There is an opinion that you can improve your physical shape only in the gym. And therefore, signing up for a gym is a significant step, and home workouts are pampering that will soon end. At the same time, annual subscriptions gather dust in wallets, and enthusiasm is quickly replaced by disappointment and guilt.

If you do not strive to participate in competitions, but decided to go in for sports for the sake of health, well-being and a fit figure, an ordinary apartment is just as suitable for training as a gym. And in some cases even better – and here’s why.

1. You will be able to fully concentrate on your workout

There are many distractions in the gym that make it difficult to concentrate on the technique and sensations of your body.

When you take up the bar, continuing to laugh at the joke you just heard, all concentration flies to hell. And conversations between sets often take so long that the muscles have time to cool down. This is especially true for beginners who are not yet used to the hall and are constantly distracted by people scurrying past, music and thoughts about what is happening and how to relate to it.

At home, you don’t look at the interior, you don’t pay attention to your family, unless they climb under your arm, you can practice in complete silence and not put on headphones to listen to your power song.

In such conditions, it is much easier to focus and find a range of motion in which you can move comfortably and without pain. And also to strain your muscles with all your might and finish the approach exactly when the technique starts to deteriorate, and not when the repetition failed and you broke your back.

2. Being shy won’t stop you from exercising.

It’s about the feeling of embarrassment in front of other people, which is familiar to many beginners. Fear of looking stupid can prevent you from warming up well, working on technique with no weights or with an empty bar, or trying moves that you think have something embarrassing about them.

Iya Zorina

Lifehacker fitness expert.

For example, in my presence, one girl refused to perform hyperextension on GHD, because she thought that everyone would look at her butt.

This problem disappears completely if you practice at home. Nothing will stop you from remembering and repeating the school warm-up from physical education, jumping in shorts and your favorite stretched T-shirt, trying any exercises and challenging yourself.

You will be able to shift your focus from how you look to how you feel while doing it and find the most comfortable and effective workouts.

3. You won’t compare yourself to others.

Studying in an environment of people, it is difficult to abandon the comparative analysis. It starts automatically and proceeds without your participation. Limited to appearance and does not include genetic characteristics, age, sports experience and other important factors. That is why it often ends with disappointing conclusions.

Your own achievements may seem insignificant compared to what you see around you, and this spoils the mood and undermines motivation.

Looking to others can force you to lift weights you’re obviously not ready for, jack up your training volumes in pursuit of teammates while your body needs to rest. Or go on a strict diet to quickly achieve the same cubes as others.

At home, it’s much easier to set realistic goals and listen to how you feel. Without comparisons, you are more likely to evaluate your progress in a healthy way by the growing indicators and changes that you observe in the mirror, enjoy personal achievements and not raise the bar.

4. It will be easier to start if you don’t feel like it.

There is an opinion that it is difficult to force yourself to exercise at home, but in a fitness center you will have to do it anyway. It seems logical, but there is one problem: you still have to get to the simulator.

Iya Zorina

Lifehacker fitness expert.

I missed classes more than once simply because, due to psychological fatigue, I couldn’t even think of 15 minutes of the road from the bus stop to the gym. After all, now you have to go, and then also change clothes …

At the same time, if you manage to overcome such thoughts, fatigue disappears after the first approach. You get involved in the process, feel the pleasure of the movement and forget about all the problems.

In this regard, starting a home workout is easier. All you need is to get off the couch and promise yourself to complete one lap of the interval or swing the press 3 to 20.

With a high probability, you will not limit yourself to this, complete the entire planned workout and be proud of yourself.

5. You won’t fall prey to a bad coach.

To train under the guidance of a good specialist is wonderful. He will supply you with equipment, calculate the volume of training, advise you on nutrition, and simply cheer you up in moments of weakness.

The problem is that gyms often save on specialists by hiring students or people who have built muscle themselves and completed two-week courses. This does not mean that there cannot be good coaches among them, but at the same time there is always a risk of running into a bad one and becoming a victim of illiteracy or ambition.

You can go to the gym to work out for health, and then suddenly find yourself chasing the perfect figure that you didn’t even think about. Fighting your body for athletic performance you don’t need, and pumping up a sore lower back that didn’t bother you at all until you started exercising.

If you study at home, then you do not run the risk of falling under the influence of another person and forgetting what you really want.

Yes, you will have to research the topic, buy some equipment, experiment with exercises and training regimens, but as a result, you will be able to achieve your goal – whether it is good health, a comfortable weight, or 25 pull-ups per set.