• I’m liking this concept of “the garage”. My garage isn’t used for purpose ie storing a car, it’s a workshop and a gym. I think that’s a UK thing. My garage is where things are built, repaired, maintained. It’s where I store tools and materials that I use to combat entropy around my home, and in my muscular and movement systems. It’s a “place to do work” which certainly links to personal development. On finding time to train; people always have time for their first priority. So I guess it’s more about deciding what are the important things that enable us to do other things better, and as these things come up the list the time magically appears. I actually get a lot of joy out of just moving, and lifting – it’s no chore, so points one and three in your vlog merge for me. To pick up one of the points you made, about working hard; often that’s why “working out” never becomes a priority – for some people that’s just doing it wrong. Few can thrive by always pushing the limits, we burn out and get injured, and exercise loses it’s pleasure. I’ve seen it in commercial gyms, the obsessive push to meet the program and folk just fall away. There is a different way, and still very effective . . . . it’s about practice as opposed working out, freedom and intuition as opposed rigid exercise plans, and moving the body and other objects a bit more like we did as kids maybe. When you’re done, you are done, and move on and do something else. I might comment more about that as your work unfolds – great stuff so far by the way!

    • Hi Leigh,

      Thanks for the comments. Yeah my garage is for anything but storing a car. It’s been a great space for training and doing other things. I agree overtraining is not a good thing and leads to burnout. What I meant by ‘train hard’ is to put the effort in as oppose to folks you see at commercial gyms who are on the stationary bike or treadmill reading the paper or spending more time chatting than actually moving their body. I’ve decided to leave the commercial gym environment. I’m having way too much fun doing bodyweight, sandbags, and the equivalent of TRX. And I think ‘Practice’ is a great way to approach being physical and moving the body in a functional way. In the army, our main training was all bodyweight and occasionally partner resistance exercises. So for me, it’s nice to be returning to that space again.

      Hmmm…I’m wondering now, is it training, practice or playing? I suspect ‘training’ might imply that you’re training for something. Likewise ‘practice’ implies practicing for something or maybe a discipline. Perhaps playing more closely embodies your idea of freedom and intuition, like kids who just go and do without much thought.

      Like it brother, keep the thoughts coming.

      • There’s a tribe of people who have been through the commercial gym setting and become disillusioned. Either the gym doesn’t cater for what they want to do, or it’s expensive, or time-consuming to get to, or whatever. So we have this tribe of people doing their individual thing in basements, and garages, and sheds. You know there is passion for a thing, when you’ll go somewhere that’s often cold, damp or dimly lit, and get to it!

        It’s not all bad at the gym however. When I first experienced it I took a quantum leap in some of my goals, partly because of the competitive element (I had a couple of training partners) but also because my own beliefs had been holding me back. I saw these guys, same size as me, and what they were doing, and it released a hand-brake. I was about twenty years old back then.

        Fast-forward twenty years and today I am a garage lone-wolf! I am all about movement quality and internal as opposed external metrics, having been through many structured programs and continually comparing myself to others. I am looking for “grace with strength” in the movements I make. I got to the point where I thought, “do I need that double-bodyweight deadlift for the life I live, and what am I training/practicing/playing towards?” That changed a lot for me. So that’s what goes down in my garage.

        • In the garage – yes! What I’ve been finding moving back into my cold garage is a Zen like quality to my sessions. It’s no longer about the weight. It’s about my relationship with Self and the weight (body, sandbag, kettlebells) reflects my inner state. I’ve come to believe dichotomy of mind and body is an illusion. Mind is body and body is mind. I can train my mind through body. I can know ‘myself’ through body.