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Gym or Home Gym - What To Choose For Your Body Building Needs
By Jean Lam

When you get into body building, you have two choices. You can either train in a gym or workout at home if you have the necessary equipment. Each one of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of gym

(1) Can socialize with other people.
(2) More motivating environment.
(3) Can get training help if needed.
(4) More equipment facilities.
(5) More space to train.
(6) No need to invest a big budget up front.

Disadvantages of gym

(1) Less Privacy.
(2) Can't train whenever you want. The gym has an opening and closing time. Also, at times, the gym will be closed and you can miss your workouts.
(3) Need to travel and spend more on gas.
(4) You have to listen to whatever music is being played unless you use a portable mp3 player with earphones to listen to your favorite training music.
(5) Equipment can be in use, hence you have to wait for your turn.
(6) Usually, gym memberships are not cheap and you have to pay every month. This is a recurring expense.
(7) Sometimes, the equipment might have other people's sweat on it.
(8) Workout can be interrupted with conversation and chatting.

Advantages of home gym

(1) More privacy.
(2) Can train whenever you want. No pressure. Your home gym is opened 24/7.
(3) No need to travel. Can save on gas.
(4) Can listen to your favorite training music without earphones.
(5) No need to wait for your turn to use equipment.
(6) No expensive gym membership.
(7) No need to use an equipment which can have other people's sweat on it.
(8) Less chances in getting disturbed in your workouts.

Disadvantages of home gym

(1) Can feel alone. Can't socialize with other people.
(2) Can be a less motivating environment since you don't see anyone training or other people seeing you doing your favorite exercises.
(3) If you need help for eg in your last difficult set repeats, you might not get it.
(4) Less equipment facilities at your disposal.
(5) Limited space for your equipment and workouts.
(6) Need to invest a big budget up front on weights and a bench at least.


There you go, now it's up to you to choose which one suits you best.

About the author

Jean Lam is the webmaster of Body Building Resource which provides articles on weight training, nutrition and fitness, body building book and DVDs.

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