100 lb. Club - Gym Membership vs Home Gym?

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02-23-2012, 04:21 PM
I really want to start working out more and was wondering what your experiences are with gym memberships vs home gyms. What has worked better for you, do you like going to the gym better or working out at home? Pros... Cons.... any input would be appreciated!!! :carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc:

Starting weight 285lbs on 1/18/12
Mini goal #1 Lose 25lbs Achieved 2/17/12
Skinny Mini Goal #1 Hit 1/4 of total Goal weight 27.5lbs Achieved 2/22/12
Mini goal #2 Lose 25lbs (for a total of 50)
Skinny Mini Goal #2 Hit 1/2 of total Goal weight 55lbs
Mini Goal #3 Lose 25lbs (for a total of 75)
Skinny Mini Goal #3 Hit 3/4 of total Goal weight 77.5lbs
Mini Goal #4 Lose 25lbs (for a total of 100)
Overall weight goal is to lose 110lbs... putting me at 175 (then we will see from there)

One :flow1: for every 5LBS lost
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02-23-2012, 04:38 PM
Gym, hands down!

I couldn't possibly do what I do at the gym, at home. I like to switch it up a lot and keep my body guessing. I feel like my muscles get complacent if I keep doing the same old things day after day after day. For example. I started out just doing the elliptical and weights. Now I do the stair machine, weights, sprints, bike. I'll probably get sick of that routine and get back on the elliptical or treadmill on an incline. If I bought equipment at home I wouldn't have any options if I got tired of using it, kwim?

Plus... I lift heavy weights and having a weight rack with those big things wouldn't be practical in any part of my tiny apartment. :)

And I can't make any weather excuses. So what if it's hot/raining/hailing etc... the gym is always the right temperature :).

02-23-2012, 04:41 PM
I work much harder when at a gym then when at home. At home, all I have to do is hop off the machine and go get something to eat and laze on the couch. When at the gym, I feel like I HAVE to work hard or I will be judged (even tho I KNOW that no one is looking, you still don't wanna be the slacker). Plus, gyms have so many different options when it comes to different machines.

02-23-2012, 05:39 PM
I am probably in the minority but I exercise at home. Over time I have added several different peices of equipment and dvd's to mix it up. I like being able to get up in the morning, toss on my work out cloths and get it done. I live in a small town so driving into a gym would be time consuming for me, plus it is so expensive and I hate waiting for machines.
If you want to try a gym, sign up for GROUPON's or LIVINGSOCIAL deals. They always have gym deals which you will let you try them out before joining.

02-23-2012, 06:02 PM
I exercise at home too. I think it depends on what you plan on doing.
If you plan on doing mostly weights and treadmill. You can buy those and they last forever. Free weights are the only way to go anyways. Stay away from weight machines.
If you plan on attending all the classes, I would say go to the gym.

We live out in the country and while I could go to one downtown (where I work), I rather go home, relax a bit and then workout. We have a treadmill and a stationary bike, tons of DVDs and free weights, resistance bands, stability ball etc. I also find other people distracting and I would hate to wait for something to be available.

I rather do a short, intense workout and be done with it than hang around in the gym for 1-2 hrs.

02-23-2012, 08:13 PM
If you're easily self-motivated, doing it at home wouldn't be bad. I personally need that extra push and found that just getting myself to the gym is enough of a push to get me working out. I've only had a membership for a week now, so I can't really say much on that, but I did have a treadmill at home and I was getting up every morning before work to walk. Like someone else said above, there's definitely more variety at a gym and there's potentially aerobics classes as well as the equipment. I will say that I've also started the 30 Day Shred at home while still working out at the gym too. The main thing I like about my gym is that there's a pool and I do as much water aerobics as I can. I say look around and see if you can find a gym you might like. They'll show you around and let you try out or at least they should... Another thing would be cost. Do you have any of your own exercise equipment or whatever is necessary for you to work out at home?

More importantly, what are your reservations for each?

02-23-2012, 08:28 PM
My experience?

In my 20's, single, student days? The gym. I had the time, I had the energy. Even when I was a telecommuting working 20's, I was sick of being at home all the time so getting OUT to gym was good!

In late 20's,early 30? Pregnant, baby in arms, nursing, toddlerhood? At home. First, gym daycare can suck. The parents exercise and the kids zombie out to TV? WTF?

Second, nursing window in the early days is quite small. Just getting ready to go and traveling to gym and baby wants to nurse again. Easier to nurse baby, put sleeping child down, and run to LR to workout and get a decent chunk in before the next nursing block rather than frittering it away on travel.

In my mid 30's with elementary schooler? I'm at home building back up to my return to the gym during school hours. Then I have to kinda incorporate her into it after school -- so more family oriented activities like bike.

What I LIKE is hitting the gym at night. Around 8 PM. The work crowd is gone, things are quiet. It is second place to first thing in the morning BEFORE any work people show. But I can't do that with family morning responsibilities. And my kid is too little to leave alone for me to hit the gym at night. Dad's useless to me as a sitter because of his sleep schedule and I can't get her wound up in gym daycare right before her bedtime! So I have to hit it during school hours. It's my 3rd fav time, so I can live.

But the point is -- doesn't matter much where you get it or how you get it. The main thing is to GET THE WORKOUT IN.

02-23-2012, 08:47 PM
My experience was similar to ASTROPHE's -- when I was young, I went to a really nice gym and loved it. They had lots of variety with interesting machines and a walking track; plus they also had some special classes. You could try different things out at your own pace too. I had my own personal lady trainer, and the Master Trainer made up appropriate routines & gave great advice. I really enjoyed it.

But, then I moved and my life changed. Now I wouldn't choose that becuz of some physical limitations, so I'm doing stuff at home right now. If the circumstances were different, I might choose a gym again. A couple of friends wanted me to try it, but it's not practical for me presently.

I think it's a personal choice. You could go and try a gym out first to see if you like it. If you can get there easily, have the time and inclination -- it is worth a serious looksee. You may just love it ...

PS ~ and ESSBEE's correct; you can get extra support and encouragement at a gym too.

02-23-2012, 09:16 PM
I work way harder at the gym. I love taking the classes - and push as hard as I can in them. All the machines, free weights, heavy bags, etc. are also available to all members. At home - wouldn't happen. Fortunately for me, my little gym is only $20 a month for unlimited use. It's women only and I love it there.


02-23-2012, 10:51 PM
I started at home since last december, AND loving it.
At the begining i was like, i CAN'T live without the leg press, or the leg extension machine ... most of the contras i saw was from me getting a proper legs training.

But i got on the bodybuilding website, and they have TONS of exersices you can do at home. This is the picture of my home gym, it does not have all the thing i want, but i have dumbells, bech, bikes for cardio, weights and a bar, i can do a lot of compound movements.

I do have more weights now, does pictures are from december, the first things i bought.





And i think having the gym at home is easier, cause you'll make your workout at the moment you can, not have to go to the gym, sometime is crowded ... ufff. Sometimes, when i have a very busy day, i do my workouts pretty late at night or pretty early. The only thing i suggest is don't buy too much stuff cause not everyone like to train at home (i was one of those, but most because i didn't know what to do, and i felt totally limited) now i love to train it at home.

You don't need all the fancy equipements we can find in the gym, actually compounds exercises and working with dumbells is much better.

02-23-2012, 10:59 PM
If you're easily self-motivated, doing it at home wouldn't be bad. I personally need that extra push and found that just getting myself to the gym is enough of a push to get me working out. I've only had a membership for a week now, so I can't really say much on that, but I did have a treadmill at home and I was getting up every morning before work to walk. Like someone else said above, there's definitely more variety at a gym and there's potentially aerobics classes as well as the equipment. I will say that I've also started the 30 Day Shred at home while still working out at the gym too. The main thing I like about my gym is that there's a pool and I do as much water aerobics as I can. I say look around and see if you can find a gym you might like. They'll show you around and let you try out or at least they should... Another thing would be cost. Do you have any of your own exercise equipment or whatever is necessary for you to work out at home?

More importantly, what are your reservations for each?

some insurance companys are now paing for gym classes so check yours.

02-23-2012, 11:22 PM
I've done both, and I love the convenience of home equipment, but I get bored easily, and never had the funds to buy enough equipment to keep me entertained, so home-equipment never got used as much as I thought it would. Although when I paid for a gym membership (especially if there was no pool). I'd also get bored and stop going. Right now, hubby and I pay for our YMCA membership month-to-month, and I actually find this more motivating. I feel like I have to "earn" the priveledge of another month. Also, if I do decide to exercise at home, or on my own, I can. We've talked about maybe taking the summer off, this year, because there are a lot of great free places to swim in our area, and I also, and I also like dog-walking (even though I don't have a dog, so I volunteer at the local humane society shelter), and I'd like to get back to geocaching.

I think you need to know what motivates you and keeps you interested, and of course your budget also is often a deciding force.

The only exercise that never bores me is swimming, but I can't afford an indoor pool. I would swim every day (probably several times a day) if I had my own indoor pool, or lived closer to my gym (even though we do live fairly close). If I won the mega-million lottery, I'd probably buy a beautiful house and build an indoor pool and gym. In fact, I joke that the pool would be in my bedroom, and I'd roll out of bed every morning into the pool.

02-23-2012, 11:27 PM
I was the type of client that gyms love... paid for membership for years and never went. It was just too much effort, too much planning, too much time, too much guilt with picking up my kid from regular daycare to just drop him in gym daycare.

I have a treadmill that I love. It is versatile enough for me (I can walk, run, incline) and I actually use it. I also have a ball, bands, and dumbbells that I haven't touched in months.

Now that I am reasonably fit, I find myself wanting to go to classes or get into weight training. I am looking for options that I can work in while my son is at his activities. There is a barre studio opening across the street from my office soon , so I might give that a try.

02-24-2012, 12:27 AM
The simplest truth- I work out more often at home. I work out better at the gym. I work out more consistently at home because the equipment is there, taunting me. But, I hop on for twenty minutes and call it good, whereas my gym workouts are typically an hour or more.

Overall, a lot depends on your feelings about your gym. I used to love the one I went to and went all the time. I would go and do my cardio and weights there, then head home for my abs and stretching. I moved, and I hate my current gym. I went for awhile, then decided it just really isn't a gym I enjoy. Now, I'm looking in to other gyms that have more to offer. I would like to continue my regular daily workouts at home, and supplement with more variety, classes, and weights at the gym.

02-24-2012, 02:02 AM
I just cancelled my gym membership, despite the fact it only cost me $24 a month. I started doing Beachbody DVD's last year and completed P90X and am doing Insanity right now. I lost NO weight working out at the gym and I've lost 35 lbs working out at home. Not to mention I now have a pretty good at-home gym complete with exercise ball, free weights, bands, yoga block, yoga mat, pull up bar, and medicine balls. I get much better results at home.

I think it differs by personality. Try both, and see which works for you.

02-24-2012, 09:47 AM
I do both and it seems to work for me. Right now I'm walking outside at home for my cardio, and going to the gym 3-4 times per week for weight training and the pool. I also do a Yoga DVD at home 2-3 times per week. I have to say though, there is something motivating about going to the gym and seeing all the familiar faces working out and I kind of like the social aspect of it.

02-24-2012, 10:25 AM
I am unable to go to the gym much since I've had a 2nd child and started back to school while working full time. I now rely on DVDs, walking, bike riding, etc. I find I slack more doing this rather than a gym but it's what I can do. I also have zero extra room for even average sized equipment; our house is stuffed full!

If possible try both and see what works for you. As others have mentioned, insurance companies sometimes help with the cost of gym memberships. Mine has an agreement with gyms all over the country and locally I can go with no contract for less than $30 a month. If I travel, I could use any other contract facility.

There's another gym locally that has two options, $10 or $20 a month with no contract and a minimal annual fee (approx $20). My mom goes to this one and has been really happy with it.

02-24-2012, 10:49 AM
I am in the process of buying some weights, so I can work out at home. I have a treadmill that I use, but I need some weights now. I hate going to the gym when it's crowded and you have to wait to use the equipment.

02-24-2012, 02:42 PM
free weights are great, the resistance machines at the gym can be a good alternative too, if used correctly (just get someone to go over with you the amount of weight you might want to use and the number of reps to start with). I use both. I don't have the time to go to the gym as much as I'd like, so I exercise at home and at the gym.

I love the gym, it has a much bigger variety of equipment. I don't have the room to keep a treadmill or anything like that at home. Plus, the Y has a pool, that I use from time to time, not regularly. And I've worked with a trainer there.

02-24-2012, 05:19 PM
I love going to the gym :) I love the atmosphere and vibe the people give off. I love pushing myself because I'm secretly trying to do better then the person next to me. I feel like if I only worked out at my home(and I would only be able to do excerise videos) that I would become less motivated. That little spark I need to get moving comes from trying to better myself againce someone else xD

02-24-2012, 11:42 PM
I have done it both ways too . 20 years ago you could not have paid me to go to the gym. I did videos like Denise Austin, Cindy Crawford, Country Line Dancing etc. Now however, I love going to the gym for Zumba, kickboxing, water aerobics and like she said secretly trying to better than others is very motivating !

The fact is whichever one YOU will be accountable with ! Good Luck

02-24-2012, 11:48 PM
I'm a homebody, so I have a variety of workout equipment at home. I have a home gym I bought 30 years ago that still works great. I have a new recumbent bike, rowing machine and mini stepper - about a $500 total investment. I use them all regularly and feel I can get a complete workout at home.

02-25-2012, 12:04 AM
Gym rat here. I just like the variety. I could never afford to have the nice treadmill, elliptical, stairclimber, rowing machine, etc. at home. No room for all of it either. And I would need heavy duty equipment due to my size, and I don't want to deal with machine maintenance.

I do have several sizes of weights and will do weights at home. I actually prefer weight machines but it saves me time on the strength training only days to do the weights at home.

02-25-2012, 12:14 AM
I loved the gym, but I could not justify the monthy cost. $130 for hubby and I, kids were included "free". -- So I ditched the gym. Now I am a walking maniac, outdoors. I like it. I like the fresh air and different seasons. My DH walks with me quite often and it is great bonding time.

02-25-2012, 12:24 AM
I do both and more. I belong to a gym where I take classes (I don't do machines). But I also will do work at home. I have several videos to choose from and free weights. Then, I have a bike and great walking shoes and a gps heart rate monitor for outdoor walking, etc. I mix it completely up and I have to to keep from getting bored.

But, if you get stuff for home, don't get machines. Get videos and free weights. Maybe some bands or a step for step aerobics if you like that. And if you "have" to get machines, buy it used from Craigslist. People are always selling them cheap because everyone thinks they will use them, but don't.

Good luck!

Oh, and like Astrophe said, a lot depends on the stage of life you are in too. With small kids, home was all I could do. Now that my kids are older, the gym and it's classes are great for me.

02-26-2012, 10:09 AM
Thank you all so much for the input, it's nice to read others opinions it really helps to way the pros vs cons.
I am going to go check out a gym a few minutes away from the house on Monday. I am hoping I like there since it is very close to home and has a kids club for my little guy!
I think being at the gym with out the distractions of home will work out the best!!!
I will let you know how it goes on Monday :carrot:

02-26-2012, 02:21 PM
At home, my husband and I have everything! BUT, I LOVE going to the gym. I LOVE LOVE the different classes they offer. from zumba to advanced circuit (weights) to xbiking. It makes it really easy to change it up like we supposedly should. Of course, it hasn't always been this way, and I preferred to stay home cuz it was easier with kids, etc etc. But, gym daycare is awesome, the people are great and there are no TVs in the gym day care and the kids have fun :) Totally hands down, gym, once you can carve out that time to go to a class. and I'm like 'Baker23', I secretly compete with whoever is next to me.. hee hee
Good luck on your gym journey, would love to see what classes you choose to take :) keep us updated!

Arctic Mama
02-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Home gym and exercises, hands down. I am in that stage of life with babies and homeschooling and the like, where getting out of the house is almost impossible, let alone a financial burden (gas plus gym costs). I have a recumbent bike, resistance bands, and a slew of DVDs like TTap that are perfect for me. I work out much more consistently this way and the cost is lower. I don't dislike gyms and they have advantages, but not enough to compel me to spend the time, money, and effort to go. I'd rather do fitness at home and do less, regularly, than more, inconsistently.

02-27-2012, 02:29 PM
Totally joined the gym today and I am so excited to start working out. :carrot: It has everything that I need all the equipment of course but some awesome classes, a pool, basketball, sauna, and the kids in the kids club looked like they were having a lot of fun!

02-27-2012, 06:27 PM
Awesome! Congrats on your membership :) you're gonna love it!! what classes are you going to take?

02-27-2012, 08:16 PM
Alisha ~ I am going to definitely do Zumba and Water Aerobics, they have a Cardio Kick Boxing class that looks fun but I think I need to work my way up to that one!