Gym vs. Homegym

For more than 6 years, I have been doing my weight training at home without any major restrictions. However, this era ends now and I will soon sign up in a gym. Why I made this decision and what are the advantages and disadvantages of training in the gym? Read on to find out!

Why?

I started with my strength training about 7 years ago, as probably most people, in a gym. However, because most of the time I could only train after work during the peak time I quickly decided to set up a small home gym and do my weight training at home.

Starting with a rack, a bench, a pair of dumbbells and a barbell (of course, with a some weights), my equipment continued to grow. In addition to numerous little things, the rogue rack was definitely the highlight of my equipment. I was able to train all muscle groups in different ways without significant restrictions.

So why switching to a gym? The main reason is that over the past few months, it has become clear to me that I need my own workplace at home. Currently my work materials are scattered and I have to set up my workspace everytime I need to do work at home. Especially with my ever increasing private projects this process can be very time-consuming.

Since the space in my apartment is limited I had to decide: The rack or a home office. After much consideration, I realized: I can outsource my training easily, it’s not that easy with a workplace.

Which studio?

Due to my diversely designed training it was clear to me that I needed a gym with many possibilities. A pool was very important for me, so I can combine my swimming with my strength training.

This limited the choice of a studio significantly. After some trainings and studio visits, I finally decided on the John Harris Studio at Schillerplatz.

7000 square meters of training area with numerous different training possibilities I currently do not have convinced me that this is the right choice. Devices which are currently not available to me, but which I will definitively include into my training in the future, are, for example, the following:

  • Stairmaster
  • Rowing machine
  • Treadmill
  • Sled
  • Skill Mills
  • An Olympic Weightlifting platform where I can drop the weighs
  • A swimming pool

The whole package is topped by an awesome sauna-area. I love going to the sauna but rarely do so because I usually lack the opportunity to do so. This is going to change now and I am looking forward to the positive effects of this regarding my recovery!

You may also face the decision to sign up for a gym or set up your own homegym. In this case, I have listed the pros and cons of a gym to help you with this decision.

Pros

Of course, a gym has many advantages. Here are the positive aspects in my opinion:

  • Much more equipment and space than you have at home: No matter how much space you have at home and how much equipment you buy, a gym still has more. Battleropes or a sled will be hard to use at home.
  • Much more options: More equipment and more space means you have more options. You can mix up your training in different ways.
  • Dedicated place to train: Even if I have no problems in this regard, it is not to be dismissed it is easier to get distracted from working out at home than in a gym.

Cons

Compared to training at home, a gym has some disadvantages (I did not train at home for 6 years without a reason after all):

  • Time: Usually you do not have a gym directly in your house and you need some time to get to your gym somehow. This time, as short as it may be, could already be used for training.
  • Flexibility: Imagine it’s Sunday night and you still have to work out. What is the probability that you get up and go to the gym? If your training opportunity is right in the next room, the likelihood you working out is much higher. You are much more flexible in terms of your training.
  • Monthly membership fee: With a homegym you have initial acquisition fees, but these are only once. At the gym you pay, depending on the studio, monthly. In the long run a homegym is much cheaper.

As you can see you cannot say if a gym is “better” than a homegym or not. Depending on what you are looking for and what your life circumstances look like, both options can be the right way to integrate fitness into your everyday life.

Do you work out in a gym or at home? Let me know in the comments!

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