Home Gym v.s. Public Gym....

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    Jun 12, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    Considering investing in the very basics for a home gym (bench and some dumbells) But trying to weigh the pros and cons of each type of gym.

    I go to a ymca and would have many different machines/cables/aerobics and free weights options there, but have the monthly cost and time getting there and back.

    Or invest in a basic start-up for a home gym and do what I can at home...save time and money....

    which do you think would be best?
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    Jun 12, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    I workout at home and I find it the best. I worked out at a gym for couple of months when I started, but hated the experience. I hated being the skinny guy who would hardy bench press the bar. I find working at home more productive.

    Also it's much more flexible and convenient. I would pretty much workout any time.
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    Jun 12, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    I like working out at home. I've definitely preferred it since quitting gymnastics a few years ago. For one thing, I just prefer to exercise alone not having to worry about others looking at me. Second, it's not like I could afford a monthly gym membership even if I wanted to. Third, I can exercise whenever I feel like without having to worry about open-close times or having to waste gas driving anywhere.

    I personally don't have much of anything in terms of gym equipment at home. I actually use things around the house to workout especially for weight and resistance training. It's a matter of getting a little creative with your home workouts. Fortunately many of my conditioning exercises from gymnastics require no gym equipment, so I can do them at home.
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    Jun 12, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    redbull saidConsidering investing in the very basics for a home gym (bench and some dumbells) But trying to weigh the pros and cons of each type of gym.

    I go to a ymca and would have many different machines/cables/aerobics and free weights options there, but have the monthly cost and time getting there and back.

    Or invest in a basic start-up for a home gym and do what I can at home...save time and money....

    which do you think would be best?
    I currently have over $2000 invested in my home gym, and it's barely halfway complete (need more leg stuff). I could have bought several years at the YMCA for that.

    My original bench and weight plates were donated by my best friend, and I slowly built around it. With that said, get you a good quality bench that can double as a squat rack, Olympic bars, and some Olympic weight plates. That should run you about $500-600 if you buy new. Or just pay for a one-year membership at the Y for $550.

    Edit for PS: I have a dedicated workout room...not the "average" home setup. But started with just a bench and weight plates all over the floor.
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    Jun 12, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    I enjoy going to my local gyms. Looking at all the other people inspires and motivates me.
    My condo-complex has a well equipped gym that I hardly ever use. It's almost always empty and boring.
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    Jun 12, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    bernd saidI enjoy going to my local gyms. Looking at all the other people inspires and motivates me.
    You'd hate the gym I'm currently going to. Even at 11% BF, I'm the most ripped person I've seen in there. That actually kinda motivates me to workout even harder and eat healthier to make sure I stay the most ripped person in there, ya know, just in case. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 12, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
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    bernd saidI enjoy going to my local gyms. Looking at all the other people inspires and motivates me.
    You'd hate the gym I'm currently going to. Even at 11% BF, I'm the most ripped person I've seen in there. That actually kinda motivates me to workout even harder and eat healthier to make sure I stay the most ripped person in there, ya know, just in case. icon_wink.gif
    I don't need ripped guys to ogle. The men in my weekend gym couldn't be more varied. It makes me appreciate how far I've come and also that there are hot men in many different shapes and sizes, ripped being only one of them.