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Retirement Home or Workout Park?

Below is a video that has been making its way around Facebook (see here). Unfortunately, the Youtube version of the video is not available for embedding so I created an external link through the image below. If you have not seen the video on Facebook, it is well worth a look.

Anatoliy Nikitovich - 73 years old

What you will see within is a 73 year old man (Anatoliy Nikitovich) whose abilities would humble most healthy adults a fraction of his age. I’m sure I speak for many in saying that I hope to perform at his level if and when I reach that age. If it ever happens, I promise that I will choose different training attire however.

As for the video itself, I enjoyed it for several reasons. First, it is obvious that this man is extremely capable despite training at a gym that consists of nothing but outdoor bars. If there was ever a case for the potential of a low-tech environment, this man should certainly be included in the discussion.

It is also nice to be reminded that bodyweight exercise is available to all. Anyone can head to a local playground and train from the bars. Calisthenics were never intended to be expensive to learn or perform. Unfortunately, it seems like every week there is a new bodyweight exercise certification being pimped to the masses. I have seen several bodyweight seminars and certifications marketed for hundreds of dollars (even more in some cases).

And while I have nothing against earning a living and providing quality instruction, charging such outrageous prices defeats the purpose of making calisthenics available to all. It shouldn’t be necessary that you refinance your home to learn how to effectively perform bodyweight exercise.

It is safe to assume that Anatoliy did not develop his strength at a weekend seminar. Instead, he is obviously the product years of intense dedication and effort. Fortunately, such attributes are free to all. You can’t purchase effort and dedication at the supplement store. Even the savviest marketers haven’t figured out how to sell these intangibles.

You will be hard pressed to find many senior citizens who are as capable as Anatoliy Nikitovich. Yet, rather than just being inspired by his example, we can learn from him as well. For instance, don’t confuse calisthenics with rocket science. Working with your body isn’t nearly as complicated as many would like you to believe. With a little creativity, you can exercise anywhere. Anatoliy trains at an outdoor gym that is available to all. It consists of nothing but bars. Anyone can go there to train. There are no secrets to his success. He shows up regularly and has done so for years. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a consistent and diligent effort. The sooner more people realize this simple fact, the better off we’ll all be.

In summary, don’t be blinded by the industry’s hype. Keep it simple, work hard, and remain consistent. Those are the only training secrets that you will ever need.

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We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. – Frank A. Clark

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7 comments

7 Comments so far

  1. UkraineStrong June 16th, 2014 9:35 am

    Hey, Ross. Look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIAIQIxwB_U

  2. Aleksander June 16th, 2014 9:39 am

    Awesome!

    Thanks for sharing, Ross.

  3. Doug in Dallas June 16th, 2014 3:32 pm

    Incredible stuff. Hope to age like that myself…..of
    course, without the speedo gear. :-)
    What I think also would be incredible would be for cities all across the USA to install in our parks, outdoor gyms such as this. Doesn’t have to have a high bar or rings (wouldn’t hurt) but something for chins and dips.
    Just a Thought.

  4. Kevin in Texas June 16th, 2014 9:18 pm

    Great story! I really like the stories where fitness is a life long journey. Here is another inspirational guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeLVMgz-yUo

  5. Rob June 17th, 2014 5:40 am

    I have never seen an outdoor gymnastics park (of course I haven’t traveled much). Are these common in the United States also? I want to find a place like this.

  6. dmitry June 19th, 2014 7:38 pm

    thanks again for sharing Ross. Anatoliy looks like the actor Ed Harris ;-) “just sayin”.

  7. Eric June 25th, 2014 4:11 pm

    @Doug…Agreed. Not only bars for dips and pullups but monkey bars too. I used to love using monkey bars and find them to be excellent for the hands, grip, and forearms. You hardly ever see monkey bars anymore, and if you do, the bars aren’t long enough. I feel that using monkey bars are an excellent tool for people not strong enough to do chins and pullups to aid them in attaining that strength. I would say include ropes to climb, but with law suits and all that other pansy caca we have today, you would have to be careful of lawsuits. It’s always someone else’s fault in our sick society nowadays. And yes, I agree with you also on the speedo gear. Must be a European thingy. haha.

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