Best Place to Workout
- Gym or Home?
copyright 2003 by Greg Landry,
Here's a question that I hear many times
every month, "Greg, should I workout
at home or at a gym?" Well, the bottom
line is certainly that you should do whatever
works best for you - whatever helps you
to workout consistently.
I asked my newsletter subscribers where
they trained and why. This will give you
many pros and cons to consider in determining
where you should workout. Here are some
of their responses:
Several years ago I was about to pay a
fee of $420 to join a gym for a year and
thought about using that money to buy equipment
to make my own home gym. I bought all used
equipment from classified ads and have a
great gym for $370. I exercise three to
four days per week and don't have to pay
gym fees. _____
I weight train at home, because I can barely
find enough time to exercise, let alone
to make it to a gym that is a) close enough
b) cheap enough c) not a "skin gym"
that emphasizes checking out the person
who uses the weights after you.
I use resistance bands and do good old
push ups, leg lifts, squats, etc. I am already
noticing a bit of definition on my upper
I work out six days a week at the local
Gym. I have tried both the "at home"
work- outs and working out at a gym. I get
inspired to work harder and maintain a program
when I go to a public gym with a lot of
folks who know who I am and question me
if I'm not there every day.
I've been doing this for a couple of years
now and I'm in the best shape I've ever
been in. It allows me to eat like a "regular"
person without too much guilt. I also feel
that the spirit of the 5:00 am morning team
helps everyone get through their own workouts
easier. We've become a family of sorts who
help each other reach our respective goals.
After over twenty years of yo-yo dieting,
this is the only thing I've found that actually
works along with watching what I eat (not
I train at home because when I go to the
fitness center all I do is visit and work
my mouth. I have a weight bench, free weights,
dumbbells, treadmill, healthrider, and a
rowing machine. I am pretty well disciplined
and can stay on a schedule. _____
I weight train at my fitness center because
I like to work almost every part of my body
and the Fitness Center has machines for
every part, plus some I choose to bypass.
I only use free weights for one or two body
parts, so it'd be really expense to get
the same workout at home. I weight train
two to three times per week. I love that
it makes me feel so much stronger. Plus,
with the latest news on how weight training
makes your bod burn calories even while
you sleep, I just can't pass it by. What
a bonus! _____
I exercise at home because I hate the crowds
at the gym and also because I'm serious
about exercise. Most people at a gym are
there to socialize and checkout girls in
skimpy clothes. And then you have the egotistical
muscle heads admiring themselves in the
mirrors. I guess you can tell I don't like
I work out at home due to cost and time.
After I determined that I could buy the
equipment to use at home rather than pay
gym prices, I proceeded to work out at home.
Time was another consideration.. I was always
concerned about getting dressed "properly"
to go to the gym. But, when working out
at home, I don't have to get dressed twice
that day.. once to go to the gym and another
to go to work. _____
I go to a pay per month gym that has reputable
physical therapists offering assistance
and/or private sessions. I decided to exercise
in this manner because the gym had the equipment
and the qualified personnel to plan a program
for me. I do a private session monthly and
sometimes my program changes accordingly.
I'm pleased with the program and the trainers.
I weight train at home for convenience.
I don't have any excuses not to then! No
bad weather, lack of vehicle, etc. _____
I weight train three times a week. I go
to a good gym and use both machines and
free weights. It's too easy for me to put
it off trying to work- out alone at home.
The phone rings, someone comes to the door,
the dishes beckon and pretty soon it's time
for car pool. Also, I tend to hurry through
it at home. So I do better going out. It's
my time. _____
I work out with weights at home 2-3 times
a week. I do this at home because I am busy
and I like the idea that whenever I want
to do it, it's right there. This way I cannot
say it's too cold or I don't feel like driving
I do it at home for several reasons. I
can roll out of bed at 6:00 in the morning
and get my workout done without having the
hassle of leaving the house. I don't have
to take my work clothes, soap, hair products,
and shoes to the gym. I don't have to wait
on someone else to finish their set. I get
to listen to the radio station I want to.
I am modest and really like to look at myself
working out, so I get to wear my jog bra
without being self conscience. It's just
majorly convenient to do it at home. _____
I weight train at home and at the gym.
It depends some on mood. Do I want to concentrate
at home in my pajamas, or be more social
and go to the gym? It also depends on time
of day. If I'm leaving it until the evening,
I do it at home. If I can get away at lunch,
I do it at the gym. _____
I weight train at home. The reason is pure
and simple - I don't have the time to drive
15 to 20 minutes to a gym, and then train,
shower and drive home again. Home is where
I can do it all at once and still be with
my family. _____
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copyright 2003 by Greg Landry, M.S.