I often receive questions about hypothetical scenarios. For example, last week someone asked what I would pick if I was limited to three exercises. Another person asked which homemade tool I prefer over all others. Earlier today someone asked what bodyweight exercise I would pick if I was limited to one. I could go on and on with similar examples. These types of questions have filled my inbox for years.
Unfortunately for those asking, I rarely spend much time addressing such questions. I don’t waste time hypothesizing about things that will never happen. Sure, such topics may make for an entertaining discussion, but why would I ever consider losing my creativity?
One of my primary beliefs in regards to exercise is that we are not limited by the tools around us. If you confiscated all of my equipment, I am still confident that I would find a way to train effectively. Regardless of what I have (or don’t have), my mind is always seeking out new and different challenges.
And it is this creativity that I believe needs more widespread attention. Why even entertain the thought of being limited by anything? Whether you are an athlete or coach, your goal is not to find a way and then restrict yourself to it indefinitely. On the contrary, our goal should be to continually evolve and learn. Best is, and always will be, a moving target. It is not something that is achieved and then statically locked forever.
Whatever makes sense for you today may not make sense in another month or year. As I’ve said many times before, answers regarding training questions often depend on several unique factors that are specific to the individual and change over time. Therefore, if I was forced to answer the questions above, my responses would likely change each year. As is often the case, it depends.
Fortunately, I will never be forced to choose a handful of movements. Rather than pretend to be for the sake of a catchy article, why not instead demonstrate options that others may not have seen before? That was largely the goal of my recent demonstration of office chair standing rollouts (see here).
And as you can see, our creativity does not need to end with a chair. Below is a brief demonstration of standing rollouts with a sled. The idea came to me randomly while training outside. The day that I filmed the video was the first day that I tried this core training exercise.
So here we have an example of a movement that is beneficial and can be performed with almost anything. If you took away my ab wheels, I wouldn’t be concerned. I could use the office chair that I’m sitting on now or I could walk outside and grab a sled. Once again, whatever I have or don’t have, I will find a way to accomplish what I set out to do. If more people viewed their surroundings with this mentality, excuses about lack of space or equipment would become obsolete.
In summary, rather than asking what I would do if I was forced to limit myself, why not instead ask what can be done with objects that no one else has thought to use. More people thinking like that will lead to more people with more options that are readily available without breaking the bank.
“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer