Fitness is an important part of your life – but if you’re tired of the gym grind, you may be wondering if it’s time to invest in your own equipment, and start building your own home gym.
However, you may be intimidated by the idea of buying your own equipment, like exercise bikes and weights. Home gyms are expensive, right? Why not just keep going to your current gym?
We’re here to convince you to take the plunge. A home gym is worth every penny – and we’ll show you 7 reasons that prove it.
1. No Monthly Membership Cost
It may seem like a home gym is very expensive – and that’s true, at first. If you plan on investing in equipment like a stationary bike, treadmill, and weights, you are looking at a pretty high up-front cost.
But over time, the fact that you’re not paying a monthly gym fee will actually save you money.
Let’s do some math, and consider the average cost of a gym membership. In the US, a gym membership costs around $58 per month, which comes out to nearly $700 per year. Some monthly gym memberships can even run closer to triple digits every month, if you want specialized equipment or live in a higher cost-of-living area.
So, if you cancel your gym membership, and you invest $2,100 in your own gym equipment, it will essentially have paid for itself within 3 years – and as you continue to save money, you can keep adding more equipment to your home gym.
It’s best to look at your home gym as a long-term investment. Sure, it will cost you a bit more in the short term. But in the long run, you’ll save a lot of money. (And time, which we’ll look at in further detail later on in our article.)
2. You Can Invest In Higher-Quality Equipment
Most gyms tend to purchase equipment that’s of middling quality. They want to make sure they turn a profit – but they need to make sure their equipment lasts a long time. Because of this, they don’t want to buy cheap equipment – but expensive, top-tier equipment is also out of the question.
And, in addition, because their equipment is constantly being used by thousands of people each month, it tends to become worn down. If you’ve ever been forced to use an exercise bike with a loose seat or pedals, or used any other piece of sub-par equipment at the gym, you know what we mean!
But because you’re the only one (besides any lucky friends or family members) using your home gym, you can invest in higher-quality equipment, tailored specifically to your interests.
For example, if you love cycling and want to make sure you can get a bike workout even when the weather gets nasty, you can purchase an indoor bike trainer or cycle, and make sure it’s of top quality.
Or, if you love lifting weights, you can purchase a power rack, barbell and weights, and a bench of your own – and spare no expense, to build the ultimate home gym!
You also don’t have to worry about your equipment wearing out. With proper maintenance, it’s sure to last you for decades, because far fewer people will be using it.
3. No Wasted Time Traveling To And From The Gym
Here’s where the real cost savings of a home gym become apparent. Going to the gym wastes a ton of time.
Let’s say that it takes you 15 minutes to drive to the gym, 5 minutes to change and prepare for your workout, 10 minutes to shower and change after you work out, and 15 minutes to drive home.
The time you spend at the gym will also be higher if you go during peak hours – before rush hour, or immediately after work. You may have to wait around for your preferred machines to open up.
That means that, every day you go to the gym, you’re essentially wasting this time. You’re spending 45 minutes of your day getting to the gym, and waiting around for the machine you want to use to open up.
But with a home gym, you don’t have to worry about any of this! You can simply wake up before work and get started with your workout immediately, or work out as soon as you get home. There’s no time wasted going to the gym, or waiting around while other people work out.
If you think about it, this also translates directly into cost savings. If you value your time at $20 per hour, for example, you’re saving $15 every time you use your home gym – rather than spending 45 minutes going to and from your local gym.
4. It’s Harder To Make Excuses To Not Work Out
My car broke down! I feel tired! I don’t feel like sitting in traffic! The weather is too nasty to go outside! I had to work too late and don’t have time!
All of these are excuses that can prevent you from training and working out – and all of them are inapplicable to your home gym! We guarantee that, if you have a home gym, it will be much harder to make up excuses for skipping your workouts.
This may seem like a small benefit, but it’s really a powerful psychological tool. When you know that you have all the equipment you need for a great workout at home, you’ll be much more willing to make use of it, and you’ll stop making excuses for skipping workouts – which helps you reach your fitness goals more quickly.
5. Enhanced Privacy
One thing that turns many people away from traditional gym memberships is how public the gym environment is. Anyone can look at you, and watch you as you lift weights, ride an exercise bike, run on the treadmill, or do anything else – and this makes some folks quite uncomfortable.
For example, if you’re newer to the world of fitness, you may feel like other people are judging you for not running fast enough, or failing to lift heavy enough weights. While this is usually not the case, this perception can still cause a number of negative feelings.
But in your home gym, nobody can judge you. Nobody can see you. You’re in full control of your own workout, and you don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks. That’s a great feeling!
6. Control Your Own Gym Environment
Feel like rockin’ out to Bon Jovi while doing a heavy weight lifting set? Crank up those tunes! Want to watch a movie while you’re on a 2-hour exercise bike training ride? Put it on the big screen! Do you love screaming like He-Man when you bench press? Be as loud as you want!
You’re in total control of how you set up your gym, and how you train. Unlike in a traditional gym environment, you don’t have to wear headphones to block out the noise of other people training.
So feel free to set up a TV in your gym, create an awesome sound system, change the lighting – whatever you feel like doing to make yourself more comfortable, and provide yourself with the ideal environment for working out. The sky’s the limit!
7. You Can Set Your Equipment Up Just How You Like It
This is particularly advantageous when it comes to adjustable exercise equipment, such as exercise bikes. When you go to a traditional gym, you’re sharing this equipment with dozens of other people of different sizes, shapes, heights, skill levels, and so on.
This means that you’re going to have to spend quite a bit of time adjusting weight machines, exercise bikes, and other equipment that requires you to set it up yourself.
But if you have your own home gym, you can take the time to set up all of your equipment just the way you like it. You don’t have to worry about anyone else moving your dumbbells or barbells around, messing with the settings on your weight machines, or adjusting the seat height and position of your exercise bike.
Everything can be set up just the way you like it, making it easier for you to get in the gym, and start working out – without wasting time making minor adjustments on each piece of equipment you use.
Invest In A Home Gym – It’s Worth Every Penny!
Whether you’re just interested in a simple home gym including an exercise bike, mats, and some free-weights – or a comprehensive gym with weight machines, barbells and more, we hope this guide has been helpful!
So think about whether or not a home gym is right for you. If it is, consider canceling your gym membership, and investing in some gym equipment to get started. Once you’ve built your own home gym, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with a gym membership!