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I Like Rocky’s Approach


When it comes to working out, we don’t need to have the best of everything.  Actually, we don’t really need that much at all.  Last week I shard with you What’s In My Gym Bag?  I didn’t have too many things in there, but what I had was still more than what I actually need.  I could have gone more rugged and without a few things.

When I think of roughing it in the gym, I tend to remember the movie Rocky IV, where Rocky was going against the Russian fighter, Ivan Drago.

SPOIL ALERT:  If you haven’t seen Rocky IV, and you plan on watching it, stop reading the post here.  Otherwise, I’m gonna spoil the movie for ya.

If you saw the movie, you’ll remember how Rocky was caught up in the glamour of being the champ, with workouts that included having the best of the best equipment along with the Press filming him and taking pictures of him.  He was obviously distracted and not focused on his training.  Meanwhile, Ivan is working out hard and is extremely focused.

Well, Ivan destroys Rocky in the fight and Rocky hits a low point as he loses the fight and his trainer in the same night.  Well, of course Rocky wants a rematch and ends up going back to basics.  Instead of working out in a plush gym with cameras all around him, he goes and trains in a barn, using the farm equipment as his training equipment.  He ignores his physical appearance, growing out a beard, showing he isn’t focused on his training not how he looks.  He’s going rugged, focusing on what’s important.  He’s determined to win, and that’s exactly what he does.

What Do You Really Need?

If you want to make a difference in your life, when it comes to physical fitness, do we really need the glamour?  No, I don’t picture that the Press wants to film you and take pictures of you working out.  I’m questioning do we really need the best gym equipment, gym membership, or gym clothes?  The answer is, “NO.”  All we really need is determination and a commitment to self-improvement.  You CAN completely change your body with bodyweight exercises alone.  And you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment or awesome gym clothes either.

I Kinda Rough It

I like to think of myself as kind of roughing it.  No where near as rough as Rocky had it, but I try to limit what I need to work out.  For example, I do have a spot in my basement dedicated to exercise equipment.  But my basement is unfinished.  I do have some carpet down on the floors, but it’s old carpet and was actually given to us years ago by a friend.  I do have lots of weights I bought over the years, but they’re getting old.  I could replace them, but if Rocky can use old farm equipment, I can use some weights that are over 19 years old.

And when I work out, I don’t focus on what clothes I’m wearing.  My focus goes as far as needing to be able to move comfortably in my clothes.  As a matter of fact, I only have a couple pair of shorts designated as gym shorts, and they’re all I use, unless they’re both dirty at the same time.  I do have a few tank tops I use for working out, but nothing special.  Sometimes I don’t wear a shirt at all.  And my shoes are really old.  I should probably get a new pair, but they get the job done.

The Takeaway

The point I’m trying to get across here is that you don’t have to have the best of the best to make a difference in your physical fitness.  Don’t let the lack of a finished basement stop you from creating an exercise space down there.  Don’t let a lack of money be an excuse for you not to start exercising.  All you need to exercise is a dedicated space and your own body weight.  You can rough it like Rocky and make a big difference in your physical fitness.  But you have to be dedicated like Rocky.  Not like the Rocky that got his butt kicked by Ivan, but the Rocky who went back to basics, focused on what’s important, and put in the work.  Don’t let a lack of resources stop you from being healthier.  Rough it like Rocky.  It worked for him and it can work for you!!!

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