Below is a video that shows a creative backyard exercise station. I first came across this video on my forum and I later posted it to Facebook.
The Youtube description states that the entire exercise station was created from scrap materials. I tip my hat to the man’s creativity and ability to construct an inexpensive home gym that is both challenging and fun.
Unfortunately, as soon as I shared this video, critics came out to highlight the faults of a home gym that was made from scraps. I find it humorous that people will criticize something that they’ve never used. It is even more comical when some of the critics would struggle to perform many of the exercises demonstrated within the video.
Personally, I have no idea what it feels like to train with this man’s invention. I’m not here to judge. All I see is a man who has created an inexpensive exercise station that allows for challenging home-based workouts. What is wrong with that? Why not commend his creativity and eagerness to train, rather than focusing on the possible limitations of a device that you’ve never used?
Contrary to what many believe, equipment does not guarantee anything. Just look at all of the hardly used equipment that regularly shows up on Craiglist. People buy into the idea that an expensive tool will deliver results. Sorry folks, but it doesn’t work that way. The human body can be challenged with almost anything (including bodyweight). This is particularly true when discussing recreational athletes. I’m guessing that the man seen within this video isn’t training for a world-class competition. He’s exercising. That’s all. Why make such a big deal out of it?
It often seems that the Internet has provided too much information. Rather than investing their time in the gym, some folks are now more content to discuss training. They’d rather debate various styles than get their hands dirty in the gym (which is where you really learn). The same paralysis by analysis is often seen with nutrition. Those suffering from such paralysis can often be found micro-managing and scrutinizing every last morsel that finds its way to a fork or spoon. They seem to believe that their ancestors sat around the camp fire calculating zones and nutrient ratios on the abacus.
Confucius once said,
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
I’m almost inclined to believe that he was talking about exercise and nutrition. His words of wisdom certainly apply to both. If you want to get in shape, steer clear of the complicated nonsense that clutters the web. The real secret is to show up, remain consistent, and find ways to regularly challenge yourself. Even one of the three will put you ahead of most of the world. Showing up is more than half the battle.
In summary, the video above offers yet another example of how easy it is to exercise with a minimal investment in equipment. You don’t need anything fancy to get in shape. If you are willing and eager to put in the work, you’ll find a way to get it done.
For more homemade equipment ideas, please refer to the link below. Those returning to the site will notice that the equipment archives are much easier to navigate now. I’ve added some click-able links within to allow for easy browsing. Take a look…