Now that the spring is here, it's time to start thinking about getting into shape for the summer. Now is the perfect time to begin a workout regimen that will prepare you to fully and actively enjoy the warm weather on the horizon. Whether you need more energy to enjoy the outdoors or want to tone your beach figure, this is the time to start a fitness regimen that will pay off the most.
However, there are so many different strategies in terms of workout fads, equipment, and plans at a person's disposal that the shear amount of options can render a person immobile in the infant steps of fitness transformation. The biggest choice to make is where you want to become healthy, in the home or at a health club, and there are a few key points to look at when deciding which is best for you.
Probably the biggest positive of joining a gym is versatility. Popular home gym equipment has the ability to change to support different exercises and stretches, but these transforming home gyms are in no way specialized, and still do not have the versatility through space and scope that a fitness center provides. On top of that, fitness centers offer programs like yoga class, cardio kickboxing class, and personal training that are entirely unavailable at home unless you hire a personal trainer that will travel to you.
For a quick number crunch, a home gym would minimally have to include options for strength training, cardio, and workout classes to come close to the level of service that a gym workout provides. A basic price search yields these results:
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym (Strength Training) $800 - $1,200
Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill (Cardio) $350 - $500
Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set (Class) $100 - $135
This all comes to a final sticker price at somewhere between $1,250 and $1,835; once again this is the bare basics with far less quality than the commercial fitness center. A typical fitness center subscription will be from $20 to $50 a month depending on services; but even the cheapest service packages will contain the gym workouts above and access to far more equipment.
Finally, a deciding factor for many gym patrons is the social aspect. Especially when you get into a routine, you will get to know the people that attend the gym around the same time that you do. Some people who evidently haven't visited their local health club find this to be intimidating, as some regular patrons will be in more advanced stages of fitness than new members. However, all guests are treated with respect, and especially by the members who frequent the gym the most. Just by showing up to the gym you earn the respect and admiration of your fellow club members. After all, you are working at achieving something that so many people hope for, but refuse to try out of complacency.
When you weigh it out, the choice becomes obvious. The benefits of scope, price, and camaraderie of a gym workout far outweigh the home gym alternative. Visit your local fitness center or health club today to try it out (many gyms offer trial periods) and judge for yourself.