Why Working Out From Home Is Both Great And Dreadful

By: November 19, 2010 19 Comments

Ok, so you’ve decided to get your ass into shape. You’re ready, motivated and willing to do what it takes… but before you start, you need to decide on a destination where you’ll be slaving your hours and sweating like a beast. The home seems like a good option, or is it? Let’s consider both sides of the coin.

The Great

Workout However You Wantretro_workout

You can be in your boxers, your wedding dress, your dress pants, your douche-like shirt from Abercrombie or in spectacular speedos. You can be clean and showered or smell like rotten cow ass. You can use bands, chains, free weights, machines or milk the benefits of your privacy by jerking the ShakeWeight. It really doesn’t matter… because when you workout from home, anything goes!

No Judgement From Othersnelson_simpsons

You might trip over your own foot, drop a dumbbell, fall off the Swiss Ball, have shitty technique or make faces as if someone defiled your rectum. It doesn’t matter, because no one will be around to laugh at your retardedness… so you can workout judgement free. Sometimes, not having 3rd party eyes on your ass can be a very good thing. Other times though, it can keep you from being a tool. You decide where you fit in.

No Driving Commuteparking_lot_messy

Why is it that 99% of people who drive to the gym cannot park for the fucking life of them? Is this some common theme? I can understand horrible driving post workout…  you know, like when your arms are giving out after an intense session and the steering wheel feels like you’re turning the wheels on a rusty horse carriage? Yeah. Then we have the price of gas; god damn shitnickels… that’s all I have to say about that.

No Morons Attempting To Give You Advicesilly-trainer

The other day I had some guy come up to me and suggest that I buy a special mouth guard which will “increase my power by 20%”. I told him to shoo off and that you can get the same result by biting down on a big piece of gym or investing in a $10 mouth piece. Then there are the back seat trainers… these fags are so proud of their lack-luster body that they can’t help but give you a piece of their idiotic thought patterns. “Hey bro… you shouldn’t be benching that heavy for your size, it’s bad for your eblows and shit”. I think listening to toolbags is bad for my everything… and shit.

The Not-So-Great

No Hotties To Check Outsexy_workout

Let’s face it… if you see a solid hottie shaking her (or his) booty around the gym, you’re gonna stare. At least for a moment. You’re never NOT gonna look. And gentlemen, let’s not lie out of our asses, half the reason you hit up the gym is so you can presumably pick up a hottie if you had the chance. Still, even if you don’t manage to ravish her with your seductive prowess, a nice round ass and a sweaty upper body complimented by a sports bra just makes your day, does it not? I thought so. It’s one of the things I miss when I’m working out at home – which is why my wall is now covered with “motivational” posters.


Cellphone, home phone, your dog, your cat, your bitch… er, I mean your significant other, kids, TV, internet and a whole bunch of other nonsense that’s within a 10 foot reach can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your workouts. Shit I know I can’t help myself… I’ll pump out a serious set and the computer is right there. Or maybe I’ll get a Tweet or an email and next thing you know, 90 second rest has turned into 190seconds. God damn it!

Equipment Choice Depends On Your Cash Flowempty_wallet

Let’s not kid ourselves; if you want to workout from home, you’re going to have to invest in equipment. Sure, bodyweight exercises are great but once you can throw around your own weight like a pair of coconuts, it’s time to bring on the big guns. And if you can’t afford it, then you’re almost shit outta luck. I say almost because bags of potatoes can get REALLY heavy. Overhead bag press. Do it!

The Kitchen. It’s Like, Right There!pizza-temptation

*lift* *lift* *lift* “Hmm… left over pizza?” *lift* *lift*…

10 minutes later…

*nom* *nom* *nom* “Mmmm… left over pizza!” *nom* *nom* *nom*

‘nuff said.

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  1. Diet Minded says:

    It def has its downsides, but in the end working out from home just works for me. I hate feeling everyone is watching me at the gym. I just like to be able to focus from home, plus it saves me time and money!

  2. Chris says:

    I think that working out at home is a good place for you to be focused on your workout as opposed to some of the distractions you mentioned. Men have issues with the hotties in tights walking by and also the guy who thinks they know everything about working out in your ear.

  3. David says:

    I came across this article and just wanted to say it was a great read and I will be passing the link on to friends and family.

    p.s fantastic website. Youv’e done a wonderful job in creating a informative website on the fitness topic. Please check out my website as well.

  4. Kris Crepeau says:

    Working out at home for people who have never participated in an exercise program before or have been sedentary for a long time is an accident waiting to happen. Sure you an follow along with a dvd, but there is no one there to correct you form or tell you how much weight you should really be using. Then there is the distractions of family members, phone, internet, etc. and no one to motivate you if you need motivation.

    Then, there’s an argument against going to the gym where if you’re just starting out, you don’t know what to do. Most people just end up doing a circuit of machines or just jump on the treadmill because they have no idea how to do anything else.

    Best situation is to hire a personal trainer to get you started or join a fitness boot camp if money is tight.

  5. Joe says:

    Great article. If i may suggest, another great machine for working out at home is Whole Body Vibration. http://www.tzonevibrationtech.com … check it out. Good read and great machine.

  6. I’m actually caught between getting a nautilus machine and starting a home gym in my basement. I agree with your article. A home gym would allow me to not have to drive in the winter time to get to the gym, eventually save on a yearly membership and workout WHENEVER I want. I like the social aspect of the gym though, meeting friends and other girls who are hot and into the same passion as myself. It’s a tough decision!

  7. JQuarta says:

    The one good thing I found with a home gym is that I actually use it ,because I feel guilty after spending thousands on the equipment!

  8. Dave says:

    Great post! i was on the elliptical at the gym last night and actually watched a girl circle around the first 2 rows of the parking lot waiting for a close space to open up. WTF?? You’re going to the gym to workout and you cant walk an extra row or two in the parking lot? I thought that was hysterical.

    Love the site!

  9. I never could get into working out at home. I like the social atmosphere of the gym. It is as much about my mental health and getting out and having my time with the girls as it is about my physical health.

  10. Christian says:

    Making some workout in gym and exercise every morning is a healthful way to maintain the normal weight and burning the fats or calories.

  11. Laurel says:

    Hi fitjerk, after being turned onto you by Charlotte from The Great Fitness Experiment, I came over here to read your blog. Being a home gym person, I relate to this article. I was going to join a gym a while back, after tearing my acl doing a risky karate move. My surgeon wanted me to do hamstring curls and quad extensions on a machine. I went for a free visit to our local gym and didn’t like it. I bought a bowflex instead, used, on Craigslist. Gyms have many things going for them- better equipment, spotters, trainers, encouragement. Home has -convenience, lack of excuses, easier scheduling, greater frequency, complete freedom. I will not do “butt bridges” in a gym where people could see me! Some sliders, a swiss ball, dumbells, elastic bands and a few other “toys” and I can make myself cry if I want to.

  12. Ben says:

    Hi Fit Jerk,

    For the beginner, working out from home is benifical however do you think as you develop you should turn to a gym because of the diversity it provides?
    I have been using the Tower 200 for a while and has given me a good start.

  13. Tatianna says:

    I love to workout at home, when I went to the gym I dreaded it. I didn’t like the people staring or making suggestions to me while I worked out. And I don’t really like using machines, they create a very one dimensional look.
    Now that I have been working out at home for a while now, I love it and I look better that I ever did going to the gym.

  14. ken says:

    Cool blog
    I have heaps of experience on both sides of the argument. started off at a gym the got home gym then shifted and went back to gym and after getting sick of groundhog day at our gym i just got a sweet bench cheap for at home. Pros for at home over our gym. i may have my wife to spot me, i can listen to my tunes instead of the same mixed cd they use for circuit class every class, and i can finish a workout head to the kitchen and hook up some egg whits and oats fresh

  15. I have the most beautiful and well equipped gym in my basement, I’ve also got the knowledge and have become certified. BUT my personal trainer at the club gives me the best bang for my buck. AND ( works for women too ) having men there motivates me to not only look great and work harder but also gives me something to look at ; )
    ps. I’m so addicted to your posts…sharing with everyone!

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