“If you've got a door – You’ve got a gym!”
We’ve all heard that phrase before (If you haven’t, I suggest a quick YouTube search for some entertainment). Ironically, amongst all the satire - what’s proclaimed, is true!
A common question I receive is - “But Scotty, I don’t have access to a gym – can I still get fit and strong?”
The easiest way for me to draw supporting evidence is to simply look at myself as an example –
Do I train in a gym? Yes, I do.
…but, remember – I train for function. Function doesn’t require a framework. Function equals freedom.
What do the majority of my workouts consist of? Jumping, Lunging, Climbing, Pulling, Pushing, Crawling, Hanging & Slamming.
… and what is the overwhelming common denominator amongst these movements – They can be done anywhere.
Each movement and its variants can be performed anywhere you can possibly imagine! Trust me – I’ve done it!
I want to use this week’s blog to conclusively put to rest the notions that you need to be training at ‘X’ Gym, or using the latest TechnoFart 3000, to avail yourself to the opportunity of achieving the level of wellbeing you’re after – it’s just not true!
If you’re on a tight budget and a gym membership is out of the question – or, if you’re just someone who doesn’t particularly feel comfortable in the gym, don’t stress – I’ve got a few tips for you.
Do something now – don’t wait. You can’t feed yourself excuses like “I’ll start tomorrow” – they’re gym-goer excuses.
Whether it’s the spare room, the garage, the backyard, the hill at the end of the street and/or the park down the road - the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll feel better.
“Dear Sand Dunes,
Today I’m going to run up you… backwards.
And on the way down, I’m going to crawl… backwards.”
Opportunity is only bound by your creativity. If your training is stagnating – give it more thought.
What I love about functional training is that you can truly turn up the intensity and put yourself in a zone, which will challenge you mentally, as much as it will physically.
Supersetting your workouts is a fantastic way to build muscle and burn fat, simultaneously.
Tuck Jumps --> Sprint
Burpee --> Broad Jump
Bear Crawl --> Rope Climb
Pushup --> Plank
Any of the abovementioned examples are bound to get your heart racing – so try them!
Intensity breeds improvement – drop the self-doubt & anxiety – You’re not in the gym and you don’t have to worry about “who’s watching”. Put yourself into a zone where all you can focus on is getting out the next breath, whilst performing an explosive movement at maximal intensity.
#EvennettArmy, a tight budget is not a barrier to a healthier life – but, a small mind is.
Whatever your circumstances – you can still create the life you want, by simply opening your mind to opportunity.
… and maybe opening your door - go for a run
Better yet! Join me outdoors, for the CT 6HR Challenge on September 9.