Two of the most common problems people have with getting to the gym?
In fact, time and money can get in the way of a good many things, not just your exercise routine. Sometimes the idea alone of just going to the gym can stop your good intentions dead in their tracks. I hear things like this:
"I get home from work and change. I want to go to the gym, but the thought of getting back in that traffic, driving there, finding a parking spot, waiting for a machine..." It's enough to crap out most, especially if your motivation is low.
Then there's the monthly dues. How's that for a double whammy? You invest money every month and then allow time, traffic, weather, and multiple other excuses well beyond your control to talk you into staying home.
What's the solution? Well if time and money is what's keeping you from good health, then let's eliminate those problems all together.
The motivation part of the solution will be for another article all together, so for now let's take a look at some great ways to get in shape at home with a minimal financial investment and no gym equipment required.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of the gym. At least not the cookie cutter type of large gyms that focus solely on selling as many memberships as possible and take little to no interest in the actual client. I find those gyms to be generally over crowded and usually a germ nightmare. I prefer to train outdoors whenever possible in the fresh air and sunshine. It just works better for me. I think you may feel the same once you give it a try. Not to mention the fact that going to the backyard or park is free, it is also, for me, closer.
The Naked Warrior
The subtitle is: Master The Secrets Of The Super Strong Using Bodyweight Only Exercises. That really hits the nail on the head. Pavel Tsatsouline wrote this book as a bodyweight version of his strength training hit Power to the People.
Pavel is a minimalist. Meaning that it's better to one or two things really, really well then it is to know a whole bunch of things. The latter leads to mediocrity.
The Naked Warrior will teach you many techniques for getting strong and developing pure strength. In Power to the People, Pavel focuses on just 2 exercises to teach his strength principles; the Deadlift and 1 Arm Press.
In The Naked Warrior, using bodyweight exercises to teach these time tested principles of strength, Pavel uses again, just 2 exercises. The 1 Legged Squat, otherwise known as The Pistol and the 1 Arm Push Up.
Now before you give up on this article, hear me out!
- This book teaches pure strength. Strength is a skill. It is something you learn and develop. The body composition is a consequence of your actions and practice.
- You are NOT expected to be able to perform either of these drills in the beginning. Pavel sets you up on a path for success by easing you into both exercises.
- The principles taught in this book have been known to increase a person's strength by 20% if not more and do it in a manner of minutes.
The best part of this book and these exercises is that there is no gym or gym equipment required to practice and learn the movements and skills taught in The Naked Warrior. This book is you verses you as you forge a hard, firm, functionally strong body with the resilience you need to go the distance.
Ranking at # 2 on the DragonDoor.com review chart, Convict Conditioning takes the Naked Warrior torch and heads out like Pheidippides.
Written by the mysterious Paul "Coach" Wade, Convict Conditioning will take you deep into an underground culture of bodyweight strength training that is customizable to almost any fitness level.
Take a look at what Mark Reifkind had to say:
"As an ex elite gymnast and gymnastics coach, using the body as the resistance to strengthen oneself is near and dear to my heart and is the base for any truly functional training regimen. After all, if you can't use your own weight what do you need added resistance for? Coach Wade understands this completely and has crafted programs that will make anyone who uses them a complete physical animal in no time flat"
The focus is on Calisthenics as the main tool to training for strength and how progressive calisthenics is the way to go for forging raw power and strength. The exercises covered are what Wade calls The Big Six: Power Moves:
- The Push Up
- The Squat
- The Pull Up
- The Leg Raise
- The Bride
- The Handstand Push Up
If you're short on coin and have plenty of time, this book might be your sentence to the lean and strong body you've been looking for.
A word of caution: This book demands some hard work. The challenge set forth by Paul "Coach" Wade are not for the faint at heart. After all this book is based of old school physical culture that evolved in prison. Be warned. You will get wet...
Another fine piece of work from Pavel. Super Joints is a series of movements and stretches that will arm your body and your joints to go the distance.
Super Joints focus on joint mobility and strength stretching.
Why is joint mobility and strength stretching important?
One important aspect and benefit from doing joint mobility is that these exercises stimulate the synovial fluid and can reduce inflammation. Synovial fluid basically reduces friction with in synovial joints. Synovial joints are our most common and most used joints. Wrists, Neck, Shoulder, Knee, Hip, Etc. Keeping these joints well lubricated is one way to ensure longevity and pain free movement though out the years.
The circular drills you'll find in Super Joints should be one of your tools to reduce or even prevent arthritis.
Dragon Door.com says this about Super Joints:
"The one-stop care-shop for your inner Tin Man—how to give your nervous system a tune up, your joints a lube-job and your energy a recharge"
Personally, I use Super Joints at least 5 times a week. It is a staple of my warm up and I have used these drills along with The Turkish Get Up to rehab a shoulder injury and in my opinion prevent others from occurring. Super Joints has also helped my increase flexibility and relieve tendinitis in my forearm.
I also believe that it has helped significantly with reversing the tightness in my neck, shoulders and hips. These are ailments that occur in modern society after too much time sitting at a desk, in the car and on the couch.
No don't expect to have a 6-pack and 4% bodyfat after doing Super Joints for 4 weeks. This is not that kind of program or exercise routine. This is a traditional routine that reboots your system and restores lost movement and function.
Whether your goal is a 6-pack or just overall health, Super Joints can and will set your body up for success.
- John DuCane's Qigong Recharge
A Daily Practice to Release, Relax and Rejuvenate
This is a DVD and manual put together by John DuCane. This DVD and manual needs to be a part of your life and I'll tell you why.
The Subtitle to this set is "A Daily Practice to Release, Relax and Rejuvenate"
Now if that ain't enough, let's take a deeper look into John DuCane's Recharge.
Many years ago, my dad had mentioned he was looking for something he could do daily when he couldn't go walk or run. So I got him this. He never really got into it. However, have you ever gotten a gift for someone and it turned out it was actually something you wanted?
Case in point. About a year later, I got my own copy. I watched the DVD and began incorporating it into my practice. It took some of the moves from Super Joints and then incorporated some basic QiGong movements to create a 1-2 punch of either something you can do daily as a great way to fire up your day or as part of your warm up before training. I use Recharge at least once if not twice a week in the morning.
Now my favorite time to practice the exercises in Recharge is the day after a heavy training session. When the body is in a state of recovery and repair, the supple and elegant movements of Recharge tune up your body and prepare it to fight another day.
Recharge has also helped with stress relief. More often than not chronic anxiety can be significantly reduced with dedicated practice of the exercises found with in.
Who is John DuCane? John DuCane is a writer and publisher. His company DragonDoor.com has been responsible for launching the modern Kettlebell movement here in America and he has been a student and practitioner of QiGong and Thi Chi since the mid 70's, so trust me folks, the guy knows.
If you're looking for overall health, vitality and peace of mind, John DuCane's Recharge is your ticket.
So there you have it folks! Four fantastic options for physical strength, conditioning and health. All that can be done ANYTIME and ANYWHERE and with minimal financial investment on your part.
As always, you are welcome to leave a question or comment below...
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Tiana Dreymor from Columbus, OH on September 23, 2013:
Guys... practice on your push ups. Get ready for the Bride. Haha.
David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on November 08, 2011:
Nate, I think I'll leave it that way due to the humor factor you just pointed out. Thanks for chiming in!
Nate on November 08, 2011:
I think there's a type in the CC review, i.e. "bridge" and not "bride".
Doing a bride is of course also okay...depending on the quality of the girl.
David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on June 24, 2010:
iwritegood, thanks for stopping by. One thing I forgot to mention is that the QiGong exercises or Super Joints makes a great warm up or cool down for those that do go to the gym on a regular basis and they are both great for active recovery! Thanks for reading, let me know if you give any of these a try.
iwritegood on June 23, 2010:
I only use the gym because it's free to use at my school.
Vernon Bradley from Yucaipa, California on June 23, 2010:
So I hope that DVD you bought your Dad wasn't one of those Father's Day Gifts that bombed!! https://hubpages.com/holidays/REFLECTIONS-ON-SWEAT
What's with your Dad? I et he needs the exercise too!
I'm getting closer to the other DVD from Peaceful Warrior. Have it with me to look at and begin learning the poses. GREAT HUB. Well written and good resources and easy to find. Looking forward, COACH, to telling you soon that I started the poses on my off walking days.