Do I need a gym membership?

  • sexytodd86

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    Apr 12, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a beginner at trying to become more fit. I am happy with my weight, I just want to bulk up. I have the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells and a Bowflex workout bench and a stability ball. What kind of workout could I do to bulk up with these without buying a gym membership? My diet is awesome right now and I throw luggage for my job so that's one main reason I stay slim. Gaining some muscle is my goal. Any ideas fellow realjock members?
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    Apr 12, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    You don't necessarily need a gym and a gym's not for everyone but have you tried one? If not, so many offer 3 or more free trial days that there's no reason not to, especially if one is nearby. For me, the sheer variety of equipment is enough reason to join; more resources = more opportunity, even if you have to share them. Perhaps you might come to the same conclusion, and find the membership fee well worth it.
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Apr 12, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    How about going to a gym where you pay as you go, no contract. The idea is to go learn how to perform the various exercise, especially the ones with the equipment you got at home.

    That way you learn to get the most of what you got and can decide if you need more equipment or investing in a full membership.
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    Apr 12, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    You should be able to do quite a bit at home after investing that much in adjustable dumbbells and a bench. Only other thing I you might want to consider buying is an iron gym pull up bar.

    I wouldn't invest in a monthly gym membership until you feel like you need certain machines to further your progression.
  • gwuinsf

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    Apr 13, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    What are your reasons for not getting a gym membership? I find that going to the gym provides the extra motivation and focus I need.

    There are lots of using your own bodyweight exercise plans on various websites.
  • LJay

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    Apr 13, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    No

    Just spend all the time you would have used to travel to and from the gymn to exercise. Spend all the money you will save on membership on good, real food.

    And sing.
  • sexytodd86

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    Apr 13, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Hey guys, yesterday I did a full body workout with just the dumbbells and bench, I definitely feel it this morning as I woke up icon_smile.gif Currently on the look out for a resistance band and a pull up bar for the house.
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    Apr 13, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    I think it depends on what is your view point is. Some people I know view the gym as a storage place for workout equipment. They like go to the gym and pay the membership rather than putting in the one time investment to buy all the equipment that takes up space. If they cancel their gym membership or get involve in other fitness activity such as yoga, they don't have all that equipment laying around and have to deal with it's disposal later on.
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    Apr 13, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    S34n05 saidYou should be able to do quite a bit at home after investing that much in adjustable dumbbells and a bench. Only other thing I you might want to consider buying is an iron gym pull up bar.

    I wouldn't invest in a monthly gym membership until you feel like you need certain machines to further your progression.


    Agreed - a pull up bar is sooooo simple but will change your life.

    You don't need a gym if you don't want one. I have never set foot in a gym in my life. A coupla barbells, bench, Swiss Ball, Perfect Push-Ups and a bar have served me rather well. All at home and out of the way.

    I know myself - if I had to get up, get dressed, travel to a gym blahblahblah I would never go.