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July 11th, 2009
 Public playground in the Bronx

Public playground in the Bronx

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I shower and workout.  The answer is that I use public facilities.  Public pools are perfect for showering.  Though not all of them have hot water, they are more than adequate to keep me clean and presentable.

I am often given encomiums on thinking outside the box when people learn that I use public playgrounds to work out.  But the truth is, anyone who is forced into a situation will always think of innovative ways of getting by.

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars per year for running on a treadmill in a gym, I run in the park. Instead of using weight machines, I use the playground bars to work and sculpt the body. Body weight positioning provide nearly infinite combinations to workout all the muscles of the body. To isolate muscles, I use a sledgehammer.  The hammerhead is used as a fulcrum.  The further away I grip the handle from the fulcrum, the more torque I have.  And because the handle is sufficiently long, it will provide the weight I need for years to come, thus mimicking an entire set of dumbbells. The cost?  $12.

Our tax dollars pay for public facilities from parks to libraries, so why not take advantage of them? In this economy, you need to cut the non-essentials out of your budget.  Start with the basic necessities and innovate.  You’ll have extra cash and you’ll be ebullient when you find interesting, lower cost alternatives to your daily routines.

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  1. Jenn
    October 12th, 2012 at 04:09 | #1

    I remember you talking about the useless playground at Balboa Island. kekekee. You definitely don’t need a gym membership. I wouldn’t say that to everyone, but for you, I think it suffices. You do less of consumption and materialism, and more of fruitful thought and action. As I would like to say, less of me, and more of you God. I understand now, why you like eating hot, steaming dumpling. I would too, after eating p&J sandwiches. Glad you got to eat a warm meal at the shelter. I’m glad you stayed out of the cold too and I hope you played some fun games, whatever you ended up doing, meeting interesting folks. 😀

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