Here at Beaches Health Group, we get asked all the time which is better between working out at home or working out at the gym. While its easier to get a more complete, thorough workout at a gym, working out at home is much more convenient and can be just as effective.

Remember in Rocky IV when Rocky Balboa is preparing to fight the bone-crushing Russian named Drago? While Drago conditions in gyms with VO2 max machines and all the latest and greatest workout equipment, Rocky is working out the old-school way – running in knee-deep snow, shoulder pressing horse carts and doing pull-ups. Needless to say, Rocky’s epic montage of at-home-training worked out pretty well for him in the end.

So, in light of the New Year and its accompanying resolutions to get fit and live healthier, we’d like to share some of the pros and cons of working out at home vs the gym so you can decide which method is right for you.


The benefits of total access to gym equipment, the help of professional trainers and the social aspect of a gym membership make going to the gym ideal. That’s not all a credible gym has to offer though…

Hot tub
Occasional free aerobics/Pilates classes.
The latest exercise equipment – stuff you can’t afford[:)]
No distractions!
The monthly membership motivates you to go.

If working out at the gym sounds like the ideal choice for you, then there are a couple of things worth considering:

Make sure that the gym you attend is close to home. This will make it so much easier to make it to the gym on a regular basis.
Gyms are public places. Wearing appropriate clothing will help you focus more on your workouts and worry less about working out in front of a group of strangers.


The concept of working out at home is evolving all the time. With the advent of P90X came a whole host of other DVD style workouts including insanity, Zumba, Gillian Michaels 30-Day Shred, CrossFit, Hula-Hooping,  Jump Rope, Cardio Core 4×4. At-home gyms like Bowflex and Total Gym came along and gave people an exciting new reason to quit the gym and begin working out in the  convenience of their own homes, and for good reason too…

Convenience – no excuses!
Saves you time
Save you money in the long-term.

If you decide to workout from home, then it’s important that you carefully consider the type of equipment you will buy. Make sure that it’s something that offers workout diversity and is of sufficient quality to last numerous years. Meet with a personal trainer at your local gym or athletic store and discuss with them your fitness needs. They’ll help you find equipment that will help you reach your fitness needs and goals.

Read product reviews. Don’t just take Joe Athlete’s word for it, dig into some online reviews and find out what others like you are saying about the exercise equipment BEFORE you buy.

Most exercise equipment nowadays comes with a instructional DVD that explains the proper way to use the equipment and maximize your workouts. Watch these videos carefully to avoid causing injury to yourself or others. You can always hire a personal trainer for a couple of weeks just to help you get on a good routine.