From the thigh master to the ab energizer to the bowflex machine, late night television infomercials always are pushing the latest and greatest in exercise gear. Gyms these days are similarily packed with high tech treadmills, elliptical trainers, and universal weight machines. However, a gym in Albany, NY is taking a different approach: instead of fancy equipment, they prefer no frills non-mechanical workouts such as lifting rocks, rolling truck tires, and dragging anchor chains around the gym. Set in a mirrorless, concrete-floored warehouse, this workout is catching on throughout the nation. The regimen supposedly is better for developing "functional strength" that targets strengthening of the whole body rather than isolating muscle groups. I can see the infomercials now: get your own 200 pound boulder for only $29.99! If you order now, we'll throw in two tugboat chains for free! Of course, shipping and handling is extra.
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