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Latest fitness trend is to junk the gym

posted 18 Feb 2011, 09:25 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 18 Feb 2011, 09:27 ]

A new type of fitness programme called Junkyard Training uses everyday objects that can be used anywhere.

An old Junkyard in west London is not the first place you'd expect to find the latest fitness equipment, but this is where personal trainer Jon Denoris comes to find the tools of his trade.

"There's an old exhaust here which again you can use, probably be all right for pressing, doing a push press, or squats," he demonstrated while rummaging for exercise gear.

Denoris has devised a new type of fitness program called "Junkyard Training" which uses everyday objects combined with the type of movement and activity people would have done before long before high tech gyms were invented.

"I'm quite into the history of exercise and even if you go back to a hundred years or so there's evidence that people who are trainers at that sort of time period were using tools like this to train," he told Reuters Television.

The average cost of a gym membership today can be as much as a thousand pounds a year, some are much more. Denoris' alternative training is far cheaper.

"Being able to exercise with things they don't have to spend lots of money on you know I think is going to be quite appealing. We can say to people come and try a class but then actually go out and try this on your own," he explained.

Jon's classes cost 20 pounds and last for one hour.

It's a tough routine but his clients say the results are worth it.

"Yeah it's great fantastic, it's what we do in everyday life I suppose, if we were working on a farm, or helping my dad lay some bricks or something like that I'd be doing a a lot of these things, it's great, it's great," said Tony, a regular client.

Another regular, Dori agreed.

"What's so extraordinary is that if you've really got the techniques you could more or less have this in your garden or back yard or you know drawing room even and that's I think the beauty of what John is showing that you could actually do something very clever with some very basic stuff that you could pick up from the Junkyard."

And convert, Oyinda, says she's not going back to the gym after trying the class.

"I think it's brilliant, I've had a lot of gym memberships where I can count, like, on both hands, how many times I've been in a year," she said.

It may be exhausting but Denoris hopes by using every day objects his clients can continue their workouts at home - using one spare tyre to get rid of another.