WWW: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

  Many people ask where they should go workout. Is a gym better or can you accomplish what you need in the calmness of your own home? This is a terrific question and I want to give you all the facts so that you can better make this decision. Before starting a new workout, you need to decide where you are going to exercise and what you want your goals to be. This will prevent any snags in the road in your future workouts and keep you on the path to achieving your goals.

 If you’re a high school or college student, it’d be unwise to not take advantage of the free or already paid for facilities. However, if you have to pay for a gym to go to this always turns people away due to all the other financial obligations we have in our life. Plus, by remaining at home, you’re saving on workout attire that most girls think are necessary, transportation costs, and the privacy issue that many gym-goers have to deal with as they think they are being judged. However, working out at home may cost you a lot of money if you need equipment. Just a set of 5 lb dumbbells will set you back around $15. Plus, I’ve found it more difficult to find motivation when you work out in your home, especially if you work out in every day places. If I work out at home, I cannot work out in the living room or my bed room because there are comfy places to sit down and relax that look a lot more appealing than killing myself on the floor. I have to work out in the yard or on the stairs or in places that I designate as workout places instead of sleeping or relaxing places. Plus, when you sign a gym membership and are paying for it, you bet you’re going to go and get your money’s worth! However, some gyms still aren’t 24 hour gyms and can be hard to work around a busy schedule, while your home is open at all times.

Also, if you are a beginner and don’t know a lot about exercises, I’d advise you to not do things at home unless they’re real light and easy, everyday exercises so you don’t get hurt. At a gym there are people around in case you don’t know exactly what to do or how to do something or if you get hurt. Plus, in my opinion, I think it’s easier to get a more complete, full body workout at the gym due to all the equipment there is. The only exception is if you already have a lot of equipment or make your own to do cross fit style activities, but then you’re like Drew Hill and not me. Although, I did help build a sled which was kind of cool. But anyway, the gym is also a plus because it offers classes that you can take. While at home, you have to rely on you or DVDs which I’m not really the biggest fan of. If you do choose to follow a DVD though, make sure the instructor is certified and not a quack and don’t believe big result advertisements because everyone is different.

No matter what you choose though, make goals, get motivated, work hard, and go endu!

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

The Accute Effects Of Different Squat Intensities on Vertical Jump Performances
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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.