Thinking Outside The Box

I recently filmed the following demonstration of standing rollouts with an office chair. I created the brief video for a few reasons. First, I wanted to demonstrate the possibilities that exist with a chair. I often hear from individuals looking for exercise options that can be performed at the office. Chair rollouts are one of many.

Perhaps more importantly though, I created the video to stress the significance of creativity. Whether you ever perform rollouts with a chair is unimportant. There is a good chance that most people who see the video will never attempt the exercise. Many viewers may not even have a chair that allows for it. That’s okay. I’m certainly not suggesting that you rush out to purchase a new chair. There are less expensive options available.

What I really hope people see from the video is that potential often exists within ordinary objects. Not everyone looks at a chair and thinks of standing rollouts. Office chairs aren’t typically associated with any form of exercise. They are intended for comfort. Ironically, the chair works very well for standing rollouts. Chair rollouts are actually more difficult than standard rollouts as you must control and navigate an awkward device. The chair does not roll nearly as smooth as a conventional wheel.

In many ways, the chair for the office worker is similar to the log or stone for the outdoor enthusiast. As discussed recently, when I see a large stone or log on the side of the road, my eyes light up. I see a stone or log differently from most people. I see them as heavy, awkward objects that can be carried, dragged, lifted and thrown. The possibilities are endless. Once again though, the potential of the object is often hidden to the masses. Not everyone sees a stone and thinks of hoisting it overhead. You’ll need to think outside the box to turn ordinary objects into extraordinary challenges.

So often people limit themselves based on what they believe they are lacking. I couldn’t tell you how many people have told me they’d exercise more regularly if they had this, that, or the other thing. Whether it is more time, more space, or more equipment, there is always something else to blame for their lack of effort. It is that type of person who walks into a room and only sees the objects as they were intended. They never stop to think about what else could be done with the objects or space that’s in front of them.

To make the most of your surroundings, you can’t limit yourself to someone else’s interpretation of an object. Perhaps I’m dating myself with this reference, but so much can be accomplished when you allow your inner MacGyver to speak. Whether inside or out, so much potential exists within ordinary items when creativity is added to the equation.

For some that may mean rollouts with a chair. Others may opt to lift logs and stones. Perhaps you’ll opt for handstand pushups from a stack of books. The specifics mean less than the purposeful intent to think outside the box. Forget about pondering whether the glass is half full or half empty. Instead, start to think about what can be done with the glass and whatever is inside it. When you begin to view the world with this mentality, you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that begin to appear.


“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

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  1. My inner MacGyver? Ok but i’m drawing the line at the Mullet! The glass full/empty is a great example. Who cares if it’s full or empty….just DRINK IT!

  2. This reminds me what I’ve been doing at work lately. I work in a medical office and have some objects lying around that I immediately see as workout tools such as an old walker. It’s sort of ironic that such a tool that is normally used for those who aren’t as mobile is being used for dips and front lever rows.

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