In order to workout anytime-anywhere, it’s important to be creative and look to use the environment around you to your advantage.
One of the first things I look for when I’m in a new place is somewhere to do pull-ups. Pull-ups are one of the best upper-body exercises we can do. They build phenomenal strength and upper-body flexibility when done at full ROM (range of motion.) Which is why there are one of the fundamental movements of the FreeFit program.
As shown above, I use the I-beam underneath the emergency exit stairs to my apartment building. It took a while to build up the finger strength to be able to grip a flat piece of metal to do the pull-ups, but this is another one of the advantages of working out in this kind of environment: the unpredictability. You won’t always have a nice pull-up bar to do exercises on in real-life, so training on this I-beam provided a different wrinkle and produced some killer workouts from a more technical standpoint. Remember, workouts can be demanding both from volume and from technicality. You don’t have to beat the pulp out of yourself to get a good workout in.
Getting in to that mindset where you look around at your environment as a gym can take some practice. But once you get there, not only will you be able to workout in any situation — the whole world becomes your playground. And it’s awesome.
Your task this week, should you choose to accept it, is to keep an eye out for possible pull-up places around your house/work/etc. Maybe it’s a low-hanging tree branch? A swing-set at a local park? Or a railing you can grip on-to safely? I’ve tried a ton of different places – including a train-bridge (pictured below). Be resourceful and see what you can dig up! Post a picture below of any that you find. Extra bonus points for having someone take a picture of you doing a pull-up on it.
Cheers, and stay healthy.