Over the past few weeks, I have written several entries about training in the winter. It is worth noting however that perhaps the most important aspect of outdoor training has nothing to do with climate. Sure it may be cold in my part of the world, but the weather does not dictate my training.
As evident in the following video, almost everything I do could be done at any time in the year.
Heavy snow may make for challenging running, but sprinting hills in the summer presents its own challenges as well. In either case, I make the most of my surroundings. I am also able to train effectively without fancy equipment.
In the demonstration above, much of the equipment is free or homemade. The pull-up bar is nothing but a piece of pipe. The suspension trainer is homemade. The tire that I strike with the sledgehammer was free. The log used for squats was found on the side of the road. The jump rope was purchased locally for a few dollars. And last but not least, calisthenic exercises such as pushups and burpees are naturally free and can be performed anywhere.
The cumulative effect of these movements and tools makes for a challenging workout regardless of ability. I have been training for well over 20 years and these outdoor sessions still get the best of me. Almost any sequence of movements can be effective if you put forth a true effort. No one will ever outgrow exercises such as hill sprints and sledgehammer swings. It is only a matter of time before they win.
Fortunately, when performed outdoors, you can at least enjoy the scenery while these seemingly simplistic movements creep up on you until you are defeated. And while they may get the best of me, I am bettering myself in the process. I’ll take that any day.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius