by Dennis Yang

The Newest Rage In Workouts? Lift That Rock.

from the sisyphean-trainers dept

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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  1. identicon
    Master Roshi, May 20th, 2005 @ 11:41am

    Turtle hermit training anyone?

    God, it's the Dragonball workout at last. Next thing you know, people will be paying to deliver milk with 200 pound turtle shells on their backs.

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    Rich, May 20th, 2005 @ 6:26pm

    Dinosaur training

    ....this is news? Ok I guess to the non lifters it is a novelty. If this seems interesting to you try: - been writing about this type of training for years (look under Westside methods)

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  3. identicon
    Jojo, May 20th, 2005 @ 7:35pm

    Re: Turtle hermit training anyone?

    Hey, this would be a good idea for recruiting free labor! Could solve our illegal laborer problems. After all, companies are looking to pay as little as possible for help.

    So a farm could call itself a gym, allow people to pay THE FARM for the right to exercise (work) on the farm.

    What a concept. Jump on it now! There's a sucker born every minute.

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    blorpus, May 20th, 2005 @ 7:43pm

    dorpus tossing

    No mention of the dorpus-toss?

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