Online Workouts Versus the Gym: Pros and Cons

Nowadays there are so many types of exercise programs that are designed to meet every person’s need and lifestyle.  With the continual advancement of technology, you don’t have to frequent the gym: you can work out from the comfort of your own home in your spare time.  Both options can be rewarding and will enable you to achieve your fitness goals if you stick with one or both options and are consistent.  However, like with anything, there are pros and cons to both.

The Gym


–  Most gyms offer a variety of fitness classes, like yoga, zumba, cardio cabaret, HIIT bootcamps and others which gives you more to choose from if you don’t want to run on the treadmill or lift weights.

– You meet other people at the gym, which opens up the doors of opportunity to forging new friendships.

– You have a chance to train with an instructor or personal trainer who will offer encouragement and help ensure that you perform every exercise safely and effectively with the right posture and technique.


– Gym memberships are often expensive and so they are only worth it if you are firmly committed to a program more than once or twice a week.

– Fitness classes or allotted discount hours at the gym may not fit your schedule if you have young children, are a busy working professional or if you’re the on-the-go type of person who travels a lot.

– Weight machines and the treadmill can get boring after a while, especially if you have no workout buddy.

Online Workouts


– There are a wide variety of online programs and apps that you can subscribe to or download onto your iPad or iPhone.

– Online workout programs are more affordable than a regular gym membership.  Some fitness pros even streamline a variety of their workouts on YouTube.

– You can work out anytime and anywhere, an ideal option if you’re a stay-at-home mom or working professional who is on the go.

– You have the opportunity to connect with personal trainers and other fitness enthusiasts around the world.


– It can be hard to motivate yourself to tune in and work out, especially if you’re by yourself or feeling exhausted from a long day at work.

– We all know, technology is finicky!  It doesn’t always work when we want it to work.  The WiFi where you live may not work properly or not at all for whatever reason.  You can get yourself moving and do all the exercises without access to your program, but it’s even better when you’re doing it while watching an instructor over a streamlined video.

– Working out at home can be lonely.

– There is no instructor present to give you feedback on your posture and biomechanics.  You can watch the instructor demonstrate each exercise, but you’re ultimately teaching yourself how to do each exercise.  To perform a set of exercises with proper form and technique can take longer to achieve when you’re attempting to perfect it via an online workout program than it would if you were doing that same workout program at a local gym.

When it comes to exercise — as with anything — we all have our preferences.  Keep in mind that your pros may be someone else’s cons.  Bottom line: do whatever workout you enjoy doing and that best suits your lifestyle whether it’s on your computer at home or at the gym.

If you can’t afford a gym membership and/or the gym really isn’t your thing, visit my resource page.  It includes information on the online workout programs I personally recommend.


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