What’s Better – Home Gym or Public Gym?

Can’t figure out what’s best for you? Both have their merits & demerits. On one side you have more machines, more options, and gym trainers and on the other hand you can save a lot of time and hassle of traveling.

Before you make your mind you need to look at the pros and cons for both options. Here are some points that can help you decide.

Merits of Gym Membership

They are a number of advantages of joining a proper gym.

Better Facilities

A gym has many different options, machines, and equipment that you can use to achieve all sorts of fitness goals. The options range from simple dumbbells to heavy equipment such as treadmill, bike, machine fly, or leg extensions. Most home gyms will not have the space or budget to get all this equipment. Most gyms also have the facilities like pools, locker rooms, etc.


Looking and interacting with other people with the same goals can give you the much needed motivation. This will keep you committed and give you the will power to get up and go the gym on a daily basis.

Better Focus

It might seem that you can focus more on the exercise in the home gym. But it’s actually the opposite that is true. Going to a public gym might be challenging but once you reach there. You can actually be more focused on the exercise. Having a gym at home will give you a reason to keep skipping the workouts and creating a routine.


If you are just starting, you can get a lot of support from the others, who would not only help & guide you but also help you stay on the track. You can look at the ones who are doing the workout for quite some time and get motivated by looking at the results they have achieved in a few months or years. On the other hand, you can look at the people who have joined after you and appreciate yourself for starting earlier.

Demerits of Gym Membership

Now that you have some idea of the benefits, let’s have a look at some drawbacks.

Monthly fee

Some gym memberships can be quite expensive. A simple home gym might be a onetime investment but it will keep paying off for a long time to come. Not to forget the time you will save on traveling (and time is money).

Lack of Privacy

Having some privacy is next to impossible in a gym. The best that you could do is put your earphones and workout in the corner to avoid any interruptions.

You might also come across the stalkers that keep staring at you. Nobody wants unwanted attention so this can be a problem.


Research suggests that a typical free weight can have more germs than a toilet seat. If your immune system is weak and you can catch a cold easily, you might want to avoid going to the gym. Most gym equipments are used by dozens of different people. Although good gyms exercise proper hygiene but any public place will have this problem.

Merits of a Home Gym

Having a gym at home gives you the flexibility to work out at any time of the day (or night).

One Time Cost:

With a onetime cost, you can save money & time for a long time to come. You do not need to arrange heavy machinery. Just get a space and get yourself the basics like bench and dumbbells and you are good to go.


You don’t need to spend a lot of time in preparing for the gym.

Demerits of a Home Gym

Distractions & Excuses

There are dozens of different things that can distract and make you skip your workout session. Plus, there’s no partner who will call bluff on your excuse and take you to the gym.

Lack of motivation

Working out at home does not provide proper motivation that you will get from looking and communicating with the likeminded people at gym.

Keeping the Correct Form

At the gym, they are trainers and experienced people who can help correct you your form but that is not possible at a home gym.

Deciding Between the Two

Once you have considered these merits and demerits, it is the time to make a decision. Some people prefer home gym while some prefer gym membership. What’s actually important is to get into the habit of working out regularly.

Bio: Mark Longo blogs for MrAlpha.com, an online brand offering fitness apparel, nutritional supplements and grooming products for men.

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