Summer Workout Routine: Gym vs. Home

Now that school’s out, you may not have access to your campus gym. Suddenly, where to work out becomes a pressing issue! This is a dilemma for most students during the summer since it’s beach season and, if a collegiate athlete, you still need to maintain the “in season” physique. With a simple Google search you’ll find a vast array of simple exercises to do at home, but what if you prefer the gym? What if you’re a college athlete and you need somewhere to train? Now the question becomes, “Should I get a gym membership for the summer?” We’re here to take a closer look and discuss the pros and cons.

Gym:

Let’s get the pesky negatives out of the way first. To begin with, in order to work out in a gym you will need to have access to it AKA the dreaded, money-sucking membership. However, it might be useful to think of it as an “investment” – in a healthier, happier body. After you make the plunge, become a member, and arrive at the gym, you know exactly what you are paying for– the multiple machines, free weights, and other work out essentials are all right in front of your face. This is one of the best perks about joining the gym, the atmosphere. All of the other members working hard tend to cause some sort of subconscious motivation to work equally as hard. Without even realizing it, I tend to workout harder at the gym because of the other people doing their work out. Most gyms have protein shakes offered after workouts (I recommend the peanut butter chocolate!). Gyms are also a great place to meet up with friends and do fitness-focused activities rather than less healthy hobbies.

Home:

Working out at home is not a bad idea if you are disciplined enough. There are just certain limitations on what you can do. I have found it equally worthwhile to work out at home or at the gym. The downside is, well, that you’re home. It can be very tempting to watch TV or munch on your favorite junk food rather than work out like you intended. You can easily Google some simple workouts to start out. Starting small is important – it’s an easy way to make certain that you are not pushing yourself to the point of damaging your muscles. Working out with weights unsupervised can cause injury by trying to lift more than you are able to or lifting incorrectly. The best part of working out at home is the amount of time and money you will save. Why not use the money that you save from the gym membership to buy some new clothes for your healthier body? Talk about incentive!

There are definitely advantages and disadvantages for both going to a gym and working out at home. To me, it depends on how I am feeling or how much time I have to work out. For the people who don’t have time to go to the gym, I recommend working out at home and saving travel time. I would suggest that if you have the time and money to go and join a gym, it will give you the motivation to work out because you’ll work out harder once you’re there. Happy lifting!

Written by Guest Blogger, Stephen Brooks

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