First off, there’s really no one-size-fits-all solution as to where to train.
One might find that a home gym works best for them. Another might find a commercial gym best. Yet another might find a combo of the two is the way to go (I’m in this camp. I train ~90% at home and ~10% at a gym, and it works for me).
It’s an individual thing, and you’ll need to take a look deep inside and ask yourself questions such as:
- Where would I be comfortable training?
- Where can I train the way I want to train?
- Where would I find the greatest enjoyment?
- Where would I be the most consistent?
- Where can I listen to my early 2000’s Screamo and not get judged?
Really think about this.
Progress will take months (and years!) of consistent effort. You’re going to be spending a lot of time training in your chosen environment, so you must make it convenient, fun, and enjoyable.
Therefore you must go where you can train in accordance with your own nature.
If you have any big hang ups about commercial gyms, joining one probably won’t work.
Likewise, if you’re bored to death working out by yourself, you probably shouldn’t build a home gym.
Here’s a list of pros and cons (I know, who doesn’t love pros and cons?):
Pros for the gym:
- Gyms can provide good atmosphere and energy (they can, it doesn’t mean that they necessarily will).
- There’s a social aspect.
- There can be a camaraderie among members (all working to achieve a common goal).
- Gyms have amenities such as a pool, a sauna, etc.
Cons for the gym:
- You’ll have to pay gym dues.
- Gyms can get crowded (at peak times).
- Gym can be bastions for microbes.
- There’ll be a commute (time).
- You’ll have to get all dressed up.
- Naked people in locker rooms.
Pros for training at home:
- It’ll never get crowded.
- There’s only a one-time upfront cost of equipment.
- You can scream, grunt, and do all of the socially unacceptable things you want.
- It’s very time-efficient and convenient (this one is huge).
- You can wear whatever you like.
- There’s no commute time.
Cons for training at home:
- You’ll have to provide your own energy and motivation.
- There’s no social aspect.
- There’s the aforementioned upfront cost.
- Equipment takes up space.
- You can get easily distracted if you’re not careful.
So what do I recommend?
Any and all.
Look, you should do everything you can anywhere you can.
If that means training at the gym 4-5 days a week, so be it.
If that means training at home 4-5 days a week, so be it.
If that means training at the gym 2 days and training at home 3 days a week so be it.
There’s no one right way to do it.
So at the gym, at home…doesn’t matter.
What really matters is that you actually train and make progress.
So find what works for you and put in the work.