Joining a Gym vs. Working Out at Home

Saravanan "Sharu" Hariram

March 5, 2021

It has been 11 months since COVID-19 was recognized as a global pandemic, putting a full-stop to simple activities such as – going to the gym, office, restaurant, or even grabbing something as boring as the morning newspaper without quivering in fear. 

Most of our days consist of us moving from our bedroom to the living room where we plant ourselves on the couch – at this point, most of us have heavily dented couches. The decrease in active movements has started to show on our faces, if not our bellies! 

On the other side, some individuals have used the pandemic as a reason to be active! From embarking on a weight loss journey, to simply practicing healthy eating and exercising while staying indoors. 

But now most of the gyms have reopened – What will you choose? Joining a Gym or Working out at home?

We have a list of benefits and drawbacks for joining a gym or working out at home – let’s pit them against each other to see which option wins!


Accessibility - Home

How many times have we paid for a gym membership only to rarely (never) use it? More times than we’d like to admit! The one reason/excuse – pre and post-pandemic – is traveling. Many people start to slack and then eventually give up going to the gym because of the time and effort it takes to travel to access the gym. Whereas if you opt to work out at home, you simply have to walk up to the next room!


Motivation - Gym

As students, the driving factor for motivation for most of us to study would be to do it with a group of other kids – feeding off the energy, enthusiasm, and also competition around us, (except the ones who prefer solitude). For some of us that haven’t changed in adulthood – be it working in an office or working out at a gym! Working out alone at home requires a lot of self-motivation unlike at the gym with all the similar energy, heavy lifting, pumped-up music and so much more!


Risk - Home

Even though gyms claim that they are practicing the utmost safety measures such as – temperature check, wearing a mask, and frequent sanitization. The risk of being exposed to the virus is still high because of the crowd. The staff may be on it 100% initially, but the probability of them relaxing in this regime is too high, which is less likely to happen at home.


Training - Gym

Working out while listening to your trainer shout motivating words at you from a screen is great, but for some of us, when the same thing happens from a few meters? Much better and effective! Humans are social creatures – which is why in-person training can be more satisfying! 


Expense - Home

Gym memberships are expensive! And rightly so, given the high-quality equipment that is offered along with certified professionals to guide and pump you to get to the finish line. In comparison, working out at home can save you money! You can opt for apps such as HealthifyMe that provide you with fitness coaches, plans, and videos where you can get the required training and guidance you need to reach your goal at a minimal cost!


Quality - Gym

While home workouts can be comfortable, risk-free, and less expensive, the quality of the equipment and training ranks high. Working out at the gym will also save you the hassle of getting the equipment serviced now and then and also reduce the risk of an unnecessary injury. 

Final score 33


Looks like it’s a tie – making both our opponents WINNERS!

Choosing to workout out at a gym or home is ultimately your personal decision, but it’s also best to weigh in the pros and cons given the seriousness of the current situation. If you can go to the gym and be careful by taking the required precautions, good for you! And if you can work out at home and still get the smashing results you want, kudos to you!

Are you looking to transform yourself in 2021? Our coaches can help you. 

About the Author

Saravanan “Sharu” Hariram is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for bodybuilding. Combining his love for fitness with his career, Sharu did his certification in Sports Nutrition, and Rehabilitation and Healing Nutrition. Currently a Master Trainer with HealthifyMe, he specializes in Weight Management, Marathon Training, and Physical Rehabilitation. In his 20+ years of experience, Sharu has always maintained that one’s mind must have control over their body in order to lead a healthy life. At HealthifyMe, he continues to follow his passion while helping those around him realise their fitness goals.

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