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To Gym or Not To Gym Home Gym vs Gym Membership Explained

To Gym or Not To Gym: Home Gym vs. Gym Membership, Explained

Comparisons of the home gym vs. gym membership prove that they are quite different.

What are your preferences when comparing a home gym vs. gym membership?

So, you’re looking to start a workout routine. All you need to figure out now is whether you can do it at home or if you think you’ll need a gym membership. Decisions, decisions. There are definitely pros and cons to both options. So, when contemplating a home gym vs. gym membership, there are some key points to consider.

Let’s figure out which you should choose!


It doesn’t get more convenient than going to a gym that is only as far as another room of your house. No excuses there. The only inconvenient part of this is the space issue. Do you have space for gym equipment? You may not have a spare room to store it all or space in a garage. The good news is that there are equipment options that don’t have to take up too much space. It all depends on what kind of gym you are looking to set up. If you are wanting to acquire lots of different pieces of equipment, it might be easier just to join a gym unless you’re a lucky one with ample square footage.


The price

The bottom line is that with a gym membership, you’ll be paying monthly fees, and with an at-home gym, you’ll be paying up-front costs to purchase the equipment. So in the end, assuming that you will be a member of a gym for years to come, the at-home gym may cost less. Again, it depends on the equipment you need for your at-home gym. If you live in a relatively mild climate, you can get away with performing your cardio workouts outside, year-round. If not, you’ll likely need either a treadmill or an elliptical machine, and those will be priced on the higher end. Basically, decide on what you are looking for with your at-home gym. It might be cheaper to just join one!

Social aspect

Some people need people to get motivated, while other people crave privacy. It really just depends on what is best for you. If you are looking for a group of like-minded individuals, you aren’t going to find them in your living room — you’ll need to join a gym. There is definitely some value in having that tribe that keeps you accountable for showing up for workouts. For others who just hate the thought of working out in front of others, it is best to just get the workout done in the privacy of your own home.

When weighing the options of a home gym vs. gym membership, just be sure you are doing what is right for you and your personal needs. After all, everyone is different and we can’t count on the idea of one-size-fits-all when it comes to exercise. It is vitally important to maintain a workout routine as we age; and whether it is at a gym or at home, just get it done!

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