Keeping Up a Theme. Last Friday, I talked about wanting to switch to a barbell-based workout, away from the bodyweight stuff I’ve been doing.
A big part of my hesitation is the expense of building up a sufficiently challenging set of weight and racks at home. Maybe I’m over thinking it . . .
Listen: you don’t really need $100 athletic shoes. You don’t really need Under Armour compression gear. You don’t need a Nike Fuelband fitness tracker device. Nor do you need a Saucony running arm sleeve.
There is not one single product manufactured by Lululemon that you need to buy under any conceivable circumstances.
. . . You do not need to pay for an Equinox membership. Or even a Crossfit membership. Some of the baddest athletes in the metropolis work out on monkey bars in school playgrounds. . . .
In order to “work out” to a hardcore degree you will need the following things: some old shorts, old shoes (optional), old t-shirt (optional), caffeine, and a will to achieve that burns like a fire unto your very soul. The total cost of these items is about five bucks, give or take. It’s nice to join a gym, if you can afford it, because they have barbells and cages and hundreds of pounds of iron plates, which you probably do not have in your apartment. But if you can’t afford it, you can carry some god damn rocks and sandbags and gallon jugs of water. You say that I need to pay a hefty fee in order to come into your “fancy” gym? I say that I’m right on the public sidewalk outside, doing pushups until I develop tetanus in my palms, absolutely free, until the police are called. Now who’s fancy? You are. But I have fewer expenses.
The niceness of someone’s gym outfit is directly inversely proportional to their hardcoreness. Do not get caught out there like a sucker in your too-white new shoes and too-bright spandex and too-sweet performance energy glucose glucosamine patented workout mixturade. Take your cues from the tiger: Solitary. Dirty. Naked. And fucking up anybody who comes by acting all ostentatious, especially monkeys—which are a lot stronger than they look, so you do the math.
Much of what this guy talks about is beyond my concerns — I work out barefoot in old shorts and free “I Gave Blood” t-shirts — but do I really need to get a squat rack, barbell, and weight plates?
Maybe I just don’t push myself hard enough, or often enough, on my bodyweight workouts.
Can I get stronger, and by that I mean stronger, with just bodyweight work? Or do I really need to be moving heavier things in different ways?
What do you think?