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Home Gym vs Gym Membership: What is Better?

It’s an age-old question! Well, maybe not age old, but something we get asked a lot is: “Should I build a home gym or get a gym membership?”

There are benefits of home gyms and benefits of gym memberships. Whichever you choose will entirely depend on what best suits your personal needs.

Unfortunately, we can’t make the decision for you, but we can take you through the options. So, in today’s blog, we’ll be comparing the benefits of home gyms to the benefits of gym memberships.

The benefits of having a home gym

Convenience is a huge benefit of having a gym at home. Whether you create a gym in your basement or convert your spare room, a home gym will make sure you can save time on commuting to and from a commercial gym.

Building a home gym can work out cheaper than getting a gym membership in the long run. Depending on the equipment you buy, you may save yourself money by only getting the machinery, weights, etc. that you’re going to use. Which leads us into our next point…

When you design your own gym, you can choose the equipment based on your own needs. You can build a gym that’s perfect for you, with your ideal equipment and your personal style.

It’s always open. There are some 24 hour gyms out there but, for the most part, gyms close. Also, some gym memberships are ‘off peak’ meaning that you can only go at specific times. Your home gym will always be open so you don’t have to worry about what time you work out.

The benefits of having a gym membership

When you have a gym membership, you’ll often have access to classes run by trained professionals, e.g. legs, bums & tums, circuit training and yoga. These classes are often (but not always) thrown in with the price of your membership.

As well as classes, you may also get access to facilities that you won’t have in your home gym. Swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis are all really common features of commercial gyms. At some gyms, you might even have access to facilities such as climbing walls.

From a social perspective, joining a gym offers more opportunities to meet new, like minded people. It’s really common for people to make friends at the gym and that’s not possible when you workout by yourself at your home gym.

Another huge advantage of attending a commercial gym is safety. That’s not to say that you won’t be safe in your home gym, but gyms have strict safety regulations. If you were to have an accident, having people around you to give you medical attention is a massive benefit.

As you can see, there are many pros to both home gyms and gym memberships and both are great options for those who want to take their health and fitness to the next level. We hope this guide has given you some clarity on which option could be best for you. 

Fitness Warehouse is a creator and retailer of quality gym equipment in the UK. We offer home gyms and commercial gyms excellent gym flooring, studio gym equipment, free weights, functional training equipment, cardio equipment and much more.


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