Going to the Gym

Philippines
September 22, 2011 5:57am CST
I just got a call from Fitness First and he was really encouraging me to enroll. I now i have to loose weight but do you think that going to a gym is still practical when you can do exercises on your own? What are the advantages of going to a gym?
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@salonga (28078)
• Philippines
23 Sep 11
Well to others who can't do it all by themselves the help of a trainer in a gym like Fitness First is beneficial. But if you are like me who can workout on my own then there is no need to spend money paying a gym. A regular workout of at least an hour at home is just like working out in a gym. Walking around the village in the morning and doing some jumping ropes and some aerobic movements in our own yard will also make as fit. As for me I am always practical. If I can do something without spending then I'd choose not to spend at all.
• Philippines
27 Sep 11
Fitness First is sooooo expensive! I got a call from one of their agents and they have 5k membership charge apart from the monthly 2k dues! I think it goes with their credibility as well because the Biggest Losers are being trained there as well. I also go for practicality. The problem here is that i felt that i am not that disciplined to work out on my own.
@salonga (28078)
• Philippines
28 Sep 11
So this is the reason why they were charging 50K to every Biggest Losers contestant. Fitness First is really prestigious but I don't think I'd spend that big money for a gym. I don't really know if this is worth the result.
• Philippines
2 Oct 11
If your budget allows, why not? What good about going to a gym is that you can ask for a personal trainer who can help you achieve your goal to lose weight. Your trainer can advise you the do's and dont's in exercising and the diet you should follow.
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
I tend to be more inspired to exercise when enrolled in a gym because of the "crowd". At home, I sometimes feel the urge not to exercise. And also, knowing that you are paying is also one great motivator.
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
25 Sep 11
Gyms are much better for working out,in many ways.I was an athlete(swimmer) for many years.So I have the discipline.also I have plenty of knowledge in the physical fitness domain.But I will be honest and tell you that I worked out at home,and it does not compare with going to the gym!Not only is the atmosphere better for working out,but seeing other sweating it out helps.Also you have a choice of taking classes(I do not do that because I waste my time trying to follow,and going right when every body goes left!)And if you need help you can get a personal trainer to show you the ropes.So in my opinion Gym all the way!
@khat009 (62)
• Philippines
23 Sep 11
Exercise in your home with your own is really practical..But if you really have that goal to loose weight and be fit then it's better to do it on the gym with an instructor.Because sometimes in our life if we have the goal to achieve we really need a help to someone to encourage us to do a thing..Like losing weight you can't really do that on your own, you really need someone that is more knowledgeable and to discipline you and to make you focus...;)
• Philippines
23 Sep 11
I guess wherever you decide to do your exercises, both would require discipline. I tried doing my exercises at home too and it was working just fine. I also tried going to the gym and it worked well too. There are times that I get so busy and had no time to go to the gym and I thought I'd just do my exercises at home. But then, when I get home all i wanted to do was relax on the sofa and dont get any exercises done at all. So right now, going to the gym is the best way for me to get any form of exercise done.
• Philippines
23 Sep 11
There are instructors in the gym that can guide you on your workout. They can also devise a program suited to your physique. This is just additional to comments of others.
• Australia
23 Sep 11
You will feel more motivated to exercise in gyms, however it can be daunting with other people in the room, that is why I suggest going with your friend as it would feel more comfortable and less scary in a sense. Its the same for going to the library to study instead of studying at home. I prefer to go the the library with a friend as it is more interactive.
@marcmm (1806)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 11
We can do many workout on our own at home but we have to be very creative about it. As most of the people, like me, didn't have any exercise equipment at home we have to be very creative and be resourceful. When at gym, everything is provided. We have everything. The advantage at gym is we can have a trainer or ask a few tips from other person. This can be very helpful because a wrong exercise will create pain for our body. But of course the choice is yours. Going to the gym mean we have to allocate some budget for it while exercise at home is free.
• United States
23 Sep 11
Personally it is all motivational and or determination. I use to be part of a gym and barely ever went. I have in the last 3 years been exercising at home with great success. So basically it is what you are determined to do. When I started to exercise at home, what brought me to the conclusion was that if I had to drive to a gym it would be give or take an hour between the drive up and back, so why not do it at home for an hour and cut out the driving and or feeling of not wanting to go out.
@galileo2008 (1142)
• Philippines
22 Sep 11
I am planning to hit the gym these days, but with my busy schedule, I think my plan of doing it will never become a reality. I promised myself that I will invest time and money to keep myself healthy but it seems like I am investing more on not so healthy lifestyle such as eating in a diner to save time, commuting on public vehicles instead of just walking for exercise. I'd better decide what would be my priorities to keep myself healthy.
• United States
22 Sep 11
One of the advantages of going to the gym is the motivation you get from seeing others. I used to be enrolled in Ballys Fitness a few years back with my hubby. After a while we stopped going as often as we used when we first began. After our contract was up, we decided that instead of renewing it, we would buy a few fitness equipment and excercise at home instead of paying the monthly dues. I guess it really all depends on the person, I personally prefer to work out in the privacy of my own home.
@talfonso (246)
• United States
22 Sep 11
GAH! I hate going to the gym, especially when I am doggone tired. But, there are catches to doing it. You meet people who are in the same weight-loss boat as you. The resistance (the weights, resistance bands, and so forth) when doing your workouts are probably much heavier than those at home, and there's probably a variety of cardio machines. But the best part of going to the gym is a variety of fun classes. I for one love to take the one for Zumba. It's an aerobic dancing class mostly based on Latin American dances. If you love dancing, feel free to take it if it's available!
@viney17 (688)
• Philippines
22 Sep 11
Gyms are nice as there are many people to guide you on what will you do next, they know what are the best exercises for you to gain something specific, for example they know what work out and how many reps to do to lose fat or to tone your muscles.
22 Sep 11
The biggest advantage is psychological: by getting up and going out to the gym, you're telling yourself that you're there to exercise. It's much more motivating than putting a DVD on at home and making a half-hearted effort to do the exercises. There's also the question of routine: if you can get into the habit of visiting once, twice or three times a week, it becomes part of your schedule and thus it's easier to keep doing it. Plus, of course, there's the motivation of other people working out and making some new friends to have a laugh with while you're huffing and puffing!
@gjax57 (897)
• United States
22 Sep 11
Gyms are nice because you have others to help encourage you to lose the weight. but they are expensive too. I'm just doing it at home!!