Home workouts vs gym workouts: Debunking some fitness myths

While some claim that hitting the gym is the only way to achieve significant results, others argue home workout is better. Combo image: (L) oneinchpunch/Shutterstock, (R) Antonio_Diaz/Istock

In the ever-evolving world of fitness, the debate on whether it's gym workouts or home workouts that are better has always been persistent. While some claim that hitting the gym is the only way to achieve significant results, others argue home workout is better.
Here are some insights which may shed more light on the topic:

The home workout
Contrary to the common belief that home workout is a sham, they come with their advantages too. With no membership fees or the need to adhere to gym hours, home workout fits seamlessly into busy schedules, especially of those people with time constraints or those who are uncomfortable with the public workout setting.

Home workouts have gained popularity with the rise in fitness apps and online programs, providing structured routines that cater to various fitness levels and goals. It's said that minimal equipment doesn't necessarily lead to sub-par results. Body weight exercises, resistance bands and dumbells can be effective tools when used correctly.

A study conducted in 2019 by the National Institutes of Health, USA tells about the impacts of home workouts on the cardiometabolic health in people. It showed that home-based exercise training systems combined with a proper diet can be moderately beneficial to people.

But that doesn't always mean home workouts are better. If you're hurting it doesn't mean you're working it effectively. If you think that using no equipment and only body weight can help you add noticeable muscle, then you are wrong, because, to build muscle you need to gradually increase tension on your muscles by increasing the weight, number of reps and proper rest between sets. It's the stimulation that creates better tension to the muscles, not the weariness.

Nikhil Kumar, trainer at B60 Fitness, Kottayam, says that home workouts and gym workouts are the same except when it comes to goals and some outcomes. A trainer must be with the client while he or she works out at home to give proper guidance, training and motivation. Home workouts can have differences in variations and intensity because of the lack of proper equipment.

Sean Nalewnyj, the best-selling fitness author and fitness coach, says in his YouTube video 3 years ago how home quarantine workouts are practically useless. Don't feel disheartened because he explains how to mend them too. Now muscle building may not be everybody's goal but it's the natural idea for everyone to achieve in the first place. Home workouts are not completely useless, it's just less effective than training in a gym.
The gym workouts :

This is the more harsh, yet beneficial form of working out. The gym offers a wide array of equipment from free weights to cardio machines creating a versatile environment for a much more diverse workout. The variety not only targets different muscle groups but also keeps the routine engaging, reducing the likelihood of boredom and monotony. Additionally, the social atmosphere of the gym can be a powerful motivator, as individuals may feed off the energy and dedication of those around them.

For many, the gym is a place of focus and commitment. The accountability factor, whether from a personal trainer or workout buddies (gym bros), can further enhance motivation and adherence to a fitness routine.

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