It's hard to believe that almost fifteen years have passed since I started writing the original book Never Gymless. Years really flew by. I still remember how I thought about the title after I finished the sprint series in 2005. Since then, much has changed, but one thing that is not a prerequisite of the book. I still run on the same hill, and I can always train no matter where I am and what I have.
I still never train
Something else that has not changed is my constant desire to practice what I preach. The following is a brief compilation of the Never Gymless concept in action. With a bit of creativity, you can train almost anywhere where there is anything.
See the forest for the trees
Whenever I share shots with outdoor exercise, there is always someone in the crowd who misinterprets the message. I do not suggest you cancel the membership in the gym. Honestly, I don't care where you train. Just do not come to me with the excuse that you have nowhere to train.
If you want to train, find a way. This is the message that I hope to convey when I share my footage, like the one above. In other words, make the most of what you have, instead of worrying about being fooled to believe what you need. This is a wonderful feeling that I can train anywhere with what is available to you.
In addition, no matter where you usually train, it's nice to have options. For example, when I write this entry, snow falls heavily in my area. The roads are treacherous, so you will not find many people traveling to one of the local gyms. Fortunately, bad road conditions are irrelevant to my preparation. I can train anywhere. I have nothing against a fully equipped gym, but I’m sure I don’t need it.
The Never Gymless mentality is also effective. Acting as a boxing trainer and business owner, hectic days are a way of life for me. Free time is almost non-existent. It’s not unusual for me to work long hours, 6 or 7 days a week. Therefore, if I can achieve a quality workout without going to the gym, I free up time that can be applied elsewhere. Improving performance while avoiding problems getting stuck in traffic is what I call a win-win situation.
In addition, these days people seem to spend more and more time on their electronics. I hardly see children playing in the local parks. It's a hell of a shame. Great to go out and get some fresh air. Our ancestors were sure that, damn it, they didn’t evolve to be hunched over, staring at mobile phones and tablets all day. Put the electronics and head out. Whether walking, running, cycling or doing some gymnastics exercises, your body and mind will thank you.
Thus, success depends not on the tools that you own, but on what you are willing to do with what surrounds you. So, stop making excuses about where you are or what you need. It does not matter. You can always do something. Almost always there is someone who has done more than you (and me) with less.
So use what you have, be consistent and creative, and good things will happen on time.
"The less I need, the better I feel." – Charles Bukowski