Joining a Gym vs Working Out at Home: Which is Better for You?
Here at UK Gym Equipment, we supply state-of-the-art gym equipment for both commercial and home settings and one of the questions we get asked a lot is ‘Should I sign up to a gym or workout at home?’.
There is no textbook answer because it all depends on what you are hoping to achieve, your budget and personal circumstances. For many, signing up and going to a gym is not an option due to other commitments such as working hours, children and more, while others could never imagine working out at home. It all comes down to personal preference whether home workouts are better than the gym and what environment helps to motivate you to continue to push your limits.
However, to help you make an informed decision if you are wondering should I join a gym or workout at home, we break down the reasons why you should hit the gym or create your own fitness space.
One of the biggest pain points for anyone when it comes to exercise is making time for it. We get it, life is busy and responsibilities can mount up to the point that, before you know it, the entirety of the day has passed you by and you are getting back into bed. Making time in the day to exercise can feel as though it is impossible, never mind factoring in the time it takes to commute backwards and forwards to a gym.
This is why many regular gym-goers make time to hit the gym either first thing in the morning before going to work or on their way back from the office. Of course, these peak times are when gyms are most likely to be busy which may put off many potential members. Waiting around for the piece of equipment you most want to use isn’t for everyone. Unless you can train outside of peak hours at a gym that offers flexible opening hours (many of which are open 24/7), a home gym may be worth it.
Unless you are fortunate to have both space and budget to accommodate a vast selection of gym equipment at home, you are not going to benefit from the same variety of workouts at home as you would at a gym. In a commercial setting, you have the pick of various equipment such as treadmills, rowing machines, cross-trainers, weights and more. Whatever you are hoping to work on, there will be equipment to suit your needs.
While you can invest in equipment for your home gym, to achieve your fitness goals you need to consider the type of workouts you will need and the best equipment to help you reach your target. Variety is the spice of life and when it comes to maintaining your motivation, you will be appreciative of the potential to mix up your workouts.
Financial constraints are a key factor when deciding whether to join a gym or build your own. Many prefer to workout at home so as they are not tied into a monthly membership, while others see the fee as a small price to pay for not having to invest in their own equipment. For between £20 and £40 a month (depending on the gym you sign up to and your location), you are granted access to a wide variety of gym equipment which is regularly maintained.
On the flip side, if you can invest in your own equipment, while this may well amount to high upfront costs, the equipment is yours and you are free to use it as much as you like. No monthly membership fees, no waiting around for another member to finish with it and adjusted to suit you.
At UK Gym Equipment, we make it so as everyone can afford commercial-standard gym equipment with finance options available. This makes it so, if you cannot afford to pay the upfront costs, your home gym can still boast the best equipment available and you still won’t have to patiently wait around for it to become free.
Are Home Workouts Better Than the Gym?
We have published a vast array of workouts you can do at home both with and without equipment over on our blog, so we know full well how effective they can be. As for whether a home workout is better than going to the gym? It all depends on the effort you put in and how committed you are. An hour in the gym spent walking around isn’t going to burn anywhere near as many calories as a 30-minute HIIT workout at home. Likewise, the odd sit-up and press-up in your living room won’t help you to achieve your fitness goal like working up a sweat in the gym.
It all comes down to how you feel most comfortable and motivated to train. At the gym, you have no distractions that can take you away from your workout and you can focus on getting your workout done. At home, you can tailor your space to suit you and not have to worry about travelling backwards and forwards to the gym, waiting around for equipment to be free or having to fit in your workout during opening times (unless your gym is 24/7).
Whatever works best for you, just know that both going to the gym and working out at home has different benefits for different people. It is motivation and commitment that are the most important. There is no reason why you cannot incorporate both the gym and home workouts into your fitness regime to add further variety.
As we outlined at the start of this post, there is no right or wrong answer. Do whatever works for you and, most importantly, have fun whilst doing so because that is when you will see the best results.