In my last entry, I touched upon a topic that I have discussed many times before. An abbreviated version is that you can essentially train anywhere with almost anything and still receive a quality workout. No particular tool is required to consistently and diligently apply yourself. Yet rather than assert this opinion through text alone, I provided a video demonstration to further illustrate the point. If you missed the original entry, you can see that video below.
Unfortunately, some of the feedback I saw in regards to this video suggested that I was deceptive in highlighting the potential that exists outdoors. For example, one viewer said it was false advertising to state that nature provides a quality workout. His argument centered around the pull-up station I created from pipe. His thought process was that if nature is so effective, why did I construct a pull-up bar between trees? Another person joked that he has never come across a half-buried tire in the jungle before. He questioned what swinging a sledgehammer in the woods had to do with training amidst nature.
Apparently, certain viewers cannot see the forest for the trees. They are so focused on individual details that they have overlooked the big picture. My creation of a pull-up bar and sledgehammer station is not an argument against the potential of nature. Instead, I have simply demonstrated additional options that were inexpensive and easy to construct. The pull-up bar is nothing but a piece of galvanized iron pipe that is attached to the trees through eye-bolts. The tire that is used to rebound the sledgehammer was free. A local tire shop was about to throw it away so I gladly took it off their hands. I have owned it for over 10 years now. It is perhaps the best free investment I have ever made.
With that said, I could certainly train effectively without the pull-up bar or tire. To suggest that I need either tool could not be further from the truth. Unfortunately, need is a grossly overused word amongst fitness professionals. It seems like each year brings about a new product, concept, and supplement that is marketed as a necessity to aspiring athletes and coaches. The customer is fooled to believe that he is depriving himself if he does not purchase the new product, apply the new concept, and consume the new supplement.
One of the myths that I hope to dispel through this site is that you can in fact excel with almost anything. My own success is not based on any particular exercise or tool. It comes from the consistent effort that I have applied year after year. I strongly believe that I could train effectively anywhere in the world. This ability is not limited to me however. We are all capable of training effectively regardless of where our journey takes us. And it is this idea that I hope to highlight and share with examples such as the video above.
For instance, you may not have a stone to lift, but I’m sure that you can find something that is heavy and awkward. You may not have a hill to run, but perhaps you have a long set of stairs or an open strip of land to sprint. And we can all find somewhere to perform exercises such as pushups and burpees. Once again, as long as you have effort and creativity in terms of how that effort is applied, you can do very well. Whether you are in a basement, a garage, an office, or out in the woods, there will always be some way that you can apply yourself diligently.
In summary, stop thinking about what you need and instead think about what you can do with what you already have. You’ll be amazed at how many exercise tools are disguised as ordinary objects that the average person would never dream of using.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi