Why I Ditched My Home Gym
From the beginning of my weight loss journey until earlier this year I had been a member of a variety of gyms. First it was Better Body Fitness in Elgin, followed by Gold’s Gym, then Hampton Hill Athletic Club in Columbia from 20010-2012.
I stayed at Hampton Hill until my wife and I built a house and moved into the country. As is usually typical with living in the country, my gym options became limited. I briefly joined and started going to Fitness Zone, the only local gym that opened up early enough for me, but I wasn’t happy with what it offered.
That’s when I decided to build a home gym.
My home gym consisted of a weight bench, adjustable dumbbells, and outdoor cardio in the evenings (basketball, soccer, playing in the yard with my daughter, etc). While the outdoor cardio is something I still do most days as it’s enjoyable, forcing myself to work out in my man cave at 5 AM became unsustainable.
Here are a few reasons why:
Lack of equipment. After shelling out quite a bit of money on my weight setup, I didn’t have enough money to spring for an elliptical machine — my first true love at the gym. It’s nice having a variety of machines and equipment to choose from at a traditional gym, something that is obviously very expensive to duplicate at home.
Lack of space. My wife and I live in a 2,300 square foot house. While we’re not cramped, I also didn’t and don’t have a whole lot of space for a gym. And now that we’re a family of four, I have a lot less free room. Even if I did have the room for a gym today, will I a year or two down the road?
Lack of camaraderie. I hated the gym when I first started going. I was self-conscious, shy, and constantly wondered if I was doing something wrong. Today, I could care less what others think of me. Going to the gym allows me to be surrounded by like-minded people trying to better themselves.
Plenty of distractions. It was hard going upstairs and isolating myself in my man cave to work out every morning, all the while knowing there were chores to be done and other things I could’ve been doing literally feet away.
I know many folks are in love with burning calories at home and/or hate going to a traditional gym — that’s fine. Personally, working out at home wasn’t right for me.