Gym or buy gear to work out?

  • slooksterpsv

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    May 11, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    Should I go to a gym or buy the gear to work out? I almost want to say it'd be better to buy the gear. Just to start at the Gym here, the membership price is almost $200, I I think there's a monthly fee afterwards too. So how much do you guys pay and which do you think is better?
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    May 11, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    That is up to you if you workout at home or go to a gym. I do both. I love the gym because I like to be around people and I like to workout at home because I do not have to wait for equipment when it is busy. If you live near a 24hr fitness center, they have online specials that you can not get at the gym itself. They have them every Monday between the hours of 11AM and 1PM. that was how I got my great deal. Plus sometimes the deal will include a couple of personal training sessions. Good luck to you.

    I think that is Pacific time.
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    May 11, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    If you've never been to a gym, I'd suggest buying a membership for a year or two and find out which equipment you need and enjoy the most. Then you'll have a foundation on which to build your home gym. Otherwise you'll end up buying some really expensive clothes racks that need dusting off from time to time.
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    May 11, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    if youre the type of person who gets easily distracted or easily discouraged id recommend a gym membership, that way you cant give up (well you can but its harder) and go home, youre there, you might as well workout, as for having it at home, well the option of just stopping and going to watch tv is always very very close.
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    May 11, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    I pay $600 a year for my gym membership... If the gym you are signing up for is a chain that offers contracts- most require it- it'll probably be $29/month- So you'll pay $548 for the first year and $348 for the following year(s....)
    Dumbbell sets cost 3k for 5-100LBS and machines like bowflex are close to 1k... You can probably get away with buying some beginners weights on craigslist then reselling them and then buying some more advance ones... it'll be a hassle and a waste of time.

    So if you are just starting out I'd suggest joining a gym to see if you will enjoy working out.
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    May 11, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Funny I hardly ever used the home stuff, even sold the dust collecting solo flex before moving back to Texas. Now, I use the home stuff when I can’t get to the gym. I say gym membership, but really look for one that you will enjoy. What all do the offer?
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    May 11, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf you've never been to a gym, I'd suggest buying a membership for a year or two and find out which equipment you need and enjoy the most. Then you'll have a foundation on which to build your home gym. Otherwise you'll end up buying some really expensive clothes racks that need dusting off from time to time.


    That was what I was going to say.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    May 12, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    Join a gym! Surely you can find a cheap one.

    A gym motivates. I'm telling you, when you're seeing all these muscled guys, all these active, fit people, you'll want to achieve similar success. There's little to motivate when it's you alone in your home.

    Also, you're paying a membership fee, so you'll want your money's worth and rarely skip a workout. If you're at home, you're bound to skip workouts more often, because you're not losing anything when you do.
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    May 12, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    Gear. I'm a cyclist so I got lots of cycling gear, and if I bought it, I'm sure as hell gonna use it.

    You could say the same for a gym membership too
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    May 12, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    I have some equipment at home and I hardly ever use it. I just find it more motivating to go to the gym and be around others while I work out. Plus, it is a lot easier to get distracted and quit working out midway through at home than at the gym.
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    May 12, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidGear. I'm a cyclist so I got lots of cycling gear, and if I bought it, I'm sure as hell gonna use it.

    You could say the same for a gym membership too
    I had a one year membership to Gold's and only went twice. icon_lol.gif