The heated debate over the home gym vs commercial gym continues. Deciding which is a better option is hard to answer and it’s going to vary by person. Everyone has different goals and are in different stages of their exercise “careers,” so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of both in order to make a confident decision. I have listed all the pros and cons of both gyms, so you can make the right choice. If you can think of any more benefits to having a home gym or a commercial gym, comment below so I can add them to the list!
Home Gym Benefits
• A home gym is in your HOME, so working out is as easy as a walk down your stairs. There are no excuses not to workout when your steps away from your home gym equipment.
• A home gym is much more affordable in the long run. A commercial gym membership is around $30 to $40 per month, so it will only take a year or two to pay off a home gym in comparison.
• You won’t be distracted by other gym goers, and you certainly won’t have to worry about some else using the machine you were eyeing.
• The best home gym equipment can last 10+ years. Investing in quality gym equipment will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
• One of the best benefits of home gyms is the amount of money you save aside from the membership cost. You will save on gas money, depreciation on your car, the $3 protein bar that you buy form the gym cashier, and a heck of a lot more.
• You won’t have to go outside, which is a major plus during the cold winter months.
• You can exercise whenever you want!
• Commercial gyms can be intimidating for beginners, so a home gym is a more comfortable alternative. If you don’t want to embarrass yourself while working out, you can watch training videos online and practice in the peace and quiet of your home. Many gyms say they are a “no judgment” gym , but let’s face it, people are going to judge no matter what.
• Home gyms are perfect for people who don’t live in an urban area with gyms around every corner.
• Especially in the winter months, a commercial gym can be filled with germs that will get you sick. With your own home gym, the sweat and germs from others will not be an issue.
• A monthly gym membership is just another expense to add to your already large list of monthly bills.
• You can show off to all your friends how much you workout!
• It’s more fun when you get to design your own home gym. You can add motivational posters, mirrors, a TV, a speaker system, you name it.
Commercial Gym Benefits
• Home gym equipment takes up space – some take up more than others, but overall you will need to clear out a decent size chunk.
• You need to assemble it which means you will need the right tools along with the time and energy.
• Expensive up-front costs – home gyms come with a wide price range, but for a decent gym you will need to pay at least $500.
• You need to clean and maintain home gym equipment.
• There is more exercise equipment at commercial gyms so you can vary your workout routine.
• When you are at a commercial gym there is more of an incentive to workout because you drove all the way there. At home, you can easily just give up and go lay back in your cozy bed.
• Great way to make friends – being around a lot of like-minded people is a great way to get to know people, but don’t go interrupting someone in the middle of their set!
• When you see a cute guy or girl working out next to you, odds are you will push yourself a bit harder.
• Commercial gyms often offer personal trainers, cycling and yoga classes, and maybe even a basketball court or pool.
• If commercial gym equipment breaks, it’s not yours to deal with. But if your home gym breaks, it’s up to you.
• When you workout at home, it’s likely that you will not have someone there to watch you in case you hurt yourself.
The home gym vs commercial gym debate will never end. If you are still not sure after reading this, you may have to just try out both for yourself!