Here we go, with the age-old question: to gym, or not to gym? Deciding between going to a gym and working out at home can be a difficult decision for many people – especially when they have a gym trainer telling them they’ll fail if they try working out at home.

But the truth is: only you know the right answer for you. Everyone is different, and we all have different needs and desires that will answer whether we are suited best for a gym or home workout.

Since we can’t make that decision for you, we’ve partnered up with Quality Home Fitness, a provider of fitness equipment Twin Falls residents love, and we’ve compiled pros and cons lists for going to the gym and working out at home.

Give these lists a look and discover the features and aspects of each that are more important to you as you make this decision for yourself.

Going to the Gym: Pros

  • Equipment: Obviously, a gym will offer you a wide variety of equipment. So, it’s no problem if you want to run on a treadmill one day and lift weights the next. Most gyms will have every kind of equipment you need to workout your different muscles in a week.
  • Atmosphere: Something about being at a gym just makes you want to work out. Maybe it’s all of the other people you see lifting and working hard. It can be more motivating for some people to see others working out alongside them. Not to mention, again, all of the equipment that you can use!
  • Social: The gym is a great place for social butterflies or people who like to workout with buddies. There’s usually always another person at the gym, whether it’s the trainer, manager, or another person running on the next treadmill over.

Going to the Gym: Cons

  • Cost: Depending on the gym, the monthly membership fees can be expensive. If you don’t want to shell out a little cash each month to be able to visit a gym, then it might not be for you.
  • Inconvenient: Unless the gym is right next door to your home, then it can be inconvenient at times (however good for you it might be). You have to pack a bag, make sure you have your clothes, shoes, headphones, water bottle. Most people have to drive more than 10 minutes from their homes to get to a gym too.
  • Social: Yes, the social aspect of the gym can be a bad thing too. For one, not everyone likes to have others around to see them working out. Second, if you are one of the social butterfly types, other people around can be distracting and keep you from getting the workout you went there for in the first place.

Gym Versus Home Workout: Pros and Cons

Working out at Home: Pros

It should come as no surprise that the cons of working out at the gym are also the pros of working out at home and vice versa. But we’ll try to give you some extra pros too.

  • Convenience: Your home is your gym. You wake up or get home from work, and you’re already there! You just need to change your clothes (which are there for you too!) and get moving. Anything that you could need for your workout is a convenient distance away.
  • Atmosphere: Some people do better in more of a “solo” atmosphere. There’s no pressure. A home workout can give you more peace of mind and be more relaxing. Or you can pump your music up as loud as you want without having to worry about other people.
  • Timing: You are on your own schedule. You don’t have to worry about the gym being closed. You can get up and workout anytime that you want. And you don’t have to worry about the equipment that you want being occupied by someone else when you get there.

Working out at Home: Cons

  • Equipment (or lack of): Not everyone has the money to buy state of the art professional gym equipment, or the space to put in a large elliptical or treadmill. Equipment can be hard to come by if you aren’t sure what you need, the costs, or how much space it will take up.
  • Motivation: It can be difficult to find the motivation to workout at home. You’re not surrounded by other people encouraging you to do better. It’s just you.
  • Distractions: Along with the lack of motivation, all of your stuff is at home! You can become distracted easily with some task or chores that needs to be done, or even by the TV and couch.

You know you best. Decide what is most important to you in your workout regime and use that to determine if a gym or home gym is the better option for you.