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With gyms in Quebec’s red zones slated to reopen on March 26, athletes have a choice.

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Jill Barker • • Especially for Montreal Gazette For many people, the gym is part of the exercise room and part of the sanctuary, allowing them to have non-stop personal time on an otherwise hectic day. For many people, the gym is part of the exercise room and part of the sanctuary, allowing them to have non-stop personal time on an otherwise hectic day. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /.Montreal Gazette files

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How Gyms are slowly opening again Across Canada, athletes face a tough decision: go back to the gym and membership fees, or stick with yours Home fitness routine perfected during the pandemic?

The gym closings revealed some surprises regarding home exercise routines, the most important of which is to make them work. While some athletes were glad not to pack their bags and hit the health club, others found that months of sweating in the basement only confirmed the value of their gym membership.

When weighing the pros and cons of returning to the gym or expanding your home training room, here are some things to consider.

Solo or Social Exerciser?

There is no doubt that the pandemic has transformed us all Solo coachBut the real question is whether it suits your personality and exercise habits well. Do you miss working out at the gym with others or have you found unexpected satisfaction doing your own thing, your own path, in your own home?

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If you’re motivated by the energy of group exercise classes led by an avid instructor, or love the atmosphere of your little boutique gym where everyone knows your name, then you probably thrive in a health club atmosphere. But if you’re the type of exerciser who plug in your earbuds and do a workout with little regard to what’s going on around you, then you probably just as enjoy exercising at home.

Structured or unstructured schedule?

Without a doubt, the best part about moving from the gym to home workout is the ability to move from home office to home gym in no time. When this flexibility has given your workout routine much-needed consistency, it’s worth sticking with home training.

However, if you prefer a more structured program of workouts or courses where you are held accountable for showing up at a certain point in time, then you are one of those people who put your workout on your e-calendar or are motivated by the idea Getting Your Money Out of Your Annual Membership Dues, the gym may be your best option.

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Narrow or spacious rooms?

Let’s be honest: living at home and home training are rarely compatible. It’s not just the lack of space that makes things difficult – there’s the conflict between effective workouts and the downstairs neighbors. And even if you have enough space for a decent workout, where do you keep your weights, mat, and the rest of your gear? When a lack of space limits what you can do, you need the gym.

But if you have the space to set up a gym with all of your favorite machines, no need to move the couch so you can make a decent dog downstairs and pump out your favorite music at the highest volume then you never have to wait for a machine or you suffer from a terrifying playlist.

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Lots of gear or no gear?

At the beginning of the pandemic, no dumbbells could be found, so we learned how to get by with bodyweight exercises like pushups, squats, and lunges. But now that the shelves have been replenished, we are finding that fitness equipment is adding much-needed variety to home workouts. How Much Equipment Does It Take to Set Up a Home Gym? The sky is the limit, but the measure of a good one is whether you have all of the equipment necessary to achieve your goals. If not, better go to the gym, which has a wide variety of equipment suitable for athletes who want to know they have many options.

Data protection or no data protection?

How often are your kids, spouse, roommate, or pet interrupting your exercise? And how often do you have to look for an exercise machine that has been “borrowed” from another member of your household? For many people, the local gym is part of the exercise room and part of the sanctuary, giving them non-stop personal time on an otherwise hectic day.

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But if you’ve never sweated in public or want to chug a 5k run on the treadmill without a superstar sprinting next to you while not so subtly checking how fast you are (not) going, then your home is yours a cute home ideal exercise room.

  1. From March 26th, people will be allowed to train individually, as a couple or in their families in gyms in the red zone.

    Quebec is easing restrictions in red zones, including gyms and churches

  2. Try to maintain or improve the intensity, whether reducing the number or length of workouts, if life gets in the way of your fitness routine.

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