If you had a choice to build a good home gym or pay to workout at a commercial gym…
Which one would you choose?
Would you rather workout at home if you had everything you needed?
Or would you still choose to go to a large commercial gym?
I'm going to give you the pros and cons of working out at a home gym and a commercial gym. You can then make your decision. In my mind, there's no comparison. You'll soon find out which one I prefer…
We're going to compare the following characteristics:
We're going to go over each of these one by one and give you our opinion on each. You can then decide on your own according to which characteristics are most important to you.
A commercial gym will be packed full of machines and free weights. Sometimes free weights, barbells, dumbbells, and power racks may be hard to find in today's commercial gyms. Some gyms are very limited with dumbbell sizes.
The only real advantage a commercial gym has over a home gym in terms of equipment are the machines — and that's not much of an advantage anyway.
A commercial gym will provide you with more exercise variety due to the large number of machines, but free weights are highly recommended over the use of machines anyway. A properly equipped home gym will provide a huge number of exercises for each major muscle group.
Home gyms will have everything you need in terms of equipment, and you won't be tempted to try some new machine that's supposed to be a muscle building savior. No machine will ever compare to a free weight exercise. A properly equipped home gym has everything you need.
I have to give a slight advantage to the home gym in terms of weight lifting equipment. If you follow the guidelines I will soon give you for building a properly equipped home gym, you will get the advantage you need over the commercial gym in terms of weight training equipment.
Why do I give a slight edge to home gym equipment? You may argue that commercial gyms have so much more equipment and very high quality equipment. I will argue that it's very hard to find a good commercial gym. Many commercial gyms have opted for machines over free weights, and that's the worst thing any gym could ever do.
People like to workout more when it's easier … so that's why commercial gyms have machines. It's good business for them, but that's why everyone looks the same year after year.
A good commercial gym that is properly equipped with free weights will be equal to a properly equipped home gym. I've been to so many commercial gyms in the past. Most of the time, I couldn't even find dumbbells large enough to use for certain exercises.
Some didn't even have power racks! This is why I give the edge to the home gym in terms of equipment.
How do distractions compare in your future home gym to distractions in a commercial gym?
You could have more distractions at home, or you may have more distractions at a gym. It all depends on the environment of each gym. Most likely, a commercial gym will have many more distractions than any home gym.
Possible distractions in a commercial gym include:
- The so-called experts giving you advice on how to properly do everything
- People giving advice that have no idea what they are doing themselves
- People who make discouraging remarks and kill your motivation
- Personal trainers who pester you to hire them
- Personal trainers who have no idea what they are doing
- People who you may be attracted to or vice versa
- People wanting to talk while you are trying to workout
You don't need advice from anyone at a commercial gym. Yet, I guarantee someone will try to give you advice. If you decide to go to a commercial gym, be sure to let anyone that tries to give you advice know that you aren't looking for advice.
I've witnessed people trying to tell others how to do a squat properly. I've heard personal trainers telling people that going below parallel on squats is bad for your knees, which is totally bogus advice.
I've heard as much bad advice come from personal trainers as I have regular people in the gym.
I've seen people giving advice that come to the gym every day and bench press the same amount of weight the same number of times for the past 10 years. Some people have no sense of reality.
These people will try to stop you from making progress and discourage you by bringing you to their level. They haven't made progress, so they don't want you making progress. You don't need advice from these people.
Most personal trainers in commercial gyms that are going around bothering people are not going to be good trainers. The good trainers will not be bugging you and pestering you. You don't need a personal trainer. You have everything you need now with the knowledge you are gaining from this website.
Many people go to a gym because they think it's a place to make friends and meet people for dating purposes. It's sad, but many gyms have turned into hot spots for finding dates.
Ridiculous! A gym is for working out, building muscle, building strength, and burning fat. A gym is a place to work hard. It's not for finding your next date.
Possible distractions in a home gym are far fewer than those in a home gym, but these distractions can cause huge problems. Your family and friends interrupting you during your workout is a possible distraction that can kill your workout plans.
I make sure that no one distracts me while I am working out in my home gym. My wife knows not to bother me until I am finished working out. If you can set some rules with your family and friends, a home gym can be free from distractions.
The home gym has a huge advantage over the commercial gym when it comes to distractions. There are just too many possible distractions in a commercial gym. If you are good at blocking out all distractions, a commercial gym can be a good option.
If you've been to a commercial gym before, you've probably noticed how horrible the music can be. Everyone has different music preferences, so the gym obviously can't please everyone.
You can take your own portable music player to the gym loaded with your favorite music, but these sometimes get in the way and distract you during an exercise.
In your home gym, you can play whatever music you like. Music can make a huge difference in your workout, and I highly recommend you listen to your favorite music during your workout. You'll learn more about how to use music to get instant strength gains later in this manual.
A home gym gets the advantage when it comes to music. You can play whatever you want without the need to carry a portable mp3 player with ear buds that get in the way.
Many of you probably believe a commercial gym at $50 per month is much cheaper than buying expensive weight training equipment. And that's true, initially. You will have to spend more money to build a home gym initially, but your home gym will start to save you a ton of money after only a few years.
I want to prove to you that a home gym will save you money in the long run. And the amount of money it will save you is not just a small amount. You'll save around $1000 per year once you have recovered the initial cost of your home gym equipment.
It may take you anywhere from 1 to 3 years to recover the initial cost of your home gym equipment, but after that, you will save around $1000 per year. I've had my home gym for about 10 years now, so I've saved over $7000.
Let's take a closer look at the cost to equip your home gym properly…
The table below shows a list of equipment for your home gym and the cost. You are not required to have all of the equipment, nor are you expected to know what the equipment is at this time. You will learn about each piece of equipment in the next section of this manual.
The list of equipment in the table below includes everything you will ever need…
|#||Weight Training Equipment||Cost|
|2||Olympic Barbell Sets||$500|
|3||Extra Olympic Weights||$200|
|4||Adjustable Dumbbell Set||$700|
|6||Chin Up/Dip Station||$200|
|8||Various Handles and Bars||$200|
So, everything you could ever need to build muscle and strength for your home gym will cost you around $3,000 to $4,000. You do not have to start with all of this equipment. I've built my home gym over several years — one piece at a time.
It's perfectly fine to build a home gym slowly.
Now that we have a base number of $3000 for the cost of a fully equipped home gym, we can compare that to the cost of a commercial gym. Let's look at the costs and hassle associated with a commercial gym.
- Monthly membership fees
- Hassle and raised prices when it comes time to renew your membership fee
- Wear and tear on your vehicle when driving to the gym
- Cost of gas money to get to the gym
- Forgetting pre and post workout shakes, gloves, etc
- Working around the operating hours of the gym
So, what are the actual costs associated with a gym membership? What comes out of your pocket? Let's look at the costs of a gym membership on a yearly basis.
|#||Yearly Gym Membership||Cost|
|1||Membership Fee $50 per Month||$600|
|2||Gas for 80 Miles per Week||$520|
|3||Wear and Tear on Your Vehicle||$200|
|4||Total Yearly Cost||$1320|
According to my estimates, the yearly cost of a gym membership is around $1000. And that estimate is very conservative. It doesn't include the time you waste driving back and forth between the gym and your home.
The cost of a fully equipped home gym that you own will cost you around $3000 for your entire life while a commercial gym will cost you around $1000 per year. The cost for a commercial gym will increase each year while a home gym will never increase in cost and will last for the rest of your life.
A home gym saves you tons of money over the years. A commercial gym doesn't come close in cost comparison. You will recover the money you spend on a home gym in only a few years.
It's a pretty logical choice when it comes to convenience. A home gym doesn't have operating hours. A home gym is never closed on holidays. A home gym doesn't need employees.
You don't have to pack everything up and drive to the gym. You don't have to waste time driving to the gym. You don't have to worry about forgetting your energy drink, pre workout shake, or post workout shake.
You won't have to share your weight lifting equipment with other people in your home gym.
You won't have to wait in a line to do an exercise. You won't have to wipe someone's sweat off of the bench you are about to use. Your workout will not last twice as long as it should have because you were constantly waiting to use equipment.
A home gym smashes a commercial gym when it comes to the convenience factor. Many people quit working out because of the inconveniences a commercial gym provides.
I personally cannot stand working out in a commercial gym. I can do whatever I want, be as loud as I want, and not have to deal with other people in my home gym. I get my workout done quicker and start building muscle sooner.
The Conclusion: What's Your Choice?
I'm sure you've came to the same conclusion that I have regarding home gyms versus commercial gyms. A home gym outperforms a commercial gym in every aspect.
All you need is some extra space in your home to build a home gym.
If you don't have that extra room or space in your basement, you just might have to deal with the inconveniences of a commercial gym. You'll have to learn to block out the distractions.
I think most of you will be able to make some space in your homes. You don't need a whole lot of space.
It's your choice now. We recommend a home gym, but that's not the perfect fit for everyone. Best of luck with your decision.
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