About Gymless Fitness
Fitness isn’t about any single attribute. It’s about a lot of them. Strength, endurance, power, agility, speed, and many more. Fitness is the sum of all of these parts.
Without the constraints of a gym, there’s no room for excuses. You have all that you need – your body. If you use it well, you can do anything you set your mind to.
Gymless doesn’t mean that you have to ditch your equipment. It just means that you need to understand how to get fit when there’s no equipment available. You have to adapt to the situation.
Fitness is all about balance. No single attribute takes precedence over the others. Strength, endurance, power, mobility, stability, coordination, balance, and so on are all equally important. I’ll go out on a limb and say that the typical fitness enthusiast doesn’t compete in sport at a high level. It’s all about recreation – and that’s great. I’m all for that. But I still see too many people ignoring all aspects other than strength, and too many runners placing all their eggs in the endurance basket.
In the end, you’re limiting yourself. Try not to specialize. If you absolutely love a certain type of training then by all means spend time doing it. At the same time, don’t let the other attributes of fitness fall away. Do you want to be a strength junkie who can’t run around the yard with your kids without doubling over, or the opposite? No. No you don’t.
There are two common excuses for not doing any sort of exercise: Lack of time; and lack of equipment. When the excuses are no longer valid, you’re the one who becomes accountable.
Excuse #1: I don’t have the time. Everyone has the time. You just have to make it. When you’re gymless, that’s no longer a complicated part of the equation. Quick and intense workouts are the name of the game. If you can’t find an extra 20 minutes for a workout that requires zero travel time then you may need to reconsider your schedule. Be honest with yourself.
Excuse #2: I don’t have the equipment. Well, that’s perfect! Because you don’t need any equipment. Sure, some of the exercises I use do make use of some equipment, but many require only one major implement: Your body. And come on, sliders cost $15 at your local home improvement store and can fit in your purse – they can hardly be considered equipment, right?
I know – I’ve sent some confusing messages about equipment. And honestly, gymless sort of implies that you won’t use equipment. That’s not entirely true – equipment is great. The TRX is a tool in the toolbox. Kettlebells are another tool in the toolbox.
Gymless is about learning to use the tools you have available at any given time. When you’re on vacation, that may mean your body and nothing else. Or when you’re at home, those tools might include bands and a kettlebell. Either way, you should be able to get a kick-ass workout in.
You’re able to do that because you’ve learned to adapt. In one phrase, that’s the gymless stance towards equipment. Use what you have, but learn to make do without it. Once you’ve learned to adapt, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.