I personally like the gym, not only for the variety it offers but for the atmosphere itself. I am surrounded by people, all with a common goal, and it really helps to maintain focus. For that hour or so that I am there, my sole focus is to make progress toward improving my shape.
Home workouts can be a good option and very convenient, but for me, it’s really easy to get distracted. At the gym, I will leave my phone in the locker but at home, when the phone rings, it is too tempting not to answer. I also don’t have the variety at home to move from exercise to exercise like I do in a gym. With so many different options of free weights and machines, it is easy to maintain variety in my workouts and avoid plateaus. Although I have a nice set-up for workouts at home, I doubt that I would ever be able to lift with the same intensity that I find myself applying in a gym. There is something about the combination of camaraderie, variety and clear intention that I just can’t recreate at home.
I would love to know where you prefer to work out and why?