For many, working out at home or at the gym is a “sixty-four dollar” question.

The fitness industry is today a multi-billion dollar business. Exercise equipment and accessories have become an inseparable part of many people’s lives and more and more people are acquiring fitness equipment and accessories for use at home. At the same time, more and more commercial gyms have also sprung-up all across the globe.

For many of us, working out at home seems as most convenient but there are indeed advantages and disadvantages when making comparisons between working out at home or at the gym.

Working out at home accords you with flexibility. You can do your workouts in the comfort and privacy of your home. You need not be too concerned about your appearance, whether you are appropriately dressed or whatever physical shape you may be in. You need not spend time commuting to and fro between your home or office and the gym. You don’t have to worry about the weather and neither do you have to worry about traffic condition. For those who have to tend to young children, working out at home also seems to be the most ideal arrangement. Most of all you enjoy unsurpassed flexibility of time where you can do your routines whenever they suit you.

However, it takes quite a bit of self-discipline to embark on and continue with fitness or exercise programs. You need to be determined and disciplined and though you can adopt new programs you don’t have the luxury of professional guidance and supervision. Working out at home can also be boring for some. Nevertheless, many fitness enthusiasts successfully work at home and prefer such arrangements to visiting commercial gym. Fundamentally, equipment and accessories that are popular and considered necessary for working out at home are gym balls, stationary exercise bicycles, treadmills, crosstrainers, dumbbells and of course, mats. Some might also invest in the more elaborate home gyms.

In comparison, working out at commercial gyms requires commuting to and from such facilities. Commuting through city traffic during peak hours can also be rather trying. In certain cases, some gyms operate within office buildings and can be a boon if your work place is in the same vicinity. You can, of course, go to the gym in the early mornings or after work as it’s all a matter of convenience and preference. Most commercial gyms open their doors as early as 6.00am. However, experts opine that one’s blood pressure is lower in the evenings as compared to mornings.

One of the key differences in working out at a gym is the immediate environment and hence, induced motivation. Expectedly, there is also a more complete range of exercise equipment and accessories in most commercial gyms. There’s often a wide range and these equipment tend to be more advance too. Besides these, there are also more support facilities such as classes where you could enrol into and qualified instructors are at hand to assist you or get you acquainted to the different variations of training. One interesting psychological attribute is that many actually harbour the notion that since they take the effort to organise themselves to get to the gym, they might as well accomplish a good workout to “make it worth their while”.

However, there is the cost factor. Most gyms charge joining or membership fees which normally range between RM 300-500. Furthermore, there are the monthly dues which typically range from RM 100 – 180 a month.