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If you like the gym and want to join, but the price is out of your reach, it’s okay to ask for a discount, and if the answer is no, ask when their next big deal is and buy it then. If he’s still out of your league financially, don’t hesitate to walk away. There are other gyms out there, and they will likely offer some sort of incentive for you to purchase their membership instead of going elsewhere. Website design By BotEap.comHome equipment can also be expensive and possibly an even bigger investment up front. However, once you’re fully equipped with the items you need to work most effectively for you, this cost stops entirely (barring minor repairs or replacements when equipment wears out or breaks). Therefore, this can be a much more cost-effective way to improve health and fitness than a commercial gym. Definitely do some shopping to find the gear you want. Prices can vary widely, especially for larger pieces of equipment like treadmills. Be warned, though: The quality of fitness equipment can also vary widely. It’s true what they say, “You get what you pay for”. Website design By BotEap.comfunctionality: Website design By BotEap.comCommercial gyms often have a lot going for them in this area. They are usually well stocked with all weights and sizes of bars in the free weight area, plenty of benches including supine and incline, and in most commercial gyms you will find many different brands of weight machines and types of cardiovascular exercises machinery. You won’t be short of ways to add variety to your workouts with all the equipment you’ll have available to you. Website design By BotEap.comHome workouts, on the other hand, can also be well-equipped, but that’s entirely up to you and what you buy for your home gym. If you don’t buy a lot of equipment for your workout space or don’t have room for a lot of equipment in your space, you may have a fairly limited variety. 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They discover that they can feed off the energy of other people and be inspired or motivated by those around them simply by being in the same space. Website design By BotEap.comHowever, some people actually prefer to exercise in private. They may feel that they are ‘not in good shape’ to be seen in sportswear and would prefer to carry on without others looking at them. For these people, the home gym scenario works much better. Oh, and by the way, for those of you who think that, notice that everyone is in the gym for the same reason: exercising… and hardly anyone is looking at you. Everyone has their own workouts to focus on. Website design By BotEap.comAttendance: Website design By BotEap.comMany people choose the commercial gym for their workouts strictly for the help they can get from working out, among other things. Spotters, trainers, or simply observing the techniques of others are all ways to get help at a commercial gym. For those who lift very heavy weights, a spotter is a must. Benching under a bar without a spotter can cause serious injury if the lifter gets caught under the bar or falls on top of it. Website design By BotEap.comWhen setting up the home gym, you have to be very careful with the weights. I would recommend not using a bar for movements like bench presses (use dumbbells instead, then if your muscles give out you can at least drop them to the side without getting caught under the bar). There are also no trainers available or other people who are waiting for technical advice when working alone at home. However, there is always the Internet! You can watch videos on YouTube for that kind of technical advice or find a trainer online to replace a gym trainer. Still, you can’t get an internet watcher, you still need a real person with you for that. Website design By BotEap.comHopefully these comparisons will help you determine if a home gym or commercial gym membership is the right direction for you. Website design By BotEap.comGood for you for taking the step towards better physical condition. You can do it!