Treadmills are a nice piece of equipment for any runner. If the weather conditions are bad or you can’t fit your run at a good time a treadmill will offer you the benefits of a competitive and tailored running routine. However, for many the cost is too great or they may simply not have enough space. For others, wanting to run on a treadmill may be done best at a gym where they can get the benefits of a treadmill and the convenience of machines for the rest of their workout.
If you are thinking about whether or not you want to take up running and are planning on pounding out your run at the gym, then you should take into consideration some of the ups and downs of doing so.
Pros of Running at the Gym
1. It’s Accessible: Running at the gym is great if you’ve already got a membership, either personal or corporate. Gyms are open at the times that most people would consider for a run, and you’ll never have to worry about the weather conditions once inside.
2. Easier to Cross Train: If you’re serious about wanting to get into shape or are simply looking to expand your workout routine, a gym will offer you the ability to combine your run and your lifting routine.
3. Trainers: Gyms offer you personalized workouts, and even if you’re dedicated to being a runner, you can pick up a lot of good tips and advice from personnel.
4. Running with Others: If you’ve ever been in the gym during the early morning hours you’ve undoubtedly seen the sleepy eyes of your companions in training. It’s easy to meet people at the gym and even though you’re not running in a group, you will still feel the urge to keep up with the person next to you.
Cons of Running at the Gym
1. Expense: Gym memberships don’t come cheap. If you planning on using the gym solely for cardio purposes and won’t be taking advantage of lifting equipment of classes, then the cost of running their greatly outweigh any benefits you may have received.
2. Distraction: Running requires concentration. Anyone who has ever been on a machine has undoubtedly looked around at the innumerable televisions giving you everything from world news and sports to local weather and restaurant reviews. If you’re planning hard speed work and really wanting to push yourself, it may be hard to judge your maximum efforts when running at the gym.
3. People: Running is a sport that can be done with others but is often best enjoyed alone. It’s your personal time, and if you ever want running to be about more than just a twenty minute, run and done, then the gym may not be the best place for you.
4. People 2: While the gym can be a good place to meet people, you should keep in mind that many there are on a time crunch and didn’t come to talk. If you’re looking for someone to share your workout with, then either bring your own buddy, or join a running group.
5. Options: You climbed on the treadmill to be a runner, not to spend time thinking about how much more fun it would be to try out that elliptical in the front row or the stair climber behind you. While getting on another machine can be great and is useful when injured, if you want to run, the only way to do it, is to run.
Gym memberships come with a price. If you’re solely wanting to be a runner then think long and hard before making the jump to running at the gym. It’s great if you’re needs fit in with the atmosphere, but keep in mind that one the best benefits of running is, anytime, anywhere…