Why I Don’t Own A Gym Membership
I’m going to assume that 90% of people who workout, do so at the gym. A gym that is owned by somebody else, that many people daily spend there time there. I’m going to also assume that many people first started working out there and haven’t change their habits since. That’s great.
But for me, that’s not my style.
I’ve been to gyms at least ten times in my life and all the times that I work out in them, was in my opinion, unpleasant. Maybe it’s my personally. I tend to avoid people at all costs. If you know me personally then you know I’m not that talkative and tend to listen more than I do talk.
And as you probably know that’s what a lot of people do at the gym; they talk, to a point where the very reason why they go to the gym isn’t to workout, but to socialize. But that’s not to say that everyone treats the gym to go and talk to people, it’s just what a lot of people like to do.
I like to be by myself when I workout. I feel that when I’m by myself I’m more focused and more dedicated to my workouts. It’s a time of day that I’m able to reflect on what needs to be done and what I want to accomplish.
I feel that when I’m in my own space as I workout, all the stress seems to melt away and I sometimes find myself in a meditative state. This clears my mind and unclutters my thoughts.
Or maybe the reason why I never have owned a gym membership is because I started working out exclusively at my house. Ever since I started exercising with weights, it was in my basement, with only a simple weight bench, barbell, weights, and some dumbbells.
That’s all I needed then and that’s basically all I use now. With the goals that I want to accomplish all I need is a simple setup, my body weight and I’m all set. In my case, at least, it isn’t necessary to use machines or treadmills, or anything else of that nature. Maybe you’re different and need some gym equipment, but that’s not me.
But, if I didn’t start lifting at my house and didn’t have access to weights when I was young, I probably would have started going to the gym. In this case I probably would have started way later into my fitness journey and I probably would have learned a totally different way to workout. I may have taken bad advice from many of the gym goers there because they may not have had that much experience.
I think by working out by myself, it gave me an opportunity to learn on my own how to workout correctly and to learn what worked and what didn’t. In either case I probably would have learned the basics of working out, but if I did go with the gym scenario I would have learned a lot later.
Before I go on a rant about this and start to ramble, I just wanted to make a point that it isn’t necessary to go to the gym to workout. You actually don’t even need any equipment, all you need is you body weight. But for whatever reason, you can do whatever pleases you. There’s no “rules” to working out. As long as you stay consistent with your workouts and you tweak them as you progress.