Have you ever thought about joining a gym? If you’ve done so, but you quit at some point, do you have any idea why? Gyms are a huge part of most bodybuilders and physical fitness experts and trainers, so if you are serious about fitness, you should be aware of gyms and know whether you want to be a member or not.

Pros of Joining a Gym

First of all, the equipment is likely to be top-notch and more varied than you could afford to provide yourself. You will be able to find all sorts of dumbbells, barbells, cardio machines, weight lifting machines, tracks, and even accommodations for sports like basketball, rock climbing, racquetball, and swimming. With all of these options, you will be less likely to run out of things to do to switch up your routine. This will keep you interested and excited about working out, and will maximize your dollars spent.

In addition to the equipment, there are usually personal trainers or staff available for you to consult with about your questions. Some types of professionals on staff could include dieticians, certified gym instructors, physical therapists, yoga instructors, bodybuilders, and aerobic teachers. These are people who can show you how to do an exercise properly and recommend dietary choices. If you want to have a good place to work out and get friendly advice without having to hire all of those professionals yourself, this can be a big benefit.

Finally, the cost is often better for people than trying to supply themselves with a home-based gym. All of the equipment they can ever use is probably at the gym, and as long as the gym isn’t too far away, it is a great way to save space at home for other things and still get a good workout.

Cons of Joining a Gym

One of the biggest cons people find is the high cost of joining a gym. There are typically regular fees, be they monthly or yearly, that number in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars over time. If you want help from professionals, sometimes that’s an extra charge. Some gyms might even charge for parking or use of the locker rooms. The only major reason to avoid a gym because of cost, though, is if you could be moving soon, which would keep you from getting back your investment.

When talking about the cons of joining a gym, you can’t overlook the travel time and accessibility factor. Even though it can be nice to have a dedicated place to go for your exercise, sometimes you wake up ready to exercise, but you would be embarrassed to head over to the gym looking like crud. Plus, if you like to exercise at the same time as everyone else, you have to compete for the equipment, and this is never a good way to practice good stress relief.

Finally, time is sometimes a problem. If you have a home gym, you can use it whenever you feel like. If you want to take advantage of all of the features of your local gym, you might have to plan around certain times for classes or instructors to be available.

Author's Bio: 

Emile Jarreau has been involved in Fitness and Bodybuilding for over 32 years. For more information regarding fat loss go to http://www.MrFatLoss.com