Health, Weight Loss

How To Turn The Outdoors Into a Gym

July 15, 2014

If you think the only way to burn fat and gain muscle is with a gym membership then let me set the record straight for ya, it just ain’t true. I’m sorry if I burst your excuse bubble but if we can lose weight and gain muscle tone without ever stepping foot in a gym, so can you! For the first year that we started on this journey we didn’t have the extra money in our budget to workout at a gym. We knew we would have to use will power and a little creativity to accomplish our goals. When I wrote my post on How to lose weight without a gym membership, I laid out all the ways you can significantly get results at home through free online video’s. Charlie, who’s main goal has been to gain muscle had to get a little more creative as the weights we had bought for home use just weren’t cutting it.


Charlie has been running for the past 4-5 months. On one of his runs he ran by the factory here in Franklin. He saw an opportunity to get an extra burst out of his workout by using some of the old trains. Burst exercising is 90%-100% of your maximum effort for 30-60 seconds in order to burn your body’s stored sugar, followed by 30-60 seconds of low impact for recovery. This causes your body to burn fat for the next 36 hours to replace your body’s vital energy stores. This signals fat burning enzymes and aids in muscle mass development (Burst Training, Dr.Axe)

Charlie turned this old train scene into a few intense burst workouts.Talk about an awesome lower & upper body workout and a serious sweat feast.


Jumping jacks and push up’s if done with full effort is an excellent way to burst exercise and can be done anywhere!


You don’t have to spend money on workout gear for your house. Look around your home surroundings and there is a good chance you can find things like a pull up bar or even weights made from cinder blocks. A lot of parks with walking tracks have built in workout bars sections.


If there is a will there is certainly a way. This is a scene that we see a lot at our house. The kids love taking turns to be daddy’s weights. You would be surprised how much of a workout the extra 20-30 lbs gives.


Utilize the resources around you, parks, buildings even the corner of your kitchen counter can be turned into an arm workout! Check out free workout program’s like Fitness Blender, start running, kick boxing etc..! Just move!! Don’t let anything get in the way of accomplishing your goals!

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