It seems like a new gym opens every week. There’s one on every corner, but the turnover rate is high.
You’re probably familiar with the stereotype about gym memberships: people sign up, spend a ton of money, and rarely wind up going.
This doesn’t always mean the person is lazy.
Sometimes, it has to do with how busy we are in our everyday lives. It’s hard to make time for the gym. Other times, people are self conscious about working out around others.
It may seem like a heft investment at first, but it’s more than worth it in the long run.
Nobody starts out ripped and buff.
People with great bodies have already been working out for a long time. It can be intimidating to work out beside people who have years of experience ahead of you, with a lot of results to show for it.
Sometimes, this leads to people feeling inadequate or embarrassed, and they won’t go to the gym because of it.
Having some trouble at first is completely normal. You won’t be able to deadlift 200 pounds on your first try.
Having a home gym will give you the privacy you need to feel comfortable learning.
You won’t have to worry about prying eyes, feeling insecure because other seasoned lifters have the edge over you.
When are you free for a workout? What does your work schedule look like?
If you work irregular hours, or long shifts in the middle of the day, good luck finding a gym that will be open when you finally have the time to get there.
With a home gym, the hours are whenever you want them to be.
If you can only work out at midnight, or at five AM before you get ready for work, great news: if the gym is in your house, you can do that. If you’re having a busy day and you only have time to get a quick 20 minutes in between errands, you’re free to do that.
You can work out whenever you want.
Having everything at home makes working out more convenient. If you have too much going on to get out to the gym, that’s not a reason to let your health and fitness play second fiddle.
A home gym will allow you to take control.
The average gym goer spends anywhere between $40 and $50 a month on their membership, and that doesn’t include startup fees. Altogether, you’re looking at about $1,000 a year to attend a gym.
How much do you spend on gas to travel back and forth? Do you buy water while you’re there? The costs add up pretty fast.
It’s far more worthwhile to invest in your own equipment. Sturdy equipment can last you decades. Even if you invest $5,000 in gym equipment, it’s still worth it in the long run. You’ll never have to spend that money again.
You won’t be paying exorbitant sums of money over time to lay on a bench that’s covered in a total stranger’s back sweat. Everything you own will be yours, and you can use it whenever you want.
A gym is designed to appeal to a general audience, and is equipped with generalized equipment. It’s a one size fits most fitness solution, but that size may not fit you.
When you’re working out, you have the opportunity to create a custom body. Focus more on areas you want to bulk up, and less on areas you want to keep down.
You have a vision for what you want your body to look like, and you deserve to be able to execute that vision.
There’s no guarantee that a gym you sign up for would be equipped to help you with your goals. If you want to focus mostly on things like core strength and leg strength, you may be out of luck.
Most gyms offer some very basic cardio equipment, and the majority of the other equipment will generally be aimed at upper body strength.
You’ll also be able to do things for as long as you want, in whatever order you please. Bounce from exercise to exercise on your own timetable. You won’t have to wait for anyone to move out of the way.
You don’t have to share anything with anyone.
You can do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and get the experience you desire.
You’ll never outgrow it
Since gyms are for the mass crowds, they’re equipped with what the mass crowds can handle. If you’re only doing basic lifts and using simple equipment, that’s going to get old after a while.
If you want to continue your fitness journey, upping the intensity and using heavier weights, your gym probably won’t be able to accommodate your special needs when you get to that point.
That leaves you with two options – either stop going, or try to switch to a specialty gym that can keep up with you.
Cancelling your membership will cost you a fortune, and you may have to pay for the remainder of your contract anyway. Specialty gyms tend to cost more money as well.
Since you’re going at your own pace and you’ll have more time to work out when your equipment is at home, you’ll see the results faster than you may expect.
Once you know what your personal goals are, setting up a home gym is easy and efficient.
You’d be surprised how much money you’ll save in the long run, and how much simpler it is to work out on your own schedule, at your own pace, and on your own property.