I recently read a few articles about the pros and cons to joining gyms in Chicago. One article compared home based gyms to paid membership facilities and the others spoke about the general pros and cons of joining a gym. Articles like these are great but it frustrated me to read these specific ones. To me, if someone is going to provide information on this topic then take the time to write the article well and contribute the best information possible. The articles I read were far from that, so I am going to furnish you with basic but pertinent information on the pros and cons to joining a gym.
• Traditional gyms offer multi-station weight machines, dumbbells, barbells, cardiovascular equipment, some have basketball and racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, and rooms for aerobics classes.
• Personal trainers and boot camp instructors are available for questions and consultations.
• You don’t have to workout alone. Even if you are not personally training with someone, just being in the environment with others provides inspiration and motivation.
• If you don’t fully understand how to perform a certain exercise, visually seeing a fellow member conduct it will help you move forward with your workout.
• You can meet people with similarities and discuss strategies as to how you can improve your routine.
• Germs are probably the biggest drawback of belonging to a traditional gym. Not everyone practices good hygiene so you definitely have to. Wash your hands constantly or use sanitizer (if possible) and never touch your face or mouth.
• Cost. Some memberships can be expensive and not conducive to your budget.
• Travel time and crowds can be inconvenient and annoying.
These are the main pros and cons to consider. I can elaborate on the “pros” but you get the idea. “Cons” are simple as it usually boils down to cost and time. One great option in avoiding high costs is joining a boot camp facility versus a traditional gym. The cost is more realistic and you get a total body workout in less than hour.
You can consider a home based gym or workout videos but what usually happens is people purchase equipment and it’s not enough to provide the variety they desire to receive a complete workout, equipment doesn’t get used, and you don’t work out. It is also easy to get distracted at home and not workout. Days, weeks, and months go by and you’ve done nothing to get fit. In the long run, you end up selling the equipment purchased for less than half the original price.
When searching for gyms in Chicago, keep the basics in mind and do what suits you. Think about all your options. If time and money is a big factor then consider a boot camp environment where you can workout out with others in a short amount of time. Most people will continue to exercise when they make a commitment to others and realize they depend on you for motivation as much as you depend on them. When you workout out at home there isn’t anyone to hold you accountable therefore it’s easier to get distracted or simply be lazy and lack the desire to exercise.
Here’s the bottom line. You have to decide what works best for you. What are your priorities and what are you willing to do to achieve them. You have to be happy with your decision because if you are not, then you will not continue with your exercise program. The gyms in Chicago keep you disciplined and motivated so this does not happen.