I know that CrossFit is out there and has strong ties to Paleo-types and is favoured by them. But I was just thinking about the ideal gym. Because I am reading The Primal Blueprint and following Mark's Daily Apple, I began thinking about how you could set up the "perfect" gym to support it.
I was thinking... . Indoor running track with "countdown clocks" at strategic points, together with a light system where the edge of the track was on a continuous loop of Green lights for 20 seconds, then Red for 10 seconds, to facilitate Tabatas . An outdoor running track just the same...but outdoors
. A "hill" section outdoors to do hill sprints
. Some cardio machines also for "sprints" eg rowers, bikes
. Loads of free weights, suspension straps, Viprs etc
. Nutrition classes, lectures on Primal eating
. Outdoor sports field to play ultimate frisbee, touch rugby and other games on
. Teams organised among members for semi-organised play
. Supplements sold (but only Paleo approved)
. Maybe a cafe selling tasty Primal/Paleo foods
So, 3 questions:
. Would you join?
. What else would you add?
. What would you call it? "Grok's Gym"? "The Cave"?
Get Your Grok On at 'Groks GYM and Paleo Feast' <- Or something.
This would go over great in a city where its not easy to 'get away'...
Take 1 big warehouse or empty Big Box Store (there should be plenty of these available)
. Make a 'nature reserve' inside the thing. Create a 'gym' inside the nature reserve. Enjoy
Add lots of dirt. Add 'ponds' with fish and a waterfall. Add a lot of jungle type plants, ferns, palm trees(the ones that make coconuts), banana trees, whatever.
Add rock climbing near the waterfall.(with safety gear of course)
Create 'paths' to run on around the perimeter. 2 straight aways and 2 curves, one with a big hill and a no hill by-pass for those that cant go uphill.
Add some birds.
Post some no camping signs.
Wouldn't have to cool the place down like a health club where its too cold. Sweating is good for you and people who use gyms typically sit in the AC too much anyway. The waterfall will create high humidity 24/7. Big fans moving alot of air would be great.
Interspersed throughout can be heavy bags, punching bags and areas for that kind of stuff.
Put in a 'free weight'/crossfit type area, a cardio area, a small eatery(on the second floor overlooking this whole crazy thing), and an outside 'caged in area' and BOOM! your done.
I guess part of the crossfit/free weight area can be on the outside, or make that the mobility area or a mix.
Income would be from monthly memberships, sales of products, and the eatery. If it was big enough, a 'classroom' could be inside this thing too (or) on the second floor overlooking it too.
Id be down to move and actually run something like this.
This would not cost that much money to put together, I used to own a real Landscaping company and it wouldn't be all that big of a deal to pull this off. Even the waterfall is super easy to do and can be quite large.
Actually, I was thinking the exact same thing, however I would have more of an obstacle course: Think of it like this, with Jumping horse competitions they have an obstacle, then they run to another obstacle. This would be a great thing for people to do as well. Plus have some instructors to help teach how to overcome the obstacle course. The membership agreement would ensure the gym is not liable for injuries (hopefully people will be smart about it, but you never know). I would also try to position it on land that has a lake for some water exercises as well.
As for selling stuff, not only would I offer supplements, but I would also offer paleo items that you cannot find. For example, salad dressings. I either have to order on-line or make my own (which I can do, no biggie). However, there are times when you just want to be able to pick it up.
That being said, I think a better option would be to design a kit you can set up in a small urban yard, so people can order it and set it up at home. I would design it with kids and adults in mind for family fun. Start with a simple set, with lots of add-ons for additional purchase.
Now for names: How about Grok & Roll
I used to go to a course built by the RAF in Wendover Woods, near Aylesbury, England. It was a circuit through the woods with various stations where you would do dips, log lifting, sit up, pullups, etc. It was good fun but the obstacles were too far apart for my liking. I think the circuit was a 1/4 mile long with about 12 stations scattered along the way. I would have preferred them all in one spot so that I didn't have to run from one station to the next because my knees do not enjoy running through woods and trippig over tree roots. I tried walking it but I couldn't get into it because it meant too much rest between strength exercises.
No. Life is too short to spend your days in anyone's box.
I rather go hiking in the rain with 2-4 gallons of water in a backpack for added resistance.
Or commute to work on a bike and save money on transit.
Our bodies were "designed" (hate that, but there it is) to adapt to what we need them to do. Taking the bus to a gym is bonkers for me....
Now Paleo Meet-and-Greets? That I'd do.
I'm in heaven based on your description. The tabata track sounds absolutely amazing. I'd add:
A paleo-friendly supply store would be great, too. I always have to tiptoe my way around even the "health" food stores for all the sweetened and processed stuff.
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