Pros and Cons of Indoor Training

Ever tossed up whether to start exercising in a gym or outdoors in a park? There are so any differences in how your environment affects your workout.


  1. PRO: Vitamin D intake. Our bodies need Vitamin D to absorb calcium for strong bone growth.
  2. PRO: More strenuous, longer workouts. Outdoor runners flex their ankles more due to different surfacing than treadmill runners. Cyclists are also shown to burn more calories when riding outdoors.
  3. PRO: Improved mental wellbeing. Training in natural environments decrease levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and greater feelings of revitalisation and less feelings of depression and anger.
  4. CON: Exposure to the elements. Such as rain, hail, freezing cold and strong winds which is all out of your control. But if outdoor training if your go- to then you need to be prepared for any type of weather.


  1. PRO: Controlled environment. Training in a gym means you have air con and heat and light. Escaping to the cleaner air may be a blessing for anyone suffering from allergies, asthma or any respiratory problems.
  2. PRO: Access to more fitness equipment. You can’t really pack a squat rack or cable machine in your car with you for your outdoor workout. We also have access to spin bikes in our gym at the Mount Waverley location.
  3. PRO: Access to saunas, showers and spa’s. This can make any exercise experience feel a lot more luxe.
  4. CON: Home workouts on your own can be distracting. Neighbours, mail, pets, children and mobiles can all be so distracting on the most well- intentioned program.

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