I learned to enjoy the environment of the gym. Before I was a member, I only ever worked out at home to my vast collection of Cathe Friedrich DVDs. I was initially intimidated by the gym, most of us are. But I sort of made it my home away from home. I was comfortable with the equipment, the classes, the people.
Then the gym closed.
I panicked at first. No spin classes? No squat rack? What if I needed a treadmill out of desperation on a bad winter day?
Of course I learned to make due. I don't have a squat rack, that one still bothers me, nor do I have a chin up bar (the ones supposed to fit ANY door? Yeah, not a house built in 1890). I have a wide range of dumbbells, an EZ Bar, aerobic step (use as a bench or for step ups, dips, etc.), even a bike trainer.
Occasionally I miss the idea of the gym environment. But then I remember the annoying aspects too. As is typical of most things, there are pros and cons.
Pros of Being a Gym Rat
- Access to lots of equipment
- Availability of classes, if that's your thing
- Squat racks!
- Friendly, familiar faces
Cons of Being a Gym Rat
- Not always getting "your" spot/treadmill/elliptical/spin bike
- People not re-racking weights
- People hogging fans or turning them off
- People being inconsiderate (talking on phones, hogging equipment, etc.)
- Sweaty benches that don't get wiped down
Pros of a Home Gym
- You control everything: temperature, tv shows, lighting, all of it
- You can wear whatever you want
- No one will be in your way or hog any equipment
- You can listen to your music sans ear buds, and loudly
- You know if the bench or mats are clean or not (and it's your own sweat)
Cons of a Home Gym
- Limited space (for me at least)
- Cost of equipment (so sometimes lack of equipment)
- Lack of camaraderie
- No group classes
Do you have a home gym or do you belong to a gym? What are your pros and cons?