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Should You Invest in a Gym Membership or Just Work It At Home? Pros/Cons List

Alright, so you read my latest posts about how amazeballs weightlifting is for you, and you’re in. Should you get a gym membership now? Can you save a few bucks and cancel the membership you’ve already got? I’ll give you my go-to response: it depends.

Let’s dig a little deeper and use a good ol’ fashioned pros/cons list!

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GYM-MEMBERSHIP-HAVING: PROS

  • Getting “skin in the game” by making the financial investment
  • Mirrors to be able to check form
  • Focused environment, free of distractions at home
  • Access to a wide variety of equipment
  • Group fitness classes
  • Motivation to push yourself – positive peer pressure/inspiration
  • Access to special perks at select gyms: childcare, pools, saunas
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GYM-MEMBERSHIP-HAVING: CONS

  • Can be costly
  • May be inconvenient
  • Time lost parking, waiting for equipment, and commuting
  • Lots of germs!
  • Some may experience gymtimidation and not feel that positive peer pressure
  • Crowd-averse people may want to avoid busy times
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WORK IT AT HOME: PROS

  • Convenient
  • Time saving – if you maintain boundaries with yourself and housemates to limit distraction
  • Money saving
  • If investing in personal equipment, you can decide what you want
  • Privacy to do whatever you want/dress however/still be unshowered without worrying about your stank or what people think
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WORK IT AT HOME: CONS

  • Storing home workout equipment
  • Making space for workouts
  • Distractions of home life
  • Limited by lack of equipment access
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There you have it. Get creative to mitigate any cons for yourself, and make the best decision for you and your life. You don’t NEED a gym membership, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s something you want and that makes sense for you right now.

Thanks for reading!
Caitie

P.S. For a little motivation and reality-checking, here’s what you can expect when you start working out consistently whether that’s in or out of the gym!

P.P.S. You do not need access to a gym or any equipment to get a great workout. Get creative and reallocate that budget to some home workout equipment, an online personal trainer, or help at home to free up time.

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