Introduction and Background

In the fitness realm there seems to have been the establishment of two polarised sides ; one of which champions the usage of the gym and the latter promoting the use of the home in a more calisthenic type of way. The debate has gotten slightly ferocious and I’m on hand now to help you guys decide what is best for yourselves.


To start off with, regardless of whatever parameters you decide to exercise within, the most important thing is still the fact that exercise is taking place. There are so many invaluable benefits seen to be attributed to exercise.
Exercise can be seen to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. It produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. It can also increase the brain’s sensitivity towards the hormone’s serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression (1)


Weight gain and loss move to be the major benefits attributed with exercise and the pattern of workout selected can manipulate the achievement of either one of these objectives. If you opt for a heavier cardiovascular circuit combined with weight training then you can achieve weight loss. If,
however you opt for a high energy demanding weights routine without large levels of cardio (with an appropriate diet) weight gain can be undertaken.
Exercise also encourages blood flow and promotes skin cell adaptations that can help prolong the physical impacts of aging skin (1)


This shows that on a whole there are great benefits attributed to exercise so regardless of what method you choose it is still important that you are actually exercising.

Home-Based Workouts

My favourite medium of exercise. Done within the home, no public attention , no need to wear clothes. Just beautiful. Home workouts are also heavily dependent upon personal imagination as the Gym isn’t there to mirror exact movements to work a given body part, so invention is key for home workouts, IF thinking on your feet day to day isn’t for you do get yourself
to the gym. The innovation on a day to day level allows for you to keep your body guessing and not allow for a minimum energy output level to be established by your body which allows for high calorie burn over time. In the gym we do in fact face the risk of being lulled into the same workouts due to the availability of given equipment and the lack of desire to change may be occur which caps
calorie burn as your body may get used to given exercises.

ADV #1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COMPETE FOR EQUIPMENT AT HOME!!!!

I can not begin to stress how important this is to me personally as my routines are mainly HIIT and require all pieces of apparatus to be more or less accessible on demand so this is personally amazing for me and will be for you if you exercise like this also.
One-time machinery payment >>>> Monthly Gym Payments. Yes, I know those weights, fitness mat or kettlebell add up in the short term but in the long haul can you imagine the savings you would’ve created once those fixed expenditures have been accounted for ?? It’s incredible.

I can not begin to stress how important this is to me personally as my routines are mainly HIIT and require all pieces of apparatus to be more or less accessible on demand so this is personally amazing for me and will be for you if you exercise like this also.

ADV #2. One-time equipment payment >>>> Monthly Gym Payments.

Yes, I know those weights, fitness mat or kettlebell add up in the short term but in the long haul can you imagine the savings you would’ve created once those fixed expenditures have been accounted for ?? It’s incredible.

Gym-Based Workouts

The Gym is however not totally devoid of use with a major benefit existing in terms of the sheer volume and range of equipment. These can be manipulated to work exact regions of the body whereas home workouts may not exactly work the desired region of interest to its fullest ability.
There is also a comradery complex that exists within Gym’s where by the availability of classes or just the sheer ability to work amongst people can act as a source of inspiration which can allow you to power on to finish your workout where as at home if you aren’t a highly fuelled individual you may be prone to giving up on yourself or rather not applying the just levels of effort to achieve the
results you want. At the gym there are also Personal Trainers on hand who can provide advice or rather can be hired to help you work to your optimum levels ; this a commodity not available within your own home (but you do still have the benefits of all the free plans on the Internet)

Final Thoughts and Questions to Ask Yourself

In my opinion the debate fixates on a key argument of whether you are more or less dependent on individuals to exercise. I believe the equipment barrier can be overcome to an extent but the more technical your apparatus is the more difficult it will however be to directly replace these within the home. 

So when considering where to exercise, ask yourself some important questions such as:


Do I motivate myself ?


Can I depend on myself to manage my routines ?


Am I able to workout to the best of my ability with or without specific apparatus ?


I feel these questions will help guide the decision of which location is best to exercise for you.

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise#section6

Marvin Merela
Athlete and Trainer
MMFitnessUK
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