Home Gym vs. Going to a Gym....

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    Jul 29, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    Hey Boys...

    I'm sure there is posts on this but I was wondering your thoughts on home gyms vs. going to the gym.

    I am thinking of buying a bench and free weights (full set up to 300lbs) from a friend for 200.00 bucks which is a great price. This thing has everything, incline/decline, legs, all types of weights etc.

    Right now I go to Gold's I only pay 27.00 a month but its about 25 mins from me...

    thoughts?
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    Jul 29, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    A few things you might consider:

    Will anyone spot you when you bench? Do you go heavy on bench?

    Do you do squats (if not, why not? but that's another story...)

    How much do you value meeting/interacting with other people at a gym?

    How often do you workout (with weights)? If it's often, then a 25 minute commute adds up to a LOT of time on the road... environmentally conscious?....

    The home gym will be cheaper in the not-so-long run, especially when you factor in the cost of gas.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jul 30, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    When looking for a new apartment one thing that is a must is a gym in the complex. It gets me out of the house and I get the workout I need without the monthly cost.
  • neon4u

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    Jul 30, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    Hey Epleadbe,

    I find that going to the gym actually motives me more. It too easy, at least for me, to become lazy at home. In addition, I love to people watch and talk it up and the best is getting those compliments.
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    Jul 30, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Thanks for the feedback guys... I ended up buying a bench and some free weights that were super cheap...I think I'll try them for a while at home and see how motivated I can get I can freeze my gym membership with out affecting my status their and open back up at anytime without a charge that way if I find out its not working I can go right back..

    I do like to people watch but getting the best workout is important for me and I might be more inclined to work a little harder at home....

    So I have a home gym now if any of you are in town and need a place to workout don't hesitate to stop by!

    Now all I need is some exercises that will work with the bench I bought. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 31, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    epleadbe saidNow all I need is some exercises that will work with the bench I bought. icon_smile.gif


    Stick to the basic compound exercises: bench press, rows, overhead press, deadlifts and squats. These build muscle better machines. Fuck the tricep kickbacks and wrist curls.
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    Jul 31, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    I would definitely say gyms are way better than home gyms. Part of the motivation is knowing I get to shower with tons of other hot guys - well catch a glance of them for a quick second. That is something you don't get at home. Fortunately, there is a young crowd at my gym icon_smile.gif
  • spinningguy

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    Jul 31, 2008 3:05 AM GMT
    I not only go to a gym but I pay for a personal trainer for me he keeps me motivated, he pushes me farther than I would push myself and since I have an appointment with him I don't skip my workouts. For me a home gym would be a new very expensive coat rack.