“Do you have a gym?”

Standard KettlebellsA prospective new member was being shown around Wild Geese the other day, he was interested in joining one or more of our martial arts classes.

He certainly seemed impressed with our facility, but on the way out he asked “Do you have a gym?”

I started to explain that he’d seen the weight training area with the array of kettlebells, barbells etc but he wasn’t satisfied.

“I mean any gym equipment” he continued, seeing I was a little perplexed he continued to explain, “I like to run.”

It became clear.

“What equipment do you need to run?” I asked him, looking him right in the eye. His girlfriend giggled and he visibly shrank.

“Oh, yeah, I suppose. I’ve just…..” At this point I changed the subject to spare his embarrassment.

Now my wife is going to read this and tell me I shouldn’t be so harsh and to start being nicer to people. But, regardless, we at Wild Geese have a core philosophy. You can choose to adhere to it or not, it is your choice. If you choose not to, or if you disagree with it, that’s up to you, but you may be happier down at the local Zumba class, Wild Geese might not be the place for you.

So what is this philosophy?
It is to work as hard as possible at bettering oneself. It is about becoming a more effective and efficient human being. It is about not bothering with competition from other people and instead competing against the only opponent you will never beat, yourself.

We don’t rely on any one piece of equipment. Yes we love our Kettlebells, but we also have barbells, sandbags, sledgehammers, but above all else we have our body which is really all we need to train.
We love our Eskrima, it has the same philosophy, one weapon is all weapons, the same principles apply regardless of the weapon at hand, even if it is your hand.

This means we are never caught out, we never have to make excuses, we need nothing and want for nothing.

If we want to run, we step out our front door and we are running. If half way around the run we feel like doing some upper body strength, we can droop and do push ups, or jump up and do pull ups from a bus shelter, goal post or tree branch. If we get mugged along the way, we don’t panic that we left our sticks/swords/knives/gloves/belts/gum shields back at the club, no we defend ourselves with whatever is at hand, and run on ( a little faster now..)

In the real world you can’t rely on anything other than what you are wearing. There is no crutch for you to lean on. If you specialise in one area, that’s fantastic, if you only ever train for one thing, that’s great, until the day you area outside your specialist area.

As my old mate, a former marine, likes to say “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”. Failure to do so can lead to unthinkable consequences.

So do we have any gym equipment?

The answer is yes, you are your gym, now train with it.



Wild Geese Martial Arts & Fitness




Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s