The benefits of a home gym can be many, for the last 40 years or so I have managed to train at least 4 days a week, some of my most memorable experiences were when I trained in my brothers old garage or in my parents old recreation room, all I had was a weight bench a few dumbells and a barbell with about 150 lbs of weights.
Training at home has some very good benefits, but it also has it’s its drawbacks and while I do go to a local gym, many times I get really frustrated with the people, to begin with I do not go to the gym to be social, I go to train.
I am sure we have all experienced going to the gym being focused on what we are going to train, you get there and what you have to contend with is a bunch of bench warmers not doing much more than looking at their cell phone and taking up unnecessary bench space.
While the people in most gyms that take up space are annoying, they will eventually go away, after a couple of days of that I will skip going to my local gym and train at home, my logic behind this is that most of those people that go and take up space usually don’t last long, it almost seems cyclical, but when it happens I train at home.
When training at home I don’t have a lot of heavy weight, having a lot of heavy weight in a gym is all to tempting and while training heavy does stimulate muscle growth, sometimes it’s good to train with lighter weights and more reps, being by myself lets me really focus on the squeeze and my form, resulting in incredible pumps.
You don’t need much to train at home
While you may thing you need tons of exercise equipment to train at home you really dont, don’t get me wrong I have some friends that have some very elaborate gyms in their garage, mine is very simple and consists of some basic dumbells and small barbell, a good weight bench and multipurpose rack.
Working out at home by yourself make the training sessions quick, mainly because you don’t have to wait on someone until they finish using a particular bench or certain weights, training at home can be seamless and lets you flow from one exercise to the next.
Train when you want
This is probably one of the biggest benefits of a home gym is the fact that if you are self-disciplined having a home gym lets you train when you want, day or night without having to worry about making it to your local gym at a certain time, plus it will save you travel time.
What about Cardio
That’s one of the things many will ask and for cardio I live in a rural area which lets me take my bike out and ride for 5 miles or so, but cardio can be done at home as well, all you need is an inexpensive stationary bike. I can remember when I was younger I would jump rope for 10-15 minutes, I don’t do that much now because its hard on the knees, people who are blessed with a swimming pool can get their cardio swimming laps, so there are many ways to get a good cardiovascular workout without going to the gym.
I can remember when I was younger I would jump rope for 10-15 minutes, I don’t do that much now because its hard on the knees, people who are blessed with a swimming pool can get their cardio swimming laps, so there are many ways to get a good cardiovascular workout without going to the gym.
The downside to training at home
While training at home is very convenient there is always a downside, if you don’t have enough self-motivation and tend to procrastinate you most likely will not train at home, one thing about going to the gym is once you are there you feel committed to staying there and working out.
Not enough weight
If you want to progress and get stronger unless you have a huge amount of weight at home to train with, it will be hard to grow, in order to gain strength you need to progressively increase the weight week by week.
Too many distractions
If you work from home or have a family and are trying to train it you may be subjected to many distractions that will take away from your workout, including family the phone, or a nearby lap top tempting you to check your facebook every few minutes.
Benefits of a home gym has many great benefits, but for some it can be counterproductive if you are committed and have some basic weights and a bench working out at home is a great option, especially when you need to take a break from your local gym.