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    Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Good evening everyone. It has been a while since I've posted because I've just been lurking at the other posts. I like to read more than I post plus I haven't had any new ideas to bounce off anyone until now.

    I have this growing disdain for commercial gyms that has been gestating in my very psyche as of late. From gym broskis that want to know "how many sets ya' got left" to wanabe "instaTHOTs" that seek nothing more than male validation and attention, there is becoming much to hate about commercial gyms. The main gyms are breeding more soy-boys and purple-pilled power-bottoms than I cared to see. (Yes there still are hardcore gyms out there still but I think anyone who has been to a 24 hour Fitness gets where I'm coming from.

    Because of my growing disdain for globo-gyms and the general douche-baggery that seems to populate from them, I have since found freedom in the art of body weight exercise called calisthenics. Calisthenics is the combining of the greek words kalos (beauty) and steinos (strength) and has it's roots cemented in the earliest of cultures.

    With calisthenics, there is no need to join a gym to get in tip-top shape. The most I would recommend having at your disposal is a pull-up bar. This is the perfect freedom for the MGTOW ghost because they can workout anywhere! The world has now become your gym and gravity is free last time I checked.

    As a misanthrope, I have found that ghosting gyms (and most people in general) is a perfect complement to my very nature. I no longer am constrained by the Marxist, communist agenda found in most sheeple muscle magazines that say, "you aren't serious about training unless you join a gym". Giving the metaphorical middle-finger to the establishment by saying "fuck that" and doing calisthenics is the ultimate in freedom. This goes hand-in-hand with my nature to be defiant.

    If any ghosts out there who are interested in the ultimate in training freedom...give calisthenics a try. There are numerous programs out there. These are my thoughts and I just wanted to share them.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    I remember belonging to a gym back when I was in college. I worked the graveyard shift and would arrive at the gym when they opened at around eight. Well, one day there were two girls at the gym. They looked like they were wearing lingerie for gym clothes (this was in the early 80's). I was just there to work out before my classes started. I overhead them talking. One of them said, "...but, he's so skinny." They were talking about me.

    Yeah, I had just been red pilled by my first divorce. I was offended by their arrogance, but I never saw them in there again. These days I can ride my bike on the trail, swim at the aquatic center near the trail, and yes...pull ups, sit ups, push ups, knee bends...the list goes on. I agree BP, who the fuck needs a gym? Guys going to the meat market for pussy...that's who.
    "Don't follow in my footsteps. I stepped in something."

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Thanks for the thoughts Joetech.

    I think that the gym culture has turned into this social club. You need to have all the right compression clothing to look "fashionable" while you are exercising. Most of the guys are jerks there who are looking for validation from the whamins. Their physiques also reflect that.

    I also am starting to think that if I kept everything the same as far as diet goes, I could get just as muscular with body weight exercise instead of weights.

    The Jack Reacher lifestyle is what comes to mind when I think of the ultimate freedom in staying in shape. Doing archer push-ups in your own house with no one to bother you is great for meditation and you will become much stronger than the average gym chode.
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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    I do body weight training at home. It all started with pushups, then I got a pull-up bar. Dumbbells followed. Don’t forget aerobic exercise! I just walk; fuck running, if I want to save time, I ride a bicycle.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Check out one of my old favorites...Jack Lalane. He never used weights on his show.
    "Don't follow in my footsteps. I stepped in something."

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoidberg View Post
    I do body weight training at home. It all started with pushups, then I got a pull-up bar. Dumbbells followed. Don’t forget aerobic exercise! I just walk; fuck running, if I want to save time, I ride a bicycle.
    Heck Yeah Zoidberg. I just went on a walk around the neighborhood to clear my head and get a nice, easy warm-up. It's great for meditative purposes. There is no form of exercise that is synonymous with freedom than calisthenics. You can do it anywhere so you aren't constrained to a gym to train. Getting a bicycle is something that I'd like to do because it's great to ride in the fresh air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joetech View Post
    Check out one of my old favorites...Jack Lalane. He never used weights on his show.
    I heard that every year on his birthday, Jack Lalane would come up with a physical feat to perform. One time I believe he swam a river while towing a boat behind him. That is very inspirational indeed.
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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    The gym is a place that holds some merit (access to equipment that might be prohibitively expensive for younger guys, meet birds of a feather, have a place without distractions besides the aforementioned InstaTHOTs), but it really has become less and less about fitness on the average, and more about preening and social proofing. I've been paying thirty bucks a month (Gold's corporate) for essentially nothing, considering I don't go. Now, I had some concerns about my shoulder and foot, but they've been mostly ameliorated. I was considering dropping my membership for a few weeks now, but I may as well. I keep a lean figure well enough mostly through diet, and with the purchase of a pull up bar I'll have a full body regimen that I can do from home. Plus when I do take a full credit load I'll have to quit my job, which means no more corporate membership.

    This is my first post on these forums and likely my second ever on any forum. I'll be lurking around looking for tidbits of wisdom from senior Ghosts (Ghosters?), and dropping in on subjects I think I know stuff about, like fitness and economics of the Austrian School. Hope to learn a lot.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by DeathAndHisDog View Post
    The gym is a place that holds some merit (access to equipment that might be prohibitively expensive for younger guys, meet birds of a feather, have a place without distractions besides the aforementioned InstaTHOTs), but it really has become less and less about fitness on the average, and more about preening and social proofing. I've been paying thirty bucks a month (Gold's corporate) for essentially nothing, considering I don't go. Now, I had some concerns about my shoulder and foot, but they've been mostly ameliorated. I was considering dropping my membership for a few weeks now, but I may as well. I keep a lean figure well enough mostly through diet, and with the purchase of a pull up bar I'll have a full body regimen that I can do from home. Plus when I do take a full credit load I'll have to quit my job, which means no more corporate membership.

    This is my first post on these forums and likely my second ever on any forum. I'll be lurking around looking for tidbits of wisdom from senior Ghosts (Ghosters?), and dropping in on subjects I think I know stuff about, like fitness and economics of the Austrian School. Hope to learn a lot.
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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Unboxxed View Post
    Well, the first thing to learn is that on this forum each new registrant must make a proper Introduction.
    Sick burn lol, I posted my thread for review. There were a few swears in there (F-bombs), could I get the text back if that's a no-no? Alternatively, I'm fine with a redacted version being posted.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    I'm gonna be real. Going to the gym is kinda routine for me since I place fitness on a high pedestal. It's gonna be hard for me to kick that habit but I wholeheartedly agree with what the gym environment has become. It's starting to become like High School again with guys resorting to teenage boy jock like behavior and women wearing the tightest fitting form of clothing they can find all for attention so they can catch and lowkey shame dudes caught looking at them. With all that attention whoring what do you expect? You don't want thirsty dudes staring at your ass, you shouldn't be wearing those skin tight leggings while doing reverse leg curls then! Listening to music and zoning out the atmosphere in general helps but I do understand that seeing the people around you behave in such juvenile manners gets annoying.

    The gym I go to now, Retro Fitness ain't too bad. Planet Fitness was the worst, I was still blue pilled when I first started to go there but when I evolved to the Red Pill phase, I realized that this environment wasn't for me. Plus I couldn't take Planet Fitness seriously anymore at that point with the Monday Pizza Nights, Tuesday Bagel Mornings and God Forbid you want to get a serious weight lifting workout in without setting off that freakin' Lunk Alarm!

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    This. My gym has a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and hot showers for after working out on the nautilus equipment. On cold days, it feels great to sit in the steam room and sweat and get the cold out of your bones . . . The treadmill replaces neighborhood walks when it is raining . . .


    Quote Originally Posted by DeathAndHisDog View Post
    The gym is a place that holds some merit (access to equipment that might be prohibitively expensive for younger guys, meet birds of a feather, have a place without distractions besides the aforementioned InstaTHOTs), but it really has become less and less about fitness on the average, and more about preening and social proofing. I've been paying thirty bucks a month (Gold's corporate) for essentially nothing, considering I don't go. Now, I had some concerns about my shoulder and foot, but they've been mostly ameliorated. I was considering dropping my membership for a few weeks now, but I may as well. I keep a lean figure well enough mostly through diet, and with the purchase of a pull up bar I'll have a full body regimen that I can do from home. Plus when I do take a full credit load I'll have to quit my job, which means no more corporate membership.

    This is my first post on these forums and likely my second ever on any forum. I'll be lurking around looking for tidbits of wisdom from senior Ghosts (Ghosters?), and dropping in on subjects I think I know stuff about, like fitness and economics of the Austrian School. Hope to learn a lot.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    It's a five-mile round trip to the Senior Center in my town, and the gym there is fully functional, never crowded, and runs $20 a month. They have zumba if you want to do that, and there isn't a single drop of insta-thottery in the whole joint. At 43 I'm one of the youngest people there, and it rocks. I get to bullshit with Nam vets and city councilmen, 70+ year old ladies who appreciate common decorum... It's very positive.

    And if you need an excuse to walk more, I suggest Ingress Prime. It's secret agent/sci-fi smartphone PVP game, capture-the-flag style. Lotsa fun and a cool backstory.
    And it's nothing but wide open prairie...

    There's something very fun about MGTOW. In an odd sense, like charting a new territory of the mind, or rediscovering a long lost civilization. Occult knowledge, secret societies, cannibal natives (THOTS), it's all very exciting... lololol.

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