I tried to be a gym girl once. I actually worked at a gym in my teens and early 20’s, but most of the time I was behind the front desk helping people with their memberships. I worked out there sporadically, spending most of my time on the treadmill or the elliptical. Once in awhile I would do a weight circuit, but I always felt awkward and uncomfortable. I never went to the gym with a real plan in place. I walked in, looked around to see what was open, and then just did something for 30 minutes. No real plan = no real results.
I watched the gym fill up on January 1st and everybody was so excited to be there! You had to wait to use a machine, but the energy was positive and hopeful. Week by week, there were less and less people. Eventually, typically around mid-February, we were back to the regulars that had been coming all year long.
Most people don’t have a PLAN! They just know that they want to lose weight- and in order to lose weight, you need to move more and eat less. So that’s what they tried to do for a few weeks, but when they weren’t getting the results they desired, they quit! I’ve experienced both the gym and home fitness, so I can say with confidence that home fitness is really the best option for me. Here are some of the benefits of both, as I see it.
Benefits of a gym membership:
- Access to cardio and weight equipment that you probably can’t afford to buy for your home.
- Can work with a personal trainer if you have the means to do so.
- Feed off the energy of others who are working towards similar goals as you.
Benefits of Beachbody programs:
- No monthly fee. Purchase a program one time and have access to it for a lifetime.
- Can workout whenever you want in less than 45 minutes. Don’t need to factor in time for driving, waiting for machines, etc.
- Don’t need fancy workout clothes.
- Support from your free coach who is there to encourage you and help you through the tough times.
- Support from challenge groups filled with people who are going through the same things you are.
- Nutrition programs that are specific to your body type.
- Clear workout schedules that produce results when followed correctly.
- Dozens of workouts to choose from that require zero or minimal equipment.
There may be some other benefits (for both) that I didn’t touch upon, but for me the better choice is obvious. I workout in my home at 5:30 every morning after my husband leaves for work and my son is still sleeping. I wouldn’t be able to workout that early if I had to go to a gym. I save money every month by not paying for a membership, and I don’t have to leave the house in the cold, rain, etc.
At home fitness works for me because it’s a clear cut, specific plan that is easy to follow. I don’t have to do a whole lot of thinking. I just have to look at my calendar and press play. So, before you make your decision, consider these questions:
- Do you get a free coach and accountability partner when you go to a gym?
- Who is checking your nutrition to make sure you are eating properly to get the results you desire?
- Who is going to hold you accountable to your goals?
- Is there anybody making sure you go to the gym every day?
- Do you know if the workouts you are doing will give you the results you want?
Go with what you truly feel is going to give you the best bang for your buck. If the gym really is where it’s at for you, that’s great! I think that everybody is different and some people really love the gym and get good results. But if you have a gym membership that you don’t use, or you feel lost when you walk into those doors, maybe you should consider the home fitness route.
I can help you find the perfect workout for your needs and help you get your nutrition in check. All you have to do is send me an email at email@example.com so we can get started!