively, incrementally checking in with a trainer to keep pushing towards your goals.
The Bottom Line
Like a horror movie, everything is a lot more scary when you don’t know what you are facing.
But with a little planning and someone to shine a light out on the things that are scaring you, everything begins to seem a lot less frightening.
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