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Old 03-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #11
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For me it would/could be this

Home Gym:
Pros - convenient, no one holding you up, gym is always open, less time
Cons - more chance of interruption from family - my kids mainly they are young and curious, expensive if you need a lot of equipment, the space needed

Gym Training:
Pros - More options and space with machines, more motivation, I feel going to an actual gym gives me more drive
Cons - more people that jack around getting in way, open times, distance have to travel (mine is only about 15 min away)

I do like to train alone and not be bothered but at the same time I like going to my gym. My gym is small (non-corporate) and not very crowded during the time I train. If I went to a big crowded corporate gym I would probably have different feelings from what I listed above.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:39 PM   #12
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We have 1250 sq. ft., fully equipped. Machines of all kinds, thousands of pounds of plates,monolift, DL platform, competition bench, a dozen or so bars including a couple of Okie DL, a few Texas Power Bars by Capps, and a Bull bar.
I have a personal use cardio room in my house with a StairMaster stepper, a Precor eliptical, and a PaceMaster treadmill.
Our gym is innvitation only, so everyone there is hard working and mutally supportive, and the spots are always outstanding.
Other than expenses there are no downsides
It's taken us many years (@20 or so) to get it like we want it but it's been worth every sacrifice.

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As mentioned, temperature control is a big one. I'm in my garage at home, and on a beautiful day it's a blast to open up the garage door and go at it. But if it's even a little cold, motivation takes a serious hit.

More pros to home training-
"Crap, I forgot to put on deoderant." Not a problem at home!

"I'm really hungry. I'm having a left over hamburger after this next set." Only happening at home.
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We have 1250 sq. ft., fully equipped. Machines of all kinds, thousands of pounds of plates,monolift, DL platform, competition bench, a dozen or so bars including a couple of Okie DL, a few Texas Power Bars by Capps, and a Bull bar.
I have a personal use cardio room in my house with a StairMaster stepper, a Precor eliptical, and a PaceMaster treadmill.
Our gym is innvitation only, so everyone there is hard working and mutally supportive, and the spots are always outstanding.
Other than expenses there are no downsides
It's taken us many years (@20 or so) to get it like we want it but it's been worth every sacrifice.
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MUSIC. music music music. I've never been to a gym where I could listen to NOFX without stupid headphones on.

No one ever wants to work in.

Air guitar/drums whever I feel like it without scaring the crossfit/cardio bunnies

Chains. I has them.

Chalk. Some gyms don't like it. I don't have to worry about it.
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We have 1250 sq. ft., fully equipped. Machines of all kinds, thousands of pounds of plates,monolift, DL platform, competition bench, a dozen or so bars including a couple of Okie DL, a few Texas Power Bars by Capps, and a Bull bar.
I have a personal use cardio room in my house with a StairMaster stepper, a Precor eliptical, and a PaceMaster treadmill.
Our gym is innvitation only, so everyone there is hard working and mutally supportive, and the spots are always outstanding.
Other than expenses there are no downsides
It's taken us many years (@20 or so) to get it like we want it but it's been worth every sacrifice.
Just seen this... And I've been sat by my mailbox waiting for invite.. Is it coming soon?
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I have tried both. I have made more progress in "commercial" gyms than i have at home. I put commercial in parentheses because I currently train at a gym that probably has less equipment than many home gyms, but the environment helps me to get/stay motivated. It is a little basement dungeon gym. Back to the point-
Training at home I always had distractions no matter what. The wife and kids refused to leave me alone or I would get distracted by a phone call or something on the tv. I might even see some home improvement project that needs attention. It is extremely convenient. You never have to leave home and don't have to worry about inclement weather getting in the way of training. There's never a wait for the equipment you need (if you happen to be able to afford the equipment you need in the first place). Speaking of cost, buying your own quality equipment isn't cheap. A little bargain-world dp bench can be outgrown pretty quickly by a 12 year old girl. It's a bitch if you have to move. I have to train without a spotter now (at a "commercial" gym) so that isn't really an issue for me.

At my "commercial" gym there is a distraction-free environment in which to train. On rare occasions you may have to wait for the equipment. Of course, there's always that pr*** curling in the squat rack (or power rack in my gym's case). It can sometimes be hard getting motivated to actually get off the couch and drive to the gym. In a commercial gym you can't always crank the music you want to listen to. In many, you don't even have any choice. You have to try and get motivated by Luke Bryan's broken heart or Justin Bieber's latest girly song. Then, of course, there's the fact that, when you are finished training and dead tired, you aren't at home. You still have to drag your tired butt outta the gym and drive back home.

That's a lot of rambling, but there are a few points in there, lol.
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Good points there!

If I was to have a home gym I would have a room with NOTHING in it except music and the equipment, shut off from the rest of the house. I hate crappy gym music. Sometimes I get lucky that my gym owner (also my friend) plays hip hop with a beat at 7am, but a lot more new years members now so it's a bit more difficult to do so. Old people don't seem to approve of 50 cent.
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I love having a home gym, but it has a few drawbacks. I can do almost any barbell training I want, when I want. Food and water are close by. No wait for a squat rack (we only have 4 in the base gym). I dont have to follow a dress code when I work out. Plus my garage doubles as a dry sauna in the summer. My garage is a 2 car, so I have room for more things if I want.

The downsides are, I only have 1 old rusty bar, not enough plates or accessories, my rack is wood but will last until I can afford a good one, I have to put down a rubber mat for deadlifts (housing would kill me if I chipped my floor), no spotters, it gets nasty cold in the winter.

I do go from time to time to the base gym to use machines or do cardio in bad weather. It also lets me to train to failure without the dangers of doing it alone at home. They also have a nice rubber running track and a pool.
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