I used to be anti-at home workouts. Like very anti. I knew it worked for some people, but I knew it wouldn't work for me. I had tried Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred like 30 times and I knew that 1. I got bored easily, and 2. My couch was WAY more enticing than working out was. And 3. I kinda hated Jillian.
I was okay being a cardio drone, spending an hour on the dreadmill plugging away. I lifted weights, but not really heavy, and never on a bar. I had a trainer for a few months which helped, but we never got into weights. So after a while, the gym became a chore for me. Not going, but planning what I was going to do. There were only so many bicep curls I could do and keep my sanity. I wasn't seeing any progress, and I was getting frustrated. But when I tried 30 Day Shred again, to see if I could make working out at home a thing, I effing hated it. I even told my coach Jackie that I would never work out at home because I hated it.
Fast Forward a few months. Still so bored at the gym, I decided to re-think the whole working out at home thing. That was right around the time P90X3 was coming out. I had watched hours of infomercials for beachbody products (yes I was one of those people) and P90X always intrigued me. But I knew I wouldn't do it for a full hour. That was my one draw to the 30 day shred- it was just 30 minutes. So when I saw that they had condensed P90X into 30 minutes, my interest was piqued.
I was pretty fed up with the gym, and the cold weather was not making me any more excited to have to walk the half a mile to go workout. (I am a wimp). And my friend (who is also a coach) Josh was living proof of some pretty amazing Beachbody results, so I decided to take the plunge, and I will never look back.
SO I thought I would do the 5 differences between working out at a gym, and working out at home.
1. The Crowd.
When I started out, I was pretty self conscious about my body. Even tho I am sure I have never actually been judged at a gym, my insecurities made me feel otherwise. I felt uncomfortable and like people were staring at me (they weren't) so I didn't feel at home. And I felt uncomfortable waiting for a machine, like someone was going to judge me for standing there waiting lol. Who knows.
At home I feel more comfortable. I rarely wear a shirt while working out (just a sports bra and compression pants) unless I am filming it, and I know if I need to take a rest for a second, I can do that without feeling like "the fat girl who can't keep up with Zumba" (fun fact- I have walked out of more than one Zumba class for that reason.)
2. The Commute.
I am not going to go out and say that I am "lazy", but I am certainly less motivated to go work out if I have to put on a parka and walk through snow for 10 minutes to do it. Even when I had to drive to the gym, the amount of planning and pep talking it took to get me to go was probably a sign that I wasn't the best gym goer.
I have to say that the commute from my bed to the living room is way more manageable.
3. The Equipment.
Not even a competition, the gym has more equipment. Cardio machines, weight machines, barbells, etc. I can't even compare.
But for living in an apartment, my home gym collection is growing nicely. I now have 4 resistance bands, a pull up bar and 3 different sized weights. My goal is to have a complete home gym when we buy a house. I fantasize about it lol #fitgirlfantasies
4. The View.
Sure, the gym has better views. I can't even tell you how many times I would walk on the treadmill while watching buff men do pull ups. I am not even ashamed.
But being at home, I get to see my husband do pull ups, which is even sexier because I can touch him without getting a restraining order.
5. The Trainers.
My trainer was kind of eh. He taught middle school football, and I am not sure he ever actually trained a woman before. This resulted in obscenely strong peck muscles from doing ALL THE PUSH UPS, but little progress anywhere else. I did enjoy training with someone tho, he pushed me further than I would push myself. But also $$
Tony and Autumn (P90X3 and 21 Day Fix respectively) have been amazing. I was worried I would want to punch Autumn in the face (like I wanted to do with Jillian) but I don't! I love her! I hope I get to meet her! And Tony is the trainer I always wanted. He is funny and smart and knows what to say. It is no wonder that he sells a shit ton of DVDs. The man is good. And I follow Shaun T on facebook and even tho he isn't on any of my DVDs (yet) his posts motivate me to do my best. I am not sure how they do it, but they manage to jump off the tv and feel like actual trainers.
So as you can see, each has their advantages. Not saying that either are better than the other, but I think for right now in my life working out at home is going awesome. But I do think that is REALLY dependent on the program you choose. My favorite thing about P90X3 and 21 Day Fix (as well as other beachbody programs) is that they are a complete program, that works all of your body. It's not a dvd you do the same thing every day for a week then want to chuck the dvd while you eat ice cream on your couch as you say mean mean things to Jillian on the TV. Just me?
Which one do you prefer? Have you done both? Want to try the other?