In the past, we've told you all the reasons running is better than the gym. Now, we bring you the 10 reasons the gym is better than running.
But, we're not being contradictory. Hear us out. The truth is, both going to the gym and running are great ways to get in awesome shape, lose weight, build muscle...you get it. However, there are certain things that just make the gym better than pounding the pavement. So, don't quit running, but consider joining a gym as well. Hey, you can run there too, and the gym can actually make you a better runner (really—just check out #3).
1. The gym is open, rain or shine
Sure, you can run in the rain, but most guys don’t, especially with how often a light drizzle can turn into a lightning storm on our tropical island. With the gym, you can't use bad weather as an excuse to skip your workout.
2. The gym’s weight racks burn crazy fat
Minute per minute, weight training wards off abdominal fat better than cardio does, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health. That’s because, while cardio burns both fat and muscle, strength training burns calories from fat almost exclusively, while at the same time building metabolism-boosting muscle that helps you burn calories long after your workout.
3. The gym can make you a better runner
Without the gym — including strength training, yoga, cross training, and hip and core work — you wouldn't be able to run for very long. The gym gives you the chance to give your body the strong base it needs to run long-term,” says Sarah Evans, C.P.T., a personal trainer and running coach in San Francisco.
4. The gym hits your entire body
While any running newbie will feel some burn in his back, core, and arms after his first few runs, running does work your legs more than anything else. In the gym, though, you have access to the tools you need to hit every muscle.
5. The gym makes night workouts safer
It's not always safe to run late at night or super-early in the morning, when it's dark. The gym eliminates that. Most facilities are open before dawn and also accommodate night owls. Plus, you won’t have to worry about any stray animals chasing you during your workout.
6. The gym’s kettlebells torch serious calories
When guys perform dynamic, total-body kettlebell workouts, they burn about 20 calories a minute — on par with running a six-minute mile, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin‚ La Crosse. FYI, most guys can’t run that fast—at least not for very long.
7. The gym allows you to switch up your workouts regularly
Our bodies adapt to just about everything. Cross training, performing a couple different types of workouts, allows us to switch it up on our bodies and our metabolism. Changing things up can help us break plateaus, both performance-based and fat-loss plateaus.
8. The gym makes it easier to work out with friends
No matter how social running groups can be, it’s always hard to find someone who wants to run at the exact same pace of you. On the gym’s treadmill, though, you can stick with any running buddy—whatever your preferred paces. Plus, if you prefer kettlebells, dumbbells, or barbells, it doesn’t matter if you’re at different levels. You can still work out together.
9. The gym comes with a locker room
The gym’s locker room makes working out so much easier. It makes it way more doable to work out immediately after work, eliminating the need to go home to change first; it has showers so you can follow your workout with a date; and it has towels so there’s one less thing you need to pack in your gym bag.
10. The gym can intro you to new workouts
Whether you hit up a boxing class or just ask a trainer, “What the hell is that contraption?”, the gym is a great place to try out new workouts and see what you really enjoy and want to stick with.
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