Home Fitness VS GYMs: Which One Is For You?

Are you trying to decide if Home fitness is for you? Maybe you have attended a GYM or health club before, or maybe you have never tried exercising at home before. Whatever the reason, we want to give you all the information you need before jumping into unknown territory. A small hint… it’s pretty sweet.

 

Home fitness is one of the fastest-growing trends in the fitness industry over the last decade. While many have made this decision on their own, maybe seeking convenience or saving money, many others have been forced to adapt due to the current world pandemic. The present situation and restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus have made it very difficult for gyms and health clubs to remain open. The good news is that those discovering home fitness are very likely to continue exercising from home due to their many advantages.

 

Before we jump into the main differences you will encounter when working out at home versus your local GYM, here are some must-know facts about the later which should always be considered when making your final decision.

 

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In conclusion, when you join a GYM, you are paying someone else for the right to exercise at their location. However, we know from data that most people who sign up for a membership either quit soon after or simply don’t use it (while still paying for it). Now that you are armed with knowledge about the fitness industry, and that the juicy membership you are being offered at your local gym is not as straightforward as it sounds, it is time to put Home fitness and GYMs face-to-face and compare their benefits and drawbacks. After all, money alone cannot buy you fitness.

 

GYMs and Health Clubs

PROS

  • Heavy-duty exercise machines
  • Fitness environment (can be motivating or demotivating for some)
  • Personalized 1-on-1 Trainers at an additional cost to your membership

CONS

  • Crowded at convenient times (6 pm-9 pm) resulting in waiting time for the machine you need
  • Poor sanitation. Most people don’t clean their sweat after using a machine, making it a germ feast
  • Out of place feeling, especially if you are self-conscious about your body. Most people feel insecure about their bodies, and being next to someone in peak shape can drive even more insecurities and bad exercise habits such as poor form
  • Paid classes (additional cost to your membership)
  • Automatic payments and strict terms and conditions make them hard to quit
  • Unnecessary initiation fees. Seriously, why does it cost so much to get a plastic keycard and register a new member?
  • Additional commute required (time plus money)

 

Home Fitness

PROS

  • Available 24/7 and fit anyone’s schedule
  • No ongoing cost or fees
  • Exercise equipment (optional) costs less than 1 year of gym membership and lasts for decades
  • Vast amount of free and paid fitness apps and video content on YouTube for all disciplines
  • Vast number of fitness communities there to support and motivate you along your journey
  • No additional commutes
  • No unwanted germs

CONS

  • Isolation machines can be expensive and require extra space
  • Expensive in-home 1-on-1 personal trainers

 

Where to Next:

If you are committed to joining the home fitness movement, here are a few tips you should not overlook in order to maximize your performance and help you succeed.

  1. Read our article on setting Goals as this will set you up for success
  2. Protect your floors, carpet, and joints by adding a FitFiera hybrid exercise and yoga mat to your home. They are strong, lightweight, free-weight compatible, and help reduce noise while working out.

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