Working out is an important aspect of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. While public gyms offer a wide range of equipment and classes, they are not always convenient or affordable for everyone. Investing in a home gym can be a smart and practical decision for those who prioritise their physical health and fitness.
In this article, we will discuss our top 5 benefits of having a home gym, from cost savings to customisation and control over your workout environment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fitness enthusiast, a home gym offers the perfect solution for all your workout needs.
1.) Cost savings in the long term
Joining a gym can be expensive, the average membership fee is £40 per month (Quoted from moneybright.co.uk) which stacks up to £480 per year. This is not inclusive of joining fees which can be anywhere from £10 to more than £50. At the basic level having a home gym, eliminates these costs, let us say you invest £1000 in a home gym, after 2 years you have matched the spend from your gym membership, then beyond the 2 year point you will be making savings.
2.) Saving time
If you take a closer look at the costs involved, most people will need to commute to the gym, each mile that you must drive costs your time in commuting and the financial cost in terms of mileage on your vehicle, petrol costs etc. Even something as menial as a 10-minute drive adds up to 20 minutes per gym session, if you are training 3-4 times per week that is an hour and half spent commuting per week on top of the financial burden.
If you were able to cash in on your commute time, that hour and a half per week could be spent spending more time with the kids, learning something new or even more time to train to progress towards your fitness goals.
3.) Convenience and comfort
Having your own gym gives you the ability to train at any time you feel like without having to conform to the opening hours of a commercial gym. Additionally, in a public gym, you may feel self-conscious or uncomfortable around other people. With a home gym, you have complete privacy and control over the environment, allowing you to exercise in a stress-free and comfortable setting. This can make your workout experience more enjoyable and help you get the most out of each session.
All your equipment is there for you at your own convenience, no more queues for the bench press or having to ask, ‘how many sets you got left mate?’. This is even more prevalent during the new year period where all gyms see a massive influx of members trying to achieve their resolutions. Another piece of comfort is knowing that you will never have to wipe someone else’s sweat of a piece of equipment again.
4.) Get your family involved
Your home gym set up does not need to be exclusively used by yourself, you can let your family and friends train there with you, which again saves multiple gym membership fees, especially if you have a large family or a lot of relatives in the area.
We feel it is important to be a role model to younger members of the family by demonstrating the importance of health and fitness not only through words of encouragement but through actions. Having a home gym where your younger sibling or child can see you training frequently and even join in with you, can give you more ways to bond and further your positive influence in their lives.
5.) Design your gym in your vision
When you have a home gym, you can customise it to suit your specific needs and preferences. You can choose the equipment you need and arrange it in a way that works best for you. You can also utilise unused or underutilised spaces in your home, such as a spare room, basement, or garage, to create your own personal fitness haven. On top of that, you only need to pay for equipment that you will be using instead of paying a membership at a facility where you may not even use half the equipment available to you.
All of us have our own personal goals, if your focus is strength training, then you can opt for a power rack with Olympic barbell, bumper plates etc. If your focus is flexibility and mobility training for athletics, you may want to opt for a resistance band and a yoga mat for floor work. The takeaway is that you can have your gym tailored to your specific fitness goals.
In conclusion, investing in a home gym can be a smart and hugely cost saving decision for anyone looking to improve their physical health and fitness. Now one key thing to keep in mind is that a home gym does not have to be an extravagant set up, a home gym can consist of a set of resistance bands or even a single pair of dumbbells. If you have some way to apply resistance to the body and a space to train whether its your living room or garage, you can have a home gym and you can train from home.
Although we are discussing our top 5 reasons to have a home gym, this article is not meant to put you off using a commercial gym or demonise them in any way. At MuscleSquad our mission is to bring fitness to all, and we know for some that means training in a commercial gym and for others training from the comfort of their own home. The priority is that you are exercising regularly and taking care of physical wellbeing and fitness no matter how you do it.
If you would like any advice or have any questions on setting up a home, where to start etc. drop us a message (contact us) and we will be more than happy to arrange a call with you or assist you online.
‘The average price of a gym membership in the UK is £40 but this can vary greatly depending on location, what each gym offers and what discounts are available.’