Continuing with the train anywhere theme, I compiled some footage from the past few months to create the brief video below. As you will see, it is entirely possible to receive a quality workout with little or nothing. You certainly do not need a state-of-the-art facility to apply yourself diligently and consistently. With creativity and effort, you can exercise almost anywhere.
It is also worth noting that you do not need advanced exercises to train effectively. What you’ll notice throughout this video is that the bulk of the movements are fairly easy to learn. Almost anyone can run hills, swing a sledgehammer, and perform exercises such as burpees. The prerequisites to execute these movements are minimal.
Yet despite what may be minimal prerequisites, these are still exercises that can prove challenging to athletes of all levels. For instance, while anyone can run hills, I’ve never met anyone too advanced for hills. Once again, if you put forth a true effort, you can be challenged by almost anything. The significance of individual effort cannot be overstated.
As for the equipment seen throughout the clip, almost everything is either homemade or something I found within the woods. The pull-up bar, suspension trainer, and wheels are all homemade. The tire used to rebound the sledgehammer was free. A local tire shop was about to dispose of it before I grabbed it. The stones and logs are just a few of several that I have acquired over the years. The tree branch where I perform pull-ups has been held up perfectly for the last three years. The hill sprint path is also somewhat of a homemade creation. I cleared it out last year (see here). The only real exercise equipment are the inexpensive jump ropes.
In summary, if you wish to exercise, go exercise. Lack of equipment is nothing but an excuse. The great outdoors is perhaps the greatest gym of all. There are never any lines, the gym is open 24 hours a day, and I’m never stuck behind someone posing in a mirror. All that you have is fresh air and on occasional animal passing through. There is nowhere else I would rather train.
“Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.” – Arthur Koestler