Getting out of the Gym – my story
In December 2007, I was training clients at a Central London gym. As the staff gathered for a bit of Christmas cheer, munching on our turkey-flavoured rice cakes, we were informed that the building had been sold and the gym would be closing down. I realised that as my clients would scatter and disperse to a variety of other gyms, I was going to lose a lot of business.
Catalyst to change
Over Christmas, I had some hard thinking to do. The answer came in a present from my girlfriend: the Gymboss Interval Timer, a clever split-interval timer that only a personal trainer could get excited about. This cheap device, used creatively, rapidly became my most favourite piece of gym equipment – and I didn’t need an actual bricks-and-mortar gym to use it. I had been moving away from using treadmills and resistance machines in my clients’ fitness sessions and my own personal workout for some time. Instead, I was focussing on bodyweight exercises, some basic weight training routines and a low-tech/high-effect approach to programming exercise. With this style of fitness training, I could carry my gym around in a rucksack.
So I took to the outdoors, making my gym stretch across London: its green spaces, local trim trails, hills and client’s homes. In the two years that have passed since that decision, I’ve added only a few pieces of equipment to my arsenal: a TRX System , some resistance bands, some sparring pads and mitts to create a gym in a rucksack. Although I haven’t set foot in a mainstream gym in all that time, and I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been.
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