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Home Gym vs. Commercial Gym — What’s the Best Option for You?

Whether you choose to invest in a gym membership or decide to build a home gym, it’s vital to know which option works best for you. Both have their distinct advantages and considerations, and knowing these can help you decide which one to invest in.

At The Fitness Superstore, we sell the widest selection of home gym workout equipment in El Paso. We want to discuss the considerations around each option and who would benefit the most from them.

Home Gym vs. Commercial Gym Considerations

When deciding which type of gym to invest in, it’s always a good idea to compare them to see which option fits your budget and lifestyle.


No matter how you frame it, a home gym’s initial cost or investment usually outweighs a commercial gym’s first-year membership fees. Depending on the type of equipment you buy for your home gym, the national average people spend on home gyms is $2,000.

Here’s a breakdown of gym costs for the first and fifth years.

First Year

Gold’s Gym – El Paso, TX: $688.26 (1-year membership)

Home Gym: $2,000 (initial investment)

Five Years

Gold’s Gym – El Paso, TX: $3,441.40 (if fees stay the same)

Home Gym: $2,000 (if equipment isn’t added)

Another additional cost to commercial gyms is transportation costs (gas, public transit) and if you decide to invest in paid classes or trainers.

As you can see, while the initial cost of a home gym is much more than a commercial gym, you’ll eventually spend more going to a gym in the long run.

If you’re building a home gym on a tight budget, consider investing in used and refurbished exercise equipment.


Home gyms require dedicated spaces to be established in your home. While many place their home gym workout equipment in their garages or basements, not everyone has that option.

Depending on the type of workout equipment you want to buy, you may find foldable options that would work for small spaces. But, if you’re living in a small apartment, your best, if not the only choice, would be to buy a gym membership.


Due to budget and space constraints, filling your El Paso home gym with the variety of workout equipment and machines offered at many commercial gyms is almost impossible. A commercial gym may be the best option for someone who likes to use multiple machines or change their regimens often.


Depending on the gym you look at, some offer amenities that would be difficult to implement in a home gym:

  • Saunas
  • Massages
  • Trainers
  • Classes

It’s crucial to note that many gyms offering these amenities might charge more for memberships. Do your homework to see the costs at these gyms versus if you hired your own trainer or massage therapist as part of your home gym investment.


Traveling back and forth to a gym takes time. For those who like to exercise before work, it means waking up earlier to get dressed and travel to their gym. While many gyms open early and close late, you’ll always be limited by when the gym is open to get your workout in.

Having your El Paso home gym means always having workout equipment available whenever you feel like exercising. Also, since you’ll be in the privacy of your home, you won’t have to worry about taking the extra time to dress appropriately and taking a commute before exercising.


It goes without saying, but you’ll have more privacy working out at home. While some enjoy working out in groups while partaking in little people-watching, others prefer not to be watched. For some, being free from potential judgmental eyes makes having a home gym worth it.

Which kind of gym is right for you?

There’s a lot to consider when deciding whether to build a home gym or buy a gym membership. It all comes down to the kind of experience you’re looking for.

If you’re new to working out, investing in a gym membership might be best. That way, you can figure out the kind of exercise equipment and machines you like and how to use them.

You’ll also benefit from using a commercial gym if you like having a variety of equipment at your disposal, enjoy group classes, and prefer having specific amenities under one roof.

Home gyms are perfect for those who already know the equipment they like to use, enjoy being able to work out at any hour of the day, and prefer a little privacy and control over their workout environment.

Check Out The Fitness Superstore When Shopping for Home Gym Workout Equipment in El Paso!

At The Fitness Superstore, we make buying workout equipment for your home gym easy. You can stop into one of our El Paso or Albuquerque stores or shop online. We also have the largest selection of home gym equipment backed by our industry-leading low-price guarantee.

Shop online or visit one of our stores today to check out our home gym workout equipment in El Paso!