One of the most common excuses men offer as to why they don’t routinely exercise is the high cost of gym or health club memberships. Many men state that they simply can’t afford to train at a quality gym and that’s why they have neglected their health. If only they could afford an expensive gym membership, then they would surely be in great shape!
The fact is that you don’t need a membership to a fancy gym in order to get into great shape. Hell, you don’t even need a gym membership at all!
In a previous entry I discussed how the type of diet or training program you follow isn’t as important to your success as you think. What I failed to mention in that article is that not only does the type of diet or training program you follow not matter, but you don’t even need access to a modern training facility in order to get into great shape.
We’ve touched on the concept of “low tech, high effect” before. Whether it’s sprinting some hills or busting out a workout with a deck of cards, the fact is that you don’t need any fancy tools in order to get the job done. It’s a concept that I adopted many years ago and has paid me tremendous dividends.
That’s why in this article I want to inspire you by giving you some examples of men using low tech methods in order to achieve elite levels of fitness in their chosen sport.
The first example is of former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice. Many know Jerry Rice as one of the greatest wide receivers to have ever played in the NFL. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that Jerry had a ridiculous work ethic both on and off the field. In fact, his off-season training regimen was the stuff of legends. In the following brief video Jerry explains one of the key training tools that allowed him to excel as a wide receiver in the NFL for 20 years. Hint: it’s not anything you can buy:
The second example is from a group of guys that have become very popular over the past several years on Youtube. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Bar Starzz videos. These guys have created a huge revival in bodyweight calisthenics. Their videos focus specifically on bodyweight exercises you can perform at your local neighbourhood park or school. Needless to say, the results speak for themselves:
This next example is of legendary American Olympic wrestler and coach, Dan Gable. Dan was a tremendous wrestler and won the Olympic gold medal in Munich back in 1972 without giving up a single point. He also won 16 NCAA team titles as the head coach of Iowa University. You would think a man with a resume like that would have had access to all of the state of the art equipment while growing up as an athlete. Of course, the reality was quite different. Check out the following video as Dan explains some of the tools and methods he used to become an elite Olympic wrestler. Nothing fancy here:
This last example is footage of the Korean Olympic Judo Team. Although the video is not in English, you will note the emphasis placed on brutal hard work with just the basics. Again, you won’t find anything fancy here. Although the team does spend some time in a modern exercise facility, the bulk of the work they do can easily be done by anyone without access to a fully equipped gym.
What I wanted to highlight with these examples is that one does not need access to a modern, state of the art training facility in order to get into fantastic shape. For most of these examples I purposely chose men who have performed at the highest levels in their sport to really drive home the message. Low tech methods are not just for the average Joe. They can work for anyone.
Years ago I made the decision to never buy a gym membership ever again. I’ve since been fortunate enough to have access to a fully modern facility through my place of employment, which is great. However, with that said, I still find myself turning to “low tech” methods time and time again. There is a reason why they have worked for so many men. They cut through the bullshit and force you to work, which is the real key to achieving your fitness goals.
As the weather starts to get better and better, I think it’s the perfect opportunity for many men to start incorporating some of these low tech methods into their training routine. Whether it’s sprinting some hills or performing some bodyweight calisthenics, you can easily supplement (or replace) some of the training you normally do in the gym.
Lastly, for the guys who may be struggling to find the money to spend on an expensive gym membership, I hope that this article has given you some inspiration on what can be done with little to no money. Much like with your style, you don’t need to empty your wallet in order to get into shape.
Here’s to saying fit!