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I will never accidentally injure my body at a health club again

Thanks to functional exercise, I’ll never go to the gym again

Learn how to stay out of the gym. Ten years ago I paid the head trainer at the Bay Club Howard Hughes Center in Culver City to be my personal trainer for five sessions. It was the best $250 that I ever spent on fitness related expenses. The first thing my new personal trainer said was, “I’m going to teach you how to stay out of the gym.” He taught me functional exercise, also marketed as cross-fit training. Those sessions ten years ago have inspired me to this day. Last week I added jumping jacks to my routine. Even before the Great Lock-down, I was done with health clubs. Now I just lurk around outside peeking inside to get free exercise tips.

At the same time I was learning functional exercise I was learning real yoga breathing in the same gym in the yoga studio next door.

Now, between calisthenics and yoga I will never go to the gym and hurt myself again. Even before the corona virus gymnasium lock-down, I had lost my life-long addiction to the gym routine.

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Running is Bliss

These days my morning work out begins with running until I am completely winded, and then walking until my breathing returns to normal. I learned that it is important to create a metabolic stew, of increasing into heavy breathing, coming back down to normal breathing, and then increasing my heat rate again. Up and down.

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This is my new gym – three or four mornings a week I run down this field – in the grass, not the sidewalk

You meet high class people at high end health clubs

You don’t need to go to a gym to get a good work out anymore. The only thing I miss from the gym is the social interaction and meeting people. Some of the best calisthenics I learned were in the steam room getting free tips from young personal trainers just starting out their gymnasium careers. Now my trainers are still all inside my head training me in my vast outdoor gym.

Not going to the health club also saves a lot of commuting time. Cutting out the gym habit saves lots of time and money and I am extremely grateful that the Bay Club taught me how to stay out of the health club.

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It makes my shoulders hurt just looking at this photograph