Why Working Out At Home Is Better Than Having  Gym Membership

11 Reasons Why I Will Never Buy A Gym Membership Again

I have a membership that I don't have to pay for.

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It's $20 a month. You don't like going when it's crowded. You always find an excuse not to go. It's the gym. And I love to workout, but I don't like the gym. This past month I spent some money on some bands, free-weights, and a kettlebell. I didn't spend more than $100 on all of the items combined, and I am using them more than I ever used the gym.

These are 11 reasons why I'll never go back to a traditional gym.

1. You will never have an excuse to skip a workout.

I don't have to calculate how long it will take me to get to and from the gym, plus how long it will take me to shower and change. The weights are in my room so I can do as little or as much as I need whenever I have free time.

2. It's just as beneficial as a regular gym.

If you aren't a professional bodybuilder and you are just looking to lose some weight or tone up, then you mini at-home gym will work just as well as a gym. Need some cardio? Go for a run or do some HIIT workout on Youtube. Need to get a lift in? Use your bands or weights. Want to do yoga? Follow along with a yoga workout online.

3. You will save SO much money.

Gym memberships run for about $20-plus per month and yearly annual fees of around 50$+ and you tend not to use them enough to get your money's worth. You can buy three sets of weights, bands, a kettlebell, or anything else you might want for under $100 and do the same workouts you do at the gym.

4. It is easier to making working out a habit.

Working out for just 30 minutes a day can do your body wonders! If you need to go to the gym for a 30-minute workout it seems kind of like a waste to drive to the gym for such a short workout. If the weights are in your room, you'll be more likely to just pick them up a get a quick workout in.

5. And now that it is a habit, it fits into your schedule seamlessly.

The gym is in your house. You can use it literally whenever you want!

6. You will think more about your workouts & learn what works best for your body.

I use to be one of those people that did all of the same exercises as everyone else. Squats, bicep curls, pushups, etc. I still do those things, but I also have ventured out and found different workouts I can do with bands or body weight that work me just as hard, if not better. When you have less to work with you will have to really think about your workouts. I have learned so much about my body and what helps me lose weight best now that I skip the gym.

7. It is more comfortable for those of us who don't like working out around others.

There is no need to be shy! Workout with your shirt off, grunt, or do whatever makes you most comfortable. You are in the comfort of your home so you don't have to be worried about being judged, interrupted, or watched during your workout.

8. Getting workout items is super easy!

I bought my items from TJ Maxx and Amazon. You can easily do the same or go to stores such as Walmart, Academy, Dicks Sporting Goods, Target, and so on to build your mini gym.

9. You can take your workout on the go.

I love taking my weights and bands into my yard or on the go with me! You can workout outside on a beautiful day or on the beach while you're on vacation to get in a workout with a view you enjoy. Maybe you'll even make it up to watch the sunrise!

10. You can binge-watch your favorite show while getting fit!

Turn on your TV and get working out while you watch your favorite shows. Binge-watching your favorite shows can't get healthier than that!

11. Exercise is exercise, no matter where you do it.

At the end of the day, working out is good for you and should be an important part of your life. Why not make it apart of your home life?

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8 Female Fitness YouTubers you Should Know

If you want to gain strength AND look and feel amazing, follow these powerful females!
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Ladies! How many times have you heard that women who lift weights are "too bulky" or "masculine" or "look like a man?" Well.... that's false. If you don't believe me, check out these fitness YouTubers who will tell you themselves!

1) Robin Gallant


Though originally from Canada, Gallant is taking over the world one day at a time. Her videos are filled with content that is not only informative and super helpful but also completely backed by science and research so you have no choice BUT to believe her every word.

Instagram: @robingallantt

Youtube: Robin Gallant

2) Amanda Bucci

Originally a bikini competitor who recently switched over to powerlifting, Bucci shares with her viewers all the ups and downs of competition life: bulking, dieting, effective training tips, and so much more.

Instagram: @amandabuccifit

YouTube: Amanda Bucci

3) Emily Duncan

More commonly known as Em Dunc, Duncan is a young college student who loves the sport of bodybuilding. As a kinesiology major, she uploads videos that are valuable to both new and experienced lifters by discussing topics such as biomechanics, recovery tips, and more.

Instagram: @em_dunc

YouTube: Em Dunc

4) Heidi Somers

Known as buffbunny in the fitness industry, Heidi is a goofy, charming girl from San Antonio, Texas. She posts videos that include full workout routines, meal prep ideas, and fun vlogs.

Instagram: @buffbunny

YouTube: Heidi Somers

5) Megan Gallagher

Gallagher is famously known as megsquats in the industry. She is a strong powerlifter whose videos are filled with her awesome lifts and effective techniques to improve your own strength.

Instagram: @megsquats

YouTube: megsquats

6) Emily Hayden


Emily Hayden is constantly posting motivational videos on her channel. She is all about dedication to the sport and improving you. Through her videos, you will instantly feel motivated to go to the gym and kill your workout.

Instagram: @emilyhaydenfitness

YouTube: Emily Hayden

7) Whitney Simmons

Whitney Simmons, who refers to herself as "Whit," is easily one of the most relatable girls on YouTube. In her videos, she often takes you through her intense workouts, gives details on how to perform each exercise and the number of sets and reps to complete so that you can easily follow along with her!

Instagram: @whitneyysimmons

YouTube: Whitney Simmons

8) Chelsea Karabin

ChelseaLifts is a girl who not only insanely strong but also really cool and chill. Her videos show you all about the world of powerlifting and teach you how to be the strongest you can be.

Instagram: @chelsealifts

YouTube: ChelseaLifts

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Even If You're A Broke College Student, Investing In A Gym Membership Is Worth The Money

It's an investment for your health.

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When most people think about going to the gym, most would think that the gym is full of athletic pros. But the truth is that all gym goers all have different levels and skills when it comes to fitness. What I'm saying is its no issue as to who goes to the gym, and the athletic ability of the person should not make or break whether someone should workout or not. Working out and going to the gym is a wise investment, and will bring many more perks than you would actually think.

Going to the gym can be a form of self-care. College life is the perfect time to practice self-care. With exams, papers, jobs/internships, and trying to maintain a social life, we all have a ton of stress. With this stress, why not go to the gym to help relieve that stress? Whenever I go to the gym, I am stress-free, and it makes me think more clearly before I started working out. Even if you do not like working out, try yoga or light weights. Try to start off by doing small easier workouts so you can enjoy yourself, and start to develop a baseline for improvement.

Also, another reason why college students should go to the gym is that most of the gym fees are included in college tuition. I am referencing DePaul University students, here, the Ray Meyer Fitness Center is already part of the tuition fees, so why not get some of that money back? Go to the gym, and enjoy yourself! Let me tell you that graduate students do not have the same perks as undergraduate students, they have to pay for a membership. I mean, graduate students do get a discount, but they still have to pay. So what I am saying is enjoy those years as an undergraduate, because you would never realize what you have until it's gone.

In addition, one should go to the gym because it helps people save money. I know a gym membership costs money, but while you are on that membership, you can go to that gym as many times as you like and not get charged extra money. On the other hand, other activities such as museums, shopping, and going out to eat are other activities that increase more spending. Through obtaining a membership, you are able to cut down the costs of spending money through only paying a one-time or annual fee. So save up some money for that gym membership, get fit, and start to see some of your profits get back into your pocket.

All in all, the gym is a place where we can distress, and form new hobbies. It is a place to grow, and going to the gym makes us feel good. Again, nobody has to be an athletic machine to attend, and all levels of fitness are welcome. So grab a gym buddy, or spend some time with yourself, and workout.

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