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Training: at home or in the gym?

Do I prefer to work out at home or in the gym? That is a question that cannot be answered across the board. The gym has some advantages and disadvantages compared to training at home. It’s the other way around.

Everyone has to decide for themselves what fits. So that the decision is not that difficult, we have collected the advantages and disadvantages here.

Training at home

Per:

You save time because you don’t have to go to the gym first. So you are more flexible and you can spontaneously train at any time.
There are no fees.
You are more focused during training because the sheer selection of equipment does not overwhelm you.

Cons:

The choice of devices is simply limited at home. Either there is not enough space or you don’t want to / can’t invest that much money.
To be able to train properly at home, you first have to buy equipment and equipment. Even if you only focus on the essentials, the costs should not be underestimated.
At home there is an armada of possible distractions – from televisions to computers to telephones. Discipline is required here.
Always training alone also means always motivating yourself. In the long term, only a few people consistently stick to this.

Training in the gym

Per:

You can socialize in the gym and the overall atmosphere is more motivating.
Most fitness studios have experienced trainers who can be asked for advice if anything is unclear.
Other people in the gym can also provide assistance.
There is a huge selection of different devices that can be used to train the whole body.
In the gym, there are fewer distractions and you can concentrate better on training.
Additional services are often offered in fitness studios. These are not a must, but can be very pleasant and practical.

Cons:

If you don’t live next to a studio, getting there can be very time-consuming.
If you are in the gym during peak hours, it can be very busy. Then you can’t use the devices you need and you lose time.
If you know a lot of people in the gym, they can of course be a distraction.
You can’t do what you want. It’s a public space, so you can’t just scream when you get the most out of yourself.
There are regular fees to be paid.
Hygiene can be an issue.

Tip:

It is best to just try both. A trial training session in the studio can be booked quickly and body weight exercises are sufficient for training at home to begin with. Then you can see first-hand what suits you better. Some need the pressure of the fees to train, others like to be undisturbed while training. You can only find the best solution by trying it out.

Can you train just as well at home as in the studio?

Yes, this is possible if a few requirements are met:

You need:

the right exercise equipment
a training plan
the motivation to exercise regularly
The following are the minimum equipment for a small fitness studio in your own four walls:

  • two dumbbells
  • a barbell
  • an SZ dumbbell
  • enough weights for the dumbbells
  • a training bench

That is just a suggestion. Everyone has different preferences. It is important that the investment in the equipment is viewed as a long-term investment. Training isn’t really going to change anytime soon. Once you have invested in good dumbbells, you can enjoy it for a long time and you are completely independent.

The machines in the gym are often good for beginners because they facilitate the correct sequence of movements. However, once you have developed a good sense of balance, training with free weights is recommended.

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