13 January 2008

A Great Workout -- and you can do it at home.

FOR THE PAST six or seven weeks, Kerri has been begging me to put up a post about a little workout routine that I've been doing. She wants me to write about it because she thinks it's hilarious. I think it's genius. Maybe you should be the judge.

Now, I am no fitness freak -- that's for sure. But I am interested in doing some physical activity each week and trying to maintain some sort of weight-training regiment. I brought my bike with me from the States and, thanks to the mountains around our house, I'm covered on the aerobic side of things. The problem comes when I want to lift some weights. Since we don't live near a gym I have been forced to find things around our rented house that can serve as free weights. I've tried a lot of things: paint cans (thin handle hurt my hands), pieces of wood (not heavy enough), boxes (too awkward), even my son's bicycle (too ridiculous). After nearly giving up on the idea I finally found something that works and I have been using it ever since.

I work-out with our family tent!

It's perfect. It weighs about 25 lbs; it's packed in a nice storage bag with heavy-duty handles; it's not too big or bulky; and I can add weight if I need to by stuffing something in the handles (a large, full bottle of laundry detergent is perfect -- there an extra 6-7 lbs. right there). Now, I'm not going to get Rafael Nadal arms working out with a 25 lb. tent, but I've developed a little routine that hits my arms, shoulders, and upper chest and that -- along with some good bike rides -- is just about what I need.

I know some of you are reading this and beginning to chuckle at the thought of me lying on the floor (I have a mat!) in my garage working out my tricps with a tent. And as I write this it is beginning to dawn on me that working out with a tent is -- at the very least -- a bit odd. But I'm telling you, I'm on to something. It works, and without worrying about all those free weights lying around the house. All I need now is a promotional DVD and I could have millions of people around the world bulkin' up with their family tents: "Tent Training in 20 Minutes." Watch out Billy Blanks, I'm coming for you.

So you tell me: hilarious or genius? I'll check the comment box after a quick workout.

[obscure reference guide: see Rafael Nadal's arms; Billy Blanks]
CJS

20 comments :

Dianne is for Paris said...

Pure Genius!

Meredith said...

Système "D" for débrouillard at it's best.

Anonymous said...

I've jacked up my daily regimen (that's how you spell that)so I can stay, in the good-shape department, withing hailing distance of my son (if he ever comes back to the U S of A).

Dad / Chuck

Jessie said...

Thank you for not including photos. I think that would be too much to see!!

French for a While said...

Thank you Meredith. I had to look up débrouillard, but you helped me with a new vocab word as well.

Dave said...

You have to do what you have to do. Whatever works. By the way, pushups and situps require no objects to do, and they work. If you need some extra weight, have one of your kids sit on your back.

Good luck bulking up!

jim said...

That is good old American ingenuity Jonathan!! Pushups with Henry on your back will be great as well...as long as he will lay still!!

Bye the way....the generals are having a great year! Sure wish you could come to one of the games!!

www.ontariohockeyleague.com

French for a While said...

Jim: I've been watching the Gens progress on the internet. Tavarez and that other guy are awesome. I actually watched the World Juniors and saw them play in Czech. Go Gens.

suempaul said...

Jonnyboy
I'm quite impressed with your dedication! Tell Kerri to stop laughing and get with the new tent-lifting craze spreading across Europe. Can I franchise it here in the States? Sue Pee Poo Paul

Roland said...

Sounds like you have gotten realy creative with the years. Where do you find the time to work out with three kids, a wife that never stops and writing this blog. Impressive! Anyway love the blog. It is a nice way of keeping up with what you all are doing.
R.

J Perry Stone said...

Oh, dear God ... why didn't you include a video?

Seriously. PLEASE make one.

And please have Kerri narrate it.

Anonymous said...

ROTF......lol.....ah Jonathan - never had a clue you were soooo creative...I too await the video -- Sam is going to die when he reads this one.....a tent....go figure.... Kerri -- PLEASE POST FOTOS!!!! hugs
e

Nathan said...

Dude! The family tent thats sweet as is this blog. That Nadal comment cracked me up (even more so when I saw the picture link at the bottom).

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