6 Places to Train Instead of Your Local Gym

January 24, 2015

6 Places to Train Instead of Your Local Gym

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Are you working out at a gym that's small and close to home? Do you see the same five people on the same treadmills and ellipticals every time you go? Do you sometimes feel like you're on a hamster wheel?

If you've answered yes to any of those questions, then it may be time to switch things up. Not just for your mental state, but to achieve the best results.

After all, there’s only so many times you can see the same faces, use the same machines and fight with the same guy over taking up the same piece of equipment, before you want to scream. Plus, change is always good for training. And although you change your program frequently, how often do you change where you do it? Probably not ever.

But moving away from the same old same old and finding a new place to train, can really boost your energy and give your training sessions a new lease on life. So try one or two out each month and get off that hamster wheel of no results.

1. Outside:

The gym can be a pretty boring place to train after a while. It’s also the worst place to do cardio, EVER. Get outside, do some sprints, swing some Kettlebell’s and connect with nature. The environment will boost your mood and give you enough of a challenge to see results.  


Find a park or playground (or even a bench for that matter) and start doing some circuits. Just make sure to do it early or late enough that you're not competing with little kids for the pull up bars.

2. At home:

Training at home can be great: there's no commute; no waiting in line for a machine; no one else to distract you.

Not to mention you have no excuse for not squeezing in a workout since it's just that convenient.

Choose a few bodyweight exercises and grab some dumbbells and a mat and you are good to go.

3. Hotel gyms:


Hotel gyms have come a long way since their early days. Modern machines and spacious layouts offer a great alternative for times when you are away. Plus, you may just find a machine that your local gym may not even have.

One of the best features about a hotel gym is how empty they tend to be. Enjoy some peace and quiet while everyone else stuffs their face at the continental breakfast.

4. On the beach:

This is a little cliché I’ll admit. But if you’re in a lovely place, with a nice breeze and the chance to catch a bit of Vitamin D too, it can’t be all bad.

Stick to cardio and bodyweight exercises since they can be really hard in the sand. By working out on the beach, you'll engage your core muscles even more (think: six pack abs in no time) and give your body an uneven terrain that makes your muscles work that much harder.

5. In the woods:

Want a really challenging session? Try doing sprints in the woods, or take the Arnold approach and hit some pull-ups on a tree branch. Using your surroundings can really make for a great workout, and you don’t even really need a plan. Find something heavy and lift it, then find some space and run (or climb) in it.

6. Naked:

Okay, this technically isn’t a place, and it’s best done when training alone at home, but can feel absolutely amazing. You can see your body in action, connect with the world around you and feel free in all your movements. Nowhere near as strange as it sounds.

Try it, you sexy animal you!

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