Home gyms can be great. I already gave you 4 reasons to consider a home gym. Time, flexibility, convenience, and freedom are just some of the reasons it can be a great way to help you on your health and fitness journey.
- Cost – This is one of the two largest problems with a home or garage workout facility. Equipment can get expensive very quickly. Most people don’t have the budget of big box gyms. You will likely have to prioritize what equipment is most essential to you. This can be mitigated, somewhat, by finding used equipment that is still in good condition.
- Space – Finding space for equipment is the other major problem. Most people don’t have a dedicated room for fitness, but you may have to make one. Even a half of a room or a corner of the garage may be enough space for you to safely put equipment. Luckily, you don’t need as much space as a commercial gym, as you simply don’t need all the equipment they have. You certainly don’t need 10 treadmills and 10 bicycles.
- Environment – Many people love the environment they find at their local gym. There can be music and of course others there to push you through a workout. The environment can also be a negative. Distracting individuals or long waits can bring you down quickly. The bright side is you can make the environment anything you want at home. You can invite others over to train with you, and you can control everything else: the music, mirrors, posters, lighting, and anything else you want to personalize.
- Maintenance – Sooner or later, your equipment is going to start to break down. Even minor repair costs can add up over time, and if repair is not an option, then equipment will need to be replaced. There is also time and expense that goes with cleaning equipment and checking safety.
Having a home or garage gym is certainly not for everyone, as this is just a partial list of reasons to avoid them. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons before you begin investing in equipment.