I had an interesting thought this morning. Since this past Spring, plenty of the serious gym rats I know have fallen into one of two camps:
1- Whine constantly about the condition and requirements of their commercial gyms where they live and breath and train as an integral part of their lives
2- Purchase enough equipment to be able to train at home, and make the best of the situation
Now, while I don’t train anywhere near as crazy as I used to in my competitive days, I’ll admit that being in a large, commercial gym, especially around other serious lifters, and feeding off the atmosphere (in addition to a wide array of equipment) had a positive effect on my mind set, and likely my progress and competitive success. Sure, I acknowledge that I always trained for myself, didn’t have a daily training partner, and would always have my headphones on keeping me in the zone, but I do believe everything played a part.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to get some basic stuff in my garage, and certainly not having to waste time in my car driving to and from a commercial gym has been a big plus. Of course looking decently jacked at 47 is a far cry from if I had to train, leaving nothing to chance, with the mentality of “doing battle” with the best natural pros in the world. I couldn’t recall any successful pros who really trained for competition in home gyms. I’m not saying it’s not possible mind you. My friend Ron has a “home gym” that’s better equipped than most commercial places I’ve seen, so I’m sure it’s possible if you’re in a similar situation.
Huge equipment selection, atmosphere… Are these things necessary?