Thinking about setting up a home gym or buying a piece of cardio equipment to decorate your home?
Before making the investment please read and take a moment to consider your needs, desires and commitment level first.
My apologies to my friends at HomeFIT as they sell great products and I own many of them so I will afford them this plug before I proceed because if you still want great fitness equipment after this read…they will look after you.
For many (most) people, their treadmill has become a dust collector and their stationary bike a great clothes hanger. Not to mention gym equipment does not really enhance the decor in your family room or bedroom and that treadmill in the ensuite is kind of like the elephant in the room (you know who you are).
While the thought of joining a gym may make you break into a cold sweat and your heart race (not from a workout) it is really worth some consideration.
We are well intentioned in the buying phase of the home gym but there is a tendency to lose focus, get bored and; if you do use the equipment; frustrated with lack of progress over time.
Consider what your goal is before making a purchase;
- Do you want to get fit and healthy?
- Do you want to lose weight?
- Do you want to make continual progress with changes to your body?
If you have any or all of those goals, one piece of cardio equipment will not get you there. You can purchase the gym with all the pulleys and weight stacks but are you going to know what to do once you have it nicely installed in your recreation room? Better yet, are you going to use it consistently and know when to amp up and make changes to your program?
Your body becomes conditioned over time if you do the same workout over and over and your progress will stall and you will quite likely lose interest. From an overall health perspective, it is better then nothing but again, in order to see progressive gains, you must vary your program.
Let’s look at the benefits of joining a gym;
- Many choices of equipment and classes so less opportunity for boredom and plateauing (ONLY if you keep making changes)
- Equipment is clearly marked with pictures and instructions showing what muscles it works (when used properly) and how to use it making it easy to know what to do
- Equipment is laid out for beginners and you get an orientation session so you know which equipment to use and what order (do this only for the first few workouts before changing it up)
- Great energy and vibe in the gym that will keep you motivated (just get there!)
- Variety of classes (jump, kick, pump weights, dance and SWEAT)
- Great hours (get up an hour earlier and hit the gym before your day loses control)
- Some great scenery (you all know what I’m talking about)
- Get new workout ideas (imitation is the greatest form of flattery so look around and get ideas…just be discreet please)
- Silently compete with others to bump up your program (you cannot walk at a 3 mph pace on the treadmill when the 80 year old next to you is hoofing it at 5 mph)
- Camaraderie – get to know people and say hello, nod or just smile…it will be reciprocated
The down side can be;
- Intimidating (only if you think someone is watching you but rest assured, everyone is too busy watching themselves in the mirrors)
- Busy at peak times of day (try off peak 5AM 8PM)
- Sometimes equipment not available (always have a plan B before you go so you do not lose your mojo if equipment is in use)
- Classes can be crowded (go early and pick your real estate)
Before you consider a big ticket item like a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or full home gym…consider a commitment to a gym or class until the habit has been formed and if you believe you really will take full advantage of your own equipment and get the best results by changing up your program, by all means, go shopping.
Bear in mind, if you are going to spend $1500 – $3000 on a piece of equipment you could go to the gym for approximately 3 – 5 years before spending that much money and by then you will be hooked – guaranteed!
If having your own home gym or going to a club are NOT even remotely enticing but getting in optimum shape is…consider the services of a PERSONAL TRAINER in a fantastic PRIVATE STUDIO….yet another shameless plug.
Remember, you only have one life to live; make it SO Full of LIFE!