7 Reasons You DON’T Need to go to The Gym (And What to do Instead)


Tired of forking out your hard-earned dough to pay for the gym’s lighting bill?

It can be hard to warrant a gym membership, especially when you only make it there a couple of times a week at best.

So to the 100$ question; do you need a gym to build muscle?

News flash: Training outside of the gym is training smarter!

Believe it or not, there are countless ways you can create a killer exercise routine without wasting any more money. Take a look at these 7 reasons why you don’t need expensive gym equipment.

Why You Don’t Need Fancy A** 500$ Gym Equipment

So, I’ve already showed you how to build muscles at home without equipment. Now it’s time to give you the cold facts to why you don’t need no damn gym to build strong muscle!

Lets go:

It’s All About The Benjamins

Gyms are too often the first port-of-call when you’re looking to stay in shape, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?

Even the most budget-friendly gyms still sap away much-needed income, when you can get the same results for FREE.

Humans have been exercise for thousands of years without gyms, and so can you.

If you don’t have the time or money to start building a home gym, there are hundreds of workouts that don’t involve gear at all!

Like what, exactly?

Body Weight

These are some of the best no-fuss exercises that deliver results; using only your own weight to create resistance.

The likes of planks, crunches, sit-ups, squats and press-ups involve nothing more than some free space, and if you are near a playground you can utilize the high bar for pull-ups and chin-ups.

“Research suggests high-output, bodyweight-based exercises such as plyometrics yield awesome fitness gains in very short workout durations.”

Reference: huffingtonpost.com – 13 Reasons To Do Bodyweight Exercises Today

Save Time

Going to the gym is a multi-step process: first you have to pack your gear, hop in the car (or public transport), get changed, work out…the whole ordeal can take hours! And that’s not to mention mental doubts- how often have you bailed on the gym because of weather, time or traffic?

Cut all of it this business out; start working out at home (or in your neighbourhood), and start getting more time-efficient results from your workouts!

Get Creative

It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut at the gym, simply getting lost in a jungle of machines or trapped in the same boring routines. How inspired do you feel before jumping on the treadmill for 45 minutes?

Plus with so many options, it can be utterly paralysing trying to decide on a workout; endlessly hopping between exercises and getting nowhere.

Creating your own workouts reclaims the power. You will be automatically forced to get creative; building effective, interesting workouts that challenge and inspire you.

Working out doesn’t have to be a chore!

Build Your Own Gym

Paying all those monthly gym fees is no investment; you are funding their overheads, staff, bills, and a whole bunch of machines you have probably never touched!

Why not put that money into building your own?

Not only will you cut the commute, you’ll only be paying for machines you actually want to use! Simply compile a collection of favorite equipment. Plenty of items can be bought second-hand with no loss of quality (weights, for example).


Why let a stuffy, cramped gym be your definition of exercise? Our bodies were designed to exercise outdoors, and what’s natural is always best.

Start getting outdoors for naturally mood-boosting benefits: vitamin D, fresh air, sun, wind, there’s really no substitute for nature’s wonders.

Running and cycling are excellent ways of getting outdoors, while using terrain changes to build resistance- delivering an added layer of challenge to your workout.


What happens if you travel? Lose access to the gym?

Another beauty of creating your own workouts is freedom- the sweet, glorious ability to work out wherever you want, whenever you want.

Plus let’s face it, gyms can be intimidating at the best of times; places filled with judgement and vanity. Cut the haters out of the picture and start working out on your own!

Final Words – Do You Need a Gym to Build Muscle?

Hell no!

If you want to start saving time, money, and grief, give the gym a miss! These are just 7 of the reasons the gym is just about the worst place to work out.

Other Helpful Resources

mensfitness.com – How to build muscle and strength without lifting weights