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Mickeypnd
07-25-2010, 07:17 PM
So, i am having a bit of a issue at the moment. where it stands now I have a membership with the YMCA. Its newly built, very nice and up to date equipment and so forth. well I found this exercise bike for only 100 dollars yestersay and I want it.
I already have a treadmill, yet it is old and rather loud when I use it, so for fear of the people im living with i don't us it as much as i should, as I do not wish to disturb them in whatever they are doing.

then i thought to myself if I bought this bike what's the point of spending the money for a gym membership? And I really don't use now.

so what I am asking is do you guys find it better to work out at home or at a gym? I don't know what I should do. :hug:


neveragainbabe
07-25-2010, 07:23 PM
im a broke college student so i know it sucks paying for the gym. but you dont need a fancy club, u know? i always "attempted" ahem, to work out at home (HAH!) but i started actually going to a womens gym and it forces you to work out, once youre there. because i personally feel stupid driving there, walking in, going on the tredmill for ten mins and then leaving. something i totally would had done at home lol. i vote the gymmmm.

TJFitnessDiva
07-25-2010, 07:30 PM
I work out at home & it's slowly been built up since I started :) I have 3 kids and a husband that travels a lot so a cheap, simple gym membership ($100 a month is the cheapest here that includes child care, blah) was never in the cards for me :lol:

Some people have to go to the gym to work out or they flake out. It's up to you to decide on which you can do.


Violin Jenn
07-25-2010, 07:30 PM
I workout at home. A little over a year ago I gave up my gym membership due to the crappy economy and no time. So I was forced to seek out ways to get in shape at home. I found that with a little investment I can lose all the weight I want and maintance workouts for one flat price. I had 3,5 10 pound dumbbels. I bought over time, 8lb dumbbells, one 15lb kettlebell that came with a dvd. I had 3 Jillian Michaels dvds and add 3 of the Biggest loser dvds and 6 of her other independent dvd and an inexpensive step from Walmart.

I find that working out at home is great! I can workout, without the time waste of driving to the gym, worrying about the weather and do whatever fits myschedule. Maybe all I have time for is 20min of 30DS or kettlebells. Maybe some yoga if I get home a bit later than normal.

It fits my schedule rather than me fitting into a gyms schedule.

skygirl
07-25-2010, 07:37 PM
hi mickeypnd. i've been working out at home but also have a gym memebership that i hope to start using soon. i haven't given up the gym membership yet because i'm hoping that at some point i will want to vary my workout, which i'd be better able to do there. so then it would be a combination of some things at home and some at the gym. i also want to get back outside to do some walking but it is just too hot and humid right now. ;) but i think it's definitely possible to get a good workout at home. so far that's what i've been doing too. good luck! :)

1curvyvixen
07-25-2010, 08:58 PM
Hi, ive found that im more commitment and focused during @ home exercise than working out @ the gym. I can perform at my own pace and not worry about any distractions. it's also more cost effective so i recommend home workouts for more reason than one!

asharksrevenge
07-25-2010, 09:22 PM
It all depends on if you are able to maintain your workout goals without social pressure. If you need people around to keep you accountable at the gym while working out and you worry that without that pressure you won't want to exercise, then stay at the gym. If money is your only issue and you don't need the push from others to keep going, then work out at home.

I exercise outdoors because I think it is more exciting than staring at a gym wall (the gym I used to go to had the treadmills butted against a blank wall, no pictures, TV's or anything!) and I like the smells, sights and sounds of the outdoors.

Just find what is the best fit for you and keep going!

Natasha1534
07-25-2010, 09:28 PM
If you have a gym membership that you're paying for and not using, you definitely need to do something about that, one way or another. I get a really good deal on my gym membership through work ($4 per pay period, which is every 2 weeks) and I go at least 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I can't remember where I read it, but a while back I read an article that said if you find yourself not wanting to go to the gym, get dressed and drive over there anyway. If, by the time you get there, you still don't want to go then turn around and go home...but 9 times out of 10 you're going to say "well, I already drove over here...might as well go ahead and work out."

Personally if you're worried about waking your roommates, I would keep the gym membership and go there. If you don't use the treadmill b/c of them then chances are you wouldn't use the bike for the same reason. ;)

thesame7lbs
07-25-2010, 09:41 PM
For me, it is definitely the gym. Well, my first choice is to run outside, but if I can't do that, THEN it's the gym.

I like that I have so many things to choose from -- treadmill, stairmill, a variety of ellipticals and steppers, regular bikes, recumbent bikes. All sorts of weights -- both machines and free weights. And tons of classes -- so far I've only done spinning and kickboxing but I plan on trying yoga and pilates soon. I have three kids and my husband works a lot, so I chose a gym with really good child care. (I know I am fortunate to be able to afford this).

Sometimes I come straight home to shower and sometimes I shower at the gym -- it helps that they have really a really nice locker room and provide shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers, towels, etc. This is the first gym I've ever showered at -- I don't think I ever even saw the locker rooms of the other gyms I've belonged to.

I occasionally work out at home -- 30 Day Shred or yoga on tivo -- but I have to do it either during my DS's nap or after the kids have gone to bed.

I have to admit -- I didn't think I'd like the gym so much when I joined. My main motivation was the child care. :o My husband was deployed and I really needed a little time away from the kids, so I joined the gym knowing I would get a little break and lose the baby weight (this was last year when my DS was 4 months old). Now I really like going and am so grateful I gave it a chance!

mom4life
07-25-2010, 10:11 PM
I have a treadmill as well. I prefer working out at home....I know I'd flake out on a gym membership in a heartbeat.
I also get together with friends for morning walk every now and then too.

SarahD140
07-25-2010, 10:39 PM
Thanks for starting this thread. I have been needing some insight on this topic. I really would like to do the gym, but am worried about my flakiness

Eliana
07-25-2010, 10:50 PM
I do both. :D I see no need for a gym whatsoever, but I definitely up my game when I go to a gym. I thrive off the gym atmosphere and I enjoy...really enjoy...the classes. I am highly motivated by all that. I can work out just fine at home, but it's with less motivation.

So in addition to my gym membership I bike on a local bike path, walk 3-5 miles regularly and I run. I don't need a gym membership for any of that. I have all the equipment at home that I need for strength. (Exercise ball, 5, 8, 10, 12 pound weights)

As for the treadmill and bike, I say why not if it's within your budget. I'm really wishing I had one of those right now. I would love to be able to bike or walk while watching a show just to be moving. I wouldn't consider it my workout, but I would love to just move when I was in front of the television.

tryhardforlife
07-25-2010, 11:14 PM
Even if the calorie burned estimates are incorrect on the machines I need the consistency and variety the gym offers.

caryesings
07-25-2010, 11:20 PM
I have a Y membership and love the variety of what is available to me but I also work out at home when can't fit a trip to the gym.

Things would have to get extremely tight in the budget for me to give up the Y.

dudesmom
07-25-2010, 11:28 PM
I had a gym membership for like 2 years that I used maybe 5 times total. I get really self conscious and just couldn't manage to go by myself. Plus, I would have to go out of my way to go there, and it wasn't always open when I could get there, so it just didn't work for me. I feel much more comfortable at home, and I didn't have to worry about turning red or sweating really hard or what parts were flopping and jiggling. I didn't get bored because I had DVDs, and I used OnDemand workouts available through my cable service, and I would do other routines that I would find in books or magazines.

ennay
07-25-2010, 11:30 PM
I prefer to workout at the gym. At home I tend to find one more thing I "need to do first" Like check email. Or post here.

Mickeypnd
07-26-2010, 12:55 AM
yeah, I like when I go to the gym I usually work out a lot harder and longer than I would at home, I just never feel motivated to go to the gym, you know?

I just wanted to know how everyone felt, and why doing either one works for them!!

Natasha1534
07-26-2010, 05:21 AM
yeah, I like when I go to the gym I usually work out a lot harder and longer than I would at home, I just never feel motivated to go to the gym, you know?

I just wanted to know how everyone felt, and why doing either one works for them!!
For me, once I get in the gym and get started that FEELING that you get from exercising...that physical high...that's what keeps me going. :)

Rochester
07-26-2010, 08:09 AM
Several years ago, I had a gym membership and went to several different classes. At that time in my life, it was essential, because I had never been physically active and didn't have a clue what to do and how to do it.

Since then I've moved and changed jobs, and the gym is now out-of-the-way and inconvenient, and I know I'd find six million reasons not to go there. Plus I want to make exercise a lifestyle, not a place I go to (if that makes sense). So I run outside three days a week (right now I'm doing Couch to 5k) and I have an exercise bike and DVDs I do on other days. Eventually I want to get a "real" bike, but the exercise bike was a baby step to that.

ddc
07-26-2010, 10:20 AM
I workout at home. I like the convenience of not having to get 'ready' to go anywhere to do my workout.
Plus, I can use my own stuff and no one else's germs are on my stuff (germaphobe here-heehee).

I have dumbbells, resistance bands, a big exercise ball, mini trampoline, spin bike, TRX-type suspension trainer, pull up bar, homemade punching bag, and lots of videos.

We have been members at a neighborhood pool/workout room for the summer and I've been in the workout room 2 times, just to use the assisted pull up machine. I've felt out of place in there and have no desire to do a real workout there.
But, everyone's different.

Good luck :)

Hiya
07-26-2010, 10:34 AM
actually...if your treadmill is loud (ie *whiny)...try cleaning the belt (which is the part you run on).

You probably have shoe grit between the cylinders and the belt, and that contributes to overwear as well as sound. Regular soap and water with a mop (as the belt is moving about 2 mph) works well. Also cleaning out the dust bunnies under the treadmill can make a difference.

And the best thing for home treadmills? Clean the belt, then buy a pair of shoes and dedicate them solely (*har!*) for treadmill work. That way you won't get the belt so dirt so quickly.

SCraver
07-26-2010, 10:48 AM
So, i am having a bit of a issue at the moment. where it stands now I have a membership with the YMCA. Its newly built, very nice and up to date equipment and so forth. well I found this exercise bike for only 100 dollars yestersay and I want it.
I already have a treadmill, yet it is old and rather loud when I use it, so for fear of the people im living with i don't us it as much as i should, as I do not wish to disturb them in whatever they are doing.

then i thought to myself if I bought this bike what's the point of spending the money for a gym membership? And I really don't use now.

so what I am asking is do you guys find it better to work out at home or at a gym? I don't know what I should do. :hug:

You gotta do whatever it is that you are going to stick with. What are YOU most likely to use? You need to pick something and do it.

For me, personally, I do better at the gym. I can pick and choose whatever piece of equipment I am in the mood for. I don't ahve to worry about upkeep or where to put it in my house. I do have a TM at home that I do use on occassion. I do run outside (when it isn't 100 degrees). BUT the gym works out for me b/c I have one at work. No matter what, I am stuck taking a lunch break at work... so I figure I may as well work out. If I had to work and then try to get to the gym in the evenings, it wouldn't work, for me, b/c I have a toddler at home. Before my son, I did go in the evenings.

I like the gym, too, b/c I can people watch. It keeps it a little interesting. Running on my TM at home is pretty boring. I set it up so I can at least stare out the window. Lol!

steph15
07-26-2010, 11:21 AM
I work out at home. My husband and I purchased and inexpensive $90 elliptical off of Craigslist that works like a charm as well as a used Bowflex for $175 that we use for our strength training. One the days I do not use that I walk. I figured I don't have an excuse to miss a work out if it is in my house. :)

jendiet
07-26-2010, 12:09 PM
for me it's home. I have a wii, a rebounder, a pull up bar, 3-5 lb weights. (i plan on adding more weight once my strength is up. I also have a great thing called a bean, which doubles as a workout bench, plus it really targets your abs. I also have an exercise bike, and a gazelle.

The rebounder is the BEST pc of equipment ever! My mom has really bad knee problems and I tend to get sore in my knees after a high impact workout--so I just use the rebounder and run on it. The wii has graphics that keep me entertained and i use a heart rate monitor to make sure it is effective.

I have a membership, but the Y is all the way across town...and i rarely go down there.

Petite Powerhouse
07-26-2010, 07:21 PM
I have done both. I worked out at home with a stair stepper, a high step, and a big home gym with the works from Costco for 15 years, and I've worked out at regular gyms for five. I choose the regular gym. There is just so much more variety in what I can do, and I'm saying that as someone who had one of the most versatile home gyms around. At Gold's I change my routine every time that I go there. I lift heavy, and again, I love variety—and the benefit to your body of variety—and I would have to have an enormous room devoted to gym equipment in order to get the same workout and results at home. My physique has changed more in the last few years at Gold's than in all the years that I worked out hard at home.

Onederchic
07-26-2010, 07:55 PM
I've never even stepped foot inside a gym :o. I workout at home with DVDs, treadmill, hand weights, and I have the Wii with various exercise "games" though I rarely use them anymore.

Les
07-26-2010, 08:34 PM
I would do both, at home for when you don't feel like leaving the house, but also gym for some trainer tips and maybe meet some new friends you can relate to.

Everything is easier with company :)