Some people run or bike outside.
Others do hours of ‘cardio’ at the local gym.
Then you have the weight lifting crowd that uses a lot of equipment to develop a better physique.
Which is best?
Well, that completely depends on your goals and how that activity stimulates your brain.
Think about it, do you really enjoy going to the gym? Some do and they truly feel better when they leave. Awesome.
I can’t stand regular corporate gyms. Maybe its because I worked for so many years in that environment…or because I am not able to train the way I want to…either way I just don’t get a good workout in that type of place.
If you are a typical bodybuilder type lifter, you probably depend on that equipment to hit big lifts and focus on muscle hypertrophy.
If you are an athlete, then big gyms don’t usually hit all the pieces of the puzzle. Athletes should not train like bodybuilders and need more space and benefit from a variety of other tools to reach their potential. Big gyms don’t typically have sleds, sandbags, heavy ropes, and other tools that help build athletic performance
Maybe you enjoy yoga or pilates classes. If that’s your thing and you love the results, by all means get in there.
The key point here is this: Determine your goals and find a place that supports those goals.
Here are some things to look for in a great activity or gym:
- Do you like the people? Honestly, do you enjoy the people that you workout with? Maybe you workout on your own, maybe classes, a bootcamp or with a trainer…but do the people encourage you and support you on your road to success? If not, you need to find a better place. The gym should feel like a community and you need to be a part of it.
- Are you inspired? I have been in a lot of gyms…some big, some small. Only a handful were inspiring. I mean, when you walked in you could feel the energy. A place where you literally wanted to workout and looked forward to every session. Other people’s performance or energy can be contagious. Get around people that inspire you…your results will go through the roof!
- Do you get RESULTS? This is why you joined in the first place, right? If you are just a member of a health club and DON’T get results, ask for help. If you are in a bootcamp, take classes, watch videos or workout with a coach…and DON’T get results, you have to try something new or assess other areas of your life.
So, does it really matter where you workout?
I know a lot of people that never set foot in the gym, but they are strong and healthy. I have other friends that thrive in health clubs.
Just find a place that you love, with people that encourage you and help you reach the goals that motivated you to join in the first place.
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