The era of massive fields of cardio equipment and warehouses of strength training machines may still be dominant in extreme-fee globo-gyms, but people have been rapidly discovering the problems inherent in these membership-driven agendas.
Machines offer you increased security by dictating your range of motion. By removing your potential freedom to move, they isolate individual muscles and control you through small motions. We have found with painful awareness, our health is greater than the sum of their over-priced machines. Healthy movement cannot be compartmentalized. Some may have short-term gains, but with devastating long term problems: aches and pains from isolation overuse. If you don’t move it (as a whole motion, under voluntary control), you WILL lose it FASTER!
The freedom of movement that you sacrifice, in the name of the machine-controlled security, does not return; it disappears. In the past decade since we’ve been qualifying professionals worldwide and consulting for government standards agencies, we’ve participated in the eruption of a massive grass-roots resurrection of old-school, low-tech, low-cost classics: clubbells, kettlebells, monkey bars, gymnastic rings and straps, sandbags, parallel bars, medicine balls, and the oldest school of them all – human movement often called calisthenics or bodyweight conditioning. These tried-and-true tools survived, not because they’re merely inexpensive, and require NO maintenance, but because they restore our freedom: something we have been reclaiming in many aspects of society.