Is going to the gym good?

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Is going to the gym good?

This is a good question, and one I got asked recently. In this article I want to shed light on if going to the gym is good, and what an alternate option could look like.

Going to the gym can be good…for some people. However, for others, going to the gym may not be so great.

If a person is new to working out, the gym can be a terrifying place. 

Also, if you have a crazy busy life schedule, it could be extremely hard to carve out those few extra hours each week to go crush a workout.

So, the short answer is “it depends”.

PROs of going to the gym

  1. You’ll have access to lots of equipment, weights, and other useful workout tools
  2. You can learn by watching other folks at the gym
  3. You can get personal coaching from a (hopefully) knowledgeable personal trainer
  4. People generally workout harder when there are other people around them
  5. You’ll be in an atmosphere surrounded by people who are trying to better themselves

CONs of going to the gym

  1. Gym memberships can be expensive
  2. If you are new to working out the gym can seem like a very intimidating place
  3. It takes time to drive there, park, workout, and drive home. If you keep a busy schedule, you simply may not have the extra time each week to go consistently.
  4. It may be crowded. You may have to wait for equipment during high traffic times of the day (ie…early morning, and after work)
  5. Your gym may have certain rules you don’t agree with (ie… like not being allowed to wear tank tops)

An alternative solution to the gym

Don’t get me wrong, the gym is a great place, but it may not be the best option for everybody— especially when life gets busy and going to the gym simply may not fit into your schedule.

So, what can you do?

To give yourself an alternative to the gym I suggest becoming a master of the basic bodyweight exercises:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups (or body rows)
  • Air squats
  • Lunges
  • Planks (or ab wheel rollouts)

The above list is just the tip of the bodyweight exercise iceberg. 
However, if you become a master of bodyweight exercises, you’ll never be without a gym— because your body becomes your gym.

So, if you can make it to the gym regularly, great. Keep doing that.

However, for those times when “life happens” and you can’t make it to the gym, bodyweight workouts are a great way to fill in the gaps, and allow you to keep moving the progress needle forward.

Final thoughts

In closing, going to the gym is great. It offers a lot of benefits, and I definitely recommend going there.

However, it may not be the best option for everyone at all times. Like we said, if the gym seems like a terrifying place, and/or life is keeping you extremely busy, it’s good to have an alternate option in your playbook.

Becoming a master of bodyweight exercises is that alternate option. Learning to harness the power of these type of exercises allows you to create freedom to workout wherever, and whenever you desire; regardless if that is at the gym, or not.

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