Should You Do Your Fitness Training At Home Or A Gym?

Almost everyone has thought about doing their fitness training at home at one time or another.

Most people first make a commitment to exercising to improve their physical appearance and health, then have to decide if they should join a gym or do their training at home.

Both have many benefits and just as many problems.

"Training At Home May Be For You If..."

Here's a story from one of our dedicated followers on why he almost decided to do his fitness training at home and never go back to a gym.

Here is his story…

One of the biggest problems in any gym is the people around you who don't respect the fact that fitness training can be dangerous at times. There are too many people who think that the gym is a social club and just walk around talking and acting like idiots.

A few years ago I was doing my chest workout at a local gym. I had been working out for almost an hour and was getting near the end of my training for that day.

It was at a time of the day when the gym wasn't busy at all. In fact, I was the only person lifting weights. This is the main reason that this particular day turned out to be not so good for me.

I was doing flat dumbbell press and was on my second last set so I was very fatigued. I was using all of my concentration and focus to try and squeeze out the last rep on this set, when it happened.

Some idiot felt it necessary to come up to me and start talking as I was using all my strength to push the dumbbells up.

This guy didn't just come up to say hello, he came up from behind so I had no idea he was there and he stuck his face right above mine – yes that's right – he put his head right between my head and the 2 dumbbells I was pressing up and started telling me how "big" the weights were that I was using. Of course I already knew how heavy the darn things were.

Needless to say, this surprised the hell out of me. The next thing that happened only lasted a total of a couple of seconds but it was enough to do a lot of damage.

The dumbbell on the right started to go further out to the right and the dumbbell on the left started to go back over my head. My first reaction which was totally automatic was to try and get the dumbbells back under control.

Unfortunately this put my entire body in a very twisted and unusual position. The next thing I knew it felt like my shoulder literally exploded. My left arm went numb right from my shoulder all the way to the tips of my fingers.

Somehow I was able to get both dumbbells under control and got them down onto the floor without crushing my skull.

The end result was...

  • Crushed ligaments;
  • A slightly compressed spine;
  • Torn rotator cuff;
  • Broken wrist.

For 6 months I was in so much pain I had to take sleeping pills just to get a couple hours sleep each night. I also had to sleep in a perfectly still position in bed each night.

I never did find out who the idiot was who came up to me and caused all of this, but I did quit that gym and started doing my training at home for about a year.

I think anyone would think about doing home fitness training with the possible dangers that are always present in fitness centers.

"Things To Consider When Thinking
About Fitness Training At Home"

First, you may be alone when doing home fitness training. This has both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of home fitness training can include:

  • At home fitness training is very private. Women especially like this benefit;
  • Fitness training at home can be more relaxing:
  • You don't have to worry about anyone bumping into you or talking too loud during your fitness training session;
  • You don't have to drive or take public transportation to the gym;
  • You save money on gas;
  • Over time, if you consistently use your home fitness equipment, you will end up saving a lot of money;
  • You can wear whatever you want to as long as it's comfortable and not restricting in any way;
  • You don't have to stand in line and waste your time waiting to use a piece of equipment;
  • You won't be self-conscious wondering if people are judging you during your workout;
  • You can listen to the music you want to not what the gym decides to play;
  • If you have children you don't have to worry about finding a babysitter;
  • Everyone in the gym uses the same equipment. Even those who come in sick with a cold or the flu;

Some of the downfalls of home fitness training include:

  • Problems staying motivated and/or becoming bored quickly;
  • No one to "spot" your heavier lifts. This can be very dangerous if you get trapped under a weight you can't get off your body;
  • You will have to pay out a lot of money in the short term to get the fitness equipment you will need. A good treadmill for example will cost you at least $1500.00, although jogging or walking outside costs nothing.
  • A good home gym can be as much as $5000.00 or a lot more;
  • A lot of people who decide to do their fitness training at home don't think things through ahead of time and are unprepared for what is to come. This is one of the main reasons so many will give up fitness training at home and fitness training completely within a few months of starting.

"The Equipment You'll Need For
Home Fitness Training"

The fitness equipment you'll need for your home fitness training will vary greatly. It will depend on both your short-term and long-term goals. One of the places you need to shop is online. A lot of online fitness equipment stores have better prices, a larger selection and very affordable payment plans.

The only problem with shopping online for your fitness equipment is that you can't try it out before you buy it.

Your local exercise equipment stores often have good deals but you'll have to spend time driving around to see who has the best deal for the equipment you'll need for your fitness training at home.

You should also be able to find fitness equipment dealers who specialize in used equipment for fitness training at home. This can potentially save you hundreds of dollars.

Here are some of the basic types of equipment you'll need for fitness training at home:

  • Free Weights For Fitness Training At Home: Free weights are the simplest and cheapest type of exercise equipment you'll need for fitness training at home. Free weights include barbells, dumbbells and weight plates. You have the option of buying "Standard" or "Olympic" weights. Olympic weights are more expensive and larger.

For most people the standard weights will do the job. Barbells come in different shapes and sizes. If you're unsure what you'll need ask someone at the store and let them know what your goals are and what you plan on doing during your fitness training at home.

You can also purchase barbells with the weight "fixed" permanently on the bar. It's usually not the best choice for at home fitness training because once your strength has adjusted to the weight it becomes useless and you'll have to go out and buy a heavier one.

The weight plates that fit on the barbell come in the following weights: 2 ½; 5; 10; 25; 35 & 45 pounds.

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  • Dumbbells For Fitness Training At Home: Another important piece of exercise equipment needed for fitness training at home are dumbbells. By far the best option for this is the Powerblock™.

The Powerblock™ is an adjustable dumbbell set and you can get a set that goes all the way from 5pounds to 125pounds. For most people the sets that go up to 25 pounds, 55 pounds, or 100 pounds will do the job.

I have a 125pound Powerblock™ set for doing some fitness training at home and it's great. It takes up the same amount of room as a single set!

  • Adjustable Bench For Home Fitness Training: Another piece of exercise equipment you'll need is an adjustable incline/flat/decline dumbbell bench.

This will allow you to be able to properly perform almost all dumbbell exercises you'll use in your fitness training at home.

  • Home Gyms For Home Fitness Training: There are many home gyms available but keep in mind that they will cost you a lot of money, especially for a good one. With a home gym you'll have the ability to add a lot more exercises to your fitness training at home.

These are exercises that can't be done with free weights. They include: leg curls, lat pulldowns, leg extensions, tricep pushdowns and many other cable exercises. A problem that's even bigger than the cost of a home gym is finding the space in your home to put it. Keep in mind that once you set it up you won't be able to move it unless you spend hours taking it apart.

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