When it comes to getting in shape and pursuing our fitness dreams, we all have obstacles standing in our way. However, it won’t take you long to realize that living an unhealthy lifestyle often causes more struggles than living a healthy one. Although at first, it may seem like there’s a huge barrier of entry for making your way into a healthy lifestyle, that’s not necessarily the case. Likely, one of the first things you’ll have to consider is whether you want to invest in a personal trainer or a personal gym. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each so you can make a good decision about your fitness future.
Likely the main concern you have when deciding between a personal trainer and personal gym is the cost. This is a tough one to break down, because it will entirely depend on how frequently you’ll meet with your trainer and how experienced they are. Some personal trainers charge as low as $25 per hour, while others will charge upwards of $60 per session. Although this may not seem like a lot at first, if you’re meeting once or twice a week, this cost will add up fast. Not to mention the fact that most trainers have a preferred gym that they work at, meaning you’ll also be paying for a gym membership. This will add an additional $40 to $50 a month.
On the other hand, paying for fitness equipment to build out your in-home gym may seem like a huge cost commitment at first, but in the long run, the payoff is much greater. Unlike paying for a gym membership and personal trainer, you’re investing in an asset that will last you for years or decades to come. If you know you’re in it for the long run, this is undoubtedly the better option. On top of this, you only pay for what you need. Why pay for a gym membership that includes all of these amenities or equipment that you’ll never use but that you’re paying for?
Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys working out in the presence of others. According to Daily Mail, 75 percent of women avoid gyms due to the fear of working out in a public space. This is only amplified when you have to work with a personal trainer who will closely watch your every move while criticizing you at the same time. It’s not hard to see why many people choose not to go with a personal trainer.
The privacy of your own in-home gym, on the other hand, is simply unmatched. When you buy your own fitness equipment, you don’t have to deal with other gym-goers, and you don’t have to deal with a personal trainer watching your every move. You can work out at your own pace knowing that nobody will be watching over your shoulder, waiting for you to finish with a certain machine that’s way more popular than the rest.
Check out part two of this blog here to learn more about hiring a personal trainer versus making a private in-home gym.