Pros and Cons of Working Out at Home or at a Gym

You have gained a few pounds or you simply want to stay fit and tone those muscles up. The first thing that comes to mind is, “how am I going to get in shape?” With all the workout fads and programs out there, you have several options but with today’s busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, the real question you should be asking yourself is “Where should I be working out with my busy schedule?” Among the many options, the main ones to consider is “do I work out at a gym or do I work out at home? Both options have their pros and cons and it would be a good idea to weigh out the options for either of them and consider which best suits your schedule and lifestyle before choosing which route to take.


working out at the gym


Pros of Working Out in the Gym:


  • One great thing about working out in the gym is that you don’t have to buy any machines and equipment by yourself.
  • Another advantage would be that at the gym one is likely to find a trainer or a workout partner who will guide and help motivate them throughout the workouts.
  • At the gym you get to see others work out. One becomes more motivated to work out more
    intensely than they would when doing it alone.
  • At the gym there is a wide variety of machines and weights to choose from as opposed to using a limited number of machines at home.
  • At the gym you are more likely to find instructors to guide you on how to use the machines or perform certain exercises, while at home you have to teach yourself.
  • At the gym you can always ask someone to spot you during your exercises to help prevent injury.

Cons of Working Out in the Gym:


  • There is likelihood of wasting more time at the gym as you wait for machines to be free, especially with popular gyms with many members and at peak times like the evening after work when weights and machines have limited access.
  • Cost, long term use of the gym is more costly as one has to pay a monthly or yearly membership fee.
  • People who feel bad about how they look physically or are more self-conscious about their weight may be looked down on by those who are more physically fit at the gym. This sometimes kills morale and motivation of those who lack self-confidence.
  • Time, when someone workouts at a gym, they have to make time to travel to the gym. Depending on how far you live from the gym, travel time can take a huge chunk of time out of your already busy day.
  • Those who have busy schedules and small children. It’s very difficult to go to the gym when you have other priorities. Ex. kids, homework, dinner, putting the kids to bed.



working out at home



Pros of Working Out at Home:


  • Time is on your side. If you work out at home you don’t have to worry about traveling. If you
    choose to work out from the comfort of one of your rooms, living room or in your basement, you don’t have to worry about traveling to and from the gym.
  • For those that have small children, working out before the kids wake up in the morning or after they go to bed in the evening is prime time to perform your work outs.
  • When one chooses to work out at home one has the freedom to pick and choose the exercises that he or she wants to participate in and there is no waiting for machines or weights to be available.
  • One is able to exercise in privacy. This helps those who are self-conscious to exercise more freely.
  • Working out using exercise DVDS can be quite convenient for those who are just starting out or need direction and a set workout routine.
  • It’s more cost effective as there are no monthly charges. There is also no traveling cost since you work out in the comfort of your home.


Cons of Working Out at Home:


  • Buying proper work out equipment for your home can get very expensive.
  • Some people do not have the required space for a full gym set. Exercise equipment require space for storage and also require plenty of space to work out in.
  • Getting motivated to workout at home can be difficult at times. At home, it’s easy to make excuses and be lazy since you are in the comfort of your home.
  • It can get quite boring since you are all alone and there is no one to motivate you.
  • There is likely to be more distractions when working out at home.


Working out from home or at the gym both have its pros and cons but choosing one that best suits your lifestyle and schedule will help you keep on track, stay motivated and reach your fitness goals much easier.