No Excuses & No More Zero Days
Studies show that people are more likely to stick with a fitness routine and more driven to push themselves when they are at home. This can be for a variety of reasons, but what it comes down to is that home fitness workouts are convenient and more diversified.
Working out at home frees up your schedule and allows you to make the most of every workout. Much like cooking for yourself instead of eating out, setting up a home gym may take a little bit of time and effort upfront, but the benefits will definitely outweigh the initial sacrifices.
You Have Full Control of Your Home Gym
There are endless advantages that come with having a home gym as opposed to the traditional gym, but one of the biggest benefits is the fact that you can workout when you want.
The traditional gym usually has opening hours, forcing you to choose between inconvenient early hours that disrupt your sleep pattern and night hours, which are often noisy when you want to rest and relax.
Not only that, but you never know when a major event will require the closure of your favorite gym, and you’re left with no other option but to cancel your membership and start searching for a new one.
Your home gym, on the other hand, is open whenever you want it to be.
Party of One, Your Gym is Waiting
As most of us here understand, the best people to hold you accountable to your workout goals are your friends and family. This can be tricky if you’re trying to work out on a budget.
One option is to try to befriend people in your area that love exercising as much as you do. For me, this was my uncle. Not only does he love working out just as much as I do, but he has always, and still now, looks forward to our workouts.
My uncle enjoys working out so much, in fact, that he combines cardio with lifting by incorporating short sprints into his cardio workout. Like me, he only has a few minutes to workout in the morning, so he sprints for 30 seconds, and then walks for two minutes.
The point is, if your friends are not into working out, or if you live in a particularly isolated area, one of the best ways to get fit is to create your own home gym. Luckily, the move toward at-home gym memberships has opened up an incredible resource for anyone looking to up their workouts.
The downside, however, is that this comes at a cost. Whether you join a new gym, or you decide to build your own, if you don’t have the space at your home or apartment, you may need to pay a fee to store equipment.
Can We Get a Little Privacy Here?
You’ve probably noticed that most gyms have a lot of people milling about.
The reason behind this is simple: gyms know that if they pack their facility full of equipment, then people will want to come and use it. More people in the gym lead to more opportunities to sell them memberships, which can cost hundreds of dollars per month.
This is where the home gym comes in.
While gym memberships can be very convenient, they also can be very costly. All of that money adds up, especially if you’re going more than once a week. Starting a home gym is likely to cost you a lot less than even a single month at the average gym.
Some people go as far as to say that working out at home is better than any gym. No more putting up with the loud music, running into people you know as they work out across town, or accidentally purchasing the wrong supplement from the front desk. You can simply choose a workout that works for you, bring your earbuds, and focus on the task ahead.
Do it on Your Own Time!
No set schedules!
The gym is one of those places that is at your convenience, but with very limited room and equipment.
With a home gym, you can exercise at your own leisure, because you have no monthly fees.
It allows you to schedule your workouts around your life. You can bump an exercise session up or plan for optimal workout times.
One could argue that this leads to inconsistency and prevents you from sticking to a routine, but studies are now proving that doing well rounded and varied exercise routines are even more effective than the same old thing.
If you want to break out from the usual monotony of programed exercise, a home gym is key.
You Become Your Own Best Fitness Instructor
Typically, gyms offer both an instructor and a friend that you can use as a reference for your form.
While this is great for beginners, it’s not as awesome once you’re more advanced. You can find yourself doing the same exercises in the same fashion even after hitting those plateaus.
But at home, if you don’t know how to do a certain exercise, you can find hundreds of thousands of different video tutorials on YouTube, follow the instructions in the video, and voila! You’re now doing the exercise!
How Not to Waste 1000’s of Dollars a Year
A lot of people like to work out in the gym. It makes sense. You have lots of equipment available, you don’t get as hot as you would if you exercised outside, and who doesn’t like pool parties?
It turns out that there are several reasons why a home gym is better than a gym membership.
The single biggest expense for most people with a gym membership is childcare. If you don’t bring young children with you to the gym, then a home gym is hands down cheaper than a gym membership. Even if you have small children, check to see if your gym has any childcare services. It can be worth the extra expense if it allows you to get a decent workout in.
It’s More Efficient
If you work out at home, then it means you don’t have to travel to the gym. That means you’re not spending hours every day driving to and from the gym. Think about how many hours you spend commuting over the course of a year. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, it adds up.
Have it Your Way!
If you go to a gym, you have no control over the schedule, limited options for cardio, and possibly little to no choice in equipment.
If you have a home gym, you can go to the gym! And you can also choose what you go to the gym for and mix up your routine to your liking!
Also, the biggest downside of going to a gym will never be an issue: traffic. Nobody likes the crowds in a gym setting, and that will always be a non-issue with your home gym.
Gyms are social. Members drop in at any time and have a common goal. They interact with each other through a shared exertion of effort. Interacting with others can give you a sense of commitment to working out.
The challenge is not necessarily the physical aspect of it, it is also the interpersonal relations and yes, even the culture. And that will never change if you keep your home gym membership!
Establish Goals and Stay Motivated
Gyms provide workout schedules you can stick to. They set workout goals you can achieve and they motivate you to keep going.
There are so many reasons why gyms are better than home workout equipment. Among others, they involve other people and have clear goals. This clear vision of what is expected from the exercise helps to maintain motivation.
Always the Perfect Fit
If you truly want to be successful at your training, you need to have the right resources on hand.
That’s why having an entire gym with tons of equipment at home is such a great idea. You can set it up any way you want, so no matter what muscle group or element of training you want to focus on, you’ll always have exactly what you need.
As long as you have your own free weights, benches, and a workout mat, you can have the perfect gym at home. Of course, you can still get a lot of great value from your home gym if you just have a couple of key pieces of equipment.
Make It Easy to Stick with a Routine
Let’s face it “ gyms are boring, even if you choose a better quality facility with a more appealing atmosphere.
No matter how tired you feel when you walk in, you do it because it’s a social activity. You make it a habit to hit the gym as well because, again, it’s a social thing. You’re likely to meet your friends and coworkers there, which makes it easier to stick with it.
So how do you make it easy to stick to your training plan at home?