Gym is not for everyone. Many people like to spend their time outside. This definitely has some advantages and makes sense in many ways. For example, when I go running outside, my workout starts with my first step outside the door. I’m saving on the way to the gym and lose no time changing myself.
In addition, training outside is great for the immune system and muscles are also more extensively trained during jogging when running outdoors than when doing so on a treadmill.
Outdoor training offers many possibilities that the gym can’t offer. I would advise anyone to go outside in sports like cycling and running, as long as the weather is good, because if it is bad, it will make it completely impossible. The ever more common sports parks or the old trimmed paths can be used for a good outdoor training.
Even the slightly more modern outdoor facilities such as different obstacle courses are an experience that a gym could never offer. The fact is that outdoor training brings a lot of advantages that training in the studio will never be able to offer. But then the question remains, why should one even train in the gym?
Just as there are sports that can’t be done in the gym, there are also sporting goals that are better to do in the gym. One of the most obvious are power training and muscle building. Although these goals can be combined with outdoor training, the gym can be seen as the equivalent of a laboratory where you have all the tools you need to reach your goal. You can start with pure bodyweight exercises, but the limits of this method are quickly reached. It takes all the basic barbell exercises, as well as isolation exercises, for which the equipment training is usually used to effectively engage in a sport like bodybuilding, although this is often denied by advocates of freeletics.
Another target group, for whom training in the gym is almost indispensable, are all those who want to counteract health problems through sport.
Although the training for this purpose can be combined with outdoor training, but the training in the gym should necessarily make up for the main part. This refers above all to people who suffer from poor posture or joint pain. Bodyweight exercises are not suitable for most people because the level of performance of the average citizen simply is not enough to do enough exercises with your own body weight correctly.
Furthermore, the basic strength training exercises are the best basis for getting the human body back in shape.
Although theoretically you could do squats, deadlifts, bench presses, military press and pull-ups outdoors, in practice there is a lack of public access to equipment and good weather. Therefore, it makes sense to visit a gym in any case. As I said, the gym may be considered as a laboratory in which can be accurately rotated on each screw to optimize the load capacity in everyday life or a particular sport.
It is not for nothing that athletes who practice a sport, which is usually practiced outdoors, also train in the gym; see footballers, sprinters, cyclists and Co.