I've been working out in my basement for a year now. But my university has free memberships for students so I tried it out. I love it! I think the gym atmosphere is way better than working out at home. What do you guys prefer?
Depends on the gym and the person. Some people aren't motivated to lift at home, and some aren't motivated to drive to the gym. In most gyms, I'd rather lift at home. If the atmosphere is right, it can be a great tool, though.
I'd love to have the equipment at home to work out at home... no need for shirt, and able to blast good music... + could get some friends in on it that can't afford gym membership.
Trying not to die young.
Real gym for me.
At a real gym, you have the douchebags doing curls in the squat rack while you're wanting to squat (happened to me again last night).
At a real gym you have crap music, but I take a mp3 player to listen to my own music.
At home you can fart while hitting a heavy deadlift and not worry about the hot cardio bunny looking at you on disgust.
Speaking of cardio bunnies, they are nice to check out in between sets.
At teh gym, people try to talk to you when you should be lifting. Turning up the MP3 player so you can't hear them helps. Also don't make eye contact.
More equipment at the gym, then again I use the rack and not much else anyway.
I think it's up to the individual. I now have a rack, bench and 800 pounds of plates at home so I am starting to lift at home instead.
22 - 5'10@236lbs!
Bench - 325 (old)
Squat - 455x2 (old)
Deadlift - 500(old)
Total: 1280lbs 100% raw
The key to my exercise program is this one simple truth: I hate my body.
I am going to have to say the local gym. Of course ideally having a whole gym at home would be great but most of us don't have the money and space to do such a thing.
Most of the time I just need a bench press set and squat rack. But every once in a while I like to do some machine workouts like the cable row machine, leg press, etc
i got a gym membership finally after being in my basement for 2 years. i love it to death. its amazing! so much more stuff to do..and great people
Ive only "lifted" in the gym. I do crossfit at home though. Im unsure which I like better... if I had a rack and weight Id probably say HOME is more agreeable.
I prefer a real gym. I have a bunch of equipment ( power rack, bench, pulldown machine,... ) in my basement. I get much better workouts at the real gym.
I like working out at home because i got everything i need. I also like the atmosphere in the gym, but its a pain in the ass when its packed. Sometimes you've got people hugging the damn equipments and they take forever.
Last edited by Cherrywaves; 09-26-2008 at 02:12 PM.
still doing 5x5
Depends on the gym.
Depends on the trainee.
I have crap gyms nearby. Always packed. No power racks. Tons of cardio machine thingy's (all though no rowers, go figure).
I got a rack and bench for the garage. So, I lift there and go to the gym to do my cardio where it's air-conditioned and there's eye candy.
But if I'm pressed for time I'll just do "tabata's" on the eliptical in the garage. I think I look pretty goofy gasping for air by the time I'm done.
It is currently a fad, at this writing, for boys to think they need a "six pack", although most of them don't have an ice chest to put it in.
I've just sold about £1400 worth of home gym gear for £350. I'm moving to a place where I just won't have the room for it. I had a powertec bench/rack/hi-lo tower, chrome dumbells, 7ft olympic bar, 300kg rubber weights, hex bar. Now it's all gone because I didn't anticipate moving house. At least I can use the money to join a decent gym.
I tell you, if I could have my own home gym, and I had the room for it, I would absolutely jump all over that. Fortunately, the hours I work allow me to get off at 2am and go to the gym. Usually only a handful if any people there. Most of them are spending 2 hours on the cardio equipment anyway and not lifting.