Get It In Anywhere – Anthony “iNatural” Alderman

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I’ve been known to lift stones and logs, perform pull-ups from trees, and run hills in the woods. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve also featured several like-minded individuals. Yesterday’s entry is a prime example. The footage from that story is some of the best I’ve seen. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to such beautiful and secluded landscapes. That’s no reason to avoid training outside however. Contrary to what some may initially assume, wooded areas are not the only options for outdoor training. In fact, some of the best calisthenic displays that you’ll ever see can be found in urban playgrounds. The video below of Anthony “iNatural” Alderman is a great example. He’s been training on the bars for over 45 years now.

Anthony “iNatural” Alderman

At age 53, Anthony Alderman is physically more capable than the vast majority of adults half his age. He performs exercises such as muscle-ups with ease. His physique is also a testament to his hard work and consistency. All of those years of training have created a body that is strong, lean, and capable.

No Secrets

It’s obviously great to see a 53 year old man perform at such a high level. What I like most about the story isn’t Anthony’s ability however, but rather the simple approach that he subscribes to with training. There is no secret to his success. Anthony Alderman has trained for longer than many reading this entry have been alive. He is yet another product of hard work and consistency.

As far as the exercises he performs, there are some neat variations, but everything is relatively straightforward. There’s nothing overly complicated or flashy. He’s clearly rooted in the fundamentals. The bodyweight squats, pushups, and pull-ups that he performs are available to anyone. The difference therefore between Anthony and others isn’t the exercises that he performs, but rather his willingness to continually perform those exercises on a regular basis. He doesn’t jump from program to program. He’s figured out what he enjoys and what works for him and never strays far from the basics.

I’ve often said that the average person does not need anything but a regular dose of a few basic exercises. For example, imagine if it was common for every adult to regularly perform a few sets of pushups, pull-ups, dips, squats, and lunges. That alone would lead to huge improvements in quality of life for many adults. Anyone who suggests otherwise is either ignorant or likely sells gym memberships for a living.

In summary, Anthony Alderman clearly demonstrates the potential of a simple calisthenic program. He also shows that the body can continue to function at a high level as the years pass. Imagine if everyone followed suit and began to perform similar exercises on a regular basis. Perhaps this story wouldn’t even be a story. It would just be what we all expect from adults at any age.

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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14 comments:

  1. This is just excactly what i try to tell friends that dont excersize build a foundation stick with the basics be consistent dont overcomplicate

  2. Peace Admin and Rosstraining.com. Thank you so much for writing such a nice summary. I am humbled. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Proper Education Always Corrects Errors. P.E.A.C.E.

    1. I was really amazed when i saw the video. I try to follow a more mediterranean diet.

      I would like to know how to do you prevent boredom in your training ?

      1. The variations make calisthenics fun. Time based personal competitions. Also there is enjoyment in sharing your fitness routine with other seeing their progress. Then at the advanced level there are progressive movements or tricks which are fun learning and executing. There’s a euphoric feeling when you are above the bar letting go and trusting in you ability to do things you thought you couldn’t do.

  3. Great video and great message within it. Love the positive attitude. I appreciate seeing the balance of exercise/health with the larger life message of getting involved in the community. Action, not just words.. Well done Anthony!

  4. What I love about this is that there will be so many people out there saying that he’s not going through a full range of motion, he’s doing half reps, you shouldn’t perform pull ups behind the neck, yada yada yada. But look at the guy! It just goes to show you, do what works for you.
    Amazing.

    1. If he ate meat, he may not be doing that at age 53. As a vegan myself, I’ve seen tremendous progress not eating meat, and I’m still dunking at 6 foot and almost 40. Do some research and recognize the ‘standard way’ doesn’t always mean the best way.

  5. Thanks Ross. That was one of the more inspiring videos I’ve seen. Not just about exercise but life in general.

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