5 Reasons to Buy a Gym Membership
I know a lot of people will be making the decision to join a gym or work out at home over the next few weeks, so this is a great time to talk about the reasons for getting a gym membership. I’m a big supporter of working out at a gym as opposed to a home gym. While that might be because I live in a 1,200 square foot bungalow, I actually have a few other valid reasons.
Camaraderie, like-minded folks, and workout buddies
For over 18 months I worked out exclusively at around 8 PM. I worked out around the same people, every night, five days a week. When I switched to working out in the mornings, I almost feel like I was “cheating” on the people I normally worked out with. I never spoke a word to any of them and never knew any of their names, but there was still a bond.
Now that I’m working out in the morning at my gym, I have a whole new set of people. They’re the same set of people, day in, day out for the most part, and we workout together and go our separate ways. Again, I don’t talk to them, I don’t know their names, but we’re all working toward to the same goal and have the commitment to wake up by 5 AM every morning to accomplish it.
If I were to actually talk to them, that’d be a whole other level of comradeship.
You don’t get that kind of feeling working at home.
Variety of exercises, activities, and other services.
Unless you won the lottery or run a debt collection company, you probably don’t have a whole lot of disposable income these days. I don’t. And while a gym membership can be costly if you don’t use it, it’s well worth the monthly $20, $30, $50 or whatever you need to pay to have full access to a gym. Along with that membership you probably get access to:
- Stationary Bicycyles
- Free Weights
- Machine weights
- Exercise Balls
- Spin classes
- Aerobics classes
You get the idea. ALL of that (at Hampton Hill, at least) or at least most of that is at your disposal at most gyms for a reasonable price. If you compare that price to actually buying just some of that equipment (not to mention storing it at your house), there’s no contest.
Ability to leave the house do something.
This doesn’t apply much toward people who work outside of the house, but mainly to stay at home mothers, retirees, etc. The gym is a great way to get out of the house and get into a new, fresh atmosphere.
On second thought, this does apply toward people who work outside of the house. A few times over the last couple of years I would find myself bored on a Sunday afternoon, wife and daughter having a cuddle nap, shopping with the girls, etc., and I’d be alone at the house bored, trying to find something to do.
My old self would have started watching tv and eating. Now, I go to the gym.
A little “me” time and a place to relax.
I know what you’re thinking: “me time?” A “place to relax?” I had the same mindset. A few years ago, my idea of “me” time would be a pizza, a good movie, and about 40 ounces of soda. Times change, though. My “me” time is every morning. I look forward to waking up at 4:45 in the morning (never thought I’d type that sentence) and lifting weights, running, burning calories and sweating. I get put my iPod on full volume and get lost in my own world.
It’s my own personal therapy, five days a week.
Access to personal trainers, probably even a free session
I’m a man, so I’d never admit I needed help with anything. I don’t ask people for directions, I don’t like going to the doctor, and I didn’t take my wife’s offer to help me put together that thing we got for Christmas last year (still don’t know what it is). I would probably never ask for help from a personal trainer, but would it have helped me at the beginning of my journey? Absolutely.
While I don’t like asking for help, I have no shame in admitting that a personal trainer would have actually helped answering the numerous questions I had.
When asking yourself whether or not you should buy a gym membership, just ask yourself a few basic questions:
- Do you have the upfront cost for a cardio/weight setup?
- Do you have the space in your house for a workout area?
- Can you stay motivated working at at home by yourself?
If you answered yes to all three, then go ahead and workout at home. I know many do, love it, and can’t stand working out in a gym. If that works for you, that’s great. If not, though, I’ll see you at the gym!
Do you work out at home or at a gym? If at home, what’s your setup?