So, you’re thinking about getting into a workout routine, you’re getting motivated to pump some iron and get that dream body you’ve always wanted. Working out has a lot of benefits both for your body and mind. The only problem is you’re not quite sure which route you should go. Should you get a membership at a local commercial gym, or just buy some equipment and start your own in-home gym?

If you’re struggling with this dilemma you are not alone. A lot of people all around the country have a hard time deciding which option is right for them. Much of the decision comes from what best suits your schedule and lifestyle, but there are some things you should know about both options before you make the commitment.

Why Choose a Commercial Gym?

When deciding between a commercial or an in-home gym, access is often a big deciding factor. With a commercial gym, you pay your monthly fee and all of the equipment you need is readily available to you. You don’t need to go out and purchase the weights and machines yourself.

Commercial gyms also generally offer personal training sessions (although you have to pay extra for it) and these sessions can help you reach your goals faster than if you were to work out alone at home.

Another benefit that commercial gyms offer is that there are few distractions to actually getting your workout in. For people who have a difficult time with getting sidetracked or staying motivated, working out at home can be a frustrating experience. You have all the right intentions of getting a great workout done, but the temptation that having your couch and TV in the next room over can be the undoing of all your great intentions.

Now that we’ve taken a quick look at the advantages of commercial gyms, let’s change gears and talk about in-home gyms.

Why Choose an in-Home Gym?

One of the biggest reasons people choose to go with an in-home gym over a commercial one is the money they can save on their monthly commercial gym fees. You might be thinking, “Yeah I might save 40 bucks a month on my gym membership, but then I have to pay for all the equipment”.

While it is true that gym equipment can be costly, the monthly fees that gyms charge add up quite a bit over time and over the course of several years can cost thousands of dollars. Investing in an in-home gym on the front end can actually save you a lot of money in the long run.

One of the biggest advantages of in-home gyms over commercial gyms is that you don’t have to deal with people hogging all the equipment. A huge frustration with commercial gyms is that the best equipment seems to go to personal trainers and their clients.

If you don’t feel like paying for personal training and just enjoy working out on your own, this can be a big problem. Getting to the gym on leg day just to find out that all the squat racks are taken is a huge pain and can disrupt your entire workout schedule.

If you have an in-home gym, you never have to worry about not being able to do the workout that you want, when you want.

Finally, in-home gyms are extremely convenient. Whenever you want to get a workout in, 24/7 you have a gym right in your own home. There is no commute time, and you also have a kitchen to prepare a post-workout meal without ever having to leave the building. Talk about a time saver!

When it comes to choosing between getting a commercial gym membership, or investing in an in-home gym, there are a lot of reasons to go either way. Ultimately it comes down to you and what is important to you. Hopefully the things you’ve read here will help you make the right decision!

At Balance Fitness, we provide latest and greatest in gym equipment and we would love the opportunity to work with you on creating the perfect gym experience. Not only do we offer gym equipment, we also help design in-home gyms. If you’re considering an in-home gym experience, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll discuss the best possible options for you!

You can reach our location in San Mateo at (650) 348-1259 or in Santa Clara at (408) 255-3010. You can also contact us online to ask any questions you may have or to set up a consultation!