Working out at home vs. working out at a gym

Is it better to work out at home or at a gym? If you’ve ever wondered about this, take a look at the comparison below, so that you can make the right decision for yourself and your preferences!


Working out in a gym:

  • At most gyms, you’ll have a huge choice of equipment, including machines specifically targeted for each muscle group, which makes training easy and convenient.
  • Most gyms employ personal trainers who are able to help you with your training if you so wish, and who you can ask for advice.
  • Gyms are created as spaces that are specifically designed to work out in, from the room temperature over the music playing to drinks on offer; designed to give you an overall great experience.
  • Once you’ve made it to the gym, you will definitely work out, because what else are you going to do there? That’s why getting off the sofa to work out might be easier if you use a gym than if you work out at home. At home, there’s always other things to do, and it’s easier to find excuses not to work out.
  • Additionally to offering you an ideal environment for working out, gyms usually give you a sense of belonging and a feeling of community that might motivate you to keep working out on a regular basis.
  • One of the downsides of gyms is that they can be quite busy; especially in the evenings. That means that you might have to wait for equipment, and that you end up spending much more time there than your workout would actually take because of waiting times. I’ve been to gyms that get so busy that even a tiny bit of space to work out in becomes difficult to find, and you’re lucky if you can find an empty corner to squeeze into. I went to a gym for a couple of years (because the location was convenient and it was cheap) where in two years I got to use the squat rack ONCE (on a Friday night at almost midnight), because it was always busy with people already waiting in line to be next; even at five in the morning. That’s one of the reasons why it’s extremely important to choose the right gym for yourself.
  • Another potential downside is that gyms can be rather expensive; depending on the type of gym and location.


Working out at home:

  • Let’s start with the most obvious point: Unless you are planning on building a fully equipped home gym, working out at home is cheap.
  • You also have all the space to yourself, don’t have to worry about waiting times or the way you look, and you can train whenever you feel like it without having to take opening times into consideration.
  • At home, you get to choose your own music and listen to it without headphones however loud you like.
  • Working out at home can be very convenient, but it requires a lot of will-power. It’s just too easy to find excuses at home. There’s always something else to do, and then there’s Netflix and food…
  • Unless you have the greatest home gym ever, you will have to make due with little equipment which forces you to get more creative with your workouts. It is however definitely possible to train your whole body effectively with just your body weight, a pull-up bar or something else you can hold on to and pull yourself up on, and maybe a few additional heavy things you can find around your house.
  • One downside of working out at home is that you have nobody there to help you with your workout planning or to correct your form, and that you don’t have anyone you can ask if you’re not sure if you’re doing something right.
  • At home, you also won’t be able to socialise and meet new people through working out.


If you made it through the whole post, you’ll have seen that there really is no better or worse way to work out. Whether you prefer a gym or your own home simply depends on your current situation and your personal preferences, and whichever environment you choose, the most important thing is that you do something for your health and commit to moving on a regular basis!

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2 thoughts on “Working out at home vs. working out at a gym

  1. Welcher Stepper says:

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers


  2. Ellipsentrainer says:

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