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Home Workouts VS. Gym Workouts: Which is More Effective?

Muscular woman with visible abs holding weights

Embarking on a new fitness journey is a powerful decision to make. You’ve chosen to take your results into your own hands and are sure to achieve your goals if you stay determined and have the right plan. 

However, where you workout can definitely affect your results too. Whether it’s a home workout or at the gym, it does make a difference in your training frequency and can affect how quickly you achieve the results you want.

Obviously, any form of workout is always better than no workout, as sitting around watching TV won't get you results and can lead to many health issues. But what is the best way to really optimize your results? Should you work out at home or the gym?

Today, we’re going to get to the bottom of this question and talk about which is the most beneficial, compare the pros and cons of home workouts vs. gym workouts, and tell you which one I think is the best option for your overall health and well-being. 

1. Home workout pros and cons 

Woman on yoga mat working out at home

First off, we have the home workout. Many beginners prefer to work out at home because going to the gym can be intimidating when you’re just starting out, and that’s okay. Honestly, training at home is a great place to start for many people, and it helps you get more experienced and confident before going to a gym. Not to mention, it can help you start to build a foundation for your muscles so that transitioning to the gym will be easier. 

However, there are some downsides to working out at home that can affect your results. For example, many people need to go to a place like the gym to focus and get in the right mindset. This is because a lot of people will get more distracted at home watching TV, dealing with their kids, taking phone calls, etc, which can make it hard for you to get actual results and train optimally.  

Not to mention, you’re also going to have a lot more options with what you can use at the gym that you likely won’t have at home in terms of weights and machines. This will be important as you become more experienced in fitness and constantly need to increase your weights. 

Of course, some people can get into the right mindset at home. Some people can achieve great results at home. But a lot of people struggle and end up getting distracted, and this is what will cost you your results. It’s important to be honest with yourself about if you feel like you’re maximizing your training at home or if you could be making better gainz and getting closer to your goals if you had a structured plan in the gym and a dedicated time and place to do it.

At the end of the day, if you don't feel like you're really maximizing your results, you'll only be robbing yourself of your results and your dream body. 

2. Gym workout pros and cons 

Woman lifting weights in gym on bench

The other option is working out at the gym. One of the biggest pros to working out at the gym is not only do you have a better opportunity to get into the right mindset, but gyms also have everything you need to train successfully. From various weights to dozens of different machines, no matter what your goal is, gyms can always accommodate you and help you get closer to achieving your goals. 

Another pro to going to the gym is that it’s similar to going to work in the way that you go for a certain amount of time on certain days of the week, and you know you’re there to get work done, and that can help you get into the zone. As simple as it sounds, having that dedicated time and place to go can really help you shift your mindset to working out and help you use your time more wisely. At home, it can be hard to maintain that boundary because you are more prone to distractions and may not be as motivated to do your workout. 

Now, there can be some downsides to the gym as well. For example, some gyms can have expensive membership fees. Of course, this isn’t all gyms, but it can add up quickly if you go to a pricey gym. Another downside when we're comparing home workouts vs. gym workouts is if you work really late or really early, not all gyms are open 24 hours, and you can miss out on the opportunity to utilize what you’re paying for. However, there are cheaper gyms and gyms that are open 24 hours, so this shouldn’t be a deterring point. 

Home workouts vs. gym workouts: Which is really the best?

Woman doing squats in gym

To sum it up, when it comes to the debate of home workouts vs. gym workouts, working out at the gym is always the best if you have that option available to you. Not only does it help you work harder, but it can help you develop healthier habits, build determination, and offer you everything you need to reach all of your fitness goals. However, if you have the right type of equipment and the right plan, training at home can be effective, too. The most important factor in either scenario is to make sure you have a good coach to help guide you.

Having a coach will be the differentiating factor between wanting results and achieving results. Having a coach will also shortcut your journey to your goals and take away years of the guesswork of trying and failing.

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It’s 100% free with no strings attached, designed to show how beneficial it can be for your fitness journey to have access to a coach wherever you go. Try it risk-free, and let us help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. 

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