The pandemic has inspired many to seek out alternatives to commercial gyms. In the last couple of years, many individuals sought out owning a home gym in response to the lockdowns. 

More and more people are beginning to create their own home gyms due to the benefits of owning a home gym. There are many benefits that you can expect to see as a result of creating your own personal gym.

My name is Donald Wilson. In 2020, I began looking for alternatives to commercial gyms as the constant lockdowns kept the gym I was going to at the time opening and closing every couple of months or so. After a while, I began looking into equipment I could use to create my own gym so I could continue my fitness journey unhindered.

If you’re contemplating creating your own home gym, but may be apprehensive due to costs, space, or other reasons, then you’re in the right place. There are several benefits that come with owning your own gym.

Keep on reading to learn about the benefits you can expect to see with having your own home gym.

The Benefits of Owning a Home Gym

Here are the benefits you can expect to see from owning a home gym.

1. Convenient

One of the best things about owning a home gym and the reason it’s at the top of this list is the convenience factor. 

With a home gym, you have it right there, just a few steps away. A home gym is open any time of the day, so you don’t have to worry about when you decide to work out. You also won’t have to worry about timing your workouts so that you avoid the busy times of the gym. 

Basically, you can workout whenever you want. 

2. Saves Time

Time is your most important asset, and having a home gym will allow you to save time. 

Like stated above, a home gym is convenient. This convenience associated with the home gym is what will allow you to save large amounts of time. Depending on how far you are from a commercial gym, your commute time can easily take up a lot of your time if you’re a regular gym goer. 

3. Saves Money

Not only will owning a home gym save you time, but it is an investment that will save you money in the long run. 

Gym memberships can range anywhere between $10 to over $100 per month. The average cost of a gym membership is $58, according to Finances Online. If you take that number and multiply it by 12, you get a total average yearly cost of $696. With that amount of money, you could have bought yourself a decent pair of adjustable dumbbells, a decent adjustable bench, a pullup bar, and maybe some rings, all of which would be more than enough to build a great physique. 

On top of the cost of the gym membership itself, you need to factor in the cost of gas to commute, which has continually increased the last few years.

For those serious about fitness, having a home gym will have a great return on investment within a year.

4. Privacy

The great thing about a home gym is that you are free to workout in privacy.

If you are self-conscious, nervous, apprehensive about going to the gym, or worried about others staring at you, then a home gym is great for you. A home gym is a true judgment-free zone. 

A home gym is also a great place to try new exercises, especially as a beginner, without fear of looking bad if you do the exercises improperly. 

You can rest assured you will be able to train alone and at your leisure, and as you get more comfortable, you may eventually be more willing to try training at a public gym.

5. Freedom

You’ll have complete freedom to do what you like in your own home gym.

You make the rules in your gym. You can wear whatever you want. You can play whatever music or media you want. You can be as loud as you want. 

You choose what goes in your own home gym. If you want to work out naked while screaming out each rep and playing loud electronic music (not recommended that you do this, but it’s possible), then you have the freedom to do so.

6. Don’t Have to Wait for Equipment

One of the most frustrating things about working out at a public gym is doing so during busy times, which are usually in the mornings before work and the afternoon after work.

When the gym is busy, and sometimes even when it’s not busy, you may find yourself waiting for someone to finish using equipment. The big ones here are the squat racks. Often, gyms may only have a couple of squat racks, and if you plan to do squats or bench presses in your routine on a busy day at the gym, you are almost guaranteed to have to wait.

Having to wait at the gym can throw your whole workout off and will make you waste additional time. 

7. Less Germs

One thing about public gyms is that a lot of people go to them. That means a lot of people are going to be using the same equipment as you. 

Basic gym etiquette dictates that you clean the equipment you use before and after you’re finished with it. Don’t expect every gym goer to do this, however. 

Also, with the pandemic still somewhat prominent, there is always a possibility of contracting COVID yourself, which could set your training back a bit.

The lack of germs that comes with owning a home gym leads to the final benefit of this list.

8. Pandemic Proof

By having a home gym, you never have to worry about shutting down due to COVID.

Lockdowns are not as prevalent now, but nonetheless can be a hindrance to anyone that is a regular at a commercial gym. Some gyms may still require you to wear masks. There is a possibility the gym will shut down due to several members or staff contracting COVID. Maybe you may have COVID and need to self-isolate. 

Whatever the reason, COVID-19 is a major factor in your ability to go to the gym. To avoid the hurdles that come with the pandemic, owning a home gym will allow you to bypass all of it.

Final Thoughts

Owning a home gym has plenty of great benefits, most importantly of which are the convenience factor and savings in time and money. 

Remember that you do not have to construct a home gym all in one go. As you progress in your fitness journey, you can add more equipment to your gym as you see fit. Ultimately, you decide how far you want to go with your home gym.

If you would like to see a more in-depth look on the equipment needed for a home gym or learn more about fitness in general, see this page to get started. 

Author Bio

Donald Wilson is a Fitness Enthusiast that began his home fitness journey in response to the constant lockdowns from COVID-19 preventing him from going to the gym. He is the founder of fitnesssolitude.com.