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Eating natural foods, taking the time to plan meals and snacks. Pre-planning is the key! Low carbs, lots of protein, healthy fats and plenty H20

Supplements & Drugs; none!


Strength Training; Mon, Wed & Fri doing big compound exercises that hit the big muscle groups.

Cardio; currently none.

Next Weigh in:


ReBoot Stats


Weight: 287lb

Body Fat: 44.7%

Muscle: 25.1%


Weight: - 21.6lb

Body Fat: - 3.3%

Muscle: + 1.6%


Weight: 308.6lb

Body Fat: 48.0%

Muscle: 23.5%


Before you start any exercise program or change your diet please contact your doctor before doing so.

Train safe! Eat healthy! :-)

Gym Workout V’s Home Workout

Now back in January I was 100% all out for home workouts; they fit my life perfectly and help me conserve my time.  One thing that I value, I hate waisting time, ask my wife she’ll tell you how wierd I am, I even fill out a weekly planner of all the things that I need to do, it not nothing will get done (I’m the forgetful type).

Home workouts were perfect; I was getting up at 4am and still am, a good habit to develop, going to bed early (8:30-9pm) and up early with lots of time for a busy life.

I had bought some weights and at the start of this journy I was using the Abs Diet from Men’s Health which was were I started to educate myself with proper diet and nutrition.

I was working away fine at home and the cost was manageable.  I started out with (before Discipline or Regret started) with tin cans and 1.5 liter bottles as weights and then in January 08 opening this blog started to use proper dumbbells as house hold items were becoming a problem, the heavier they get the stranger the shape.

I think the hardest thing about a home workout is your motivation, you need to get the people in your house that live with you to get onbored and help with the motivation.  I got my wife to remind me the night before my workout to get to bed early.

Not bosting or anything but I was driven, and faced very little lack of motivation to do my workouts and not cheat on the timing and do them properly,

But after 6-7 months I found myself not getting the challenge that my muscles needed, and with limited finances buying and buying more plates for my dumbbells and new barbell not realistic.

My wife woked out that we could afford getting me a gym membership if I stop buying my whey protein and strength training magazines, so I took her up on the idea.

The gym has been a great benefit to my muscle gains.  I can train to failur with heavier weights and then have someone spot for me, and this week I have even asked some of the gym employees to assist me with forced reps (they help you go through the exercise when you cannot lift anymore) this takes you passed failure and your really exhaust the muscles that you are working out.

Joining the gym has brought me up to a new level with many machiens and free weights at my disposl.  The variations in my workouts have become more frequent and I am able to experiment more than my limited tools at home.

But if you are going to join a gym don’t be like 70% of other people I see at the gym, they don’t have a plan, and their workout is baced on a “oh what will I do next”, also don’t be like the 10% that bring their phones with them and hold up the machiens/free weights by blabbing on the phone, I don’t know what to tell you about the 15% that come dressed in the skimppyest cloths ever made, I calle them the Meat Market, mixed with druling guys and eye flapping women.

Be like the 5% that have a plan and know exactly what you are going to do, and have plans that you can put into place when the equipment that you want to use is busy.  I don’t go to the gym for a social time so I have an arm strap for my phone and but it in ‘flight mode’ (so it won’t recieve calls) and then I put on my headset and pump up the volume.

So a wrap up of Gym Vs Home workouts, both have pros and cons, try them and see what fits your life and finances.

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your choice;

  • Can you keep motivated at home?
  • Will spending money on a gym membership motivate you more?
  • How much will it cost you for the equipment to workout at home?
  • How much will a year’s gym membership cost?
  • Will you be able to focus in a busy gym?
  • Will you have the time to travel to the gym at least 3 times per week?
  • Can you find the time, without distractions at home (3 times per week) to workout?
  • Are you stuck in a weight loss or muscle gains plateau from working out at home?

Let us know with your comments, do you workout at home or at a gym.  How does it work for you and what pros and cons to you experience?


Comment from John’s Weight Loss Blog
Time October 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Good point about having a plan, although that is equally important whether you are working out at home or at a gym.

Comment from admin
Time October 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm

It sure is John! What I have observed is that people take advantage of all the equipment at the gym and any type of plan gets shelved. Maybe I am speculating to much.

But yes you are right; at home and gym you must always have a workout plan and ways to monitor your progress.

Take care,

Comment from LisaNewton
Time October 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I did join a gym during the summer but discovered I wasn’t using it enough to justify the cost, plus, my schedule is better for working out at home.

I have all the tools I need, so working out at home works for me.

I will admit that joining the gym, even for only a few months reboosted my fitness………………….:)

Comment from Irene
Time October 2, 2008 at 9:14 pm

For me home workouts don’t work. I have a small home with no space for any type of equipment. Our elliptical machine is in the very cluttered dining room. I have a stepper and 2-3 DVD’s from stepping to Billy Blanks Boot Camp. But I find that at home, there are too many distractions. The baby wants me to play with her or the TV is on or, or, or…

At the gym, there are no distractions. Everyone there has the same idea in mind – to get a good workout. It keeps me motivated.

I have found an alternative to both, however. Working out outside. I can find a nice field in a park where I can either run, do push ups and sit ups, go hiking, or whatever. If you live in a mild climate, this is a terrific alternative.

Comment from admin
Time October 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Hi Lisa, yeah before my life wouldn’t allow me time going to the gym, but now things have changed and I am able to go.

If I had all the equipment and weights that I needed I’d continue to workout at home.

Take care,

Comment from admin
Time October 6, 2008 at 2:19 am

Hi Irene, yeah I love getting outdoors too. I look forward to my evening cycle, but here in Indonesia it can get up to 35C (95F), that’s way too hot for me! ha ha

Take care,

Comment from angie
Time November 3, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Here is a great article about working out at home versus the gym. Which is better? Check it out:

Comment from Andrew
Time November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Hi College Candy,

Both articles bring something to the table. They both come with different perspectives and opinions.

Thanks for showing me this article!

Take care,

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