Don’t get me wrong – gyms do serve their purpose, and for some folks that’s great. That said, I know from experience that achieving one’s fitness goals by working out at home has some very real merit. The following are some of the advantages that I’ve noticed having worked out in my own home (my garage, to be exact) for over a decade.
- No Commute: When you work out at home, there’s no need to go anywhere to get your sweat on. You don’t spend time making your way to and from the gym.
- No Waiting: There’s no having to wait for an empty treadmill or having to “work in” with someone in the weights area. Combined with eliminating the commute, working out at home significantly reduces your time investment.
- Nobody Sees You: No more feeling self-conscious or being sized up by fellow gym goers. Wear what you want, listen to your own music, and grunt when you need to.
- Always Open: Sure, there are some 24 hour gyms. But if you have children like I do, it sure is nice to be able to work out at any hour without leaving your home.
- Fewer Excuses: I remember how easy it was to NOT find my way to the gym. The beauty of working out at home is that it’s RIGHT THERE.
- No Equipment You’ll Never Use: Gyms can have a huge array of amenities, and members pay for them all. As I recall, I used maybe 5% of what was offered at my gym years ago. If your goal is to get in better shape, you simply don’t need endless options or equipment. Basic adjustable dumbbells are incredibly versatile. As a personal trainer, I sometimes design programs that only require bodyweight (and persistence, of course).
- No Membership Fee or Long-Term Contracts: Enough said.
- No Germs: I’ll be honest, my mother brought this one up. But…it’s true. A LOT of people use your local gym’s equipment. Just saying….
And who doesn’t want that?