Professor X wrote:
While it is possible, I have serious doubts to the amount of progress someone can make while training at home compared to someone who has gym access at a well equipped facility.
I think it depends on the person and what they train for. Obviously bodybuilders benefit more from specialized equipment than powerlifters. I got the basic equipment that I need this summer and I have made more progress in 6 months than I ever made in a commercial gym. Partly its because only one local gym has a rack and even then its constantly in use.
Another thing is the social aspect. Some probably get energy from others, but I concentrate much better when I’m alone. In fact my intensity suffered greatly when I went to a commercial gym.
It does depend on what you train for, and your surroundings are a huge factor when it comes to mindset. I have access to three gyms in my area. I don’t train at one at all (because NO ONE there is serious), the other is used just for cardio (because very few people there actually lift in between all of the talking) and the last one seems to be where the true gym rats are, at least the ones that are left.
Personally, if my intensity suffered, I would have found a better gym (like I had to do here). The reasons are due to my level of training (it would take a lot of weights to make a home gym work) and the fact that my goals are not just strength alone but to gain muscle mass all over.
I just don’t give home gyms much credit unless the person has really gone all out. I plan to put one together eventually, but when I do, the plan is to do it well. I am doubting whether the OP is going to make anywhere near the progress he would at a gym.