As a group fitness instructor, and also an online health and fitness coach, I have lots of experience with both classes and gyms AND home programs, but let me start by saying that until 3 years ago, I ONLY worked out in the gym. Like, I could NOT physically exercise at home. I had zero motivation in my home and enjoyed getting out of my house for my sweat sessions. Once I had THREE children under the age of three, however, it became increasingly difficult to leave the house to exercise, so I decided to try T25. This is a cardio and strength program that only takes 25 minutes a day, 5 days per week. And even though I enjoyed the program, I still preferred workouts OUT of my home, and felt that I had more energy and motivation when I wasn't at home.
But over the years, I've added more home programs to my collection. I've also recruited my husband to join me in our home fitness. And little by little, I've changed my tune 😃 I actually REALLY enjoy working out at home now, and I never thought I would say that! But just like everything in life, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Here are the pros of both:
It's a social activity to go to the gym. If you feel alive when you see and interact with people, going to the gym can be social fuel for you.
Mirrors are a HUGE benefit to working out at the gym, since most of us don't have mirrors around us while we exercise at home. The mirrors allow you to evaluate your form and technique, and also provide instant feedback on your progress.
If you find it difficult to exercise with young children at home (who doesn't?), child watch can be a life saver! It also provides a safe space for the kids to play and burn some energy while you burn yours!!
I love the energy of the gym. And when we exercise at a gym, we feed off of that energy. At home, we have to create our own energy, which is doable but requires a little effort 😃
No travel time:
When you exercise at home, you save A LOT of time in travel time! And when you're a busy mom, 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there can make a big difference.
No worry about clothes, hair, makeup, etc.:
You can wear whatever you're comfortable in-that old shirt, those mismatched socks, hair crazy. No one will see you!! This is especially helpful when you are low on clean laundry
Even the very friendliest gyms have a little judgment. Everyone is watching each other, sizing them up, and comparing themselves. And while this can be motivating, it can also be exhausting. There's none of this at home.
My hubby can do it with me 😃:
We can't usually get to the gym at the same time due to different schedules, but we ARE home together in the mornings and evenings. So when we can schedule a sweat session together, we do it! Because working out with someone is always more fun!
So which is better? My honest opinion is that both working out at home and at the gym deserve a place in your fitness. Switching things, up, even where you exercise, are key to preventing plateaus.