To Gym or To Home Gym; That Is the Question
So quite some time ago I set up a gym in my backyard. That's right, I lift weights outside underneath a tarp. This may come as a shock to some who utilize their base need of interaction with other human beings as a way of staving off laziness. Yes, that was a shot across the bow of cross-fitters. Working out alone has benefits and disadvantages just like everything else and it is definitely not for everybody.
I chose this route because I know myself. I know I do not need other people near me in order to lift heavy objects. I know I do not need an expansive gym with all kinds of fancy machines in order to push my body to the limit. To some, the idea of even being alone for a short time is frightening, but for me it feels just dandy.
Here are my personal perceived advantages to setting up a home gym:
- I never have to wait to use the bench press or squat rack. Or anything else for that matter.
- I can do more workouts because of the convenience factor. This enables me to lift with higher frequency sessions that are lower in duration, which greatly aids my recovery.
- Cost. More on this below.
- I never have to drive extra to go to the gym ever again. Even if it's only 10 minutes one way and you go only 3x a week, that's 60 minutes a week of extra driving just to get a pump! Absurd!
The cost is a biggie. It's like the typical own vs rent scenario where significantly more up front cost to buy outweighs even the cheapest rent in the long run. I was paying 35$ a month for 24 hour membership. I have been doing this since 2006. quick calculation yields 10 years of 35$ a month as 4200$. Holy crap that's a lot of money to go to a gym that won't even wash their equipment occasionally.
On the other hand, I have invested roughly 700$ in a home gym. I bought a killer rack from Titan Fitness. It was the T-3 series short/deep rack with dip bars. Thing is built like a tank it will easily will outlast my joints and tendons. I also messaged them on facebook prior to my purchase and they gave me a coupon code! what do you know free $$!
And of course besides that I grabbed ~400 lbs of weight on Craigslist for about 300$. Not the best deal ever but I wanted to lift things in a hurry so I paid asking price to somebody.
Being the financially savvy person I am, I take my own refuse to the dump about 4x a year for 20$ a load. Way cheaper than a garbage service. On one of my trips, I came across one of these stow-able rolling nautilus bench things almost brand new just sitting there to be thrown out so I nixed it. I really don't understand people how could you ever throw something like that away? Yeesh.
Anyway, I spent about 1000$ on my home gym and any Craigslist user would easily be able to beat this price if they looked around and were patient. This investment saves me about 40 minutes of driving per week and 35$ a month on gym fees. Assuming my time is worth 0$/hr my sweet gym will have paid for itself in 28 months. At which time I will still have roughly 1000$ in gym equipment so technically it has already paid for itself. To anybody who is antisocial but likes to get jacked I could not recommend anything more than your own home gym. It's like I am almost a human, even though I live in otherwise financially-oppressive California (comment from DDon - I recently found out about the California 10% state income tax for middle class citizens - you've gotta get out man!).
Maybe I'll post a selfie sometime because no point in being jacked if the world doesn't know right!?