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Home Workout vs. The Gym


Now this is a much debated topic in the wide spectrum of fitness philosophy. There is a lot of money invested in the institution of gyms and fitness centers versus the allure of companies and products pushing the convenience of working out in “the comfort of your home”. Last year I had trouble managing time between the local gym and my night shift job, so I decided to try the home gym routine.

I constructed a prison yard style gym on the back patio..

You may be asking yourself: Who’s rusty ass dumbells are those? Well friends, they are mine. I purchased them along with other equipment to conduct a 6 month home workout plan. I constructed a prison yard style gym on the back patio at my previous residence complete with fully functional bench, dumbells and adjustable smith machine with plates. I spent about $300 on the whole get-up (purchased used from Craigslist) and it was well worth it.

For someone with a difficult schedule, this can be a great solution, but I can tell you it will take some motivation and dedication to stay consistent. I had been working out regularly (3-5 times a week) before making this decision and I did well with it. For the beginner, this may not be a good idea. When I first started working out, I needed some guidance, direction and more importantly some accountability to someone aside from myself. I had a couple of good friends that showed me the ropes and would call me on my shit when I wanted to just sit on the couch.

I needed some guidance, direction and more importantly some accountability..

I really believe that you can meet goals in any situation if you have the mentality and are prepared to make the commitment. Take prisoner Charlie Bronson for example. He’s a beast. He openly trashes on bodybuilding legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and believes that all you need is 4 walls, a floor and a heart. I have taken a lot of good from Charlie’s philosophy but he’s also just a guy making the most out of his situation. I bet he’d love to be out of that cell and in a fully equipped gym if even once in a while.

Regardless of what your opinion is, my home gym stint helped keep me from turning into a lazy fuck but I am glad to say I am back in a gym. I am off the night shifts and I sold the smith machine. This time I found one open 24 hours, so I have no excuses. Plus it’s no so bad lifting weights while gawking at the spandex clad beauties that frequent the likes of corporate fitness facilities.

The bottom line is do what works for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or in a gym. It’s more important that you do it.

Graham C. Gibbs
Here's an old soul, a heart that belongs in the Dust Bowl era and a brain wave on the beating pulse of current art, technology & culture.