This will quite possibly be the strangest post I’ve put out there yet. But… it’s working, so I felt a need to share it. Ready for a little crazy? Awesome! You SHALL be entertained… guaranteed.
Everyone? Meet my gym with a view.
Remember when I talked about walking up that hill? Well, walking up and down that hill has been terrific, however I know well that building a little more muscle mass is equally important. Strengthening your arms, back, whatever, all comes with controlled weight movement which is over and beyond just walking.
Back in the day, I use to work out at Curves. Are they still around? I don’t know, but our town doesn’t have them any longer. I miss their low impact hydraulic weight machines that self adjusted to your level.
Anyway… I needed to do a little more than just walk. So I rigged up a system right where I walk.
This tree is where I do arm pulls. See that skinny tree to the right of the thick trunked tree? It’s super springy. So if I grab the springy tree in my right hand and pull while holding the trunk tree, it gives you a pretty decent arm workout!
Now, working out just ONE arm won’t do. So in order to work out my left arm, I hold onto the branch that runs across the two thick trees with my right hand (so I don’t roll down the cliff!) and work out my left arm on the springy tree.
Are you laughing yet?
You may think this is just a pile of rocks, but ohhh no. This is the weight room.
I sit on that big rock to the upper right, and select my weight of choice for arm… curls? I have no idea what they’re called.
But I’m lifting rocks above my head, to my sides, up towards me, you name it. In nice, controlled movements with the right posture and everything.
So… loosely basing my workouts on the Curves method of moving all the time at different stations, this is how I do it…
The Mountain Workout at A Gym With A View
I walk to the hill from my house as a warm up.
Once reaching the hill, I do a slow jog all the way to the top.
Then I quickly walk back down, in an effort to keep my heart rate going.
I run up one more time, then only partially down until I reach ‘my tree.’
I’ll do 20 arm pulls on each side, then move down to the ‘weight room’ and do 20 rock ups in all different ways.
When I feel my heart rate getting down too low, I run up the hill again and on we go.
The trick is to keep your heart rate up. I do all this for about an hour.
Chances are, if you workout outside, someone is bound to find you out. My neighbour Chris (remember the swing story? THAT Chris) passed me yesterday on the hill. Well, I wanted to show off my invention! If he thought I had completely LOST it, he didn’t show it… good call!
So today, I tell my son to come and see my mountain gym. Trust me when I say, my boy doesn’t get too excited about my strange and wonderful ideas, but I
bribed encouraged him to come along anyway. You know.. just to check it out.
(After I told him to wear shoes he could run real good in.)
So I brought him up to my mountain and taught him how to do ‘the circuit’ (sounds good, huh?) and we went at it! HARD.
I think laughing is part of the program because it’s pretty hard NOT to when you see your son throw around a bunch of rocks and hug a few trees…
Anyway, so vision us workin’ it. I’m sitting on a rock doing rock ups and my son is pulling on some tree when Chris arrives once again. Doh!! CAUGHT in the act no less.
My boy notes being spotted, and sprints up the hill like he’s had running down to a fine science all along, and I drop my rocks (dieing) and bust up laughing… and laughing and laughing until Chris reaches me…
Chris comments “I’m sure glad you explained this to me yesterday!”
So anyway, this stuff is actually starting to pay off. I noticed some new muscles emerging on my legs I haven’t seen in a VERY long time. And I can feel other muscles squawking back at me too. Excellent!
I suppose we’ll keep on keepin’ on until either a bear kicks us out of his home or the neighbours complain.
Until then, I have a feeling our repurposed gym equipment is as safe as safe can be in the wilderness… gotta love a good camouflage…