The question we usually ask ourselves when we finally decide to get on an exercise program is, should I work out from the comfort of my home or head to the gym? I can't give you an exact answer as I don't know what your current situation is but I'll give you some advantages and disadvantages for each side of the table.

Personally for me, I prefer going to the gym. I tried working out at home a couple of times in my life, but the pros outweigh the cons by a mile. It was far too easy for me to say "I'll do it tomorrow" when trying to do it from home. We all know that isn't going to work if we have that kind of mindset!

These are some but not all the pros and cons for working out at home vs. the gym.

Going to the Gym - Pros and Cons


  • Energy


    Being in an environment with other like-minded individuals gives you that extra energy that you just can't get by working out alone at home. You get a good ole friendly competition with the person next to you which will push you to go a little more than you otherwise would have.


  • Variety of equipment's


    Most gyms have all sorts of different machines, sets of dumbbells, squat rack, or all types of cardio machine that you just can't fit it all in your basement. This allows you to perform all sorts of exercises and lift the max you can actually lift without being limited.



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  • The commute


    Even though you may live 5 minutes away from the gym, during the winter months, it can be a big hassle just to get there. This may cause you to say "I'll go when the weather is better" in which you may wait all winter.


    Working out at home, you can exercise right there and then. When you get home from work and it takes you a mere 5 minutes to change out of your work clothes and into your gym clothes, and wa-lah, you're already sweating that fat away!


  • Can cost quite a bit


    Gym memberships are expensive these days! A couple of years ago, I was paying $30 to $35 CAD per month. These days, gym membership can go upwards to $50 CAD per month. Try looking at your company benefit program if you can get a deal if you decide to go down this route.


    However, working out at home may need you to buy some equipment's and they can easily add up quick. On top of that, if for whatever reason you stop working out, you're left with a whole bunch of expensive equipment that's taking a whole lot of your basement/garage space.

Staying at Home – Pros and Cons


  • Practical


    When traveling, it's hard but not impossible to fit in a good exercise regime as you're so limited. Practicing at home will allow you to come up with a workout routine that allows you to do it anywhere in the world.


    If you're watching yoga tutorials videos on youtube, you can easily do that right in your hotel room. If you have a routine of doing a certain amount of bodyweight squats, pushups, and/or some ab workouts, again, easily doable right in your hotel room!


  • Great place to start


    If you're shy about going to the gym, this is a great place to build up some confidence. You can watch tutorial videos at home and practice it right there and then. This will definitely help you build up your confidence in whatever exercise you choose to do whether that me yoga, cardio, or weightlifting.



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  • Extremely easy to get lazy


    Being at home, it's painless to talk yourself out from working out. It's easy to not give it your all and cut your workouts by 15 or 30 minutes short.


    As I said, it's so much easier to say I'll do it tomorrow or I'm just going to rest my eyes for 5 minutes.


  • Limited


    Depending on which exercising you're doing, you may be limiting your full growth. If you want to do more cardio, doing it at home, at the gym, or outside won't have such a big impact.


    However, if you're into weightlifting, it's a high chance that you don't have all the equipment's and enough weights to be able to perform at your highest potential.



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Which One is Right for You?

For me, I found it much more difficult to motivate myself to work out at home. My task for each workout is just to get myself out of the house and into the gym. When I'm there; I get a new burst of energy and motivation!

Try both for at least a month and see which one works best in your schedule. At the end of each month, decide which one works best for you. It's going to be different for everyone. There's only one way to find out, just go do it!


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Published by Duy Dang